Introducing…Live Smart at Home!

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all keeping well and safe, wherever you may be in the world and living each day at its fullest 😊

We know we’re all stuck at home at the moment, so we’ve put together a series of interactive instagram stories, virtual events, blogs and more to help benefit you and make difference from the comfort of your own home!

Introducing Live Smart at Home!

Here’s a flavour of some of the themes you can look forward to over the next 3 months….

1. Wellbeing

Right now Global Goal 3, wellbeing is more important than ever! So, what can you do to improve your wellbeing? We’ll be exploring:

  • Creative ways nature can help – from biophilic design to re-thinking your daily walk
  • Mindfulness and meditation – simple ways to stay grounded and improve focus

2. Food

10 Logical Reasons to Buy and Consume Locally Grown Food -

Have you ever gone into your kitchen and wondered just how far your food has travelled, or the process in order to create that piece of food? The answer… is probably no.

Some of you might be asking “but, is sustainable food consumption even possible?”

YES!… And it’s a lot easier than you might think! We’ll be exploring the benefits to you, your pocket and the planet of:

  • Local and home grown food
  • Reducing food waste and getting creative with those leftovers
  • Healthy meat-free and mind-boosting meals

If you’re too hungry to wait – check out some great recipes to try… here.

3. Clothes

Sustainable Fashion: Saving the Planet, One Dress at a Time

I mean there isn’t much for me to say… the image above speaks a thousand words and more, about the damaging side to our fashion choices!

From how they’re made and their quality, to how they’re disposed of, every item of clothing has a lifecycle carbon footprint … who knew?! And that’s before you consider the human side of fashion production – whether workers have fair, ethical conditions.

We’ll be re-thinking fast fashion with tips, virtual events and ideas on:

  • Upcycling your clothes – easier than you might think, we promise!
  • Seeing second hand as the best brand
  • Making your clothes last longer – yes, that’s right, that favourite jumper has not had its’ time yet!

Keen to get stuck in? Ecotricity have some great information on the carbon footprint of getting dressed and some simple choices you can make to help!

Our future is not a fashion accessory.

4. Volunteering

Volunteering can be a really rewarding, CV enhancing and wellbeing boosting experience that doesn’t take all the time in the world!

We’re working to adapt our Live Smart Community challenge so you can bag some experience and make a difference from the comfort of your own home! Watch this space!

5. Learning – for inclusion & equality

Equality and diversity in the workplace - The Training Hub

When we read, we learn, and this forms an integral part in our understanding of better inclusion and equality for all.

Reducing inequalities is key global goal and we’ll be exploring ways you can:

  • Be a better ally
  • Influence for change across businesses and communities
  • Re-think everyday choices to support more equal global systems

Want to get ahead of the game? Check out the UoG Equality blog

6. Money & Investment

Ethical Money Solutions Guide | Wise Living Magazine

Often, we are more inclined to spend with companies that market their brands as being ‘Green’, ‘Vegan’ or ‘Environmentally friendly’ when in reality, this is not always the case. Heard of this before? If not, let me introduce you to Green Washing; and we are not friends!

This can lead to buying endless products (which aren’t always cheap) and with no real benefits to the environment or your purse!

We’ll be exploring ways you can save money and make more savvy choices through, for example:

  • Upcycling
  • Saving energy
  • Switching it up – changing your energy provider or bank is easier than you think!

7. Waste and water

In the UK, the average person produces 150 litres of wastewater each day from their own home! This is unknowingly achieved by taking long showers, washing up, keeping taps on, flushing the toilet and using washing machines on a regular basis.

This means that we are using 55% more water than we were in the 1980’s! Scary stuff – and costly too!

We’ll be exploring:

  • Fun and easy ways to reduce your water use (get the playlist ready….that’s all we’re saying! ;-))
  • How to recycle….yep – all those ‘which bin does this go in?’ questions!! You know the ones!

8. Technology

Smartphones Are Killing The Planet Faster Than Anyone Expected

Have you seen the price of the latest gadgets? They really do cost the Earth!

Cue scary facts…

Using your phone for just one hour a day for one year produces more carbon emissions than two round trip flights from Glasgow to London for example!

And have you ever thought about where your gadgets are made? Who made them? Or which of the Earth’s finite resources might have been involved?

You are not alone!!

We’ll be exploring:

  • The benefits of tech-free time
  • Simple ways to make big carbon reductions
  • Using tech for good

Make sure to join us for our Live Smart at home series and keep your eyes peeled on our social media pages for updates! @Twitter, @Facebook and @Instagram.

See you virtually!

Will and the Live Smart team

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