Making a change for the greener doesn’t have to be a mammoth effort or cost you loads of money – how about making your life easier and saving money? National Downshifting Week (NDSW) runs for 7 days from the 19th of April – don’t worry if you missed it; when you see how simple it is to make your life easier and your environmental impact less you’ll be wanting to downshift all year long.
Tracy Smith, founder of NDSW, is passionate about “slowing down your pace, finding a better work/life balance, embracing living with less and leading a simpler, greener and happier life!” Sounds great doesn’t it?
So how do we go about it? The NDSW website is full of practical and fun ideas; now the sun’s out how about starting with your garden? Try turning one of you’re sunnier beds into a vegetable patch and what about starting a compost heap? You’ll be recycling your food waste and providing nutrients for your new plants. If you’re not green-fingered what about supporting your local growers by getting your produce from them. A trip to a farmers market is great fun and you can often pick up varieties you won’t find in the supermarkets.
Look out for Tracy Smith’s new ‘Book of Rubbish Ideas’ – it’s an interactive guide to reducing your household waste, it’s published by Alastair Sawday’s and will be available in September.