150+ Sustainability Resources – Ways to Save Energy, Water and Food

This resource campaign was launch to educate everyone from kids to adults – Here you’ll find over 100 ways to consever water, energy and food with individual tips on how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Below the tabs we have also sourced the top 50 sustainability facts and quotes – some might shock you!

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100 Ways To Conserve Water, Food & Energy List

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35 Ways To Conserve Energy

  • Always make sure your windows and doors are closed while the air con is on!
  • Leaks in your home can be silent – always check for leaks to ensure air isn’t escaping. This could happen around doors, windows and fireplaces.
  • Turn your heating off around 30 minutes before bedtime, and set it to warm up 20 minutes before you need it back on.
  • Leave drapes and blinds open as much as possible during the day, for natural heating from the sun.
  • Use energy efficient bulbs like CFLs instead of regular light bulbs – save energy but still get light.
  • Install timers so that lights turn on for the morning, but off when you’re out for the rest of the day.
  • Microwave or toast your leftovers! This uses a lot less energy than cooking with an oven.
  • Freeze more food – the fuller your freezer, the less energy it uses. You could even fill it with water!
  • Make the most of the summer and have a grill for dinner – you won’t need so much AC indoors.
  • Get the right sized, tight-fitting lids for your pots and pans. It’ll take you less time to cook and save energy.
  • Don’t leave bathroom and kitchen fans on – turn them off as soon as you’re finished.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water. Detergent does the hard work, and you save energy and money by turning the heat down.
  • Stop taking such long showers, cut down by 5 minutes and save loads of energy.
  • By turning you water temperature down to 120 degrees from 140 degrees, you still get hot water while keeping energy use down.
  • Get a timer so that your hot water turns off when you’re out of home.
  • Use extension leads and power strips, turning them off when you’re not using them.
  • Laptops use less power and energy than a PC, look at getting one next time you’re buying tech.
  • Unplug all chargers for your electronics when you’re not using them – they still use power!
  • Always put your PC or laptop in sleep mode when you’re not using it – unnecessary screensavers use lots of energy!
  • Going TV shopping? Get an ENERGY STAR qualified TV. They’re 30% more energy efficient.
  • Look into replacing your windows before getting a new AC system, you can get high performing ones that reduce the need for it.
  • Get reflective coating on your windows – this will decrease the heat on your home and reduce the need for AC.
  • Install a reflective roof to reduce the build-up of heat – this will last longer than a normal roof too.
  • Get a ceiling fan! You can use them instead of air conditioners, and they use less energy.
  • Always pull drapes or curtains closed at night to trap heat in the room.
  • Install energy efficient toilets and showerheads in your bathroom.
  • When planning your kitchen, keep the fridge and freezer away from the oven and dishwasher – the heat makes them less efficient.
  • If you’re cooking, always put your pan on the heating element or flame of the same size.
  • Have a thermostat? Then you should turn your boiler up to maximum. Don’t have one? Turn it as low as is comfortable.
  • Always check products you’re buying for energy efficiency.
  • Don’t let registers and vents get dusty, as this blocks the air. Vacuum them regularly for best results.
  • Don’t put the heating on to warm tile or wood flooring, get some rugs to keep feet warm!
  • Lower your thermostat to below 55 degrees if you’re going on holiday – your pipes won’t freeze and you’ll save energy.
  • Plant a tree to offer shade – this can cool your house down without the need for extra AC.
  • Get an energy efficient showerhead. The good ones give you the same shower experience but use less energy and heating.

