Introducing five new steps to help you #ThinkCarbon in Giki Zero

We know how much our Giki Zero users love committing and completing steps. Each step helps you think carbon, then cut carbon at home and work. So, when we add new ones to the existing 150+ steps for every lifestyle, we know you’ll want to start committing to these great ways to help the planet.  

The great thing about these new steps is that they are easy (and fun!) to complete but can make a big difference in how we live our lives. Which one will you commit to first? 

Join a volunteer at work day  

Volunteering with your work colleagues is a great way to make a difference. It’s also a great way to meet people, share an experience and do something different. Volunteering with colleagues even helps you boost productivity when you’re back at work and improves your wellbeing.  

Almost 1 in 2 companies in the US offer a ‘volunteer day’ as a work perk, so if you haven’t got one at your organisation, start this step by asking your HR lead about introducing one.  

Have a sustainable day out 

If you’re planning a fun day out or you are at an event, use the checklist to keep it sustainable. Taking your water and not packaging snacks will save money and plastic. 

Go plant-based for the day  

Trying something new is good for your mental and physical health, and plant-based diets can cut your diet carbon footprint in half. Just one example is a plant-based burger has a carbon footprint that’s up to 90% less than a meat one. 

If you’re worried about choice, then you don’t need to be… plant-based meat alternatives are one of the fastest growing areas in the supermarket.  

Take public transport 

If you’re looking for a step that is easy for most but also makes a difference, then taking public transport rather than driving is the one for you.   

Buses, trains, and subways emit less carbon than going by car because your emissions are shared, and they help reduce congestion and air pollution. Indeed, a full bus can take 55 cars off the road! A bus emits 60% less than a large car, and a train is even better saving over 80%. 

Join a beach clean  

We do love to be beside the seaside. Not only is a clean beach nicer to visit, but it’s also good for the local community and people enjoying a day out in nature. If lockdown and the pandemic taught us anything, it should be to treasure the natural beauty and resources we have at home.  

Sadly, 5,000 items of plastic pollution have been found per mile of beach in the UK, and 100,000 marine animals and 1 million seabirds are killed each year by plastics, so this is a very impactful step that will help protect them.  

For all these new steps (plus 150+ others) there is a range of resources, links, and facts to help you get started. Log into Giki Zero to learn what you can do for the planet.