To make a big change, we must all take small actions. Becoming greener and making an impact is easier than you might think. We have put together a range of blogs, articles, toolkits and checklists to help you make a start.
The IGNITION team are inviting university students, schools and youth groups to take part in a free-to-attend, in-person hackathon event to mark COP26.Read
Greater Manchester launches bid to become easiest place in the UK to be a zero carbon business.Read
Eight-week public consultation begins on 9 August, closing on 3 October. Residents, businesses and local stakeholders asked whether plan meets defined criteria and complies with councils’ duty to cooperate.Read
I committed to being a cycling Eco-birder 2 years ago and have since clocked up 5000 miles pedalling around the urban jungle of Greater Manchester. Bird Races are great fun on a bike and in Greater Manchester we have ten boroughs that are all a perfect size for an all-day birding and cycling session. I have been birding in the city region for more than 30 years, but I am still discovering new sites on the bike and have found some great birds whilst in the saddle such as osprey, kittiwake, great egret, black-necked grebe, Mediterranean gull, and green sandpiper.
Although becoming carbon neutral is important to our organisation, it’s a lot of work for a small team to put the measures into place. The Journey to Net Zero course has given me practical, step-by-step advice that has made it easy for me to lay the foundations for our organisation to be able to take action and achieve our goal of becoming carbon neutral.
I guess I’ve always been what you would call a conscious consumer. I’ve always detested plastic bags, all of my skin care products at home are plastic-free, vegan, and sustainable. My toothbrush is made of bamboo, there’s no plastic anywhere in the house. Everything in the salon has to be vegan – that was the first rule for me. We started with one brand of haircare products that was vegan, organic, and Fairtrade, but the distributor in the UK was wrapping all of the deliveries in plastic, and it felt really needless, so we ditched them.
We think our water fountain is INCREDIBLE, it’s the perfect place for people to ‘refill’ and help themselves to any of the free edibles we’ve got growing in Market Place. We’re so grateful to all the organisations that helped make this happen. Alongside the plastic free motion that was passed by council and helped us achieve our first Surfers Against Sewage objective and in turn our Plastic Free Community status, it shows real commitment in reducing plastic waste and supporting our community.
I’ve not really been a cyclist throughout my life, more of a runner to be honest. And certainly not commuted. But I just thought if I’m going to change, surely now is the moment to change. I’m feeling the personal benefits of doing it. You just feel better when you come into work. It clears your head. There are benefits of cutting congestion, cleaning up the air. Everyone benefits when people cycle.
The Business Growth Hub has given us focus and extra knowledge. They’ve helped us form the base to grow sustainably and work efficiently as a team while making us conscious of our environmental impact as a business.
We used to think we didn’t have enough time to shop on our local market because we were working; how wrong we were? We discovered it is an amazing place to shop for plastic free. We swapped tea bags for tea leaves and coffee jars for beans which we buy from The Market Grounds on Ashton Market – well worth a visit as the homemade cakes are delicious. All the stall holders have been amazing, not one of them minds us taking our containers to be filled with meat from the butchers. We get our bread, cheese, fruit and veg from the market too.
The reason I signed up to the Green Homes Grant scheme was two-fold, selfishly the measures will add value to the properties and make them more valuable in the future. But more importantly it benefits the tenants, keeping them warmer and prevents problems like damp and condensation. Ultimately measures like external wall insulations should keep tenants happier and ensure they remain in the house for longer.
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is providing a further boost to the ambitions of the Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership to create a thriving, inspirational and connected landscape. It supports the recovery of wildlife through habitat creation and improvement as well as community recovery through providing opportunities for local people to develop skills, knowledge and beneficial connections to their local natural environment.
The best part of upcycling is that old furniture is often better made than the equivalent flat-packed furniture we get today and with a little bit of time, love and care, you can create a completely unique piece of furniture for your home that no one else will have. I also love that these pieces of furniture have a history of their own and through transforming and updating them we can breathe a new lease of life into them.
Although we set out with a simple mission to reduce plastic waste, we’ve quickly realised that it’s just one piece in the sustainability puzzle. One of the biggest, but most easily attainable actions we can achieve is to look at where our goods come from and reduce the carbon footprint needed to get a product from manufacturer to consumer. Many of the products we stock are made by local, independent manufactures, who provide us with a wide range of things from reusable face wipes, wax food wraps, face coverings, soap bars, plant pots, kitchen cloths/sponges and butty bags.
Our aim is to start changing the habits of families in Greater Manchester by getting them to ‘borrow’ rather than ‘buy’ brand new toys. We’re making sure that toys can be reused again and again by children who need and want them – and they are not just sitting in a cupboard or under someone’s bed.
Thanks again to all the brilliant folk who braved the weather this weekend to plant trees in Gatley as part of @QGCanopy 🌳 Wet and muddy but very much worth the effort! #GMGreenCity twitter.com/QGCanopy/statu…
Trees do so much for all of us living in Greater Manchester, so why not join us and @QGCanopy in Gatley this weekend to plant one for the future? 🌳 Sign up for free here: bit.ly/3CQv2ku #NationalTreeWeek pic.twitter.com/MmFPUKegXs
We're proud to be a @QGCanopy ‘Champion City’. Join us to plant a tree for the jubilee at our Champion City tree planting day – Saturday 4 December at Gatley Hill, #Stockport. Sign up here 🌳 bit.ly/3CQv2ku #GMGreenCity
Improving the way we plant and manage our trees will provide benefits for generations to come 🌳 Check out @CityofTreesMcr's All Our Trees strategy for Greater Manchester to find out more: cityoftrees.org.uk/allourtree… #NationalTreeWeek #GMGreenCity pic.twitter.com/2J4l47rO2i
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