As part of our Rich Mix Goes Green campaign, we will be posting monthly challenges.

 

THIS SEPTEMBER, WE CHALLENGE YOU TO SCRAP LESS PLASTIC

WHY? In the last 50 years our plastic consumption has changed the world, and not for the better. We produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year, that’s nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire human population. Plastic pollution in oceans has a drastic effect on sea life. Have you heard about the Great Pacific garbage patch? It’s a floating “island” three times the size of France that is made up purely of waste situated between Hawaii and California! 

It is important to remember that things haven’t always been like this and that there are steps we can take to help our environment recover. 

THE CHALLENGE:  

  • RECYCLE your waste where possible. If you don’t have access to a recycling bin, set up recycling collections. 
  • UPCYCLE packaging and clothing (which often contains plastics) that you may otherwise have thrown away.
  • MINIMISE your use of plastic by choosing non-plastic products where you can. 
  • GET INVOLVED Show us how you are getting on by tagging us at @richmixlondon and using the hashtag #RichMixGoesGreen 

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Of course it is not purely the responsibility of consumers to downsize our waste and use of plastic products, we also need to encourage big companies to do the same. 

If you’ve got useful resources that you think should be added to this list, please email us on marketing@richmix.org.uk. 


In August, we challenged you to RAISE AWARENESS around climate refugees and migrants.

 

WHY? For many communities across the world, displacement and worsening living conditions due to extreme weather conditions are already a reality. These can be caused by abnormally heavy rainfall, prolonged droughts, desertification, fires, rising sea levels or cyclones. On average, over 20 million people leave their homes and move to other areas in their countries each year due to environmental hazards.

 

THE CHALLENGE: 

  • READ UP about the global effects of climate change and how you can get active. 
  • SAVE THE DATE World Humanitarian Day is on Thu 19 Aug
  • JOIN a community that fights climate change.
  • GET INVOLVED: You can share more useful information and resources with us by tagging us at @richmixlondon and using the hashtag #RichMixGoesGreen 

 

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In July, we challenged you to BE AWARE of the wildlife in your local area.

WHY? Each of us has a part to play in ensuring our wildlife can thrive. Bees, birds, fish and other local wildlife are all hugely impacted by the choices we make.

 THE CHALLENGE:  

  • NOTICE all different species of plants and wildlife that exist in your local area.
  • SUPPORT your local wildlife by planting bee-friendly flowers, and buying locally sourced products.
  • BUILD a bird house, a bee house and/or a hedgehog hotel to help local wildlife populations.
  • GET INVOLVED: Show us how you are getting on by tagging us at @richmixlondon and using the hashtag #RichMixGoesGreen 

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Did you know that you can spot… 

  • Kingfishers in Walthamstow Wetlands and London Wetlands Centre
  • Parakeets at Kensington Gardens (or many other south west London parks) 
  • Deer in Richmond Park and Bushy Park 
  • Bats at the Alexandra Palace boating lake 
  • Little owls in Hyde Park 
  • Terrapins in Camden’s canals and waterways 
  • Hedgehogs in Hampstead Heath 
  • Pelicans in St James’s Park 

In June, we challenged you to GROW YOUR OWN. 

WHY? Growing your own benefits you and the environment. Long-distance transportation of produce relies heavily on fossil fuels. Growing your own food would help reduce the reliance on this transportation that is harming the environment. Also, by growing your own food, you are not using chemicals or pesticides that can harm environment. Plants also naturally clean the air and soil, so by growing new plants you are aiding this natural process. Gardening, whether it’s outside or from your windowsill, is also proven to positively impact your mental health. Even in small doses, interacting with nature is considered to improve self-esteem and mood. 

 THE CHALLENGE: 

  • SAVE seeds from tomatoes, peppers, chillies, or strawberries. You can also save unused garlic to grow your own garlic plant, or mint cuttings for your own mint.
  • PLANT some fruit, veg and herbs.
  • EXPLORE local community gardens and community farms.
  • GET INVOLVED: Show us how you are getting on by tagging us at @richmixlondon and using the hashtag #RichMixGoesGreen. 

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In May, we challenged you to WASTE LESS. 

WHY? Food waste is a bigger problem than many people realise. In fact, nearly one-third of all food produced in the world is discarded or wasted for various reasons. That equates to nearly 1.3 billion tons every year. While much of this waste takes place on an industrial level, we all have a part to play in reducing the amount of food that ends up in our bins. A report from Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in 2020 found that UK households have managed to reduce their waste by 7% in the last three years. However, we still waste 4.5m tonnes of food a year that could have been eaten, worth £14 billion. This amounts to £700 for an average family.

THE CHALLENGE: 

  • DOWNLOAD a food-saving app to pick up wasted food or share your own.
  • ORGANISE a food waste collection for your household, so that Tower Hamlets can repurpose your food waste and turn it into compost for farmers.
  • TRY a new recipe to use up your leftovers or extra produce. 
  • GET INVOLVED: Show us how you are getting on by tagging us at @richmixlondon and using the hashtag #RichMixGoesGreen.

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  • If you own or operate a food business, consider giving your leftover food produce to a local project such as Neighbourhood Biteswho distribute free hot meals for those in need.
  • Do you live on a street level property in Tower Hamlets? Then you can sign up for the food waste collections run by the council.
  • Apps like Olio and Too Good To Go are a great way to pick up free food that would otherwise go to waste, or give food out to someone else that wants it.
  • Support local projects working to reduce food waste and food poverty. Whether you can offer time as a volunteer or help by sharing their messages on social media, it all counts! Women’s Environmental Network have a fantastic list of places offering food support in Tower Hamlets.
  • Supermarkets have strict rules for how fresh fruit and vegetables have to look, and this creates huge amount of waste for produce that doesn’t fit those guidelines. Oddbox is an initiative that saves fruit and vegetables from going to waste. 
  • Experiment with making new recipes with your leftover food, Love Food Hate Waste have some great recipes.
  • Pickling, preserving and making kimchi or mango chutney can help use up fresh produce, and double as presents for friends and family. 

In April, we challenged you to POWER DOWN.

WHY? 2020 saw a boom in how much technology we use in nearly every aspect of our lives. While the energy needed for searching online or sending an email is small, the amounts of greenhouse gases emitted from each online activity add up. Powering down will also give your eyes a rest, save on electricity bills and increase the life span of your devices!

THE CHALLENGE:

  • TURN OFF five electrical items at the plug before you go to bed
  • SCREEN BREAK after 10pm. Close your laptop and put your mobile on silent (ideally in another room to where you sleep). This is proven to help your mental health too!
  • PLANT TREES by searching online via Ecosia. Add it to your bookmarks and/or home screen for ease.
  • GET INVOLVED: Show us how you are getting on by tagging us at @richmixlondon and using the hashtag #RichMixGoesGreen

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Come back to this page in May for updates and our next #RichMixGoesGreen challenge announcement.