As January sets firmly in, our well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions tend to fall by the wayside as we devour that leftover box of chocolates we'd been resisting and put off the trip to the gym for another week. But one resolution which should remain at the forefront of our eco-warrior minds throughout the year is that to go green. If you've already got a compost bin and separate your recycling religiously, here's some fresh, new ideas on ways to go green in 2011.
Compiled by Jennifer Tate
Reclaim your community with the latest activity sweeping cities throughout the UK. Armed with a trowel and spade, you can do your bit for your local neighbourhood by becoming a Guerilla Gardener, brightening up the world around you by making over downbeat public spaces with heartening shrubbery, flowers and vegetables.
Designer Low Energy Light Bulbs
Brighten up your home with the world’s first designer low energy light bulb from Greener Abode. Not only will these contemporary bulbs add a touch of flair to any home, they will also help you save 80% on energy bills.
From £23.90, greenerabode.co.uk
Now active in nearly all cities and towns in the UK, Freecycle unites communities in a unique way, by matching people who no longer want certain items with people who do. After all, what is someone’s rubbish may be someone else’s treasure. In turn, this will mean less waste in landfills and a reduction in the manufacturing of goods, thus lessening the ultimate impact on the earth.
No longer a market dominated solely by students and backpackers, voluntourism is a new experience which offers travellers the opportunity to contribute to communities via projects including conservation and recovery efforts, whilst simultaneously visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Garra Rufa Fish Spa
Whilst hundreds of inch-long, feet-suckling fish may not immediately appeal to everyone, it is actually extremely indulgent and definitely worth a try. Producing none of the waste of traditional pedicures - and with an absence of chemical-laden lotions - swapping your usual pedi for one at a fish spa will reduce your eco-impact.
From £17, aquasheko.co.uk
Commute Greener App
With the busy lives we lead, making living green a priority can be hard. That's where technology comes in, with an abundance of apps to help you in your eco-quest. Commute Greener is a handy companion, tracking your greenhouse gas emissions throughout your day - whether you travel by plane, train or car - and setting reduction challenges for your next trip.