Eco-Tips

The Knox Eco-Committee has created a comprehensive list of eco-tips to help you lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. By making these small changes, you'll be able to reduce your impact on the environment!

Eco-Tips

Published: Tue 15 Jan 2019

This one is a simple tip: turn off the water when you don't need it! This is especially important when brushing your teeth! There's absolutely NO use in letting the water run while you scrub your pearly whites! Only turn on the tap when you actually need it - it's that simple! Remember that fresh and clean drinking water is a finite resource and we really should value it!

Published: Thu 10 Jan 2019

One of the easiest things you can try doing this year is saying NO to straws! If you don't need a straw, don't take one! All too often, we take a straw, use it for a few minutes, and throw it in a bin. What a waste! It may only look like a small piece of plastic, but they still impact landfill waste and water pollution. A few stats...

  1. It takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose and they can't be recycled in most places.

  2. Plastic straws are the 11th most found ocean trash.

  3. Americans use about 500 million straws daily. That's enough straws to circle the Earth 2.5 times!

  4. Each year, 1 million sea birds and 100 000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic.

Those stats are pretty shocking so do your part and refuse straws!

Published: Wed 19 Dec 2018

Our final Eco Tip before the holiday break is a great one: bring your own reusable cup when you want to buy take away hot drinks! If you think ahead and put your reusable cup in your bag before leaving home, you'll save unnecessary waste from going to landfill. A few stats...

  1. Paper cups ARE NOT recyclable due to a wax lining that prevents the liquid from seeping through.
  2. In just 2 minutes, 10 000 paper cups are thrown away in the United Kingdom.
  3. 2.5 billion paper cups are thrown away in the United Kingdom each year.
  4. More than 7 million paper cups are used in the UK each day.

This is a HUGE amount of waste that we can all make an effort to avoid! The next time you go to a local coffee shop for your tea, hot chocolate or coffee, please please please say NO to that disposable cup! You might even want to make it your New Year Resolution to get a Keep Cup and to refuse paper cups!

Published: Tue 11 Dec 2018

With the holiday season upon us, the Eco-Committee would like you to think about the environmental impact of wrapping presents. Every year, a massive amount of wrapping paper is sent to landfills, making wrapping presents a wasteful practice. Most wrapping paper is recyclable, except for shiny, metallic, and glittery types of wrapping paper. BUT the good news is that there are environmental solutions to wrapping paper. For example, you can use gifts bags, which can be reused, you can wrap presents in plain brown paper and decorate it or you can even pack presents in old boxes (e.g. shoe boxes) and decorate the boxes. The idea here is to cut down on single-use items that end up in landfill! Be creative this Christmas and make an effort to wrap presents more sustainably!

Published: Tue 4 Dec 2018

Our Eco Tip this week asks you avoid paper towels and to opt for a more reusable and sustainable option instead: cloth napkins! Many brands of paper towels are actually made with a plastic fiber, so they are not fully compostable and if they're too dirty, they're not recyclable either! So the next time you want to use a paper towel, consider avoiding it and using an alternative to avoid creating extra waste!