April 21, 2022

World Earth Day 22nd April 2022

Today is World Earth Day; a whole day to celebrate all things earth but also focus on sustainability. We all need to do our bit so we wanted to share how some small changes to our lifestyles can make the world better for everyone.

To learn more about Earth Day visit: Earth Day 2022 | Invest in Our Planet™

Five Ways To Make A Difference

There are so many small and pocket-friendly changes we can all make to be kinder to our planet, here’s five ways to make a difference.

Choose sustainably sourced timber  

By specifying and buying FSC or PEFC timber, you can be sure that it has been sustainably sourced from managed forests, and is not contributing to deforestation. MKM is proud to supply both FSC and PEFC timber, with complete chain of custody.

To find out more visit: PEFC – Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

Home Page | Forest Stewardship Council (fsc.org)

Use less water

Water is growing scarcer for billions of people, through physical shortages, lack of infrastructure, unpredictable rain and extended droughts, so we should conserve where we can. Using less water can save money too, turning off the tap when you brush your teeth could save 24 litres per day per person, or 8700 litres a year, equivalent to over £20.

To find out more visit: Yorkshire Water – Save water or your regional water company.

Reduce energy use at home

Insulating your loft space can cut bills in the long term by reducing the energy needed to heat your home. If you turn down your thermostat by 1degree C, turn off appliances rather than leaving them on standby, or only boil the water you need in a kettle and you could save over £100 a year.

To find out more visit:  Energy advice for your home – Energy Saving Trust

Change your bulbs or turn off lights

LED lights can help reduce your CO2 emissions and also save money. Switch to an LED bulb from a 100W incandescent bulb and you could save up to £9 per bulb a year, based on 1.5hrs a day, and a 850-lumen bulb.

To find out more visit: Guide to energy efficient lighting – Energy Saving Trust

Use less plastic

Not only is plastic made from fossil fuel, which releases carbon, but it’s hard to dispose of and is filling up our oceans. Can you switch from single-use water bottles or coffee cups to a reusable one that can be recycled?  

To find out more visit: End Plastic Pollution – Earth Day

For more information on products to insulate your home, or save water visit your local MKM.