Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electrical's on standby needlessly uses up energy – hit the off switch and you could see huge improvements, most noticeably in your energy bills!
TIP 3 // EAT LESS OR NO MEAT
Being careful with what you’re consuming is at the heart of being more eco-friendly, and cutting down on the amount of meat you eat can have a huge impact. Not having red meat - even if it’s just for two or three days a week - can have quite a significant impact on reducing your carbon footprint
TIP 2 // ECO FRIENDLY TECH
Want to go further than simply turning it off? Make sure that the tech you have got is as energy-efficient as possible. This way, you’re using much less energy for the time that the product is on, saving money, and reducing your energy output.
TIP 4 // DON'T WASTE FOOD
Waste not, want not. Did you know that 7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK every year? This isn’t just a huge waste of food and money, it adds to the amount of CO2 being created in landfills.
TIP 5 // COMPOST
If you have let your food go that little bit too far past its ‘best by’ then you need to be sure to compost it rather than putting it in the bin. Not only will this help create a natural fertilizer and keep your garden green, it’ll also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill - and as it won’t break down anaerobically, there will not be a build-up of methane gas.
TIP 7 // CUT OUT DISPOSABLE PLASTIC
There are many alternatives to disposable plastic, once you start looking the list is endless. You will wonder why you even used those items in the first place.
TIP 6 // REUSE
Reuse and Reuse items throughout the home and in your daily life. There are so many items that can be multi useful tools in everyday life, Get creative.
TIP 8 // FIX IT
Fix it up real good! what ever happened to mending broken or worn clothing and items in the home? we got lazy, lets bring it back and feel proud for doing an old task proud.
TIP 9 // GROW YOUR OWN
Even if you live in a small pad in the city there are fun alternatives to put on your kitchen window.
Whilst we all like to smell and look good, there are alterntaive products out there that we can switch to, to ensure were being as green as possible.
Take a look at the range in LUSH, this is our fave.
TIP 10 // COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING
Do your bit, and get involved in community eco projects. Ecological sustainability is very important when it comes to eco-friendly living. Without a stable ecosystem, things start to fall apart.
TIP 12 // BUY LOCAL
From clothes to food, the closer to home these products are made and bought, the less carbon is created with their transportation. Not only that, but you’ll be supporting the local economy which means that in time you’ll likely have even more local items to choose from.
Countdown to Christmas
This one we can have some fun. Get creative, use your imagination, be mindful and use our wonderful local spaces to help us. I buy a potted tree locally and ask for any excess branches that are left over to make my xmas wreath and decorate the interior of my home. Potted trees are way more friendly than plastic trees as they can be reused and enjoyed all year around. Use Holly and wood with subtle candle light to give your home festive hygge.
Enjoying the Festivities
Warm up and enjoy the local Christmas delights, Spend locally and support small businesses. Always remember your own cup of some kind or flask to reduce on single use waste.
Wrap up and always remember to support sustainability markets as well as main stream events.
Most importantly ...
These tips are gonna make you feel a whole lotta wholesome and warm inside.
Edible Gifts - Everyone can make something yummy this time of year, and they're made with love. Wrap em up in recycled paper and use left over string or ribbon to decorate with a hand drawn name tag.
Shop locally - this one is easy, handmade gifts made by others locally.
Used Gifts - Best time of year to raid your local charity shops, everyone is clearing out and getting ready for more clutter in the new year after xmas. Have a peek.
Experiences - Who needs stuff when we have a world out there to explore. Treat someone to an experience whether it be showering an alpaca or fine dining, how about a workshop in something they may really enjoy.
These are my favorite kind of gift, because not only are you creating memories, but there are no objects attached which helps us live a more minimalist lifestyle.
Donate your money to a cause and help the person your giving it to feel good about making a difference to a life whether that be animal, human, our oceans or even local start ups.
Do something different.:-)
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