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Top tips for greener living

Everyday actions that can benefit the environment and you


We want to encourage any action that connects people with, protects and enhances the natural environment. If you're not sure where to start it can be a daunting experience, so we’ve drawn together a range of examples to help encourage and inspire you to take green action.

Actions include

A yellow pepper

    Only buy the food you need
    By planning your meals for the week, and only buying the fresh ingredients required, you can reduce the amount of food that is wasted and save money.

    A log

      Create a home for wildlife

      Install bird or bat boxes, build bug hotels and create log piles to provide shelter and places to hibernate for insects and animals.

      A full washing machine drum

        Try to put a full load in the washing machine each time

        A full load will use less water and energy than two half loads. Select a low temperature programme when possible.

          Take breaks outdoors
          Spending time outdoors in a green space, like a park or garden, can reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression.

          Opportunities for green action in your daily life

          Further inspiration

          For more ideas, take a look at the pledges people have made and the green action case studies to see how others are responding to the Year of Green Action – and then make your own personal pledge.

          This suggested actions are not government advice. Some actions contain links to websites owned and operated by third parties. The links are provided solely as a convenience and such links should not be taken to imply any type of association, sponsorship, endorsement, monitoring, approval of, or responsibility for, the linked website or its content and services.