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Are you making New Year's resolutions for 2019?

instead of pledging to lose weight or learn a language try these for a better year ahead, both for yourself and for the rest of the planet.

Walk, run or cycle?

Better for the environment, commuting to work ( if you can ) on foot could also be better for your figure (assuming you don't spend the rest of the day tucking into leftover Christmas treats).

According to a study from the London School of Economics, brisk walking is a better deterrent against obesity than any other form of exercise.

Men and women who walk briskly for more than 30 minutes a day were found to have lower BMIs and smaller waists than everyone else involved in the study.

If you


Switch to petrol or electric.

Dame Sally Davies, the government's chief medical officer, has said diesel cars should be phased out to cut the tens of thousands of deaths caused each year from air pollution.

Diesel cars emit more nitrous oxides, which can cause health problems for people who breathe it in; most notably, lung and breathing problems, eye irritation and headaches.

However petrol cars emit higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), which has less fewer immediate health issues than NOx, but is a greenhouse gas which causes huge problems for the environment at large. Diesel cars, on the whole, emit less CO2 than petrols.

Air pollution plays a contributing factor in at least 25,000 deaths in England each year, triggering heart attacks and exacerbating respiratory conditions.

Greener alternatives to having your own car include joining a car club, signing up to a car sharing app such as BlaBlaCar ( on using this it covers long distances only ) or using UberPool,

Go Veggie

Or try #MeatFreeMonday.

There is growing evidence of the strain our meat consumption is placing on the environment, with every 1kg of meat protein requiring the same amount of energy to produce as between 3kg and 10kg of vegetable protein.

Some 12 per cent of us in Britain now follow a meat-free diet. And, according to The Vegan Society, the number of vegans in the UK has doubled in the last nine years from 150,000 to around 300,000.

If you can't commit to going vegetarian full-time, here are some great recipes for those who want to cut back on meat a few days a week.

Tea &


If you're making tea or coffee and home, one quick tip is to fill the kettle with the amount of water you need, rather than filling it to the top every time.

If you're using coffee pods, make sure you recycle them. Consumer research group Kantar Worldpanel reports that UK spending on coffee pods rose by more than 30 per cent in the year to June 2015, when we drank £109 million worth.

In 2016, Hamburg’s government offices banned the use of pod machines because of the waste they create. Although they are recyclable, most people just chuck their used capsules into landfill.

If you're having tea or coffee to go, recycle your disposable cup.

Last year, it emerged that fewer than one in 400 high street coffee chain paper cups are recycled, according to Simply Cups, which operates Britain’s only paper cup recycling service.

To cut back on waste, Starbucks announced it would offer customers who bring their own coffee cups a 50p discount.

The company has also decided to go one step further – thanks to campaigning by anti-waste campaigner and chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – by introducing the Frugalpac cup into its stores.

Created by British entrepreneur Martin Myerscough, the cup is recyclable thanks to the thin plastic liner designed to easily separate itself from the paper during the recycling process.

Green Business Award Winners & with 92% recycling rates, we endevour to made our

customers as environmentally aware as possible and give discounts for business clients of ours that switch to paperless accounts & segregate their waste

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