Our recent rural poll demonstrated that consumers living in rural areas of the UK are keen to adopt a greener lifestyle. Sustainability and being kinder to environment is something which is quite rightly high on the list of priorities for many people now.
The good news is you don’t have to completely over-haul your whole life in order to make some fairly big changes. Sustainable living is possible even by making just a few simple lifestyle changes.
With social media and Facebook pages dedicated to selling unwanted goods it’s now easy to get your hands on good quality, second-hand items. Swapping with friends is also a great idea and particularly handy with items such as books or music. There may even be a book exchange in your local Telephone Box or coffee shop. They are popping up in lots of places now and are a really good way of passing things on to other people.
Local shops often source their products locally which means they have a lower carbon footprint and are also supporting local communities at the same time. Often these items aren’t available anywhere else which means you get the opportunity to buy a unique gift while also supporting a small business. More importantly shopping locally keeps the spirit of the local community alive and gives local people, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable, the chance to socialise and shop. There are multiple reasons why shopping locally offers a greener and friendlier shopping experience.
Get on your bike
Using your bike to travel short distances or choosing to walk rather than driving makes a big difference on your carbon footprint in rural communities. Often you can be located a mile or more away from the local shop when you’re living in the countryside so getting your bike out to travel short distances is a great way of helping the environment.
Recycle recycle recycle
Sort your recycling carefully to reduce the chance of contamination; this includes washing out bottles and cans before you put them into your recycling bin. Make sure you put your recycling out weekly so that you stay on top of it and don’t run out of space. Recycling doesn’t always mean rubbish either – children’s toys, shoes and clothes can also be recycled and often you’ll find a recycling point in your local community.
Use LPG and bioLPG to heat your home
LPG emits 35% less CO2 than coal and 12% less than oil; both are still used in a large number of rural off-grid homes. LPG is a clean burning fuel and is also a transitional fuel which is paving the way for bioLPG.
With up to 90% reduction in carbon emissions, bioLPG is one of the cleanest ways to heat rural homes. It offers cleaner air with low NOx, SOx and particulate matter. If you’re already using LPG and would like to transition over to bioLPG, the process is simple and straight forward. You can even add bioLPG into your LPG tank as the products are biologically the same, meaning there is no need to empty your tank and start from scratch. BioLPG is renewable and sustainable, and made from a diverse range of biological feedstocks and processes.
You can find out more about bioLPG here https://www.liquidgasuk.org/about/biolpg