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Balcony farming

Vegetables, edible flowers, cooking herbs, berry shrubs and fruit trees are all beautiful and nutritious, but they’re also kind of dumb. They don’t know if they’re in a pot.

# urban
10

Bike instead of driving

Even just biking a few times a week instead of using the car is going to make a positive impact on our environment. It takes one person to make a difference, and that person could be you! And you'll get fitter in the process

# save money
5

Swap clothes

So you’ve gathered up all your old college jeans and dresses, and now you want them out of your house. But first things first: Is it possible that someone in your local circle wants them? Clothing swaps are a great way to send your old stuff off to a loving home, catch up with friends, and get something new for yourself.

# vintage
5

Eat seasonally

Seasonal food is fresher, tastier, more nutritious and they do not require long distances for transport. Purchasing locally grown foods also helps support local farms and maintains farmland and open space in your community.

# awareness
5

Wash clothes on cold cycle

Helping the environment and saving money, all from your laundry room? That's the promise of cold-water washing. Turn down the heat—in your washing machine, that is—when it works for clothes

# save money
5

Go Vegetarian!

Plant based dairy products such as vegetable milk emit up to x10 times less than their animal based counterparts.

# no meat
5

Staycations

What about staying home for vacations? You'll save emissions from travelling and hotels and get time to discover your region and work on all those initiatives on your todo list.

# awareness
5

Carpooling

Doing carpooling not only you will be saving, but you will also help reduce the costs we all pay towards the construction of new roads, road maintenance and air pollution related health costs. Having fewer cars on the road means reduce our carbon emissions and improved air quality.

# save money
5

Switch to Renewable energy

It only takes a few minutes to sign up to a renewable energy supplier, it saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint significantly.

# save resources
5

Plogging

Bored with the same old workout at the gym? Fed up of being trapped inside all working week? Keen to save the planet? If the answer to any, or in fact all, of these questions is yes, then one of the latest global fitness crazes might be something genuinely worth hearing about. It's called plogging, and it combines the age-old activity of jogging with the noble enterprise of cleaning up the world's streets, countryside and beaches.

# workout
5

Upcycling furniture

Upcycling is beneficial towards the environment because the act saves or removes materials from the waste system. It also requires less energy than recycling and encourages innovative thought process.

# vintage
5

Recycle at home

Give your household goods a second life while saving energy, landfill space, and natural resources. Home recycling requires a trivial amount of time, yet offers substantial benefit to the homeowner as well as the environment.

# local
5

Green savings

Investing in clean energy projects - if you own your house you could install solar panels on your roof, or there's some great options out there to invest in green energy companies such as www.energiseafrica.com

# awareness
4

Beach clean-up

A beach clean up is essentially a volunteer activity among concerned citizens that takes place regularly along coastlines around the world. Cleaning the beach improves the coastal and ocean ecosystem by making sure that none of the trash kills marine life or is toxic enough to disrupt the marine life cycle.

# awareness
4

Use reusable hot drink cup

Disposable coffee cups don’t often get recycled properly and end up in landfills. This is bad for the environment. Reusable coffee cups can be used over and over, reducing waste and helping keep the environment cleaner and healthier.

# reuse
4

Creative reuse

Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy - raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.

# save money
4

Compost at home

Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up more than 30 percent of what we throw away, and could be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

# urban
4

Public transport instead of car

Public transportation is an important contributing factor to urban sustainability. Effective transportation networks that incorporate public transit help lower a city's per capita carbon footprint, and make cities more livable by easing commute and transportation needs and increasing accessibility.

# local
4

Thrifting

"Hey, where did you get that weird top?" "Oh, I found it while thrifting, it was only a dollar." When one visits several different thrift shops, second-hand shops, and vintage clothing stores in the hopes of buying several items of cheap and unusual clothing and other items. One usually does this with friends.

# vintage
4

Remember the three R's

Content Grid Content Grid 100% 10 f you have heard of something called the “waste hierarchy,” then you may be wondering what that means. It is the order of priority of actions to be taken to reduce the amount of waste generated and to improve overall waste management processes and programs. The waste hierarchy consists of 3 R’s as follows: reduce, reuse and recycle. Screen reader support enabled. f you have heard of something called the “waste hierarchy,” then you may be wondering what that means. It is the order of priority of actions to be taken to reduce the amount of waste generated and to improve overall waste management processes and programs. The waste hierarchy consists of 3 R’s as follows: reduce, reuse and recycle.

