Imagine that you’re Pluto. One day you’re a planet, quietly minding your own planetty business, doing planetty things on the edge of the solar system. The next, someone with a lab coat and a clipboard comes along and tells you that, actually, all things considered, you’re not a planet after all. That’s quite a big change. You'll have to get your business cards remade, not to mention change your LinkedIn bio, and maybe even notify your local council. It's not the sort of thing you can just brush off and take in your stride.
Not every change has to be that big though. Changing your socks is straight forward enough, and changing what side you’re lying on is so easy that you can do it in your sleep. There are lots of little changes you can make, which are so small that you’ll barely notice them, but that can add up to have a big impact.
With a bit (okay, a lot) of help from the brains at Do Nation, we’ve found a bunch of small changes that everyone can make to help look after the Earth, so that it doesn’t change. The final instalment is below, and if you’re the no-stone-unturned sort, you can catch up on the previous bits here and here
Instead of buying loads of stuff, buy well-made, long-lasting bits instead. And practice your DIY skills by fixing anything that breaks.
Closing the loop on the stuff you use is a great way to be more sustainable. Make sure you put your waste in the right bins and, if you haven’t already, apply to the council for a food waste bin so it can become compost.
Eating in season is cheap, natural, tasty and sustainable. You can check what’s in season by going to Eat The Seasons
Unsurprisingly, 60% of all road CO2 emissions come from passenger cars (and most are only carrying one person). Taking public transport, walking or sharing a ride can all help reduce your carbon footprint.
Most of us wear clothes every day and don’t always think too much about where they come from. Try and buy less stuff, made of more sustainable materials and from local places that protect their workers’ human rights.
Travelling for meetings can be more hassle than it’s worth and it’s not great for the planet either. Video conferencing means you can join in but without the road or air miles. And you can wear your pyjamas. Bottom half, anyway.
There’s loads of stuff you can do to reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill. Buying better quality, longer lasting stuff and repairing broken things really helps as well as always making sure you’re chucking your empties into the right bin.
When you want to give your nearest and dearest a little something, try making gifts or cooking them a meal, rather than getting a present delivered from miles away.
We’ve all got things at the back of the cupboard we hardly use (like that 10-speed screwdriver that’s still in the box). If we begged & borrowed from each other a bit more often then we’d save time and energy.
Zombies don’t do much thinking. They just wander around with their arms stretched out looking for their next meal. Don’t be a zombie. Think about the impact you’re having on the planet and make small changes where you can.
There we have it. 26 small changes that can add up to make a big difference to our planet. (But don't use the P word around poor Pluto.)