Make a New Years Resolution to continue to be ‘green’ next year.
Don’t leave your central heating on a high temperature while away, turn the thermostat down to a minimum temperature, reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills.
When visiting people over the Christmas period make sure all electrical equipment at home is switched off and not left on standby, as well and cutting your energy use you will save some money too.
A lot of travelling is done over the Christmas period, car share, walk or take public transport when you can. If you are feeling very brave and need a blast of cold air to wake up there is always your bike too!
I have visited a landfill site, they are definately places to avoid! They don’t smell or look nice, they fill up our countryside with rubbish and create wasteland. Much of what ends up in landfill could actually be recycled or reused, once underground we can’t get at all those precious resources anymore. Approximately 30% more glass, steel and aluminium are thrown away after Christmas, most local authorities collect these or provide a local recycling point so make sure yours don’t end up in landfill.
As a gift make someone a hamper of local produce or homemade goodies and display in a reusable jute bag or second hand basket from a charity shop or boot sale.
A lot of packaging is thrown out over Christmas. Buy loose rather than pre-packed vegetables for your Christmas dinner and reduce waste.
If you are like me and a bit behind with the Christmas shopping, it is probably getting a bit late for internet shopping so when heading out into the busy streets make sure you take your reusuable shopping bags with you.
Over 10 million turkeys are bought over Christmas, pay particular attention to the origin of the bird as many are imported or travel long distances to be slaughtered and to the shop. Choose a bird that has had a better life, opt for a locally reared free range turkey bought from a farmers market or farm shop and ask the supplier about its life from birth to butcher.