Shop differently – 5 simple tips

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the basic mantra of sustainable living, but we all have to buy *some* stuff to get by. Even on our weekly shop the choices we make can make a difference to our environmental impact. You might already do all of this, but just in case you don’t, here are 5 simple tips to help reduce your environmental impact as you shop…[…]

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One person’s trash is someone else’s treasure – 10 freecycling tips

Who doesn’t like free stuff? One person’s trash is someone else’s treasure is something that is shown to to be true every day in Swindon, courtesy of the local ‘freecycling’ groups. The point of Freecycling is to stop things going to landfill, by enabling people to pass on things they no longer want to people who need them. Users can either offer items they want[…]

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Buy locally-produced food

One large source of carbon dioxide emissions is in the production and transport of food. You can reduce your impact on climate change by choosing Local Foodwherever possible. The energy and emissions involved in producing food account for 22% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. 40 per cent of all UK road freight is food related. A report published in the journal Food Policy calculated[…]

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Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle

When we create the objects around us, (cars, tables, gadgets, clothes, etc.) we use energy to collect the materials, manufacture and transport them.  This creates CO2. The more stuff we buy – the more CO2 we create. People may be getting better at turning their TV off standby – but we are buying more TVs!  Also whereas in the past people may have mended broken shoes, now we tend[…]

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Reduce the meat you eat!

Rather than growing food to feed to animals, so that we can then eat the animals, wouldn’t it be more efficient to cut out the middleman, growing food and then eating it ourselves? Industrialised meat production is responsible for devastating deforestation in the developing world to make way for animal feed crops. We need those forests to recycle the  CO2 we produce and keep the[…]

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Reduce Your Water Consumption

Water as well as being a valuable resource, has to be cleaned and pumped, this all requires energy input —- from the burning of fossil fuels. Have a quick shower instead of a bath, doing this could save over 300 litres of water a week. Space permitting, you can also place a bucket in the shower to catch any waste water which can then be[…]

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Power Down

Save energy (and money!) The average house in the UK produces around 6 tonnes of CO2.  However, a third of this (around £200 a year) can easily be saved through simple energy efficiency measures. The majority of CO2 comes from the energy used to heat your home and provide hot water.  The rest is used to power appliances and lights. For free, tailor made, independent advice on[…]

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