27th January 2020 One simple action to cut energy usage from kettles

One simple action to cut energy usage from kettles

Some home appliances may seem to use a lot of energy such as electric ovens, dishwashers or washing machines but it’s the humble kettle that uses the most. On average the kettle uses about 6% of all the electricity supplied to British homes. While an electric oven doesn’t always get used every day, a kettle […]

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27th September 2019 Plastic recycling

Where does our plastic recycling go – UK’s dirty secrets?

Recycling is not new. In times when resources were precious and pre-industrial revolution, people often recycled, reused and repaired much more than now.  The Japanese were recycling paper in the 11th century; medieval blacksmiths made armour from scrap metal. During the second world war, scrap metal was made into tanks and women’s nylons into parachutes. […]

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10th December 2018 Artificial or real Christmas tree

Artificial or real Christmas trees – which is better for the environment?

If you’re dreaming of a green Christmas then your choice of Christmas tree is a major decision. Artificial trees are increasingly popular as they look ever more life-like and convenient. Real trees are a bit more work in putting them up securely, keeping the needles on and then disposing of them after Christmas. There are, […]

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25th October 2018 Loose bananas in supermarket

Plastic – the good, the bad and the ugly

Plastic is the new bête-noire of today’s environmental movement. We have seen heart-breaking scenes of pollution and real damage caused by single use plastic in the environment in David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 programme and excellent campaigning work by others. BBC’s Blue Planet 2 showed us the incredible beauty and diversity of life in our […]

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7th October 2018 EU approves ban on single use plastics

EU approves ban on single use plastics

The EU parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of banning single-use plastics to tackle plastic pollution on land, waterways and seas. There will be a new directive – Single use plastic proposal – banning items such as plastic straws, cotton swabs, disposable plastic plates and cutlery by 2021, and 90% of plastic bottle recycled by […]

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8th September 2018 Tips on cutting your plastic usage to reduce plastic pollution

Tips on cutting your plastic usage to reduce plastic pollution

The images are heart-breaking: dead marine animals entangled in plastic, formerly beautiful beaches covered in plastic waste and the mounting evidence of micro-plastics pervading our eco-systems. Plastic isn’t all bad. Used properly, it helps keep food fresh and protects products from damage. Its durability means that it is also a useful material in manufacturing and […]

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8th January 2018 4 r's of sustainability

What is an eco-friendly product?

We think about what constitutes an eco-friendly product continuously. We’re always looking for new products and assessing them for whether they would be suitable to sell on ECO Arcade. You’ll be relieved to hear that we don’t automatically believe every claim and make up our own mind based on a widely accepted 4 R’s of […]

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10th November 2017 VW Camper Van

What causes most pollution, manufacture or use of a motor car?

There is now a welcome focus on air pollution whether it’s emissions contributing to climate change or health damaging particles and noxious gases. The British medical research journal The Lancet recently concluded that pollution globally kills 9 million per year (http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/pollution-and-health) with air pollution causing 40 000 deaths in the UK alone (Source: Royal College […]

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