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”
Commercial building space takes up vast swathes of the capital and has done so for many years, yet many smaller businesses and SME’s are also appearing across the entire in country in places where environmentally friendly rules are taken extremely seriously.
Online shopping is one of the advantages we 21st century folks enjoy. Going to the store, dealing with crowds, searching for items and waiting in long lines can be stressful and time consuming. However, today we have grocery delivery services that deliver you groceriers straight to your front door. In that way, you save time, money and avoid deceptive pricing. Here are some basic things you need to know about buying food online.
Living an eco-friendly lifestyle shouldn’t be restricted to your home. We spend far too many hours at work to not employ good habits in our careers.
If you run a business, running an environmentally friendly operation can bring huge rewards. It makes a great impression on your staff and clients. Meanwhile, it can also help save money for you. Quite frankly, there isn’t any downside to making those changes for the better.
Turning a commercial property into a better environment may sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be overly difficult. These tips should help create a lasting impression.
The internet has changed business in many ways. Progressions have boosted productivity, cost-efficiency and plenty of other areas. Thanks to the fairly recent addition of cloud computing, you can also improve the company’s eco-friendly output.
Using computers to go paperless will reduce the amount of paper you are using. Moreover, you’ll be using less ink and will also have less need for bulky storage facilities.
Educating your staff about how to use these facilities will also help upgrade the productivity of your workforce. If that isn’t a big enough incentive, we don’t know what is.
Lead By Example
As the boss, you should be an inspiration for your employees. Therefore, the best way to incorporate a more eco-friendly vision is to set a great example.
Starting a cycle scheme will make an improvement to your company’s image. Better still, the benefits for your staff will improve their lives as well as their results at work. If nothing else, it should also strengthen the relationships you have with your employees.
The cycling scheme is just one example of how to build a team spirit that also helps the environment. Look to embrace others, and you’ll soon notice a great difference to the overall feeling in the company.
A lot of commercial buildings will jump straight to the idea of solar roof panels. This is a great option and also makes a public showing of your commitment to the environment. As far as the financial investment is concerned, this is a pretty solid concept too.
Not every business has the spare funds. This can be particularly true in the early days of your business. But you can still make a telling impact. Sometimes, small gestures make the biggest impact. For example, switching to GU10 LED bulbs could save up to 90% energy compared to regular alternatives.
Making these little changes will bring big results and save you money in the process.
Another simple upgrade that will make a telling difference is to switch to more eco-friendly cleaning equipment.
Business premises go through a lot of cleaning, so switching to a biodegradable option will help the environment greatly. Perhaps more importantly, it can be a benefit to the health of your employees too. After all, breathing in all those chemicals for eight hours per day can’t do anyone any good.
Buy these items in bulk, and it could work out cheaper than your old solutions too. Perfect.
Anyone who’s house proud will always look for ways that they can keep their home cleaner. I can’t stand too much mess, even though there’s no way around some of it when you have a little boy! If, like I do, you also worry about the effect your cleaning has on the environment, there are ways you can put your mind at rest. Various cleaning fluids and other products contain lots of chemicals. And you might be concerned about having them around your home. You can create a greener cleaning routine. Use some of these methods that I personally recommend.
Buy Green Products
Start off by looking for commercial products that are advertised as eco-friendly. There are a lot of natural products you can find in your kitchen. But if you’re like me, you won’t always have time to mess around with them. It’s much easier to tip something straight out of a bottle. And often commercial products work better too. There isn’t a huge selection of green cleaning products for you to buy, but you should be able to find a few options.
Use Natural Cleaning Agents
If you find you have a limited choice of cleaning products you can buy, you can make your own. You might be surprised by how many things you can find in your home that you can use to clean around the house. But if you think about it, we kept our homes clean for a long time before we had so many manufactured products. Some of the things you’ll have in your home include vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice. Different ingredients will work best on different surfaces. So do some research on what to use.
