The Vera-Bee Buzz
- The kitchen is one of the major contributors to plastic waste in our homes. Every sponge, piece of clingfilm, bin liner or bottle of detergent we have ever thrown away still exists.. Maybe in landfill, maybe in the ocean, but it is still out there somewhere and will be for at least the next 500 years. Here are five things that we have done to reduce plastic in our kitchens:
Did you know that switching to a green energy provider is one of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint and possibly your bills too? Some of the cheapest energy suppliers are green ones. Green energy is generated from natural resources like sunlight, wind and water. Unlike traditional fuel sources, these are renewable, so they will never run out, and they cause less pollution.
Most wrapping paper is designed to be used once and binned. Even though it is paper and most people will put it in the recycling, it will still end up in landfill. This is because the fibres are not strong enough to recycle and the paper is often dyed, laminated and contains colouring, glitter and plastics. Plus it will normally have plastic sticky tape attached to it. In the UK, we send 5 million tonnes of paper to landfill every year and on average, it takes 6 mature trees to make a tonne of paper - that’s 30 million trees!According to National Geographic, the production of toilet roll wipes out 27,000 trees a day – almost 9 million a year. The average British consumer gets through 127 rolls a year. And all that toilet roll comes packaged in single use plastic which can’t be recycled and ends up sitting in landfill for the next few hundred years. Your average supermarket toilet roll also contains bleach, BPA, formaldehyde, de-inking agents, chlorine dioxide, sodium sulphide, sodium hydroxide, sodium sulphate, anti-slime agents, filler, adhesives, wet strength enhancers and more…
15% of the UK's planet-warming gases come from heating our homes. Keep your home warm while lowering your climate change emissions with these top tips. One-third of heat escapes through your walls. Loft insulation is cheap and simple to install and will pay for itself in a year or two through lower energy bills. To insulate solid walls, try external cladding or cheaper internal insulation. You can even get insulated wallpaper which although not as effective will make a difference and is much cheaper too.
The current trend for buying cheap, fast fashion is not sustainable. New research by WRAP shows just how polluting the UK’s consumption of new clothes really is. In one month alone, the carbon footprint of new clothes bought in the UK was greater than flying a plane around the world 900 times. In fact, Fashion is the world’s second biggest polluter after the oil industry. People buy 80 billion garments around the world every year and in the UK, we buy more clothes than any other country in Europe.31 Days, 31 Ways to an eco-friendly New Year Day 18 - Switch to LED Light Bulbs Back when I was a Psychology student, there was a joke that went: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? One, but the light bulb really has to want to change. Sorry. But, on the subject of cha...So, 7 billion times a year, we chuck a load of dirty washing in the drum, pour in a measure of laundry powder or liquid, switch on our machine, wait for a bit, and ta-da, lovely soft, clean clothes. But wait, that isn’t the end of the story. That detergent doesn’t just disappear - it’s being washed away into the depths of the water system where it’s just starting its adventure.x