The Results of This Year’s Green Impact at DMU

This year, our Green Impact scheme at DMU has been outstanding! And like each year before, Sustainable DMU enjoys celebrating the accomplishments of staff and students who have been involved, by hosting an awards Ceremony for those involved. Please follow the link to find out more information about the scheme.  http://sustainability.nus.org.uk/green-impact

The ceremony is an opportunity to recognise the accomplishments of both staff members and students who have participated in the Green Impact project. This year the teams have completed 700 environmental actions including actions on waste reduction, recycling, saving energy reducing carbon emissions and engaging with other staff members in their directorate and faculty. Nearly 5000 actions have been completed over the course of the 7 years that De Montfort University have been involved in the scheme.

The NUS Green Impact scheme allows staff and students to use an online workbook, which has a range of environmental actions which combined will significantly help to reduce carbon footprints on campus; these range from fairly easy actions, to much larger and slightly more difficult actions. Those who have been involved with the scheme for a number of years will be able to progress towards a higher level of achievement, having completed the other easier tasks in previous years, whilst those who have just joined will complete easier actions.

The scheme helps to break down boundaries and to build staff and student relations as staff notably appreciates the input that the students have had in aiding with their progress. It also offers students the opportunity to build their personal portfolios, with an Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) accredited environmental auditing scheme, whilst staff are able to prove that they can actively adapt to change and are contributing to a more sustainable future at DMU.

On the day the ceremony was hosted by Environmental and Sustainability Officer Karl Letten, Green Impact Frontrunner Sebastian Schellerer and Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner Rebecca Mason in the Trinity Chapel. The room was packed full of excited guests ready to receive a well-deserved award handed over by guest, Professor Paul Fleming from the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) in the Faculty of Technology.

The ceremony began at 12pm and ran until 1pm beginning with a short discussion from Karl Letten about the Green Impact scheme and the work that has been achieved so far; this focused mainly on the past year and was followed by a speech from NUS representative, Rachel Soper, as well as thanks and praise to the teams and to Karl from both Frontrunners, Sebastian and Rebecca.

After introductions and thanks, it was time stuck into handing out the awards!

The awards handed out were as follows:

Bronze

FOTAC

QEII Leisure Centre

Silver

4th Floor Flyers

Strategic and International Partnerships

Gold

Learning Support Centre

ITMS

Green POD

Excellence

Estates Development

Estates Services

Student and Academic Services

Finance Greens

Executive, Governance and Legal Services

Special Awards

ITMS – Innovation

Green POD – Engagement

ITMS – Community

Learning Support Centre – Most Improved Team

QEII Leisure Centre – Best New Team

Environmental Hero’s

Student – Cybeles Nunziata

Student – Sara Williams

Student – Wing Tang

Staff – Amanda Thorley

Project Assistants

Sara Williams

Quinn Franklin

Nizam Patel

Cybeles Nunziata

Environmental Auditors

Richa Singhal

Sara Williams

Quinn Franklin

Gaza Nathaniel

Cybeles Nunziata

Special Projects for the Excellence Awards

Green Impact team who have previously gained the Gold standard award have the opportunity to undertake a special project on an environmental topic of their choosing. These special projects are awarded with an Excellence standard.

The first project was run by  Student Academic Services, Estates Development and Estates Services, who organised and ran two biodiversity projects including bulb planting on the grass area in front of the Edith Murphy building and outside of the Kimberlin Library. The bulb planting element used bulbs which produce flowers rich in nectar which is ideal for bees when they come out of hibernation. The second element of the project was a bat box making workshops which included background information on bat ecology from Conservation Officer Nathalie Cossa who is fluent in all things bats from the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. Nathalie presented on the lives of bats, how they are going extinct and how we can help them out.

The second project was run by the Finance Team who worked towards reducing paper use and recycling by cleaning out their archives and moving some forms to electronic formats so they would not need to print them off; they also ran iPad training sessions for senior management. Through their efforts the team managed to recycle over 210 bags of paper which is a tremendous achievement.

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The third was run by Trinity House and is an ongoing project focused around biodiversity in the gardens that is looking into the possibility of having beehives on campus. The project is currently in the process of bringing in a local ecologist to come and give advice on the project.

