Small Actions for BIG, Positive Environmental Effects

We sometimes love to do a little “people-watching” and not in a creepy way — it’s just sometimes really nice to sit atop a hill, overlooking one of the biggest and busiest roadways in the country and sort of try to guess where everybody is going, why they’re in such a rush and whether or not they’re happy. Some crazy thoughts naturally tend to creep-in at times, like perhaps whether or not one of the drivers has not maybe won the lottery and they’re driving to work one last time just to stick it to their boss… Continue reading “Small Actions for BIG, Positive Environmental Effects”

More Consumers Satisfied with Their Water Service

Value for money has been cited as the main reason behind an increased number of customers declaring their satisfaction with the service delivered by their water company, with these satisfaction levels currently at a five-year high. This is according to an annual survey completed by the Council for Water (CCWater), which they published on June 28th, 2016. Continue reading “More Consumers Satisfied with Their Water Service”

Clean and Green – 6 Ways to Get the Kids Thinking About the Environment

Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, or for something as simple as wanting to cut down the cost of your bills, getting your children to think more about the environment can have a number of positive effects, including helping your children value that which they have. However, some people can take it too far and try to be environmentally friendly in every single aspect of their lives. Simply put, you don’t need to live in a mud hut to be environmentally friendly. We’ve listed 6 ways in which you can help to get the kids thinking more about the importance of the environment, and what they can do to help. Continue reading “Clean and Green – 6 Ways to Get the Kids Thinking About the Environment”

LEED Certification & Standards: Making Our World Greener One Building at a Time

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”

Can You Really Go Fully Paperless?

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?”

Environmentally Friendly Gardening

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”

Moving Forward – What to do Following a Flood

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”

Businesses with eco friendly buildings around the world

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”

The Importance of Fire Alarms – Checking Your System

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”

Top Tips for Contributing to Forest Preservation

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”

Cut Your Costs, Save The Planet: What’s Not To Love?

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?

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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?

 

The Many Benefits of Green Roofing

Going green has finally hit the trending wave, as most people are now considering the benefits of trying to play nicely with mother nature. It probably has more to do with the fact that the overall atmosphere of the planet has become quite alarming, than the majority of the population having a sudden epiphany.

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Eco Home Products

The plight of the environment and rising concerns about climate change feature increasingly in the public conscience today. On first consideration, it may seem there is little any individual can do to affect change for the better. In truth, everyone can make a difference. By actively considering the eco-friendly credentials of products in and around the home, it is possible to effectively contribute to the future wellbeing of the environment, reducing air and water pollution and reversing the damage done by greenhouse gasses. Eco-friendly home choices often lead to improved health and a lower proportion of the household budget being spent on fuel. There are some simple ways to start living a greener lifestyle outlined below.

Bamboo

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Bamboo is increasingly being used to fashion all sorts of products, from furniture and flooring to kitchen implements. Bamboo has far greater sustainability than most materials, either synthetic or natural. Wood from bamboo plants can be harvested every three to five years, and patches of bamboo produce 35% more oxygen than the same area of trees. Bamboo is also typically grown without the use of fertilisers or pesticides.

Solar

Using electricity produced from solar energy sources will help avert an energy crisis and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Contrary to what many believe – solar technology is effective even given the UK’s notoriously disastrous summers. All that is required to generate power is ordinary daylight, though much more power is produced on sunny days.

A good idea is a solar oven. These devices are for outside use and they use the sun’s direct energy to cook or heat up food and drink. Heat settings can be adjusted so food cooks quickly or so that the solar oven operates as a slow cooker. It is possible to purchase myriad shelves and attachments enabling roasting, stewing, grilling or frying of food. Using these in the UK will be confined to the summer months.

Food

Home-grown food is bursting with freshness and health giving properties. For storage, Abeego wrap is a superb eco alternative to cling-film or Tupperware. Made from natural products known for their preservative properties, Abeego wrap allows food to be kept incredibly fresh. Made from hemp, jojoba oil, organic cotton and covered with a beeswax coating – Abeego is both fluid and air resistant. The wrap is reusable – easily washed with cool soapy water – and can be composted when it is no longer effective.

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Water

Rainwater harvesting is the collection of rainwater in large butts, which can then be utilised for exterior or non-drinking purposes. With an approved water filtration system, harmful bacteria and chemicals can be removed making rainwater safe to drink.

Cleaning products

Chemical cleaning products can be extremely harmful both to human health and the environment. Natural products are the best way to ensure safety when using cleaning products. White vinegar, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda can be used to clean a multitude of substances or stains from surfaces and materials. If the convenience and extra power of commercial cleaners is essential – products made from natural plant based ingredients that carry no toxic or corrosive markings are the best to use.

