Month: July 2017

I’m zero-wasting my life! Why fruit & veg should go naked

July 30, 2017

How sustainable is my life #3 – veggie wrapping Veggies don’t need plastic either. Here our journey starts. This is what our purple sprouting broccoli and green beans came in, delivered by our local Tesco supermarket. Gasp! More plastic! Something must be done. I search for signs of recyclability, but there are none. Even if […]

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I’m zero-wasting my life! Why I’m getting a milkman

July 25, 2017

How sustainable is my life #2 – milk bottles I awake at 2am to find myself sitting bolt upright in bed. The plastic bottles in which I get my milk might not be as eco-friendly as I had thought! “How green are my milk bottles?” I think. “I’m going to have a closer look.” The bottles […]

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9 reasons to be positive about the plastic crisis

July 24, 2017

I want to help you feel good about the environment. First of all, let’s be honest. There is a plastic crisis. When you’re on an idyllic remote island no one even lives on and you can’t move for plastic rubbish. This is Henderson Island.   My second point: wild animals digesting plastic or getting tangled up […]

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I’m zero-wasting my life! Kicking the plastic bottle habit

July 23, 2017

How sustainable is my life? #1 This is where I start looking at my own life and making those small but vital changes towards sustainability. Let’s see what effect a few small changes can make. I’m going to start with plastic waste. The large plastic bottle in the image, left, is what my herbal bath […]

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Electric cars – why the doomsayers were wrong

July 20, 2017

Today I’m going to talk about two “bugbears” of environmental campaigners, plastic & motor cars. 1. Plastic Beauty product retailer Lush take back their plastic gift vouchers and melt them down to make other goods. They maybe only take a few pounds of plastic a year. But the point is, they are leading the way. […]

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9 reasons I’m getting all my stuff from Lush now

July 18, 2017

  We live in a commercial world. Very. Environmentalists and just about every other campaigner keeps telling me. So when I read about trendy companies like Lush, hear about them from all my female friends, pass by their store in my local town, I’m going to be a bit sceptical. This is because we also […]

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Why we should be more optimistic on climate change

July 11, 2017

A number of years ago I was at a friend’s house listening to records. “One day” he told me “you’ll be able to switch on your TV and choose exactly what film to watch, what music to listen to.” At the time, this was the most implausible, futuristic thing I’d ever heard. I need hardly […]

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Think your plastic-free life won’t make a difference?

July 10, 2017

Think you’re plastic-free life isn’t helping the planet? Read on.

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Battery powered cars – now who’s laughing?

July 7, 2017

Carmaker Volvo has fascinated the world by announcing yesterday that all Volvos launched from 2019 will have an electric motor. Wow! That’s a world away from the beloved Volvo tanks I used to own in byegone days. Meanwhile car-making giant VW has unveiled its all-electric research car with a range of 250km and even robots […]

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Is hard-nosed commerce the future of the sharing economy?

July 5, 2017

Is this what the sharing economy is all about? AirBnB is launching a new premium service aimed at providing a more hotel-like experience for the discerning traveller. I’ve noticed how private landlords have moved in on Airbnb lately as I use it from time to time for London workstays.

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