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How to reduce your impact on the world

One of the biggest threats facing mankind is mankind!

Unfortunately, our modern-day lives and lifestyles are wreaking havoc on, just about, everything. We have, for too long, taken without giving any thought to the consequences of our actions. Now, everywhere we look disaster looms, yet we seem incapable of grasping the fact that if we continue on our current path we will soon reach, what experts call, the ‘tipping point’, or point of no return.

And, although we may feel a little overwhelmed, the great news is that we all have a role to play, for the future really is in our hands….

What can we do to make a difference to the world tomorrow?

Well, one of the easiest ways we can reduce our impact on the world is to waste less. As the more we waste, the more we accelerate the effects of climate change and one way we can reduce the amount we waste, is to grow our own and compost.

FACT: The reality is people across the developed world dump, trash, and throw away over a third of all the food they produce! To make matters worse, half of it could be eaten.

Here are some of our favourite waste busting tips:


Don’t bin it!

The first thing we have to remember is that we can’t just throw stuff away, as there is no ‘away’. In fact our landfills and dumps are not just full, they are an environmental nightmare... A recent report by WRAP claims that UK households waste 4.5m tonnes of food each year (see link below)!
As composting our waste reduces our impact, saves us money, improves the structure and health of our soil, and will help us grow healthier, more nutritious plants and vegetables. All you need is waste, air and water! You can read more about our composting tips coming soon!

We can say No!

Let’s make some noise. As consumers, not only can we make choices, we can use our voices. So why not use yours to say ‘no’ to needless packaging. By growing our own we avoid unneccesary packaging.

We can reduce

We may all love fast food, but fast food is jam packed with salt, sugar and fats that really aren’t good for us. And, cutting down our intake of high sugar, high fat food-stuffs, is one thing we can all do to improve our health and well-being. Let’s regain control of our waistlines. Eating organic, healthy, home-grown food is a great alternative to fast foods!

We can reuse

Yes, its time to rid our lives of single use plastic! It’s a pandemic that is threatening the health and wellbeing of everything. So let’s get plastic wise.

FACT: Today, we produce some 340 million tonnes of plastic every year, unfortunately, 50% of it is single use, and this, only feeds our throwaway culture. And, as countries work to ban single use plastic, the reality is, manufacturers are looking to increase production by a staggering 31% in the next 5 years!

The plastic problem doesn’t just stop with banning the plastic bottle, bag, food wrap or straw. We cannot recycle our way out of this mess, as unlike glass or paper, every time plastic is recycled it degrades, and its uses become ever more limited and this, only serves to fuel demand. We must start utilising plant-based equivalents which are becoming more available, or better yet, let's grow our own and stop buying plastic wrapped produce alltogether!


We can recycle

It may sound simple, but recycling our many bottles, papers, and cans is just one way we can help reduce our impact on the world.

FACT: Recycling one tonne of aluminium saves the carbon dioxide emissions of driving nearly 27,000 miles.


We can share

Sharing is the new caring, so why not start a share shed…
Let’s face it, we are all guilty of holding onto stuff that lie under our beds or in our sheds and garages gathering dust. Imagine being able to share our many power tools and gardening equipment with our local community. Not only is it great to have a clear out, it’s better for your community and, it will help reduce the amount of the world’s natural resources we use, to make our modern day lives more sustainable.

We can learn to love our leftovers…

There are so many fabulous family friendly recipes that we can make using what’s left in our fridge, so let’s get smarter and reduce the amount of food we needlessly waste. And, it will save us cash too.

We can all stop, think and consider so that we…

Reduce, refuse, reuse, repair, rethink, regift, recover and recycle so that we reduce the impact we have on the world.

Growing your own is a win-win for people, place and planet. So what are you waiting for?

How are you looking out for more ways to reduce your impact on the world? Tell us by commenting on this post below (you must be an OYOO member to comment).

View the WRAP report 

If you have a top tip, or reason for growing your own, please share it with the OYOO tribe!

Christine Farrell

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