Everyday Eco Tips

At St. Michael’s we want to work together as a community to help our environment! Every month we will update you with a new Eco Tip of The Month for a fun and easy way to help support God’s world.

July 2024

The weather has been very mixed so far this summer, but this makes it a good time for a Weeding Party whilst it’s not so hot!

Do you have 15th July free? Lots of us at St. Michael’s have been to Ashburnham Place and they are hosting a Weeding Party to test traditional methods to be eco-friendly and avoid chemicals. 

You will need to be physically able to work alongside the team and please bring sturdy boots to wear. They’ll provide gloves and tools, food and drinks, we can’t guarantee the sun (although we hope for it!) but can guarantee fun and working as a team to achieve some immediate results!

Click here to sign up >>

Can’t make it to Ashburnham? Join together with some of your friends and family with some cordial or Pimms and host your own weeding party!

June 2024

June is the A Rocha month for Churches Count On Nature! #churchescountonnature.

From 8th-16th June use the longer evenings and (hopefully) drier days to explore the greenery around St. Michael’s in the garden, bushes, plants and trees along Blackheath Park.

By exploring our church nature we can better look forward to how to help St. Michael’s be a better Eco Church!

Click the link below to explore a great special series of webinars running throughout the week, where you can find out more about common species, such as swifts and bees; watch some great advice about ancient yew trees; hear from Bishop Graham Usher about the global Communion Forest initiative; and explore the relationship between oceans, science and faith. Explore here >>


May 2024

This month’s eco tips are all about one of our favourite times of the day – lunchtime!

As we start to explore more of our natural world during the Spring and Summer months we often take our lunch outside with al fresco dinner and picnics. So let’s explore how we can make our lunchtimes as eco friendly as possible…

Beeswax Wraps
Liquid Lunch
Bento Boxes

Ditch the clingfilm and embrace beeswax! Beeswax wraps are great for the environment as they keep your food fresh, are reusable & are easy to care for. Etsy have some great designs – click here >>

We all want to protect our natural world, so let’s keep glass and plastic out of our meadows and rivers. With so many different drinks vessels for hot, cold and even alcoholic drinks there’s plenty of choice!

When out lunching cutlery can be problematic  – but don’t reach for the disposable forks! B&M, John Lewis and others have great bento boxes with space for your cutlery on the go >>

April 2024

April is here and that means World Earth Day is coming! On Wednesday 22nd April over 192 countries recognise World Earth Day as a way of bringing our attention to saving our planet.

The theme this year is ‘Planet vs Plastics‘ and as an introduction, here is a short inspirational video…

The World Earth Day aim is a 60% reduction in plastics by 2040. This may seem a big aim goal for one church in Blackheath to contribute, but we have 3 ways you can help this April!

Plastic pollution is a global problem demanding a global solution. Help bring plastic polluting to the UN and Government organisations by signing this online petition:

100 billion garments are made annually with 87% ending in landfills and incinerators.Only 1% of these get recycled. Find places to recycle textiles locally here >>

Join or organise a Clean Up team in Blackheath or Greenwich! Or are you stuck for time? Bring a rubbish bag on your walk to school or the office and collect litter you see.

March 2024

March has finally arrived and we’re sure many of you have started having a peek into your gardens and seeing what has survived the winter….

Before you start planning your gardens for 2024, please remember our favourite buzzing friend, the bee! According to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust it is especially important to plant bee friendly flowers from March to October.

Trees & Flowers



The National Garden Scheme say the best flowers for bees are English Lavender, Bluebeard, Bergamot, Single Dahlias, Rose Campion, Heleniums, Salvias and Echinaceas. 

Don’t forget trees though! Trees and hedging plants in flower can provide a good food source for bees.

Ever looking for an excuse not to mow your lawn? Or find it tricky to schedule in between London’s constantly changing weather? 

Well even your lawn can provide food for bees if you avoid mowing! ‘Weeds’ such as dandelions, clover and bird’s food trefoil are loved by bees

You might associate ponds with other insects rather than bees, but they can attract many of our lovely bumbles if you think about your planting. 

