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Today is the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day and Suffolk News is celebrating by putting together five easy ways you can help the environment this year.

The annual event demonstrates support for environmental protection with the official theme for 2022 to Invest In Our Planet.

With David Attenborough recently honoured as United Nations Champion of the Earth, here’s how you can try and follow in his footsteps, writes Cameron Reid.

Today is the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day and Suffolk News is celebrating by putting together five easy ways you can help the environment this year.
Today is the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day and Suffolk News is celebrating by putting together five easy ways you can help the environment this year.

Use less plastic

Plastic sticks around in the environment for ages and is an absolute nightmare, spreading toxins and damaging wildlife.

Places like Clear to Sea in Bury St Edmunds offer a free refill service where customers can bring their own containers to fill with as much food as they need with the shop’s aim to transition away from single-use and plastic products.

Earth Day demonstrates support for environmental protection with the official theme for 2022 to Invest In Our Planet.
Earth Day demonstrates support for environmental protection with the official theme for 2022 to Invest In Our Planet.

A new zero-waste convenience store near Colchester has also recently opened. The Ecolnes Refillery sells a variety of products such as toiletries and gifts for homes that are free from plastic packaging.

Educate

By simply increasing awareness, education can go a long way to help encourage people to reduce their impact on the environment.

Birchwood Primary School in Martlesham, Ipswich, holds the top Eco Schools accolade - the Green flag and actively encourages pupils to be passionate about the environment and reducing waste.

By simply increasing awareness, education can go a long way to help encourage people to reduce their impact on the environment.
By simply increasing awareness, education can go a long way to help encourage people to reduce their impact on the environment.

Watching documentaries, looking at social media and volunteering locally are all things you can do without too much hassle.

Food waste

The average East Anglian family can waste up to £730 a year on food waste and 52,000 tonnes of food get thrown away in Suffolk every year.

There are many ways to reduce this issue such as planning meals, storing food in the right place and managing better portion sizes to name a few.

Composting food waste is also a great option for unavoidable food waste such as fruit and vegetable peelings.

Cloth Nappies

Cheaper, easier to use and more environmentally friendly - cloth nappies are a great alternative to disposable nappies.

The average child uses 4,000 disposable nappies, resulting in nearly 8,000 total tonnes of nappy waste being sent for disposal in Suffolk each year, whereas cloth nappies can be up to 40 per cent better for the environment than disposables.

They are available from a number of Suffolk branches and you can try out a Suffolk Cloth Nappy starter kit for free for a month as well.

The little things

Saving the easiest actions till last, there are so many simple things that can go a long way.

Emails carry a carbon footprint and simply stopping unnecessary emails like 'thank you' and 'okay', would save a lot of carbon emissions. According to energy company OVO, if every UK adult sent one less email, it would save 16,443 tonnes of carbon a year which is the equivalent of taking over 3,000 diesel cars off the road.

Other options like reducing washing, cycling to work and eating leftovers can all help contribute towards saving the plane without breaking too much of a sweat.

For more information on how to help the environment this year visit: https://www.earthday.org/take-action-now/