Sustainable lifestyle

SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE

 

Meeting our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs leading to a reduction in the use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources which enhances the natural balance of the planet and is respectful to our symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles

 

We continue to deplete the earth’s natural resources with increasing consumption demand by the

 

1. Extraction of raw materials  

2. Production of goods and services

3. Distribution  

4. Disposal 

 

Our increasing consumption has led to

 

1. The cutting down of forests

2. Extinction of species and destruction of wildlife

3. Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change

4. Pollution of air, bodies of water and land

 

 Making a positive change

 

Reduce Reuse and Recycle

 

Before you buy any product ask yourself - do you really need it? How did the production of this product impact the environment and what further impacts will there be with the disposal of the product 

 

 

FOOD SHOP

 

Support sustainable farming, which in turn preserves non-renewable fossil fuels, saves money spent on energy resources and reduces global warming impacts. it protects against diseases, creates balance and protects the biodiversity of the land and soil. Buying local sustainable food supports people in your own community

 

1. Build a grocery plan

2. Organic saves and absorbs CO2. Seek out the brands that reach beyond the pledges of their Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certifications and make specific commitments to ending slavery and deforestation as part of their manifesto

3. Seasonal foods cost less

4. Order organic veg boxes, use independent greengrocers and restaurants 

5. Use fresh produce other than preserved and processed

6. Cook the most perishable foods first or freeze them, save the ingredients with the longest shelf life for later to avoid waste and if you have waste compost it

5. Have your food shop delivered, use your car in a smart way

6. Say no to packaging and choose products with recyclable packaging

 

 

WATER

97.5% of the world’s water is locked in seas and oceans; too salty for human use and most of the remaining 2.5% is in the ice caps

We use water for drinking, washing and cleaning, in the production of food and consumer products we use it in feeding livestock and biofuels which has led to a great strain on this natural resource

 

 

Saving water tips

 

Take short showers

Turn off taps when brushing your teeth and whilst lathering your hands and body

3. Wash a full machine load of clothes, fill your dishwasher or use a dishwashing basin

4. Cutting down on meat and diary, eat more steamed vegetables and avoiding food waste

5. Catch rainwater by installing water butts, water you gardens at sunrise and dawn

6. Fix leaky taps and regularly check your plumbing

7. Get a low flush toilet

8. Leave out a bowl of water for the wildlife in the summer

 

 

ENERGY

Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your energy bills.

 

1. Use energy-efficient tech and lighting

2. Switch off from mains when appliances are not in use 

3. Insulate your home to keep it cooler and warmer

4. Change your energy supplier to one that has a 100% renewable tariff, which is effectively zero carbon and eco-friendly