Guide to Sustainable Living
The Full Circle guide to living sustainably, both at festivals and back at home.
What does sustainable mean to you?
It means a lot of different things to different people but what does google say ( or ecosia if you are using that awesome search engine which plants trees with proceeds from every search?)
Well wikipedia says this:
Sustainable living describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resources, and one's personal resources. It is often called as "earth harmony living" or "net zero living". Its practitioners often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering their methods of transportation, energy consumption, and/or diet.
We would describe Sustainable living as carrying out your daily duties while causing as little or no damage to the environment in order to preserve the planet for our children and so that future generations can continue to enjoy the planet.
Deforestation and plastic filled oceans are just a couple of devastating effects of our continued misuse of the planet, ever heard the phrase ‘There’s no planet B’? Well it’s sadly all too true so we need to pull up our socks, start living more sustainably.
Full Circle is here to give you some tips to do just that:
Remember that EVERY choice we make has an impact. EVERY CHOICE. This means that we can choose which impact we make.
Your choices and impact are not inconsequential, just like that leading supermarket says ‘Every little helps’ you have to do what you CAN.
Where to start? Start small, choose one area to start making sustainable choices, we’ll highlight some pointers below.
Set goals, give yourself a deadline then move on to the next challenge. Make sure you are taking simple manageable steps or it will become too much and that is when most people give up.
10 Tips to start living sustainably
One month you could set your goal as making the switch to glass milk bottles or refilling your milk from farm shop vending machines.
If it is affordable to you, buy your fruit and vegetables loose from farm shops or better still get a fruit and veg delivery box every week filled with the fruit and vegetables that are in season.
Learn to make do - do you really need all of those toiletries that you buy? Could you cook from your larder and freezer for a week or so to see how long you can not shop for?
Got young children? Plan an eco-friendly birthday party with reusable partyware and ‘green’ party gifts such as seeds for planting. Ask guests politely not to buy presents or perhaps to contribute to something that is much wanted and needed by your child.
Food - stock take your larder cupboards and Freezer and make them stretch as far as you can - challenge yourself to create new recipes from these ingredients, you could discover many new dishes!
Challenge yourself to go a year without buying new clothes - repair or alter clothes that you have or throw ‘clothes swap parties’ with your friends.
Have a ‘To Mend’ box in your house and place anything that is in need of repair in that box, when you have the time, get those things fixes, it gives a massive sense of accomplishment.
Look at your home, check out renewable energy providers such as Ecotricity or Good Energy UK
Cut out the car journeys, see if you can take alternative transport to school and work, car share or have a car free day once a week.
Refills - always have your reusable bags handy and a refillable water bottle, there should be no need for bottled water in this country.