We are living in the midst of a climate emergency.

2016 and 2019 marked the oceans' hottest years ever and 2020 was the THIRD highest on record at 1.37 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average.

The world's seven warmest years have all occurred since 2014, with 10 of the warmest occurring since 2005.

It's critical that we do more to minimise our impact on the planet and as you're here, we'd love to share our top tips with you, so let's get into it...

Drop the meat and try veganism

Ah, veganism. It had to appear here somewhere, didn't it? After all, the production of mass farmed meat is one of the largest contributors to not just climate change, but also the pollution of landscapes and waterways, alongside deforestation to clear space for livestock.

Simply put - by removing dairy and meat from your diet, you can significantly reduce your footprint and impact on the planet. The best bit? You can try it for good when you next head to the supermarket - just make sure to find some super-tasty recipes you can make beforehand. There are lots of great alternatives to meat now too.

If you're not quite ready to make the leap, try to avoid beef. Research suggests that a single quarter-pound burger requires over 460 gallons of water, which would basically equate to turning and leaving your shower on... for 2 hours and 4 minutes.

Ouch.

Calculate your own carbon footprint and work on minimising it

Carbon is the chemical backbone of life on Earth. It basically helps our planet hold the energy it receives from the Sun so it doesn't all escape back into space.

However, just like most things in life - you can have too much of a good thing.

There's a carbon overload - and - maybe unsurprisingly - since 1988, just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions and 50 of them are fossil fuel companies, with ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron identified as the highest emitting investor-owned corporations.

If you're interested to see how you compare with the rest of your country, you can roughly calculate your own carbon footprint by using a calculator such as this one from WWF.

You can then see which aspects of your life are resulting in a higher carbon footprint and make an informed decision on how you can work on lowering it.

Where possible, you can also choose to support smaller, sustainable businesses that have initiatives in place to produce sustainably and offset carbon for you - for example, not only do we manufacture our footwear ethically, but we also source all of our materials locally (Spain and Portugal), use solar powered factories, recycled materials and plant 15 trees in our Madagascan mangroves. They absorb 4 times the amount of carbon in comparison to terrestrial forests.

Imagine if those 50 corporations switched to greener initiatives. Do you think they ever will? A Carbon Tracker study in 2015 found that fossil fuel companies risked wasting more than 2 trillion dollars over the coming decade by pursuing coal, oil and gas which could become worthless if international action on climate change takes place from governments.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Become a MasterChef and eat at home more often

Yup, the bottom 10% of America's worst corporates not only include companies such as Tesla and Urban Outfitters... but also huge food corps like Domino's Pizza, McDonald's, Dunkin' Brands and Chipotle.

Simply put, food bought in restaurants has a larger carbon footprint than the food you'd buy and cook at home. This is not only due to the footprint of the food itself, but also due to their business overheads, such as packaging, heating, lighting and cooking alongside transport.

What better excuse to treat yourself to a bit of home-cooking? After all, making it yourself is always more rewarding - and you know exactly what's in it!

"Every year, wasted food in the UK is the equivalent to 14 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. That's the equivalent to the amount of carbon created by 7 million cars each year."

Prevent food waste at home with these simple tips

Well, that brings us nicely to this point, which is particularly worrying. According to the UN's global report, 923 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year.

That's enough to fill 23 million 40-tonne trucks. If they were bumper to bumper, they would circle the Earth seven times.

17% of that figure - 153 million - is available to customers through stores and restaurants but goes directly in the bin, whilst it's estimated around 60% of the waste is from our households.

Here are our top tips to reduce your waste:

1. Don't over buy. Plan your meals beforehand and if buying perishable items, buy the right amount.

2. Water your veg. You can keep the stems of vegetables like asparagus, broccoli and celery in water to keep them as fresh as possible.

3. Get saucy. If you have leftovers like beans, chickpeas or pulses, you can turn them into sauces or dips.

4. Chill out. Check your fridge. The average UK temperature is around 7°C, but it should be lower than 5°C.

5. Get closer with your freezer. If you have leftovers you're just not going to eat, put it in a container and freeze it. Portion food as soon as you've bought it and freeze what you don't think you're going to eat as soon as you can.

6. Revive your bread. If your bread has gone stale, rather than throwing it away - you can rub a bit of water into it and pop it in the oven to crisp it up again.

Do you have any other tips to prevent food waste? If so, let us know in the comments!

When buying new, try to buy more sustainably and look out for greenwashing

When you're looking to buy something new, why not try and shop around and look for a more sustainable alternative?

There are small companies like us that are trying to do our bit to help the planet by providing better options.

Just make sure to look for real certifications and transparency. Those include the PETA-Approved Vegan certification, Global Recycled Standard, Oeko-Tex (non toxic) and FairWear (ethically made) to name a few.

If you're interested, you can take a look at our ethics and materials.

You'll want to look for real information and pictures of the factories, supply chain and materials used rather than just words like 'vegan' or 'sustainable'. Big corps such as Primark and H&M often use this to greenwash consumers into thinking they're buying responsibly.

You can find anything - from natural, plastic-free deodorants to footwear like ours that are vegan, up to 75% recycled and ethically made! We also source all of our materials locally to reduce our carbon footprint. We manufacture our shoes in Portugal - and the furthest our materials come from is Spain.

We also plant 15 trees with every order and have our own sneaker recycling scheme to make sure nothing ever ends up in landfill! When you're done with them, you can send them back to us for recycling and get £15 off your next pair.

You can find out more about our sneakers and materials here or by hitting the Shop Now button below and heading to our product pages.

We also offer free shipping, returns and exchanges.

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