35 Ways To Conserve Water

  • Make a list and do one thing every day to help prevent water waste.
  • Shower in less than 5 minutes and you could save around 1,000 gallons of water per month.
  • Drink out of one glass for a whole day, to limit the time your run your dishwasher.
  • Get your evaporative cooler maintenance check once a year for efficiency.
  • Never use warm water to thaw frozen food – get it out of the freezer earlier and put it in the fridge.
  • Getting your car cleaned? Go to a car wash that you know recycles the water they use.
  • Save water by running maximum regenerations before getting a water softening system.
  • Got broken pipes or sprinklers? Pick up the phone and get them fixed!!
  • Don’t flush tissues down the toilet – put them in the trash to save on gallons of water.
  • Don’t leave water running while you shave – turn it off to save up to 100 gallons every week.
  • Turn off the shower while you apply shampoo or condition to save up to 50 gallons every single week.
  • Give your pets a bath somewhere in your garden than needs watering!
  • Only prune plants in your garden when absolutely necessary – you’ll have to water them more after this.
  • Don’t rinse plates before putting them in the dishwasher if you have a new one – this will do the job just fine.
  • Get an instant water heater so that you don’t waste water while waiting for it to warm up.
  • Does your toilet flapper get stuck after you flush the loo? Fix it!
  • Get your local school or authority to promote water saving activities.
  • If you have a swimming pool then mark the water level – you should only lose a quarter of an inch per day.
  • Don’t wash your driveway with a hose, sweep it instead.
  • Replace your showerhead with an energy efficient one for power without the water loss.
  • Don’t throw away used water – use it to water your plants.
  • You only need to water your lawn when you notice footprints after walking across it.
  • Only use outdoor sprinklers for large spaces of grass.
  • There’s no point in watering your lawn when it’s windy – it will end up everywhere except your lawn!
  • Get an automatic shut-off feature for your sprinkler – that will stop it watering when it rains.
  • Make sure the water level matches the side of your load when doing your laundry.
  • Make sure your taps/faucets are always tightly done so avoid dripping – teach your kids how to do this too.
  • Get to know your house. Where’s the water shut-off point? You need to know in case of a burst pipe.
  • Take a look at your water bills and see if you can work out when your high usage occurred.
  • Get your washing machine checked for energy efficiency.
  • Don’t apply too much fertiliser – they increase plant growth, but also increase the amount of water needed to grow
  • Weed your lawn regularly so that weeds don’t use all the water and nutrients.
  • Unused ice cubes don’t have to go down the drain. By putting them in plants you’re reusing them well.
  • You can ask plumbers to redirect your greywater outside so that the water is reused to feed the environment.
  • Test your toilet for leaks once a year – sometimes they can be silent!

35 Ways Reduce Food Waste

  • Plan your meals, make shopping lists and avoid impulse buys – don’t buy unnecessary things while grocery shopping.
  • Just because food looks funny, doesn’t mean it should be thrown away! Buy what other people don’t – it’s edible!
  • Come up with new ideas if you don’t cook the food you originally planned. Never toss it, try something new.
  • After grocery shopping, put the oldest food at the front of the fridge and newest at the back so you use food before it goes off.
  • Keep a log of what you throw away, and use that to cut back on your next grocery shop.
  • Keep an eye on your food expiration dates and use what’s going off soon to avoid food waste.
  • Make the most of leftovers before you decide to cook a new meal. Get creative with cooking!
  • Use every bit of food. For example, keep the skin on your vegetables (potatoes!) and use stems of broccoli.
  • Store food in containers, this will make them last longer and it’s great for cupboard/fridge storage.
  • Check if your fridge is working! It should be at optimum temperature and have tight seals to keep the cold in and food fresh!
  • Preserve your food. Turn soft fruit into smoothies, vegetables into soups – all this is really good for you too!
  • Donate unused food like cans of soup and beans to a food kitchen if you’re never going to eat them.
  • Pickle or jar fruits and vegetables which are going off – it’s easier than you think to pickle.
  • Know that expiration dates aren’t throwaway dates – use your own judgement, food will usually last a few days longer.
  • Don’t throw potato skins and old veg in the bin. Put food scraps in a compost heap in the garden, and use it again!
  • Split huge restaurant portions with a friend, so that you don’t leave any food.
  • If you are too full to finish a restaurant meal then take home the leftovers – you can even take your own reusable container!
  • Made too much food for just you? Share it with neighbours, friends and family so that none goes in the bin!
  • Don’t take a tray in the cafeteria – this is linked to food waste as people take more food than they can chew!
  • Make sure you keep food in the right place. Research whether this is room temperature or refrigerated for your favourite foods.
  • Download apps to help you keep track of your food waste, they can be really helpful!
  • By putting lettuce and cucumber in the fridge in paper towels and plastic bags they’ll last longer!
  • To keep herbs for longer put them in the fridge in towelling, or like flowers in a cup of water, in an open plastic bag.
  • You don’t need to peel so many vegetables – even carrots and parsnips can be eaten with the peel on.
  • Save grease from meats for roasting vegetables and potatoes.
  • Meat and veg not what it used to be? Make it into a pie – this can be frozen for up to three months!
  • Sour milk doesn’t taste good on its own, but it’s great in pancakes as a substitute for buttermilk.
  • Never going to eat that old blue cheese? Mix it up with olive oil as a salad dressing and keep it in the fridge.
  • Cut up old bread and baguettes to make croutons – let them dry out before you freeze them.
  • You can freeze fruit and vegetables for another time, especially if you buy in bulk.
  • Don’t take too much at all-you-can-eat style buffets. This can lead to huge food waste.
  • Be realistic when food shopping. If you’re shopping for one then you don’t need enough bread for six.
  • Have one leftovers meal a week, where you use up everything you’ve got left!
  • Take leftovers from last night’s dinner to work the next day.
  • Keep nuts and seeds in the freezer – they’ll last much longer in a frozen container.

