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June 24, 2008

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I like to wear clothes that i've bought second hand and from ethical sources -so I can look snappy without adding to the massive piles of rubbish everywhere.

When water is too hot, I usually switch off hot water a bit, instead of switching on the cold. Plus, you can see the results straight away in the bill for water.

I've dumped my car and bought a bike. Not only does it mean that I get to go out and about on the bike. It means my wee boy has to walk and cycle more too. Has also helped me to save some cash which is always nice.

I ensure that the products I buy are as naked as they can be, I like to buy something that I know I can recycle and that doesn't come in a silly amount of packaging that you end up doing a packaging marathon just to unwrap it.
I also like to reuse my bath water to water me plants with, it keeps the beasties away from your flowers I must say! Or just to wash the car with, that helps too. :)

well in the morning i start off with the basics, brushing my teeth, and washing my hands...which i do in the shower as it saves the water supply instead of wasting good water from my tap.

and in the evening time i do,...damn..nothing. okay but i can work on that it's a learning process ya know. but i take the bus to school and if a teacher in school doesn't double-side photocopy paper i give them the evil eyes! and i also attend the green school club at my school.

when i eat mangoes i eat them in the shower/bath just in case the juice goes all over the place and so i don't waste water cleaning the juice up or washing my clothes. *thank you innocent smoothie emails*

and in the night-time i turn off all the lights and i skillfully walk up the stairs in the dark without breaking my neck.

and i also keep searching for new ideas! *big smile*

Our village is a quite small, pretty French village, and we noticed that all the mums always take the cars to brig the kids to school, so we decided to organize a 'p├ędibus". The kids wait in front of their door, like if they were taking the bus, and two adults collect everyone to bring them to school by foot. There is an adult at the front and an adult at the back so that the kids don't escape :D and they form a line to school, so that the mums are not worried (they are in safe hands) and the cars stay at home ! We also noticed that the guys that do the tree stuff in the village (cutting them when they are too big or ennoying people with the shadows and all) were not doing the job properly, so we published a guide to show them about biodiversity and how you should let different tree/bushes species in the hedges, how you shoud cut them soft and be careful about every little tree... It is actually working, my family lives in a farm and thanks to all the trees we always have a lot of little beasties around,like wild rabbits, and even a badger once ! Taking care of our earth is also about biodiversity (even if the hedge bit isn't technically about global warming)

I go to charity shops and car boot sales to buy and I give my old clothes to them too.

I use bags for life when I shop.

I recycle paper, tins, bottles etc.

I recycle paper, tins, glass and somne plastics (thank you council) and also garden stuff that is unsuitable for my small compost bin (eg holly trimmings).
I have gradually replaced all bulbs as they wear out so that now they are all the low power/longlife variety.
I think that my most imaginative recycling project was to convert a large number of my husband's shirts (which he had not worn for ages but would not throw out) into a patchwork quilt.

I always hang my washing on the line on a sunny day to save using the tumbler when I can & I have those nice knobbly balls in the tumber too, so when I have to use it - they save 20% energy too.
& I always turn the lights out everytime I leave the room
& I replace my lightbulbs with those nice new ones as they wear out (about half way through the house so far)
& I never let the water run when I brush my teeth
& I walk or bike whenever I can
& I compost
& I drink tap water & not mineral water
& I turn off all my electical things so the standby lights don't stay on all night
& a few more :)

I have supported the hard work of our village residents in Fintry in Stirlingshire to own and errect the first windmill of it's size to be owned by a village community as part of a larger project. We are carbon neutral really now as our windmill supplies more power than we all use. It was a hard battle with the companies involved but we had our official opening a week ago and had a specially commissioned piece of music played by a brass band. It was wonderful. We all committed group vandalism and signed the turbine with our names!

I like to cycle to and from work. It's my way of incorporating exercise into my life (gyms are hugely environmentally unfriendly) and it's free. And I have a lovely basket on the front so that when I stop off at the lovely green grocers (who doesn't plastic wrap individual pieces of fruit) I can cart my shopping back home safely.

I've taken my bonus from work this year and have put it towards a solar panel for our house, rather than a foreign holiday. The kids are unimpressed by the fact that we won't be jetting off to sunnier climes this year, so I need to win the book to continue the work of turning them into good little eco friendly citizens rather than the consumer goods driven monsters that I've managed to create so far...

I have built a giant hamster wheel in the living room connected to a large battery. If the kids want to watch TV they have to run on the wheel, which not only saves money/energy, but keeps them fit and limits how long they watch for............only joking of course!

I wear the same pair of jeans (which are usually second hand to begin with) 'til they rip & cannot be worn anymore. Somewhat embarassing at times, but there you go!

