Golden Rules for Green Living
Small, beneficial changes to day-to-day behaviour soon evolve into accepted practices and become the norm.
- Conserve electricity by switching off appliances at the wall (don't leave them on 'stand-by').
- Ensure that you have loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.
- Switch to Green Energy suppliers.
- Don't go mad with the central heating. Often an extra layer of clothing is all it takes to keep warm and comfortable.
- Buy local foods, minimising 'food miles'. Farmers' markets are a good source and keep your eyes open for roadside stalls in the summer months.
- Eschew products that use excessive packaging: bring your own carrier bags and avoid plastic bags.
- Reduce your contribution to landfill by using recycling and composting facilities.
- Donate unwanted goods to second-hand shops, school bazaars, and bring and buys. If you're giving away unwanted presents make sure that their provenance can't be traced.
- Always offer other mums your children's cast-off clothes (unless they're in a deplorable condition, in which case they can be recycled). Nobody should feel insulted by your 'charity' - it makes perfectly good ecological sense.
- Leave the car at home and try walking, cycling or public transport.
- When replacing your car, look for the most carbon efficient - it will have road tax benefits too.
- Choose a carbon neutral airline and you will play your part in lessening the negative effects of travel.
- You know it makes sense, but resist the temptation to preach to the un-converted...