Our Diocesan HQ has begun the process to become a registered Eco Church as part of Bishop Paul’s ‘Going for Eco Diocese Gold mission’.
In March, Annie from Faiths4Change gave an introduction to Eco Diocese and supported staff to complete an ideas sharing activity. St James House has taken a number of quick win actions on office materials as a result including better processes for recycling printer toner cartridges, cardboard, IT equipment and paper.
All departments are now using an eco brick to fill with non recyclable clean plastic wrapping. Once full these are being given to Faiths4Change to use in community garden projects. Find out more about eco bricks here
Other ideas being explored include LED lighting, re-thinking the use of outside caterers (researching ones which take back packaging, use Fair Trade products and more) and more sustainable transport solutions.
We also wanted to have some fun on our journey to becoming an Eco Church so Faiths4Change coordinated a swap shop at St James House and employees generously brought in over 1/3 tonne of unwanted items for others to take away. Many colleagues attended on the day enjoying home-made cakes, truffles and a Fair Trade cup of tea while browsing the unwanted books, CD’s, clothing & shoes, pictures, baking kits and much more. Items that were left over were taken to Northwood Community Centre, Kirkby by Faiths4Change to share as part of their Green Up Northwood project monthly pop up swap shops.
Swap shops are a great way to engage people, no money is needed and there is no pressure to bring anything to be able to take away, if you’d like more information or support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org