The world is suffering, chemicals and pesticides are poisoning our water systems.
In 2015 an environment agency study showed that only 17% of English rivers are in good environmental health and only 0.08% of rivers are deemed high quality.
The UK is due to fail to meet the legally agreed EU targets, the deadline for which has already been extended once for us. There is only so much the government can do, through industrial legislation and attempting to clean the already polluted rivers. What is needed is for the general public to do their bit and take some action at home to help prevent pollution reaching the rivers in the first place.
We could all help by switching a few household habits:
1. Switch your cleaning products to environmentally friendly alternatives, I have previously reviewed several environmentally friendly shop bought products, which really do work as well as the usual best selling brands. Not only will it stop the chemicals heading down the drain and polluting the waterways but the nasty chemicals won’t be in touch with your family. You can either buy eco-friendly cleaning products or you can make your own from natural ingredients.
A few of my favourite homemade cleaning recipes are:
Multi purpose cleaner: 2 litres of water, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda.
Limescale: soak a cloth in vinegar and tie it around the lime-scaled appliance, leave for 30 minutes and wash off
Burnt on food: use baking soda with a touch of water to scour the tough marks off kitchen surfaces gently.
Toilet cleaner: sprinkle with baking soda and then pour vinegar over.
2. If you need the services of a pest control company think of using one which uses non-toxic sustainable methods of pest control: using the “pest” animals natural predators instead of poisoning them and leaving them to suffer for days before dropping dead “somewhere” and rotting stinking up your house.
The poisons used to kill pests are often washed into water systems, which of course kill other non-targeted animals it comes across.
3. Purchasing organic or locally grown fruits and vegetables. Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of pesticides, man made fertilisers or genetically modified plants. Locally grown produce mean that less transport is needed and this environmentally friendly in another sense.
Eutrophication occurs when fertiliser is washed off the soil or drains down into groundwater, this causes mass growth of algae in the waterways, which uses up all the oxygen in the water and causes fish and other aquatic creatures. Insecticides, herbicides and fungicides get washed into waterways and leads to toxins and carcinogens getting into human drinking water. These pesticides also reduce biodiversity by destroying weeds and insects which act as a food source for many other animals. The use of pesticides have increase 26-fold times over the past 50 years.
Its not just water pollution which is threatening our beautiful UK; air pollution and over flowing landfills are equally important issues and there is so many small steps we can take at home to help stop the downward spiral the world is on at the moment.
Switch to a green energy provider: the more renewable energy sources used the better for the environment.
Next time you buy a car consider an electric vehicle.
Where possible buy recycled products, the energy used to make new products is much greater than that used in the recycling process so it’s an easy way to do your bit.
Try reusable products: nappies, sanitary wear, kitchen roll…there are all sorts out there.
There are so many easy ways to be a bit more eco friendly, try a few switches and see if you can green up your living!