We're bombarded with scary stories and told that we must change our ways, and soon. The challenge can’t be understated and the situation may seem bleak, but there’s still hope. More than ever before, individual actions can make a difference.
We’ve collected these tips and tools on easy changes we can make to help reduce our impact and make a positive, lasting difference.
You can also access lots more inspiring articles and information on the practical and positive stuff happening in our What We Love blog.
First up, how to move past feeling hopeless
While many of us are concerned about the environment, far fewer make an effort to live in an environmentally-conscious way all the time. But it’s surprisingly easy to replace everyday essentials with eco-friendly alternatives without any inconvenience as this article explains.
You may live a sustainable lifestyle at home, but what about while out and about or on holiday? Here are some practical steps you can take to limit your impact on the environment when you’re exploring the world.
If you love your coffee in the morning, here are some guidelines to make sure it’s eco-friendly and responsibly sourced. Coffee itself can be a source of environmental devastation, with 2.5 million acres of Central American rainforest having been cleared to cultivate the crop, so following these tips will contribute to making a difference.
Support your local food producers
Reduce the food miles your groceries travel by shopping closer to home. The Campaign to Protect Rural England suggests sourcing goods that have been produced within a 30-mile radius of where you live. Your country has hundreds of food markets that sell local produce, so make time to visit one this weekend!
Switch from Google or Yahoo and use Ecosia.
They use the profits from your searches to plant trees where they are needed most. Get the free browser extension and plant trees with every search.
Check before you chuck
Do you look at packaging and wonder whether you should bin it or recycle it? You may be surprised that up to 70 percent of everyday household waste can be recycled or reused in some way, but many of us throw it in the bin if we’re not sure. If in doubt, check this very useful website for advice on what to do.
Upcycle, upcycle, upcycle
Haven’t you heard? Vintage is well and truly in! One of the best ways you can be mindful of the environment is by upcycling or reusing clothes, furniture and other items in your life – and at work! Upcycle That is full of great ideas and, of course, we can help too!
Use this eco shopping checklist
Being an informed, conscious consumer can have far-reaching effects when it comes to making a real, positive difference to our environment. Get started with this simple forest-friendly shopping checklist that you can use each time you hit the shops.
Share the load
The leading UK car share provider, Liftshare.com, says that commuters who regularly opt to share a lift with someone who’s heading the same way can on average save about £900 each year.
This animated film tells the reality of soil resources around the world and covers degradation, urbanization, land-grabbing and overexploitation. It also offers options to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable.
Switch over to renewables
Choosing to switch to 100% renewable power isn't just a 'feel good' thing to do, it has a very real impact on the environment, and will save money.
Check out our tips and tools on rewilding, which is THE best technology to abate climate change. And it's easier than you may think!
Declare an emergency!
Declaring an emergency is the first step, but it is the changes we make to reduce our carbon output that truly matter. Leap has created these free downloadable resources to align those declarations of emergency and provide a face to the voices of change. Everyone has a responsibility to help the planet and as creatives, they believe it sustainability should be accessible. Use these downloads as a tool to bring a unified identity to your actions and share with others!