At Baachu we always position ourselves as market leaders through purpose rather than size and scale. We will continue to give back into the causes we believe in, enhancing and expanding our work
After our scribble scholarship challenge , I realised that the best (and only) way to do some good was to do just that: DO. To quit talking and bite the bullet. It was the simple matter of stop talking, deciding and moving on, not get struck of the decision itself.
We will continue to donate for the children and education causes. Cash is something easy and disposable. Donating by Doing challenges their own status quo and gets them out of their comfort zone. It’s not about making huge lifestyle changes; most of the pledges are small actions like turning the heating down a couple of degrees or eating more sustainably sourced fish.
With only 8% of us actually managing to keep up our resolutions, we are partnering with sustainability pledge experts at The DoNation on what resolutions to make – and how to keep them.
At https://www.wearedonation.com people make, measure and share personal pledges to do simple things like taking shorter showers, making meat a treat, or using the stairs instead of the lift.
All the pledges are easy to do, they just require a bit of thought and effort initially..
Not only are these actions good for the planet, but most of them are good for your mind, your body, and even your wallet.
Save the world by doing rather than giving through our Baachu Pledge 2020 in partnership with The DoNation..
Here is handy list of some my favourite pledges.
Not only are these actions good for the planet, but most of them are good for your mind, your body, and even your wallet. HAVE A GO…
1. Make meat a treat
What?: Go meat free for just a few days a week – be kind to your heart and to your wallet, but also be good to the planet.
Why?: Roughly 18 per cent of greenhouse gases are caused by livestock farming. Producing just one beef steak emits more CO2 than you would by driving for an hour and leaving all the lights on at home.
2. Drive with smooth style
What? Cut down your speed on the road, use less air con, take any unnecessary items out of the boot and make sure your tyres are fully inflated. This will improve the efficiency of your vehicle and get more miles out of the tank. Not to mention the safety benefits.
Why? Road transport in the UK produces around a quarter of our national CO2 emissions. Driving at 80mph uses 25 per cent more fuel than driving at 70mph.
3. Don’t over-boil the kettle
What? Only fill up the kettle with the water you need. Save water, save electricity.
Why? Over 30 million litres of water are boiled in the UK every day only to go cold again.
4. Turn off appliances at night
What? Turn off computers, lights, televisions and any other appliances at night.
Why? It may be one of the oldest energy saving methods but it’s also the simplest. If all the UK’s 17 million office workers turned off their computers at night, the carbon savings would be equivalent to removing 245,000 cars from the road.
5. Adjust your computer power
What?: Fine tune your computer settings to make sure it turns off when you’re not using it and that its brightness settings aren’t unnecessarily high.
Why?: 65 per cent of energy used by computers is spent on running idle, not on actual computing.
6. Walk more
What?: Instead spending money on bus fares, train tickets and fuel try walking whenever possible instead. It really is that simple.
Why?: As the DoNation so aptly put it: “It improves your health, saves you money, gives you time to think, chat and dream, reduces stress, makes you more alert, more productive, and increases independence. It also emits no pollution and is totally carbon free.”
7. Eat seasonably and locally
What?: Slim down your carbon footprint and stop eating things like tomatoes in winter. Did you know that over half the food imported to the UK could have actually been sourced within these isles.
Why?: Local means less road miles travelled and therefore cuts down on carbon emissions. Seasonal means the food may have needed less intensive methods to grow it. However, being both seasonal and local is important too – for instance it would
8. Take short, sharp showers
What?: Cut down on the length of your shower in the morning. Each minute you shave off your time in the bathroom will save around 10 litres of water.
Why?: On average we spend eight or nine minutes a day in the shower, making up about 12% of our water usage and costing up to £918 a year. Cutting down will reduce your water bill and save electricity.
9. Receive less junk mail
What?: Register with the Mail Preference Service and have your name and address removed from all the direct mail databases. You still get the post you want, without the junk.
Why?: Around 2.7 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the UK every year, using up paper, using electricity to be printed and using fuel to be transported. Also, who wants yet another menu from the local pizza joint to add to the dozen you already have stuffed in that draw in the kitchen?
10. Encourage others to do the same
What?: Thinking of running a marathon or taking on some other type of challenge? Instead of asking people for cash you can ask them to donate actions through The DoNation. You can set yourself your own carbon savings goal and then strive to achieve it.
Why?: Global temperatures are rising, the polar ice caps are melting and with a global population only set to increase there will only be more strain on the world’s resources and energy supplies.
You can wait for the policy keepers to keep to their word or dump all the responsibilities as social value to businesses…
Why not YOU become the real positive change.
Now is the time to act, not tomorrow.
p.s. 2020 is a big year for me. I will turn 40 on October 7th, 2020. I will be setting wild and wonderful activities to celebrate my 40th. The pledge is just the beginning….