The Earth is pretty great. That lovely sunset you posted on Instagram? That was The Earth, #NoFilter. Those ducklings you spotted, waddling along like fluffy little lemons? The Earth again. Mashed potato? That was The Earth, with a bit of help from your mashing muscles.
With so much wonder in the world, it's important we all look after it. We've signed up with Do Nation, to make pledges to help us live our lives on the green side. Inspired by this, we've made an a-z of little changes that add up to make a big difference.
Doing a bit of exercise is a great way to be more sustainable. Instead of driving you could walk, cycle, or invest in a fancy pair of rollers blades. Good for you, good for the planet.
Kettles are pretty inefficient. Cutting down the number of times you boil yours a day will reduce your energy consumption and give you an excuse to pull out the teapot more often.
Industry standards and certifications can help you buy food and clothing more sustainably. Look out for the Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) next time you’re shopping.
You’ve not worn those flares in years, and your shell suit never fitted. Giving your unwanted clothes to charity shops helps build a sustainable fashion culture, and their rails are full of hidden gems – they might even have a shell suit in your size.
Earth Hour is celebrated every year in March. Use it as an opportunity to turn off your lights, power down your electricals for an hour and see what life looks like by candlelight.
Like Peter Pan’s shadow, your carbon footprint follows you wherever you go. To help shrink it, try taking a boat rather than a plane on your next trip away or cycle if you really fancy a challenge.
You don’t need an allotment to grow your own fruit & veg – a sunny windowsill will do nicely. Home grown fruit & veg tastes better and means you’ll always be eating in season.
Turning your heating down by just 1 degree can save up to 230kg of carbon dioxide per year as well as saving you up to £85. Pop on your fluffiest socks and you won’t even feel it.
We'll be back with part 2, just as soon as we figure out what letter comes next.