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EcoChic Top Tips For Green Living

EcoChic Top Tips For Green Living

 

Deborah Miarkowska_ Creative Director & Editor_ EcoChic Collection ZZAswell as growing EcoChic Collection, I continue to work working as a Lecturer in Public Health Medicine & the Environment at the University of Brighton. I love teaching on environmental issues and health, as nature inspires me and our health and community wellbeing is so connected to it.

In many sessions my students often ask me how we can each make a difference to the impact of climate change and each time I say it is is not about being perfect, just about each and every one of us making small changes that can make a difference together. Many inspirational environmental campaigners all say the same, so here are a few top tips for a greener way of life from the eco novice to expert…

TOP TIPS FOR GREEN LIVING & how much carbon dioxide you will save doing them…

1- Minimise your consumption of energy and raw materials, think before you buy.

Go for the most efficient appliance you can afford, buy less but buy better, and choose products with minimal or no packaging.

2-Avoid products with lots of packaging

You can save 1,200 pounds of CO2 if you cut down your rubbish by 10%

3-Change a light

Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of CO2 a year.

4-Drive less

Walk, bike or carshare or take public transport. You will save one pound of CO2 for every mile you don’t drive.

5-Adjust your thermostat

Moving your thermostat down just two degrees in winter and up two degrees in summer. You could save 2,000 pounds of CO2 a year with this simple adjustment.

6- Make, mend and swish

Breathe new life into old things. Why not organise a clothes swap with friends or attend an organised swishing event? Buying vintage or second hand goods is another good option (we love the new Oxfam boutiques in London and rummaging in vintage & bric-a-brac shops, so many wonderful original finds are to be found).

7- Organic is the future

Organically produced clothes are a much greener choice as they minimise harm to the environment and the health of the workers. Many organic certification bodies also specify minimum labour standards such as no child labour.

8 – Find new ways to recycle

Recycling is more than just paper, glass and cans, our household waste. We love the idea of freecycle where you can exchange anything for free! Some of our greenest brands assess the life-cycle of their products. Support ethical companies like Patagonia which is part of the Common Threads Program, where clothing can be sent back to them to be made into something else!

Did you know if you recycle more, you can save 2,400 pounds of CO2 per year by recycling just half of your houeshold waste.

9-Plant a tree.

A single tree will absorb one ton of CO2 over it’s lifetime. We are so passionate about this at EcoChic that we offer the Trees For Good programme, where EcoChic Trees are planted in Borneo.

10 – Take the “what’s my footprint?” challenge.

This site is such an eye-opener for even the greenest environmentalist. Take the challenge by entering your lifestyle details and find out how many planets we would need if everyone on earth lived in a similar way.

11-Take a fascinating virtual journey with Breathing Earth.

Our recent breathing earth story takes you on a real time simulation and displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates.

How are we living a Green and EcoChic Life?

We know we are not perfect, but we do recycle, buy local and organic produce, shop in independent and vinatge shops, holiday in Eco lodges and generally think about the way we live and our impact on others. We are very passionate about what we do and our magazine seeks to tell the stories of green and ethical living as they really are. Our boutique is a celebration of products with the lowest environmental impact which are often handmade from skilled artisans in small communities, both in the UK and developing world.

So why do we think this is important?

Recently we featured a disturbing story on Plastic Soup. Even the biggest sceptics can no-longer ignore the reality of environmental damage and how climate change is already affecting the poorest people of the world and the work Oxfam is doing highlights this.

We hope this gives you inspiration, please join us and lets make this world better together.

Deborah Miarkowska, Creative Director.

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