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Mike’s twenty one tips to protecting our planet

To celebrate Earth Day, our Director of Sustainable Business, Mike Hanson shares twenty one tips to help protect our planet and twelve of his favourite sustainable living apps:

  1. Reduce your food waste and recycle it.
  2. If you can, eat less and better meat.
  3. Eat UK seasonal produce, avoiding air freighted foods.
  4. Try to always buy assured food, such as Red Tractor meat or MSC Fish.
  5. If you’re able, why not grow your own fruit and veg?
  6. Plant trees, shrubs, and plants they absorb carbon dioxide and ‘breath’ out oxygen and reduce air pollution.
  7. Look after the bees. Did you know 40% of our food relies on pollination by bees?
  8. Reduce your general waste and recycle.
  9. If the council can’t collect your recycling, your local recycling centre can take it, including old tech, garden waste and broken furniture.
  10. Save water.
  11. Go paperless.
  12. Donate unwanted clothes, children’s bikes etc. It’s always good to have a sort out!
  13. Be more energy efficient – switch to LEDs, turn off or turn down the heating by 1 degree.
  14. Buy renewable energy – it’s cheaper than you think!
  15. Drive more efficiently. Even better, electric (EV) or plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) if you can.
  16. Fly less, if possible.
  17. Use reusables, not disposables.
  18. Clean up after yourself – take your rubbish home.
  19. Use environmentally friendly cleaning products
  20. Buy clothing and materials that last – avoid ‘disposable’ fast fashion.
  21. Move your pension investments to an ethical fund such as Aviva’s Stewardship Fund.


Sustainable living apps:

  1. Samsung Global Goals – created in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme to increase awareness of the 17 Global Goals.
  2. Scrapp – discover recycling made simple.
  3. Sustained – get the information you need to help you choose more environmentally friendly foods as you shop online or in store.
  4. Impact Score Shopping – a ‘scan and search’ app to help you find sustainable and healthy products in supermarkets.
  5. Giki Zero – step-by-step guide to a lighter footprint on the planet.
  6. Refill – connects you to places to eat, drink and shop with less waste.
  7. Eat Seasonal – find out when fruit and vegetables are in season in the UK and Ireland.
  8. Good Fish Guide – the definitive guide to sustainable seafood from the Marine Conservation Society.
  9. My Footprint – your answer to the question ‘how can I help the environment?’
  10. Olio – here you’ll find millions of people giving away food and other household items to their neighbours, all for free.
  11. Too Good To Go – rescue magic bags of surplus, unsold food from your favourite shops and restaurants.
  12. Pawprint – the eco companion to nudge you towards climate-friendly choices.


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