From the Till to the Bin

Hi Everyone,

Every now and again I get inspired and I blog, most often it has something to do with the state of our environment and our worlds wildlife, and this blog is no different.

In this blog I would like to discuss ‘Receipts’. They are everywhere. If you buy something, you’re getting a receipt. That long, or sometimes short piece of ink splatted paper is given to you at the end of your purchase, and unless you have purchased electrical goods I can almost guarantee it goes straight in the bin, without a second thought it gets screwed up and chucked away.

The evidence is clear, just walk past an ATM, or a self service checkout and the bins are spewing out paper, chocking on mass amounts of disregarded paper. Why?

If we don’t want them, if we don’t NEED them, then why are they printed out and given to us?

Now, many of you will be thinking about the sale and supply of goods act 1994, and like me you may be asking yourself the same questions I did, “Don’t I need a receipt to take something back to the shop?” The Answer is No! Unless that receipt has your guarantee on it lets say for example a TV, you don’t need it.  There is no requirement under the act to supply a receipt to prove that a contract exists between buyer and seller, nor is there any requirement to provide physical evidence of any kind (except the faulty/unsatisfactory/ill-described goods of course).

So, why are we given them?

It is estimated that 12 BILLION receipts are issued in the UK alone each year, I wonder how many end up in the bin, threw into the street, screwed up and shoved down the side panel in your car?

We don’t NEED them and the evidence suggest we most certainly don’t want them, so what can we do?

I have sent emails to CEO’s of various large supermarket chains to ask them to give us at least the option of not taking a receipt. If I said to you, that by opting to not have your receipt you could help save rainforests from deforestation, reduce waste, reduce oil and water consumption and help conserve this planet would you? I wouldn’t even give it a second guess.

This is not only beneficial to the planet, retailers could save thousands of pounds not having to buy paper, ink and  paying for waste removal.

Everyone wins.

I’m not asking them to go paperless, not yet, I think we are a long way off from that, although Argos do ask at the till if you would like an e-receipt instead, I’m just asking for the retailers to give us that option, trial it out, let people know that by not having a receipt they are helping to conserve this planet and I’m sure the results will speak for themselves.

I have also started an e-petition, once it goes live I will email the link here.

As I always say ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’

Matt

#InWingmanWeTrust #InSocialMediaWeTrust

Hi everyone,

So! Social Media, there is no escaping it, it’s a big part of our world, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram……Lot’s of variety for every user, 7.3 billion people in the world and of that, 3.17 billion have access to the internet in some way or another, and of that, 2.3 billion are active on Social media with the average person owning 5 – 6 different accounts.

Now, why am I banging on about social media? I’ll tell you. Social media gets lots of bad press, Cyber bullying, A false sense of connection, No privacy etc but it can be used as a very effective tool! And I have the perfect story to show you how!

I use male grooming products from a company called ‘Wingman’, more specifically I use the Face Scrub. I noticed that the scrub contained some form of roughing agent to exfoliate the skin and with the impact some of these exfoliating agents have on the environment I was curious to find out what exactly they was, so, using my facebook account I contacted them via their business page.

A few days later they replied, and told me that they would contact the manufacturer to check. A few weeks passed and they contacted me again to say how disappointed they were to find out that polyethylene is one of the 3 exfoliating agents used and despite extensive checks at the formulation stage this must have been overlooked. They seemed genuinely disappointed and assured me that they would be in contact again. What struck me was how concerned they were, and at how fast they got in contact with me, a pleasant surprise.

Wingman have now confirmed that they have notified the manufacturer and the polyethylene will be removed in the next batch, leaving them with a plastic free face scrub using only natural scrubbing agents. Perfect! Not only do Wingman donate some of the profits to help the heroes, they now help our planet by not cutting corners and using the cheap mass produced micro beads. Other companies should take note!

