FAQs

What is Enviropledge’s goal? 

We are a not for profit organisation on a mission to raise awareness of simple life changes that will have a positive impact on the climate. 

Our focus is on people who have been reading and worrying about the environment and the impact of climate change, but aren’t sure what they can do to help. We want to provide guidance in a less scary, more practical way. 

By everyone sharing their pledges and what Enviropledge are up to, we would ultimately love to create a movement. 

 

Where does my donation go?

We pledge to give a minimum of 75% of your donations to our partners that are doing great work in helping the environment. So, where’s the rest going, we hear you say? The portion that Enviropledge will keep will cover salaries, operating costs (including payment for card transactions) and spreading the message further to gain more momentum. Any extra funds will be saved for special projects designed to have an environmental impact. 

In the long term we hope to increase the percentage that we give our partners as advertising revenues begin to fund these services. We also pledge to update you with all the amazing things your money is doing.  

 

How are our partners chosen? 

We have picked partners that are doing great work to help the environment, but aren’t national or well known charities / organisations as yet. You can learn more about our partners in our partners section. 

As Enviropledge grows so too will our roster of partners. If you would like to partner with us please contact us on hello@enviropledge.co.uk 

 

Why did we pick these pledges?

The majority of the pledges picked were designed to be accessible to most people, with a few requiring more commitment.  More pledges will be created and shared and in time we also hope to share challenges to get even more people involved. We welcome any suggestions for future pledges – please feel free to send them through to hello@enviropledge.co.uk or via our social channels. 

 

Who are the Enviropledge team? 

 

The Founder

Claire Clifford is the CEO and founder of Enviropledge and has a background in operations and online advertising. Since becoming a mother of twins, she has become increasingly worried about the Planet’s health. Claire began researching the environment and it was during this that the idea for Enviropledge was born. A small team of freelancers whose contribution has been invaluable have helped her get Enviropledge off the ground. 

 

The Scientist

Dr Rachel Gavey is a passionate Earth scientist who enjoys the challenge of research activities and studies that cover a variety of topics. This year she has focused on projects ranging from Mediterranean sedimentology puzzles, to North Sea palaeogeographic reconstructions and resultant prospectivity, climate change related geohazards, deep water facility cutting edge technologies, carbon footprint impacts and the questions surrounding energy transition. Director of her own independent consultancy based in Edinburgh, Rachel works with a variety of clients around the globe and is always on the lookout for the next exciting project.

 

The Writer

Emma Gandey is a busy mum of three and a freelance writer with a marketing and advertising background. She was thrilled to be approached by Enviropledge as she says there’s no better buzz than writing words that can change lives.

 

The Website Developer

Daniela Stefanescu is a web designer and full stack developer who specialises in working with start-ups who are passionate about their causes. Her recent projects have seen her work with companies involved in the well-being of animals, reducing carbon footprint and generally improving the sustainability of day to day living.

She took a particular interest in Enviropledge upon realising she already participates in most of the pledges you can see on our website and this was a great opportunity to spread the word that making small changes can make such a big difference

 

How can I advertise with Enviropledge?

Enviropledge have a number of advertising options for green / environmentally-friendly companies. Please contact us at hello@enviropledge.co.uk for more details.

 

What is Enviropledge’s carbon footprint?  

Good question and definitely something we want to work out. Unfortunately a lot of the tools we use don’t provide this information but have committed to doing so soon. We will keep an eye on this. 

We are using Ecosia for all search activity and as the team all work from home there is no commuting impact. 

 

How do we work out our calculations?

There is a lot of contradictory and confusing information about environmental science and climate change. We have tried our best to work out the impact of these changes, but mistakes will have been made. Our calculations are based on the impact of an average person, rather than by each individual in order to create a simple model. We have laid out our assumptions and calculations below including our source material where applicable. Please take all figures as indicative as a result of all assumptions. 

If you spot any mistakes or have any more up to date information, please contact us at hello@enviropledge.co.uk and we will do our best to correct this. Please note that we have restricted our calculations to be an individual’s corporation, a government or corporation is not considered. 

 

Pledge 1 Calculation

Switch to an environmentally-friendly search engine. 

Source: https://ecosia.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201531072-How-does-Ecosia-neutralize-a-search-s-CO2-emissions-

Ecosia can plant one tree every 50 searches. On average, these trees will each remove 50 kg of CO2 during an expected 15 year lifetime.