Furniture

When furnishing a home, reclaimed wood and bamboo are stunning natural materials with fantastic eco credentials. An eco range of contemporary furniture is available, giving a charming rustic-chic feel to any room. For those with a creative bent – upcycling seems a fad that is set to stay. Wooden pallets can be used to form bases for beds or sofas, and old crates or barrels make fantastic coffee tables. Sheets and clothing can be turned into furniture covers. With a little creativity – so many disused items can be turned to beautiful or practical new uses.

This article features a small sample of eco-friendly ideas for the home. Preserving the environment is everyone’s responsibility and taking action to do so can also improve health and be good for the family budget.

How Changing Your Windows Can Help the Environment

Since 1970, energy used to heat Britain’s homes has increased by 20%. While the switch to central heating has brought great improvements in the carbon efficiency, and new buildings regulations has meant more homes now have full insulation and more energy efficient fixtures, this has not accounted for the new dependence on electrical appliances that govern modern life. One of the easiest ways you can improve the efficiency of your home is to invest in energy efficient windows.

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The 6 Vitally Important Environmental Issues We Must Address In the Next 15 Years

We are often bombarded with instructions on contributing to a cleaner global environment, yet it’s often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause for concern with so much happening in the background and very little being done on the frontline.

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Eco-Living: Help Protect the Planet in your Own Home

Have you ever felt like you want to live your life in a more eco-conscious way, but aren’t exactly sure where to start? Well what you’ll be pleased to hear is there are easy ways you can adapt your lifestyle at home to help protect our planet.

So, from your gardens to your decor and energy consumption, read on to find out some eco-living methods you can try. When you do, you’ll soon see it’s easy being green.

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Three Top Tips for Eco-Friendly Shipping

In recent years, the birth and growth of online shopping has transformed commerce into a truly global phenomenon. Today, it is as easy to purchase an item from another continent as it is to walk down to your local corner shop and buy a pint of milk. This has created a greatly increased customer base for business owners to tap into, and as a result shipping has become the lifeblood of the modern economy. Continue reading “Three Top Tips for Eco-Friendly Shipping”

4 Improvements Around the House Which Could Help the Environment

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Going green doesn’t have to be an expensive nightmare. Very few people are opposed to cleaner energy sources. What they’re opposed to is the cost and time it takes to make the conversion.  But if they knew that eco-friendly home improvements could save them money in the long term, they might not be so quick to rule out the idea. We all know that it’s up to us to reduce our individual carbon footprint by as much as possible nowadays. The green issue is only going to get more pressing, so why not try out some of our tips below?

Update Your Old Appliances

Living without a washing machine or a fridge-freezer isn’t an attractive prospect for most people. But, luckily for you, there are ways to cut down on your energy usage without living like a luddite. If you’re using an old appliance, it’s likely that it’s not very energy efficient. If it’s time to throw it away and get a new one, make sure it’s replacement is an energy efficient one. If you get one with an A+++ rating, rather than just an A+, you’ll save up to £200 on your energy bills.

Make Your Bathroom Low-Flow

By switching to low-flow showers, taps and toilets, you can save both water and money. The amount of money each of us wastes on water is quite shocking. The money it would cost to replace your current fixtures with low-flow ones would be easily earned back before the year’s over in water bill savings. After a few years, you’ll be saving money like never before.

Embrace Solar Energy

Britain is not the sunniest of countries but don’t let that fool you; solar panels are still a worthwhile investment. Last summer the UK broke a record by having 7.8% of the nation’s energy provided by solar panels. And as the interest in them continues to increase that figure will only go up and up. Some companies will even install them onto your house for free depending on where you live. The energy you don’t use will be taken up by them.

Repurpose and Recycle

There are  hundreds of possibilities for recycling and repurposing products and would-be junk. If your sofa is starting to creak a little and it feels like it may collapse at any minute, why not strip it down and restore its component parts to create something new. You could get hold of an old shopping trolley and upcycle it into a trendy armchair. Or maybe you could use old buckets and baskets as flower boxes. If you make your own furniture, you’ll be saving on the manufacture and transportation costs (and emissions) of buying new items.

Bonus Tips

  • Replace all your old out-dated light fittings with new energy saving light bulbs.
  • Cover your roof with plants and greenery which will soak up moisture.
  • Use low energy radiators and heating systems.
  • If you own a big house with land or a business, consider installing a wind turbine.
  • Double glaze your windows to keep heat in.

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5 Companies That Are Proud To Use Paper Bags

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Many companies are now using paper bags as they recognise their benefits. They are stronger, more environmentally friendly and often cheaper than using plastic carrier bags. There are many different types of businesses that use paper bags for their customers to carry their wares home. Continue reading “5 Companies That Are Proud To Use Paper Bags”