Earth Day offers people around the world one day each year where we can pause and take stock about our personal responsibility to look after the future and well-being of this planet we all live on.
This year it falls on Saturday 22nd April and we invite you to join us in thinking about what you can do to lessen your impact on this Earth. We’ve taken strides to ensure that we recycle waste paper and plastics that are used in our factory and offices – we even recycle your old windows when you have new fitted. We also use energy efficient glass in all of our windows ensuring that they are A Rated. It is important though to continually look for opportunities in which we can reuse, reduce and recycle wherever possible, and whilst we think it is important to do it all year round, Earth Day is a good time to talk about it.
Here are a few ideas to get you started –
Consider excessive packaging.
We’ve all bought something online, and when it’s turned up in a box four times its size, with vast swathes of bubble wrap, we may have wondered what the retailer was thinking! If you think the packaging was excessive, report it to the retailer. Most companies these days are looking to lessen their environmental impact and are taking strides to improve their packaging so would appreciate the feedback. You can also consider packaging when buying products, maybe look at buying one that uses less packaging. But also consider how you use packaging in your day to day life – do you use sandwich bags daily? What about kitchen roll? You could consider swapping to a small tupperware container that you can reuse each day for your sarnies, or using washable, reusable wipes instead of kitchen roll.
Buy more used products.
Shop at thrift shops, browse charity shops. Look on your local Facebook selling pages. Check out listings on eBay. If you have young children and babies, you can find some amazing bargains that look nearly new because children grow so quickly they don’t wear their clothes as long as we might.
Upcycling is all the rage at the moment, but it basically means taking something old and turning it into something new. For example, we all have old jeans that we probably wear until they’re too shabby to donate to the charity shop, but have a read through this blog which contains some great ideas for re-purposing them. You can find all sorts of ideas for upcycling items on Pinterest.
Recycle at home.
We are really lucky in Lincolnshire, that our Councils take recycling seriously, and make it very easy for all households to do so by providing separate bins. But you can make it easier still if you take a few minutes just to figure out what items you can recycle, your Local Authority’s website will have a list of what you can and cannot put in your recycling bin. You can also vastly improvement the Council’s efficiency to recycle items by rinsing food pots before putting them in your recycling bin.