Environment & Sustainability

10 Actions You Can Take to Combat Climate Change

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With the climate crisis worsening, sustainable lifestyle changes are more important than ever. In August 2021, the United Nations declared that human activity had already warmed the planet irreversibly, making adverse weather events significantly more likely in future*.

 

Climate change is already here, but there are actions we can all take to make our travel, eating, shopping and general living habits more sustainable.

 

Making sustainable changes to your lifestyle can help to reduce your waste and emissions, protect wildlife and habitats, and safeguard the planet for future generations.

 

Here are ten ways you can do your bit to live more sustainably:

 

1. Reduce Your Food Waste

 

Millions of tonnes of food are wasted every year in the UK, which is a huge drain on the resources that have gone into producing ingredients, including water, energy and labour. Cutting down on food waste therefore means reducing the amount of wasted resources that could be harming the environment.

 

frozen vegetables

 

Here are some steps you can take to reduce food waste in your household:

 

  • Always check your fridge, freezer and cupboards before going food shopping to prevent yourself buying something you already have
  • Plan your shopping list and menu for the week in advance and only buy what you need
  • Check the drawer of your fridge for any forgotten vegetables and use them to make a soup or stir fry
  • Make use of your freezer – chop and freeze any fresh herbs or veg that you’re not going to use straight away to preserve them for longer
  • Add leftovers or peelings to a compost heap to create your own fertiliser

2. Grow Your Own Ingredients

 

If you’re fortunate enough to have outdoor space or access to an allotment, growing your own fruit and veg can be a great way to bring more sustainability to your lifestyle and eat more seasonally.

 

Eating seasonal produce out of season can come with a huge carbon footprint, as it may be grown with the use of artificial heat or light, before being transported potentially thousands of miles to reach your table.

 

However, you can eliminate this by growing your own fruit, veg and herbs, which will also mean you’re cutting down on packaging waste.

 

3. Reduce Your Meat Consumption

 

Meat production is something else that can have a significant carbon footprint; people are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of the meat industry on the planet and making the switch to more vegetarian or vegan meals as a result.

 

plant-based burgers

 

Eating a plant-based diet can have benefits for your health as well as the environment. There are so many tasty, nutritious alternatives to meat available, including tofu, jackfruit, lentils, and even ‘chicken’ and ‘beef’ products made from plant-based proteins such as soy instead.

 

If you’re purchasing fish, always check that it’s been sourced sustainably; we ensure this is the case for the fish oil used in our Omega-3 supplements by only fishing from waters where overfishing is not an issue and by using sustainable extraction methods.

 

4. Research the Brands You Buy From

 

Do your research into the brands you’re buying from to check their stance on sustainability. Do they take steps to offset their emissions? Do they invest in the local community?

 

At MINAMI®, we ensure that the fish oil in our Omega-3 supplements is sourced from the cool, unpolluted waters of the South Pacific, and we focus on sourcing sustainable species of fish, including anchovies, sardines and mackerel, that aren’t endangered.

 

 

We use a patented supercritical CO2 extraction process to extract our Omega-3 from the fish oil, which allows us to guarantee higher purity supplements, meaning you’ll be getting more of what you need, and less of what you don’t.

 

We also have an Omega-3 supplement that’s made from algae oil rather than fish oil, VeganDHA, which is a great option if you follow a plant-based diet.

 

 

5. Recycle Properly

 

We all know the importance of recycling, but are you recycling properly? It’s likely that your local council has allocated bins for different types of recyclable waste, so it’s essential that you’re using these in the right way.

 

For example, some plastic bins don’t allow you plastic bottle lids or they may only accept ‘bottle-shaped’ plastics. Take the time to make sure you’re absolutely certain of what you can and can’t recycle in your local area to prevent energy being wasted at any stage of the process.

 

6. Cut Down on Plastic

 

It’s essential to recycle as much as you can, but it’s even better if you aren’t using some materials, such as single-use plastic, in the first place.

 

woman drinking from reusable coffee cup

 

Invest in a good reusable water bottle, coffee cup and some metal straws, and look for local stores where you’re able to fill your own containers with cereal, pasta and other groceries.

 

7. Make Your Bathroom Greener

 

Another way to cut down on plastic is to take steps to make your bathroom greener. The average bathroom houses a lot of plastic, so consider buying packaging-free soap and shampoo bars, and research more sustainable alternatives to sanitary pads and tampons.

 

8. Reuse, Repurpose, Rehome

 

Fast fashion can also come with significant emissions, so try to cut down on what you’re buying and care for your clothes in the right way to help them to last for longer.

 

Shopping for vintage or second-hand clothes can help to prevent garments being needlessly thrown away, while customising unwanted items can be another way to give them a new lease of life.

 

9. Limit Unnecessary Journeys

 

Travelling by public transport is much better for the environment than driving, but walking or cycling are even more sustainable ways to get around.

 

woman cycling to work

 

Try to limit unnecessary journeys by car and walk or cycle as much as possible. Not only is this better for the planet, but it’s also a much healthier way to travel, as you’ll be getting in extra exercise. Walking outdoors can be a good way to immerse yourself in nature and practise mindfulness too.

 

Carry out work meetings virtually where you can to minimise unnecessary travel even further.

 

10. Reduce Your Energy Usage

 

There are lots of little ways you can reduce your household energy usage, such as:

 

  • Switching the lights off whenever you leave a room
  • Turning off appliances at the socket, rather than leaving them on standby
  • Investing in energy-saving light bulbs
  • Wash your clothes at a lower temperature
  • Hanging washing out to dry naturally instead of using the tumble dryer whenever possible
  • Turn your thermostat down by a couple of degrees
  • Invest in a smart meter to track your energy usage

 

At MINAMI®, we pride ourselves on using sustainable methods to source and create our Omega-3 supplements. Read more about how our supplements are made here:

 

How are MINAMI®Omega-3 Supplements Made?

Environment & Sustainability

How are MINAMI®Omega-3 Supplements Made?

MINAMI® Omega-3 supplements are made using sustainable processes.

2020-09-29 15:02:23By minami

 

* https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58130705

Improve your Omega-3 levels by using MINAMI® supplements regularly. For best results and to see significant changes in your health, a daily usage of at least 3 months is recommended.



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