Invest in our planet, but not just for Earth Day
The theme for this year’s Earth Day is to invest in our planet. This might mean making changes as an individual, calling for more action from organisations and governments, or simply raising awareness and educating others in general about the importance of protecting our planet.
Investing in our planet isn’t something to do just once a year - it requires change. If you feel overwhelmed by the mission of tackling the climate crisis, we’ve listed out 5 simple changes that you can make today, that'll hopefully last for longer than just a day.
Compost your food
Did you know we waste about a third of our food? Food waste is a massive contributor to climate change. In fact, if food waste was a country, it’d be the world’s third-biggest emitter after China and the US. One quick switch you can make to combat this is to compost your food. If you don’t have a garden to fit a compost bin in, you can request a small kitchen caddy from your local council and check to see if they do a weekly food collection.
Pick up litter while you’re out
This is a simple change that you can be more conscious of while you’re out on a run or a walk. If you don’t fancy keeping an eye out for litter wherever you go, you can concentrate your litter picking efforts into one day and join a local cleanup. Have a look online or use this map to find a local cleanup near you - Community pages on Facebook, Instagram or NextDoor also advertise cleanups, so be sure to have a browse!
Switch to online billing
Let’s be honest, it’s not ideal seeing the letters pile up in your hallway, on your side table, or wherever your paper bills tend to end up. You can easily log in to any of your bills accounts online and switch to paperless billing if you haven’t yet done so. This can prevent unnecessary printing of paper that is more than likely going to end up in the bin.
Carry a reusable bag
Another simple change, you can make is to carry a reusable bag around with you. You can even purchase ones that scrunch up into a tiny ball and fit in a coat pocket so it’s no extra hassle. It’s estimated that 4 trillion plastic bags are used every year, with one bag spending as much as 1,000 years in landfill.
Share your car or rent a shared one
We couldn’t create this list without encouraging you to make the switch to car sharing. Driving a car is fundamentally an unsustainable practice. However, through car sharing we hope to initiative a move away from car ownership as a necessity. By sharing vehicles between larger groups of people, we can reduce the number of cars on our roads and demonstrate that we can do more with less.
If you want to make a difference that will last beyond just today, enter your reg details here and see if your car is eligible for sharing. Alternatively if you were looking to rent a car, use Karshare instead of a traditional car hire company and know that you’re making use of cars that already exist on our roads.
Use our 24 hour flash sale code EARTHDAY22 for £22 off your next rental. Single use code, expires 10:00 on Saturday 23rd April 2022, minimum rental value of £50 required.