Recycling & Being Green

We are the stewards of God's earth and we ought really to do what we can to make sure we don't abuse the resources God has given us, or ruin what we have for those who share this planet with us. There are all sorts of things we can do to be green, and most of them are really simple and don't cost a penny! 

Get or make a compost bin and put all your garden waste, grass cuttings, vegetables peelings in it to make compost for the garden.

Recycle all your tins, cans, bottles and paper.

Many places also have s

hoes and clothes banks, or take them to a charity shop. Use washable nappies.

Reuse plastic bottles of water.

If you have pets, especially rabbits, guinea pigs or gerbils they will eat all the vegetable peelings and scraps of food.

You can also recycle foil, plastic bottles and containers, carrier bags, tins, garden rubbish.

Pass on children’s clothes to friends with younger children than yours.

Find out where you can post printer cartridges to where they will be recycled.

Find somewhere, maybe your church or a local charity, which collects used stamps and save yours to give to them.

Leave plastic bags in your supermarket

How about using cloth bags or bags for life for your shopping?

One of the most significant contributions we can make is to reduce our use of electricity . Don’t leave appliances on stand by.

Make sure your insulation is good.

Close curtains when the central heating is on.

Use low energy light bulbs (IKEA do the cheapest ones, although they are rather big! You can get smaller ones if you shop around, but they are at least twice the price of IKEA), use them all over your house.

Use the microwave not the oven when possible.

Turn lights off when you leave a room.

If you have rabbits or guinea pigs you can add the used sawdust and hay when you cleaned out the hutch to the compost heap. It breaks down quite well.

Walk as much as you can, don’t jump in the car.

Your kids school may sell second hand uniform, if it doesn’t suggest it to them.

We tend to use the supermarket plastic bags for bin bags.

Have at least one water butt and use the rain water it collects to water your plants.

Buy the book called 'Change the World for a Fiver' (see below) which cost £5...there's a surprise! It's packed full of ideas to recycle, save energy etc even contains a packet of scots pine seeds which if you plant this year you will have a Christmas tree in the year 2012!

One 'green' area is water conservation - not using hosepipes, putting something in the cistern so each flush uses less.

Have a shower, rather than having baths.

Double up in the bath, it saves heating two tanks of hot water.

Some companies who do cloth nappies also do cloth baby wipes. You just wash them with the nappies ~ hey, you were doing that wash anyway ~ and use them again.

Sell unwanted books on amazon, buy second hand books there too, or in charity shops or second hand bookshops.

Dry clothes outside where possible

Buy ecover products. They do washing up liquid, washing liquid, toilet cleaner…

Buy recycled paper

Buy recycled loo roll and kitchen roll

Tip your washing up water on plants

Refill herb pots so you don’t buy new pots. Better still, grow your own herbs.

Use both sides of a piece of paper.

Don’t do half loads in your washer.

Wash clothes on a cooler heat, it uses less energy than washing them really hot.

Find ways to use food which is about to pass it’s sell by date, don’t throw it out and buy more.

Only put the amount of water you need in the kettle

Only fill the sink enough for the pots you are washing

If you are cooking something for a long time, try to use the cooker for more than one thing at a time eg baked potatoes and a cake.

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