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‘We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.’

Quote by Anne Marie Bonneau

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Embracing Zero Waste in Whitchurch

. . .by MOOand BOOM

The journey of Sustainability starts with a single step or action.

The UK is a major contributor to the world’s plastic crisis, generating more plastic waste per person than any other country except the USA.

Our recycling system is already overwhelmed by plastic waste. Nowour waste is overwhelming other countries’ recycling systems too,causing serious harm to their citizens and environment.

“The UK needs to drastically cut the amount of plastic produced in the first place reducing single-use plastic by 50% would not only allow the UK to end waste exports but would also mean less plastic going into incineration and landfill. The government must mandate a 50% reduction in single-use plastic by 2025 – and supermarkets and major brands must deliver it.” Trashed-Greenpeace-plastics-report

Towns can institute green initiatives that will then also help towards the 2025 goal. Making the streets more pedestrian and cycle friendly; maintaining and improving parks and other green spaces; which we see week on week with WE ARE WHITCHURCH Volunteers and expanding recycling and composting programs. The local population can support these efforts by doing their part to live sustainably and preserve their towns natural resources. Our shops, coffee houses and business’s can help with recycling and making sure unused/waste is disposed of correctly and not to landfill.

Start small on YOUR way to protecting our planet by following a few practical steps that doesn’t cost much.

*BYO Bag

*Use a thermos or keep cup *Avoid wrapped products

*Don’t buy fruit or veg wrapped in plastic *Use beeswax wrap not clingfilm.

*Buy meat from your local butcher *Don’t use straws

*Grow your own

*Buy refills

*Swap a plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one.

*Buy Pre-loved clothing

*Buy bio-degradable packaging if needed.

*Ask where your clothes have been made, what fabric and is it an ethical factory making them. Fair Wages not slave labour.

We are all here to help and as a thriving market town with some fantastic independent business’s as well as three sustainable businesses that are educating with their platforms, the Blackberry Fair Team who advocate sustainable living and a plastic free environment we have the potential to take our town to the next level as being a destination place, we have great food/pubs and restaurants, great shops, fabulous beauty treatments, theatre, art and so our thoughts should now be on being a Fair-Trade Town, which in itself lends itself to being a more sustainable platform.

“Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world and our own region. A vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.”

Big journeys start with small steps.

Sustainability is meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition to natural resources, we also need social and economic resources. … Embedded in most definitions of sustainability we also find concerns for social equity and economic development.

Audlem Printers now have recycled matt white paper labels, which are made out of 100% household waste. We have a wide range of different sizes and shapes, please ask for more details. We also offer recycled paper on some of our products range such as business cards and leaflets, please ask for details audlemprinters@gmail.com

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We sourced as much recycled wood- i.e. Scaffolding planks to make my display stands
All the wood was stained with ‘ Camp Coffee’ – a great many bottles , the smell was beautiful, I recycled all the empty glass bottles.
Customer bags and product price tickets – recycled cardboard
All my packaging is collected and all were possible is recycled
My lighting uses led low energy bulbs – this cut my energy consumption/ bills by a third
Water used in the shop for drinking is filtered to avoid buying bottles of water

Did you know  . . .

Wagstaffes recycle old shoes. It doesn’t matter what condition they’re in, if they can’t be reused they are recycled to produce insulation material

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