CarbonBusters Blog and Archive 2022

Our children’s future is in our hands. Our way of life is also under our control. The CarbonBuster initiative has been created to examine how we can deliver actions that will reduce our local footprint.  A team of local residents has got together to look at – Food and Waste, Transport and Travel, Environment and Homes.  Their brief is to create actions that we can take part in, and that are deliverable.  The team will also to look at funding opportunities.

If you would like  to find out more about Nuthurst CarbonBusters, or contact the team  please email

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Reduce, reuse, refill repeat!

This #WorldRefillDay, choose to reuse and join millions of people around the world taking action to prevent plastic pollution.

As a global movement, we have the power to create a wave of change and show the rest of the world that the solutions to plastic pollution and the climate crisis are there – and together

we can keep our environment, oceans, and communities plastic-free for the future.

Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Make a small change to your daily routine & switch from single-use to reuse. Carry your reusable water bottle or coffee cup, find packaging-free groceries, switch to loose fruit & veg, or try a zero-waste shop.
  2. Download the free @Refill app to find places where you can refill and reuse
  3. Inspire change! Share a selfie

of you with your reusables and show the world what you’re doing to live with less plastic.

  1. Call out the most polluting brands and tell them it’s time to #BreakFreeFromPlastic
  2. Vote with your wallet – show some love to the businesses that have been powering the refill revolution by supporting them on World Refill Day.

Together we are powerful.

Find out how to get involved and take

action here:

Check out Refill Horsham District and thanks to Refill HQ for the content




This is as much a message about saving money as well as protecting the planet

We have learned that there is little point investing in any new heating method if your home is not well insulated. If it is something you are considering or want to investigate, these two clips from BBC Morning Live cover the story!

Morning Live, Series 3: 25/03/2022:

via @bbciplayer from 13.30 mins

Morning Live, Series 4: 30/05/2022:

via @bbciplayer from 8mins – 15.30mins

Some key take away points are:

Contact your energy provider to see if you qualify for any insulation grants.

Traditional blanket insulation is cost effective and can be a DIY job if you are able

Think – spray foam insulation in a typical home loft (used only for storage) is not suitable as it can cause organic materials (wooden joists) to rot.

If you’ve had it fitted and your loft is only used for storage, contact Trading Standards

Don’t accept cold call offers for insulation, use recommendations from friends or local Check-a-Trade or Parish magazine


Check out these top 10 tips on how to reduce your energy bills by Which?

  1. Did you know today is #worldoceanday ? Check out @worldoceanday or head to

to find out more!

We may not be overly close to the sea in Nuthurst Parish, but we can all take actions at home to try and reduce our environmental impact on the oceans:

Reduce the amount of plastic you use or purchase – our oceans are becoming full of plastic which takes thousands of years to decompose. Ocean plastic can also result in fish consuming microplastics, which then we eat!

Go litter picking and don’t drop any litter yourself! Litter in our streets and beaches can find its way to the ocean, and cause huge environmental harm.

If you eat fish or other sea-life, try to only eat “responsibly sourced” products. This is advertised on the product label!

These are simple and cheap changes you can do this World Ocean Day – let us know in the comments what you are going to do

There are also slightly more costly changes you can make to help the oceans such as having a microplastic filter fitted to your washing machine. If this is not feasible for you, consider washing your clothes made of artificial fibres (ie plastics!) inside a pillow case. The pillow case will help to stop some of the microplastics leaching out into the water.

Thanks to @worldoceanday for the images


  1. One of our carbon busters has a very well established wilded section of their garden!

“We start off with primroses and then cowslips and have now migrated into grasses and daisies. There are also orchids which just appeared on their own. It usually gets cut about the middle of August.”

What a beautiful addition to your garden! Are you thinking of keeping a section of your garden wild? Let us know in the comments!


The Parish History Jubilee Display at St Andrews Church has been extended! Come along on Monday or Tuesday, 10am – 4pm to visit

2022 is a historic milestone for the global environmental community

2022 marks 50 years since the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment, the first international meeting on the environment. #OnlyOneEarth was the slogan for the 1972 Stockholm Conference; 50 years on, this truth still holds – this planet is our only home.

