Apr 23, 2014
Our planet is in crisis. We are polluting our atmosphere at an alarming rate, increasing the global temperature and burning through all of our non-renewable resources. Whilst it's easy to point blame at multinational companies and their large-scale industrial processes that release a great deal of harmful products into our atmosphere, the problem is also a lot closer to home.
We need to realise that we are part of the problem and that there are certain, simple steps that we can take in order to minimise our carbon footprints. But what are the green resources us every day people can utilise in order to make this an idea a reality?
Once an idea of science fiction, or at least something that laboratories in the Nevada dessert might be equipped with, solar panels are now a cost effective and easily installed energy saving device that can help out any household. The initial cost can be considerable, though the government have introduced schemes to help introduce solar panels to the UK. The returns are also considerable, and after a few years solar panels often end up paying for themselves.
An often overlooked resource, this country's forestry goes a long way to combating the problems of pollution and carbon offset. Forests act as carbon sinks, sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere. This not only purifies our air, but works effectively against global warming as a result of green-house gas emissions.
What Can We Do About Our Forests?
There are a great deal of charities which work towards preserving and expanding the UK's forests including the marvellous organisation 'The Forestry Comission'. Contributing just a little every month can help these organisations grow and further expand our woodlands. This not only creates fantastic spaces that we can all enjoy, but also means that we are doing our part towards helping the environment.
At Hugo Carter, for instance, we plant a tree in Bisham woods for every single order placed. It's not only our way to help reduce our carbon footprint, but also a way to give back to the natural world which has provided us with the fine timber we use to make our products.
We actively encourage you to get involved in local forestry charities or preservation. It's a great way to spend some time outdoors and do your bit! If you've got any other suggestions about how we can utilise green resources let us know.