RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm  Oil LogoPalm oil grows in tropical rainforests and is widely used in food and household products. 

The uncontrolled clearing of these forests for conventional palm oil plantations has led to the loss of vast areas of irreplaceable, biodiverse-rich forests. Plantations have also destroyed the habitat of endangered species, including orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos.

Instead buy palm oil products that are certified as sustainable - look for the RSPO label. The World Wildlife Fund asks us not to stop buying palm oil products but to buy ethically-sourced ones. Stopping altogether could take away support from companies that are trying hard to improve the situation. This could encourage companies to use other products that may have even more impact on the environment. Palm oil is by far the most efficient vegetable oil to grow as it takes less land to produce than other vegetable oils.


Splosh logoOrder your household cleaning items from Splosh!

Every bottle they sell is refillable with concentrated refill pouches, which means that each customer cuts their plastic waste by 90%.   If you also return your used refill pouches, they will upcycle them into new products.   That means zero plastic waste, which is a huge win for the planet.


Stay up to date with environmental news - Eco-tip from A Rocha UK's website

Download free phone apps, such as BBC News app.  Click ‘My News’ - ‘Add Topics’ and select ‘climate change’, ‘energy’ and ‘nature’, to bring these subjects to the top of your personalised news feed.  This will ensure that you are receiving the very latest environmental stories.  On the Guardian app, to give another example, select and expand ‘Environment’ on the left-hand side menu to add ‘Climate Change’, ‘Wildlife’ and ‘Pollution’.


FacemaskThe Covid-19 lockdown is a good time to use up those pieces of cotton fabric you may have at home.  Make them into washable face masks for yourself, family and friends.  The fabric should be closely woven, cotton fabric.  

Here are a few YouTube clips for choosing a pattern:


Eco-tipInstead of cling-film, cover food in the fridge with plates/saucers.  Wrap pastry-to-rest in a bowl with a plate on top.  Other alternatives are lidded containers, foil, baking paper or silicone.

Make the decision to not use cling-film anymore :) 


Eco-tip of the month Buy Fairtrade food as often as possible to support farmers and give them a fair wage.   It is Fairtrade Fortnight from Monday 24 February to Sunday 8 March 2020.  Take a look at this clip about Fairtrade chocolate.



Japanese fabric gift wrappingMake a New Year's resolution not to buy wrapping paper this year.  Use fabric instead and follow YouTube demonstrations on how to wrap presents in the Japanese style.  Purchase fabric cheaply either on-line, or find off-cuts at haberdashery shops or charity shops in Canterbury.   No more wastage of paper and no more sticky tape!

Here are some suggested YouTube clips:

Japanese Furoshiki - how to wrap boxes

How to gift wrap with a striking flower decoration

How to wrap a bottle of wine with cloth    and then How to create a bag to carry your gifts

NOTE: The Benefice is registered with the A Rocha Eco-Church programme.