The 2020 COP26 conference gave world leaders an opportunity to discuss some important questions about the world we live in. Perhaps the most pressing was: what can we do to reduce our carbon footprint? Most experts agree that carbon emissions are contributing to climate change. So what can we as individuals do to help avert a climate crisis? Here are a couple of ideas. Neither one requires much effort, but you might be surprised by the results.
Do away with chemicals – try natural cleaning instead
A lot of household cleaning products that you find in the supermarket contain all sorts of horrible chemicals. Many are seriously bad for the environment, too. Window cleaners, polishes, anti-bacterial sprays... they all contain synthetic ingredients that end up poisoning our waterways when they’re flushed down the sink. Why would you want to use those kinds of products in your home?
The good news is you don’t have to. In fact, we know of two really powerful, and totally natural, alternatives. The first is steam. A product like the Thane H2O HD, for example, produces concentrated steam which cuts through grease and grime, no trouble at all. It’s got a large water-tank and mop head, too, which means you get more done in less time. Plus, it comes with all sorts of handy attachments, which allows you to switch from steam cleaning your kitchen floor, say, to handheld cleaning round your bathroom.
Another option is the Thane H2O e3. It’s not a steam cleaner but it does help keep your home clean and sanitised, naturally. It uses two substances found in every household – table salt and tap water – mixed with a little electricity to create two potent oxidants. These are totally harmless to humans and pets but strong enough to kill 99.9% of bacteria, germs and viruses. Plus, they make light work of the kind of grime you tackle each week as part of your household chores.
Try a less-meat, more-veg diet
A 2018 study by the University of Oxford found that cutting down on the number of dairy products and meat you eat can cut your carbon footprint by over 70%. The process involved in producing dairy and meat products is responsible for around 60% of the farming industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. So switching to a less-animal, more plant-based diet is a good way to do your bit for the planet.
Cooking with no dairy or meat products is easier with both the FlavorStone Diamond and FlavorCast pans. Both are built with a PFOA-free non-stick coating which means you can cook with no oil at all. Not only is it better for your waistline, but it’s better for the environment, too. Fat that gets poured down the drain can often end up contributing to ‘fatbergs’ – giant lumps of fatty waste that clog up the drainage systems. So, cooking your meat and dairy-free meals in a FlavorStone Diamond or FlavorCast pan is a good way to cook more healthily, without harming the planet.