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Monday, 31 December 2012

Five Sustainability Resolutions

It’s that time of year again.  Time for some New Year’s resolutions.  Might as well make them about sustainability rather than ice cream.  Here are some ideas:

  1.   Fly and drive less – Take the train and holiday locally to reduce your air and car miles.

  2.   Bike and walk more – Travel short distances by public transport or on foot rather than driving.

  3.  Buy less – Do we need all the stuff we buy?  Without abandoning the economy completely, commit to buying less and choosing quality products that will last longer.  Support local shops and always take a shopping bag.

  4. Donate or swap clothes – Rather than having wardrobes (or storage boxes) full of stuff that doesn’t fit or you don’t wear, host a swapping party with friends.  If your past fashion choices are too much of an embarrassment, donate to a second-hand store.  One woman’s rubbish is another woman’s treasure.

  5.  Reduce water consumption – Shorter showers, setting the dishwasher and washing machine on economy and using the right size of cooking pan all help reduce water use in the home.  If your toilets are still of the single flush variety, they can be changed to dual flush.  Or put a brick or a water bottle in the cistern.

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