On Earth Day (22nd April) I wrote a blog entry about the day and made 3 pledges as to how I was going to improve my impact on the earth. I’ve been asked how I’ve been doing with my pledges so I thought I’d give you all an update. As a reminder, my pledges were:
- Switch my TV/Phone/Internet bill to paperless billing.
I have now contacted my provider and flagged for my next bill to be electronic rather than mailed out to me in paper form. This has saved me £1.50 in charges, but more importantly it has removed the need for 4 or 5 sheets of paper to be sent to me, plus occasional leaflets included with the bill. I have therefore reduced the need for paper and transport costs for that letter.
- Attend the local farmers market to purchase more produce.
I missed the date of the local farmers market, but have now found their website (www.westmallingfarmersmarket.co.uk). I am away at Glastonbury for the next event so it’ll be a couple of months before I get to go to this one, so I’ll keep an eye out for another local one before then.
- Plant natural wild flowers on the allotment to encourage insects.|
This we have now done. We bought 6 large ceramic pots at auction and have purchased some beautiful plants with insect attracting flowers. The bees have been regular visitors already. We have also planted Comfrey, Chickweed and Yarrow seeds to start a wild weed area, all of these plants give a range of naturally occurring NPK when broken down – ideal for us to create a natural plant feed for the allotment.
So, that’s where I’m at with my pledges, how about you? Do let us know and I’ll share your accomplishments with our members…