Sustainability Sunday #18

It’s a New Year! 

After a long, curious and indescribable hiatus Sustainability Sundays is back. And how better than to kick off the New Year with some resolutions?! 

2016 was a year of change, innovation and realisation. With the Department of Energy being closed by Theresa May in July, Trump hiring a climate change denier to lead his EPA transition team and Russia covering their backs to allow an increase in emissions under their Paris 2015 commitment through Putin’s declaration that “the quality of life on this planet depends on our ability to resolve the problem of climate” sustainability and consideration of climate change becomes all the more important for us as individuals. 

The truth is every little thing we can do in our own everyday will help, so here’s a few little things you can do in 2017:

  1. Walk
  2. Control your temperature: turn the heating down, don lush sweaters, AND save money
  3. Eat seasonal

1. Walk!

Walking is SO good for you and has zero impact on the environment. Rumour has it 10,000 steps a day is supposed to be your aim, rumour also has it that this figure comes from 1960’s Japan and the actual number of steps that should be achieved by each of us is different, moral of the story being just do as many as you can. Skip the bus to the station, walk between short stops on the tube, get out for a lunchtime stroll or if you’re super athletic run to and from work, #newyearnewme and all…

2. Stay warm (in comfy knits)

Typically half your household energy bill goes towards heating, take 10 minutes (or half an hour in our case) to figure out programming your thermostat so your heating can warm the house only when you really need it. Pre-6am and post-8pm are generally the off-peak pricing hours in winter too so it’ll benefit you money-wise to time it. 

I usually start looking forward to my autumn/winter wardrobe from about the end of September, there’s a whole load of snuggly jumpers around so don one of those, pick a pair of fluffy socks and turn your heating down! 

3. Eat seasonal

Eating local, seasonal produce reduces your airmiles, food footprint and crate-ripened consumption. Even better, go organic if you can – it’s better for you and the environment. Foods in season this month include: Kale, swede, blood oranges and cauliflower – not the most exciting range of foodstuffs but if you’re into soup here’s a super tasty cauliflower and cheddar recipe:

You’ll need:

  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1 cauliflower 
  • 150g mature cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 150ml milk 

How to:

  • Dice the onion and potato and lightly soften in a pan 
  • Add the 500ml vegetable stock and cauliflower to the pan and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft
  • Blend into a smooth mixture
  • Put the mixture back in the pan and add the milk and cheese and heat through until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve with crusty bread and salt and pepper to taste. 

So get walking, get warm and get cooking! Happy New Year! 🎉

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