Do one thing

Just one thing at a time to improve your carbon footprint all adds up!

  • Take your old bras to the RSPCA charity shop in Station Rd, for recycling, now that we no longer donate them to the Air Ambulance.
  • Use recycled toilet paper - sounds odd, but for instance, Who Gives A Crap (WGAC) recognises there is no need to cut down trees just to make toilet paper. Instead, it uses recycled paper from used textbooks and old office supplies to make rolls with 400 sheets of three-ply paper. Unlike packs you buy from the supermarket, each roll is individually wrapped in more recycled paper. Bingo! There’s no plastic. This may sound excessive to individually wrap each roll, but the brand says if it were to package six rolls together (which is the max allowed), it would need far thicker paper, and by net weight, wrapping individually is the same. Its shipping is also carbon-neutral.
  • Energy Efficient Lightbulbs – If you replace all the bulbs in your home with LED lights, you could reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by up to 50kg (50kg in NI) a year. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emitted by driving your car around 145 miles
  • Dual Flush Toilet Cisterns - Dual flush toilets use two buttons or a handle mechanism in order to flush different amounts of water. Dual flush toilets use approximately 3 L for a half flush and 4.5 L for a full flush
  • Collecting and Re-using rainwater – Not only is this a free source of water for your garden. If the majority of surface water is collected into water storage such as water butts and reused you are helping the environment and may be entitles to a rebate on your water bill!
  • Recycling – Whilst we are all recycling our waste these days there are lots of things you can put out with your recycling each week that people do not know about such as small electrical items, shredded waste paper and car batteries a full list of what is and isn’t available to recycle curb side can be found on the following website:
  • Walking, Cycling or Lift Sharing – All reduce our carbon emissions including using public transport
  • Repurposing – Repurposing non-recyclable materials at home or within the church all help reduce the amount of material going to landfill for example making a bird feeder out of your old plastic bottles or making candles out of old broken crayons!

A wealth of information is available at your fingertips on the Eco-Church Website