the amount of electricity you use
This will cut down on fossil fuels being burned and reduce
the greenhouse effect, as well as reducing your fuel bill!
- Turn off the TV at the screen, instead
of leaving it on standby.
- Turn off your mobile phone charger when
your phone is not charging.
- Make sure computer screens are turned
off, not left on standby.
- Insulate your home and turn down the central
heating by a degree
and use public transport more
Most pollution from cars results from their use over short
distances, about 2 miles. Try cycling or walking or using
public transport. This will keep your fitter and cut down
on carbon dioxide being released and help stop global warming
organic food and encourage your local shops to stock it
Organic food is produced without as many pesticides and herbicides.
This means organic farms are much richer in wildlife, with
more species of wild plants and animals on than ordinary farms.
Organic food is also GM free.
Fair trade tea coffee, chocolate and bananas are produced
through community initiatives. It means that the people growing
the crops get a fair price for them, ensuring a better quality
of life for themselves and their children.
Replace – join loan schemes to cut down the number of
products you need to buy and pass on unwanted clothing, furniture,
books and toys to charity.
Reduce – only buy products you really need, with the
least possible packaging
Re-use – everything you can
Repair – items such as clothes, shoes and many electrical
goods can be repaired. If the manufacturer says it is not
worth r3eparign, ask why not. Buy goods that are built to
Recycle – buy as many recycled products as possible
and recycle or compost as much as you can. Recycled products
save energy and raw materials.
Refuse – don’t accept excess packaging and refuse
about what plants you put in your garden
Try to use native species or non-invasive species to make
your garden more wildlife friendly and to prevent the spread
of alien species into your local environment.
plant conservation organisations
Charities usually rely on donations from their members or
the public to keep going in their work.
Link to Botanic Gardens Conservation International membership
a Conservation Volunteer
Or if you have any free time, want to learn new skills or
improve your C.V, you could become a botanic garden volunteer.
You might be working with horticulture, in an education programme
or helping out with the day to day running of a garden. Click
here to find out more
Link to ‘How to volunteer’, under Get Involved
information on how you can make a difference and help protect
plants, and the planet, check out these websites for more
out ways to save energy, in your home or
workplace, these sites have useful examples of how you can
Alliance to Save Energy www.ase.org
Save Energy www.saveenergy.co.uk/
For more information about organic food and
the issues surrounding its increasing popularity, try;
The Soil Association www.soilassociation.org
Organic Consumers Association www.organicconsumers.org
For more information about buying fair-trade products,
have a look at one of the websites about its importance, for
Fair Trade Federation www.fairtradefederation.com
Fair Trade Foundation www.fairtrade.org.uk
Make Trade Fair www.maketradefair.com
Follow this link for the Friends of the Earth, 50
top tips for reducing waste
of the Earth also have a guide on ‘How to be
a friend of the Earth’, available at;
To find out about how you can avoid buying rainforest timber,
have a look at the Forest Stewardship Council. They are an
international non-profit organization founded to support environmentally
appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically
viable management of the world's forests.
ethically produced goods, the Natural Collection
catalogue contains a range of eclectic, unusual, useful and
interesting products carefully chosen to inspire ideas towards
a sustainable future
are a series of informative booklets about what you can do
to help protect your environment and are available from the
Natural Collection. The series includes titles such as:
If you run out of ideas from these sites, try these
(Go Make a Difference 2): Over 500 Daily Ways to Save the
Jo Bourne (Editor), Emma Jones (Editor) Publisher: Think Publishing
The Good Shopping Guide: Your Guide to Shopping with a Clear
Charlotte Mulvey (Editor) Publisher: The Ethical Marketing
Group ISBN: 0954252918