Switching car journeys for walking

Switching car journeys for walking

So my eco-switch challenge continues and I have a rather unexpected switch.

Returning to work after maternity leave means that some of the things I might have expected to use up simply haven’t been used because I’ve been out of the house. So nothing plastic has needed to be switched and I’m merrily carrying on and using things up.

However, I do have a switch to tell you about!

I was planning on driving my baby to nursery, and then driving into work. At the end of the day, I’d collect him in the car and drive us home. I assumed I’d sometimes walk, but I was mostly planning on driving. (This switch won’t work for everyone, I’m super lucky that my trip each way is less than a mile)

Whilst being back at work was still in the stages of feeling novel, I thought I’d try and walk everyday, with the car as a back up for days when I’d just be too soggy without it.

Carbon emissions reduction

I found this cool online calculator for working out your carbon emissions, so thought I’d calculate how much this would save in carbon emissions.

By doing 75% of my journeys on foot, I’ll cut my emissions by around 70 kilograms. I’ll also save money on fuel. This will be a saving of about £48, according to this fuel cost calculator.

70 kilograms of carbon emissions is a drop in the ocean, when the UK average for an individual within a year is 9 tonnes (sgr.org.uk). Or 9,000 kilograms. (I have done a load of googling, and found various figures, some higher than this and some lower. I don’t know what is accurate, but basically emissions are too high so reducing where we can has to be a good thing).

But if all 66 million people in the UK reduced their emissions by 70 kilos, this would be an annual reduction of 4.6 million tonnes. And that, to me, sounds like a hell of a lot of carbon emissions!

An easy switch

To be honest, soap nuts and plastic free deodorant haven’t been the easiest switches. They’ve taken research and a bit of getting used to, the soap nuts in particular. Refillable washing up liquid is the other one that I need to remember to actually refill.

But putting on my walking shoes in the morning, donning my coat and stepping out into the fresh air has been amazing. It’s a lovely way to start my day, and a relaxing way to finish it too. I don’t need to order anything from a certain place, or remember to do something in a certain order. I just get up and go. As much as we may need to inconvenience ourselves to make more environmentally decisions, in a busy day with a hectic schedule, it is nice to have something so simple to switch.

What next?

Well, I’m hoping to find something else that’s easy. A no-brainer, that slots effortlessly into my life. Do you have any suggestions? Or even anything to avoid? Let me know, I’m finding it exhausting racking my brains all the time!

2 thoughts on “Switching car journeys for walking

    1. I know that feeling. I don’t know how helpful these posts are for people, because we all have different things that work for us. But it does feel good to find something that works so well 🙂

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