It’s been a while since I last wrote. It’s not for want of trying, but since I’ve been at The Old Surgery I’ve been the busiest I’ve ever been with clients. It’s a fantastic position to be in as so many therapists struggle to turn their passion into a full-time job, but it does mean I don’t get the chance to write as much as I’d like, and writing is my second greatest love!
This post is a bit of a departure for me because it’s not about the work that I do, but it is about something that matters to me a great deal, and that’s saving our planet. While I was doing some research for this article I found a few interesting facts:
- It takes more energy to make 1 kg of paper than it takes to make 1 kg of steel
- 1 kwh of electricity from a UK plug socket takes almost 3 kwh of energy to produce
- Switching from the font ‘Arial’ to ‘Century Gothic’ saves 30% ink on printing
- Around 16,000 litres of water is consumed to make just 1 kg of beef
- Recycling a single 330 ml aluminium drink can saves enough energy to power a TV for over 3 hours
- It takes around 2,700 litres of water to make a single cotton t-shirt
Far too many people think that they’re powerless to effect change; or believe that it’s up to politicians to save the World. Whilst undoubtedly it’s true that they could always do more, if we all became more conscious consumers we could make a difference. It’s not just about the “big stuff”, as these facts beautifully illustrate.
I’ve made a pledge to set aside some time every day to think about how I can do more to reduce my carbon footprint, and here are 10 things I’ve decided to do, or am already doing:
- Switching off sockets when not in use (including unplugging my devices as soon as they’re charged)
- Making my clothes last twice as long between washes
- Only printing things when absolutely necessary
- Trying to restrict my clothes buying to second-hand and charity shops
- Switching the font I use for items that are going to be printed
- Eating plant-based and seasonally as much as possible
- Using the local refilling service for things like laundry liquids, shampoos and soaps
- Using natural cleaning products
- Growing my own salad greens
- Using loose tea instead of tea bags
It’s all easy stuff, right? Can you make a pledge to do 10 things to help save the World?