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Our green tips will help you make a difference. You may not want to follow them all, but any positive change you make will help.
- If you don’t want to receive direct marketing through the post, register to have your name removed from mailing lists at the Mailing Preference Service site.
- Replace your most regularly used standard lightbulbs with energy-saving equivalents.
- Buy locally-grown or locally-produced products wherever possible. Check out BigBarn for your local producers.
- Stuck for presents? Why not give membership of Greenpeace, the Centre for Alternative Technology or another green organisation, a subscription to the Ecologist magazine or buy an acre of rainforest.
- Replace washers in dripping taps.
- If you have money to save or invest, choose an ethical bank, financial institution or investment fund.
- In the garden, use natural, organic alternatives to pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers in the garden.
- If you drive to work, leave your car at home one day a week and reduce your weekday car use by 20%! If you can’t walk or cycle, use public transport or arrange a car share instead.
- Buy organic and Fair Traded products.
- If you drive to a recycling point wait until you have a car full, or ask your neighbours if they have any items you can take.
- Compost kitchen and garden waste. Not only will it cut down on the space we need to dump rubbish, it will also provide you with a useful end-product.
- Turn your heating down by 1 degree, reduce the time it is on or turn down radiators in rooms you use less often.
- Switch your electricity provider to a ‘green’ company like unit[e].
- Stop using peat-based products.
- Buy a shopping bag instead of using plastic bags from supermarkets, or re-use the bags around the home.
- Make sure your home is adequately insulated; if not, use Warmcell loft insulation, which is made from recycled paper.
- Don’t overfill your kettle; boil only the water you need.
- When buying products made from wood, look for the Forest Stewardship Council’s logo; this indicates that the wood comes from a well-managed forest.
- Your waste can have a value to someone else – take old clothes, books, toys and bric-a-brac to charity shops or car boot sales.
- Ask your dentist or doctor if they would like old magazines for their waiting room.
- Connect a diverter to your drainpipe and collect water for your houseplants and garden in a water butt.
- Replace your washing powder or liquid with a ‘greener’ alternative, like those from Ecover, or try Eco-balls instead.
- Only use the washing machine or dishwasher when you have a full load. If you have an economy cycle, then use this.
- Switch off TVs, computers and Hi-fis when you aren’t using them
- Take old batteries to recycling facilities; don’t throw them in the bin!
- Make your car run as efficiently as possible by having it tuned regularly and making sure the tyres aren’t under inflated.
- Look for water-based paints or those with low VOC ratings.
- Refer to energy efficiency ratings when buying new electrical items.
- If you find something that you think makes a difference, tell us, your friends, your family and your neighbours. If you tell ten people, who each tell ten others then pretty soon we’ll be making a real difference!