A Short Guide to Sustainable Living
We must take steps (however small they may seem just now) towards protecting our planet.
Reducing the amount we consume, in every respect, is this biggest thing we can do to help slow down Climate Change.
Think about everything you do & consider whether there is a more sustainable way to do it. It may not feel like enough, but it is only the collective actions of all the people on the planet that will make a difference. Encourage others to do they same.
What can you do today to make a difference?
It's not as hard as it sounds, start with
- the amount of stuff you consume. Do you really need it? Is there another way?
- the amount of stuff you throw away.
- buy reusable items &
- buy second hand
- up-cycle furniture
- be inventive with waste…
- if you have to throw something away, ensure everything that can be recycled is recycled
Did you know?
...Food Waste is one biggest contributors to Climate Change. Sometimes it is hard to buy the right amount of food to avoid waste, especially if you are buying for others too. A few ways to avoid food waste
- Freeze what you don't eat
- Make Compost with raw food waste
- Send cooked food waste to local recycling centres (or feed it to the dog!)
...in Britain we use 15 million plastic bottles a day and only 3% of these are recycled. Recycling one plastic bottle can save enough energy to power an electric light for 6 hours - now multiply that by 97% of 15 million.......that gives you over 87 millions hours of wasted light!
- Make your own drinks & carry them in reusable bottles.
Land fill is a last resort
If you must send something to landfill ensure it is compostable or biodegradable so that it decomposes quickly and doesn't leak toxic waste into our soil
- Use biodegradable bin liners
Putting all of this into Practice -
- Don't drive so much, go places closer to home, walk, cycle, use public transport, avoid flying
- Save water, electricity, gas and oil wherever possible
- Insulate your home & use draft excluders
- Switch to sustainable sources of energy such as wind, solar, hydro power, ground source, heat source.
- Avoid highly processed, packaged goods - make your own sandwiches & snacks & take to school/work in reusable containers
- Eat less meat – cow farts are a large contributor to global warming - methane is a greenhouse gas
- Compost organic waste
- Grow your own vegetables & flowers (in the compost you've just made!)
- Collect rainwater in a butt & use it water plants
- Encourage wildlife in your garden & do your bit for biodiversity (start with a bird feeder!)
- Buy local (why? Less miles travelled)
- Buy Handmade or learn how to make your own (why? It reduces factory processes & CO2 emissions)
- Buy organic (why? It restricts use of artificial chemical pesticides & fertilisers – these chemicals poison farm workers: do you want them present in the soil food is grown in?)
- Buy biodegradable or compostable (why? creates decomposable waste & does not release toxins into the soil)
- Buy fair trade (why? Fair trade respects workers & encourages sustainable practices)
- Buy sustainable (why? It replaces what is taken from environment. Bamboo is the most sustainable plant on the planet)
- Buy durable products that will last a long time (why? to reduce waste & to put an end to our disposable society)
- Look after the stuff you buy, & then pass it on to be enjoyed by others or take it to your local charity shop to help raise money for good causes
- Be creative! find new ways to look after your environment
- Have fun & Enjoy your planet!
Think about everything you do & the effect it might be having on the environment & the people living in it
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