ECO-TIP OF THE MONTH - 2020
Palm 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.
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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.
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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’.
The 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:
Instead 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 :)
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.
- RECYCLING IN CANTERBURY. Here are some ideas of where and what you can recycle.
- DIY WITH NEWSPAPER: Now we have to spend much more time at home, why not have a go at making Liz Parson's newspaper DIY items that she showed us at the Eco-Fayre? Green bin origami, seed pots, firelighters and tote bags.
- Pledge not to buy any more cards with plastic glitter!
- COLLECTIONS: There are collection pots at the back of St Dunstan's Church for: 1) Plastic bottle tops for LUSH 2) Crisp packets for Air Ambulance and 3) Used stamps for Hospital League of Friends. There is also a box to you to add any suggestions or tips for eco-living.
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: to join the friendly St Dunstan's Eco-Church group to help spread the initiative to St Mildred's and St Peter's Churches in the Benefice. The aim is to work towards the Benefice attaining the bronze award in the A Rocha Eco-Church scheme. Contact the Rector, Rev Jo Richards
Make 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:
NOTE: The Benefice is registered with the A Rocha Eco-Church programme.