St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: One Planet Living

Food for thought for World Vegan Month

When looking at ways to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, I have often thought about reducing my drive to work by cycling part of the way. Achieving the same reduction in my carbon footprint through simply cutting animal products out of my diet, even if only a couple of days a week, seems like […]

Posted 10 November 2017 | Categories: One Planet Living | Tags: carbon footprint, climate change, CO2 emissions, conservation, diet, environmental impacts, food, food security, greenhouse gases, one planet living, plant based diet, vegan, vegetarian, water

Recycle week 2017: How ‘not’ to recycle

It’s Recycle Week 2017 so that means it’s time for Recycling Coordinator Sam to dust off her keyboard once again… I have written quite a few blogs on waste this year, content on plastics seems popular, as does busting myths. This blog is going to be a bit different. First of all, let’s be completely […]

Posted 27 September 2017 | Categories: One Planet Living, Waste and recycling | Tags: challenge, contamination, food waste, gross, help, how not to recycle, how to, pizza, query, recycling, St Nicks, York

Coffee: it’s about so much more than taste…

Recycling Coordinator Sam Taylor looks at the  factors you may not think about when you buy coffee… Whenever we buy anything we are telling manufacturers and producers we are OK with how they package it, how they market it and even how they produce it. You may have heard the term “voting with your pennies” […]

Posted 25 August 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, One Planet Living, Waste and recycling | Tags: caffeine, coffee, cost, environmental impacts, landfill, plastic, recycling, sustainability, trash, waste, zero waste

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, One Planet Living, Opinion Piece, Waste and recycling | Tags: challenge, PALL, plastic, plastic free, recycle, Reduce, reuse, zero plastic fantastic

Plastic Myths Busted!

After getting tonnes of questions, our Recycling Coordinator Sam Taylor wrote a blog in the hope of clearing up some of the confusion around plastics… Aren’t all plastics recyclable? How do you make a plastic anyway? Why will you recycle a plastic bottle but not a yoghurt pot? Well, read on to find out the […]

Posted 16 February 2017 | Categories: One Planet Living, Waste and recycling | Tags: council, environment, materials, packaging, plastic, recycling, resin identification code system, waste, wastebusters, York

A Grinch’s guide to Christmas…waste!

Our Recycling Coordinator Sam Taylor shares her tips for reducing waste at Christmas. Please always check with your local council if you are unsure whether materials are recyclable at the kerbside. This is my “bah humbug” approach to Christmas. Not really. I love Christmas, but I hate waste and for some reason Christmas really is […]

Posted 21 December 2016 | Categories: One Planet Living, Waste and recycling | Tags: Christmas, Christmas Tree, environmental, Gift, Grinch, Indulge, Legacy, Lights, Olio, presents, recycling, reuse, tree, Wrap, York