When we think about switching to a more green lifestyle, the sheer vastness of the task can be off-putting. There is so much that we could potentially do; changes in our homes and gardens, changes to the way we travel, even changes to the way we dress and eat. The best way to approach the task is to figure out how far you want to take it firstly. Do you want to do what you can to contribute, whilst keeping practical with your current living situation? Or do you want to go the whole hog and do absolutely everything you can? Below is a guide to breaking the task into steps and what we can do to begin taking small steps to be more green in each area. If we want to stick to these small steps for now we can do that, or we can branch out from these points to the more hardcore ways of green living. The choice is entirely yours. Let's go!
In The Home
The most obvious place to start is our home. We can start by taking a look at each room and seeing what we can do start being more green in each one:
To save energy around the whole house, you could wear a jumper instead of switching on the heating and invest in cavity wall and loft insulation. Many UK local councils and energy companies are currently offering both of these for free (we got both and now no longer have to turn the heating on on some milder winter days.) You can find out more about the UK governments schemes here.
In The Garden
There is also a lot you can do in the garden, but a good place to start is with pesticides. These are terribly bad for bees as has been discovered, so it is best to cut them out. There are a number of ways you can do this, by looking online for recipes for natural pesticide and also by companion planting. For example, carrots and spring onions can be planted together to deter carrot-root flies. You can find a great champion planting guide here. It's a bit of an investment, but buying a waterbutt to collect water is a great way to go green. You can keep the water to water the plants on dry days which is handy if there is a hosepipe ban.
You can ensure that any paint used in the garden (and this also applies to the home) is of a more natural source that does not emit toxic gasses. You can find a great range of eco-friendly paints at Earthborn. If you are a keen gardener, then could you use the space to help wildlife? You could plant butterfly and bee attracting sprays of flowers which are pretty and good for these suffering species. Of course, having a go at planting your own fruit and veg is great for the environment, as is anything that encourages self-sufficiency. You don' have to go the whole hog - a window box with tomato plants in it or something similar is a great place to start.
Out and About
There are loads of ways we can live more greenly when out and about:
Like the other areas there are a lot of changes we can make to our overall lifestyle to make it more eco-friendly, from the simple to the more hardcore. We could choose to eat less meat (perhaps trying out meat-free Mondays) or we could go all-out vegan. We could avoid leather products or boycott anything containing palm oil. Here a couple of ideas to get started with:
I hope you have found these tips useful. :) Do you have any of your own or have you taken steps to green up your own life? Let me know in the comments.