Buy local – consider where the food you buy comes from and how far it has travelled. Eat seasonal fruit and veg, grown in the UK. Support local shops and markets.

Only eat sustainably sourced fish.

Ask your energy company for a energy monitor so you can track your energy use at home and identify ways to reduce it.

Change all your lightbulbs to energy saving bulbs.

Power off – you can buy a handy gadget into which you plug in a number of appliances and when you switch one off, it automatically switches all of them off. This works well with the TV, DVD player, digital box set up.

Change your bank account. Co-operative Bank is a high street bank with a good ethical policy.  Tridios is an ethical bank.

Take a shower instead of a bath.

Fill up a used  pastic water bottle with water and some small pebbles and put it in your toilet cistern. This will save water every time you flush the loo. Or contact your water company and see if they will send you a free water saving device for the toilet.

Recycle as much as possible. Does your Council offer a recycling service? It could be as simple as requesting the bins/bags.  They may not collect some food packaging e.g. juice cartons but many supermarkets have recycling facilities available in their car parks where you can recycle a wider range of materials.

If your council doesn’t offer a food recycling service, you could set up a compost heap or wormery.

Don’t use your car.  Everytime you pick up your car keys, think about whether it is possible to walk, cycle or use public transport to your destination rather than drive?  You may even get there quicker (or do some exercise in the process!)

 

Advertisements