How you can get involved
The Club have been making changes to the way we operate as an organisation to become more sustainable, but you can make a huge difference individually!
We really want to hear about the changes all NCFC fans have made to become more sustainable in your everyday lives.
Look through these sections for some simple, easy ways to make small changes to your normal routine, that can lead to a bigger impact overall.
Let us know what you are doing by emailing Sustainability@canaries.co.uk so we can really see how we are all becoming #GreenerTogether.
- Take reusable bags with you when you go shopping
- Try to buy fruit and vegetables loose or in brown paper bags rather than in plastic packaging.
- Shop local where possible to save on transport emissions
- Swap fast fashion for sustainable fashion. Try charity shops, vintage stores, and ethical suppliers and fabrics, or at least think about cutting down on new clothes purchases.
- Find out if there is a zero-waste shop near you for refills on food essentials such as pasta, rice, pulses, and household cleaning products like washing up liquid and multi-purpose cleaners.
- If buying new appliances, try to choose low energy options with A+++ ratings
- Try to buy 100% cotton sustainable clothing.
- Shower gel and shampoo can be replaced with solid alternatives such as soap and shampoo bars, eliminating the need for a disposable plastic bottle and the non-recyclable pump that often comes with it.
- Think about swapping to a green energy supplier.
- Make sure to turn off lights and other electrical appliances and not just to standby, when the item is no longer in use.
- Turn off the tap whilst you brush your teeth to save water.
- Clean up your inbox - every old email stored in your inbox uses up energy in cloud storage and servers.
- Consider cavity wall insulation for your home.
- Adjust your thermostat – by turning your heating down just 1° you can take 3% off your bills
- Switch your light bulbs to LED.
- Wash clothes at 30°
- Using reusable coffee cups or water bottles is recommendable in personal use (and surroundings) to save on plastic bottles and cups.
Select easily recyclable paper cups for hygiene and comfort without compromising the environmental impact.
- Make sure you have a recycling bin alongside a rubbish bin. Checking packaging to see what is recyclable and making sure your rubbish goes in the correct bin. Recycle everything you can.
- Try not to waste food by only buying what you need and get a compost or food waste bin for food that is no longer usable.
- Walk or cycle to work a couple times a week if possible to save on fuel and pollution.
- Why not switch to a bamboo toothbrush to reduce your plastic use?
- Try out meat-free Mondays to help reduce your carbon footprint.
- Plant flowers/trees which encourage bees and other wildlife to absorb carbon dioxide.
- Grow your own food.
- Use straws only when needed and ensure they are fibre-based or metal and easily recyclable.
- Only use hot water when completely necessary
- Take a shower instead of a bath.
- Only fill a kettle with the amount of water that is required to be boiled.
- Reduce the amount of plastic you throw away and reuse it.
- If you have space, consider a water butt to water your garden or indoor plants
Sustainability in business
- Use recycled and recyclable paper in your printer(s).
- Recycle print cartridges with specialist companies or switch to refillable ink cartridges.
- Switch as many products to plastic free as possible. For example, does your company use single use plastic cups that could be changed to paper cups?
- Encourage colleagues to walk, cycle, or car-share to get to work.
- Walk – organise a walking meeting.
- Take the stairs not the lift!
- If there is a staff canteen, try working with local producers and suppliers and offering at least 1 meat-free option every day.