I am not professing to become a recycling green guru overnight but below are a few things one can do to help the environment.
- Use energy saving bulbs. Switch off all appliances on 'standby' mode including mobile phone chargers when not in use.
- Off-set individual CO2 emissions by planting trees/making donations to organisations who plant trees. For more information, visit http://www.futureforests.com , http://www.carbonneutral.com
- Think about the food you eat. Buy organic food and/or food that has been produced/sourced locally where possible.
- Recycle as much as you can.
- Paper, glass, plastic, cans...: Contact your local authority to view the services they provide. Most supermarket car-parks have recycling facilities.
- Old mobile phones: Donate to a friend in need (one who has a phone that is falling apart or is the size of a brick) or return to the retailer or charity shop for recycling.
- Clothes: Drop off at a charity recycling point.
- Computer: http://www.donateapc.org.uk
- Electronic goods: Donate furniture and electronic goods eg computers, TV's fridges etc. to organisations who will services these items and pass on to low-income families. Contact Furniture Reuse Network for list. http://www.frn.org.uk
- Travel by air only when necessary. Offset CO2 emissions by planting trees or ask your company to do so. See 2 above and http://www.climatecare.org
- Buy recycled products where possible (It's stupid to wipe your bum with virgin toilet paper when all you are doing is throwing it back down the loo) or second hand goods such as i-pods, laptops, etc.
- Use public transport where possible. I know it is not much fun on a Monday morning, being stuck under someone's armpit, but think you are doing something good by not using the car for that particular journey. People with smelly armpits, please wash.
- Learn more about green and recycling issues.
Do a search on the internet - the list is endless.