Calculation

Average search – 0.2g

Average searches estimated at 4 per day

Ecosia – 1000g removed

 

Pledge 2 Calculation

Converting to a renewable energy supplier

Source Information: 

https://www.goodenergy.co.uk/blog/2017/11/20/what-is-a-carbon-footprint/

https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Breakdown-of-the-UK-average-carbon-footprint-This-information-and-accompanying-figure_fig3_258169307

100% renewable electricity and in some cases carbon neutral gas services can cut your personal carbon footprint by up to a half.

According to the Committee on Climate Change, the average household produces 8 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Around 2 tonnes of this comes from heating your home with a further 1.25 tonnes through electricity usage.

Calculation – Average UK Footprint

 tCO2eRenewable energy reduce by halftCO2e/householdAvg household 4 people
Home energy2.50.51.250.3125

Pledge 3 Calculation

Get your milk delivered by a milkman

Source Information

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43724314

https://news.sky.com/story/could-your-milkman-help-solve-ocean-pollution-crisis-10823045

https://greenfleet.net/features/02072018/modern-electric-‘milkman’-fleet

https://www.greenerpackage.com/metrics_standards/carbon_footprint_be_displayed_tesco_uk_milk

https://www.countrysideonline.co.uk/food-and-farming/feeding-the-nation/dairy/fascinating-facts-about-british-dairy/

https://metro.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/milk.png

https://dairy.ahdb.org.uk/resources-library/market-information/dairy-statistics/dairy-statistics-an-insiders-guide-2015/#.XdKvSlf7RPY

Calculation

3 options from differing sources. The middle option was chosen. 

1 pint semi skimmed milk supermarket gCO2e60% less if bottles reused (over 20 times?)gCO2e / pint milkmanAvg pints pyppkgCO2e pppy supermarketkgCO2e pppy milkman
7890.6315.614411445
   907128
   13110341

 

Pledge 4 Calculation

Buying seasonally and locally

Source Information

https://co2living.com/reduce-your-carbon-footprint-by-seasonal-eating/

Changing your diet could help reduce the carbon footprint of your food

* Eliminating waste by eating what you buy  25%

* Going Vegan 25%

* Eating in season, avoiding hothouses & airfreight 10%

* Recycling and avoiding excessive packaging 6%

* Reducing waste 2%

* Cooking using less energy 5%

Calculation

Reduction Requirements

10% Eat in-season, avoid hothouses and air freight

 

Pledge 5 Calculation

Reduce Fast Fashion by Half

Source Information

https://truecostmovie.com/learn-more/environmental-impact/

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmenvaud/1952/report-files/195207.htm

http://www.wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/valuing-our-clothes-the-cost-of-uk-fashion_WRAP.pdf

Calculation 

Amount clothing bought per person per year in UK (tonnes)tonnes CO2e per tonneCO2e total (tonnes)CO2e kgHalf amount boughtPopulation UK 2016Clothing per person (tonnes)CO2e (tonnes) pppyCO2e kg per person per yearHalf amount
1,130,00023.226,216,00026,216,000,00013,108,000,00066,000,0000.020.40397199

Pledge 6 Calculation

Buy and keep a living Christmas Tree

Source Information

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/dec/08/are-real-or-fake-christmas-trees-better-for-the-planet

https://www.quora.com/How-much-CO2-does-one-pine-tree-absorb-in-one-year

https://trees.org/triplebottomline/

https://www.forever-green-christmas.co.uk/index.php?p=1_15_Did-You-Know https://www.activesustainability.com/sustainable-life/carbon-footprint-natural-vs-plastic-christmas-tree/

https://carbonpositivelife.com/how-much-co2-tree-absorb-each-year/

Calculation

 6.5 ft Xmas tree – landfill6.5 ft Xmas tree – burntReal tree recycledSequester CO26.5ft artificial tree
kg CO2e163.503340
    22 
    28 

Pledge 7 Calculation

Meat Free Mondays

Source Information

https://www.vox.com/2014/7/2/5865109/study-going-vegetarian-could-cut-your-food-carbon-footprint-in-half

Calculation

 lb CO2e pdkg CO2e pdkg CO2e py
Heavy meat eaters15.87.172616
Med meat eaters12.45.622053
Low meat eater10.34.671705
Pescatarians8.63.901424
Vegetarians8.43.811391
Vegans6.42.901060
    
 PPPY (saving CO2e kg)PPPY CO2e (kg) 
Meat free Mondays941959 

Pledge 8 Calculation

Flexitarian (Meat Free 3x Per Week)

Source Information

https://www.vox.com/2014/7/2/5865109/study-going-vegetarian-could-cut-your-food-carbon-footprint-in-half

