It seems like there is more and more out there in the media about the importance of changing our ways in favour of the future of the environment. Government pressure is evident both on businesses and on individuals. There are more campaigns now than ever about how, as individuals, we can recycle better, use less energy, use our cars less and kit out our homes to be as eco-friendly as possible. But the pressure is there on businesses too. Businesses need to consider their environmental impact and are now expected to start implementing changes that make for more environmentally friendly progress. For example, many supermarkets are now cutting out plastic bags in their home delivery service, as well as charging for plastic bags in-store, and many pubs and restaurant chains are ditching plastic straws. However, the government itself is seeing more and more pressure from the next generation, with young speakers and campaignerssuch as Greta Thunberg and her ever-growing following. Now seems to be the time for the world to start listening.
Trees & Plant-Based Trends
Going green is often quite literal for some businesses and individuals if we’re talking trees and plants. For example, many businesses will plan in their building projects or renovation projects to install living walls; walls and roofing that is literally made up of plants that help to insulate the building as well as being excellent for the environment. Plus, if you take innovations such as Ecosia, the relatively new search engine, you can see that they are literally planning trees every time someone uses their platform to search online. There are many tree-planting schemes that businesses are opting to fund too, as part of their pledge to go greener. Individually, there is also a rising trend when it comes to plants, with a huge surge in the numbers of people turning to a plant-based diet – one of the single biggest things an individual can do towards better care of our environment.
One of the most common things amongst businesses and households alike, however, is to concentrate on less energy consumption. This means we are looking into newer and more efficient ways to warm and cool ourselves and our working environments, light our spaces and so on: energy efficient lighting, automatic, sensor-lighting that turns off when there is no movement detected, better insulation around the property such as cavity wall, piping and lift insulation solutions, more efficient cooling systems such as high end air-con, better and more effective water heating solutions, and so on. We’re also turning our energy-consciousness towards fuel as more and more car and public transport manufacturers implement electric designs or hybrids over petrol and diesel.
Over the past decade or so, households have become better at forming positive recycling habits such as making use of recycling bins for plastics, paper, cardboard and glass. It has become the norm in most homes across the UK. And the pressure is still on for businesses to follow suit. There are even services that will pay businesses to recycle their WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) such as broken or unused computer equipment, appliances, wiring etc.
So, the answer to the question, while difficult to state outright, is likely to be yes – the world is finally taking notice. It is now, more than ever, that businesses are seeing the benefits of staying on trend with services, ideas and products that help to reduce household and commercial energy consumption, be better aware of how and what to recycle, and to back campaigns and ideas that focus on more plantation of trees and less consumption of products that have a negative effect on the environment.