I try to buy fairtrade & organic as much as possible, too.

i don't wash my clothes very often and avoid aerosols. i may smell but the environments better off.

We are always trying to improve our greenness.

We buy and donate at charity shops - furniture, clothing and we buy books, read and redonate.

We use environmentally friendly cleaning and washing liquids.

We recycle plastic, garden waste, tins, glass paper and card.

we have a water butt - used to water the garden, and a compost bin, for food waste
The water butt waters our veggie patch - full of organic veg. Grey household water is used for patio plants

We barter fresh veg with others for other food items or services

We sold our tumble dryer and now dry clothes outside on a line

We buy fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar,etc

We give our clothes to charity, drink filtered tap water instead of bottled water

We have fitted energy saving light bulbs and we put on an extra jumper rather than turning up the heating

We have changed to "bags for life" and have cut down our use of plastic bags by 70% this year.

We know we could do more -and are always on the lookout for other ways to improve.

I recycle anything I can, I try not to be wasteful, I try to use up food before it goes off and has to be thrown away, I'm always on the look out for books and clothes in second hand shops, and donate my unwanted items to them too. I reuse carrier bags and always offer round unwanted furniture etc before taking it to the tip.

I recycle as much as I can, including all the paper from work. I use v.little energy reuse bags and all that jazz. But what I'm most proud of is hassling my friends about everything they throw away and could've recycled!

I buy second hand clothes, I try to buy products with as little amount of packaging as possible. I use as little electricity as possible and am always telling people off for leaving things on. I walk or use the bus. I try to buy food produced locally. I recycle bottles, cans, paper, card, etc, and have a compost heap in the garden. I'm always looking for new ways to help the environment!

I'm going to bottle all my farts into large plastic bottles and get my car converted to gas. I should have enough gas to get to Scotland by Saturday.

[this healthy eating is killing me...]

On a serious note, I have no incandescent bulbs in my house - even my halogens have been replaced with low energy GU10 bulbs.

I like to grow my own vegetables in my kitchen garden.
Use organic wastes for it.
Avoid lifts and use as much as possible stairs.
better for health and for my carbon footprint!

I always recycle my cans, tins, glass bottles etc so I decided to carry on the good work at work too and now am am the proud owner each week of everyones newspapers, tin cans etc - lucky me!!

On the home front kids share bath water, all energy saving light bulbs and jumpers when its cold instead of turning up the heating. Plus I save the electricity I would have used making a cup of tea by drinking Innocents.....

I'm a 'Climate Change Ambassador' volunteer with Groundworks West London. We go to events and tell people how they can reduce their carbon footprint and I'm an Environmental Champion at work too. I'm also veggie and love finding charity shop bargains! Can I have a book please? :)

Hi everyone,

I use ecoballs to wash my clothes which means I am not trashing all the chemicals into the enviroment and on my families skin.

I use a magnoball in my dishwasher (prolongs the life of the machine as it helps with the limescale) & my washing machine (I dont have to use conditioner & prologs the life of the machine)

I have the new light saving lightbulbs everywhere in my house.

I never leave lights on when not using the room.

All my appliances are energy saving Rating A.

I reuse all packaging (Jiffy bags, etc)

I use all sides of the paper, even of letter & paper I receive in the post.

I dry my clothes outside when its sunny, when its raining I dry my clothes on an indoor airer, I only use my tumble drier for emergencies or when I have run out of hanging space in the house.

I use dryer balls in the tumble dryer when I do use it.

I grow my own strawberries, herbs, tomatoes & lavender & all organic.

I use the water that is collected on the roof to water my plants when possible.

I have just bouht a waterpowered calculator.

I make my own cleaning products to use in the house. Made with vinegar, bicarbonate soda,etc. I reuse all my spray bottles for this.

I do not use cling film, I use taperware instead.

I give all unwanted items on freecycle or sell them on ebay.

I go to freecycle first if I need something, if not possible I buy 2nd hand from ebay.

I have started my own business in which I make stuff out primarily of used materials, only use new materials when necessary.

I fix my clothes if they have holes in them, or turn them into someting else if I cant wear them anymore.

I walk where I can, use public transport where possible.

I use no chemicals for cleaning.

I use toiletries with organic & natural ingredients where possible.

I support local farms & producers where possible.

I buy local or national organic produce where possible.

When I have to fly, I offset my CO2 emmissions.

I don't leave stuff on standby.

I have joined BETTER PLAN from Southern Electric to use renewable energy & have a monitor to be aware & reduce the energy I am using.

All my gardening & growth is organically and I welcome wildlife into it.

When I BBQ I use old wood when possible instead of charcoal.

I ommit the rinsing cycle on my washing machine due to using ecoballs.

