"The 'redemption' of people and material life in general is not a matter of resigning from the business of labour and of transformation... but the search for a form of action that will preserve and nourish an interconnected development of humanity and its environment."
former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams
When the Environment Agency published its list of fifty recommended actions to 'save the planet', second from the top was:
'Religious leaders to make the planet their priority: it is time that they fulfilled their rightful collective role in reminding us that we have a duty to restore and maintain the ecological balance of the planet'.
But it is not just religious leaders, we all have a responsibility to live more sustainably and that doesn't necessarily have to mean making sacrifices.
How sustainable are your choices?
1. Give up disposable cups - 7 million plastic lined disposable cups are used in the UK every day. A reusable cup not only saves waste but saves money too with many coffee shops offering discounts.
2. Bring your own reusable bags Plastic bags and produce bags in particular are often used for minutes before being discarded. Most plastic bags are not recycled, ending up in landfills.
3. Avoid overpackaged foods Stay clear of the three tomatoes sitting on a Styrofoam tray and covered in plastic cellophane. Where you can buy in bulk. Re-use plastic containers – for example take your own for buying meat, fish or cheese.
4. Look around your bathroom and see what plastics you can replace Do you have plastic bottles sitting around your shower? Find a brand you like and try and get it in bulk. If it's not available in bulk – ask the manufacturer to offer it. Check your toiletries don’t contain microbeads (avoid anything that lists polyethylene as an ingredient). Try using bar soap instead of liquid soap.
5. Buy once and buy well. Choose natural fibres By investing in quality you are minimising the demand for cheap items that end up in landfill. When buying new clothes look for organic cotton, wool, and other natural fibres. Synthetic fabrics create microfibre pollution when washed.