How Are You Impacting the Environment?
Humans are the real threat to life on earth. Every day we’re affecting the environment in hundreds of ways, even just as individuals: Our daily use of transport, our excessive use of plastic, food waste, electricity are all damaging factors. In fact, there are more than 500 million cars in the world, and it has been suggested that by 2030 the number will rise to 1 billion.
Daily Activities Affecting the Environment
It’s worrying to note how people’s daily habits are beginning to destroy the environment. Many people are simply not aware of the extent of damage their actions are causing; sometimes you need to see it to believe it. From driving cars to work, watching the television or wasting your food, our daily habits are having a huge effect on the environment one way or another.
The majority of the UK drives to and from work, with the average commuter driving around an hour. That means 2 hours a day just for work!
The UK is home to 32.5 million passenger cars, meaning the effect on the environment is massive. Even if you aren’t driving to work, transport in general makes up 25% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions alone.
Have a look at the Gov.uk site to find out what your personal CO₂ emissions are and see how impactful you really are on a day to day basis, just with your car alone.
Spending Time on Electronic Devices
The average screen time in the UK is 3 hours and 23 minutes per day. This suggests we spend around 50 days every year on our screens. Our electricity load is increasing significantly meaning we are using a variety of fuels that impact the environment.
It’s virtually impossible to avoid any type of screen in this modern day, just imagine how much electricity you are using all together!
This is an important one that can absolutely destroy the environment. If people were to quit recycling all together, garbage would pile up, landfills would increase, greenhouse gases would increase, fossil fuels would disappear sooner, and natural resources would diminish rapidly.
Many people think to consider recycling when throwing things away, however, little do they know those extra moments could make such a difference.
Excessive use of plastic
We have 9.2 billon tonnes of plastic to deal with. Plastic is used for everything: water bottles, bags, plastic containers and more. We rely on plastic a considerable amount and yet it’s a major pollutant to the environment.
Plastic cannot biodegrade naturally. As more plastic is getting thrown away, landfills are filling up and millions of marine animals are dying every year.
How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
We all want to live in a greener, safer world, something which may seem impossible, but it’s not. If, every day, we all thought about tweaking our habits, we could potentially see a noticeable change.
To start with, think about making your drive to work greener and safer, for example walking (if it’s close enough). In addition, you can consider the transport you use and the cars you’re driving so that you can reduce your carbon emissions as much as possible. Car sharing and more efficient, eco-friendly vehicles are all ways you can start reducing your carbon footprint, today.
Also, have a think about the 5 R’s:
- Refuse – Avoid single use plastics and paper products and opt for reusables
- Reduce – Stop buying unnecessary items, be mindful to what you really need
- Reuse – Aim to keep items out of the Landfill, reuse what you can and simply repair it if it breaks
- Rot – Set up a compost system for your food waste
- Recycle – Recycle any plastics, paper, glass or metal correctly
There are plenty of ways you can reduce your CO₂ emissions and carbon footprint, just a little thought is required.
Tanshire Parks’ Growing Sustainable Effort
We recently conducted a survey involving all our business park tenants, looking into a typical day at the office, from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. We looked into the environmental impact they would have on a day to day basis to find out how we can improve our sustainable efforts, and whether or not they feel happy in their working environment.
40% of our tenants say their commute to work takes 10-25 minutes, and only 10% commute for 40 mins and an hour. This suggest our tenants are generally quite local, emitting less
carbon then many other business parks. We also have an onsite café which 85% of our tenants say they enjoy using for meetings, lunches and more. This lowers the impact on the environment as most of the activities stay on site within our facilities.
We are continually aiming to create an environmentally friendly workspace for our tenants so that they can get the best out of their offices at Tanshire Park whilst treating the environment correctly.
86% of our tenants say our facilities are perfect for their needs and enables them to do their job, which we are thrilled to share as this is one of our primary ‘tenants’, advocating an environmentally friendly office space.
Join an Eco-conscious Business Environment
If you’re looking for a modern office space with great facilities and space, get in contact today. Our sustainable efforts are at the forefront of everything we do as we love creating safe, inclusive spaces for all our tenants. Call us on 01483 572999 and we will happily answer any questions you may have.