Tips for living green

It’s never too early in life to start living green. In fact, it’s younger people who are more likely to buy into the idea of sustainable living on a changing planet – after all, you’re the people who are going to have to live there.

What can you do to live greener?

Recycle: This can’t be said enough. Recycling your rubbish is one of the keys to sustainable living. Get into the habit of asking yourself if something can be recycled before you throw it in the bin. Even unusual things like electrical goods no longer have to be thrown into the bin. At home, recycle newspapers, junk mail and old magazines, and get into the habit of putting the right thing in the right bin. Old clothes can go in a clothes bank, even the ones that are virtually rags – they can be recycled into other textiles.

Food: retain wastes hundreds of thousands of tonnes of food every year. Help your family get into good food habits by only buying things you know you’re going to eat. Too often, we fill our shopping trolleys to the brim, and end up throwing out food when it goes out of date. Think about food miles – buy fruit that’s come from British farms instead of being flown halfway round the world. You might love something like cherries, but it’s greener to only buy them when they’re in season in this country.

Energy: Turn lights out when you don’t need them. Don’t leave the television playing to itself when you’re all eating dinner in another room. Turn down your home’s thermostat buy a degree, and only have the heating switched on if there’s somebody at home – you probably won’t even notice that it’s slightly cooler, and you’ll be saving pounds and vital fossil fuels.

Get on your bike: Sadly, we’ve got into a habit of being driven to school. But is it easier to walk or take you bicycle? Think of the petrol you’d be saving if you used your own energy to get to school. It always guarantees that you arrive wide awake!

These are only a few small ideas to help you on your way. What can you do to save energy, money and natural resources?