One of the concerns in any home is how much water you use. Water is a precious commodity, and you don’t want to waste it. Reusing the water in your home can be one solution. You don’t wish to use the “grey water” from your baths or sink to wipe down your surfaces. But there’s one place where it’s useful. Use it to fill the tank above your toilet to flush it while you’re cleaning.
Avoid Air Fresheners
A lot of commercial air fresheners have chemicals in them that you probably don’t want to be breathing in. Instead of using them, it’s best just to try to keep your home as clean as possible. If you wish to add a natural scent to your home, use something like potpourri or even just a vase of flowers.
Green Cleaning Company
Not everyone has the time to do all their own cleaning. If you’re busy, hiring a green cleaning company can be best. As well as saving you time, they’ll have all the best eco-friendly methods for keeping your house clean. For example, if you visit carpetcleaningnyc.net, you’ll see the organic methods they use to clean carpets.
Whether or not you enjoy cleaning the house, you can do it in a way that has the least impact on the environment. Not only is it better for nature, but it’s better for your family too.
Being green and environmentally-friendly each and every day takes a lot of effort. But that doesn’t put you off. Here are 10 simple green living tips to get you started on your way to being 100% environmentally-friendly.
Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own food is a great way of living in a sustainable, green way, and it’s also a lot of fun. As long as you have some space in the garden and the will to succeed in your efforts, you’ll have no trouble growing food.
You could grow potatoes and vegetables, and then you won’t have to pay high shop prices so often. And there’s nothing more satisfying that eating food that you’ve grown and put a lot of effort into. Kids love doing it too.
Swap Paper for Digital
The internet and technology are making the need for paper in the home much smaller. We don’t need to pay our bills via the post any longer, for example. Instead, you can do that kind of thing on the internet. And instead of sending letters, we send emails.
If you’re still using lots of paper, you should think about cutting down. All that paper has to come from somewhere and making paper comes at the cost of damaging the environment. If you need to store documents for work, that’s not an excuse either. Store them in the cloud instead!
Donate to Charity Shops
As a society, we have a bad habit of throwing things away instead of giving them to someone else. But when you throw away an item, they just up in landfill which harms the planet. There might be someone out there who could use it instead.
The best thing to do is donate the stuff you no longer want to a charity shop. This means it won’t end up in landfill, and you will help a charity. So, basically, you’re giving money to a worthwhile cause – what’s not to like?
Fix Leaky Taps
When we have a leaky tap in the kitchen or bathroom, most of us just ignore it and get on with our lives. It’s something most of us are guilty of. And that’s fair enough, we’re busy people and fixing a tap takes time and effort.
But if you really want to be green and help the planet, you’ll get that tap fixed as quickly as you possibly can. Those little drips and drops might not seem like much, but over the course of a week or a month, you’ll be wasting a lot of water unnecessarily.
Dry Your Washing on the Line
Yes, the tumble dryer is much more convenient and much quicker, but it also uses lots of energy. So, if you want to cut down on the amount of energy you use, you should definitely think about stopping using it. It might be difficult, but it’s worth it.
There’s no reason why you can’t use the good old-fashioned technique of hanging your washing out on the line. It uses no electricity, so you’ll even save some money in the long-term if you keep it up into the future.
Use Solar Panels
Renewable energy is something that everyone should be thinking about right now. It’s a way breaking away from your reliance on the big energy companies. Those companies rip us off every year, so it makes perfect sense to produce your own energy.
The best way to produce your own energy is via solar panels. They allow you to use the sun to heat your home. But you don’t have to pay for large panels if you only want to produce a small amount. Bestecoshop sells solar panels that can be attached to your shed to power them.
Upcycle Unwanted Items
Don’t throw away those items that look like junk. There’s probably something you can do with them to make use of them again. I’m not saying you should hoard all your old junk, but a lot of it can be put to good use. It’s known as upcycling.
A lot of people now make their own furniture in this way. You can take anything and turn it into a chair and sofa if you try hard enough. Some people take old shopping trolleys and turn them into armchairs by cutting them up and adding cushions and upholstery.
