December 30, 2013, by Helen Whitehead
Countdown #30: top tips for a sustainable lifestyle
I asked on Twitter: what tip would you give someone just starting to make their lifestyle more sustainable?
@ginnyfranklin started us off with a transport tip: how about: reduce your car use
@TomFranklin chipped in: get and use a bicycle – walk or cycle to the shops, then extra trips don’t matter – I use two large panniers. Can get a small trolley’s worth in
Continuing with the theme of shopping, @gillferrell suggested: Plan your weekly menu to save money & avoid food waste & unnecessary trips to shop [and] avoid products in excess packaging
@woolgathered suggested: Step 1: Learn to distinguish between wants and needs. Buy/use what you need.
@lizcable said: I’m trying eco-cleaning products, and replacing physical products with digital where I can.
@gillferrell advised: Share infrequently used appliances with neighbours: not everybody needs to own a hedge trimmer
@TomFranklin recommended: only heat the rooms you are using, not the whole house, turn the heating down and wear a jumper
@zzseg took us further than these simple tips with the suggestion: to make everyone’s lifestyle more sustainable only have 1 child. Apart from killing girls perhaps China was right.
Many thanks to everyone who replied, and also to all those who have made thoughtful comments on this blog.