Sustainable lifestyle

The way you live your life has an impact on the resources of God’s Earth.

We can help you make informed choices.

When we believe in transformation at the local and personal level, we are laying the sure foundations for change at the national and international level.

Rowan Williams, Chair of Christian Aid & former Archbishop of Canterbury
Plastic bottles

How to start?

Find out your environmental footprint.

Use an online calculator to help:

They will take you through your lifestyle choices, tell you how you scored and provide tips on where you could reduce your impact.

The food you eat

At harvest time Christians often remember with thanks those who labour to produce the food on which we depend. But we often don’t go on to think about the way in which the food we eat impacts on the lives of humans, animals and the earth.

What is the impact of the food you eat?
Animal welfare
Grow your own food
Sustainable export agriculture
Food waste


Use your car as efficiently as possible
Try cycling for short journeys
Reduce the number of plane trips
Walk your children to school
Public transport

Waste and recycling

The amount of waste we recycle has increased. But we are still behind some of our EU neighbours, some of whom recycle over 70% of their waste.

There is still a lot of recyclable waste that ends up in our landfills.

So how can you reduce waste?

Think of it as a waste hierarchy. And find tips to take action.

Upside down triangle divided into five coloured sections with headings: reduce, re-use, recycle, create energy and disposed Ruth Knight

As well as basic paper, plastic and glass recycling, think of ways to reduce and re-use your household or church waste: 

Charities are doing a lot of work to change the traditional “make, use, dispose” model.

We should try and keep resources in use as long as possible. Get the maximum value out of them. Then recover and regenerate the products and materials.

Find out more about the circular economy

Your energy use

If we each save a little energy at home, together we can have a huge impact on the UK’s carbon footprint.

Our top ten tips:

  1. Turn your thermostat down by 1ºC. It could cut your heating bills by up to 10 % and save you money.
  2. Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn't need to be set higher than 60ºC/140ºF.
  3. Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
  4. Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  5. Don't leave appliances on standby. And remember not to leave them charging unnecessarily.
  6. If you're not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy programme.
  7. Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle).
  8. Fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off! A dripping tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough water to fill half your bath.
  9. Replace your light bulbs with LEDs. They will reduce costs and last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.

For more advice, visit: 

Want more help?


Helping consumers reduce food waste


Don’t throw it away, give it away!

The recycling guide

Why, how and where to recycle

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All you need to know about recycling