Shocking eco-news can be a wake-up call

Sometimes it’s hard to see the positive in environmental news. Like this article from the BBC:

Northern white rhino: Last male Sudan dies in Kenya


Jan Stejskal, an official at Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic, where Sudan had lived until 2009 puts it as clearly as anyone could:

“His death is a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature and it saddened everyone who knew him.” Continue reading “Shocking eco-news can be a wake-up call”

Researchers discover wood-based fire-resistant material

Parallel fibres in beech wood Photo: DR KEITH WHEELER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a wood-based material that outperforms almost all other heat insulators and costs about $7 a metre to manufacture.

“Nanowood” is created by stripping away all the filler material in wood, leaving just the fibres. This is achieved by exposing wood to sodium hydroxide, sodium sulphite and hydrogen peroxide, all inexpensive chemicals. This strips out the cell walls, leaving the wood’s natural, parallel fibres, which create the high-performance insulation. A square metre of nanowood would cost about $7 to make.

Because is is made from wood – a renewable resource – nanowood is environmentally sustainable too.

Journal reference: Science Advances, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar3724

Positive Earth news: electric supercar does 250mph

0-60 in 1.85 seconds. No one’s gonna be rude about electric cars again

You won’t be able to kick sand in it’s face. It will be in a neighbouring country before you’ve even filled your bucket with sand.

Not to mention a top speed of 258 mph – no idea what I’d do with that speed though. I hate to think. Other interesting features are four motors, a 400-mile range and an 80% charge time of less than 30 minutes.  Continue reading “Positive Earth news: electric supercar does 250mph”

L’Oréal aims to be carbon neutral by 2019

Great to hear some positive environmental news from the cosmetics industry. L’Oréal USA has announced it plans to achieve carbon neutrality in 2019 for all 21 of its U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities by using renewable natural gas (RNG). The company currently has 17 renewable energy installations across the country, including large on-site solar arrays in Arkansas Kentucky and wind turbines in Texas.

To achieve this L’Oréal USA is adding to its diversified energy portfolio with RNG purchased from a new processing facility in Kentucky. The company hopes a renewable energy production solution utilizing landfill gas (LFG) in Ashland that will eliminate the carbon equivalent of 1.8 million gallons of gasoline a year.

Positive Earth News – welcome to “Project Earth”

Lego to use plant-based plastics, and other eco-positive news

Even Dr. Evil wants a clean world

This blog is about positive change. Even though our environmental situation is not good we live in the perfect times for change. If anything proves this it’s the speed at which the #metoo campaign has taken off and toppled a fair few famous people off their perches too. I’m not commenting on that, but it does show the power of social media to create change. In that respect the advent of social media gives me hope. Continue reading “Positive Earth News – welcome to “Project Earth””

It’s proven. Guilt doesn’t work! 

“Pride, Not Guilt Biggest Driver of Pro-Environmental Actions”

Just as I suspected. Finally the researchers have caught up with me. People respond better to pride than guilt. Guilt only works when you know your headmaster/ parents/ police force is standing behind the door keeping an eye on you.

Local Brighton cafe leads the way

Starting at home: local Brighton library cafe Temptation now offers its customers a free coffee if they buy an organic bamboo fibre cup, and double loyalty stamps if they bring their own cup.

Manager Nathan Bayliss finds customers want to change their habits.  Continue reading “It’s proven. Guilt doesn’t work! “

Is it all bad? Inspirationalise Earth news roundup

Newsflash! It’s not all doom and gloom

Dear Planet, 

I agree – although there probably is somewhere, but totally uninhabitable

How’s your week been? I’m a bit disturbed. Famous scientist Stephen Hawking says the Earth will be a ball of fire in 100 years and we won’t be able to live on it any more. Is that true?

 Is it really that bad? Is it all bad news? Are we all disappearing down a giant black hole? Apparently not, not as bad as you think. Here’s a quick round-up … Continue reading “Is it all bad? Inspirationalise Earth news roundup”

Hearing about Share Fairs I want to throw off my money clothes and run naked into a glorious new world. Here’s why

What’s happened in the past week? I went to the Horsham Repair Cafe, and became a sharing newbie. This got me thinking about money, its place in my life and what life would look like without it. Well, a life with less really (not that it makes any difference to the taxman).

No more of this money stuff for me. Well, at least not as much. I want to really share

At the Horsham Repair Café I met the inspiring Christine Sefton. Christine is Community Project Developer at the Eden Project. I was inspired by their ‘Share Fairs’ and the idea of community sharing.

Christine from the Eden Project (and me)

Continue reading “Hearing about Share Fairs I want to throw off my money clothes and run naked into a glorious new world. Here’s why”

10 billion recycled water bottles and a heap of trash

In search of zero waste … sports gear

Last week I looked at fashion, in particular my business shirts, and what was available in zero waste. This week I pick five zero-waste sportswear candidates.

I was shocked to discover how plastic-based fibres like polyester find their way into our oceans just by washing them. So I’m getting rid of my 100% polyester sports gear and I’m looking to replace it with something more sustainable. Continue reading “10 billion recycled water bottles and a heap of trash”

There usually isn’t an aisle marked “zero waste business shirts”

In search of zero waste: 5 ways to make your wardrobe zero waste



Every time I go clothes shopping I find myself facing lots of choices – all the wrong ones. I only buy new clothes when I feel my wardrobe is genuinely short, like I don’t have enough business shirts to last the week. What I’d like to get is organic cotton, minimum. What I end up being offered is non-organic cotton, at best. Or a polyester/cotton mix. Or even pure polyester.

This is what clothing stores are saying to me:

“buy us, it’s cheaper, it’s novelty, think how big your wardrobe will be”

This is what I want them to say:

“buy us, our clothes are zero waste and won’t hurt the Earth” Continue reading “There usually isn’t an aisle marked “zero waste business shirts””