I use Abel & Cole for some of my shopping.

I return junk or unsolicited mail to sender so it is recycled & also they remove me from their database.

I recycle everything recyclable.

This is some of the things I could remember right now

I HELP THE ENVIROMENT WHERE I CAN & TAKE CARE OF IT & WORK WITH IT AS I AM PART OF IT!

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THE SAME! :)

Whilst at uni my flatmates and I managed to reduced our gas and electricity bills by over a half but just being super conscious - turning all appliances off, each using the washing machine only twice a week, sharing loads,all sitting in one room to watch the tele not have the same programme on 3 different teles (which also warmed the roomed up with 3 bodies in it!)etc.
It all added up and our gas and electricity company were so amazed they wrote and asked how we had managed it!!

I've been trying to get wind turbines for our work building for almost a year and after getting caught in miles of red tape may finally have cracked it. The book would really help to restore me and my co-worker's faith in good people out there actually trying to make it easy for likeminded people to make a difference.

i volunteer to run my 2 local freecycle groups (http://www.freecycle.org) - and promote them to everyone i know!

me and my boyfriend both live as eco-friendlily (is that a word?!) as possible, taking trains, buying local produce, using ecover products, recycling, using energy-saving bulbs, and feeding all our food scraps to our friendly wormery worms!

and finally, my boyfriend also runs a company making things out of unwanted vinyl records - http://www.mintvinyl.co.uk

Me again,

I keep my heating off during spring & summer.

I have my heating on minimum during the cold months, dress warmly in the house.

I have a temperature monitored fan heater in the baby's room for the night so that it only goes on when it gets under 20C and switches off when it reaches 20C.

I am potty training my son (at 2) so that he stops using nappies.

When I use disposable nappies I use ones which are biodegradable (NATURE) which are made of tree pulp & corn starch film (NO PLASTIC OR CHEMICAL NONSENSE!)

I use biodegradable NATURE products for my monthly cycle.

Hope the list of what I do can help someone with ideas of what they can do too!

I turn the boiler down to its lowest setting which means less water is used for showers and washing up. I only turn it up when running a bath. Water and gas are saved! Yey!

Hi,

I do the basics (low energy lights, switching off all that can be, washing cloths at 30 instead of 40 etc) as well as a bit more (cycling to work and on all short journeys, use freecycle a lot, started composting with the neighbours in our newly-built bin - which used to be a set of shelves!, and more)

The thing that - I think - makes more difference is the green mark I try to leave on every place I work for. I make sure we reuse and recycle paper and other materials and bug my colleagues about turning their computer and monitor off when not in use. I try to educate and also modify procedures (where I can!) so this will continue to apply when I leave.

I help the planet by being vegetarian - Did you know that the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, Hummers, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined?!

I love to bake cakes for my family and friends but seem to end up throwing alot away as it dosn't keep for long. Instead make half the mix, once baked cut the sponge in half to make half a victoria sponge!! This takes less time, uses half the ingredients and there's no waste as youv'e only cooked what you need! Great for the waste line aswell!!!!

It would be long ... and no doubt boring ... to list what we do ... so i will just say that we try to do a little better everyday ...

You can always do a little better ... I keep looking and enquiring ... and thinking in a whole different way about everything I do/use/make/buy ... all the little things we do make a difference

... and when we put all out little differences together ... we CAN make a difference

Keep on keeping on ... and make it worthwhile for our children .. :^)

I find the garden the area where I can better apply eco friendly tips. We grow vegetables (planting seedlings in toilet roll tubes!)stacking them into reused food plastic trays, feeding them with home made compost and watering from our water butts. We also keep a couple of loving hens! We have a green cone for meat/fish and non compostable kitchen scraps. And composters for garden and veg kitchen waste. My latest piece of gold was to learn that urine (pee) is a compost activator. Since it wouldn't look very elegant for my neighbours to see me directly doing so, I now pee in a bucket and then tip it into my composter! Hey, that's also many litres of flushing water saved!!

I frequently swap my clothes on clothes swapping sites and am frequently involved in my local Freecycle site. I'm also vegitarian and I try to only buy organic and fair-trade food.

My boyfriend and I have both reverted to going Green.

Unfortunately we can't ditch the car because we live 25 miles from town with bad bus services if any. I have offered people the option of car-sharing and have put my name down on a database, so hopefully someone will get in touch.

We religiously re-use shopping bags, I managed to catch people's attention when I packed everything into one bag and announced clearly that I had to save the environment.

Facilities on our island are far and few between but we always seperate glass and aluminium into different bins.

We started a compost heap.

