Think we’ve missed one? Comment below to share your tried-and-tested tips.
Make do and mend
- Keep your clothes a little bit longer before buying new, or keep them in the back of the wardrobe to rediscover years later. Helga Wills
- Take the trouble to repair things when they break if possible, even if its a bit of hard work, even if it’s more expensive than buying a new one – see the big picture! Chris McCartney
- I teach an up-cycling craft class and my top tip is to try to reuse rather than putting things straight into the recycling bin. For example, T-shirts can be made into cushion covers, beach bags, book covers, headbands, necklaces, t-shirt yarn to weave coasters, rugs, bowls etc, etc. Claire Olif
- Use vinegar (preferably in glass bottles) and bicarbonate of soda for cleaning. This saves on all those plastic detergent bottles, all those chemicals which invade the environment, and is cheaper and usually at least as efficient, and sometimes more so. Carolann Samuels
My top green tip is don't throw your Xmas potato peelings away. Bake them off with olive oil, salt and pepper for late afternoon snacks.
— Martin Allen (@martinallen72) December 20, 2017
- My husband got a pram at a charity shop and refurbed it so I can transport my instruments to class without a car – works a treat, and doesn’t rattle them too much. (I don’t mind looking like a bag lady…) Mary Benefiel Dunn
We're using out of date road atlas pages as wrapping paper 🌲🌲🌲🌲
— Alison Greenwood (@Memphis_Al) December 20, 2017
Ditch single use plastics
- Stop using disposable coffee cups and buy a reusable Charley Autumn
- Reject pre-packed fruit and veg at the supermarket, and buy only loose. They are happy to weigh them without a bag or, if necessary, you can take your own small bag and keep reusing it. Ian Bradshaw
- Reduce one use plastics and containers. Carry a reusable water container and stop one-use cups by carrying reusable cup. Great Christmas gifts to encourage family and friends to do the same. Iona Hughes
simple but wide reaching – ditch the plastic straw and have your drink without one – encourage the kids to do the same.
— TheBeesleyBuzz (@TheBeesleyBuzz) December 20, 2017
- Buy less, but buy better: for example, high quality, organic, free-range meat once a fortnight; a pair of well-made shoes which will last and which you can have resoled; things which can be repaired rather than intended to be used then discarded. Think before you buy something: do you need it? how was it made? what will happen when you’ve finished with it? Adelheid Russenberger
- Switch to a renewable energy provider ☀ Rouben Freeman
- Change your current bank account to a Triodos account. Deborah Richardson-Webb
- Switch banking to more ethical banks (Triodos wooooo); wash clothes slightly less; eat less meat; buy/make a canvas bag instead of plastic carrier bags; use soap instead of shower gels/body wash. Boom – environmental superhero. Immy Sykes
- Ask your pension provider how they incorporate sustainability issues into their investment strategy, demand transparency and action in line with the Paris agreement. Pavel Kirjanas
- When you spend money realise that how you spend it shapes the world, so buy ethical, faritrade, local, independant and organic for a better world. Graham Watson
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