50 Sustainable Facts That Might Shock You

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So why is it so important to encourage sustainable lifestyles? Well, it’s actually incredible just how much energy, water and food we could save by making simple changes to our day-to-day lives. Take a look at the stats below to see how we’re eating away at the Earth’s natural resources, and quickly.

  • Over the next 6-8 years, developing countries are predicted to produce at least twice as much e-waste as developed countries.
  • If you recycle a six-pack of cans, you save enough energy to drive a car for up to five miles.
  • There is NO limit to the number of times aluminium can be recycled.
  • 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste a thrown away, not recycled, globally each year.
  • Around 70% of heavy metals in landfill are thought to be discarded electronics in the US.
  • Just one cadmium cell phone battery is enough to pollute 60,000 litres of water.
  • If the US recycled 1 million laptops, the energy saved would equal the equivalent of electricity used by 3,657 homes in a year!
  • The EPA says that e-waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in the US.

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  • Mobile phones have an average life span of 7 years, but most people use them for 18-24 months.
  • On average, there are 0.2 grams of gold in each phone – so 50 million cell phones could actually conserve 10 metric tons of it.
  • By sensibly breaking down a cell phone you can recycle materials like Coltan, Lead, Palladium and Nickel.
  • Over 40% of solid waste in the US is paper – that’s 71.8 tons per year.
  • A number of plastics can recycled multiple times without losing any quality.
  • Around 90% of materials used in a phone can be recycled.
  • Glass never wears out — it can be recycled forever.
  • Encourage your employers to start an electronics recycling program – most businesses are failing to do so.

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  • Up to 75% of cans are completely made with aluminium – they can be recycled endlessly.
  • 1 year of recycling = 6 years of power.
  • The US was the top e-waste dumper with 7.1 million tons in 2014 – China had 6 million.
  • Norway had the most waste per capita, with 62 lbs per person dumped! It was followed by Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark and Britain.
  • The US government itself contributes approximately 2.4 million tons of e-waste annually.
  • The US has promised to cut its emissions by up to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.
  • Gadgets contain toxic materials such as brominated flame retardants and bromine, which could harm our environment if in landfill.
  • According to the EPA, only 20% of e-waste is properly recycled, with a whopping 80% ending up in the trash.

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  • In one survey, only 9% of participants said they would recycle old gadgets without incentives.
  • Two thirds of people would choose products from sustainable sources over other products if they knew the truth.
  • Making aluminium from actual recycled aluminium uses 90-95% less energy than making it from Bauxite Ore.
  • The US sends an extra 500 million tons of hazardous waste to landfill annually – sending 3 million tons of toxic chemicals with it.
  • The average US citizen dumps 1,609 lbs of waste annually – recycling, reusing and composting could cut that by 75%.
  • You should use rechargeable batteries or dispose of batteries properly to avoid toxic chemicals in landfill.
  • World energy consumption is expected to rise by over 55% from 2008 to 2030.
  • Hydropower creates more renewable energy source for the US than solar, wind or geothermal.

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  • Hydropower is the main renewable energy source the U.S. relies on—more than wind, solar, or geothermal power.
  • If the US per-capita recycling rather doubled to 52%, an estimated 5.1 million tons of trash would be out of landfill.
  • Recycling one ton of aluminium is enough to save 37 barrels of oil.
  • If everyone recycled steel and tin cans, we could save up to 74% of the energy used to make them from raw materials.
  • Plastics actually require 100- 400 years to break down in a landfill, they should be recycled!
  • 30% of US waste is recovered and recycled or composted, 14 percent is burned, and 56 percent is in landfills.
  • Ever think about packaging? One third of landfill is made up of just that.
  • If don’t recycle paper it heads to landfill and produces methane – a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.