So, just by me using my facebook account, to send a simple 5 minute message, I have not only highlighted to a company what they were doing wrong and how it was impacting our environment, I’ve just actively made a contribution to conserving our planet and wildlife…..and it took me all of 5 minutes to get the ball rolling.

So why don’t you give it a bash, why not contact the manufacturer of your toothpaste or shower gel, use your facebook, twitter and other social media platforms and ask them why they are using these micro beads, show them that there are alternatives out there that have no or less impact on our environment and wildlife. You could change the world sat in your armchair, sofa, bed, car! If I can do it, so can you 🙂

…..And to Wingman, Thank You, Thank You for being a shining example for all other companies to aspire to! Wingman have a slogan ‘ In Wingman We Trust’ and now we certainly can!

 

#30DaysWild – Days 9-12

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the lack of posts, I have been working the night shift this week so I haven’t had much time at all to do anything or get out with the kids.

Here is a quick recap of what we got upto.

Day 9.

We decided to stay at home and refill, wash and fill the the bird feeders and table.

Day 10.

For day 10 we decided to plant some herbs in our garden. Jasmine and Amber seemed more interested in eating them than planting them. lol!

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Day 11.

We left the car at home again and decided to walk home from school, 2.2 miles to be precise. For me it was tiring as I’m used to my car, for the girls and my wife it was a breeze as they do this everyday whilst I’m at work.

On the way past one of the local parks the girls decided to try some balancing on the large rocks.

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Day 12.

This morning when I arrived home from work at 6am I decided to pop into the garden to see what I could find. I was shocked and excited to find this Red Damselfly on one of the strawberry plants. I’ve never had one of these in the garden!! Due to the fact it was so early in the morning, this beauty hadn’t fully warmed up, meaning I could get a decent picture. I eventually left it alone to wake up, and I went to bed.

I can only assume that someone has a rather large pond near my house, either way I was glad for the visit.

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Hopefully I will get out and about more this weekend. How are you getting on with your #30DaysWild?

Thanks for reading

Matt

#30DaysWild – Day 8 Left the car at home

Hi Everyone,

So it’s Day 8 of #30DaysWild and today I tried something different, and it’s something we should I do once in a while, I left the car at home.

Normally I will pick my wife up from work in the car, but today I decided against it, and walked instead.

At first I thought about taking my camera, but I didn’t want to be bogged down with it, plus I would have been more concerned with getting an actual photo for the blog rather than enjoying everything around me, I didn’t even get my phone out to take a snap, instead I just walked, with my senses tuned into THE WILD.

As I walked, I went past the freshly cut fields, I could see birds foraging for worms, a light breeze was cutting through the trees, making that soft rustling sound, not too loud to drown out the sound of the bird song, just enough to accompany it.

As I ventured on further, I was met by explosions of colour and fragrance from each garden I would pass. The Erumpant Rose buds starting to show what they have been hiding away for the past few months, flowers blooming everywhere, reds, purples, yellows and greens, the gardens were alive!

One garden in particular was full of Bees, these pollinating machines were popping their heads in and out of flowers, on a mission to gather as much pollen as possible it seemed. In others there were Butterflies, sunning themselves and feeding on Lavender. I saw 10 species of Birds, 3 species of Bee, 4 species of Butterfly, and countless other Insects, all in the space of a 30 minute walk.

All of this I would have missed if I had taken the car, not only that, I was getting myself and the environment a tad healthier by walking and leaving the car at home.

Why don’t you leave the car and cameras at home for one day during the challenge. It will be worth it.

Matt

#30DaysWild – Day 7, Foraging, Spiders and Honey!

Hi everyone,

We’ve had some great weather here today, have you had the same?

We started the day off having a quick look in the garden for bugs. We found this very shy spider, Pisaura mirabilis,  under some bark in the flower beds. I love the face of this spider, it looks like it has tribal war paint down each side, a beautiful spider. Here it has its legs pulled in, a typical defensive position, I adopt a similar position when someone rolls me out of bed.

