St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Opinion Piece

Green Myths Busted

You asked for it, so here it is! We hope you find this blog a useful resource for busting common misconceptions about being or going green. If there’s something you’ve heard conflicting things about, please let us know and we will do our best to clear it up for you. And if this blog does […]

Posted 27 July 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: answers, busted, difference, eco, economy, environmental, green, growth, impact, learn, myth, mythbuster, one planet, organic, permaculture, queries, Questions, recycling, renewable, soil, soil health, steady state, unsure, upcycling, water, York

Zero Plastic Fantastic – An update

Here Sam Taylor, our Recycling Coordinator (and driving force behind the challenge), discusses the highs and lows of the first month of Zero Plastic Fantastic with the team. Living plastic free, even if the only plastics you are realistically cutting out are “single use”, is hard. I don’t think any of us had expected or […]

Posted 28 April 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece, Recycling | Tags: challenge, PALL, plastic, plastic free, recycle, Reduce, reuse, zero plastic fantastic

Food: 600,000+ choices that make a difference every day

A report on 8th March 2017 One Planet York Mingle, by Ivana Jakubkova (St Nicks Events Officer who co-organised the event.) Food is something that we all need and it has big impacts far beyond our plates. With around 200,000 residents in York, we are talking at least 600,000+ food choices every day. These choices […]

Posted 21 March 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: apples for eggs, big lunch, edible york, food, food assembly, food miles, food not bombs, one planet living, sustainable food city, wwoof, york bike belles, yourcafe, Zero Carbon Britain

Making Waves: an introduction to renewable energy

This week our Recycling Coordinator Sam Taylor has swapped one resource for another in order to give us a quick and simple explanation of energy sources and renewables for British Science Week. If you are interested in physics (or even if you’re not), you may know that energy cannot be made or destroyed but is […]

Posted 15 March 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: anaerobic digestion, biomass, energy, renewable energy, solar, tidal, turbine, waves, wind

Recycling – Our most frequently asked questions

St Nicks Recycling Coordinator Sam Taylor held a Recycling Q&A session and this is what happened. Join us for our next Q&A on the 19th October 2016 on Twitter and Facebook. On 21st September we held our first ever Twitter Question and Answer session on my favourite topic… Recycling! I thought I’d share the most […]

Posted 10 October 2016 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece, Recycling | Tags: Christmas, City of York Council, Craft and Jumble, honesty, Information, Q&A, Questions, recycling, Research, reuse, terracycle, Twitter

Could hipsters be good for the environment?

After the success of our Gillian Clifton Guest Blogs (catch up here if you missed it!) the team here at St Nicks have decided to feature regular “opinion pieces” from staff and volunteers. They are intended to be a bit lighthearted and raise issues and conversations you might not have thought about before. We hope […]

Posted 27 July 2016 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: chocolate, circular economy, custard, fun, hipsters, opinion, recycle, reuse, sink, sustainability, upcycle