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Dispose of cooking fat correctly

With the kids at home, now is a great time for them to learn how to cook, and clean up the mess afterward, too!

We’re all human and can be lazy when it comes to disposing of our cooking fats. According to Water UK, water and sewerage companies in the UK respond to approximately 366,000 sewer blockages every year and in some parts of the country three-quarters of these are caused by fats, oils and grease.

By simply decanting cooking fats, grease and oils into small containers, you are allowing them to cool and solidify, enabling them to be placed in to the main rubbish bins in your home.

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Reducing my carbon footprint

I decided to try and cut down on my carbon footprint by growing my own food. I started with red peppers and now im trying an avocado tree!

If you want to try too, here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take note of the top and bottom of the avocado seed – this will be vital for the growing process
  2. Wash the seed to remove any avocado residue
  3. Peel the outer shell off as this will prevent the roots and flower sprouting
  4. one third of the way down, pierce the seed, at a downward angle, with 3 cocktail sticks. (Birthday candles work just as well as you can see in my picture!)
  5. Place on top of a clear glass or plastic cup so you can see when it starts to sprout
  6. Fill the cup with water until at least half of the seed is covered.
  7. Place on your windowsill

Now its a waiting game to see when your roots start to grow – good luck!

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Download our FREE Resources!

Head to the homepage and download our 7 Eco-saving actions to do from home. There are activities for the whole family, young children and simple energy saving ideas to do inside.

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Make Wildflower Seed Bombs for your garden

Insects thrive on wild flowers, so, by creating these seed bombs, you’re not only keeping the kids creative, you’re helping out your local wildlife too!

All you need is: household flour, compost and wildflower seeds. You can gather your own seeds, by scouting around the garden!

Follow the steps below and show us how you get on by adding your iDot to the website:

  • Use a ratio of one cup of flour to 3 cups of compost and combined it well before adding our seed.
  • Once you’ve added your seed, try to handle it gently so not to damage any of them!
  • Add just enough water so that the mixture holds together.
  • Then form your little seed bombs, making them about the size of a marble.
  • Leave to dry out for 24 hours.

Once your seed bombs have dried out, take a walk around your garden and scatter them around. If you don’t have a garden, you can scatter them in a few pots and place them on your windowsill!

Photo credit: Craft Invaders

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Help prevent birds from flying in to your windows

Birds’ eyes are on the sides of their heads, which is extremely useful in spotting predators or potential mates. However, this makes it rather hard for them to focus on the scene directly in front of them. This, along with the reflective glass, makes it extremely easy for them to mistake windows for the sky.

By getting creative with materials you have around the house, you can make your own decorations to place on the windows, to break up any reflections.

Here’s just one idea for creating window stickers:

  • Add a few drops of food colouring to a bottle of PVA glue and mix well.
  • Draw designs with the coloured glue on a clear plastic surface. You can use a folder or children’s table mat, but remember the colouring may bleed.
  • Lay the plastic on a flat surface and allow the glue to dry completely.
  • Once the glue is dry, you can peel it off the plastic and position it on your favourite window!

If you don’t have any glue, simply have the kids draw beautiful pictures on to a sheet of paper, cut them out and stick them to the window using tape!

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