Our homes and our lifestyles have huge impacts on the environment, but the link between our homes and biodiversity
isn’t always that clear…
Follow these simple tips to make a difference:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
•Reduce household pollutants: use cleaning methods and products with environmentally-friendly ingredients to preserve human health and environmental quality. Do you ever wonder what cleaning your house can do to your health, and the health of your children? The chemicals in yo cupboards may be causing your children to get sick and causing you to have long-term side effects, such as respiratory problems. Avoid buying toxic household products, which often end up in the sea, contaminate water supplies and damage the health of humans and wildlife. Use biodegradable plant-based cleaning products, now available at most supermarkets.
•Dispose of household chemicals, waste oil and paint correctly: never dispose of chemicals, including paints, down the drain. Hazardous waste is termed hazardous as it contains substances or properties that might cause harm to humans or our environment. This does not always mean that it is toxic. If you have any hazardous chemicals to dispose of from your home, please contact the waste management team for the collection of hazardous materials. Click HERE for information
•Bag it and bin it: don't flush it! Put sanitary waste and wrappings, facial wipes, disposable nappies, condoms, cotton buds, razors, incontinence pads and other sanitary items in the dustbin or you might see them again next time you go to the beach or for a river-side walk, posing a health risk to wildlife and humans. Protect the sewers from fat, oil and grease. See the National Bag it and Bin it campaign. Click HERE for the link.
•Real Nappies:A baby goes through about 4,000 to 6,000 nappies in its life. By using reusable nappies, families could save up to £300 and reduce the amount of waste we create. Currently in the UK, more than 8 million disposable nappies end up in landfill where they can take hundreds of years to rot away. Real nappies are soft, breathable, naturally absorbent and contain no chemicals or gels and are therefore kind to baby's skin. For more information on types now available click HERE.
Biodiversity is simply the web of life on Earth
It comprises a hugely diverse range of species, genes and ecosystems