• Use cars less. The MMGW resulting from the design and manufacture of cars alone is enormous, and that’s before they’re even on the road! The financial costs are also huge, in both purchasing and maintaining a private car. Car pooling is a great technique to cut down on usage, as is using public transport and cycling more. Unlimited bus travel within most cities can be purchased for under £15 a week. These strategies are GREAT for the environment and wallet.

 

  • Cook large meals. Cook food in large batches and store in the fridge and/or freezer for another day. Many people don’t cook if they’re eating alone, although a ton of money and electricity/gas can be saved in this way. Many also find cooking to be a lot of fun once the skills are developed.

 

  • Use charity shops. Buying from charity shops is an extremely good way to save money. Most of the items are in mint condition and of course it prevents supporting polluting manufacturing and distribution of new goods.

 

  • Boil only the water you need. Don’t overfill the kettle. Hardly an earth shattering tip but every little helps. Electricity is not cheap, and much is still generated using carbon emitting power stations in the UK.

 

  • Hang up clothes to dry whenever possible. Tumble driers are expensive to buy and run, result in large volumes of carbon emissions and are very noisy too! Best avoided.

 

  • Gift work instead of objects – Children especially can make vouchers given to parents each offering some help, e.g. 1/4 hour hoovering, doing the washing up, walking the dog etc.

 

  • Beef is particularly damaging in terms of carbon emission. It is also one of the more expensive foods. Chicken, pork and locally sourced lamb are far cheaper and less damaging, so it’s a good idea to stick to those meats most of the time.