With nature in emergency mode, we need collective environmental action. #OnlyOneEarth calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect & restore our planet. What action will you take to protect & restore our only home?

Ahead of #WorldEnvironmentDay, learn more from @UNEP:

We are using the equivalent of 1.6 Earths to maintain our current way of life, and ecosystems cannot keep up with our demands. We have #OnlyOneEarth.

Build your #WorldEnvironmentDay Earth Action number with @UNEP & share your impact with the world:

There is #OnlyOneEarth and protecting it is a global challenge & responsibility.

We have the solutions, knowledge & technology to limit climate change & avoid ecological collapse but we need to act collectively.




Don’t forget to come along to the Jubilee display at St Andrews Church, tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday 10-4!

There are lots of displays from different groups and societies within the Parish, including ourselves

We also have a Carbon Busting characters part of our display, many thanks again to the children of St Andrew’s Nuthurst PTA St Andrews School Nuthurst – Horsham for creating them


Keep counting your plastic waste today! Remember to submit your results from this week online


What a wonderful drawing of Super Scarlett

Thank you Scarlett (St. Andrew’s)! We felt it was apt to use this drawing as this week we are taking part in Everyday Plastic ‘s The Big Plastic Count

Did you know that the UK produces more plastic waste per person than almost any other

country in the world?

We’re all doing our bit to recycle, but recycling alone isn’t going to solve this problem.

That’s why we’re taking part in The #BigPlasticCount, the UK’s biggest ever investigation

into household plastic waste

Have you been taking part? Let us know in the comments how you have been finding it! Don’t forget to submit your results online at the end of the week

  1. You can still sign up for The Big Plastic Count, the UK’s biggest investigation into household plastic waste!

Join us in counting our plastic waste next week (16-22nd May), then record your results online at the end of the week.

The new evidence we gather

together will be crucial to convince the government, big brands and supermarkets to take ambitious action on plastic packaging!

Sign up at


Make sure you head along to the Platinum Jubilee Parish History Display at St. Andrew’s Church Nuthurst, 3rd and 4th June! We will be contributing to the display, and are looking forward to seeing the displays created by other societies and clubs within the parish


Have you heard of the Big Plastic Count?

This year, it is taking place between the 16th – 22nd May. The Big Plastic Count wants you to count your plastic waste for this one week and submit your results online!

The results will show just how much household plastic we throw away, and how much is recycled, helping to encourage legislative and company changes on plastic packaging!

Follow this link to find out more (also available in stories):

Thanks to Everyday Plastic for the graphics

Don’t forget, you can recycle many items that cannot go in our kerbside recycling at local recycling points within the Parish! If you have an idea of where more recycling points could be within the Parish, comment below or email us at

PDF versions of our recycling posts can be found on our website:


We’re on film!

Many thanks to Chris King for his work filming and producing this short video discussing why the Carbon Busters were created and what we are doing! You can find the video on the NPLink website here:

or on YouTube:

Thanks also to Impact Tools, the community carbon calculator, for allowing us to share their content. Head to

to find out more.

Lastly, thank you to Nuthurst Community Allotment for having us.


Have you heard of No Mow May? 🌻🌼🌸

Leave your mowers in the shed, do something else instead! By letting your lawn (or perhaps just a part of your garden!) grow wild for a month, you’ll allow plants to flower and provide a food and habitat source to pollinators 🐝 We know pollinators are on the decline, and we need to protect these vital species!

Plantlife are also encouraging No Mow May participants to join in their Every Flower Counts survey on the 21st May – count how many flowers are in a square metre patch of your lawn, and find out your own Personal Nectar Score! Find out more here:

If you are taking part in No Mow May this year, why not take a photograph of your lawn or area of garden today, and then take some more later on in the month to visually track what is happening! If you would be happy to have your photographs shared on our social media and website pages, please email your photos to


Happy Earth Day 2022!
This years theme for Earth Day is ‘Invest In Our Planet’, with @earthdaynetwork encouraging us all to focus ‘on accelerating solutions to combat our greatest threat, climate change, and to activate everyone – governments, citizens, and businesses – to do their part.’

