January this year seems to have been a tale of three halves. One day it’s bucketing with Biblical rain, the next blanketing [some of us] in snow; the next it’s gin clear, sapphire blue skies and glorious, glorious winter sunshine.
Whatever the weather this weekend (and next), we’ve grabbed some ideas from our founder Sue‘s Save Money, Save the Planet LinkedIn newsletter. It can keep you amused, keep you fed and watered and keep you healthy – in body and mind. All while keeping those pounds and pennies firmly in your wallet. And helping our wonderful world at the same time.
Zest for life (this Dry January)
Did you know that 36 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions could be prevented by saving food from our bins in UK homes, BUT there are some things we can even use that we’d normally throw away.
If you’ve pledged to battle through a boring Dry January, the lovely food and foraging blogger Yuki Solle (one of Martin Lewis’s ‘Extreme Savers’) promises to get you bouncing through. Her Orange Peel Cordial uses leftovers, costs virtually nothing to make and is delicious.
Spice up Veganuary with a Burns Night bargain bonanza
Globally, the UN estimates the impact of livestock makes up more than 14% of all man-made greenhouse gases, including methane. SO, whether you’re planning a simple Burns Night supper on Wednesday or cooking up a herd of haggises (or is it haggi – what IS the collective noun??) with pals on Saturday, try this scrummy, penny pinching no-meat version. Just slosh a bit of Scotland’s finest over the top to really make it sing.
Time to start beating about the bush – and get fit with friends
Wildlife and biodiversity is under threat like never before. We are in the middle of a climate and nature emergency, and the two are inextricably linked. But there ARE things you can do to help. And get fit and happier FREE into the bargain!
60% of people volunteering with their local Wildlife Trust reported they’d become more physically active – and 83% say it improved their mental wellbeing. So whether it’s cutting back and removing scrub or clearing a ditch, get your wellies on, get stuck in and make new friends too!
And, also in the spirit of marginal gains (where many small things, enacted by many people can make a big impact) the 100 Ways in 100 Days sustainability e-learning programme is in now beta. Please do get in touch if you’d like to hear more for your workplace or organisation.