# awareness
4

Go Vegan!

Meat and dairy products generate up to 20x more emissions than plant based products. Try eating vegan at least 1 day a weeek!

# dairy
4

Air-dry clothes

Air-drying clothes uses... no energy, which saves you money and makes less of an impact on the environment, gives garments a fresh, clean smell, and extends the lifetime of clothing by reducing wear and tear in the dryer.

# save money
4

Refillable water bottle

With plastic water bottles (along with plastic bags and plastic straws) occupying the top tier of socially unacceptable single-use accessories, reusable water bottles that are both good-looking and functional feel like a necessity in this modern, hydration-obsessed world.

# reuse
4

From bulbs to LEDs

Almost half of our carbon footprint is due to electricity and about a quarter of that is due to lighting alone. Using low wattage LEDs can reduce overall CO2 emissions, and reduce your carbon footprint.

# awareness
4

Plant a tree

Planting trees removes carbon from the atmosphere, and is one of the best ways to compensate for those emissions you have a hard time reducing.

# awareness
4

Attend a local rally

Climate change is something that concerns everyone: if social movements have a role, it is of whistleblowers proposing “new” issues for public debate, which are then taken up by political parties and elected officials.

# awareness
4

Refuse single use plastics

Carry your own food containers, cup and utensils to avoid unnecessary throw-away plastic crockery and cutlery in cafes, bars and even when on board a plane. Carry a reusable water bottle. Say no to disposable straws.

# reuse
3

Repair clothes

The continuous accumulation of cheap garments is only possible because of a constant reduction of production costs. This, in turn, has serious consequences on our health, our planet, and on garment workers’ lives. Let's reduce our clothing consumption and do something good for the environment!

# vintage
4

Join a climate action group

What we do in the next few years will determine the future of our world. We know the solutions to climate chaos and there's still time to act – just. Climate Action groups are made up of people like you, working together to make our communities more climate-friendly. Together we can make a real difference, at a local and national level.

# awareness
4

Waste less food

Saves money from buying less food! Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint. Conserves energy and resources, preventing pollution involved in the growing, manufacturing, transporting, and selling food (not to mention hauling the food waste and then landfilling it).

# save resources
4

Own reusable grocery bags

Plastic bags take >1000 years to breakdown. Use tote bags which last for years and can be recycled

# reuse
4
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Balcony farming

# urban

Vegetables, edible flowers, cooking herbs, berry shrubs and fruit trees are all beautiful and nutritious, but they’re also kind of dumb. They don’t know if they’re in a pot.

Bike instead of driving

# save money

Even just biking a few times a week instead of using the car is going to make a positive impact on our environment. It takes one person to make a difference, and that person could be you! And you'll get fitter in the process

Swap clothes

# vintage

So you’ve gathered up all your old college jeans and dresses, and now you want them out of your house. But first things first: Is it possible that someone in your local circle wants them? Clothing swaps are a great way to send your old stuff off to a loving home, catch up with friends, and get something new for yourself.

Eat seasonally

# awareness

Seasonal food is fresher, tastier, more nutritious and they do not require long distances for transport. Purchasing locally grown foods also helps support local farms and maintains farmland and open space in your community.

Wash clothes on cold cycle

# save money

Helping the environment and saving money, all from your laundry room? That's the promise of cold-water washing. Turn down the heat—in your washing machine, that is—when it works for clothes

Go Vegetarian!

# no meat

Plant based dairy products such as vegetable milk emit up to x10 times less than their animal based counterparts.

Staycations

# awareness

What about staying home for vacations? You'll save emissions from travelling and hotels and get time to discover your region and work on all those initiatives on your todo list.

Carpooling

# save money

Doing carpooling not only you will be saving, but you will also help reduce the costs we all pay towards the construction of new roads, road maintenance and air pollution related health costs. Having fewer cars on the road means reduce our carbon emissions and improved air quality.

Switch to Renewable energy

# save resources

It only takes a few minutes to sign up to a renewable energy supplier, it saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint significantly.

Plogging

# workout

Bored with the same old workout at the gym? Fed up of being trapped inside all working week? Keen to save the planet? If the answer to any, or in fact all, of these questions is yes, then one of the latest global fitness crazes might be something genuinely worth hearing about. It's called plogging, and it combines the age-old activity of jogging with the noble enterprise of cleaning up the world's streets, countryside and beaches.

Upcycling furniture

# vintage

Upcycling is beneficial towards the environment because the act saves or removes materials from the waste system. It also requires less energy than recycling and encourages innovative thought process.

