Heard of plogging? No, neither. Well, it’s derived from the Swedish ‘plogga’ and basically means to combine jogging with picking up litter. But, you don’t have to run to be a tidy kiwi (phew!). Simply collecting visible rubbish while you’re out for a walk or enjoying the local park or beach can make a big difference to the great outdoors. You could also pitch in with community clean-up efforts, which are often organised by schools or clubs.
- Become a part-time vegetarian
Don’t worry, there’s no need to give up steak and Sunday roasts entirely. Some might even call that unpatriotic! But if everyone committed to a meat-free day or two a week, it could go a long way to reducing harmful greenhouse gases. As global interest in plant-based eating grows, there’s plenty of recipes and ideas around on how to jazz up a plateful of fruit, vegetables, and legumes. If you’re handy in the kitchen it’s a great chance to unleash your culinary creativity, too.
If you’re comfortable with computers and have an email address, one quick and easy way to go easier on the environment is to switch all your statements and bills to digital only. That means they’ll be emailed to you, or you’ll receive a reminder to check your online account, rather than having them land in your letterbox and end up in a teetering paper pile.
If the idea of having only digital access to your affairs makes you a little anxious, that’s OK too. But if you’re keen to upskill and boost your computer confidence, check whether there’s any digital skills training opportunities in your area - Greypower, your local library or the Digital Inclusion Alliance would be good places to start.
Did you know you can still recycle a lot of soft plastics (like bread bags, bubble wrap, mail bags, non-foil chip and biscuits packets etc) that aren’t accepted by council kerbside recycling? Many supermarkets have large soft plastic collection bins near the entrance, which couldn’t be handier. Simply collect your soft plastics - making sure they’re empty, clean and dry – and drop them off when you do your shopping. For more information on soft plastic recycling, including what they can’t accept, check out the Packaging Forum’s website.