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Then we headed over to the fair and dog show on the common near our house. We purchased some Honey from the local Bee Keeper and I was amazed at the taste. We had a great chat about all Bees and conservation.

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Jasmine also decided she wanted to climb some trees.

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and try the idea from Day 1 which was hug a tree!

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After a few hours of fun we headed to our local farm. Inside one of the greenhouses they had old birds nests in a crate for everyone to look at, the kids were impressed.

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We also foraged for Strawberries and Gooseberries, it’s a bit early for anything else. Whilst we ventured the grounds we spotted lots of wildlife, Rabbits, kestrels, Buzzards, Butterflies, the list was endless. We also found lots of herbs and wildflowers. The girls are really in their element outdoors, in touch with the wild. So inquisitive, adventurous and happy! It’s the best way to be.

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Not sure what we will get upto this week as work will get in the way, but we will certainly try and do something each day.

Matt

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#30DaysWild – Day 6 #FrogFace

Hi everyone,

How is everyone doing? Enjoying the weekend hopefully.

I had a quick twenty minute journey in my car today to see if I could spot any birds of prey, but I was unsuccessful 😦

I decided to call at my mates house on the way home and found this beautiful very small Solitary Bee.

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We haven’t had the best weather here today so we decided to do some bug hunting and bird spotting in the garden and take part in the RSPB #frogface challenge. If you want to find out more about the #frogface challenge check out the link click here.

Here is Jasmines #frogface

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Here is Noah, our nephews #frogface

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And here is mad as a hatter Ambers #frogface

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Enjoy

Matt

#30DaysWild – Day 4 and 5 Wildlife SOS

Hi everyone,

Firstly I have to apologise that I didn’t blog yesterday, I was as busy as a bee.

So let’s start with Day 4 of #30DaysWild. Yesterday on the way to school my wife and two daughters noticed something large and brown at the side of the road, it was very still. They all ventured over and discovered it was an injured/poorly Hedgehog!

Luckily the place they found it was right outside the school where my wife worked, so she quickly nipped inside to grab a towel and a box, carefully picking it up and inspecting it.

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It had a scratch on its nose and some blood was visible, it’s possible it had been knocked by a car or maybe attacked by a cat or dog? She placed it in the box and let the girls have a look, being careful not to stress it out any further. They were amazed! Their first encounter with a Hedgehog!!

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Jasmine(6) said looking upon the Hedgehog ” You know that feeling you get where you’re happy and sad in your heart, that’s what I’ve got now mummy”

My wife got in contact with the RSPCA when she got home and they come to collect it shortly after.

My girls first animal rescue and encounter with a Hedgehog, definitely a wild day.

Now onto Day 5 and another rescue mission, only this time on the way home from school.

We had just picked the girls up from school and was driving down the road leading to our house when we spotted something crawling in the middle of the road.

I pulled over and my wife jumped out to see what it was, An injured grey squirrel, it looked bad. No use of it’s back legs at all, it would have never made it across the road if we didn’t intervene.

Now, some people would have drove past as a lot of people consider a Grey Squirrel to be vermin. But we can leave that debate for another time. This was about something much more than that, this was about educating our children on how to act towards the wildlife all around us, no matter what it is. We brought it home with us, put it into a cat carrier and phoned the RSPCA again.

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The RSPCA Officer has just turned up, he was a very pleasant bloke. He showed the girls his metal plated gloves and let them try them on. He gave them some sound advice, thanked them for helping and gave them a sticker. He also posed for a quick photo.

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Once again the girls were fascinated, seeing a squirrel up close doesn’t happen often, and they were really concerned, so much so they actually cried for it. For me this was a powerful message, a hunter or poacher can shoot dead an endangered Rhino and not think twice, and here we have 6 and 4 year old girls crying for an injured Grey Squirrel that they didn’t want to die.

This is why we need to educate our children, the future of this planet! If we can instill this passion, enthusiasm and empathy in our children then our worlds wildlife will have a great chance, and maybe just maybe we can change the thoughts of others too.

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