Sunday, 19 July 2015

Five ways to give back to the environment

. Grow your own produce - it can be so much fun, feel so satisfying living in a self sufficient way and we produce much less waste via packaging. It's also a cheap and easy way to get your hands on organic
produce and foods bursting with vitamins. It's so easy, you can even grow fruit and veg in pots!

. Visit a local farmers market or source your food locally - supporting businesses that are local to you can be a heroic act and helps us to feel connected to where our food or items in our home are coming from. There are often cute cafes that use locally sourced ingredients in their cooking, the food tastes even better when it is homegrown and tastes so fresh! It is also more likely to be sustainably grown.
. Create a compost heap - This feels so satisfying and a lovely way to give waste like old teabags, fruit and veg skins and even paper and cardboard back to the earth. Plus once broke down, it goes back in to the life cycle, to feed other life forms. When food waste breaks down in landfill it decomposes anaerobically, without oxygen, resulting in the production of methane, a greenhouse gas that is much more potent that carbon dioxide. Here is a list of 100 hundred things you can put on the compost pile. 

. Self sufficient ways to heat your home...  we can insulate our homes through loft insulation, filling cavity walls, double glazing and stopping drafts around doors. You can also find out about what is warm edge technology here, it's fascinating. 

. Encourage shops and businesses to use environmentally friendly scaffolding and construction hoardings. This is one that almost goes unnoticed, no one thinks about, but has a big impact across the country. You could create a little campaign in your area or even contact your MP. 

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