Sustainable tips

Travel & transport

25% of all UK carbon emissions come from travel-related sources - from our cars, from the flights we take, from the buses and trains we use.

Reducing the number of journeys we make by car, cutting down on flights and making the most of public transport can all contribute towards making a sizeable dent in the country's annual emissions.

Opting to walk or cycle shorter distances can have a hugely positive impact on both your finances and your health as well as helping the environment so always look to take this option whenever you can.

Water saving

Water is one of our most precious commodities, making up 75% of the human body and covering 71% of the Earth’s surface. However, it has been calculated that as little as 0.02% of that water is actually fresh water available for human consumption and that 50% of the world's population will face water shortages by 2025.

Each person in the UK currently uses about 150 litres of water every day; this has been rising by 1% per year since 1930. Most of the water we use is wasted, being flushed down the toilet or left to flow down the sink while we clean our teeth.

By making just a few small changes to your liquid lifestyle you will be helping to cut the demand on our most important natural resource, as well saving money on your household bills. There are many ways to make your home greener.


Consumer spending in retail outlets continues to soar from year to year, but few of us put much thought into what environmental implications our regular shopping habits have.

Yet there's plenty to think about, from the distance that food has travelled to reach the shop in the first place, to the packaging wrapped around our purchases. From the fuel we use driving to and from the supermarket to the ludicrous volume of carrier bags we each get through every year!


Waste Reduction

UK households generate over 30 million tonnes of waste every year - the equivalent weight of 3.5 million double decker buses!

By reducing the amount of waste we produce and reusing as much as we can instead of just binning it, we not only reduce the volume of material sent to landfill but also reduce the amount of energy used to manufacture new products from raw materials.


Around 50% of a typical household bin's contents can be recycled - and another 20-30% can be composted. Yet currently around 85% of our annual household waste still ends up in landfill sites.

The mixture of different materials accumulating in landfill sites often leads to surrounding land and water supplies being polluted. The combination also produces toxic gases, predominantly methane, one of the most potent of all greenhouse gases.

By recycling waste instead of just binning it, we not only reduce the volume of material sent to landfill but also reduce the amount of energy used to manufacture new products from raw materials.

Save Energy, Cut Carbon, Save Cash!

Britons are amongst the most energy wasteful people in Europe according to a recent survey by the EST. 71% of us regularly leave appliances on standby unnecessarily while 67% boil more water than needed in the kettle.

In total, the energy we waste as a nation each year is now growing close to the equivalent of powering an additional 7 million non-existent homes!

If everyone were to pay more attention to the issue of climate change and take just a few simple steps to curb our energy wastage, we could have a dramatic effect on cutting the UK's carbon emissions while, at the same time, all saving ourselves a small fortune in energy bills.


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