Reducing Impact

We can all do our bit to reduce our impact on the planet. Some positive choices are big decisions, some are just a matter of getting into good habits. For example:

1) Keep your fridge out of direct sunlight for better energy efficiency. Position your fridge and freezer in the coolest part of the kitchen, or even in the garage for effective energy savings.

2) Due to the current ratio of plastic to plankton in our seas and oceans, whales and other marine life feed on one third plastic for every two thirds of plankton. Make simple changes in your life to reduce your impact on the planet.

3) Malta has one of the highest road density networks in the world, with some 2,500km of roads, along with 47 new cars* added to the roads every single day making approximately 380,000 registered vehicles, but there are viable alternatives for a greener, cleaner future…
*Times Of Malta August 9, 2018

4) A low flow showerhead will save you water! Change your showerhead today to save up to 160,000 litres of water a year for the average family of four.

5) Make sure you turn off your electronic devices that are not in use. Even when appliances are not in use they are still using power. Either unplug unused devices or switch off the power bank at the mains.

6) Get in a good habit. Increasingly retailers and restaurants here in Malta are getting with a more environmentally friendly way of thinking, switching from plastic straws, cutlery, cups and bags to a more sustainable alternative. Get in the habit of making a more responsible choice when eating and drinking out, wherever possible avoid one-use plastics.

7) Insulate your home. Insulating your home is one of the best eco-friendly tips for your home, because homes that aren’t insulated are harder, and more expensive, to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The government also offers various rebate schemes for some forms of insulation.

8) Make sure you receive your bills and statements electronically. Ask your service providers to set up your accounts with all your statements, phone bills, bank or credit card statements on line to help reduce paper production. 

9) On your bike…. In 2018 it was reported that there were approximately 380,000 cars on the road in Malta. With an increase of 47 cars per day*, Malta is one of the highest capita to car ratios in Europe. Traffic is here to stay. So why not take advantage of the government grant scheme that supports bicycle and pedalac purchases. *Times Of Malta August 9, 2018

10) Make your daily shop a positive one.  Supermarkets in Malta are beginning to get behind sustainability and now allow shoppers to bring their own containers to be filled at the deli counter, offer recycled bags, stocking more environmentally friendly products and other environmentally conscious options. Encourage Supermarkets to push further by making the most of these alternatives. 

11) Use less disposable items. Take ice cream in a cone, rather than a cup (you can eat the cone too!). Take your own travel mug when you buy a coffee.  Take a refillable water bottle with you. Don’t forget your reusable shopping bags and containers, and if you forget to take them with you, try to insist on recycled bags and containers.

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