A more sustainable lifestyle is a good way to save you money, aid your local community and help protect the environment. Here are some useful tips for better living.
Here’s a list of tips to help you live green.
1. Save energy.
There are so many small actions you can take around your house or flat which add up to a big difference. Turn the heating down a bit, and put on a jumper. Only fill the kettle as much as you need. Put a lid on a pan while you’re cooking pasta. Turn the plugs off when you leave the house.
2. Help others to save energy
It’s all well and good knowing that you’ve turned your own lights off, but what about when you see needless lighting around?
3. Support local food
Growing your own is a really effective way to contribute to a much lower-carbon food system. It’s also really fun. You get to know new people, and learn new skills. Some groups have even used their produce to set up their own businesses, selling jams and honey to local shops. Others just share out the food. We like the sound of that too.
4. Take fewer planes
There’s no getting away from it: flying halfway around the world several times a year isn’t part of a green lifestyle.
But that doesn’t mean you have to stop going on holiday. You can take the train for a start. It’s a lot more fun, and you get a real sense of travel.
Why not take the Eurostar over to France and travel onto Italy? Would you rather be watching Love Actually on the back of someone else’s seat, or watching the scenery as you weave through the Alps at sunrise?
Or you can stay in the UK. Why not go walking across the coast of west Wales, or cozy down in a cottage in Cornwall? Go on a camping tour, visiting all those cities you’ve never bothered to visit.
5. Use kinder transport
Obviously, you don’t go everywhere by plane. So have a think about what you could do to lessen the impact of your everyday transport. Can you take the bus instead of a car? Can you walk instead of take the bus? Or you could get yourself a bike. It’s such a cheap (and fast) way to get around, and you’ll be tons healthier. And if you absolutely have to drive – make sure you offer out a car share. Don’t get grumpy in traffic alone. And you can blame them when you get lost.
6. Get involved in the community
Getting involved in green work can take you out into the community a lot more. Allotments are a great place to grow new foods and meet people from different cultural backgrounds, as well as local residents.
7. Be creative!
Thinking of creative, new ways of reducing, reusing and recycling can lead to a lot of fun. It’s not all obvious stuff like switching the lights off. Did you know you can grow your own mushrooms on old teabags for example? You can. Seriously. Give it a go.
8. Boost your career
More and more employers are looking to recruit individuals who are sustainability-literate. Green jobs are about much more than just designing wind turbines. It’s becoming increasingly integrated across all sectors – driving efficiency and viable business models across the entire economy. Getting involved in green projects gives you a huge range of skills which can make you really stand out in the jobs market.
9. Improve your education
How can you incorporate sustainability into your learning? Be creative – there’s an infinite number of ways.
10. Get active
Making changes to your own lifestyle is important. But it’s also great to contribute to wider political change, and make your collective voice heard on green issues.
(Courtesy: National Union of Students UK)