We wash clothes and dishes using Ecover. We only use the washing machine between 1am and 3am, when its set on a timer. We try not to use the tumble dryer but as it nearly always rains in Shetland we use it at night again. We have a dishwasher but prefer to do the dishes by hand. The water heater is hardly ever on unless we really need it. Heating is hardly ever on because we wear warm clothes.

We grow our own selected vegetables and herbs such as lettuce, tomatoes, sweet peppers, chilli peppers, sweet peas, carrots, tatties, chives, mint, parsley, thyme and coriander.

We are planning to own hens and ducks so we have our own non-imported meat and eggs. We also make our own bread.

It feels good to be independent.

Dad has started calling me Earth Child every time I mention the measures people can take to do their bit. And I do try to encourage others to think about what they can do to help.

I like to eat all the food I buy. And compost any bits I can't eat. Simple really :-)

I have a lot of little "no idling" stickers that I keep in my pockets and when cars are idling unnecessarily on their drives I oh so subtly stick one on them, then walk away really quickly. I also give really mean stares to people driving big cars. Grrr.

We recyle cardboard, paper, glass, plastic, cans, green waste & send other things to the charity shop or council tip for recycling. We have our heating on low in winter and wear more clothes & blankets, and off all summer. We reuse washing up water for plants, and I never wash my car or buy mineral water. We have energy saving bulbs, and don't leave anything on standby. No tumble drier, and no 60 degree washes. We have the Geen choice electricity rates, and switch lights off when not in use!

We planted over 7000 trees on our property...not for commercial reasons but out of love for trees and the green environment.

We planted over 7000 trees on our property...not for commercial reasons but out of love for trees and the green environment.

We planted over 7000 trees on our property...not for commercial reasons but out of love for trees and the green environment.

We planted over 7000 trees on our property...not for commercial reasons but out of love for trees and the green environment.

We planted over 7000 trees on our property...not for commercial reasons but out of love for trees and the green environment.

At Work:

I'm a member of the green committee and we've all worked to reduce the impact that our organisation has on the planet. We recycle all paper and cardboard, paper is used on both sides before it then goes for recycling. We recycle all the cans people use, we have looked at more eco-friendly ways of dealing with things like printing, we have addressed the issue of cars and travel, plane trips and public transport to make sure we are making the minimum impact. We have worked to save water, electric and gas.

At home: much the same as the other people here... I recycle everything I can, reduce packaging with things I buy, and try to reuse before having to recycle. Have energy saving bulbs. Turn off everything at the power sockets, only have lights on in the room I'm in. I don't use a tumble drier, I'm careful with water, only use the emersion heater for the water as and when I need it, if I only need enough hot water for washing up, I'll boil the kettle rather than having to heat a tankful. I have a manual mower for the garden so I don't use any electric for the grass cutting, and it's great exercise too! I walk where I can, only using the car if I have to because the distance is prohibitive.

I know there's lots more I could and should be doing, and the book will hopefully give some new ideas!!

:o)

I like to wander round my flat while I brush my teeth, rather than standing over the sink - so I dont leave the water running the whole time!

I also cycle to work every day, even in the rain! I recycle everything that I can and I use bags for life for my shopping which I carry back on my bike!

I feel like I am quite an environmentally conscious person, but I dont do enough so would like the book so I can get more green ideas!!!!

I work in scientific research into Fusion energy - no greenhouse gases, clean, safe and with abundant fuels. Only problem is it's still experimental, but we're working on it!

We all try to do our bit! Hubby cycles to work, puts out water and food for the birdies and ensures we put egg shells, teabags etc on the compost. All my girls wear/used to wear cloth nappies and we try to walk everywhere. As much washing as poss is done at 30 degrees and I have stopped using the tumbledryer. Am sure there is loads more we can do, but we are trying and want to set a good example to our three girlies!

I live on a small farm in the New Forest where we are almost self sufficient. Thanks to my mum and her excellent skill at farming, we produce enough eggs, lamb and beef to feed outselves and some friends. She also diggs hard in the orchard so we can eat potatoes, apples, plums, strawberries, figgs, tomatoes, cucumbers and much much more - in season and fresh. We also have solar pannels that heat our water and even supply our house and the local grid with electricity...if the sun is out! Being green isnt always the easiest thing but it is definately more fun, tastier and kinder to the environment than any other kind of being, and the best thing is that we can all do it...so lets get greener!

I don't give away books made of paper. Maybe you should follow suit ^-^

I use these cute reusable nappies called Fuzzibunz on my one-year-old. Not only does it cut our weekly waste in half but saves money in the long run too. I also feel super-smug when they are drying on the line having been washed in Ecover!

