Have An Environmentally Conscious Work Day

Want to join the growing tribe of environmentally-conscious cool kids? It’s easy. And it starts with your next take-away coffee.

Convenience has been at the centre of our busy society for a long time. Yet more and more people are beginning to contemplate the far-reaching consequences of the choices we make today.

If you’re familiar with the ongoing media attention to plastics in the oceans and recycling problems, then you may have given some thought to how you too can reduce your footprint.

We’ve all been educated on riding bikes, taking public transport and ride-sharing whenever we can. Now there are some new enviro-friendly habits on the block and they’re popping up everywhere.

BYO cup.

In the UK alone, coffee drinkers buy and throw away 7 million disposable cups a day! You may be thinking: why does it matter if they are recyclable? The shocking statistic is that less than 1 percent of that total can actually be recycled. This is due to things like thin plastic films on the inside and lids.

What’s the solution? Get yourself a reusable cup. They come in all sorts of colours, shapes, sizes and materials—e.g. glass, stainless steel and BPA-free plastic. One will cost you only a week’s worth of drinks, but you’ll have it for years.

Most cafes are catching onto the unnecessary disposables and offer 50 cent discounts each time you BYO cup. This could cover the extra cost of your soy or almond latte. Check out brands like Keep Cup and Frank Green to start sipping some of that liquid gold.

Hold onto your straws.

Millions of plastic straws end up in the ocean jeopardising marine life and the health of our planet. Fortunately, there is no longer a need for disposable plastic straws. Now you can find them in reusable materials like stainless steel, glass, silicone and bamboo—entirely affordable too. Next time, BYO straw!

Eat more vegetables.

Feel like a burger? Why not try a veggie burger? Many studies show that animal agriculture plays a large role in atmospheric greenhouse gases, excessive water use, and deforestation to name a few. With that in mind, replacing a few meat-filled meals a week with plant-based ones is certainly a really effective way to reduce your environmental impact!

There are plenty of ways you can practice being an every-day environmental hero—and they are incredibly simple, accessible, and affordable.