No Monday Mindfulness this week unfortunately, as I’ve been a bit poorly on account of a cold and didn’t quite manage to get around to it yesterday… However, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any posts on Cathedral Grove this week!
Recently, The Guardian released a short video about natural climate solutions which featured prominent environmental activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot. It’s just about everywhere around the internet at the moment, but if you haven’t seen it already, I’ve shared it here as well. At just under 4 minutes in duration, it’s a short piece which is worth a watch if you’re at all interested in environmental issues and possible solutions.
Inspired by the ideas being presented by a variety of similarly concerned individuals and organizations, I thought I’d compile a short list of fairly simple actions you can take right now to help make your home that much more eco-friendly. There are more things we can do, of course – but consider this brief list a bit of a launching pad. Any hints and tips you use at home, either ones included in or missed off the list here? Please share them with us all by commenting below!
1 – Switch to e-billing.
2 – Unplug your phone and computer once they have finished charging.
3 – Turn off lights when a room is not in use.
4 – Open window shades for natural instead of artificial light when conditions allow.
5 – Ensure your home is properly insulated.
6 – Look for energy efficient appliances.
7 – Air dry your laundry on a clothes line or rack.
8 – Utilize reusable shopping bags.
9 – Mend damaged but still usable clothing where possible.
10 – Recycle clothing at participating stores, or donate them to local charity shops.
11 – Store ingredients in glass jars rather than plastic wrap, baggies, and tubs.
12 – Consider reusable beeswax wraps instead of cling film.
13 – Reduce your meat consumption.
14 – Grow some of your own food if possible.
15 – Try to buy produce minus plastic packaging.
16 – Compost your food waste.
17 – Use a reusable bottle rather than buying plastic water bottles.