Getting to work is something that none of us enjoy doing, but that doesn’t mean you need to take it out on the planet… Commuting for many of us means waking up early, facing traffic jams and putting aside the things we’d rather be doing, but on top of this it often means spewing large amounts of waste into the Earth’s atmosphere which can do more damage than many of us realise.
If you currently commute by car, then that’s exactly what you’re doing – and the irony is that you’re probably also making it even less pleasant than it could be. Here we will look at your other options and how they might not only help you to reduce your carbon footprint, but also help you to get to work feeling calmer and more relaxed. Here are some of the best alternative ways to get to work, along with a quick rating to help you decide which is the best option for you…
Walking: Walking to work is by far the best option for anyone who lives near. It will keep you fit and healthy, it’s relaxing and stress free, and it will have zero impact on the environment. Of course though this is an option that simply isn’t open to everyone – partly because walking to work takes a lot longer meaning this isn’t suitable for anyone over five minutes away from their office. At the same time this isn’t particularly smart for anyone who needs to carry large amounts to work.
Cycling: Cycling is even better than walking in terms of health and is just as kind to the environment. At the same time it will also allow you to travel much further faster, which means you can travel anywhere up to a few miles away realistically. So why doesn’t everyone cycle? Well on the one hand you need to have somewhere to store your bike both at work and at home, then there’s the problem of arriving to work sweaty, and then there’s the sheer effort involved in cycling – and the prospect of riding when it’s raining.
Bus: Going by bus is a good option if you want to reduce your carbon emissions and can’t walk or cycle because it essentially divides your individual carbon emissions by about 20 people at a time (more if you have hybrid busses in your area). Of course the downside though is in comfort – you get thrown around a lot, have to stand half the time, and have to share with lots of screaming kids. That and there’s always a small chance it won’t show up or will arrive late.
Train: Going by train is a great option for many of us. This doesn’t give you quite the comfort of going in your own car and you still have to share with lots of other commuters. But it’s very energy efficient and it means you can enjoy a good book on the way to work which can be quite relaxing. If you know how to make the most of it, the train can be quite a restful experience – you just need to arrange separate transport for getting to the station and hope there’s a train going your way.
Lift Share: Getting a lift share means basically that you can use half the amount of fuel you otherwise would while at the same time chatting with a friend. You get all the comfort of being in a car, but at the same time you’re still producing more emissions than you could be.