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Each month, we send our users 5 personal tips, covering the categories below:
The tips are personalised to each user's lifestyle, off the back of the answers given within their carbon calculator. We prioritise tip categories that will have the most significant carbon reduction impact.
 
Please see below a showcase of 8 tips, covering the first 4 categories above. In terms of Bonus tips, these are usually centered around governmental or community action (e.g. how to convince friends to make sustainable changes etc.)
 
The good news is that the levels of carbon emissions coming from egg production are significantly less than those emitted from meat:
So, if you're trying to skim down on your animal products overall, free-range, ethical eggs could be one to keep in your diet for now, at the expense of stamping out the high-carbon meats and fish.
 
That said, alike to any intensive farming, it has a number of negative impacts - among which are are ozone depletion, soil & water acidification and, of course, land occupation (here).
If you're wanting to keep eating eggs (or using eggs in your cooking), there's more good news: we've got some tried and tested alternatives that can really fill the gap: 
Above all, let us remember: when you eat eggs, you're eating the unborn child of a chicken. Sorry not sorry :)
There’s no doubt that cheese of any type—pasteurized or not; made from the milk of cows or goats or sheep—has a significant carbon impact compared with other food products. However, if you do choose the cheese and want to minimise your cheeseprint, go for soft cheese instead of hard.
Why? Well, this is because soft cheese has a significantly lower footprint per kilo than hard cheese. This is due to the fact that hard cheese nearly always requires more milk, a more extensive ageing process and longer cooking at higher temperatures. As a general rule of thumb, the younger the cheese, the lower the environmental impact, so soft cheese wins on this one. 
It's worth highlighting, however, that eaten quantity is also a factor here. For instance, whilst parmesan may have a significantly higher impact than feta per kilo, parmesan is eaten only in small quantities, so this may balance out emissions. Your best best is to stick with soft cheese, and eat cheese sparingly!
 
We also hope our diagram above makes one other thing clear, too: shorten your cheese chain! If you can get your hands on soft cheese, sold at a local, ethical dairy farm shop, you will minimise your cheeseprint furthr. 
Farm Shops Near Me

Traveling by train is generally considered the most eco-friendly long-distance method of transport. In the UK, cars and planes contribute to 26% of the total of UK’s total carbon emissions while trains account for a mere 1%!

So that's nearly 2/3 of the CO2 emissions saved if you travel long-haul via train vs plane - an emissions difference that gets even larger when we start to consider the nasty non-CO2 emissions caused by burning jet fuel (e.g Nitrogen Oxides):

Of course, there are differences in the carbon impact of different types of trains. For instance, while the number of electric trains are increasing, only around two fifths of the UK's rail tracks are electrified, thus acting as an access barrier for existing fully-electric trains. 

As with a number of other European countries, our UK National Rail is making efforts to electrify more lines. However, regardless of the time it takes to make our continent's rail networks electrified and wholly run on renewable energy, the data is clear: taking a train journey within or outside the UK for your holidays is the most eco-friendly long-haul travel option out there. 

So why not take a look at Interrail to plan your next trip? (Yes, Interrail is still fine even though we've left the EU!)

Interrail

Cutting down on the time you spend driving in your car is one sure way to cut down you carbon emissions. Even if just occasionally, switching driving to public transport or will significantly reduce your personal emissions.

But we understand it's not always that simple: you might be taking trips to isolated places with family, or live far away from public transport links, for example. Cars can provide convenience, and whilst we'll be encouraging you to start thinking about making the switch to electric or hybrid in the coming months, there are still some things you can do to make your car travel as eco-friendly as possible. 

The first of these is to understand that the carbon emissions coming from your vehicle are positively correlated with the weight of your car, and that any extra weight = extra emissions!

Now, this figure above may seem quite small, but let's look at it in context. Let's imagine you leave a toolbox, a bike rack and an old suitcase full of clothes in your car for 2 months. 

Assuming you're driving around 60 miles total per week, this would emit the following:

So please keep reminding yourself to travel light - the carbon (and financial!) savings really build up in the long run.

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Around 37% of the UK's annual carbon emissions come from the heating, with around 14% coming directly from heating our households. It's safe to say our home heating is responsible for a big chunk of our our overall emissions, and sadly, this is largely due to the widespread use of gas boilers. 
As you can see, direct electric heating generally emits anywhere up to 130 grams less of CO2 per kWh of heat - a difference that will only increase as our national grid becomes more-and-more renewable. You can therefore see why the government are on a mission to phase out gas boilers over the next 5 years.
Whilst it's actually quite easy to switch your gas to electric (and we'll tell you more on this next time!), one very viable option to look at is having 100% renewable gas supplied to your home.
 
