Fairly Traded: Fairly traded products are those where the producer is paid a fair price for the raw materials and where those who produce the products do so safely for a reasonable wage. It tends to apply to producers from developing countries who far too often are being forced to sell their produce at unfairly low prices and/or have unreasonable working conditions. For instance, 20% of Costa Rican male banana workers have been made sterile through handling toxic agri-chemicals and women workers suffer from twice the national rate of leukaemia and in recent years cocoa bean producers have been paid 50% less for their beans while the cost of chocolate has gone up by 50%. Wherever we do our food shopping let's tell them that we will be applying the LOAF principle and expect them to make that possible. Batteries: I have found a company that will recycle household batteries (AAA, AA etc.). They will now be collected along with stamps and printer ink cartridges from the collection points in the porches of the following churches: Northwold, Whittington and Wretton with Stoke Ferry (in Wretton). Please keep your ideas or comments coming in.
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press report of 40%. Even so it has been worth it both environmentally and financially. If you are interested in having such a catalyst for your car talk to your garage or get in touch with me. Food: This Christmas and all year round we can keep to the LOAF principles when we buy our food. LOAF = Locally produced, Organic, Animal friendly and Fairly Traded. Local: support local producers and help the environment because the food hasn't had to be transported as far. Organic: support food production whose fundamental principle is respect for the land that produces the food. Animal friendly: We in this country generally push for high standards of animal welfare. Our farmers then respond and we as a nation go and buy meat from the cheapest source regardless of how the meat has been reared. If we want farm animals to be cared for properly we need to be willing to pay the extra for free-range chicken or eggs and local meat.
Batteries: Almost all of us use lots of small AA or AAA batteries type batteries each year. Most of these contain metals such as cadmium, mercury and nickel that are extremely toxic both to people and whole ecosystems. For instance very small concentrations of these metals can wipe out most of the life in a pond, river or lake. Legally these are not supposed to go in our bins but having talked to our local environmental health department I was told that at present the council has no facilities to separate or recycle the toxic metals in such batteries. Their only advice was to put them in the bin and hopefully the toxic metals will be so diluted in the landfill that they won't cause a serious hazard. This is just making landfill sites even more of a hazard and more difficult to rehabilitate into useful land in the future. But there are alternatives. The best alternative is to use rechargeable batteries. They are more expensive to buy but they last up to 1000 times longer before packing in and save money too. The second alternative is to buy single use alkaline manganese batteries. If you want to go that extra mile you could buy a solar-powered battery charger. Talking of going the extra mile, I said some time ago that I was getting a fuel line catalyst fitted to my car to improve it's efficiency and would come back to you to let you know how it is going. The catalyst has improved the performance of my 1.4 Astra by 20+%. This is broadly in line with the literature from the company that made it but much less than the over-hyped
100 Club November Draw
1st Ian McDowell £2 2nd Hod Everett £15 3rd Jim Ayres £10