Our top performer this year was the ITMS team, winning four separate awards

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Whilst our environmental heroes shone with their awards…

We were excited to welcome the Queen Elizabeth II Leisure Centre as our best newcomer.

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All award winners received a goody bag handmade from recycled newspaper which included a bicycle seat cover, a recycled drinks bottle, a Divine Fairtrade chocolate bar, a pedometer and instructions on how to make your own paper bag.

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You can download this template to make your own recycled newspaper (or paper) bag here… http://www.noteworthy.com/templates/paper_bags 

Special thanks go out to the Estates Maintenance Services gardening team, who spent a lot of their time assisting with projects and by providing materials to do so.

Each year involvement with the Green Impact scheme advances; next year we expect the amount of teams to grow and produce some brilliant projects and subsequent results! All those at DMU are welcome to join in and we appreciate any level of involvement.

If you would like to get involved with the Green Impact scheme next year, please get in touch with Karl Letten, Environmental and Sustainability Officer (kletten@dmu.ac.uk).

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Rebecca Mason, Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner

Are Forest Green Rovers FC the greenest football club in the world?

If you are a football fan, this could be the reason to go green this summer.

Forest Green Rovers Football Club (FGR FC) are one of a small handful of football clubs which are actively trying to reform the image of their club by adapting their approach sustainability.

Bayern Munich of Bavaria, Germany have long followed some eco standards, using the same technology as the Forest Green Rovers for their pitch, but the Forest Green Rovers have taken it to a new level and have since become internationally renowned for their efforts.

Changes began in 2010 when Dale Vince became the major shareholder in the club; having surely caught the eco bug, the club has since achieved 7 huge environmental actions, and are currently planning to complete 7 more. Efforts include the use of an automatic lawn mowing ‘Mobot’ from Tesla, photo voltaic solar panels, irrigation systems and rainwater harvesting, enabling them to soon be independent from the water mains.

The club have also attracted a lot of attention by taking red meat off of the menu; this quickly followed by going completely meat free, also helping to adjust attitudes of the footballers by presenting a path to achieving a healthier lifestyle inside and outside the walls of the club. Defender Aarran Racine claims “it is a bit of a shock to some, but you get used to it – I have done anyway, I like it”.

In 2012 the Forest Green Rovers achieved the gold standard for environmental performance from the Eco-Management and Audit-Scheme (EMAS) which of course struck the need to adapt the colour of the kit to their green image…rightly so!

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Dale Vince, founder of ‘ecotricity’ and the electric highways, is the master mind behind all of this eco action; Vince hopes that by spreading the eco message within the football world, it will enhance the clubs’ reputation and influence others to go green.

In hopes to impact the local economy, Vince has had each member of the squad driving a Nissan leaf with the FC’s logo to raise awareness about the club and their cause and has extended a helping hand to support other green gannets by installing an on-site charging point for electric and hybrid cars, ensuring fans are able to drive and park at the club without worrying about running out of charge.

The future for Forest Green Rovers, is also looking a bright shade of green, with plans in place to build an eco-venue similar to that of their ‘Green Britain Centre’ in Norfolk and if the team win against Bristol Rovers, Vince wants the team to go vegan, he claims that as the club claims more victories, the team will attract further attention thus increasing their duty of care.

As the club opens its gates to the local public for learning purposes, Vince hopes that the linked efforts of the club and the footballers will entice younger visitors, from schools to be inspired by and follow the footsteps of local stars and role models.

See their full environmental mission: https://www.forestgreenroversfc.com/about-forest-green-rovers/ecotricity-and-forest-green-rovers/greening-up-football

Sports teams are only just adjusting to the changes in the environment, however systems are being put in place to support this shift; Sport England have even dedicate part of their website to enabling clubs to calculate their carbon footprints! Check it out: http://www.sustainableclubs.co.uk/energy-calculator/

It’s great to see sports clubs taking initiative to create a positive impact, and is a giant step towards a greener future.

Written by Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner – Rebecca Mason

Green Impact Awards Ceremony 2015 – 2016

Green Impact Awards Ceremony 2015 – 2016

On Tuesday 24th May, we will be hosting the ‘Green Impact Awards Ceremony’ to show our appreciation to staff and students who took part in efforts to improve environmental performance and reduce carbon footprints at DMU as part of the Green Impact scheme.

