Excessive Consumption

How can we address the challenge of too much consumption?

Your latest stories addressing excessive consumption

Library of Things

Creating places in the community where you borrow instead of buy items and learn how to use them.

Croydon
  • Excessive consumption
  • Greater fairness
  • Circular Economy

The Edible Garden Project

Engaging and educating children about healthy eating; learning how to grow, cook and eat fresh veg.

Dorset
  • Excessive consumption
  • Food security & supply
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

The Natural Curriculum Hub, Liverpool John Moores University

Promoting the use of Forest School and outdoor learning approaches.

Liverpool
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Excessive consumption
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Zero Waste Leeds

Building a movement to help make Leeds a zero waste city by 2030.

Leeds
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Reuse Shop by Bristol Waste

Providing household items to residents by diverting good quality items from the waste stream.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Cumbria Green Build & Sustainable Living Festival

Inspiring ideas for more sustainable homes, communities and businesses.

Eden
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Think big locally

Why excessive consumption?

Earth Overshoot Day is a calculated date each year when humanity’s consumption of resources that year exceeded Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources in the same year. In 2019, the Overshoot Day for the UK was 17 May. To live within our means – to moderate our levels of resource extraction, consumption and the resulting pollution – requires a fundamental shift in our collective behaviour and starts with our own attitudes towards consuming more and more stuff. If we are resourceful in outlook and actions, then we can address the fundamental issue behind the ecological crisis of living beyond our means.

Initiatives addressing excessive consumption

Library of Things

Creating places in the community where you borrow instead of buy items and learn how to use them.

Croydon
  • Excessive consumption
  • Greater fairness
  • Circular Economy

The Edible Garden Project

Engaging and educating children about healthy eating; learning how to grow, cook and eat fresh veg.

Dorset
  • Excessive consumption
  • Food security & supply
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

The Natural Curriculum Hub, Liverpool John Moores University

Promoting the use of Forest School and outdoor learning approaches.

Liverpool
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Excessive consumption
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Zero Waste Leeds

Building a movement to help make Leeds a zero waste city by 2030.

Leeds
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Reuse Shop by Bristol Waste

Providing household items to residents by diverting good quality items from the waste stream.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Cumbria Green Build & Sustainable Living Festival

Inspiring ideas for more sustainable homes, communities and businesses.

Eden
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Upcycle Fashion

Delivering garment repair and upcycling workshops to increase the longevity of clothing.

Westminster
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Plastic Shed

Bringing people together in Stockport to turn plastic waste into new, useful things.

Stockport
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

The Artful Menders

Reducing the amount of clothing sent to landfill by repairing, altering and up-cyling the clothes.

Buckinghamshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Toiletries Amnesty

Sharing unwanted toiletries with those in need, stopping them going to landfill.

East Cambridgeshire
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Glasgow Wood Recycling

Reducing the amount of wood needlessly going to landfill.

Glasgow City
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Ards Allotments

Providing managed plots from farmland for people to grow their own food.

Ards and North Down
  • Excessive consumption
  • Food security & supply
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Biodiversity & Nature
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