Environmental Tips

STELLA MCCARTNEY’S TOP TIPS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

We all want to do the right thing for the environment, so Stella McCartney has put together her favourite tips for sustainable living. Anyone can easily fit them into their daily lives, but they make a big impact on our planet. Why not start today?

RECYCLE

Up to 60% of trash that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled. By recycling one glass bottle, you are saving enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.

DONATE UNWANTED CLOTHES

In the UK over 1.4 million tonnes of clothing are sent to landfill each year – donating them to charity avoids this fate and means someone else can enjoy them instead.

A few charities that except clothing donations:

INTERNATIONAL – Oxfam, Salvation Army, Dress for Success, Red Cross

UK – Traid

US – Goodwill

FRANCE – Emmaus

ITALY – Caritas

GERMANY – Humana

SWEDEN – Stadmissionen

JAPAN – Japan Relief Clothing Centre

CHINA – Shanghai River of Hearts

PRACTICE THE ECO-FLUSH

Use a plastic bottle filled with water to displace water in your flush tank: you will save up to 10 gallons a day.

KICK THE HABIT

Transporting water around the world and packaging it in plastic doesn’t make sense for the environment or your wallet. Switch to a filter and a reusable water bottle.

GREEN YOUR WARDROBE

Up to 80 percent of our clothing’s environmental impact occurs from washing and drying, which means you have the potential to have a big impact by reconsidering how you clean your clothes. Wash your clothes in cold water and hang rather than tumble dry. It’s better for the environment and for your clothes. For dry-clean only garments, try to find a drycleaner who uses only biodegradable materials.

MAKE DO AND MEND

Don’t cast a garment aside because it has a hole or a broken zipper – look for a local tailor who can give it a new lease on life (your local Stella McCartney store can recommend a local one for you).

BE A SAVVY SHOPPER

Invest in a reusable shopping bag and always keep it with you. It is estimated we use between 500 billion and 1.2 trillion plastic bags annually, 10% of which ends up in the sea – the result is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a giant floating rubbish-island in the North Pacific.

RECONSIDER YOUR COMMUTE

Billions of gallons of gas are wasted from commuters sitting in traffic each year. Why not reduce your impact by carpooling, taking public transportation, walking or biking to work. Many employers even have incentives for those who carpool or bike to work.

GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES

Everyone knows that organic is better for you, but not everyone can afford to buy organic produce all the time – so whether you have a back yard or a window box, why not plant your own vegetable garden. It is easiest way to guarantee organic and nothing taste better than homegrown veggies.

SWITCH TO ENERGY SAVING LIGHT BLUBS

The average life span of an incandescent light bulb is only 1,200 hours, while a compact florescent bulb on average lasts 10,000 hours and an LED bulb lasts 50,000 hours. Compact florescent bulbs and LEDs often cost more than incandescent bulbs, however they end up paying for themselves through energy savings and lifespan. LED bulbs have recently become more widely available and can be purchased though companies like Phillips. In addition to saving money, compact florescent and LED bulbs also have much lower carbon dioxide emissions.

CHOOSE FSC

FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and anything that has the FSC logo on it means that it was made from a sustainably managed forest. So look for paper, wood flooring, furniture, and other products that come trees that are FSC certified. By choosing FSC certified products you are assuring that you aren’t contributing to deforestation and that you are encouraging forest conservation and forest biodiversity.

LOCAL AND GLOBAL TREE PLANTING ORGANIZATIONS:

WORLDWIDE – Nature ConservancyPlant A Billion TreesAdopt and Acre

UK - The Tree Council, London -Trees for Cities

USA – Nation Wide - National Forest Foundation, Miami - Bio Planet USA and Million Trees Miami, New York - Million Trees NYC, Texas - Texas Tree Foundation, Los Angeles -Tree People and LA Conservation Corps

FRANCE - Kinome

CHINA – Shanghai – Roots and Shoots: The Million Tree Project, Hong Kong - Arc Eden

JAPAN - NGO Arena