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Walking Works

May has begun, which means so has National Walking Month – an annual celebration of walking run by UK charity Living Streets. The campaign is a great opportunity for us all to think about how we can walk more, be it at work or around our neighbourhood.

From saving money, boosting fitness and getting a dose of fresh air – the health benefits of walking are not to be ignored. Helping us connect to our surroundings, improving energy levels and increasing productivity – it’s no wonder walking feels good. If you’d like to find out more about the health benefits of walking, visit NHS live-well (you’ll also find a range of resources to help you walk more including a free walk tracker app). You know what they say - healthy body, healthy mind!
Walking does wonders for our environment too and is often the most carbon-friendly form of transportation. Using no fossil fuels and producing no air pollution, walking ...
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Congratulations to our army of Bin Slimmers!

Today we’re celebrating the news that our campaign with Warwickshire County Council, called Slim Your Bin, has been nominated for a prestigious National Recycling Award!

What is ‘Slim Your Bin’?
This campaign launched in 2016 and encourages residents from across Warwickshire’s five Boroughs and Districts to reduce their waste and become ‘Bin Slimmers’.
The Slim Your Bin campaign delivers recycling guidance alongside the online platform and app; an ongoing communications campaign; gamification in the style of performance leader boards; competition between communities and individuals; and incentives in the form of community and individual rewards. This combination works to create ongoing momentum in the campaign and embed lasting positive change around household waste and recycling.
On a weekly basis 45% of ...
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Blinded by Brexit

With the controversies of Brexit at the forefront of everyone’s mind, we often forget about our other concerns  for our society, like the ever-worsening state of our planet. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn even declared that the environmental issues we face today far outweigh the importance of the Brexit debate that rages on. Corbyn has been quoted saying “we are facing a climate crisis. There’s no bigger threat to our future”.
With this in mind, here are two pieces of environmental legislation that have recently passed:
  •          In 2018, Poland passed legislation to put an end to the illegal dumping of waste brought in from foreign countries, notably due to the waste being incinerated in an effort to dispose of it. However, this releases large amounts of toxic smoke, and one fire took 250 ...
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Earth Hour: impact beyond the hour

Tomorrow at 8:30 – 9:30pm is Earth Hour, which means millions of people across the world will be switching off their non-essential lights for the 60 minutes. The annual campaign, led by WWF, is a global movement to protect our planet and has become the biggest of its kind. Last year, 188 countries and territories got involved and this year, the campaign’s focus is the loss of nature and ‘why nature matters to you’. Indeed, the Earth’s biodiversity is suffering from our destructive activities and without a functioning natural environment, we will be the ones that suffer.

60 Minutes won’t save the world, but that’s not the point. Earth Hour raises huge amounts of awareness and sparks much needed conversations around energy consumption, climate change and the state of our planet. By joining the movement and showing your solidarity for the cause, switching off for Earth Hour is a symbolic acknowledgement and commitment to act now. ...
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Wellbeing in the workplace

We all know Wednesday is hump day; but if hump day was a month, it would probably be March. With long nights and cold days, summer can feel like an age away. Coupled with everyday stresses, we can often put our wellbeing on the backburner. So this month we’re putting it back in the spotlight and giving you some tips on how you could improve yours.
As you probably already know, your wellbeing can be influenced by a multitude of factors and it can often be quite hard to pin point what’s having the greatest impact. Most researchers have found there are 9 major contributing factors to your wellbeing, all of which are interconnected. These being:
  • Mood
  • Employment and economic situation
  • Intellectual development and education
  • Physical health and diet
  • Home and surrounding areas
  • Relationships
  • Stability and state of residing country
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New Year, New Habits

We’ve all heard it, the New Year means a new you! But the only thing that won’t be new this year is our planet. To help you start your 2019 sustainably, we’ve put together a list of our favourite ways you can reduce your environmental impact.
1)Veganuary – Of course! Throughout the festive season we all tend to indulge, especially when it comes to the Christmas meal. Veganuary encourages those with a meat-based diet, to switch it up and try a diet that is plant-based. Last year Veganuary broke records with 168,542 people taking part, and this year it’s going to be even bigger. Not only is Veganuary a great way to help you boost your health after the indulgent festivities, giving up meat is one of the best things you can do for the planet. It significantly reduces your carbon footprint, as agriculture produces  nearly a third of all greenhouse gas emissions and is a significant driver of ...
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Tis the season, to be sustainable

We're now well into December, which means it's your last chance to make 2018 as environmentally friendly as possible. With the Christmas festivities coming up, we don't want your sustainable actions so far to go to waste. From vast amounts of food waste and excessive packaging to draining Christmas tree lights, there's a true cost to our festive luxuries. 

But it doesn’t have to be that way! We’ve put together our top tips so that you can make a difference this year;
• Make your own cards (or go electronic!), wrapping and gifts. Get creative and get upcycling! 
• Recycling alert - look out for non-glossy papers without glitter or embellishment if you want them to be recycled or, better still, get creative and get reusing! Opt for brown paper and string, scraps of fabric, newspaper, magazine pages or reusable gift bags! Get some inspiration here.
• Gift experiences rather than objects and support ...
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Tis the season, to recycle!

We certainly don't want your recycling efforts so far to go to waste this Christmas (no pun intended!). With the UK creating 30 per cent more waste than usual, including two million turkeys and six million Christmas trees, there really is true cost to our festive luxuries.

Wrapping, decorations and packaging
Take wrapping paper for example – 227,000 miles is thrown away every year – that’s enough to cover Big Ben almost 260,000 times! Although a fun finishing touch to our festive presents, it is designed for single use only and is often made from plastic, foil and glitter so isn’t always recyclable. 
So give the 'scrunch test' a go - scrunch it in a ball and if it stays together then it can be recycled, if it bounces back then it can't! Watch out for glitter, tape and embellishments as these often make things non-recyclable. Even better, get creative and get reusing! Opt for brown ...
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Drowning in packaging, and we want change!

Results from a recent survey into consumer attitudes towards packaging have just been released, and it shows there’s a growing demand for sustainable packaging. The survey was completed by over 7,000 people from different European countries, including the UK, France, and Spain, and shows an insight into our views on sustainable packaging, recycling, and other green related policies.

The survey highlights that people are demanding more eco-friendly alternatives to food packaging. The results show that the vast majority of British consumers want more information about the sustainability of packaging, with 9 in 10 British consumers wanting all packaging to be recyclable. 68% of UK shoppers said that their purchasing choices are influenced by packaging, with more people opting for cardboard over plastic packaging for the same product. These are significant results, and statistics like these should urge companies to modify their ...
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Be more green this Black Friday

This Friday is Black Friday, which means a day of shopping, great bargains, and irresistibly discounted items. The day is known to mark the beginning of the festive shopping period, with consumers heading to the shops in their masses. From clothing to electricals, homewares and everything in between, there are endless deals - people go wild for Black Friday, quite literally.

Our consumption habits are destroying our environment, and are leading to an overwhelming feeling of stuffocation among us all, hoarders or not. Beyond the discounts and bargains, Black Friday doesn’t help these issues. Black Friday purchases are typically impulse bought due to the heavily promoted deals and apparently unbeatable discounts. In 2017, 21% of people in Britain purchased something on Black Friday which they later regretted. Let alone ethical or environmentally friendly products. Our throwaway lifestyles, items manufactured with short lifespans, and excessive ...
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