What did you set for your New Year’s Resolutions? Ours are always to be kinder to the environment, use and waste less and always try and be conscious of our environmental impact. How many of you kept to your resolutions? New research suggest that 38% of Brits have already abandoned their New Year’s Resolutions. Luckily for us it’s easy to keep up with our resolutions, they are ingrained in or way of life. Continue reading “Keeping up with…Your New Year’s Resolutions”
Living in London is exciting and special. It is an amazing city that offers something for everyone, and attracts millions of tourists every year. If you’re a proud resident of London, you also know that living here presents a few challenges – namely, being able to handle the London winters. Winters here can get bitter cold, and one of the main areas that need attention are your plumbing pipes. Having them burst in the middle of winter is no fun, but there are steps you can take to increase the likelihood that this will not happen. Continue reading “Seven Safety Precautions to Prepare Your Home for a London Winter”
LEED certification, which stands for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, began as an outgrowth of conversations held in 1993 that led to the establishment of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) [http://www.usgbc.org/about/history]. Continue reading “LEED Certification & Standards: Making Our World Greener One Building at a Time”
Looking beyond the often very simplistic arguments of global warming and climate change disputants, the practicality of going fully paperless should come under as much consideration as its realistic possibility. Is it really possible to go fully paperless and is it practical? Does a world completely free of paper really have the positive environmental impact that it is increasingly made out to have? Continue reading “Can You Really Go Fully Paperless?”
Our environment has suffered harmful effects in the years due to carbon footprint emitted through land clearance, transport, buildings, roads, manufactured goods, fuels etc.… A major step towards diminishing your carbon footprint is to create an environmentally friendly garden. Though many of us are beginning to comprehend the significance of eco-living, our gardens often go untouched and overlooked. Now is the perfect time to start taking more control on the many environmental issues. Continue reading “Environmentally Friendly Gardening”
While extreme weather can be uncommon in the UK, if your home does fall victim to excessive flooding and flood damage it is important to know exactly what you can do following the event. It is important that, in the event of a flood, you get everyone to safety before calling the authorities and before you can start rectifying any damages caused. Flooding is a serious issue and can lead to some devastating effects if you don’t know what to do afterwards. Continue reading “Moving Forward – What to do Following a Flood”
In recent years there has been a lot of emphasis placed on two certain things in Britain – protecting the environment, and saving money. We’ve all become more conscious of the need to look after the environment by reducing waste and emissions, recycling and ensuring that we only use what we need; while everybody wants to save as much money as possible – that’s a given.
Gone are my backpacking days; days of adventure pinging around from cheap, crappy hostel to cheaper, crappier hostel, wearing flip flops in the shower, sticky-taping mosquito nets to light fittings and learning to live in relative peace and harmony with cockroaches and flies. I could well have thrust that lifestyle upon a husband, but not a bay daughter! Continue reading “A GREEN FAMILY HOLIDAY IN A YURT IN SNOWDONIA”
Forget apples, exercise really does keep doctors at bay. Our body requires exercise now more than ever due to the sedentary lifestyle that technological and industrial development has brought upon us. Everything we do is effortless. From sending messages to moving from one position to another, we often use minimal effort compared to our forefathers who used to walk many miles to send a message or reach their destination. Continue reading “MAKING THE MOST OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS: EXERCISE OUTSIDE”
We all want to do our bit for the environment, and there are many changes that both individuals and businesses can make. The recent Volkswagen scandal has put vehicle emissions firmly in the spotlight and finding more energy efficient transport solutions is certainly one way that many businesses can lessen their impact. According to the European Commission, however, buildings are responsible for more than a third (36%) of CO2 emissions within the EU, and a huge 40% of all energy usage. This includes both domestic and business premises and the EC estimates that simply improving energy efficiency in buildings could reduce both emissions and overall energy use by around 5%. Continue reading “Businesses with eco friendly buildings around the world”
In the last year alone, there were 66,659 reported accidental fires in the home in Great Britain alone, with 12,362 of those cases due to faulty appliances and leads and a further 5,102 due to careless handling of fire or hot substances. With so many cases occurring throughout the UK in one year alone, it is no wonder that smoke alarms and fire alarms are becoming more and more necessary in today’s homes. Continue reading “The Importance of Fire Alarms – Checking Your System”
It’s quite difficult to interpret just how much damage humans have done to forest worldwide as a result of deforestation and the production of wood-based materials. The figures are overwhelming, so much so that we would be forgiven for thinking that there’s little we can do as individuals. Continue reading “Top Tips for Contributing to Forest Preservation”
The benefits of cycling are well documented. It can help you to lose weight, lower your stress levels and improve your overall fitness. It’s also good news for the environment and can save you money on travel costs. It comes as no surprise then that an increasing number of people are ditching their motors in favour of two wheels.
Choosing the shape, style, and size of your bathtub is important, but don’t forget to consider the advantages and disadvantages which come with each type of material. Your decision will impact everything from the ease of installation to how simple the tub is to keep clean, so make sure you take the time to think about your options. Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Common Bathtub Materials”
As you can all tell from the title of our blog, we’re big advocates of a greener lifestyle. But what if you aren’t? Why should you invest your time and money in pursuit of something that you don’t believe in? We could argue with you all day on that one, but our trump card is: it saves you money.
