With a rise in awareness around environmental issues, it is important that we all do our part to reduce our waste and help heal our earth.
At Slice we like to do our part and help others to do so as well. Hopefully this article will provide some green inspo!
1. Bring your own bottle!
Did you know approximately 13 billion plastic bottles are used each year in the UK? That's a lot of pollution. Not to mention plastic pollutes our drinking water with harmful chemicals! You would be doing yourself and the environment a huge favour by using a reusable bottle. At Slice we make it easy with our filtered water fill up stations!
Even if you are in a hurry and had to grab that single-use plastic bottle make sure you recycle it!
2. Walk or Cycle: Good for your heart and the environment.
Sitting is the new smoking- a sedentary lifestyle raises your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Instead of driving or taking the bus/tube, invest in your health and sustainability by walking or cycling instead!
3. Recycle and Compost!
The different councils in London make recycling and composting so simple! Check your local council’s website for info on how to reduce your waste and be more sustainable. Here is info on our home council Hammersmith and Fulham - https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish/recycling-home
4. Pay your bills online / sign up for online statements
By switching to electronic bills, statements, and payments, the average household saves 6.6 pounds of paper, avoids producing 171 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, and saves .079 of a tree annually.
At Slice we are putting this into practice by not printing timetables! You can still find all scheduled classes on our website :)
5. Reusable takeaway coffee mugs
Around 2.5 billion coffee cups end up in landfill every year. They increase our plastic waste, creating an unnecessary strain on the environment.
Investing in a reusable coffee mug will help the earth and your wallet. Most coffee shops are offering discounts when you bring your own cup! Pret a Manger has recently doubled its discount to 50p off the usual price. This means, if you buy one coffee a day, you'll be saving £3.50 a week – about £180 a year.
Starting in the new year, Slice is not providing single use cups to reduce out waste.
6. Recycle coffee machine pods
If you’re a member at Slice you know we offer a free Nespresso coffee every time you come in. Thankfully, we make sure to recycle all of the capsules after they are used. However, if not recycled correctly, coffee pods are incredibly wasteful and harmful for the environment.
Do your best to recycle the pods if you use them or buy the biodegradable, earth-friendly versions! Here is an article that lists some of the best eco-friendly pods.
7. Cut down on your towel use
Save yourself some time and water usage by reusing towels. Whether you are staying at a hotel, sweating at a fitness studio/gym or just at home, reusing a towel saves a lot of water and energy!
At Slice we offer sweat towels for guests if you absolutely need one but most people choose to go without! This small switch goes a long way for sustainability.
Speaking of reusable towels, Slice is getting rid of all single use wipes and swapping it our for a more sustainable option!
8. Meatless Mondays (or just go vegan/vegetarian!)
Raising livestock for meat, eggs and milk generates 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the second highest source of emissions and greater than all transportation combined. It also uses about 70% of agricultural land, and is one of the leading causes of deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution.
On top of this, eating too much meat and dairy is making us sick, greatly increasing our risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, several major cancers (including breast, liver and prostate) and obesity. Not only is going meatless one day a week helpful in reducing your risk of chronic preventable diseases, it also helps you to reduce your global footprint.
If you want to make an even bigger step to helping the earth, consider a vegan or vegetarian diet! There are so many health benefits as well as drastically reducing your impact on the environment.
9. Bring your own straw
Since the 5p charge, we’ve reduced plastic bag use in England by a massive 85%. Let's do it with straws too! Single use plastic straws are too small to be processed by recycling plants so they end up flooding our land and oceans. They are incredibly harmful to sea life and never decompose!
You can get your hands on some super cool reusable straws like the Net Zero! (Drinks taste even better when you are saving the world)
10. Plant an herb garden (or grow your own veggies)!
Buying food that is locally grown from your farmer’s market or local grocer is a great way to minimise your environmental impact, but growing your own food takes it to the next level. Not only does it cut all emissions from transporting the food from the farm to you, but it’s a cheap and healthier alternative to store-bought produce!
You never really know what pesticides and chemicals are being used to treat the veggies you buy at the supermarket. Growing herbs and small veggies yourself is a super simple way to cut out the mystery and have pure and healthy produce! Not to mention you would be doing the environment a huge favour!
Thanks for reading, you are one step closer to reducing your impact on the earth. Share this around and get everyone talking, together we can do our part to save our planet.
Have any other ideas? Give us a shout! We would love to hear what you have to say.
Tag us in your posts if you put any of these tips to practice @slicefitness or tag #SliceGoesGreen to be featured on our insta!