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Green Group ideas and web-links
Remember to take a bag with you when you go shopping or buy sandwiches for lunch (or even set up a 'bag pool');
write a shopping list and stop buying more food than you need;
buy products from recycled materials; use green cleaning products; and have milk and food delivered.
Avoid jet-setting, globe-trotting greens. Eating seasonal, field-grown foods can really help to reduce your emissions.
As a first step, you could visit our local farmers markets.
If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road
Look at http://www.bbc.co.uk/bloom/actions/localseasonalfood.shtml#quickjump
to understand why it is important to eat local AND seasonal produce.
Look at http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ to see why it is so important
not to waste food and for advice on how to make sure you don't buy or cook too much.
See also http://www.soilassociation.org/web/sa/saweb.nsf/home/index.html
You'll be getting your electricity from clean, renewable sources like wind turbines - saving masses of carbon emissions.
Guidelines on green energy tariffs are changing, so visit http://www.greenelectricity.org/ for up-to-date advice.
Once you've decided which one suits you best, you can switch to green power at www.uswitch.com .
Also see http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/
Stop water waste. For example, in your toilets, fill a plastic bottle with water, seal it, and then place it in your cistern.
The toilet will still flush effectively but will use much less water. Fix any dripping taps.
As for showers, keep to 5 mins max and also don't leave the tap running while you are brushing your teeth.
Make sure you recycle EVERYTHING you can (see if you can get your recycling bins overflowing).
See www.merton.gov.uk/recycling for more information.
Also, order a compost bin if you have not already done so on 0845 077 0757. The Council sells them at reduced rates.
Reduce energy use. For example, turn off mobile phones, televisions and cd players.
Switch off lights when not in a room or going out. Also avoid overfilling the kettle and wasting energy.
LINKS: www.biggreenswitch.co.uk and WWF www.wwf.org.uk
www.together.com lists simple ways to reduce climate change.