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Biodiversity and our Homes

Our homes and our lifestyles have huge impacts on the environment, but the link between our homes and biodiversity

isn’t always that clear…

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - continued

 

•Look out for the European Union Ecolabel: The EU Ecolabel helps you identify products and services that have a reduced impact on the environment throughout their life cycle, from the extraction of raw material through to production, use and disposal. Recognised throughout Europe, it is a voluntary label promoting environmental excellence which can be trusted.

•Reduce your carbon dioxide outputs: use energy saving lightbulbs, chose energy efficient electrical goods, buy green electricity, switch off lights and don't leave computers/ TVs on stand-by, use public transport, a bike or walk instead of taking the car, insulate your house, turn down the thermostat. All of these measures will save you money in cheaper electricity bills! Reduce what you can, offset what you can't - click HERE to see the Carbon Fund for more ideas and information about Global Warming.

•Reduce, reuse, recycle: stops our rubbish going to landfill, saves energy (reducing greenhouse gasses), saves resources and doesn't cost us anything. Find your nearest local recycling centre, by postcode. Click HERE For times and information on what can be recycled. For more information see WASTE ONLINEs guide to 'recycling and beyond'.

•Buy recycled: in order for recycling schemes to be successful, there must be a market for recycled products. What do the recycling symbols mean? Click HERE for more information on recycling - how to recycle, what recycling means, where to recycle, etc. Look out for packaging and products that indicate the percentage of post consumer waste along with the recycling symbol.

•Compost kitchen scraps and garden waste: more than 60% of the contents of the average rubbish bin is biodegradable and over a third can be easily composted at home. This includes fruit and vegetable peelings, garden waste, tea bags, coffee grounds, cardboard and paper. If not composted at home, biodegradable waste is sent to landfill, where it rots down producing the powerful greenhouse gas, methane. Methane traps over 21 times more heat per molecule than carbon dioxide. Home composting cuts down on transport costs and uses the waste where it is generated with very little environmental impact. For a 'how to' guide to home composting and details of where you can buy cheap composters, look out for the North Yorkshire Rotters.

 

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Biodiversity is simply the web of life on Earth

It comprises a hugely diverse range of species, genes and ecosystems