15. SUSTAINABLE FISHING
On day 15 we’re saying no to farmed fish and heading over to Hastings to grab some sustainable and locally sourced fish! Open-net salmon farming is seriously harming our wild fish environments, with issues such as sea lice infestations, escaped fish upsetting the sea’s naturally balanced ecosystem and pollution leaking from these open farms. When you’re next picking up your fish dinner, choose line-caught fish wherever possible, which also tend to be of better quality than trawled or netted fish!
16. BAG FOR LIFE
At OH we’ve all committed to carrying a reusable tote bag at all times to avoid throwaway
plastics – why not join us? Since 2015, UK law has required large shops to charge 5p for all single-use plastic bags. Plastic takes thousands of years to degrade, harms wildlife and
is extremely visible when it litters our streets.
17. HERB GARDEN
Shockingly, food travels on average 1,500+ miles before being consumed. To try and combat this, we’re reducing the team’s carbon emissions and waste by having a lovely little herb garden in the office. Now we get to have the freshest, fertiliser-free herbs to add to our lunchtime soups from day 4!
18. UK HOLIDAYS
Day 18 and we’re lowering our carbon footprints by choosing to holiday in the UK.
By avoiding flights and instead driving or taking public transport, your carbon footprint can be decreased significantly. One of the OH team stayed at a lovely eco-retreat last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed being out in nature, switching off her phone and enjoying what her home country has to offer! Would you consider a UK holiday this year?
19. REFILL STORES
We’ve popped into our local refill store, Grocer & Grain in Brighton, where you can get package-free, zero-waste products – perfect for our 28 ways in 28 days! As well as loose fruit and veg, you can even find local stores that have refillable, eco-friendly cleaning and wash products. Where’s your local refill store?
20. WATER BUTT
Most plants prefer rainwater to tap water, and we’ve been inspired by gardens around Brighton that have a water butt to collect rainwater. We’ve thought of a few more tips for saving water for the garden: water your plants in the morning or evening to save water lost to evaporation; in dry weather give your plants a good soaking once or twice a week rather than lighter daily watering; use a watering can aimed directly at the roots rather than
pouring over the leaves.
21. TRUSTED THIRD PARTIES
It’s day 21 and our tip today is to find trusted third parties to do the research for you! We order all our office consumables from a company that only supplies eco-friendly products, putting our minds at ease when bulk-ordering our supplies. Local Brighton stores like Infinity Foods actively take products off their shelves if they become sustainably unsuitable. Infinity also has one of the largest selections of organic and natural foods, cosmetics and household goods in the South East! Have you got a trusted supplier near you?
22. SAVE A FLUSH
Around 30% of water delivered to the home is literally flushed away. A save-a-flush bag can reduce the volume of water used for toilet flushing and lead to big savings in water consumption. For this campaign, we’ve ordered our FREE save-a-flush bag from our local water supplier to help reduce our water consumption here at OH HQ – these nifty little devices that are easily installed into your cistern can save you 1L of water per flush! Check with your local water supplier to find out what water-saving products they can offer you.
23. SECONDHAND FURNITURE
We’ve been hitting the charity shops once again today, but this time looking to extend the life of some vintage secondhand furniture. In Brighton we’re lucky enough to have
loads of stores where donated furniture, electrical items and secondhand homewares are given a second lease of life.
24. REPAIR CAFÉ
Something we do every last Saturday of the month is the Brighton Repair Café, co-founded by none other than our own researcher, Victoria! She started BRC in November 2012, basing it on the Dutch Repair Café Foundation’s model. A few of the team popped along this weekend. Instead of just throwing items out and replacing them, they managed to fix a few. Run from the Hanover Centre, you can fix your bike, patch up your leather jacket, fix your broken vacuum or bring an old and loved vintage cardigan back to life! Have you got something you could fix rather than just replace?
25. SCHOOL IN THE WOODS
In Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv described a ‘nature deficit disorder’ in kids and their need for Vitamin N (nature). So as part of our 28 ways in 28 days campaign, we wanted to talk about Brighton’s Bee in
the Woods kindergarten/pre-school, which lets children explore and learn in a woodland environment, without walls, all year round. The school shares our understanding that nature boosts health, wellbeing and even self-esteem. Why not start your kids’ love for nature early!?
26. DAIRY ALTERNATIVES
At OH we love using a dairy alternative for our teas and coffees – not just for the planet, but also for the taste! CO2 emissions for these alternatives are significantly lower than dairy products and much better for animal welfare. Many of these dairy alternatives unfortunately come in Tetra Pak cartons which aren’t always widely recyclable. We’ve found a great local place to recycle our used cartons. You can visit www.tetrapakrecycling.co.uk to find out where you can recycle yours locally!
27. DIY COSMETICS
Drier, colder months can be murder for our lips! Instead of going out and buying a new lip balm – which is likely packaged in a plastic casing anyway – at OH, we’re making our own!
By melting and combining Shea butter, coconut oil and an essential oil of your choice, you can have your very own eco-friendly lip balm in no time!
28. THE ECO COMMUTE
Our last tip of the series is inspired by our practice’s founder, Oliver Heath. Just 1L of petrol creates about 2.3kg of CO2, so in order to keep his carbon footprint as low as possible, Oliver rides his bike into the office daily and the rest of the team is lucky enough to be
within walking distance – eco-friendly and healthy commutes all round! Is your commute as sustainable as it could be?
Oliver Heath Design is a sustainable architecture and interior design practice focused on improving health and wellbeing in the built environment. It specialises in creating more productive, happier and healthier spaces to live and work in, by improving the human connections to nature.
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