Calculation   
 lb CO2e pdkg CO2e pdkg CO2e py
Heavy meat eaters15.87.172616
Med meat eaters12.45.622053
Low meat eater10.34.671705
Pescatarians8.63.901424
Vegetarians8.43.811391
Vegans6.42.901060
    
    
 PPPY saving CO2e kg)PPPY CO2e (kg) 
Veget mid week (3 days)2831770 
Vegan mid week (3 days)4251628 

Pledge 9 Calculation

Converting to be a Vegetarian/ Vegan Full Time

Source Information

https://www.vox.com/2014/7/2/5865109/study-going-vegetarian-could-cut-your-food-carbon-footprint-in-half

Calculation

 lb CO2e pdkg CO2e pdkg CO2e py
Heavy meat eaters15.87.172616
Med meat eaters12.45.622053
Low meat eater10.34.671705
Pescatarians8.63.901424
Vegetarians8.43.811391
Vegans6.42.901060
    
    
 PPPY saving CO2e kg)PPPY CO2e (kg) 
Vegetarian Full Time (7 days)6601393 
Vegan full time (7 days)9911062 

Pledge 10 Calculation

Converting to be a Pescatarian

Source Information

https://www.vox.com/2014/7/2/5865109/study-going-vegetarian-could-cut-your-food-carbon-footprint-in-half

Calculation

 lb CO2e pdkg CO2e pdkg CO2e py
Heavy meat eaters15.87.172616
Med meat eaters12.45.622053
Low meat eater10.34.671705
Pescatarians8.63.901424
Vegetarians8.43.811391
Vegans6.42.901060
    
 PPPY saving CO2e kg)PPPY CO2e (kg) 
Pescatarian (7 Days)6271426 

Pledge 11 Calculation

Composting Food Waste

Source Information

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48257019

Calculation

2016 UK PopulationCO2eqPer Person
65,650,000.0020,000,000,000.00304.65

75% of food waste can be avoided, assume a 75% reduction in Co2e Kg. 

Pledge 12 Calculation

Offsetting Flights Taken

Source Information

https://www.clevel.co.uk/eye-network-travel-carbon-footprint/

Calculation

DestinationAverage flight times from London (hrs)Return distance (km)tonnes CO2ekg CO2e
Rhodes456300.84840
Malaga333390.5500
Nice220730.31310
Singapore13217552.392390
Sydney22340303.743740

Taken an average European flight as an example. 

 

Pledge 13 Calculations

Staycation for One Holiday

Source Information

https://www.clevel.co.uk/eye-network-travel-carbon-footprint/

https://www.thetrainline.com/trains/carbon-calculator

Calculation

Flight  ReturnReturn
DestinationAverage flight times from London (hrs)Return distance (km)tonnes CO2ekg CO2e
Rhodes456300.84840
Malaga333390.5500
Nice220730.31310
Singapore13217552.392390
Sydney22340303.743740
     
Train  Return – trainReturn – car
DestinationAverage train times from London (hrs)Return distance (km)kg CO2ekg CO2e
Truro, Cornwall574637.2153.6
Pembroke Stn, Pembrokeshire566235142.2
Windermere, Lake district474034.6163.2
Oban, Scotland874068.2296.4

Taken an average trip as an example, impact will obviously vary. 

 

Pledge 14 Calculations

Convert to an electric car

Source Information

https://www.carbonfootprint.com/electric_vehicles.html

Calculation

Car typeAvg mileage pppyC emissions pppy (t CO2e)C emissions pppy (kg CO2e)
Avg elec vehicle100000.96960
Avg petrol car100002.992,990
Avg diesel car100002.882,880
    
CO2 e kg saved pypp based on 10,000 miles   
So swap petrol for elec  2,030
Swap diesel for elec  1,920

Pledge 15 Calculations

Walk/ Cycle to Work

Assumption that this is halved, as people consciously changes their habits. 

