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5 Simple tips to live more sustainably

By now we’ve all heard the news reports, “Human influence on global warming is 'unequivocal”. Humans are responsible for the earth’s climate change, but it’s not all doom and gloom, we can do something about it. We can all do our bit to help, here are just a few small changes to live a more sustainable life.

1. Borrow books from the library or friends instead of buying new

An endless supply of books is on your doorstep. You could start a book club at work or among your friends. You’ll be surprised how many books there are available to you for free.

2. Shop pre-loved clothing for kids

Kids grow up so quickly they barely get a chance to wear the clothes you buy for them or that are bought as gifts. Shopping for pre-loved kids’ clothes on reputable sites such as ensures that quality clothing is kept in circulation and out of landfill. It is also a great way to save money without compromising on style.

3. Plan meals for the week

In the UK we throw away 10.2m tonnes of food waste every year. By planning our meals in advance, we could help to reduce this waste by ensuring that all the food we buy is used more efficiently. If there any bits left in the fridge at the end of the week could you use these to make a stock, stew or even freeze them for a quick and easy meal later?

4. Eat less meat or go meat-free

It’s no secret that our climate is changing. It has been estimated that around 12% of global greenhouse gas emission comes from livestock. We can reduce this by reducing the demand for meat. If you don’t want to cut meat out of your diet completely why not try reducing it? Opt for meat-free days one or two days a week choosing beans, vegetables or a meat substitute instead.

5. Take a walk

Why not leave the car at home and take a walk? Not only will you reduce the levels of toxins emitted by cars on our roads but you’ll also reap the benefits of bit of extra exercise into your day.

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