Green Impact (http://www.green-impact.org.uk/ ) is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme that is organised by the National Union of Students (NUS), which runs in various universities around the UK and is soon to spread into the NHS, Local authorities and other businesses. It teaches simple ways to tackle environmental issues internally, with the hope that these will in turn become daily practices used at the respective workplace.

The scheme works under the basis that staff teams in different faculties and departments at the university aim to complete a criteria of actions comprised of small and large tasks over the course of the academic year. Different levels of achievement can be obtained by completing the tasks that fall under one of the categories which are bronze, bronze+, silver, gold, and excellence. Student volunteers support staff by auditing progress to help staff to achieve these goals;this helps to build positive relationships between staff and students.

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The scheme has been running for 7 years and in total has seen nearly 5000.environmental actions achieved. This year however saw 700 environmental actions completed by staff and student teams and a number of environmental projects have been run including building bat boxes, planting wildlife friendly bulbs on campus to increase biodiversity, and reducing paper use in our Finance Directorate.

Other participating teams undertook environmental tasks which included:

  • Putting up signs which explain how to use double sided photocopying
  • Setting printers to duplex by default
  • Using tap water instead of bottled water in meetings
  • New staff have an environmental induction
  • They produce a lighting and equipment responsibility plan to make sure all equipment is turned off at the end of the day

 

Written by Rebecca Mason – Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day was born out of the Environmental movement that began in the 1970’s;  and the celebration is now in it’s the 46th year and is growing with each passing celebration.

The movement began as a reaction to a huge oil spill in Santa Barbara which shook the world. Before this movement, thinking about the consequences that our actions might have on the environment was not commonplace. As we continued to guzzle fuel and consume at our own conveniences, this has unfortunately, over time resulted in serious consequences.

Scientists around the world have been carrying out research to get to grips with the weight of the issue and the problems we face; their research has provided devastating outcomes, proving the huge impact long term actions have led to.

Our mass consumption and need for materials has depleted forests and land; due to tree felling and commercial/ residential building, resulting in the displacement, extinction and endangering of thousands of species of animals around the world. Our unabated use of fossil fuels has also created a ‘greenhouse effect’, brought about by the build-up of gases such as methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) at an unmanageable rate, subsequently leading to Global Warming and the accelerated rise in sea levels.

Although this information arose years ago, our reactions have been slow; it has only been in recent years that we have seen change in our thoughts towards the environmental issues. Last year the Paris Climate Summit marked a step towards change for many, but is it really enough…? In order to make change happen nationally and worldwide, we must tackle these issues on a personal, community based and local level.

Today, many around the world are getting stuck in to do their bit to help their environments and raise awareness. You can find out where this is happening closest to you, and get involved by clicking here.

If you’re in Leicester, you can do your bit by joining Leicester’s annual earth day clean-up, on April 24th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. where they will be meeting at the Town common to get stuck in! http://keepmassbeautiful.org/event/leicester-annual-earth-day-clean/

We’ve compiled a list of 10 top tips for you to do to keep your carbon footprint at an all time low and become part of the growing movement!

  1. Leave lights off
  2. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!
  3. Donate to charity
  4. Shop Fairtrade, local, seasonal, organic and unpackaged
  5. Go meat free
  6. Re use your shopping bags
  7. Donate to charity
  8. Walk/ bike to work
  9. Make sure your coffee is Fairtrade or part of the rainforest alliance and use a reusable cup
  10. Keep electricals off and unplugged, but if you must stay online, go paperless

Remember these tips can be used everyday, long term! If you are looking for more information about how to keep your carbon footprint low, FOR GOOD, check out this great website http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/

Action on Climate Change

Recently we have seen major calls for action against climate change, with the Climate Conference of the Parties (COP21) in November – December of 2015 which saw the joining of world leaders from across the world to draw up plans to combat some of the environmental issues that lay ahead; even students have begun to campaign for their institutions to move investments into ethical funds…and by ethical, we mean fossil free!

