Ecological footprints are a way of working out how much of an impact on the environment we make. How people live their lives affects the amount of resources they use and the levels of pollution that create.
Here are some things you can do to reduce your footprint:
- Eat local and organic food and avoid genetically modified products.
- Use the bus, cycle or walk instead of using the car when you can.
- Buy locally produced food and goods.
- Use bath water and rain water to water your garden.
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs.
- Reduce the number of things you buy.
- Reuse or recycle things when you have finished with them.
- Join Cardiff Friends of the Earth.
- Chose recycled, cruelty-free and fairly-traded goods.
- Buy green electricity.
- Sell your old shares and buy shares in ethical companies.
- Use local shops. They can be cheaper than supermarkets, especially when you include transport costs.
- Only buy wood from sustainably managed forests.
- Reduce the amount of meat you eat, increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Phosphates pollute our rivers. Buy phosphate-free detergents such as Ecover instead.
- Buy things that are made to last, not disposable ones.
- Refuse plastic bags in shops. Buy a reusable one instead and keep it in your pocket.
- Make your garden wildlife friendly.
- Double glaze your windows.
- Make time to enjoy life with your family and friends.
- Before you buy things, ask yourself "do I really need it?"
- Insulate your house.
- Get an ethical pension.
Calculate your personal ecological footprint.
For more ideas read Save cash & save the planet.