Head to  to find out more.

  • Have you heard of the Big Plastic Count? This year, it is taking place between the 16th – 22nd The Big Plastic Count wants you to count your plastic waste for this one week and submit your results online. The results will help show just how much household plastic we throw away, and how much is recycled, helping to encourage legislative and company changes on plastic packaging! Follow this link to find out more:

  • With the Easter holidays, often comes a lot more waste! One thing you can do is to check the packaging is recyclable before you buy any Easter products. Did you know you can recycle all of the packaging from most Easter Eggs?

💚 The cardboard and plastic shells can go in the mixed kerbside recycling

💚 Scrunch up your clean aluminium foil into a ball roughly the size of a tennis ball and place in your mixed kerbside recycling

✖️ Check if any foil is actually aluminium – if it springs back once you scrunch it, it is laminated, and must go in your general waste bin

💚 Put egg shells (not chocolate eggs!) in your home compost – if you don’t have one, WSCC and Get Composting are offering a reduced price on composters:


Other things you can do to have an Easter celebration that is better for the planet, include:

💚 Avoiding eggs containing single use plastic

💚 Reuse plastic eggs for future Easter egg hunts

💚 Try local chocolatiers or companies for your Easter goodies

💚 Try some vegan chocolate this Easter!



  • Did you know 22nd April is Earth Day? Earth Day originated in 1970 as a way of encouraging ‘people to motivate their governments to take action’ in America and has grown into a global movement ever since. As the latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report shows, we have a lot to do – but we can do it! Follow this link to see what 52 things you can do to make a difference this Earth Day (and everyday!): Let us know what you are going to do!

Thanks to Henry for your wonderful drawing of Eco Baby!

  • Thank you very much to the Nuthurst Cricket Club for having us at their first Coffee Morning of the season! We had a lovely time chatting to everyone who stopped by, and it was great to hear how so many of you have already filled in your surveys. Please keep filling the survey in, it will only take 5-10 minutes, and you can be in with a chance of winning a £30 Crates voucher!


  • Thank you to everyone who came and spoke to us at Copsale Village Halltoday! Many thanks to Copsale Village Hall for having us, and to our wonderful Carbon Busters who were there to spread the word.
  • If you’ve not had a chance to fill out the survey yet, it will only take you 5-10 minutes, and is available here: CB SURVEY.  Big thank you to everyone who has completed it so far – we really appreciate it

  • A big thank you to everyone who came to see us this morning! It was great to chat to so many parishioners about who we are, and what you are all already doing at home. Don’t forget you are in with a chance of winning a £30 Crates voucher if you complete the survey. CB SURVEY
  • Although the sun was shining it was rather chilly, so many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who were there this morning

  • The children of St Andrews C of E School, Nuthurst, were asked to help design some carbon busting characters to help us promote our project and encourage everyone to try and do a little bit more to reduce our carbon footprint! Keep an eye out on our social media, website, and in the LINK magazine for their designs – thank you to those who took part!
  • The school already does a lot to help reduce, reuse, recycle and repair, including: recycling old pens, crisp packets, paper and plastic; Chartwell (hot lunch supplier) food waste recycling scheme; fruit composters; pre-loved school uniforms; Christmas Jumper exchange and the clothing recycling bin in Mannings Heath. The school also has solar panels on their roof space; use the Nuthurst community allotment once a week and the staff are Forest Schools trained.
  • The characters follow the colour scheme of green for nature, blue for health, and orange for waste.
  • Taking small steps to reduce our carbon footprint can help make a big difference across our parish towards a greener future 💚


Say hello to Recycling Ryleigh, created by Vanessa!

  1. Please make a note that The Business and Carbon Busters Fair will be held on 30th July in Mannings Heath Village Hall. To find out more, or  to book a stand at this event, please CLICK HERE



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