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Green Tips

Green Tips

The UK wastes massive amounts of food each year and this has a big impact on our planet where ever more intensive food productions methods are used.

So shop wisely - plan your meals and use a shopping list, avoid impulse buys and offers to encourage you to buy more than you need of perishable items.  And get creative with your cooking to use up leftovers in the fridge!

 Observe an Eco-Sabbath

For one day, afternoon or hour a week, don't buy anything, don't use machines, don't switch on anything electric, don't cook, don't answer your phone and, in general, don't use any resources.

Organic slug control

Orange halves – these deter cats and attract slugs. You then just dispose of the slugs once they’ve been caught (chickens love them!).

Coffee spray – make a weak coffee solution with ground coffee and water, then lightly coat your plants. You might only need to do this near the base of the plants.

Physical barriers – scatter crushed egg shells, sawdust or wood shavings around plants at risk. You also might want to try hot chilli powder!

Green tips – Avoid bottled water

Bottled water is inefficient, expensive, and produces large amounts of plastic waste. Instead, use a refillable water bottle and tap water; if you like you could use a water filter to cleanse the tap water and chill the water in the fridge. As the Mother Nature Network (http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/5-reasons-not-to-drink-bottled-water) point out, the very concept of bottled water is failed due to our ready access to perfectly healthy tap water.

Line-dry laundry: Tumble drying clothes uses large amounts of electricity, so use a washing line or drying rack to dry your laundry more naturally.

Green Tips – Share car journeys wherever possible

If you have to travel by car, investigate the possibilities for carpooling with friends and neighbours, sharing journeys for work and leisure, thus reducing the number of cars on the roads.

Green Tips – Beeing friendly to Bees!

  1. Plant native species in your garden which will attract bees and other beneficial insects.
  2. Mow the lawn less often to let clover and other flowering weeds grow. These will provide a nutritious habitat for bees and other pollinators. Avoid products that are meant to kill these beneficial plants.

Green tips - Recipe - Vegetarian Hokkien Mee

Ingredients (serves 2)

1tsp rapeseed oil; 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped; Chunk fresh root ginger, peeled and grated; 2 mini sweet shallots, finely chopped; 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, plus 1 thinly sliced into rings to garnish (optional);

3 dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked in warm water for 20 min, then drained and finely diced (stalks discarded); 100g Quorn mince; 1tsp dark soy sauce; 100ml hot low-salt vegetable stock; 1tbsp low-salt light soy sauce; Drizzle toasted sesame oil; 200g dried egg noodles, cooked; 100g fresh beansprouts, blanched in boiling water for 10 sec, then rinsed in cold water and drained; A few spring onions or chives, sliced on the diagonal, to garnish

 

Method

Heat a wok over a high heat and add the rapeseed oil. Add the garlic, ginger, shallots and chopped chilli and explode the flavours in the wok for a few sec. Add the diced Chinese mushrooms and the Quorn mince and season with the dark soy sauce to enrich the colour. Add the vegetable stock and light soy sauce and leave to cook for about 10 min until the sauce has reduced.

 

Meanwhile, drizzle some toasted sesame oil over the cooked egg noodles. Divide the noodles between 2 bowls, then top with the mushrooms and mince. Garnish with the beansprouts, sliced chillies, if using, and sliced spring onions or chives. Serve immediately. (from Ching He Huang)

Green tips – Free recycling of electrical items & plant pots!

Currys on Chesterfield Road offer the following service.

Let’s recycle for free - Want to skip that trip to the dump? Then bring your old electricals to store and let our expert service partner, Team Knowhow, recycle them for free. They accept everything from computers to toasters, and floor cleaners to TVs.

Also, there are a number of plant pots in the plastic store in the church garden that are free to a good home, perhaps in preparation for the Eco day next year.

Green tips – avoid buying plastic plant pots

Re-use kitchen plastic like yoghurt pots, takeaway containers – perfect for seedlings. Afterwards you can recycle them in the council system; diverting plastic from landfill is well worthwhile.

Green tips – Eco talk – an environmentally friendly phone tariff

Eco talk is a phone tariff supported by Ecotricity which uses the profits from the tariff to buy land which is then dedicated to habitat for bees and butterflies.  It is a rolling monthly contract with no tie in – why not give it a try?www.ecotalk.co.uk

Don’t forget that we now have Brown Bins for: glass; cans; tins and plastic bottles.

The Blue Bin is now for: paper and cardboard.

Why not reuse your old Blue Box as home storage or maybe even make a decorative planter.

Green tips: Tips to save energy and money:

1) Turn the thermostat down                          6) Dry on the line for free

2) Switch off lights and appliances                   7) Always look for the best deal

3) Microwaves cook food quickly and cheaply    8) Try out an Energy Monitor

4) Save water, save money                             9) Don’t use portable heaters

5) Lower the washing temperature                  10) Keep the heat in

Green tips: Keep the heat in

Now it is much colder close the curtains before it gets dark to keep the heat in. Don’t drape them over the radiators as this sends the heat out of the windows. Close internal doors to keep the heat in the rooms you are in. Consider putting on an extra layer of clothing before turning up the heating.