A Look into Renewable Energy
With sustainability in mind and preparing for a better future, this blog aims to discuss how Nursery Managers can make changes in their nursery setting to reduce their carbon footprint and be environmentally friendly as possible.
A solar panel’s footprint is roughly 20 times less than the carbon output of coal-powered electricity sources.
By using the sun to part power your nursery appliances, you’re helping to cut carbon emissions and take the lead in using renewable energy. As well as helping the planet, your business will be better off, financially.
Are You Recycling?
Remember learning in school about destructive greenhouse gases? Well, this is the by-product of wasted food! Not good for the planet and it’s a waste of money
What You Can Do About Wasted Food
Making sure children have a well-balanced diet is important for their health and wellbeing.
Did you know that when introducing new food to children, it takes up to 15-20 times for them to try it before they like it? What a waste of food! If you’re not doing it already, it could be worth speaking to parents to make a list of the foods that they are used to eating and like.
Over-sized portions are sometimes an issue too.
Feel Good About Being Green
Make an instant impact by recycling materials as much as possible. Did you know recycling a single plastic bottle saves enough to power a lightbulb for three hours or more?
Items that can easily be recycled
- Paper & Cardboard.
- Glass (bottles & jars)
- Plastic bottles
- Tins & cans
- Printer cartridges
- Electrical Equipment
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!
Find Sustainable Suppliers
Doing your bit to protect the environment doesn’t just stop at your nursery, you could be using a supplier that isn’t doing much to reduce emissions and footprint.
A good certification to request when choosing a supplier is ISO 14001. This certificate provides proof that the organisation you are planning to work with has Environmental Management at the heart of its Quality Management Systems.
From Light Bulbs to LEDs
LED light bulbs have been proven to be much more energy-efficient than traditional light bulbs. Even though the initial cost of an LED light bulb can be more expensive, over time the upfront cost can be recouped in just a few months.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Cleaning products can not only be harmful to the environment but can be harsh and toxic for humans and wildlife. From furniture polish releasing harmful toxins to washing up liquid poured down the drain into waterways, these things we use and do every day have a massive overall impact on our health and the well-being of our environment.
Nurseries can look to source natural, harm-free products to clean their nursery.
Washable Nappies & Waste
Using washable nappies can just be as easy to use as disposable, prevent used nappies from going to landfills and reduce your waste. It may be worth a conversation with the parents of the children you look after to see if a swap to washable nappies could be a viable option.
That’s a wrap on our blog on how Nursery Managers can help the environment and reduce the cost of operation. If you have any questions or have any points to add to this article you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org