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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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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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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10th October 2017 single use plastic water bottles

How do you like your water? Out of the tap or in a polluting single use bottle or can?

Recently we saw a new product CanO Water (https://www.canowater.com/) which provides, in their words: “a fully recyclable alternative to single use plastic bottles”. Their USP, is that the can, containing just water, is fully recyclable and does not contribute to the growing problem of plastic pollution. The can is made from Aluminium so has value […]

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10th September 2017 Nigel's eco store

Nigel’s Eco Store – website still under maintenance

One of our inspirations, Nigel’s Eco Store (https://www.nigelsecostore.com/), was taken off-line on 10 August 2016 and replaced with a holding page. At the time of writing (15th September 2017), the website has not been restored. We saw this news update from direct commerce magazine (http://www.directcommercemagazine.com/news/online-shopping/nigels-eco-store-is-sold): “a seller of eco friendly and organic products established in […]

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15th November 2016 2016 global temperatures

2016 will be the warmest year in history

There were warning signs earlier with exceptional droughts, heatwaves and unseasonal weather but the UN weather agency stated that 2016 will almost certainly be the hottest year ever. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said this year would be the warmest since records began in the late 19th-century, with average surface temperatures 1.2C above pre-industrial times. […]

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