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Reducing Your Enviromental Impact | Top Tips

Our supported by Tiso ambassadors offer their top tips for reducing our impact on the environment.

Many outdoor influencers are beginning to share their ideas on reducing their impact on the planet to help encourage people to change their habits. We have been in touch with our Supported by Tiso ambassadors to get their top tips of reducing their impact on the environment. From travel habits to key lifestyle changes, here are their suggestions.

As a freelance photographer, Rachel Keenan has to travel a lot for her work. Rachel can often be found running photography shoots on far-flung Scottish Islands or mountain ranges across the globe.

“For every flight I take I pay a little extra to offset the carbon produced on the journey. Carbon sequestration (drawing Carbon Dioxide out of the air) is one way we can really help with this global problem. At the end of the year you can calculate the mileage of your car and pay a company to draw the equivalent amount out of the air, helping to reduce your personal Carbon Footprint.”

"For every flight I take I pay a little extra to offset the carbon produced on the journey. "

Carbon off-setting companies will direct the money you commit from your carbon footprint into various projects working on climate issues; from charitable endeavours to tree planting. Tree planting is a slow process for carbon sequestration, but an essential part in our fight against carbon. General Sherman, the world’s largest tree stands proudly in the Sequoia National Park, this mighty tree has 1,500 tons of CO2 trapped in its trunk alone. Gold Standard can show you the type of projects your carbon off-setting can go towards

Changing Travel Habbits

Two years ago, Iona Rendall set up a walking group on Facebook with the aim of encouraging more people into the outdoors through her walks. ‘Iona’s Adventures’ has taken off, now with almost 3,000 members, group walks are shared and participated in most weeks. She says, “In terms of the group walks I encourage people as much as possible to car share. It allows folk to meet new people and have a few friendly faces during the walk when it can be pretty intimidating to come along on your own. It’s then an added bonus in helping reduce the number of cars on the road.

Additionally, I’m on a mission to adventure using public transport when possible. So, I’ve been travelling by train for hikes and bothy stays over the last few months. It adds a whole new element to adventure and I’ve discovered some places I might not have otherwise thought to explore".

"I’m on a mission to adventure using public transport when possible ".

Outdoor Education student, Arran Goodard has the highlands on his doorstep while studying at university in Fort William. Arran says, “Taking the car to climb or access the mountains is the easy option! Walking and cycling are so much better for your health and increasing your activity levels. You can also spot wildlife and other cool things that you would miss while in the car! Car sharing can also be effective when travelling further afield. Having four people in a car instead of taking a car each is a no brainer! It reduces your footprint as well as giving you the chance for a good catch up with friends and maybe a sing along too!”

Conscious Purchasing

We asked our Supported by Tiso ambassadors how their consumer habits are beginning to change as they increase sustainable behaviours!

Iona told us of an initiative she is running on her walking group page; “I’ve created an album to allow members to sell their second-hand kit in good condition. This allows someone else to get the use of it, saving it from being thrown away and potentially help cut down on the energy used to produce new kit.”

Rachel has a great philosophy for purchasing clothing and kit; “I read once that you should think of every product you buy as a vote for the thing which you are purchasing - would you vote for that fast fashion, unsustainably produced product which will end up in landfill after a year or bobbing in our oceans? Thinking of things in these terms has really helped me to become more conscious about company ethics and sustainability in general.”

"you should think of every product you buy as a vote for the thing which you are purchasing ".

Lifestyle Changes

Tristan Cameron Harper, our long running supported by Tiso ambassador spends a huge amount his time exploring Scotland. Whether on walks with his dog Nacho or guiding people in the mountains, Tristan has a huge appreciation for the need to tread lightly on our planet.

“One of the main things l promote when guiding is making foot placement something we are conscious of. Staying on the path is important, if you have to leave the path then tread lightly as if your tip toeing. It is so important not to damage the ground which could lead to trail erosion, damaging the landscape for the future. Be conscious of all the important fungi, mycelium, bacteria, insects etc. that live on/in the ground.”

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Rachel's key lifestyle choices are all around food! “Lifestyle wise, I eat completely vegan at home, and I try to stick to it as much as possible when travelling. The meat and dairy industry unfortunately contribute massively to the production of climate changing gases. Even eating less meat and dairy one day a week, or switching out the milk in your morning coffee for one of the yummy diary alternatives will take great strides to reducing our reliance on these potentially damaging industries.”

"It is so important not to damage the ground which could lead to trail erosion, damaging the landscape for the future ".

The final thoughts come from photographer Eddie Fitzpatrick our newest Supported by Tiso member. Eddie says, “I think a top tip is not to put yourself down if you aren't living a fully sustainable lifestyle. It is really important that we all begin to think more sustainably, even the simple things (turning off lights, carrying a reusable water bottle). The small changes are what make a huge impact! 

This weekend I organised my first car-free outdoor meet-up. This showed me not only how easy it is to go on a car-free adventure also how much more enjoyable it was! I didn't have to worry about the drive or parking, it was just so much more relaxing. I had 6 adventurers meet up, car free from all across the UK. It didn't feel as if we were making a huge sustainable impact. However, when I really thought about this, it was 6 cars off the road. If everyone made small changes like this the impact on our environment would be huge!”

"you should think of every product you buy as a vote for the thing which you are purchasing ".

Thank you to Rachel, Iona, Arran, Tristan and Eddie for providing their great insights into reducing our impact on the environment! Are you taking steps to reduce your impact? Share your top tips with us on social media #mytiso.

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