There should be transparent bags provided with instructions about what can be recycled in your kitchens; please make sure you use these! When the bag is full, it needs to be taken downstairs by someone living on that corridor. Leave it in the staircase entrance for the house porters to collect. Thanks!
And now the list:
- Shut your windows and turn down the radiator!!
- TURN OFF LIGHTS Seems obvious, but whenever you leave a room (particularly over night) make it a habit to turn them off! Also turn off computers at night! By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day.
- Recycle Glass Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent. If it isn't recycled it can take a million years to decompose.
- Hang dry Get a clothesline or rack to dry your clothes by the air. Your wardrobe will maintain color and fit, and you'll save money. Your favorite t-shirt will last longer too.
- Go vegetarian once a week (or even a bit more often...) One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.
- Rethink bottled water Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. The EPA's standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA's standards for bottled water.
- Brush without running You've heard this one before, but maybe you still do it. You'll conserve up to five gallons per day if you stop. Daily savings in the U.S. alone could add up to 1.5 billion gallons- info taken from an American site.
- TAKE A SHORTER SHOWER Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than ten gallons of water. If everyone in the country saved just one gallon from their daily shower, over the course of the year it would equal twice the amount of freshwater withdrawn from the Great Lakes every day.
- SECOND-HAND DOESN'T MEAN SECOND-BEST Consider buying items from a second-hand store. Toys, bicycles, roller blades, and other age and size-specific items are quickly outgrown. Second hand stores often sell these items in excellent condition since they are used for such a short period of time, and will generally buy them back when you no longer need them.
- BUY LOCAL Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers' markets, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in.
- INVEST IN YOUR OWN COFFEE CUP Buy one of the Fitz reusable cups from the cafe and you will get a discount each time you use it for your hot drinks!
- RECYCLE ALUMINIUM AND GLASS Twenty recycled aluminium cans can be made with the energy it takes to manufacture one brand new one. Every ton of glass recycled saves the equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil needed to make glass from virgin materials.
- CHOOSE MATCHES OVER LIGHTERS Most lighters are made out of plastic and filled with butane fuel, both petroleum products. Since most lighters are considered "disposable," over 1.5 billion end up in landfills each year. When choosing matches, pick cardboard over wood. Wood matches come from trees, whereas most cardboard matches are made from recycled paper.
- STOP PAPER BANK STATEMENTS Some banks will pay you a dollar or donate money on your behalf when you cancel the monthly paper statements you get in the mail. If every household took advantage of online bank statements, the money saved could send more than seventeen thousand recent high school graduates to a public university for a year.
*** Love from the Ethical Team *** xx