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Waste Less, Live More week

Waste Less, Live More week

Posted on 23 September 2014

Groundwork is joining more than 75 charities, businesses and organisations to support this year’s Keep Britain Tidy resource initiative, Waste Less, Live More Week which is taking place from September 22 – 28, 2014, to inspire new, creative and inventive ways to live better, within our environmental limits.

In a time where we are consuming more resources than ever, organisers Keep Britain Tidy, decided to make this year’s theme ‘Be Resourceful’, to help highlight the vast amount of resources going to landfill each year.

Each year the UK alone is putting over £3.8 billion worth of resources into landfill and evidence suggests that increasing rates of consumption and material possession are not necessarily leading to healthier societies and may in fact be damaging to our happiness and wellbeing.

Waste less, Live more Week is a week-long event that celebrates and demonstrates how to we can move to a more resourceful society, in order to create benefits for us as individuals, for our communities and our planet. Throughout the week the public will be able to take part in a Be Resourceful challenge, in partnership with the fix-all material sugru - an invention by young designer in the UK which helps make fixing easy and enjoyable.

Thousands of people have already registered to take part in the challenge which will encourage people to try borrowing rather than buying, fixing rather than replacing and to try turning their hand to making something from scratch rather than buying something ready-made. To find out more about the Challenge and to sign up visit www.wastelesslivemore.com/challenge

Throughout the week Groundwork will be supporting the campaign by producing recipe cards for the Walled Garden Community Cafe in Crawley. The recipes will advise customers what they can make using leftovers, specifically with leftover roast dinners. Also, a Groundwork garden has been a hit with the judges at this year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, landing both a gold medal and the best in show award. The 4m x 5m Be Resourceful garden is packed with autumn colour and designed to encourage visitors to waste less and live more. The garden, designed and built by Groundwork, makes the most of found objects and recycled materials, allowing people and wildlife to co-habit happily in a small space. This will help to show how people can improve their wellbeing while learning about and supporting the environment.

To find out more about Waste Less, Live More Week visit www.wastelesslivemore.com

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