Unfortunately it isn’t that easy, for example…aboard the Titanic, the iceberg that sunk the ‘unsinkable’ ship was spotted from miles ahead, but unfortunately the crew still couldn’t direct its course far enough away in time without tearing the hull of the boat leaving those aboard to sit and wait for the destruction to happen.

A lesson that we have learnt from the Titanic is that nothing is indestructible, however, it’s often a lesson we forget to remember…

Much like those aboard the titanic did after the iceberg hit, mankind are beginning to notice the impact of Global Warming on the environment, starting with the preliminary flooding, which can be applied quite literally to recent events that have happened in the North of England, from extreme weather conditions. Things are set in course and whether we like it or not, we’ll be bearing the brunt of the tear in our ecosystem caused by global warming.

Daniel Bodansky claims that ‘Although the greenhouse warming theory was put forward more than a century ago by the Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius (1896), climate change did not emerge as a political issue until the 1990s’ now we have begun to notice that those who perhaps before brushed off the term as a passing phrase in a conversation about the weather, are beginning to realise that the subject of global warming is more serious than first thought. Global Warming is here, and we’ve been naming it too. The most recent product is called Storm Imogen…?

However, even though more developed countries like the UK, America, China and others, have generally caused a large majority of environmental damage, those taking the first hit on the front line are developing countries with significantly less wealth like Africa and Syria, whose involvement in causing global warming has been little, if not at all.

Many argue, including Prince Charles himself that global warming is to blame for factors which are not automatically associated with climate change; although in England, unrest has been caused by floods; those in developing countries with little to protect themselves from dramatic changes have been severely affected. Prince Charles and others have argued that the current war in Syria, and the subsequent fleeing of refugees, has been directly impacted by droughts lasting up to 6 years, which have left farmers with little livelihoods as land becomes un-farmable and unable to produce food for families and for selling.

You can see below the interconnections with climate change and geopolitical activities from the World Economic Forum…

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http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/climate-adaptation-is-key-to-managing-interconnected-global-risks (READ MORE)

So what are we doing about it!?…

The first world climate conference took place in 1979 and in 1992 countries joined in an international treaty called the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to build a cooperating agreement to combat climate change to put together coping strategies with inevitable changes and to reduce further impact and damage.

In order to strengthen these agreements negotiations began in 1995 and the Kyoto protocol was subsequently created in 1997; ‘The Kyoto Protocol legally binds developed country Parties to emission reduction targets. The Protocol’s first commitment period started in 2008 and ended in 2012. The second commitment period began on 1 January 2013 and will end in 2020.’ (http://unfccc.int/essential_background/items/6031.php )

Since the first conference, world leaders have joined annually to discuss climate issues; the most recent being the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) ending on December 12th.

Marches took place in towns and cities, including one of the biggest marches being held in London, many of whom also went on to march in Paris, to show their support for climate change.

COP21 saw some demands for action for the countries that are suffering under the hand of developed countries; in 2014 ‘$62 billion were raised…by developed countries to help developing countries cope with climate change’ as a form of compensation and to build barriers against future climate catastrophes, showing that this is a marker that can be carried through.

Although climate change is on the minds of many, difficulties have arisen when attempting to implement change swiftly due to lack of support from companies with major power and by governments; those at the conference of the parties have been criticized for not focusing on the pressing matters or putting strategies in place to improve economies, renewable relationships and punish those who do not stick to their word, making it easier for governments to take a laid back approach to climate issues.

Many groups have formed in response to the issues that lie ahead try to impact change from a bottom up approach and tackle issues which can be more easily influenced by those with little power and money, which will by way of general consensus, put pressure on those in power to focus on the issues at hand and make change.

Some examples of some well-known organisations are Greenpeace, C40, PETA, Friends of the Earth and People and Planet. People and Planet are a student network that campaigns for issues that are important to students, one of the campaigns People and Planet are currently focusing on is the ‘Fossil Free’ movement and has seen many students taking it upon themselves to encourage their institutions to remove investments of up to £5.2bn from collective UK universities and colleges out of the fossil fuel industry (divest) and into renewable sources, slowly hoping to break down the corporate oil and gas industries.

