Posted: Monday 10th May 2021 in Summit.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Last week we spoke to Beth, and we discussed how making small changes to your lifestyle and trying something new every week, or every day, is a great way to make your lifestyle a little greener.

As we ready ourselves for Week 2 of #GreenMonth, our top tip comes from Adam!

Adam suggests that making a small change you won’t even notice goes a long way, and he’s not wrong. Switching your electricity supplier to someone who offers green and renewable energy is a great way to have a positive impact on the planet, without even having to change the way you live day to day. It seems silly not to, right?

As Vicky has said, “just be conscious of the little things you can do – it doesn’t have to be a huge lifestyle change to make a difference.” Alex agrees with this also and says “small moves! If we all keep doing small moves in the right direction the momentum will be unstoppable.”

There are of course things you can do which will have a bigger impact on your lifestyle as Darren knows all too well. “I’ve (reluctantly) started eating less meat. We now eat 2-3 meat-free meals a week and the meat we do buy is locally sourced from our butcher, rather than imported by a big supermarket.”

Darren is not the only one choosing to cut his meat consumption.

“I went vegan 3 years ago for both my health and environmental reasons. In my opinion, it’s the best thing you can do for the environment as the meat and dairy industries are the primary causes of climate change. Making the commitment to not eating meat or dairy even just once a week can make a huge difference (imagine if everyone did that!)” says Beth.

Rebecca recognised the impact of the meat and dairy industry too and says “a difficult one for some but try to reduce your meat, fish and dairy consumption. Not only does this industry contribute massively to environmental issues it’s also a great feeling knowing you’re not killing/harming an animal as part of your diet.”

Jill on the other hand took a different approach, choosing to focus on her plastic usage, to see how she could make changes there.

“Take a week to make a note every time that you use plastic – you’d be surprised how often it is! Then look for ways to cut out the single-use plastic: I’m a big fan of reusable wrap (I am ashamed about the amount of clingfilm I used to waste), shampoo bars, fully compostable deodorant, and plastic-free tea bags (being from Yorkshire, I drink a lot of tea!) Also, think about what you already have, e.g. cut up old clothes to use as reusable cloths (you don’t need to go and buy a load of new things). Save your cardboard tubes to make into plant pots – saves on buying plastic seed trays and they are biodegradable.”

Jill uses BeeBee wraps in place of cling-film, and now drinks Bird and Blend tea. Not only have Bird and Blend managed to make nearly all of their packaging (including the teabags) plastic-free, recyclable or compostable, but they are also partnered with the World Preservation Foundation to plant a tree for every takeaway cup sold, giving even more environmental benefits.

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