Here are some links to good sources of information on living a more sustainable life, and to local organisations working on similar issues to GPG.
Advice on reducing waste and energy use
- Vale Council Waste and Recycling – information on local services.
- The Carbon Trust provides support for businesses and public sector organisations on reducing carbon footprint from energy use.
- The Energy Saving Trust provides advice for individuals on how to make your home more energy-efficient.
- Love food, hate waste – advice on reducing food waste.
- WRAP – advice on waste reduction.
- Recycle more – advice on recycling, including searchable database of recycling locations.
- Good Energy and Ecotricity are currently the only companies supplying electricity to domestic UK customers to only supply electricity from renewable sources.
Eating Less Meat
Unless you are already vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian then eating less meat is likely to be good for your health and will certainly reduce your carbon footprint. In fact for most people in the UK meat consumption is the greatest single factor in their carbon footprint.
- Meat Free Mondays gives encouragent to skip meat one day a week.
- Flexitarians are vegetarian most of the time but still eat meat occasionally.
- Vegetarians don’t eat meat but mostly do eat dairy produce and maybe eggs.
- Vegans have an entirely plant-based diet (and the lowest carbon footprint diet).
- Shop Penarth – shop locally and get rewards and discounts from local businesses.
- RCMA Farmers’ Markets – regular farmers’ markets in Cardiff (Riverside – Sundays, Roath (Saturdays), Rhiwbina and Llandaff (fortnightly Fridays). Local producers and businesses.
- Vale Farmers Markets – in Penarth (Westbourne school yard) and Cowbridge (Arthur John’s Car Park).
Local green groups
- Cardiff Community Energy aims to plan, install and manage community owned renewable energy systems in and around Cardiff.
- Transition Llantwit
- Transition Cowbridge
- Cardiff Transition City
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