FRANKLIN: As I’ve got older and have had the chance to speak to more people and see other viewpoints, I’ve learnt that things are within my grasp, and I can be more in control of what I choose to do for the environment. So now, I try to make conscious choices daily to be more sustainable. For example, reducing the resources I use, whether that’s water, even gas for heating or electricity. I’ve found that the changes I’ve made have also changed my perspective for the better.
KATIE: In my day-to-day life, I try to minimise my impact and be aware of my responsibility. I think in this day and age, everything is available to us immediately and it’s usually quite cheap, so it can be easy to make a quick purchase without thinking about it. So, one of the biggest things I do is consciously think about whether something is fit for purpose, whether it’s built to last and whether I need it. I think by doing that, I end up with less, but the things I do have are what I need and will last me a long time.
I also love using freecycle communities and apps because something I don't need anymore will often be useful to someone else. That helps me minimise my waste and keeps things out of the bin.
KELLY: It’s silly little things, like with packed lunches, we use reusable tubs. Also, whenever I see any rubbish lying around, I pick it up, and the children do too. We also do a beach clean down at the local beach when we’re visiting.
BEN: I do little things like recycling and generally try to be more conscious when buying stuff. For example, with clothes, I try to make more sustainable choices rather than buying something on a whim that will then end up in landfill. So, for me, it's just making small considerations daily.