Top footprints tips for families!
- When you go to the supermarket, check the label on your food to find out where it's come from. By choosing locally produced food, you'll not only be supporting the local economy, you'll also be choosing food which hasn't travelled too far.
- Walk the kids to school if you live within a reasonable safe distance. You'll save money on petrol and reduce your car's emissions. If you have to drive, share lifts with friends to reduce the number of cars on the road.
- Get your kids involved in gardening. Planting trees, plants, flowers or creating a pond will create a new habitat for wildlife and actively absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Check out the Wildlife Trust's Wild About Gardens website for more ideas.
- Reuse plastic shopping bags. 10 billion plastic bags a year are used in the UK, with the majority being thrown away after one use. Visit Reusable Bag Co's website for some trendy alternatives.
- Avoid flying. When planning a family holiday, consider visiting somewhere in the UK. There are many beautiful scenic holiday locations in our own country which are becoming less popular as a result of the budget package holiday abroad. By taking a family holiday in the UK or Ireland, you will be reducing your carbon emissions produced by flying, and you are likely to save money too.
- Camping provides a great holiday experience for young families. Visit UK Campsite's website for some ideas.