Climate Change Top Tips

The scale of the Climate Change problem can make you feel slightly helpless, so we’ve come up with our own tips to enable you to make a difference to your personal carbon footprint.

Here are top tips from Sustainability Trust:

Meat-free Monday

Sign up for “Meat-free Mondays” or become a ‘flexitarian’ – a flexible vegetarian – so you can still enjoy your mum’s chicken roast, while making a difference every other day of the week!

Get educated and energised

Learn about climate change. Bring in speakers to your school, workplace, church, community. Check out Sustainability Trust free online resources or pop into browse their library. Stay inspired – it ain’t over til it’s over!

Get active on your way to work

Walk or bike to work once a week. Or if that’s too far, try parking further away (save money on parking too!) and walk or bike for the last – Continue reading…

Sustainable Christmas

As Christmas ramps up around us, the Palmerston North City Environmental Trust (PNCET) have some excellent suggestions for staying environmentally sustainable throughout the festivities. With some simple tips it's easy to keep a low impact on the environment while still enjoying the festive season.

If you have kids then it's a great opportunity to get them involved in making cards, gifts and decorations. Online sites such as Pinterest make finding ideas and tutorials a breeze. When decorating with fairy lights head for the solar-powered options to save on electricity for years to come.

When it comes to presents, Christmas is a great opportunity to shop locally for both food and gifts and we have a fantastic range of local suppliers for both. Presents don't always need to be big and expensive and sometimes home-baked or handmade gifts can mean a lot more. If you don't have the time to hand-make goods, online stores such as have a great range of well-priced, Kiwi-made gifts which are often customisable and unique. For those who have everything there's always the 'give-a-goat' type gifts from the likes of Oxfam.

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