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use the right candles

Use beeswax or soya candles rather than standard parafin candles. Beeswax and soya is produced in a matter of months where as parafin takes millions of years to produce as it is derived from fossil fuel.

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Biodegradable bubble wrap

Use biodegradable bubble wrap, A totally biodegradable bubble wrap with a greenish tint, sold in rolls of 100 metre length, with 50-150cm width. Exposure to heat and moisture in landfill causes the polymers in this plastic to break down into particles that can be digested by microbes, leaving behind no toxic residues. It can be argued that these biodegradable polyethylene polymers use substantially less fossil fuels in their production than biodegradable PLA-based plant starch polymers, without diverting important agricultural land away from food production. Manufactured in the UK. Available from: www.greenstat.co.uk

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switch offf your monitor

Switch off your computer monitor when not in use. Even if only for 10 minutes. Your monitor uses twice the energy of your PC.

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interesting information

1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours. Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled. Each tonne of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 KW of energy and 7000 gallons of water. On average every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks. Incinerating 10,000 tonnes of waste creates one job, land-filling the same amount of waste creates six jobs but recycling this much waste creates 36 jobs.

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Don't leave your phone charger on 24/7

Switch off your mobile phone charger when it is finished charging. If you don't it will keep drawing almost as much energy as when charging and you will generate 35-70 kg of avoidable CO2 each year. In fact 95% of the energy used by mobile phone chargers in the UK is wasted energy

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