Sustainability happens when we reduce our ecological footprint below the biocapacity of the earth.
Following these tips will help you do that.
Basic Sustainability Tips
Know your footprint
You can’t manage what you don’t measure. All of the tips below will help you reduce your ecological footprint, but first you need to know where you are now, set a goal and plan for reducing your footprint, then measure again to see how you have done. Click here for footprint calculators»
Use natural products and avoid products that have hazardous, synthetic chemicals which don’t break down and can build up to toxic levels. Choose goods made from eco-friendly and renewable materials, such as sustainably harvested wood and organic cotton or choose recycled materials.
Ideally you live close to work, schools and shops so that you can walk everywhere. Otherwise you could ride a bike or take public transport. Getting a lift to work with a neighbour will halve both of your emissions. You’ll be more self-sufficient and help slow climate change. Read more»
Reduce electricity use by having good insulation, buying high efficiency appliances, installing solar or heat pump water heating and using compact fluorescent bulbs. Use renewable energy when possible e.g. an efficient wood-burner. Better still – generate your own clean electricity. Read more»
The environment needs reinvigorating for the long term. We need to renew the soil, clean waterways, clear contaminated sites, restore habitats, create wildlife reserves, control noxious animals and plant trees. Offsetting and Conservation projects will help do this.