"The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it" (Psalm 24:1)
We believe we are stewards of God's earth, with a responsibility to look after it.
As part of our work to be an "Eco Church" we are publishing an "eco tip" each month to help us all to adopt more eco-friendly ways of living and worshipping - both at church and at home.
July 2020 In the garden
Install water butts. Use the collected water on the garden or to wash the car. If you don't have space for a water butt, try collecting the water from your shower as it heats up.
Use solar-powered lighting in your garden. That is, if you need lighting at all – remember wildlife needs to have night as well as daylight!
Use decking and garden furniture that is FSC-certified.
Even if you only have a windowsill consider growing some herbs.
June 2020 In the bathroom
Use a washable muslin cloth rather than cotton wool to remove makeup and apply lotions.
Choose cotton buds made of biodegradable materials. Plastic stemmed cotton buds are one of the most common items found in beach cleanups.
Change to a bamboo handled toothbrush.
Consider using shampoo and conditioner bars rather than plastic bottles.
Consider using a natural sponge or loofah instead of plastic fibrous sponges.
May 2020 Learning from Lockdown!
While the lockdown has been painful for us and bad for the economy it has had benefits for the environment with cleaner air and water. So this month's tip is a challenge to consider what you may continue to do to help the environment after the lockdown lifts. Here are a few ideas but you will think of others:
Reduce car and plane use
Appreciate and care for the nature in your immediate area
Eat more home cooked food
Reuse and repair rather than buying new
Aprll 2020 Buying food
Stop buying one food item that is not in season and replace it with something that is. Do this regularly.
Make meat a treat you eat only on certain days of the week. Explore recipes using vegetables and grains via internet sites or your local library. A UN report stated that cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation.
March 2020 Heating your home
Draw your curtains at dusk and shut internal doors to preserve heat. Fit draught excluder tape to door frames and loft hatch.
Turn down your heating thermostat by one degree (unless your age or health makes this inadvisable). The Energy Saving Trust calculate that even a one degree reduction can save ten per cent or £40 from an average annual heating bill.
Switching to a 'green' energy supplier is easy and signals a demand for renewables, but first check how green the tariff really is before you make your choice. The Energy Saving Trust provide independent information.
February 2020 Cleaning
Run your dishwasher or washing machine with a full load to use less energy.
Discover the cleaning power of soda and white vinegar in this Guardian article.
Consider washing your clothes with an alternative to traditional products such as soapods or Ecoegg.
January 2020 Use what you need!
Being sustainable is all about protecting what we have for tomorrow, and there is no easier way to do this that to use just what you need. The simple ideas are often the best, so remember to turn the lights off when you leave the room, turn off the tap while your brush your teeth, and close the fridge door while you put the milk in your tea. Also, never put more water into the kettle than you need. The kettle is one of our most energy-intensive appliances.