Plan in some purple loosestrife, water mint, forget-me-nots, iris and meadowsweet to really make your pond (or bog garden!) a hive of activity.

February 2024

As we head into Spring it is always hard to predict how our British weather will take us… So some easy ways to focus on focussing on the environment at this time is by shopping! Don’t believe us? Here’s how…

Shop Local

Shop Smart

Funny Fruit

We are so fortunate to have so many great shops in Blackheath! Supporting neighbourhood businesses keeps people employed and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances


Get organised to help the environment! Meal planning and shopping lists help reduce impulse buys and makes sure you only buy the food you will eat, reducing wastage.


Utilise food that will otherwise go to waste! Who needs their carrots and peppers looking perfect? Buy wonky fruit and veg to stop it going into the bin!


January 2024

New Year New Start! Think that you would like to be more environmentally friendly this year, but not sure where to begin? We have two quick and easy tips for January to help!

1. Switch To Online Statements

2. Change From Paper Marketing

So much paper gets delivered through our doors, so a simple eco New Years resolution is to switch to online statements. This can be through online banking, energy bills, pet/car insurance and more! Have a separate folder in your emails to file away all your important statements for ease. A great way to reduce paper waste (and also reduce identity fraud!) Some companies also offer benefits for paperless statements.

Whilst we enjoy a personal letter being delivered, a lot of paper and catalogue marketing also gets delivered – sometimes unsolicited! Most retail companies offer the same promotions in their email marketing, so be eco friendly and switch to online marketing. Just write on any catalogues you receive “Return To Sender – Paper Marketing Not Wanted” and pop into your postbox for companies to take you off their paper marketing list.

December 2023

December is a month of joy and anticipation of Jesus’ coming. It is also a month of gift exchanging and increased entertaining, which is why we have made Recycling Soft Plastics our eco-focus of the month!

Soft plastics make up 15-25% off all packaging sold at supermarkets and can be recycled in specific places! We want to avoid plastics going to landfill, especially soft plastics as they often are so light they get blown off landfill sites and end up in our oceans.

Try scrunching up a plastic item in your hand – if it springs back then it is soft plastic and can be recycled!
Many party food containers have easily recyclable bases and cardboard covers, but what of the soft plastic film on top? Let’s recycle these soft plastics! All of the soft plastic wrapping on toys, candles and gifts can all be recycled too, as safe space in your main recycling bins at this busy time of year.
Just take your soft plastic recycling when you do your weekly shop! Biggest soft plastic recycling nearby is Aldi Kidbrooke, and closest are Co-op Burnt Ash Hill and  Sainsburys Lee Green
Examples are: bread bags, fruit netting, frozen food bags, cereal bar wrappers, crisp packets, cereal liners, delivery bags, salad and pasta bags, chocolate bar wrapping, baby food and pet food pouches, clingfilm, bubble wrap, toilet roll wrapping, meat, fish and cheese wrapping and film, multi pack wrapping. 

November 2023

November is World Vegan Month, and a wonderful time of year to cosy down with some vegan delicious stews, curries and casseroles!

According to PETA animal agriculture causes 18% of greenhouse gases and the production of plant-based foods requires less land and fewer resources.

One way to help the planet this November is to embrace some plant based foods and recipes – here are some wonderful autumnal meals below to give a go…


October 2023

This month we are preparing for Autumn by helping some of the smallest of God’s creatures by making Bug Hotels! 

Bug boxes or hotels provide snug, safe places for insects to hibernate. They are especially good for lacewings and ladybirds – wood lice and hibernating solitary bees and wasps may like them too!

Insect and pollinator habitats are dwindling due to large-scale commercial farming, hedgerow removal and human population growth. Giving a home to bugs that are losing their natural habitat helps to ensure that they can continue to survive and thrive.

So come and get involved and make your own Bug Hotel with the instructions below!

You Will Need:

  • A waterproof container, such as a old plastic bottle or juice carton
  • A variety of natural resources such as:
  • Twine
  • Toilet roll
  • Scrap paper
  • Shells
  • Grass
  • Twigs
  • Small pieces of wood
  • Wool
  • Stones
  • Leaves
  • And an enthusiasm to stuff them all into the container in whatever way you like!