Environment News

Published: Tue 15 Jan 2019

This one is a simple tip: turn off the water when you don't need it! This is especially important when brushing your teeth! There's absolutely NO use in letting the water run while you scrub your pearly whites! Only turn on the tap when you actually need it - it's that simple! Remember that fresh and clean drinking water is a finite resource and we really should value it!

Published: Thu 10 Jan 2019

One of the easiest things you can try doing this year is saying NO to straws! If you don't need a straw, don't take one! All too often, we take a straw, use it for a few minutes, and throw it in a bin. What a waste! It may only look like a small piece of plastic, but they still impact landfill waste and water pollution. A few stats...

  1. It takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose and they can't be recycled in most places.

  2. Plastic straws are the 11th most found ocean trash.

  3. Americans use about 500 million straws daily. That's enough straws to circle the Earth 2.5 times!

  4. Each year, 1 million sea birds and 100 000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic.

Those stats are pretty shocking so do your part and refuse straws!

Published: Tue 8 Jan 2019

Cosmetics, we all use them. We all love them. But what happens once we use up that moisturizer? Or that deodorant? Unfortunately, for most of us, we end up throwing away the toxic plastic and non-biodegradable metal cans in the trash without a second thought and then go on to purchase a new product and the cycle starts again. We here at the Eco-Committee decided to purchase a cosmetics recycling box in September in order to reduce our school's waste as much as possible.

       

First some background on cosmetic waste. Cosmetic waste is a huge issue because, as already mentioned, we all use cosmetics no matter our age, gender or race. We all use them somehow in some way... that’s almost 8 billion people. 8 billion containers least thrown out maybe daily or every other day. It really is a huge issue that we need to tackle head first, and no, natural products are not better for the environment UNLESS the packaging they come in is recycled, reused or non-existent (e.g. package-free products. Lush does some great ones btw!).

       

Our school's new cosmetics recycling box comes from Terracycle, a company that specializes in processing products that are normally too hard for local councils to recycle. Ordering a Zero Waste Terracycle Box is our way of dealing with cosmetic waste. Instead of throwing out your containers, simply wash them and bring them in to Miss Laudi’s room, hey presto! One container saved from landfill! There are some regulations as to what can go in the box, due to some packaging just being too damaging and hard to recycle:

WHAT CAN GO IN THE BOX?

Lip balm and gloss tubes

Mascara tubes

Eye liner pencils and eye liner cases

Eye shadow container and palettes

Concealer tubes

Foundation tubes

Lotion tubes

WHAT CANNOT GO IN THE BOX (sorry!):

Aerosol cans

Perfume bottles

Nail polish bottles

Nail polish remover

Flammable products

Sharp objects

Broken glass

          

We urge you to please bring your empty cosmetic containers to Miss Laudi’s room and save at least 1 piece of landfill from polluting the earth. But how can you reduce cosmetic waste in the first place? Well it is quite simple. Here are some ideas:

  1. The top tip I recommend is that you buy package-free products. Now more than ever, packag-free products are as mainstream as regular products, I mean LUSH has a ‘naked’ version of almost every product in store. My personal favourites include the solid shower gels (so many scents… like SO many, plus they last ages) and shampoo bars which are not only fun to use, but literally last forever and are filled to the brim with beneficial ingredients.
  2. My second tip is that you purchase products with an ethical background and sustainable packaging. Most ‘natural’ brands come in packaging which means they aren’t perfect BUT most of the time this packaging is either glass, wood or some other material. This makes the products not only feel and look luxury, but also makes them much easier to recycle, although they all look really good so you could just refill the bottles with some other product or even make your own products.
  3. My third and final tip is… make your own! It’s simple to make your own products, I mean I have made face washes, face masks, scrubs, lotions etc. all from my kitchen and they always (well, most of the time) turn out amazing because you control how much you want and what you want in it. All it takes is a Google search to start making your own array of natural, clean beauty.

We hope you take our advice on board and that you will use the cosmetics bin to its full potential, because it is for ALL of us in the school, not just the Eco-Committee. We can’t wait to see more and more people being eco-conscious and choosing recycling over landfill. Also don’t forget, we have recycling bins plastered all over the school so make sure to choose the giant green box over the small bin of gloom to throw away your recyclable waste and please urge your teachers to do the same as well as reducing their use of paper! (Mr Wren, we are looking at you!)

Written by: Adnan Ros, S4 Student, Eco-Committee

 

Published: Wed 19 Dec 2018

Our final Eco Tip before the holiday break is a great one: bring your own reusable cup when you want to buy take away hot drinks! If you think ahead and put your reusable cup in your bag before leaving home, you'll save unnecessary waste from going to landfill. A few stats...

  1. Paper cups ARE NOT recyclable due to a wax lining that prevents the liquid from seeping through.
  2. In just 2 minutes, 10 000 paper cups are thrown away in the United Kingdom.
  3. 2.5 billion paper cups are thrown away in the United Kingdom each year.
  4. More than 7 million paper cups are used in the UK each day.

This is a HUGE amount of waste that we can all make an effort to avoid! The next time you go to a local coffee shop for your tea, hot chocolate or coffee, please please please say NO to that disposable cup! You might even want to make it your New Year Resolution to get a Keep Cup and to refuse paper cups!

Published: Tue 11 Dec 2018

With the holiday season upon us, the Eco-Committee would like you to think about the environmental impact of wrapping presents. Every year, a massive amount of wrapping paper is sent to landfills, making wrapping presents a wasteful practice. Most wrapping paper is recyclable, except for shiny, metallic, and glittery types of wrapping paper. BUT the good news is that there are environmental solutions to wrapping paper. For example, you can use gifts bags, which can be reused, you can wrap presents in plain brown paper and decorate it or you can even pack presents in old boxes (e.g. shoe boxes) and decorate the boxes. The idea here is to cut down on single-use items that end up in landfill! Be creative this Christmas and make an effort to wrap presents more sustainably!

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