Honda - 9 simple ways to be more eco-friendly

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Having a greener lifestyle doesn’t need to be overwhelming, but it can be hard to know where to start. Here are Honda’s nine top tips for a green lifestyle...

1) Reduce, reuse and recycle. A large percentage of UK households still do not recycle. Therefore, the best way to start is by having a recycling bin next to your waste bin. Paper and card are simple to separate and are the most valuable materials to recycle. Also, minimise food waste by meal planning and making the most of leftovers.

2) Lower household emissions. Switch to energy-efficient LED light bulbs, which last longer than tungsten or halogen bulbs whilst using less electricity. When using your washing machine, choose the cold-water setting, this reduces CO2 emissions when generating electricity to heat water.

3) Renewable energy. Switch to a renewable energy supplier. Energy is generated from renewable sources such as hydro, solar, wind and even anaerobic digestion, where animal and vegetable waste is processed to release a methane-rich gas that is burned. There are more green energy suppliers than ever before, so you should be able to find one that meets your needs.


4) Increase insulation. It might be worth adding loft insulation to the equivalent of 270mm of mineral wool. It can be added through holes in a wall, you’ll just need to contact a specialist company. If your home doesn’t have double glazing, it might be worth looking into an upgrade.

5) Change your commute. Can you walk or cycle instead? If you drive, keep your car in tip-top condition. Low tyre pressure can increase fuel usage and speed up wear and tear, leading to increased rubber particle pollution.

6) Switch to an electric car. Go green with an electric or hybrid car. The most common theme among electric car drivers was that they wanted to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and protect the environment. Electric and hybrid vehicles use less energy and emit fewer pollutants over their lifetime.

Cars like the CR-V Hybrid, Jazz Hybrid and upcoming HR-V Hybrid might help bridge the gap if you are unsure about going all-electric. They are all self-charging meaning you only have to go to the petrol station to keep going.

Are you ready to go all-electric? The Honda e is a compact car that takes up less space on the road, weighs less, requires less energy during construction, and the manufacturing of the battery is the biggest contributor to an electric car’s lifetime emissions.

7) Eat low-impact foods. The food we eat has a huge impact on our climate and environment. Eating homegrown or locally-sourced food will minimise ‘food miles’ and will reduce the effects of transporting. Buy food from local producers where possible and look for sustainable packaging that reduces energy consumption when transported.

8) Shop sustainably. Support brands that minimise packaging and, where possible, use sustainable and recyclable methods to reduce waste.

9) Adopt a green attitude. Green living is showing respect for the environment and choosing sustainable options when we can. Reducing or eliminating air pollutants makes the air we breathe in clean, which means good health. Also, green and renewable energy helps reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide, reducing your carbon footprint.


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