Today, we’re going to look at several ways you can save your money – and the planet. And, with the added bonus of a healthier lifestyle thrown in for good measure. Ready to get started?
Grow your own
There are plenty of advantages to growing your own fruit and veg. Not only will it save you money on your supermarket or grocery bills, but it will also get you out in the fresh air. It’s a healthy pastime, then, without even eating your produce! And that’s before we’ve even mentioned the vast amount of pesticides and chemicals that you will miss out on.
Want to get started in the garden? If so, we recommend something easy first. Start out with a tomato bag, and maybe something weather-hardy like potatoes. Onions are also a good shout for beginners. Once you get going, you can use your new expertise to grow whatever you like. Carrots, beets, marrows, radishes and anything else you might want to see on your dinner plate. Eat them straight from the garden, and you will taste vegetables exactly how they should taste.
Cut back on energy spending
Next, we’re going to look at slashing your energy bills. The typical family spends around £140 just for lighting and heating, which is an incredible amount of money. Now, with a little bit of dedication, we reckon you can easily take a third off that. How? Well, start by being more careful whenever you leave a room. Turn off the lights, close the doors to keep the heat in, and get into the habit of doing it all of the time.
The next step is to make some investments. Solar panels are an obvious starting point, although not every family will be able to afford them straight away. So, look at how efficient your current heating, air-con, and electrical goods are and change them slowly over time. Duel fuel radiators and a well maintained central heating system are good starts. Also, consider draft proofing. Wherever you feel cold air, you know you are, effectively, seeing money burn up in the atmosphere. So get sealing!
DIY cleaning products
Your last step is to look at all of your cleaning products. Most of them aren’t great for the environment, or your wallet. The thing is, it’s so easy to make your own cleaning products that don’t include nasty chemicals. It just seems pointless adding tens of pounds to your monthly shopping when you don’t have to.
This is an especially relevant point if you have kids. Those harsh products are dangerous for the atmosphere, and to your children. If you don’t have any in the home, it will automatically reduce your risk. Check our green cleaning guide for more details.
So, let us know: have we managed to change your mind?
As the nights draw in and the days are getting cooler, there is a real sense that autumn is already here and winter is just around the corner. Thoughts switch from sunbathing and which pair of shorts to wear across to turning the heating on and digging out jumpers from the bottom of the wardrobe.
When partaking in eco-friendly projects, it is very important to have proper documentation, so that everyone will be able to see what is going on. Furthermore, you could end up being an inspiration for others, and help them to start improving their lives as well. Continue reading “Raising Awareness – Importance of Documentation”
From time to time, the house needs updating. Just like their owners, the interior of the home can get old and dated! Trying to renovate and upgrade a house is hard enough, but trying to do it without harming the Earth is incredibly difficult. If you are reading this blog, you probably think along the same lines as us and believe we have a duty to look after the planet. Of course, it is easier to take the short-term solution, but where does that leave us in the future?
So, here are a couple of eco-friendly renovation tips for the home. Hopefully, your home will look spectacular and not damage the Earth in the process.
Buy Reclaimed Goods
Everyone wants the newest and shiniest materials in their homes. The problem with new and shiny is the fact that you have to cut down trees at the rate of demand. And, with millions of homes across the world, the demand is high. Not only is reclaimed wood and furniture good for the environment, but it also looks good, too. Just because it is old doesn’t mean it is useless!
Build Your Own
If you have the materials to hand, you can build your own furniture and reduce the demand to destroy the world’s rainforests. How is cutting down a tree for your home any different to what manufacturers do, though? The difference, apart from lowering the supply, is that you can replant after you have used it and put another in its place. Plus, you can extract the wood without harming the Earth, such as burning the ground and soil. Logging companies say they do everything in their power to help the planet, but the evidence suggests differently.
Use Low Impact Building Materials
Some materials are better for the planet than others. One such material is adhesives or glue, and one you should consider using if you are building furniture. Adhesives don’t contain carcinogenic or toxic materials that get into the air and damage the environment. A substance such as glue is essential if you are putting together pieces of material, so you are going to want a lot of the stuff. Bulk adhesives are good for the bank balance as well as the environment. When you buy in bulk, you save a lot of money because it works out at a discounted price. Also, you can store adhesives for the next renovation project.
Evolution, Not Revolution!
Homeowners have a desire to tear down every part of their home when they are renovating. It is like you cannot do a proper job without tearing down walls and smashing in the floors. Granted, some smashing and tearing is needed to transform your home. But, you don’t need to tear down every structure in your property and throw it away. Recycle what materials you can when you start the renovation process. If there is a piece of wood or furniture you are discarding, check it for important materials. Again, you can save a lot of cash as well as the environment with this method.
In the end, your home will stand as a reminder that it can look good and help the planet, too.
When moving day is done with you’ll probably be thinking of ways to make the most of all those left over boxes. This handy list of suggestions will resolve your predicament once and for all.
It’s amazing to think that only a couple of decades ago we threw away our refuse without a second thought of the environmental consequences. But thanks to the pioneering work of many environmentally-aware agencies, governments around the world have finally been implementing some recycling schemes to help us get rid of our waste in a way that won’t poison the planet.
Continue reading “Ethical recycling in your home”