Re-building the world
We squander resources without a second thought. Each year we throw away millions of tonnes of rubbish which collects in landfill sites. To reduce the amount you throw away, always consider - reduce, reuse and recycle.
Stop junk mail from direct marketing companies
Yet another mail order company is keen to offer you monogrammed golf balls and jumper fluff shavers. Up to 60% of the mail that comes through our letterboxes is never read.
To stop junk mail and the vast amount of paper it consumes simply write
to the Mailing Preference Service and request that your name be removed
from all mailing lists. The address is:
EC legislation means that local councils will have to pay if they don't reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill; it will be you that will have to pay for it. Badger your local councillor for the council to supply composting bins for you to use for your vegetable waste and make your own potting compost.
Similarly for newspaper and plastic household waste. Encourage the council
to provide a separate bin for plastics and a bag or box for newspapers
and paper waste.
Turn off dripping taps
A dripping tap wastes more than 10 litres of water a day so make sure that you turn taps off completely and fix ones that leak. A leaking tap can normally be fixed by changing the washer. This is one of the easiest DIY tasks in the home, so you may consider having a go yourself rather than 'calling a man in'. The large DIY stores have 'How to do it' leaflets.
It might seem as if the UK has plenty of water. But water taken out of rivers for our use ends up in the sea, and river levels are dropping.
If you see water leaking from out of the footpath or road then report it to the Water Utility Company, they are obliged to reduce the amount of water lost from the distribution system.
Take a bath less often, use the shower instead. Recent research indicates
that it is better for your skin.
Wasting energy is not only costly, it increases the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Here is one of many simple ways to reduce your energy consumption and cut your gas and electricity bills.
Don't leave televisions and computers on stand-by
The little red light at the bottom of your television set and the cursor blinking on your computer screen seem innocuous. But if everyone in the UK switched off these appliances when they weren't using them, we would save the energy output of an entire power station.
If you see a light switched on, with no one present, turn it off.
Ethics of the Fathers
As you tear around the supermarket with children in tow or grabbing
something to eat on the way home from work, it is easy not to think about
the impact of your choices. But small changes to your shopping habits can
make a difference to your health, your local economy and the environment.
Reuse plastic carrier bags or use a durable shopping bag
Carry a shopping bag. Buy your produce loose from the local Market Hall, it will be cheaper, fresher and tastier.