News and events Blog Financially friendly ways to start your 'green' life The term ‘sustainable living’ can be quite intimidating to some people. The thought of re-adjusting your entire lifestyle and taking a more eco-friendly route doesn’t exactly seem like a walk in the park. But there is freedom in going green, and this freedom lies within the simplicity of it all. People often believe that sustainability means reducing your carbon footprint or changing your diet and becoming a vegan or a vegetarian – which is wonderful if that’s what you want to do, but it’s not the unspoken law of an eco-friendly life. There are steps we can all take to help ourselves, help others and help the environment without having to change our daily routine. The Muto Workshops project has come up with a few ideas to help us all get a little greener. Last year an estimated 235 million items of clothing ended up in British landfills – this is a colossal amount that we can work together to easily reduce. Of course, the easiest way would be to donate your old clothes to the MUTO project or any local charity. But if you’re interested in getting creative there are endless possibilities to what you could transform unwanted clothes and fabrics into – bags have been the most popular for volunteers and clients at the MUTO project. We all tend to lead a busy life and ethical living every day can just seem out of reach sometimes, especially at work where we just don’t have the time. Swapping your grab-and-go lunch for a homemade meal is obviously the best option. But, like many others, if you don’t have the time to meal prep, there are ways to stay away from the trap of fast food (because just like fast fashion, it’s not the most eco-friendly option). Cafes like Pret a Manger will take 50p off the price of your coffee if you bring your own reusable cup; not bad for an on-the-go individual looking for an ecological alternative. Another fantastic way to live a little greener is to use food sharing and buying apps like ‘Olio’ and ‘Karma’. Both of which direct you to fresh, unwanted foods. ‘Olio’ invites the public to join the ‘food sharing revolution’ where you can connect with people, shops and cafes in your local area for free meals and other non-edible household items. To give away meals all you have to do is download the app, post a picture of the meal and give a time when the item will be available to be picked up, and if you want to collect a free snack all you have to do is respond to the post! Similarly, ‘Karma’ allows you to locate and purchase food that is near its sell by date from restaurants, cafes and food shops. They’re sold at a lower price rather than being thrown out and wasted. Our final suggestion is a bit more hands on but if you’re up for a little challenge this will be right up your street. Living a sustainable life, to us, means sustaining the environment andsustaining the money in your bank account. Household cleaning items are not only expensive they’re also highly toxic and dangerous for people, animals and nature. So if there was a sustainable option that got your home just as clean without the harsh chemicals, then why not give it a go? To create your own all-purpose disinfectant all you need to do is follow these instructions: - 2 tsp. borax - 2 oz. vinegar - 25 fl. Oz. hot water - 15 drops tea tree oil (You can also use a few drops of your preferred oil for scent - we suggest lavender oil) Add all of these ingredients into a spray bottle, shake well and just like that you have your own eco-friendly multi-purpose cleaner that’s easy to make and won’t break the bank! MUTO takes pride is doing what we can for our community and our environment, if we all make small changes there’s no doubt that together we can make a huge difference. Join us in creating an alternative today for a sustainable tomorrow.