There has been much discussion about ‘low impact living’, the environment and our impact on it. It’s increasingly difficult to discern the ‘truth’ about the environment amid the background noise and individuals and organisations with loud voices and often hidden vested interests. So what are we to do?
- Do your own research – very time consuming and well outside the reach of most people
- Take an educated guess about what is good/best practice and come up with a plan
- Forget about the bigger picture and live a simple life
- Adopt the view that the problem is too big for you to make any difference and carry on regardless.
- Something else entirely
A responsible approach to Low Impact Living
Here at EcoHip we try to take a responsible approach to ‘low impact living’ and ‘low impact business’ and we’d like to do two things. Firstly to share our approach with you and in doing so encourage you to act responsibly and secondly to hear what you do, would like to do or would like us to do within the context of ‘low impact living’.
We actively seek to foster ‘low impact living’ by doing the following:
- Bring products to the market that don’t have a negative effect on health
- Research, use and even develop modern packaging solutions that have a reduced impact on the environment (more on that subject in the coming weeks)
- minimise or eliminate chemicals that harm us and our environment
- Recommend products that are effective, pleasant to use and safe for all the family
- Encourage individual responsibility for our own environmental footprint
- Suggest ways we can improve our ‘low impact living’ lifestyle
- Ask our suppliers to improve their environmental performance
Improving our approach to Low Impact living
The main, but not exclusive, areas we can improve our ‘low impact living’ are:
- Travel – minimise use of cars/planes/trains/buses in favour of cycling/walking etc
- Reduce consumption of electricity, gas, water and fossil fuels
- Re use everything possible
- Where reasonable prolong the life of clothes, electrical goods, mobile phones, cars, buildings etc through good maintenance and a policy of make do and mend where possible.
- Where items have truly reached the end of their life recycle in the best possible way – even using components of unserviceable items in innovative ways – what may be broken on your appliance might be available from another source as a pre used item
- Select new equipment that has low energy/water consumption as standard and produces as little waste as possible.
- Avoid using chemicals in the home/workplace and replace by natural compounds that are available.
We would like to hear your ideas about low impact living, what you do currently, plan to do, what frustrates you and what you’d like us to do?