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.

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!