Sustainability

Sustainability

SLOWER: Sustainable, Local, Organic, Working together, Environmental, Respectful (and of course reduce/reuse/recycle).

As an environmental education and conservation charity, sustainability is a major part of our message. Our SLOWER campaign is approved by London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and we in increasingly hectic times, we believe we can all learn from taking time to slow down, think about choices and working together to make change happen. 

DID YOU KNOW: Currently, no material put into the bins in our green spaces in Barnes is recycled. Even recyclable material such as glass, paper and cans is sent for landfill or incineration. We are working for change and have a few ways we can all help: 

Take recyclable litter home, reduce your use of single use plastic, let people know.

SLOWER in the kitchen: use ecologically-friendly products; 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: Enjoy a SLOWER picnic – don’t use single-use plastics and take your rubbish home where you know it can be recycled. 

SLOWER birthday parties: Balloons take years to biodegrade, and can be life-threatening to wildlife. 

SLOWER growing: We are peat and pesticide-free; are replacing plastic with clay pots or wooden boxes; use milk cartons for watering cans; old welly boots as planters; stopped buying bamboo canes; have installed a water re-capture system on our poly-tunnel and are working towards water-wise planting.

We are very proud that this year 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..

View our Sustainability Policy.

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