Thursday, 25 August 2011

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

EMERGE WANTS YOU! Become a Zero Waste Champion today!

EMERGE'S Zero Waste Challenge is up and running, so it's time to join in!

It's been an exciting few weeks here at EMERGE and today's no exception, so let's get cracking and have a chat about our Zero Waste Challenge Project.
Now, any of you fine folk that are following us on Twitter will have hopefully seen a few posts by yours truly about Nigel- one of our Champions - who is keeping a daily blog about his progress. It's a cracking read and highly recommended! Nigel is just one of the many people we have taken up the challenge of reducing the amount of rubbish you thrown away to as close to zero as possible in one month.

The average person in the UK throws away seven times their own body weight per year.
It's a shocking fact, isn't it? Just think about all that rubbish- where does it go? Well, the simple answer is landfill, and I think we can all agree that's not an acceptable solution.
By reducing waste we;
  • conserve resources
  • combat climate change
  • reduce land, water and air pollution
  • save money
The best bit is that it's something that you (yes, you) can do something about. Making a positive difference to the environment can be as easy as not buying yoghurt and eating fruit, it could be re-using old containers and not throwing them out. Zero Waste sounds a bit daunting, but it is by no means not attainable.

Manchester is such a wonderful city and one that us at EMERGE love. We're combining the 15 odd years of experience we have with reusing, recycling and reducing we have with the Zero Waste Project to make the city a sustainable and waste-free place to live.

Not only individuals can become involved: if you are a community group or a small business wanting to help reduce waste you can take up the challenge too!

Just one small thing like watching what you throw away could make a huge difference to the environment. So, are you up for the challenge?


Wednesday, 3 August 2011

5 ways to reuse yoghurt pots

Having been inspired by one of our fantastic Zero Waste Champions, Nigel, I have decided to share a few tips on what to do with those hard-to-recycle yoghurt pots.
  1. Flower pots. Quick and easy, a great way to separate out young plants until they are ready to be moved to bigger things. Make sure you put a few holes in the bottom though!
  2. Paint pots Now, I always remember as a kid having those days where my sister and I took over the dining table with all sorts of paints, crayons and other crafting things. We always needed something to decant the paint into something and a yoghurt pots were always available.
  3. Screw, nails, etc storer If your a big DIY fan you can store any random screws in yoghurt pots. You can write on the pot and keep them on a shelf for future use- you never know when you might need them.
  4. Candle Moulds Saw this one on another site- the small yoghurt pots are great for moulding candles in apparently! Just make sure they are heat-resistant.
  5. Piggy Banks The bigger pots with the sturdier lids can be used by all ages as a great money saving box. Just cut a hole in the top and throw your pennies in!
So, I hope that helps!!
Good luck Nigel!