September is going to be a full month of focus, attention and fun based around sustainability. We've put together a calendar of events...
Commit to only buying second hand goods for the entire month. Buy pre-loved or take another look at what you’ve already got at home
The next time you go shopping, buy loose produce where possible and leave the plastic behind
Go Vegan for the day
Get out for a walk, enjoy fresh air and take a look at what it is we need to fight to protect
No plastic to be used at all today! Find more sustainable alternatives instead
Save water and swap the bath for a 4-minute shower. Don’t forget to turn off the tap when you’re cleaning your teeth too!
Turn off lights and unplug appliances when not in use – savings for you and the planet
8th September (National clean-up day)
Gather family and friends and head out on a local litter pick – log 45 mins to get your steps up and help the environment
Ditch the surface wipes and use a reusable cloth instead
Have a good clear out and donate unwanted items to your local charity shop. Saves them from landfill, frees up space, helps others to avoid buying new and does good for charity too!
Get a plant or two for your home
Commit to no food waste for the next week. Get creative with those leftovers and share ideas with friends and colleagues.
No pre-packaged lunches! Use up leftovers or take your own
Wash at 30 unless you’re really dirty! Even better, select a quick wash too
Buy and plant a tree to celebrate a new arrival, mark a special occasion or to remember a lost loved one. You can also do this through National Trust from as little as £5
Pause before you print and you do print single sided, re-use the pages as a notepad by your laptop
Take your own reusable cup to your favourite coffee shop so you don’t need to create more waste
Get crafty and upcycle any unwanted clothes, furniture or furnishings – good for your mind, soul and bank account!
Be a veggie today
Only boil enough water for what you need
Swap your usual lightbulbs for low energy, eco bulbs, even better, turn the lights off and light a soothing candle instead
22nd September (National car free day)
Leave the car at home and walk, cycle, run or take public transport to get around
Research growing your own fruit, veg or herbs. Maybe there is a community plot or garden near you that you could help out at
Consider investing in a shampoo bar and conditioner – some gorgeous ones out there now and they have virtually no packaging
Treat yourself to a nice reusable water bottle and banish single use plastic from your home
Commit to shop local whenever possible to minimise your own carbon footprint
Turn down the heating thermostat a couple of degrees, even better put it on a timer
Check your insulation needs - draughty windows, loft insulation, heat reflectors behind your radiators, energy efficient heaters etc.
Switch to eco friendly refills wherever possible. Cleaning products, shower gels, shampoos and even cosmetics are now available as refills.
Congratulate yourself for all of your sustainability efforts during September and select the ones you’re going to fully commit to. Well done!