Environmental sustainability is a hot topic on everyone’s lips at the moment, the recent changes in ecosystems have proven that this isn’t something to sit back and expect things to work itself out. With a 2 degree rise in temperature set in course for the next 15 years, strategies must be put together to implement change and in turn environmentalism has filtered itself into many different practices – organisations, jobs, research, learning, building and even daily lives; it is important that this continues to happen to pressure those with the power to make big decisions, to make the right decisions.

Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/sustainableDMU and Facebook www.facebook.com/sustainableDMU for more details about our work.

How to keep your personal environments eco-friendly in an urban environment.

Many cities (Including Leicester) have vowed to take the sustainable plunge and go 100% renewable by 2050. As a city is built up of thousands-millions of people, this can seem like more of a difficult task, but it’s important to work together and back each other up so that cities can hit this target.

However, in a fast paced built up city, it can be hard to stay eco-friendly whilst everything else bustles around you and busy lifestyles get in the way of what can seem like second thought decisions.

When it comes to being green, we instantly think of recycling or using less packaging in general; however you could be taking things to the next level without noticing a huge change in effort!

Outside

If you have garden space, even if it is small you can help it to thrive by choosing to make that space as habitable for birds and insects as possible, this doesn’t even mean doing that much!

Fill up a soil patch in your garden using this guide to see what type of plants you can grow all year round which will help with biodiversity https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/pdf/conservation-and-biodiversity/wildlife/rhs_pollinators_plantlist, whilst also helping to boost this biodiversity by putting up small bird baths, bird huts, bird feeders and bug hotels.

Bird House – http://www.birdsandblooms.com/backyard-projects/diy-birdhouse/

Bird Bath – http://theselfsufficientliving.com/20-homemade-diy-bird-bath-ideas-to-attract-birds-to-yard/

Bird Feeder – https://www.forestholidays.co.uk/forestipedia/build-a-bottle-bird-feeder

Bug Hotel – http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/thingstodo/inaweekend/bug-mansion.aspx

You can also keep a bucket lying about for watering plants on days of drought.

Not all of us have the time to spend pruning garden plants, so if you don’t have the time to tidy up your garden everything few weeks, that works out okay too! By leaving old plants to break down, it isn’t so aesthetically pleasing, but creates a great habitat for animals and bugs, but be careful not to let dominant weeds take over as they can steal nutrients from soil, which is needed by other plants.

Inside

By growing your own vegetables and fruits and then composting them, this creates a great circle of life, giving you less dependency on shops and helping to sustain the environment. To give your plants the possible quality soil you can compost waste foods which are no longer able to be eaten by you or by a dog/ cat etc.

When keeping areas clean, use eco-friendly house cleaners such as Ecover (http://uk.ecover.com/en/) who are a cleaning products company that use natural ingredients in their products.

House plants are a great way to keep the place looking cheerful, but also for keeping the air clean. With astronauts up in space on cramped aircraft that have little oxygen supplies, sustaining air quality is important; you can find out what plants NASA researchers have chosen as the best air cleaners here – https://www.lovethegarden.com/community/fun-facts/nasa-guide-air-filtering-houseplants

Keeping recycling bins in convenient locations will ensure that you can keep on top of recycling without having to trudge downstairs; stick up some signs above the bins so that you stay on track with what to put, where. You can find out what you can recycle here – http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/803396/recycle-chart

By fixing problems in the house they you can keep your house running more sustainably; add insulation behind radiators and to your windows to keep the heat where you want it to be! (Tip: by turning your ceiling fan backwards you can push the heat that has risen down again)

Out and About

Getting involved with clean-up or planting projects around town are hugely beneficial for the individual and for surroundings; this not only means that you have the chance to help keep where you live looking and feeling good an, but it’s also a great opportunity to get out of the house and get your mind focused on something that isn’t work related. You might even be able to put together your own planting project!

 

 

Get on top of those small not-so-eco -friendly habits.

 

Thinking generally, you could probably break your life down into a number of categories, this doesn’t stand the same for everyone, but helps to identify some main groups.

What many don’t realise is that when seeking ease and comfort, expenditure increases dramatically, but can in fact create less comfort in other areas of life. By thinking about how you consume, you cut out the need for relying heavily on others and also pressures in other areas of your life.

Study

Habits

Print off as little as possible, back up files and keep them online, this reduces waste and saves time, money and trees.

