St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Tag: sustainability

St Nicks’ Volunteer Story: Natalie Rea

We caught up with our Precious Plastic York volunteer, Natalie Rea, and asked her some nosy questions about what inspires her and how she hopes to help St Nicks make a difference. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Natalie Rea. I am an Earth enthusiast. Having studied Geology for my undergraduate degree, […]

Posted 20 May 2021 | Categories: Inspiration, Interview, Waste and recycling | Tags: collaboration, community, design, education, innovation, interview, plastic, precious plastic, STEM, sustainability, volunteer, volunteering, zero waste

St Nicks’ supporter story: Tiphaine

Meet St Nicks’ supporter Tiphaine, who has shared her experiences of adopting a greener lifestyle with our Sustainability Officer Ivana. Would you like to share yours? Please get in touch.   Please introduce yourself in a few sentences. My name is Tiphaine, I am French and arrived in York five and a half years ago […]

Posted 25 March 2021 | Categories: Inspiration, Interview, One Planet Living | Tags: interview, one planet living, recycling, sustainability

Please think twice before getting a wood stove

Watching flames dance over logs or other dry wood is incredibly mesmerising and relaxing, especially if you know that it travelled just a few hundred yards from a well-managed forest (or a scrapheap). The Environment Centre stove is certainly one of its most popular features, even though it’s inadequate (more on that later). Yet, we […]

Posted 27 January 2021 | Categories: One Planet Living | Tags: air pollution, home, one planet living, sustainability, wood stove, zero carbon

What is sustainable living?

We often say that St Nicks’ aim is to promote and enable sustainable living. What we don’t often say is what we mean by that. A recent discussion amongst staff has highlighted the fact that it’s so much easier to agree on what isn’t sustainable, than what is. At the moment, most of us in […]

Posted 21 December 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: carbon footprint, Learning, making a difference, New Year's resolution, one planet living, sustainability, sustainable living

January highlights: meeting UK’s ‘King of No Dig’ and Open Day

Reflections on and pictures of two big January events, written by St Nicks Outreach Officer Ivana Jakubkova who can be contacted via ivana@stnicks.org.uk.   No Dig Gardening: talk & seed swap on 30th January We were extremely pleased last year when Charles Dowding accepted our invitation to visit York as part of his North of […]

Posted 12 February 2018 | Categories: St Nicks News | Tags: Charles Dowding, ci open day, climate change, compost, no dig, one planet living, sustainability

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

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