Sustainable Living: Small Steps, Massive Impact

We’re building Greengame to make sustainable living the norm. To incentivize people to take small steps in everyday life — steps that lead to personal benefits on health, wallet and lifestyle and that can have a massive impact on the Planet’s welfare. These span across home utilities usage (water, gas, electric), food consumption, recycling, buying used & eco-friendly, using shared assets and more — and on Greengame, you’ll be able to track these activities automatically. In the meantime, here are 5+ simple tips you can try now:

1. The Home Utility Challenge. Challenge your family to use less water and electricity. Compare the monthly bills to the previous month’s, and if lower, apply the cost difference towards a fun event — a meal out, a trip to the cinema, a go-karting treat, etc. Match fund to increase the pot.

2. Reduce food waste and save money. Roughly one third of the food produced for human consumption — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes per year — gets wasted. Four things we can do to help:

  • buy ugly fruit and veg, the wonky kind.
  • buy products with near expiry dates.
  • buy locally produced foods.
  • recycle your excess food by using the OLIO app.

3. Give up meat one day a week. Or more. Animal agriculture has a huge impact on the environment — 51% of annual greenhouse gas emissions according to Worldwatch Institute.

4. The Green Commute. Replace a regular car trip a week with walking, cycling or shared vehicle usage (car pool or using public transport, for example). These can be your work commutes or school runs.

5. Order your groceries online and have them delivered to your doorstep. Each grocery delivery van in the UK handles an average of 15–20 deliveries per load — that’s 14–19 less vehicles on the road.

Once available, the above steps will also score points on Greengame — and points earn rewards from cities, companies and universities. Yes, rewards for being a decent human being :-) We’re working hard to build an amazing app — follow @greengme on Twitter or sign-up on www.greenga.me to be updated on progress.