Recycle at home

# local

Give your household goods a second life while saving energy, landfill space, and natural resources. Home recycling requires a trivial amount of time, yet offers substantial benefit to the homeowner as well as the environment.

Green savings

# awareness

Investing in clean energy projects - if you own your house you could install solar panels on your roof, or there's some great options out there to invest in green energy companies such as www.energiseafrica.com

Beach clean-up

# awareness

A beach clean up is essentially a volunteer activity among concerned citizens that takes place regularly along coastlines around the world. Cleaning the beach improves the coastal and ocean ecosystem by making sure that none of the trash kills marine life or is toxic enough to disrupt the marine life cycle.

Use reusable hot drink cup

# reuse

Disposable coffee cups don’t often get recycled properly and end up in landfills. This is bad for the environment. Reusable coffee cups can be used over and over, reducing waste and helping keep the environment cleaner and healthier.

Creative reuse

# save money

Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy - raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.

Compost at home

# urban

Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up more than 30 percent of what we throw away, and could be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Public transport instead of car

# local

Public transportation is an important contributing factor to urban sustainability. Effective transportation networks that incorporate public transit help lower a city's per capita carbon footprint, and make cities more livable by easing commute and transportation needs and increasing accessibility.

Thrifting

# vintage

"Hey, where did you get that weird top?" "Oh, I found it while thrifting, it was only a dollar." When one visits several different thrift shops, second-hand shops, and vintage clothing stores in the hopes of buying several items of cheap and unusual clothing and other items. One usually does this with friends.

Remember the three R's

# awareness

Content Grid Content Grid 100% 10 f you have heard of something called the “waste hierarchy,” then you may be wondering what that means. It is the order of priority of actions to be taken to reduce the amount of waste generated and to improve overall waste management processes and programs. The waste hierarchy consists of 3 R’s as follows: reduce, reuse and recycle. Screen reader support enabled. f you have heard of something called the “waste hierarchy,” then you may be wondering what that means. It is the order of priority of actions to be taken to reduce the amount of waste generated and to improve overall waste management processes and programs. The waste hierarchy consists of 3 R’s as follows: reduce, reuse and recycle.

Go Vegan!

# dairy

Meat and dairy products generate up to 20x more emissions than plant based products. Try eating vegan at least 1 day a weeek!

Air-dry clothes

# save money

Air-drying clothes uses... no energy, which saves you money and makes less of an impact on the environment, gives garments a fresh, clean smell, and extends the lifetime of clothing by reducing wear and tear in the dryer.

Refillable water bottle

# reuse

With plastic water bottles (along with plastic bags and plastic straws) occupying the top tier of socially unacceptable single-use accessories, reusable water bottles that are both good-looking and functional feel like a necessity in this modern, hydration-obsessed world.

From bulbs to LEDs

# awareness

Almost half of our carbon footprint is due to electricity and about a quarter of that is due to lighting alone. Using low wattage LEDs can reduce overall CO2 emissions, and reduce your carbon footprint.

Plant a tree

# awareness

Planting trees removes carbon from the atmosphere, and is one of the best ways to compensate for those emissions you have a hard time reducing.

Attend a local rally

# awareness

Climate change is something that concerns everyone: if social movements have a role, it is of whistleblowers proposing “new” issues for public debate, which are then taken up by political parties and elected officials.

Refuse single use plastics

# reuse

Carry your own food containers, cup and utensils to avoid unnecessary throw-away plastic crockery and cutlery in cafes, bars and even when on board a plane. Carry a reusable water bottle. Say no to disposable straws.

Repair clothes

# vintage

The continuous accumulation of cheap garments is only possible because of a constant reduction of production costs. This, in turn, has serious consequences on our health, our planet, and on garment workers’ lives. Let's reduce our clothing consumption and do something good for the environment!

Join a climate action group

# awareness

What we do in the next few years will determine the future of our world. We know the solutions to climate chaos and there's still time to act – just. Climate Action groups are made up of people like you, working together to make our communities more climate-friendly. Together we can make a real difference, at a local and national level.

Waste less food

# save resources

Saves money from buying less food! Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint. Conserves energy and resources, preventing pollution involved in the growing, manufacturing, transporting, and selling food (not to mention hauling the food waste and then landfilling it).

Own reusable grocery bags

# reuse

Plastic bags take >1000 years to breakdown. Use tote bags which last for years and can be recycled