Livesimply ideas

Here are our top tips for living more simply – we’re here to support you taking steps to a greener lifestyle, finding more time to reflect and providing practical help to those in need.

LiveSimply members in Leeds were awarded the LiveSimply award for their efforts to create a greener Parish.

LiveSimply members in Leeds were awarded the LiveSimply award for their efforts to create a greener Parish.

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Choose to livesimply throughout 2021

With your family

1. Plant a tree overseas to celebrate your child’s birthday, Baptism or First Holy Communion.

2. Compost your kitchen waste.

3. Have a meat-free day once a week.

4. Grow your own fruit, vegetables or herbs. This will be especially useful in the current situation.

5. Eat a simple meal with your family and donate what you save to other families in need. We’ve chosen our favourite soup recipes to inspire you!

On your own

1. We will all be buying less stuff with shops closed and socialising limited. This is part of living simply, but may also leave us with money that we can share with those less fortunate.

2. Challenge yourself to an ‘unplugged’ day – without your phone, TV or radio.

3. Take out a regular gift and help families on the front line of climate change by joining our Emergency Response Team.

4. Switch to a renewable energy provider.

5. Ask for donations to support poor communities, or a selection of World Gifts instead of presents for your next birthday.

6. Sign our petition demanding that the government act urgently to tackle the climate crisis.

7. Buy a World Gifts tote bag to limit the plastic bags you use when shopping.

8. Sign up to our prayer emails and spend time each week reflecting on the gospel.

With your parish


Covid-19 has altered how we live, and we are being forced to live more simply. We have updated these ideas to recognise the extra challenges and opportunities that Covid-19 is presenting to us all. In this situation we want to reiterate the advice to stay indoors and practice social distancing when shopping or exercising.

1. Say the livesimply prayers and sing the livesimply hymn at Mass

2. Collect coats, toiletries and shoes for local homeless people.

3. Save energy at church - use energy saving light bulbs, insulate your church and parish hall, and turn down the thermostat.

4. Provide green tips of the week for your parish newsletter or notice board – use some of the ones we’ve suggested here!

5. Organise a Laudato Si study group with our guide or hold a ‘Rich man, Poor man’ meal to highlight injustice in global food systems.

6. Choose Fairtrade tea and coffee for cuppas after Mass – and do the washing up with environmentally friendly products!

7. Stand in solidarity with young people in Colombia through our Hands On scheme.

8. Start a gardening club with others in your parish, hold a seed or sapling swap or create a garden at your church.

9. Become a collection point for your local food bank

10. Start working towards our LiveSimply award! We’ll support you with an email group, resources and the opportunity to share ideas and experience.

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