BY Molly Saunders

Climate change is a massive issue affecting the world today. 

With gloomier reports being released every week, you may be wondering what we can do to improve the situation. Here’s a list of 7 simple, everyday things that you can do to become more eco-friendly.

1.     Buy a keep cup/reusable water bottle

We all love a good cup of coffee to get us through those 9ams. However, if a disposable cup is your normal go to, you might want to consider investing in a keep cup.

Australians throw away approximately 1 billion coffee cups a year. As the second highest contributor to landfill, they fall just behind the main culprit, plastic bottles. So next time you need a caffeine hit or want to stay hydrated, do it the sustainable way!

2.     Support sustainable brands

With big industries and brands playing a major role in the climate crisis, it can be hard to know who to choose when buying things such as food, clothing and cosmetics. If you’re wanting to be more conscious as a consumer, keep an eye out for these eco certifications next time you shop.

3.     Try meat free Mondays

Animal agriculture plays a major role in deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. Organisations such as the UN, Greenpeace, WWF and even our beloved David Attenborough have all recommended reducing meat and dairy consumption. Cutting out meat for just one day a week can have a huge impact - so give it a go!

4.     Drive less

If a car is your usual mode of transport to and from uni or work, you may want to reconsider. We all know that cars are one of the worst contributors when it comes to air pollution, so instead opt for public transport, or even better, walk or ride a bike.

5.     Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose

Make sure to always recycle at home and on campus. UNSW has recycling facilities for all kinds of items, including electrical goods, printer cartridges and even mobile phones. Repurposing old belongings can help reduce landfill waste and is also a great way to save money.

6.     Get thrifty

Op shops aren’t just great for your wallet, they’re good for the environment too! Fast fashion is creating a throwaway culture, meaning clothing is a becoming a big part of landfill. Next time you need some new threads or want to do away with some old ones, think about donating or op shopping first.

7.     Switch off and unplug

When it comes to reducing your carbon footprint, saving electricity is one of the easiest steps you can take. Remembering that switching off any unnecessary lights or turning off any appliances when not in use can help save the environment and your power bill.

It may seem small, but with a few easy steps, we can all work towards a greener, more sustainable future.

Molly is a journalism student who loves The Office, Oreos and online shopping. Her go-to brunch order is overpriced smashed avo and an almond milk latte. Follow her on Instagram.

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