New Leaf Checklist

My Changes to Help the Planet

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  • Try to reduce the number of flights I take. If I have to fly, limit the impact by flying direct, economy class and carbon offset the trip.
  • Reduce the number of car journeys I make by walking and cycling instead, combining trips, lift sharing, using public transport or working from home.
  • Switch my car to an electric or hybrid car.
  • Make sure my car is running efficiently by checking the tyre pressures and servicing my car regularly.
  • Don’t leave my engine idling when my car is stationary.
  • Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup when I’m out.

Home : Heating

  • Make sure my boiler is energy efficient and serviced regularly.
  • Reduce energy loss with insulation and double glazing and don’t leave my doors and windows open at the same time as heating my home.
  • Control my heating. Check my timer is set carefully or get a remote-controlled system. Lower the thermostat and put on an extra layer instead.

Home : Hot Water

  • Reduce my hot water temperature to 50°C.
  • Fit water saving devices like a slower flow shower head, cistern hippo and water butt.
  • Take showers instead of baths and set a timer to shorten my shower time.

Home : Electricity Use

  • Switch to a green energy tariff where 100% of my electricity comes from renewable sources.
  • Get a smart meter.
  • Run my appliances during off-peak times where possible.
  • Unplug my devices when they are not in use and don’t leave them on standby.
  • Change my light bulbs to low energy bulbs.
  • Always turn lights off when I leave the room.
  • Check the manuals for my appliances to make sure I am using the most energy eco-friendly cycles.
  • Always try to dry my laundry naturally rather than tumble dry. If I do have to tumble dry, check the filter is clear before I use it.
  • Do less laundry and save it up until I have a full load. Only wash clothes when they really need it and change my bed less often.
  • Stop washing up and use the dishwasher on a full load instead.

Home : Admin

  • Change to an ethical bank.
  • Register for online billing.
  • Opt out of Junk Mail.

Food & Cooking

  • Eat less meat particularly beef and lamb. Have more meat-free days.
  • Replace dairy products with alternatives like oat milk.
  • Use my oven less often and cook mainly using a slow cooker, stove or microwave instead. When I do use the oven combine my cooking to bake several foods at the same time.
  • Eat more raw veg and buy a stacking steamer for steaming my vegetables over one pan.
  • Reduce my food waste so I never have to throw food away.
  • Get a composter so I don’t place food waste like peelings in the refuse.
  • Make my own rather than buying takeaways and processed food, which has plastic packaging or contains palm oil.


  • Buy less.
  • Plan my meals and make shopping lists so I only buy what I need.
  • Buy my dry foods in bulk and shop locally every few days, on foot or by bike, for the fresh food I need.
  • Shop using reusable bags and containers.
  • Try growing my own food or making my own things like bread, yoghurt and cleaning products.
  • Choose products marked eco, natural and organic. (A-rated for energy, Soil Association Approved, Sustainable Palm Oil)
  • Buy products like stationery, toilet and kitchen roll made from recycled materials.
  • Stop using unnecessary plastic products and replace with sustainable alternatives (wipes, J Cloths, washing up sponges, razors, sanitary products and toothbrushes).
  • Look at packaging and choose items with the least harmful packaging. (Glass bottles and tins instead of plastic bottles and containers)
  • Buy items produced locally that have a shorter distance to travel and buy fresh food that is in season.
  • Buy / ask for alternative gifts that help the planet rather than items I don’t really need.
  • Have a Secret Santa for the adults in my family.

Repair, Reuse, Recycle

  • Try to repair broken items rather than discarding them.
  • Sell or donate items I no longer need rather than throwing them away.
  • Recycle everything I possibly can rather than put it in the refuse.