Fancy a game? How many of these can you do in a week? Check out our free bingo card of sustainable actions and see how you get on. Print it out and keep it somewhere you’ll be reminded, or save it to your phone and remember to share your successes with us on social media.
Download the Sustainable Actions Bingo Card for free and keep reading for a quick guide to each one.
Use Your Own Cutlery. Single-use plastic cutlery is made from a type of plastic not widely recyclable. That means they typically end up in a landfill or an incinerator after they’ve been discarded. Put a stop to this by using a set of cutlery that can be reused again and again.
Shop with a reusable bag. This one is easy, and better yet, you are probably already doing it which is great. Make sure you’re using plastic-free bags wherever possible – fabric bags don’t contain the same harmful chemicals used in plastic bags and can keep food fresh for longer.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) or BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup). Reduce the production of plastic water bottles and disposable coffee cups by swapping them with reusable alternatives. Most coffee shops will now give you a discount on your drink if you use your own cup too. Nice!
Liberate the leftovers. In most developed countries, over half of all food waste happens in the home. Using leftovers wisely will make your meals go further whilst saving you money. Freeze, fry, stew, or even sandwich useable leftovers and save them going to waste.
[Bonus]: You can rescue excess and unsold food from restaurants and local shops, sometimes with large discounts with these mobile apps.
Give your wardrobe an audit. Take the time to go through all of your clothes and accessories and decide what you don’t need, won’t wear, or have never worn. Find them new homes by selling or donating them to a charity. The space that you free up will help keep your clothes aired and crease-free.
Spend an hour outside screen-free. The benefits of some decent outdoor time are numerous and well documented including reducing stress, improving memory, and bolstering your immune system. Find a green space or an interesting area outdoors and choose an activity that will benefit from your undivided attention like talking with friends, reading, or writing.
Do a local litter pick. Whether they’ve been blown, dropped or dumped – waste packaging and other litter can end up where it shouldn’t. You can make an instant improvement to your local area by capturing a few pieces of litter and disposing of it considerately. Make sure you do this safely and responsibly.
Have a meat-free dinner. One of the biggest contributors to the loss of natural habitats and the emission of the greenhouse gas methane is the production of meat stock. It also requires a lot of resources, for example, it takes over 54 buckets worth of drinkable water to produce just one chicken breast. With so many of easy, delicious and healthy options to choose from you can find something to like and share in no time.
Missed a step, or can’t remember what the Three R’s of sustainable living are? Check out the 3-Step Guide to Sustainability.