Your top tips to a greener 2011; GO GREEN.
Byline: RAYYAN SABET-PARRY
From making sure your plug’s stand by switch is off to
creating your own
, here are 30 essential top tips on going
green in 2011.
1 BAGS Switch to reusable bags when shopping to reduce the
mountains of carriers bags sent to landfill. Get ready for the 5p
carrier charge that comes into effect on October 1.
2 FOOD Cut your food waste by shopping wisely, plan your food list
and resist impulse purchases 3 PLAN Cut down on the amount of waste
thrown away and save money by switching to packed lunch instead of
buying prepackaged food.
4 RE-USE Before you throw away broken items, consider repairing.
Broken or faulty items eg electrical appliances or clothes can often be
repaired at a cheaper cost.
5 BORROW Why not join a library to borrow books and toys instead of
buying new. Try swapping and borrowing items with family and friends.
6 STORE Ditch the
and foil and store your food in
re-sealable containers, such as Tupperware.
7 VINTAGE Instead of buying new, why not see if you can pick up a
bargain by buying ‘pre-loved’ items? Websites like Ebay,
Gumtree, Freecycle are ideal for picking up unwanted items like
furniture, books and tools.
8 GIVE AWAY Before you throw away your old CD player or dress,
think about if anyone else can use it. Charity shops are desperate for
unwanted items. Every little helps.
9 HIRE Why not hire the items you need? High pressure cleaner, wall
and carpet are used occasionally and
house. Browse your telephone directory more information.
10 FREEZE Freeze your left-over food for reheating later. Use your
composting bin for left overs. Most councils now collect food waste to
produce renewable energy and soil enhancers.
11 RECYCLE Clothes, books, batteries, old paint, electrical
items… you name it, can be deposited at household recycling centres or
The buzz word now is commingling. Use a plastic box
to gather all your recyclable”s and then take it to your
nearest recycling bank when full. Easy!
13 IN TOUCH Keep up to date with your local councils recycling
schemes. More councils are now recycling more items, eg yoghurt pots and
14 SINKS Make sure you’re not polluting the local environment
by pouring cooking oils down the sink. This causes sewage to back up and
spill into rivers and streams. Make sure you cool and dispose of
domestic fats and oils in the bin or install a fat trap.
15 WASHING Reduce detergent, by only switching on washing
machine/dishwasher when full: too many chemicals in the water affects
local wildlife. Choose detergent with reduced or no phosphate 16 LEAK
Domestic heating oil leaks can harm wildlife, pollute rivers and
1. To make impure or unclean by contact or mixture.
2. To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.
. Check if your heating system is up to date
and not leaking.
17 PIPES Some pollution is caused by bad plumbing. You may not know
that the dirty water from your washing machine, dishwasher, sink and
toilet could be going straight into nearby streams and rivers. Make sure
your plumbing system is fully functioning.
18 BIRDS Look out for local wildlife by putting up a window framed
bird feeder, or building a garden pond 19 SAVE Reduce the amount of
energy consumed at home by making sure all plugs are switched off at
stand by. Leaving them on continues to consume electricity.
20 COMPOST Attention gardeners! Why not create your own compost
heap in a quiet corner of the garden? Quality compost creates a haven
for spiders and insects, sought after by small mammals.
21 WRAP-UP Why not wrap up warm during the winter months instead
off turning up the heating? Reducing the temp by 1C can cut 8% off your
22 STANDARD Looking for a new fridge/freezer or washing machine?
Make sure the product is A rated energy efficient.
23 WATER Save water by turning off taps whilst brushing your teeth.
Watering the garden? Collect rainwater to feed your plants whilst
24 PETS Dog fouling is a major problem. Pick up after your pet and
brighten up your environment.
25 LOOS Don’t flush nappies and cotton buds down the toilet.
Not only does it flood the toilet it usually ends up in rivers and harms
26 REPORT Take action and report environmental crimes like graffiti
and fly-tipping to your local authorities.
27 GROUPS Why not form your own community group to make a lasting
change in your area? Community clean up events are a great starting
point 27 RUBBISH Attention smokers! Why not carry around a portable ash
tray with you, instead of throwing it on the floor? 28 WARMTH Heating
your home with wood pellet boilers can save money and the environment
better than traditional wood burners.
29 CYCLE Walk or cycle to the corner shop. And look out for local
produce to make sure your food hasn’t travelled long distances 30
TEA Enjoy your cup of tea even more by boiling the amount you need to.
Fill up a mug and pour in kettle to save water and energy.
. Tips courtesy of The Environment Agency,
n abbr (Brit) (= Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) →
(Brit) n abbr (= Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) →
, Waste Awareness
Wales, Keep Wales Tidy and Go Green sponsors
1. Green with vegetation; covered with green growth.
3. Lacking experience or sophistication; naive.
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