Source Information

https://bettertransport.org.uk/sites/default/files/research-files/Low_carbon_companion_report_0.pdf

Calculation

Percentage of total emissions from passenger transport37
Passenger transport MtCO2e (24%)118.968
Emissions from work related travel MtCO2e44.01816
kgCO2e44,018,160,000
Pop uk 201765,000,000
Per person kgCO2e car commuting677

Pledge 16 Calculations

Reduce Shower Time to less than 5 Minutes

Source Information

https://www.mirashowers.co.uk/blog/trends/revealed-what-brits-are-really-getting-up-to-in-the-bathroom-1/

Calculation

      
 1 minAvg shower 8 mins5 mins4 mins 
lbs CO2e0.453.62.251.8 
kgs CO2e0.201.631.020.82 
      
Avg 7 showers per week 1176 
Per month 462923kg saved
Per year 549343274206

Pledge 17 Calculations

Plant a Tree Per Month

Source Information

https://www.quora.com/How-many-trees-do-I-need-to-plant-to-offset-the-carbon-dioxide-released-in-a-flight

Calculation

 per yearper month
lbs CO2e484
kgs CO2e21.771.81
   
Over 12 months  
Month1222 
Month1120 
Month1018 
Month916 
Month815 
Month713 
Month611 
Month59 
Month47 
Month35 
Month24 
Month12 
   
TOTAL141 

Pledge 18 Calculation

Adjust washing machine to 30 degrees and line dry

Source Information

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/green-living-blog/2010/nov/25/carbon-footprint-load-laundry

http://info.sserc.org.uk/cfe-organiser/planet-earth/processes-of-the-planet/314-impact-of-climate-change/2245-carbon-footprints-laundry-detergent

https://www.ukwhitegoods.co.uk/help/buying-advice/washing-machine/3620-working-out-your-washing-machine-use

Calculation

Avg washes pypp40 deg wash, tumble dried per wash CO2 e kg40 deg wash, tumble dried per year CO2 e kg30 deg wash dried on line per wash CO2e kg30 deg wash dried on line per year CO2e kg
1172.4280.80.670.2

Pledge 19 Calculations

Reuse water bottles/ coffee cups

Plastic Bottles

Source Information

https://sciencing.com/carbon-footprint-plastic-bottle-12307187.html

https://www.24bottles.com/sustainability/

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/waste-and-recycling/single-use-plastic-bottles

Calculation

1 bottle CO2e gramsAvg bottles per yearPPPY (grams)PPPY (kg)
82.81751449014.49

Coffee Cups

Source Information

https://resource.co/article/climate-impact-coffee-cup

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/coffee-british-people-drink-spend-year-cafe-shop-latte-americano-survey-a8608711.html

https://terngoods.com/blogs/learn/cups-single-use-disposable-vs-reusable-an-honest-comparison

Calculation

 Kg CO2epppy (kgCO2e)
Average coffees pypp676 
Take away 50%338 
Plant-based PE coating gCO2e10.23.4
Standard PE gCO2e10.43.5
Compostable gCO2e134.4

Pledge 20 Calculations

Using 100% recycled toilet paper that is plastic free

Source Information

https://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2009/05/04/whats-carbon-footprint-your-toilet-paper

https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/brexit/brexit-stockpiling-toilet-roll-no-deal-505134

Calculation

Rolls avg pppySheet per rollSheets per yearCO2e g per sheet standardTot CO2e (g)Tot CO2e (kg)
110750825001.8148500148.5
      
   CO2e g per sheet recycledTot CO2e (g)Tot CO2e (kg)
   1.19075090.75

 

Pledge 21 Calculations

Don’t eat Red Meat (Lamb or Beef)

Source Information

Source; http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/food-carbon-footprint-diet

https://www.vox.com/2014/7/2/5865109/study-going-vegetarian-could-cut-your-food-carbon-footprint-in-half

Removing all red meat from a typical meat eaters diet would reduce their carbon footprint by 24%.

Pledge 22 Calculations

Don’t use any single plastic items at all

Source – https://timeforchange.org/plastic-bags-and-plastic-bottles-co2-emissions-during-their-lifetime/

1,700 CO2eKG (assuming 1 single use plastic per day, 4.6kg CO2e saving on each one

Pledge 23 Calculations

Send an e-card rather than a physical greeting card

Source: http://blog.dontsendmeacard.com/exeter-university-report-carbon-footprint-of-a-greetings-card.html

Each physical card uses an estimated 140g of carbon and on average 31 cards are sent per year per person (including all Birthday & Christmas Cards). Please note that the carbon does vary depending on how the card is produced and disposed.

Pledge 24 Calculations

Taking part in a beach clean

Assuming that 20 pieces of plastic are collected & recycled rather than going into the sea/ ocean – 100 CO2eKG

Pledge 25 Calculations

Growing your own fruit and veg

Source – https://theecoguide.org/whats-environmental-impact-growing-your-own-food

This assumes an average sized garden. Larger allotments will provide a much higher saving. Also depends on the vegetable/ fruit mix.