Five sustainability lifehacks for World Environment Day

It’s World Environment Day this Saturday 5 June, and more of us than ever are thinking about how we can reduce our impact on the planet.

It isn’t always easy to know where to start. ‘Going green’ can feel like an insurmountable challenge; do I have to buy an electric car overnight? Should I ditch my two-year old gas boiler? Am I allowed to fly anymore?

These are just a few of the questions that people tend to ask themselves when questioning their sustainability commitments.

The thing is – it doesn’t have to feel like such a mammoth task. Over the years, we’ve put together countless lifehacks that can gently lower your personal carbon footprint without making radical and immediate changes to your lives.

Here are five of our favourites:

How to cut down your email pollution

You might not think about it, but every time you ping someone an email, you are using energy – thanks to the infrastructure and electricity needed to send it. Collectively a typical year of incoming emails adds an extraordinary 136kg of emissions to a person’s carbon footprint.

Our tips to cut down on this unnecessary carbon expenditure include avoiding sending pointless emails, reducing participants on email chains and installing a spam tool. Check out our original post for more information on how to email your way to a greener life.

Switch to a green bank

Banking, much like other industries, is determined to become more sustainable. While lots of traditional banks are already working out how to become greener, there are a number of dedicated green banks – like Bunq and Doconomy – that have sustainability built into their cores.

Our original post explains which might be right for you, and why. It also gives an interesting insight into the rise of eco-friendly bank cards that you might find useful.

How can I travel more eco-friendly?

It’s well known that international travel can have quite an impact on the environment – from the planes you use to fly abroad to the taxis you catch to take you to and from your hotel, it all adds up.

Thankfully, there’s a wave of new apps designed to give you an idea of how much carbon your trip will ‘cost’ and what you can do to reduce it. Our post might prove helpful for people gearing up to go abroad when restrictions lift.

Recycling your old mobile phone

With the average person changing their mobile phone every 18 months, mobile waste from discarded handsets has been a big problem in the past. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore with lots of end-of-life options available for your trusty smartphone. We shared a few of these options in our initial blog.

Going ‘smart’ for the environment

Smart technology is known for its ability to create efficiencies around your home – but did you know it can have a positive impact on sustainability too? Smart meters, for example, monitor your electricity, gas and water usage – allowing you to have a view of your intake and adjust accordingly. Smart lighting can also be setup to turn off when you’re not in a room, helping you to keep tabs on energy consumption.

For more detail on how to setup your smart home, check out our article here.

Interested in all things green? We’ve published lots of posts about sustainability and the environment – here are a few more: