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Sustainability

A guide to living more sustainably

from Natural History Museum, London

 

What can we do to help the planet? Each of us can make the difference!

EAT SUSTAINABLY- EAT #GEOFOOD
  • Eat fruit and vegetables in season and grown locally – it helps to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Reduce the amount of meat and dairy you eat.
  • Buy food that is produced more sustainably.
REDUCE WASTE- LESS PACKAGING
  • Repair, reuse, donate or sell items rather than throwing them away.
  • Reduce the number of single-use items you’re buying and swap them for reusable alternatives. Good items to start with include coffee cups, water bottles and bags.
  • Make sure you recycle according to your local authority’s guidelines.
  • Batch cook and freeze food or get inventive with leftovers to use up fresh fruit and vegetables.
PROTECT AND ENJOY GREEN SPACES –
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  • Plant a window box with nectar-rich flowers – even a small space can make a change.
  • If you have a garden or green space, try to include a wide variety of plants to lengthen the flowering season and support different kinds of wildlife.
  • Let your garden grow wild. Reduce the number of times you mow your lawn to encourage plants to grow – they are a good source of food for birds.
  • Help nurture a park or community garden near you.
  • Care for the wildlife that visits your space. Build a pond or hedgehog home, put up a bird box or a bee hotel and avoid using harsh chemicals.
REDUCE ENERGY USE- SWITCH OFF THE LAMP!
  • Turn off lights and electrical appliances when you’re not using them.
  • Put on an extra layer before you turn up the heating.
  • Ensure your home is energy efficient.
TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY- USE THE BIKE!
  • Leave the car at home and walk, cycle or use public transport wherever you can.
  • Cut back on flying and try to take the train if travelling around Europe.

All pictures and text from the Natural History Museum in London.