Anyone selling fruit and veg needs to provide their customers with some sort of packaging. Some still use single-use plastic bags to do the job, but it’s actually much better to use paper, and here are just four reasons why. Continue reading “Four Reasons Why Fruit and Veg Bags Should Be Made from Paper”
You get a whole host of advantages when you switch from single-use plastic shopping bags to jute bags, and you also miss out a whole host of problematic by-products. Here are just three things you don’t need with jute bags. Continue reading “3 Problematic Things You Don’t Need with Jute Bags”
With the help of Lookers who offer a variety of car servicing plans, we explore the future of fuel. Recently, diesel has come in for a lot of scrutiny recently due to the levels of Nitrogen Oxide our vehicles emit. So much so that the government in the UK proposed plans to ban any sales of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040 as they try to clean the nation’s air quality. As a result, 2017 was a record year for sales of electric vehicles, with over 4,000 new registrations per month in the UK — a significant increase compared to 2013 figures, which witnessed just 3,500 new registrations over the entire year! Continue reading “Fuel in the future – What’s in store?”
Although it’s half way through July, it’s never too late to get involved. But what on earth is plastic free July?
Plastic Free July Is an iniative and challenge that aims to make people more aware of their plastic use and increase awareness of the growing waste problem.
Recently, there has been highly enthusiastic renewed interest in community gardens and city farms, also called allotment gardens, across the UK. The location of these community growing groups range from highly urbanized London to the Wales countryside. Much of this renewed interest is spurred on by the educational work of charity groups like The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG), the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG), and the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS). Of the many benefits community gardens bring to communities, reducing rubbish removal is one in which many participants are most proud. Continue reading “How Community Gardens Reduce Rubbish Removal”
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”
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”
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.
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”
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”
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?
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.
You’ve got a warehouse that, from the right viewpoint, appears to stretch out beyond the horizon. Row after row of shelves are piled to the rafters, while the gentle hum of your employees ambling through their day job plays a calming tune to your ears.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.