How we use, spend or save our money, makes a difference.
- Protect peat bogs: don’t buy composts that contain peat, instead buy peat-free varieties or make your own.
- Buy bee friendly (and insect/ butterfly friendly) seeds and flowers to promote local biodiversity.
- If you have space, buy and plant fruit bushes/ trees and enjoy fresh fruit.
- Even if you only have a windowsill buy seeds so that you can grow your own herbs and salads.
- Use local shops and local suppliers so that your money supports jobs for local people and the local economy.
- Buy locally produced food so as to reduce supply lines and their associated carbon footprint. Avoid foods bought in by air freight.
- Buy organic food to prevent more soils and waterways from being polluted by nitrates and pesticides.
- Buy organic foods to prevent insects, birds and small mammals being poisoned by pesticides.
- Buy organic foods to prevent wild plants being killed off by herbicides.
- Buy plant-based foods from sustainable sources in preference to meat and dairy products which have a larger carbon footprint.
- Avoid products that come with excess packaging – even if it is recyclable, the whole process is unnecessarily using up time and resources!
- Swop/ buy second hand items to cut back on waste and conserve scarce resources.
- Maintain and/ or repair things to make them last longer or find a professional to do this for you. NB Anything electrical should only be mended by a professional; ditto boilers etc.
- Buy gas and/or electricity from a green supplier and support the transfer to renewable energy.
- Buy a cycle and good wet weather clothes and be an active traveller. Fewer cars on the roads reduces CO2 levels and air pollution and creates quieter, less congested neighbourhoods.
- Where you go by rail rather than air, buy a train ticket. Where you can go by bus rather than drive, buy a bus ticket. Opt for the greenest travel option.
- Avoid companies that don’t pay a living wage to their employees, who don’t pay their taxes, and offer minimal support for a greener world. Instead spend your money supporting companies that treat people and the environment with respect.
- Do buy wonky and misshapen fruit and vegetables and limit what goes to waste.
- Do buy insulation for your home, thermal linings for your curtains, and low energy light bulbs.
- Do consider a heat pump over a boiler. The former is more energy efficient and has a much smaller carbon footprint.
- Don’t buy food you won’t eat, clothes your won’t wear or appliances that just take up space.
- Don’t buy new when a good second hand option is available.
- Don’t use banks/ insurers/ pension fund providers that invest funds in the fossil fuel industries.
- Do seek out companies that actively invest to support a green economy.
- Do support wild life funds, re-wilding and habitat conservation projects.
- Do enjoy the outdoors and green spaces – often access is free!
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