By using a laptop this will also save more energy than using a desktop computer, however keep it energy efficient with continued maintenance.

Long hours in the library mean food cravings and coffee breaks…keep a flask on hand and think ahead with a packed lunch of Fairtrade treats.

Research

Perhaps factor in some environmental issues, facts and figures into your studies, and spread the message to get everybody else on board. Many don’t realise the implications of long term habits until research is carried out which shows comparative figures, by researching into this, you can teach others to cut carbon footprints with the shock factor.

Job

Office

            Offices chuck out so much waste, from paper, to ink cartridges, to electricity; however, with long term rules and habits set in place, it’s difficult to make change happen. Unfortunately, not everybody will be as environmentally focused as others; however it isn’t too hard do to just a little bit that will make a great difference…

Ensure your office uses recycled paper, and also recycle your paper and other waste. Make sure everyone switches off their computer at the end of the day, even at the wall, install energy efficient lights and use other energy efficient electrical items such as laptops and kettles.

Health

Keeping healthy by getting up and about and cutting down on things like smoking, bad eating habits and generally being a couch potato, will help to put less pressure on your body and on healthcare services.

Hobbies

Many of us have been a bit guilty of slacking off or procrastinating with a hobby that keeps us happy, for instance, playing guitar, drawing or reading a book. If you’re into reading books, perhaps you can donate the ones that you have already read and have no future plans for, and switch to a hi-tech reading method such as using a kindle.

If you like to play guitar or the drums, keep it unplugged and use less electricity.

Home

Décor

Go zero waste…reuse, make and mend, recycle, compost and give to others.

There are some really simple ways to cut down on energy usage at home, such as using a colder setting on your washing machine (30 degrees) and doing a large load on a quicker was, unless clothes are really soiled they shouldn’t need any longer than 30 minutes. Refrain from using a tumble dryer by hanging clothes outside or on a rack.

Self

            5 minutes in the shower will use around 25 – 30 litres of water. Keep shower time to a minimum and use a water efficient shower head and instantly save money on water bills.

Ensure your clothes suppliers practice fair trading and equal pay for workers, and buy second hand, pass it down or go to charity shops wherever possible http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop

Get sturdy shoes made from natural materials, which will last a lifetime and when investing make up, make sure it is natural and kind to skin, but also not tested on animals.

Food

We live in a luxury world where we can get our hands on almost anything we want throughout the year even if it isn’t in season, whether that’s strawberries, or coconut. Growing your own vegetables and fruits cuts out the carbon footprint of transporting veg and fruit from other countries and also cutting the costs that you would pay for the product itself if bought from a store. A big plus is knowing that unwanted pesticides usually used on mass grown crops won’t be an issue for your health or the environment.

If you can’t grow your own and have to buy foods in, find a local market which sells locally grown produce and use a handy cotton bag to take it home in. If you have no market nearby try to buy Fairtrade.

Social

Nights Out

On a night out, try a microbrewery, where beer is made on site, this cuts out the need for transporting the beer from other places, microbreweries tend to cut the chemicals too, which means less of a hangover in the morning. (It usually tastes better too)

Gigs, Theatre, Clubbing…

Unless the walk to the strip is an hour away, walking somewhere will always be more energy and cost efficient and will also be better for your health. If you plan to go with a friend, you can share a car or a taxi to get there, or perhaps you could just take a taxi on the way back (when you’re less coherent) and walk to the club on the way there; keep some foldable flats in your bag if you’ve had enough of the heels…http://www.scholl-shoes.com/gb_en/ballerine-flats/pb-bow-syn-w-black-3.html

Nights In

Nights in give you the opportunity to choose exactly how your night goes, this means you can choose to have the most enjoyable eco-friendly night possible.

If you’re thinking about sitting down with a glass of wine, make sure it’s from the UK or France and is boxed in cardboard; not so classy, but you can fool people by decanting the wine. This chops a large amount off of the carbon footprint, by cutting out airtime.

Get your hands on a growler (reusable beer bottles) and fill them up at a local bar or shop, this way you cut out the packaging process and use of extra unnecessary materials.

Experiences

Choose to go to a festival that is environmentally conscious this year, make sure you pack waste bags, make good use of the recycling spots and take all of your stuff home with you.