brought to you by the Eco Club:
- Fix it, don’t throw it Friday, 6 December 2019
Repairing or fixing something is more environmentally friendly than simply throwing things away, although the latter may seem easier and cheaper sometimes.
The internet gives you access to the tools and information you need to fix practically anything, and if you still can’t fix it then why not try and turn it into something else?
- Turn It Off Friday, 29 November 2019
Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electrical items on standby needlessly uses up energy – hit the off switch and you could see huge improvements, most noticeably in your energy bills!
Also, remember to turn off the lights if you aren’t in the room!
- Eco-Bricks Friday, 15 November 2019
Make ‘ECO BRICKS’ out of single use plastics that you can’t recycle. An eco brick is a building block made entirely from unrecyclable plastic. It’s created by filling a plastic bottle with clean, dry plastic until it’s packed tightly and can be used as a building block. Eco bricks are an ethical way of using up the plastic that can’t be recycled and won’t break down and there are lots of fun ways to use them if you don’t donate them!
There are lots of great ideas on interest of how you can use eco bricks for fun and creative projects at home.
- Use LED Light Bulbs Friday, 8 November 2019
Not only do LED light bulbs last longer than conventional bulbs, they’re far more efficient too! This means that you’ll be using less power and having to replace your light bulbs less frequently – everyone’s a winner. What’s more, they’re available in a range of brightness and designs so you can really tailor the lighting to your needs or to suit the room.
- Plastic Packaing for Fruit & Veg Friday, 1 November 2019
If buying fruit and vegetables from a shop or supermarket, buy loose fruit and vegetables instead of ones that are pre-packaged. Either bring a netting bag, a fabric bag, a reusable bag or an odd box so that you do not need to use plastic bags for the different fruit and vegetables.
- Try taking a shower instead of a bath — but make sure it is a short shower! Friday, 18 October 2019
A five-minute shower can use about a third of the water of a bath. A bath uses, on average, 60 litres of water. Even better, get a ‘shower timer’ to help you make sure you are not wasting too much water. By saving water you will be helping to ensure that there is a sustainable supply as well as protecting the wildlife of rivers and wetlands. You will also be reducing the energy needed for treating water, thereby lowering carbon emissions.
- Plastic Bottles & Plastic Straws Friday, 11 October 2019
Instead of buying throwaway plastic bottles from the shop, buy a reusable plastic bottle that you can refill whenever you are thirsty.
If you are going to use a straw, use a metal straw that you can wash and reuse.