Living a green lifestyle helps in the fight against climate change, creates health benefits for all of us and saves money.
In practice a green lifestyle means better food choices and a more active way of life. Sourcing food locally, growing our own and commuting on foot, bike or by electric vehicle are choices that produce less waste, lower pollution and better air quality for all generations.
Investing in a greener lifestyle can cost money up front, but the savings soon balance the cost of powering a hybrid or electric car, or heating a well insulated or solar panelled home. Grants and incentives can go a long way towards covering the set up costs.
All of us can do more to protect the limited resources of our planet.
Today’s small changes in lifestyle will lessen the effects of climate change and build a better environment for us to pass to the generations who follow us.
Easy changes for a greener lifestyle
Changing our habits can make difference.
Thinking of Going Green?
Our behaviours, our habits and how we choose to live our lives leaves a footprint.
Many of us want to do more in support of a healthier planet and to ensure its preservation for the many generations to come.
We’ve worked with experts Sustainability Works to create our Going Green quiz. In just 5 minutes you can find out how green your choices are, as well as some tips and tricks on how you can do more.
Commit to second hand - books, clothing, furniture. Whether it’s charity shops, classified sites or exchanging with family or friends it’s a great way to reduce and reuse.
Pledge to support Green Businesses. Doing some research can help you understand which companies are doing that bit more to support a greener environment. Supporting greener businesses is a great way to cut your carbon emissions.
Fast fashion is a serious contributor to green house gas emissions. Why not make a commitment to buy less often or source from sustainable retailers and buy good quality clothing that lasts and fits well.
Grow something every month. Eating fresh, locally sourced and in season produce cuts down on food miles. It doesn’t come more local than your own back garden. Keep an eye on our Instagram page or visit our friends at GIY.ie for tips and tricks of what to plant and when.
Become an Advocate. Make a commitment to learn more about climate change, stay informed and share your knowledge with others. Shake up your Instagram and social feeds, follow others that are leading the way.
Kinder ways to work from home
Turn off computers, laptops and monitors at the end of the day - it sounds simple, but many of us don’t do this.
Many of us print documents to review when really, we could do this digitally.
Make the most of natural light. If our workspace allows, we should follow the sun instead of turning on lights - plus sunlight is a great mood booster.
Invest in a digital paperless notebook. The initial expense might be more, but in the long run they can turn out to be cost effective.
Try bamboo made stationery. It’s just as durable as plastic, but significantly better for our planet.
Eco friendly commuting
Take public transport or cycle. Cycling is carbon-free, great exercise, cost effective and quick.
Going car free is just not practical for some of us - but why not consider some greener options and reduce your carbon footprint by upgrading to an electric or plug-in-hybrid vehicle.
For those of us who can’t part with our cars, maintaining them will help. Keeping tires properly inflated and having the engine checked regularly can reduce fuel consumption.
Changing our commute times to avoid peak traffic by going or leaving later than others will avoid so many of us sitting in rush-hour traffic.
Offset carbon contributions. Whether we are driving to work or flying to a conference, buying credits to offset our carbon footprint can help reduce our impact on the climate.
Energy efficient homes cost lest to run, are more comfortable to live in and have less impact on our environment.
Benefits of upgrading your home
Comfort - No more drafty cold rooms in winter.
Savings - Reduce your heating bills.
Health - Damp and mould are associated with low energy efficient homes.
Environmental - Higher rated energy efficient homes benefit from lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Thinking of Going Green?
Upgrading your home is a great way to live a little greener, but it’s not the only way. We’ve worked with experts Sustainability Works to create our Going Green quiz. In just 5 minutes your can find out how green your choices are, as well as some tips and tricks on how you can do more.
Over the last number of years we have been working to build a more sustainable business. We've invested in wind energy projects, launched a €10 billion climate action fund and created a green mortgage.
And yet, it's still not enough. And we will keep telling ourselves that every day. AIB alone is not the solution to climate change, but we are doing everything we can to be a part of it.
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