I hassle every member of my family. If the lights are left on I go and turn them off (sometimes I don't see they are in the room. hehe)

I go around after everybody has gone to bed turning off everything that has been left on standby and have occasionally turnt the Sky + box off when something was due to record :D. I'd rather save the planet that have Repeats of Big Brother recording...

I also do lots of other things. I always like to listen to the radio and have a multi-tier Hi-Fi. So what I've done is unplugged my amplifier and instead used portable speakers attached directly to the radio part of it. Thus saving all the power that would have been needed to run the big speakers.

I find little things like this everybody should be able to do and I'm 15 (nearly 16) and it hasn't actually meant I have to do anything mind-blowingly difficult. I just change all the little things and they add up to big things. The standby is the biggest really... I did a big massive speech on it at the Lloyds building last year and hopefully I encouraged the crowd to do what I do.

Anyway, I'm going to stop typing now as the more I type, the longer the PC is on and the more electricity is used! Good Day :D

I compost, I nag the kids to turn the lights off and to shut the laptop lid, and I recycle, walk rather than take the car etc etc etc. But in terms of energy use and when you look at how much energy this little old planet is going to need over the coming years - turning a light off here and there is futile! I'm trying to start a campaign to get the UK government to look into (and then hopefully implement!) the use of Hot Dry Rock or Hot Fractured Rock geothermal energy. There's more energy down there than our civilization could ever consume, so let's start using it (like they are doing in the US and Australia) and let's stop building nuclear power stations! Anyone want to join me?

More info here: http://geothermal.sharenow.com

I live in a cave.

I recycle plastic and glass bottles, cans, paper, clothing, shoes and carrier bags, even my innocent smoothie cartons! I use energy saving lightbulbs. I turn my heating off as soon as it is warm enough to do so in summer and don't put it back on again until I really need to in winter. I have a compost heap in my back garden to recycle veggie peelings, cardboard etc. I walk to work instead of using the car or public transport and only use my car when I absolutely have to. I would love a book to tell me how to do more.

I'd like to say well done to everyone who has commented already, there are some really inspirational ideas here!

I try to avoid using electricity as much as possible, and am slowly training my flatmate to stop leaving things on standby. We recycle as much as possible, even though we have to make a bit of a trek to recycle glass. We reuse the plastic bags we have inevitbly gathered, and have a selection of jute bags for use on big shopping trips.

I think the thing I am most proud of is that we have turned off our heating entirely for the summer - sure, its a little chilly when you get up in the morning, but who says you can't wear thick socks and a jumper in summer? Its better for the environment and will save us lots of pennies! :D

My most significant recent change was...

I found I was really good at remembering to take bags to reuse to the supermarket, but not so hot at remembering when I was shopping in town or on the spur of the moment. I now keep three cloth shopping bags, all freebies, folded up in my handbag, so whenever the urge to shop hits me I'm prepared! Because of that I haven't needed a carrier bag for months :)

I'd also really recommend the book "How to save the world for a fiver" which is full inspiring, easy to implement ideas.

Recycle bathwater: use it to flush the toilet and pay a smaller water bill!

Whenever they do lists of the top ten things YOU can do to help stop global warming etc, I already do 9 of them automatically. The 10th one is turn the thermostat down by 1 degree. If I did it every time, I might as well not have central heating at all :)
And I cycle to work every day, even in the rain

i turn off all appliances at the plug. i hang the clothes out instead of using the tumble dryer, i cycle not drive to work, i recycle nearly everything, i leave off lights and open curtains and i got my whole family doing it.

In my spare time i take out people who complain about the Heinz NY deli advert as they don't get the joke hey, it really is mum.

If I find them all, that's 200 peoples carbon footprint wiped off the UK total, plus our coutrywide IQ should go up by at least 2-3 points.

I am a cold person, but instead of whacking the heating in the house up I put scarves jumpers etc on. I get some strange looks from visitors when I do it in June though.

As a family, we recycle plastic bottles, glass bottles, cardboard, paper, and take all our old clothes to jumble sales, charity shops or hand them down.
We have a worm bin where we put rubbish that can rot - peelings, fruit, mouldy food ect.
In the winter we have a fire in our living room, which means we don't have to use as much heating.
We use energy saving bulbs, and try to turn the lights off whenever we leave a room.
I switch the TV and CD players off at the mains so that it uses as little electricity as possible when it is not in use.

We've started to grow our own vegetables - onions, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, wild strawberries, melons, cucumbers.
We dry our clothes mainly on the washing line, both indoors and outdoors.
I walk home from school, and walk to the supermarket whenever possible.
I never let the water run when i brush my teeth.
And I take showers instead of baths.

I don't use the radiator anymore, I cuddle my boyfriend to keep warm!