In fact, there is only one provider in the UK that provides this 100% green gas, called Green Energy UK (GEUK): 
GE UK use the natural process anaerobic digestion, where micro-organisms break down organic material in the absence of any oxygen. This is a completely standard process that happens when organic waste breaks down.
 
Anaerobic digestion creates two gases: biomethane and carbon dioxide. The biomethane is supplied to our national gas grid, whilst the COis bottled and sent to local breweries to carbonate their drinks! 
Of course, it's impossible to direct the biomethane directly to your personal boiler, as this would require personal pipes! However, what makes this process incredibly ​eco-friendly is: 
We hope you'll agree that this team provide an incredibly innovative sustainable energy service! The only issue is pricing: alike with most innovative businesses, costs are high to create the biomethane. 
If you're ok with paying a tiny bit more, why not check them out? It's an incredibly easy switch to make, as no new infrastructure is needed. 
GE UK Biogas
They used to get a lot of bad press historically for their eco-credentials, but if you're lucky enough to have a dishwasher, make sure to use it well - as they really do use up a significant amount less water and energy on average.
 
Let's look firstly look at this Which? research conducted last year on the water usage by dishwashers vs washing up:
Assuming a (rather extravagant) meal for two including 2x dinner plates, dessert plates, soup plates, glasses, saucers, cups and sets of cutlery, Which? have found that using a dishwasher can save over 4x the amount of water vs washing up by hand.
 
Of course, it depends how you wash up - for example, creating washing up bath and stopping the tap running will clearly conserve more water than leaving the tap running. But this research above even assumes washing around two standard meal sets with one washing-up bowl (average capacity of nine litres) before you’d need to empty the water and fill it again, and still we get these results. 
Long story short, the dishwashers make water work for them efficiently, and in doing so, are nifty tools to conserve the water itself. But what about emissions?
Interestingly enough, dishwashers win out here too. Again, this is not one-size-fits-all and it does depend how you are heating your water, but the key piece is that there's generally less water to heat, so whichever way you heat your water and however energy-efficient your dishwasher, there is nearly always less emissions cost on heating water.
Now, we understand we've spoken about the power of dishwashers to save water and energy, but it is indeed an expensive and luxury item for many! If you are a washer-upper, there's also one confirmed method that is the most eco-friendly for water and emissions: the 'Double Basin' method:
Dental floss is a bathroom staple in most homes, but can cause an absolute nightmare for our natural world.
Luckily, we've got some better options for your planet-friendly flossing needs. The most promising are made from biodegradable silk rather than nylon, which is biodegradable, compostable and non-toxic. Of course, they're stored in easily-recyclable glass containers instead of plastic, and they're about £4 a pop:
It's worth noting that silk floss can definitely break a bit easier than nylon - and that the products above still do require manufacture (however ethical). What our team have ended up doing is just going for a good old reusable tooth pick! We're not dentists, but it really does the job for us. Just search for 'reusable toothpick' on google or see below:
 
Friendly-flossing: let's go!
The rise of fast fashion has brought a deadly surge in cheaper, easily-made clothing materials. Sadly, many of these materials contain synthetic fibres or microfibres, which are largely made from plastics. 
 
Whilst microfibres might sound like an innocent word, they've already caused one of our planet's trickiest challenges of this century so far, and they continue to make this problem bigger each and every day. 
 
So why are synthetic fibres so bad for our natural world?
Each of these three are bad news for our planet, but we can't stress enough the significance of number 3: the impact on our aquatic wildlife. Every single time you wash synthetic fibres in your washing machine, there's a high chance that you're releasing hundreds (and maybe thousands) of tiny plastic microfibres into our oceans. 
 
These microfibres can easily find their way through our water treatment centres and straight out to sea.
So how can you say see-ya to the synthetic? Well, the obvious answer is to avoid buying any clothing or household items containing any synthetic fibres:
Of course, it can be time consuming to look at labels of clothing sometimes. So why not shop at trusted ethical brands online? There are plenty around, so you're bound to find what you're looking for. 
Best Ethical Clothing

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