Upto 80 per cent of the contents of the average household bin can be recycled, says Joanna Yarrow in her book How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint. For every kilo of waste we recycle we can reduce CO2 emissions by at least a kilo!
We can try to follow the example of countries like Belgium, Switzerland and Finland, which have a glass recycling rate of over 90 per cent – three times as high as in the UK.
A tree or even huge bushes can cool our homes by as much as 11 degrees centigrade. This will save us money from using mechanical cooling.
A green roof can cool a building and reduce cooling costs by up to 50 per cent!