Hi
Well like all the rest I try as much as possible as much as I can. A few examples:

Our kitchen worktop is made out of recycled yoghurt pots, we upgraded our very old boiler to a very efficient codensing one and have a timer in the shower to remind us how much power is needed to pump the water across the flat fens up to our flat.
I try not to buy any veg or fruit from outside the EU during the winter and the UK during the summer
I always car share or cycle and as a family we are aiming to cut our car mileage by 30% this year.
I'm about to have a baby so we're getting as much second hand stuff as possible and trying our hardest to just get what we need rather than the million and one things on the market. We will be using reuseable nappies, flannels rather than baby wipes and asking family and friends to hold off on the plastic toys.
We try to throw away as little as possible, composting all our uncooked waste, only cooking as much as we need, reusing or recycling any plastic and we have cut down on our meat consumption. I'm still working on the dairy side of things!
Lots still to improve on but just taking it one step at a time!

I'm a recycling fanatic in Boston, USA. I carry home from my office the large plastic catering trays & lids to recycle that are delivered & continually request plastic recycling be instituted at work. I follow behind co-workers & insist that all paper products make it into the paper recycling bins. I teach people how to reformat the documents they print to use less paper & print on both sides. I turn off the lights & computers in empty offices & make sure cell phone chargers are unplugged. I gave out ceramic mugs to discourage paper cup usage. At home we do even more.

I use Freecycle to get all sorts of brilliant stuff for free, therefore stopping unwanted items going to landfill. I also put all my unwanted stuff on there for someone else to enjoy.

i am a member of a freecycle group where people give their stuff away rather than throwing it out - everything from clothes and toys to large pieces of furniture, patios, flooring - even a stairlift recently!

I also use the washing line as much as poss and have the labour saving and softener negating balls for the days when the tumble drier has to be used.

I was buying organic and local produce long before it was fashionable and people thought I was a bit odd!

But my biggest contribution has got to be that I only holiday in the UK and havent been on a plane since my grandmothers funeral, 5 years ago.

i relish in throwing away my past exam papers, revision notes and unwanted (used) notebooks in the blue bin after my last exam. and then i give my textbooks to friends in need or to charity shops.

and i persuaded my dad to change all the light bulbs in the house to energy efficient ones (wasnt too hard when he saw the figures for how much cheaper it was!)

and i managed to get my school to put paper bins in every room (the school has more than 1500 students and 90 teachers)

I haven't ever owned a tumble dryer - I moved out of my parents eight years ago, and have never seen the need! My flat has a good a drying green, so when it's sunny the clothes go outside. They smell nicer too.

Also, by misfortune rather than design, I haven't had central heating since I moved into my flat nearly a year ago. Jumpers and blankets are a common feature in the wintertime!

I pretend to be the eco-fairy and leave threatening notes (from scrap paper) on my colleagues desks (including realistic and quite moving illustrations of polar bears on shrinking bits of ice) if they leave a lamp on or forget to turn their monitor off.

I don't get asked to dance much at the Christmas party, but I always expected to suffer for my cause.

I have changed my old gas boiler for a new condensing boiler which is much more effiecient- saving me money and reducing emissions
I usually cycle to work
I take my own shopping bags and use them, and have given them to my family to use too
I dry my washing outside in the sun
I grow my own veg, and I keep a green garden- so unnecessary paving, so water can drain away to earth.
I usually buy my clothes from charity shops

I help organise the Bath and North East Somerset Young Peoples Climate Change Conference! Its a great way of spreading the message and getting other people to think about climate change... I also enjoy doing the usual..turning lights off and closing doors...and i heart my hoodies and 13 tog duvet!...much better than central heating

Its more what I dont do for the planet.
I walk about 3 miles into college 5 days a week
dont own a car so I use public transport all the time
NEVER leave anything on standby
I wont buy anything from the Coca cola company because of the ethical issues surrounding them
Same thing goes for Mcdonalds
And I want to do more so much that this is the only competition I think I have ever entred.

I don't shower! YAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

The environment beats personal hygene any day!

I recycle chickens, who then recycle household waste and give me yummy fresh organic free-range eggs - perfect!
It works like this: I take in hens which have been rescued from battery chicken farms and give them a good home. (After a year of being squashed 3 or 4 to a tiny cage they are in pretty poor shape, but would otherwise be made into cat food so I guess they're the lucky ones.) With a healthy diet, fresh air, a lovely garden to run around in and plenty of pampering and cuddles they're soon fabulously healthy, glossy, fluffy chooks, doing all the things chickens do best such as chasing flies, jumping to eat grapes off the vine, and laying the tastiest eggs in the world. They feast on left-over toast, pasta, raisins, fruit and goodies from my food waste bin, and come running every time they hear my voice 'cos they know I'll bring them goodies to eat. They add chicken poo (organic fertiliser) to my compost heap, and even pay for their own (organic) layers' pellets when I sell the surplus eggs to grateful neighbours who have never tasted such fresh and delicious eggs. Result? Happy hens, fresh eggs in abundance, children who respect the animals who produce their food, and no slugs or flies in the garden. Hoorah for recycling!

