We’re all well aware of what our carbon footprint is and how much we’re meant to be working to protect our planet but there are other benefits for a greener lifestyle. Saving energy is also good for your pocket as well as your waist band so if you don’t believe in saving planet what about doing your mind body and spirit a favour?
As a nation we love our cars, fuel prices are getting higher and higher coupled with rising insurance premiums and maintenance costs it’s not cheap. It’s also not great for the environment or your heart.
• Do you have to drive to work? Do you live within a 15 minute car journey? In which case there are plenty of other ways you could get to work without adding much time to your journey, cycling or walking are the most obvious and for many city workers, cycling to work is actually quicker than sitting in all that stand still traffic.
• In the UK the government is running a cycle scheme to help employees purchase a good quality bike and the safety gear tax free, it’s worth asking your employers if they’d be interested in participating in the scheme.
• Car sharing is a great way to save some cash, if you work in a smaller office and no one live near you check out sites like gum tree for car sharers on your journey. This doesn’t just have to apply to work, are there any other parents dropping their kids off at the same school near you?
There are so many ways you can go green with the food you cook and eat and it’s going to help your waist band as well as your pocket. Fast foods are great as a once in a while treat but they’re no friend to the environment and they’re not doing your health or finances any good either.
• Cook – this one really isn’t rocket science, the more you’re cooking from scratch the healthier it’s going to be and the cheaper it’s going to be too. Don’t waste money on packet made sauces, they’re full of additive and preservatives and come in unnecessary packaging. Cooking from scratch means you’re using the original ingredients. Herbs and spices can be mixed to create any flavour so experiment to suit your own tastes.
• When you’re cooking a proper meal always cook double so you’ve got another meal that can be frozen so next time you don’t feel like cooking a meal from scratch you don’t have to resort to a ready meal
• If you’re feeling particularly hungry fill up on salad and greens instead of starches or chips. They’re better for you and usually come in much less packaging
Whether you follow fashion and have a wardrobe of up to the minute styles or you just prefer to have a few staples that get worn over again, next time you’re throwing something away really think about it.
• Give your wardrobe a good spring clean once a year, if you haven’t worn it for over 12 months the chances are it’s not going to be worn again. Donate it to a local charity shop or if it’s in really bad condition take it to a clothes recycling bank instead of sending it to landfill.
• If you’re handy with a sewing machine and needle and thread, convert your old clothes into something new, a simple t shirt or plain shirt can be customised in minutes. If you’re stuck for inspiration check out sites like Pinterest which are full of really easy ways to give old clothes a new lease of life
• If you’re throwing something away because it really is past its best think about how else that material could be used. It takes less than ten minutes to turn an old bed sheet into an apron or if nothing else, rags always come in handy around the home and there’s no need to be buying these brand new from the shops.
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