Shop differently – 5 simple tips

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the basic mantra of sustainable living, but we all have to buy *some* stuff to get by. Even on our weekly shop the choices we make can make a difference to our environmental impact. You might already do all of this, but just in case you don’t, here are 5 simple tips to help reduce your environmental impact as you shop…[…]

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One person’s trash is someone else’s treasure – 10 freecycling tips

Who doesn’t like free stuff? One person’s trash is someone else’s treasure is something that is shown to to be true every day in Swindon, courtesy of the local ‘freecycling’ groups. The point of Freecycling is to stop things going to landfill, by enabling people to pass on things they no longer want to people who need them. Users can either offer items they want[…]

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Buy locally-produced food

One large source of carbon dioxide emissions is in the production and transport of food. You can reduce your impact on climate change by choosing Local Foodwherever possible. The energy and emissions involved in producing food account for 22% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. 40 per cent of all UK road freight is food related. A report published in the journal Food Policy calculated[…]

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Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle

When we create the objects around us, (cars, tables, gadgets, clothes, etc.) we use energy to collect the materials, manufacture and transport them.  This creates CO2. The more stuff we buy – the more CO2 we create. People may be getting better at turning their TV off standby – but we are buying more TVs!  Also whereas in the past people may have mended broken shoes, now we tend[…]

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Reduce the meat you eat!

Rather than growing food to feed to animals, so that we can then eat the animals, wouldn’t it be more efficient to cut out the middleman, growing food and then eating it ourselves? Industrialised meat production is responsible for devastating deforestation in the developing world to make way for animal feed crops. We need those forests to recycle the  CO2 we produce and keep the[…]

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What is a Carbon Footprint ?

Carbon Dioxide, or CO2, is a greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change. It is produced when anything containing carbon is burned, such as coal, natural gas, petrol and other oil derivatives. In order to avoid climate change, we need to reduce the amount of CO2 we produce, both directly and indirectly. Although some suggest that all we need to do is implement some technical[…]

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Reduce Your Water Consumption

Water as well as being a valuable resource, has to be cleaned and pumped, this all requires energy input —- from the burning of fossil fuels. Have a quick shower instead of a bath, doing this could save over 300 litres of water a week. Space permitting, you can also place a bucket in the shower to catch any waste water which can then be[…]

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SCAN Needs You!

Amid the recent flurry of activity we’re once again in need of some help with our meeting notes – if you can spare a couple of hours every month (or even every other month) to capture the notes during our monthly meets, we would love to hear from you! Many thanks 🙂

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What is climate change?

Fossil fuels contain carbon which has been buried in the ground for millions of years. When burnt, the carbon is released into the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide , a colourless odourless gas. Carbon dioxide is one of the gasses known as greenhouse gasses , so-called because they trap the sun’s heat within the atmosphere in much the same way as the glass in[…]

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