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Sustainable September

Updated: Sep 6, 2022

September is going to be a full month of focus, attention and fun based around sustainability. We've put together a calendar of events...



1st September

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


2nd September

The next time you go shopping, buy loose produce where possible and leave the plastic behind


3rd September

Go Vegan for the day


4th September

Get out for a walk, enjoy fresh air and take a look at what it is we need to fight to protect


5th September

No plastic to be used at all today! Find more sustainable alternatives instead


6th September

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!


7th September

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


9th September

Ditch the surface wipes and use a reusable cloth instead


10th September

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!


11th September

Get a plant or two for your home


12th September

Commit to no food waste for the next week. Get creative with those leftovers and share ideas with friends and colleagues.


13th September

No pre-packaged lunches! Use up leftovers or take your own


14th September

Wash at 30 unless you’re really dirty! Even better, select a quick wash too


15th September

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


16th September

Pause before you print and you do print single sided, re-use the pages as a notepad by your laptop


17th September

Take your own reusable cup to your favourite coffee shop so you don’t need to create more waste


18th September

Get crafty and upcycle any unwanted clothes, furniture or furnishings – good for your mind, soul and bank account!


19th September

Be a veggie today


20th September

Only boil enough water for what you need


21st September

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


23rd September

Research growing your own fruit, veg or herbs. Maybe there is a community plot or garden near you that you could help out at


24th September

Consider investing in a shampoo bar and conditioner – some gorgeous ones out there now and they have virtually no packaging


25th September

Treat yourself to a nice reusable water bottle and banish single use plastic from your home


26th September

Commit to shop local whenever possible to minimise your own carbon footprint


27th September

Turn down the heating thermostat a couple of degrees, even better put it on a timer


28th September

Check your insulation needs - draughty windows, loft insulation, heat reflectors behind your radiators, energy efficient heaters etc.


29th September

Switch to eco friendly refills wherever possible. Cleaning products, shower gels, shampoos and even cosmetics are now available as refills.


30th September

Congratulate yourself for all of your sustainability efforts during September and select the ones you’re going to fully commit to. Well done!

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