I am studying to be a sustainable graphic designer. To help create awareness for everyone.

okay its not much, but after ive used plastic bags i knit them all together to make a stronger one which i can use again.

ive also started selling these to my friends and donating the money made to charity

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I use washable nappies for my little'un. They have poppers to adjust the size so I've only had to buy one lot to do her from birth till potty training. I am slightly better acquainted with her poop than I'd like !), but I'm saving loads of money and at seven and a half months Baby hasn't increased the volume of our household waste at all, which I recon isn't bad going!!

Hi, I take the water from the pot where I steam vegetables and wait for it to cool, and then feed my plants with it.
Also if the kids are not particularly dirty and haven' washed there hair, i take the bath water and water the garden.
On a good day I can bribe my kids to fill up endless amount of watering cans, and they do this for me, but their is a cost....
marbles, to watch hannah montana!

i really love chocolate, and so to both stop myself from eating too much (coz its rli expensive but worth every penny) and help people in the third world i get 'divine' fair trade chocolate coz its tasty and good for people!

i also turn off the shower when im shampooing/conditionering/scrubbing etc so that it doesnt wash the soap off until i want it too and it saves a lot of water

i ride a moped instead of driving a car because i live in an area with rubbish public transport and its too far to cycle (tho i have tried and failed miserably) to work. it uses far less fuel per mile than my old car and so is cheaper to run and better for the environment

i also recycle whatever i can, and we have a fab water butt in the garden to water the flowers and take a shower in when its hot out in the garden (the 1 time it happens a year in england) so we dont use the new water from the hose

Wow, great work people! I guess my contributions are minor but I always make sure I don't leave eletrical stuff on standby and I don't watch Big Brither- saving all the hours of telly I could be watching while they'e all just sleeping...its the least I could do.

I dont use my elctric dryer...Dont turn on lights at night or leave anything on standby..Dont drive a car..Recycle when I can....

I use a natural occuring crystal deodorant so that I don't have to add any nasty chemicals to the environment and my skin!

I sold my car last year, so now my husband cycles to work! We have saved on car tax, fuel bills, road tax and insurance costs... and are helping save the environment too!

We compost our garden and kitchen waste, recycle glass, tins, and paper.... HOWEVER our local council -DUDLEY MBC - do not recycle plastics to their shame, which makes this more tricky!

We have every sort of insulation possible in our 1930's house, and use energy saving bulbs and a combi boiler.

Despite being a family of 5, we only put out 1 and 1/2 bags of rubbish per week - and we are trying to reduce that!!

Any other ideas????

My family do as much as we can to be green. Just a few things we've done include:

* getting rid of the tumble dryer, and drying clothes on washing line or airer

* asking everyone else what they would like when we make a hot drink, so the kettle is only boiled once (rather than five times)

* catching the train to go shopping, instead of driving all the way

* recycling old clothes with dyes or embellishments, instead of buying more

* buying two lovely big fleece blankets to wrap around us in the evenings, rather than putting the heating on

*buying our fruit and vegetables from local farm shops

Being green is fun and easy!

I recycle paper, tins,cans and milk bottles. I also recycle clothes by giving away things I have grown tired of to freinds and charity shops.

I am teaching my daughter, the future generation, all about recycling, using less power and not wasting water as well as reusing anything we can! Tomorrow is in our and our children's hands!!!

We buy : our meat from the butcher in village which we walk to,
our fish from the fishmonger in the next village over
our veggies from the market next to work,
bake our own bread
get milk from the milkman so he can reuse the bottles, all saving on packaging and travel.

And to save on any nasty chemicals, I don't do any housework lol (I do really but I only use good stuff)

We bought a house so we could walk to all our social clubs and my parents rather than driving.

We've replaced all the light bulbs with energy efficient ones when the old ones die.

I use bags for life and have one in the car / office / handbag at all times. If I do have to use a plastic bag I reuse it as my rubbish bin, instead of buying bin bags.

And obviously we recycle everything the council will let us.

