Green tips for shoppers

Green tips for shoppers

Fifteen organisations will be available this Saturday (February 4) to give advice and information to the public on a range of environmental issues, including how to be more energy efficient in the home and the benefits of reusable nappies.

The free event is taking place between 9am and 5pm in the Bon Accord-St Nicholas Centre and is open to everyone.

Organisations attending the event include Aberdeen City Council, Montgomery Development Education Centre, Fairtrade, Aberdeen Countryside Project and the University of Aberdeen’s Natural History Centre.

Representatives will be on hand to inform shoppers on how everyday actions can effect on the environment and what everyone can do to be “more green”.

Shoppers will have the opportunity to collect free energy efficient light bulbs from the SCARF (Save Cash and Reduce Fuel) organisation, buy bird boxes and get vouchers for free trees from Aberdeen Countryside Project and get tips on starting a wildlife garden from North East Scotland Local Biodiversity Action Plan. Advice will also be available on Fairtrade products.

Children will also get the chance to handle live garden mini-beasts and play eco-games with representatives from Friends of the Earth.

The event is organised annually by the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council. The success of past events has prompted more organisations than ever before to take part.

Mandy Tulloch, Development Co-ordinator at the University of Aberdeen Natural History Centre, said: “More and more people are thinking about green issues which is great. This weekend’s free informal event will give everyone the chance to see what small, easy changes we can all do to make a real difference to the environment. There will be fun eco-activities for kids and lots of really good advice for their adults, so we're hoping lots of people will pop in for a look."

Belinda Miller, Local Agenda 21 Co-ordinator, Aberdeen City Council, said: "Saving the world can seem a bit of an overwhelming challenge! The aim of this fun event is to show people that even the smallest things we do, such as switching off lights, can have a beneficial effect on the environment. It's all about taking small steps."

The event is part of ongoing efforts by the organisers to raise awareness of environmental issues and sustainable development.

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