If you're a local school, business or other organisation who's interested in getting involved in the campaign, please get in touch. We'd love to find out what you're doing and share it with the community. 

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CLEANER GREENER WANSTEAD is kindly sponsored by

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CLEANER JOURNEYS to cut back on fossil fuels & improve air quality

  • Make walking, cycling or public transport your first choice

  • Never leave your car engine idling

  • Shop locally

MORE PLANTS & TREES to give wildlife a helping hand & suck up carbon

  • ​Fill any outdoor space you've got with wildlife-friendly flowers and shrubs (see Wild Wanstead for ideas)

  • Plant more trees in your garden - probably the easiest way to offset carbon

  • Green up dead areas on driveways and patios

  • Don’t use chemical weed or pest killers

  • Try growing-your-own (herbs, tomatoes and green beans are easy)

LESS PLASTIC, WASTE & LITTER that’s blighting Wanstead & overwhelming the planet

  • REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE more

  • Pick items with less plastic packaging like loose fruit and veg

  • Carry a reusable water bottle and shopping bags
  • Never buy hot drinks in a paper takeaway cup (they’re non-recyclable!) Drink in or carry a reusable cup instead

  • Avoid using wet wipes or cleaning / beauty wipes (and never flush them away)

  • Reduce food waste and try composting old fruit and veg

  • Buy things to last and repair them if they break

​SUSTAINABLE HOMES & PREMISES through energy efficiency & green features

  • Buy renewable energy

  • Don’t leave electrical items on standby

  • Turn down the thermostat

  • Wash clothes at a lower temperature and hang them out to dry

  • Switch to LED lights

  • Pick smaller electrical appliances with a good energy rating

  • Put a green roof on your extension to help keep cool in heatwaves and reduce heating bills

  • Use the least possible paving when installing a drive or patio

 

LIVING LOWER IMPACT LIVES through what we choose to buy & do

  • Consume less dairy and meat (particularly beef and lamb)

  • Avoid food shipped by plane (e.g by opting for seasonal, British fruit and veg)

  • Only buy products that are palm oil free or made with sustainable palm oil 

  • Swap fast fashion for sustainable fashion

  • Pick environmentally-friendly cleaning products

  • Choose personal and beauty products that don't use micro plastics

  • Select things made from recycled materials

Look out for new ways wildlife is being encouraged in Wanstead's parks and green spaces too!

IDEAS FOR BUSINESSES AND ORGANISATIONS

Many people are sick of packaging, waste and products that harm the environment, but stuck without alternatives being provided. There’s a great opportunity on the High Street and around Wanstead to make an asset out of offering more sustainable options. Research shows many customers are willing to pay a premium to go green. 

If you're a local school, business or other organisation who's interested in getting involved in the campaign, please get in touch. We'd love to find out what you're doing and share it with the community. Contact us at: cleanergreenerwanstead@gmail.com 

CLEANER JOURNEYS to cut back on fossil fuels & improve air quality

  • Encourage walking and cycling among everyone your business or organisation touches (staff, customers etc)

  • Discourage car use

  • Use non-polluting vehicles

  • Stop drivers leaving the engine idling

MORE PLANTS & TREES to give wildlife a helping hand & suck up carbon

  • See every bit of outdoor space you have as a wildlife habitat (see Wild Wanstead for ideas)

  • Green up dead areas of hard surfacing

  • Plant hedges and trees as green barriers against car pollution

  • Have a container of wildflowers or native plants outside your entrance

REDUCING THE MOUNTAIN OF PLASTIC, WASTE & LITTER that’s blighting Wanstead & overwhelming the planet

  • Audit your waste and identify opportunities to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE more

  • Get rid of single-use plastics by offering sustainable alternatives

  • Work with your suppliers to reduce waste

  • Don't create unnecessary waste (e.g. receipts, packaging)

  • Encourage customers to bring their own reusable bottles, coffee cups, bags and food containers

  • Provide waste bins for people leaving your premises to reduce litter

  • Provide bins in outdoor seating areas and collect litter to stop it blowing around

  • Let people fill up water bottles

  • Make it easy for staff to bring their own lunch instead of buying take-away food

  • Recycle electronic equipment

​MAKING HOMES & PREMISES SUSTAINABLE through energy efficiency & green features

  • Buy renewable energy

  • Pick energy efficient electrical appliances

  • Opt for sustainable fixtures and fittings e.g. eco-friendly materials, recycled, upcycled

  • Upgrade to a high efficiency boiler (Cleaner Heat Cashback grants available from the London Assembly)

  • Switch to LED lighting

  • Use green walls and roofs to help manage temperature and reduce bills

LIVING LOWER IMPACT LIVES through what we choose to buy & do

  • Offer sustainable food and drinks and promote their green credentials (local, seasonal, organic, more veg, ethical meat etc)

  • Offer sustainable products – and make them easy for customers to find (e.g. in a plastic-free section)

  • Minimise food waste

  • Use recycled paper / napkins etc

  • Go electronic where appropriate to reduce printing

  • Buy green office supplies