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I moved into a student house two years ago and immediately tookon the role of contacting the council to provide us with bins for glass/cans/paper/plastic. I became REALLY anal about it,to the point of annoyance, but for a house of six, as well as having a compost heap, we now only produce one, small bin bag a week! Also, ive always been a meat-eater, however, climate change has made me concious to the fact that a vegan lifestyle is more favoured, however, not becoming a vegan and just limiting my meat purchasing and buying from our butcher,i have decreased my food miles, as well as ditching my favourite 'Pink Lady' apples from New Zealand/South Africa for more local Kentish Cox apples!
Also,i have a driving licence, but its only use is ID. I LOVE my bike!

i have 3 2.0 mega watt turbines that feed clean renewable energy into the national grid . next step is one for the house and buildings. i also have never used a bin for 12 years everything is recycled and if the chickens or rats won't eat it it goes on my compost heap

I do my bit for the environment by recycling old newspapers, and (if possible) turn off any electrical items that are left on standby and do not need to be switched on. I also have energy-saving light bulbs (which will eventually replace the current ones used at home).

In my local area I use public transport (wherever possible), and sometimes walk to local destinations (if convenient).

Everything in our house that can be recycled gets recycled. That even stretches as far as our chinchillas' droppings. We collect all their droppings in a little jar and when we have a full jar, we take it round to my mother-in-law's. She thoroughly enjoys being presented with a jar of chinchilla poo, and uses them on her vegetable patch - organic or what?!

hi. simple! go vegan. meat production is the number one climate change problem. incredible areas of forest being cleared for crop production to feed animals just to feed humans. it takes more energy to produce this than just to produce non-animal food in the first place.
also, bio-fuels...ridiculous. again it takes more energy to produce crops to make into bio-fuels than the energy it ultimately gives ie petrol/diesel alternatives. we should be looking at solar powered electric vehicles.

We have started a Sustainable Learning programme at our sons' school to try to make awareness of sustainability part of everyday life for the next generation. Staff have responded with lots of great ideas and we held a successful Green Week in February. We have received support and materials from Project Genie, an organisation aiming to reach all children in the UK.

Well, 1 bootload of recycling down to the local centre at least once a month (who knew there was so much packaging in the world?); all lightglobes changed to low energy, keep fridge/freezer defrosted; use up everything fresh before going shopping again (stretches cooking creativity substantially when all you have is two sad carrots and soggy spinach...); water temp on washing machine always at 30C and never use the dryer (flat looks like a chinese laundry some days!)...

I use the car as little as possible and never fill the tank up as it cost more to drive with a full tank.Chose a smaller car which is nore eco-friendly with its emissions.

Walk the children to and from school.

We recycle paper, plastic bottles, clothes, aluminium, tin foil, clothes, shoes, ink cartridges, glasses the list is endless.

If we can afford it we but locally sourced food from farm shops or organic. If we can't afford it we check for food miles.

Give alot of books and childrens clothes to friends and family or the charity shop.

Try and buy clothes that are made from fairtrade cotton and foods that support local communities either at home or abroad.

We have a wormery into which we put alot of our left over food. This produces compost and 'Worm Wee' which we can put back onto the garden as a fertiliser.

We compostgarden waste and mulch the flower beds.

We don't use any chemicals on the garden.

We use water from the waterbutts and never use the hosepipe.

Children have created a wildlife area in the garden. We have 3 bird boxes, a bug box and a wood pile to try and attract the birds, bees and bugs. Have also left an area with nettles for the butterflies.

Use eco-friendly washing powder and cleaning products so we can use the washing up water to water the plants.

Energy efficient lights bulbs, household appliances and we don't leave things on standby.

Don't use plastic bags.

We have helped plant a six acre community woodland in our village. Trees are good for the environment as they help filter pollution.

Started to grow our own veg and fruit.

Alas I live in a rented flat so can't control how energy efficient my appliances are (v. miffed about this) but I do recycle, have energy efficient lightbulbs etc. Since we're on the 2nd floor we never turn the heating on - we just don't need it. Over the summer I'm flitting between flat and my partner's parents' house a lot and we make sure everything's off, including the hot water (except the fridge/freeezer!) whilst we're away. Waiting/hoping for my OH to get rich enough for us to buy a carbon neutral/self-sufficient house as I want to work in Conservation and can therefore barely afford rent, let alone a mortgage!

I have turned down the brightness of the screen on my laptop - I read that lighting the screen uses the most energy, so having a slightly dimmer screen is one way I try to save the planet!

I reckon the best way is the way we were taught at primary school: REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE.

Lots of people recycle, but all three together are really powerful!

Here are three ways I try to save trees at work:

REDUCE: Print less, and when it's essential, print doublesided and 2 pages per sheet.

REUSE: I almost never bin paper which has a side still empty. I do lots of planning on reused paper.

RECYCLE: When I finally do need to get rid of a piece of paper, I put it in the recycling bin! :)

No point growing those innocent trees if we're going to use them up! ;)

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