As an environmental conservation charity, sustainability is a major part of our message. Our SLOWER campaign is approved by London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. In increasingly hectic times, all of us, whatever our age, can learn from taking time to slow down, think about choices and make change happen.
What is SLOWER: Sustainable, Local, Organic, Working together, Environmental, Responsible (reduce/reuse/recycle).
Here are a few of our ideas:
SLOWER in the kitchen: Step away from those single use plastics; use ecologically-friendly products; use cleaning cloths and scrubbing pads made from natural materials; recycle glass, cans, paper, non-single use plastic and if you are able…scraps for compost bins or even a wormery.
SLOWER in the park: Why not enjoy a SLOWER picnic? Don’t use single-use plastic containers and take your rubbish home where you know it can be recycled. Currently, waste from all bins goes to landfill or incineration – even recyclable material such as glass, paper and cans. We are working for change, and you can help by spreading the word and by taking your litter home.
SLOWER growing: In our community growing and outdoor learning programmes, we are peat and pesticide-free; working to replace plastic pots with clay or wooden boxes; made watering cans and bird feeders from recycled milk cartons; plant pots from old welly boots; a wormery from recycling boxes; stopped buying bamboo canes and are working towards water-wise planting.
We are very proud that for the first time since the project started, we have bought no compost. This means no plastic bags, no transport miles – just our very own home-grown variety. Outdoor learning at its best!
If you would like to know more, or have ideas to share, please contact Sharon. She would love to hear from you..