Purchasing

Did you know that nearly half of the UK’s total carbon footprint comes from overseas emissions associated with consumer activity*? That’s an awful lot of carbon! But there are things that we can do to be more environmentally friendly when we purchase materials for our museums, our shops and our homes.

It’s more eco-friendly to reuse and recycle than to buy new. Here are some tips on how we can do that in our museums too:

Greener suppliers

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/sustainable-gift-ideas.html

https://wholesale.z-w-c.com/

https://www.green-providers.co.uk/

https://plasticphobia.com/

https://www.greenfinder.co.uk/companies/wholesalers-green-retailers/

https://culturalenterprises.org.uk/blog/sustainability/museum-shops-and-environmental-sustainability/

https://www.moneyexpert.com/current-account/ethical-banking/

Second-hand

Museum materials

https://www.freecycle.org/town/MuseumUK

Props for displays

https://secondhand-prop-shop.co.uk/

https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/Period-Theatre-Costumes/175650/bn_846909

https://onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk/

https://www.musicmagpie.co.uk/

Eco-friendly cleaning

Cleaning is such an important part of museum work, so here are some great ideas on how to use eco-friendly cleaning products:

https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/house-garden/kitchen-accessories/best-natural-cleaning-products-brands-home-that-work-cheap-disinfect-effective-uk-a9624281.html

https://www.greenmatters.com/p/is-microfiber-plastic

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/g35665355/eco-friendly-cleaning-products/

Recycling and Upcycling

https://www.forgerecycling.co.uk/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-recycling-and-upcycling/

https://www.greenmatters.com/p/what-are-the-most-eco-friendly-building-materials

https://www.futurelearn.com/info/courses/upcycling-for-change-from-green-ideas-to-startup-businesses/0/steps/67684

https://www.pillarboxblue.com/denim-diy-draught-excluder/

 

*https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4576/nearly_half_uk_carbon_footprint_is_from_overseas_emissions

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