Sustainable Living

At MyNI, we believe we can all learn to live a more sustainable life. We’re calling upon the MyNI community to consider the increasing pressures we are all putting upon Nature. What can we do to ease or even remove these pressures?

What is sustainable living?

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that applies the principles of sustainability. Living sustainably could mean that we meet present ecological, societal, and economic needs without compromising these factors for our future generations. 

A key part of living sustainably is the principle of circularity and the transition to a circular economy.  The circular economy is an economic concept of social and environmental production and consumption that aims to build a sustainable society by optimising the use of natural resources and energy and minimising waste.

What is the circular economy?

How you can live more sustainably

As individuals we sometimes feel that we are too small to make a real difference, but this isn’t the case.  Whilst an individual action may appear insignificant, 000s of people taking these actions can make a huge impact collectively.

Making the transition to a more sustainable way of living involves both mental and physical actions.  Reconsidering our purchasing and consumption habits, thinking about where our purchases come from and the environmental costs of production and delivery.  Looking at how we use the products that we purchase, maximising their lifecycle through repair and reuse, and recycling only when all other options have been exhausted.  

In Northern Ireland we recycle over 50% of our household waste each year.

We have made great strides in the amount of household waste recycled, increasing the percentage from 30% in 2008/09 to over 50% in 2018/19. But there is still more that we can do.

From information on food waste recycling to understanding what can and can’t be recycled in your area, we have you covered.

Recycling articles

Terracycle East Belfast

Terracycle East Belfast began in early 2019 with an intriguing chat about recycling empty crisp packets.

TerraCycling with Recycle for Kicks Count NI

TerraCycling with Recycle for Kicks Count NI Recycle for Kicks Count NI is a small dedicated group of volunteers collecting hard to recycle items not currently recycled by local authorities

Lady sorting recycling into containers at home

Recycling Around Your Home

Recycling Around Your Home Problem? Some us keep a little bin in every room, matching them in with our style, relying on them to help keep everything neat and tidy.

Repairing items extends their lifespan and keeps them in circulation for longer, preventing unnecessary waste, reducing demand for resources, and can often save you money.

The reuse of items is a fundamental principle of the circular economy. Reusing and repurposing items gives them a new lease of life, extends their lifespan, and delays the product being turned into waste for as long as possible.

Take a look at our Repair and Reuse page for information on how you can keep products in circulation for longer.

The final ‘R’ in the cycle of sustainability is ‘Recover’. This means extracting every last bit of value from resources that you can from a product after it has passed through all of the previous stages in the loop.

For many of us at home the best way to do this is through composting our kitchen and garden waste, turning it into rich fertiliser for our plants and flowerbeds.

Check out our composting page for hints and tips on how to compost at home.

Composting articles

A Beginner's Guide to Making Compost

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Compost

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Compost What is composting? Composting involves collecting organic materials, such as kitchen and garden waste, and transforming them into a nutrient-rich food for plants. Bacteria

A Beginner's Guide to Making Compost

Why It’s Suddenly Cool to Compost

Why It’s Suddenly Cool to Compost Never mind watching the final season of Game of Thrones or getting a ticket to The Open in Portrush (as if there’s any other!),

Plug Into Nature

When you see us talk about ‘Plug into Nature’ we’re talking about Nature providing smart solutions for our Energy, Transport and Air Quality.

We’re talking about things like: low emission technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, walking, cycling, tree planting and other sustainable solutions that will help to reduce carbon emissions and help Nature to recover.

Air Quality

How air pollution is affecting the environment

Air pollution is recognised as a major cause of biodiversity loss UK-wide affecting a range of habitats and species, including at sensitive, protected sites. Learn how air pollution is affecting these sites in Northern Ireland and how it’s being managed.