Caring For The Great Outdoors: Invasive Species & Litter Bugs

The Great Outdoors might not stay ‘great’ for long, unless you do something about it…

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise for you to hear that we’re all rather passionate about the environment here; in fact, an undying passion for the great outdoors is something of an occupational hazard for us here. As a result, we’ve all got our fair share of ‘dos and don’ts’ that make up our everyday milieu and although they might seem a little extreme to some, we feel that if more people adopted these minor lifestyle changes then the world would be a much better place!

If you love the great outdoors as much as we do then you then why not considering making one of these lifestyle changes?

Beware of Invasive Plants!

Whilst 52% of the country might be living in fear of foreign invaders, these people are no doubt blissfully unaware of the thousands of organisms that are spreading unchecked throughout the UK and, unlike the European immigrants that they fear, could quite seriously ruin the value of their home.

Plants such as Giant hogweed, Rhododendron ponticum and Himalayan balsam all have a negative impact on the environment, not to mention house prices, and should be dug out or destroyed if found. Other plants have even got legislation that punishes those who negligently spread fragments of invasive plants, indeed if you happen to fall foul of a Japanese knotweed law then you may be heavily fined or even imprisoned!

Recycle, recycle, recycle

For thousands of people around the world, recycling has become second nature, but that doesn’t mean that our work has been done just yet! In order for the world to thrive it’s important that everyone pitches into the global recycling effort, which means that you should always be paying close attention to what you’re throwing away.

Sorting out your glass and tins might be a firm part of your routine, but are you as vigilant when you’re getting rid of your plastics and cardboard too? Many plastics can be recycled, so it’s a good idea to take a close look at any packaging that comes your way (especially food!) as you might find that you could be recycling more than you already do!

Buy locally sourced food!

This one can prove to be a little tricky, especially if you’re living in a built up area. The carbon footprint for many groceries that are now considered ‘everyday’ is extortionate; in fact some of the UK’s favourite fruits and veg, including bananas, tomatoes and oranges, have to travel thousands of miles to reach their destination before making their way into our mouths. There’s no easy way to say this, but these are luxuries that we should no longer indulge in!

You can help improve the environment by choosing to only buy foods that are produced in the UK. Whilst you might find that your meals start to resemble War-time rations (expect to be eating a lot of meat and two veg) at least you’ll be able to be satisfied knowing that your food hasn’t damaged the environment on its journey to your mouth.