Tuesday 6 April | Guro Skullerud

For her #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, trumpet player Guro Skullerud is learning new habits and finding out exactly how she can make more sustainable changes. 

We first heard from Guro as she began her 100 days of sustainable changes on day nine of the campaign. You can read her post here.

Guro playing in the sea off Berneray beach

First February, I started looking at my habits and things, to see if I could make small changes in my life to create a smaller footprint. I started looking at waste, and quickly realised I’ve been “wishcycling”. I started recycling only what can be recycled in my area, and ended up with more general waste than before… I started collecting vegetable scraps to make vegetable stock, and I saved my used coffee grounds to make face scrub. I’d say I can now very much relate to Oscar from Sesame Street and his song “I Love Trash”.

Guro play’s ‘I Love Trash’ from Sesame Street

I’ve been through my bathroom, kitchen, clothes, water and electricity habits, and I’ve learned a whole lot. So here are some top tips to get you all going with big or small changes, because every little thing contributes to the end goal!

  1. Check what your local authority actually recycles! For example, a lot of plastic cannot be recycled, and tetra packs might not be going in your normal recycling bin.
  2. The things you already own are the most sustainable ones. Take care of your clothes, electrical appliances and other things. Repair, clean and give them a long life.
  3. Check if you can borrow, buy second hand or swap before you buy new clothes or kitchen stuff. 
  4. ViMoveforClimate are currently planting trees for all the walking, running and exercise you register. The only thing you need to do is register the exercise you already do on their website! 
  5. Try to swap one meal for a plant-based alternative. This saves water, greenhouse gas emissions and lives of cute animals! I can recommend plant-based burgers, falafel or simply just choosing oat milk for your cereal. 
  6. And if you haven’t already, go watch David Attenborough’s a Life on our Planet. 

Now, go have a listen to Oscar and “I Love Trash”.

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love for members of the public to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what they can do, or to show us their own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.