Check out Low Impact Living for loads of useful information
In their words...
...“Low-impact living is about smallholdings, allotments, local organic food, home cooking, self-employment, family firms, small independent shops, co-ops, credit unions, open source, craft skills, self-built homes, renewable energy, wood stoves, sharing, enjoying nature, enjoying life.
It’s also about authenticity - real friends, real food, useful work, it’s an antidote to the power of corporations and banks, supermarkets, pesticides, McFood, monotonous shopping centres, housing and industrial estates, credit card debt and stress.”
Growing your own food is like growing your own money, it makes perfect sense!
There’s no need for miles of back-breaking digging either, you could be entirely ‘no dig’.
If you don’t have a garden or an outside space, be creative, try windowsill growing, sign up for an allotment or landshare, or take part in community
For maximum yield with minimum effort, check out the principles of permaculture:
Food scraps that aren’t eaten such as peel, cores and coffee grounds make for great compost.
Making and enriching soil should be a national obsession as it’s a resource that’s depleted each and every day.
Ensure minimum effort, keep compost bins within easy reach.
Whatever you do with your food waste, make sure it doesn’t go to landfill where it will produce methane, a greenhouse gas 25x more potent than CO2.
If you can’t grow your own, if possible buy local, seasonal and organic. Not only does this mean fewer ‘food miles’ and less carbon to help you tread lightly on the earth, it means your money stays in and supports the local economy.
Think about where you buy your food from and check out the origin on the packaging.
How far did it travel to reach you? Do you have a local farmers’ market? Do you have any food-related habits you would consider changing?
Water conservation is a pressing issue, you might not think it, especially if you live in Scotland, but the earth has limited resources of fresh water. There are many simple ways to save water.
Use water saving appliances, try not to leave the tap running whilst you brush your teeth and fix leaky taps immediately.
Reusing grey water from your house can be achieved in a number of ways such as harvesting rainwater with water butts attached to down pipes.
Eco traveling is another way to reduce your carbon footprint and seriously help your pocket, especially with current and predicted fuel price rises. At the most basic level, car share; use joined-up thinking about who is going where so one trip can take in a number of people and destinations.
If you’re going to use a car, could you use a low emission model? Regular checks on tyre pressure and maintenance of your vehicle saves energy and money.
Active transport includes walking and cycling to work, school or on any number of short journeys. It’s good for heart and health, as well as the wallet. Public transport can also cut your carbon footprint and buy you back some time to plan, pay bills or simply day-dream
Take a fresh look inside your wardrobes, cupboards and around your home. Could you have a clear out, manage with less, make or mend, sell or give away?
Think about your shopping habits. Could you shop in pre-loved, second hand stores?
Would you consider buying more durable products that last longer? Trade or barter?
Quality products can be sourced ethically from charity shops and from fair trade sources.
If we continue to consume like the average European, it will take a startling three planets to support us. A scary thought as we only have one!
Before you make your next purchase stop and consider, ‘do I really need this?
Reduce and reuse where and when possible.
Everything left after reducing and reusing should be recyclable, if not now, then in the near future as we aim for zero waste.
There is a growing movement towards creating a ‘circular economy’ where manufactured goods can be taken apart and every component reused.
Grow your own
Stop and smell the flowers
Think about yourself and your work-life balance.
How often do you allow yourself quality time to simply “stop and smell the flowers”?
Think about the sense of pleasure and wonder in the small things in life that cost the least and mean the most.
Look for opportunities to relax and replenish your energy in daily living.
Connect with nature, go for walks, surround yourself with positive people and have fun in the process.
There are a multitude of ways to live a more simple and natural life
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