Switch Off Appliances
We tend to leave appliances on all day in our home, but this wastes a lot of electricity. You’ll be shocked by the amount of money you can save by only switching your appliances on when you actually want to use them.
It takes a bit of effort to get used to this because it’s not something that we’re used to. But it’s definitely worth it, so I’d recommend giving it a try.
Buy Fair Trade
Fair trade food products are good to buy because you can be sure that they have been produced in a sustainable and ethical manner. That’s not something that you can guarantee if you buy foods without the fair trade stamp.
They do tend to cost a little more than other products, but not by much. For people who can afford it, it’s important to support these initiatives that put the producers of food first rather than the companies selling them.
Make Fewer Car Trips
We all know that burning fuel is bad for the environment, yet we all do it when we get in our cars. By making fewer car trips, you’ll save on petrol and do your bit to help the planet. You’ll also have the chance to walk a lot more and burn calories.
Alternatively, you could splash out and buy yourself an electric-powered car. Then you’ll be able to drive the car as much as you want, completely free of guilt. They’re becoming better with each passing year with the increase in technological power.
If you want to be a bit greener in life, give each of these 10 simple tips a try.
Trying to find the perfect gift for a special occasion or to simply show your appreciation to someone? Why not consider presents that are eco-friendly? With these gifts, you are showing your concern to the environment while encouraging the recipient to go green as well. If you have no idea what to pick, here are our top recommendations for eco-friendly gifts.
There’s so much involved in moving house that it can be overwhelming. But if you can, you need to spare a thought for the environment. Take these steps to make your move as green as possible.
Perhaps the easiest and most accessible form of eco-friendly moving is recycling. When you’re having a clear out and getting rid of your stuff make sure you’re not just tossing it away. Instead, you need to think carefully about recycling things. Donate old clothes and toys to charity. Pop any old paperwork into the recycling bin. Try to stay as green as possible.
Move on a Weekday
When it comes to the move itself, a great idea would be to move on a weekday. There are several advantages to this. For a start, it’s going to make it much easier, more efficient and less stressful for you. But also, you need to understand that during the week the roads will be less busy. This means less traffic and less petrol. You won’t be stuck in traffic for ages like you would be on a weekend. So this will cut down on your carbon footprint. You need to be conscious of looking after Mother Earth. And this is a great way of doing that.
Decide on a Location
It might not occur to you but the location is extremely important in an eco-friendly move. Why, you may ask? Well, you want to choose a location that allows you to be as eco-friendly as possible. So somewhere where you have to use minimal cars or public transport would be great. Even if it’s in the countryside you can always use a bike. Visit Taylorsestateagents.co.uk/toletoffice/biggleswade/1846/ and have a look at the properties they have. Try to pick somewhere that will allow you to be as environmentally conscious as possible.
Embrace Greener Living
You’ve got to make sure you embrace greener living when you move. And the way you can do this is by selecting the place carefully. Try to select a home that already has solar panels installed. If you can’t then make sure the home is compatible with solar panels. Then you need to get some installed immediately. You also want to choose somewhere with a decent garden space. This will allow you the opportunity to start a vegetable garden and grow your own produce. There are so many other things you can do in the garden, such as get a water tank installed.
Only Use One Van
The key to an eco-friendly move is to only use one van. This cuts down on the carbon emissions, and the amount of fuel used. It’s also a good incentive to keep your possessions to a minimum. We all know how easy it is to stockpile stuff we don’t need. This time you need to remember that you’re going to have to get it all into one vehicle. By making use of one van, it saves you having to use smaller vehicles for multiple journeys. Think about the benefit this is going to have on the environment.
When you move house, you’re going to have to take care of a lot of details. And in the stress and confusion it’s easy to forget the importance of being eco-friendly. You need to make sure you try to make the move as eco-friendly as possible. Have a look at the ideas on this post, and try to use them where you can.