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Friends of the Earth

1. If you’re renovating your house, go green by following the BUDD rule: Buy only what you need, Use everything you buy, Donate any leftover materials, Dispose of waste responsibly.
2. Brush up on green cleaning
After decorating, clean paint-covered brushes in real turpentine rather than synthetic alternatives. Genuine turps is made from pine resin rather than synthetic ingredients, and has a smaller environmental footprint.
3. Sink or swim
It’s a sad fact that industrial fishing techniques are bringing global fish populations to the point of collapse, especially sought-after species like bluefin tuna and cod. Look for products marked with the blue tick of the Marine Stewardship Council, as these are from more sustainable sources.
4. Floral knits
Looking for a new sweater for this winter? Use an old jumper that is past repair to line a hanging basket. The woollen fabric will keep the compost safely contained inside the basket, while allowing proper drainage.
5.Keep mini sewing kits or invest in a few reels of cotton and a couple of needles. As well as being the most cost-effective way to make simple repairs to your clothes and make them last longer, sewing’s also great for giving your glad rags a new lease of life, eg, by adding sequins, patches, ribbons, etc. Sewing also lets you make a whole range of things that you might otherwise buy. Try simple things like purses, placemats, clothes for kids’ dolls, pillowcases, aprons, draught excluders, pencil cases – the possibilities are almost endless!
6. Stoke up an appetite
Planning a barbecue? Cook up an outdoor feast the green way by avoiding gas-fired barbecues – cook over locally sourced charcoal instead. Put delicious organic meat or veg on the grill and you’ll have the perfect party combo. For more info on beating climate change in the kitchen, see FOE Food Chain Campaign.

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