Eco Church – archive

Eco ideas and news items published in previous months can be found below:-

Ideas you could try in August 2018

…not all at once but perhaps pick one or two ideas and try them out during August and they might become new habits or spark your interest in a particular area….


How do you travel to and from church… if you left earlier could you consider walking to church? 

Are you aware there are cycle rings installed at church.  Now you have somewhere safe to store your bike when you cycle to church!

  Use water wisely

Fix those dripping taps to save water and money.

Consider fitting a water meter.  

Do you have a Hippo  fitted in your toilet cisterns throughout your house?  They could save you water with every flush.

  Holiday Highlights

If you are going out for a day to the beach, why not take a bag in your pocket and pick up any litter you see to stop it ending up in the sea.  Remember only leave footprints in the sand!

Consider using public transport for your day out or holiday journey.  This will help you reduce your carbon emissions and travelling by train or ferry can be part of the adventure!

If you are planning to fly for your holiday you can offset the carbon you generate from your flight.  Check out Climate Stewards.

Holiday waste.  When you are away try and take as much care to save energy, recycle and prevent food waste as you would at home.

Ideas you could try this Autumn

…not all at once but perhaps pick one or two ideas and try them out this Autumn and they might become new habits or spark your interest in a particular area….

  Harvest and a time to consider reducing food waste

Consider writing a weekly menu plan and then plan your shopping list based on this menu plan.  It will encourage you to buy items you need for the week therefore avoiding over purchasing and wasting food … ideas!

 Have you prepared too much food, or your family not feeling as hungry as normal?  Consider freezing your left overs in individual portion sizes.  Then, occasionally, have a menu day of left-over meals form the freezer … minimal preparation and food and money saved!

Compost your (uncooked) food waste such as peelings, apple cores, broccoli storks, or invest in a wormery to make fertiliser from your waste. Wormery ideas!

Cook only the amount of food you will need for each meal time, portion control during preparation by weighing portions of rice, pasta etc.

From April 2019 Wokingham Borough Council are planning to collect food waste from the curb side.

  As the clock’s change and the darker nights are on us, is it time to consider the lighting in your   home?

Light Bulbs! If an average household replaced all of their bulbs with LEDs it would cost about £100 and save about £35 a year on bills. How?

Use natural light when you can to save energy.

Turn lights off when they are not needed. Try lights set on manual timers or there are bulbs, plugs and apps that you can link to your mobile phone to be able to switch lights off or on in your home from your phone.  You don’t need to leave a light on all night if you go out, you can switch the front door light on as your leave to return home!

If you have lights in your garden use solar powered lights that charge during the day and don’t require electricity.

Wrap up warm this Autumn and get ready for the winter evenings.
Now the nights get darker earlier, close your curtains to prevent the heat escaping through the windows, and make it feel cosier!
Bring back the dog!? The draught excluding “sausage dog” for the door! Now you can get cats, owls, rabbits, and hedgehogs to name but a few “friends” to prevent draughts from leaking in under doors! Professional draught exclusion for windows, doors floors and skirting boards can cost around £200 for an average house.  DIY draught proofing can be less.  Another alternative, especially on a draughty front door is to install some heavy curtains. 
Insulation is also ecological.  Hot water tank insulation and hot water pipe insulation will save money on your water heating bills and help to reduce your carbon emissions.  Insulating your loft will help you save money too!  More insulation ideas!
Preparing for Christmas often means clearing out and tidying up.  Remember this is a good opportunity to improve your recycling efforts.
Why not set yourself up a simple recycling system in your home.  Have a waste bin, a bin for kerbside recycling, a compost bucket and a container for other recyclables.   In Wokingham Borough Council kerbside recycling will take:
  • Aerosols
  • All food tins and drinks cans
  • Paper and card including window envelopes – shredded paper should be put in envelopes or cardboard boxes
  • Plastic bottles without lids
  • Broken down cardboard which must fit in the box or be in box size bundles placed to side of box
  • Tubs (Ice cream and margarine)
  • Clear plastic food trays (e.g. cakes, meat or punnet containers)
  • Cosmetic pots and tubs (made with flexible plastic)
  • Cartons or tetrapaks (milk, soup or juice) – all without lids
  • Clean foil and foil trays
Be pedantic about your recycling – think about every item and whether it / or part of it could be recycled. Tubes from wrapping paper, toilet rolls, kitchen rolls, used envelopes, junk mail, etc.
For other items of recycling check out our recycling guide.
Recycle @ St James Church
Recycle your good quality used: Clean adults and children’s clothing, soft toys, paired shoes, belts, handbag, scarves and ties, hats, bedding, lingerie, and socks using the “Bag to School” and return your bags to Church on Sunday 25th November. For more details pick up a bag and leaflet from the Church lounge.

Previous Eco News items, now deleted, can be found here.