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The Wuppertal Institute calculates that the amount of waste generated in producing everyday products is 1.5 kg for a toothbrush, 75 kg for a mobile phone and 1,500 kg for a personal computer.
Buy reconditioned electrical appliances from organisations such as CREATE (London, tel: 0208 885 6209; Liverpool tel: 0151 448 1748).
Avoid patio-heaters and electric lights in the garden - use citronella beeswax or vegetable-based candles to keep insects away.
Old fridges contain CFCs and HCFCs. Recycle them and buy a "Greenfreeze" model. Retailer Comet will collect your old one and deliver it to Ozone Friends where it will be reconditioned and sold, or CFCs will be removed.
Don't throw away old computers - sell them online (http://www.ebay.co.uk/), donate them to charity (http://www.digital-links.org/), donate to someone else (http://www.donateapc.org.uk/) or recycle them (http://www.wasteonline.org.uk/).
The old furniture bank is going really well, so far over 100 items have been recycled and re-homed. More items have also been added to the stock. If you require any office furniture, or have old stock to dispose of, please contact Eunice Mabey with your requirements and hopefully she will be able to accommodate your request.
Most people would like to be greener, but this can be quite a challenge. Breaking energy saving habits into smaller, manageable sections is a way of making those resolutions last. The energy saving calendar, is a month by month guide, to help you do something green each month
January The New Year usually means a good clear out. Why not recycle instead of putting straight in the bin? Contact your local council to find what facilities they offer, donate to your local Charity shop or just give it away with Freecycle, the online giveaway site.
February Leaving something on standby uses 80% of the energy it does when in use ! Switch off at the mains, no more standby’s.
March Spring is in the air, so try turning that thermostat down a degree, or even off in rooms you don’t use regularly. Still chilly put on an extra layer and see the change in your gas bills !
April Get that washing out on the line for that fresh feeling. Tumble dryers are particularly uneconomical.
May Summer is on the way so why not install a water butt and composting bin in the garden.
June National Bike Week 13th – 21st June 2009. Try leaving the car at home and cycling in, failing that using public transport or walking. Give it a week or too, it maybe easier than you think.
July Help to save water, fix leaking taps, switch from baths to showers and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
August Planning a summer holiday, why not stay locally and let the train take the strain. Or if you are going to fly offset your emissions.
September Before winter sets in make sure your home is fully insulated. Up to a third of heat produced is lost through the walls ! You maybe even entitled to a grant, check out the Energy Saving Trust’s website for more information. www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
October Darker mornings and nights, so switch to energy saving bulbs, you can save £8 per year per bulb and they last six times longer. Energy Saving Week 19th-23rd October 2009, visit the exhibition at HQ and received your free energy saving bulb.
November Join the car sharing scheme, save financially and make new friends.
December Christmas shopping, why not go green and local, presents from recycled goods can make interesting and original gifts.