Author: Inspirationalise

Has Brighton run out of beaches to clean?

July 12, 2018

Thanks to an extraordinarily long British summer (ie lasting more than two weeks) I ran out of excuses not to get out there and join a local beach clean-up.  It’s amazing what we can achieve if we all get together to do something about an issue. However I seem to have a talent for missing […]

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Knowing when it’s time to give up and buy a new one

June 30, 2018

It’s all about knowing when your possessions have had their day. Everyone has their own line to draw. Others would no doubt have got it repaired.  On Sunday our 13-year-old TV packed up and I had to face the fact it was never going to work again.  This was after several weeks of carefully rearranging […]

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Are you Zen eco-positive?

June 26, 2018

What is eco-positivity? Eco-positivity is the belief that a positive attitude is the best way to fix our environmental issues. Our environmental problems are basically a result of our long-term mismanagement of our own environment and eco-positivity recognises the power of positive thinking in solving this. What is Zen eco-positivity? ‘Zen’ eco-positivity adds Zen eco-power […]

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How AI can help the beach plastic clean-up

June 4, 2018

It’s massive, it’s multi-dimensional and it’s just around the corner …   A new science-led project is using  drones to survey plastic waste on our beaches and waterways. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being put to good use helping us clean up our oceans. The project is led by the British Science Association and charity The Plastic […]

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I chance upon a beach clean-up, slightly late

May 9, 2018

Rottingdean, Sunday. The beach clean-up was just packing up as we arrived – story of my life, but we’ve got this September’s Great British Beach Clean in our diaries.   Information on this year’s Great British Beach Clean – https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/greatbritishbeachclean 

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What if I refuse plastic bags for my fruit & veg? 

April 22, 2018

No one’s noticed a million rolls of plastic bags in our supermarkets? And why I like Lidl Everyone knows about plastic straws, everyone knows about plastic bags, but no one seems to have noticed about a million large rolls of plastic bags the supermarkets want us to wrap our loose fruit and veggies in. I […]

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I love my brand new 1940’s shave

April 2, 2018

Also featuring “how not to cut yourself shaving”  Last month I decided to go back to the safety razor, the same thing my father used, and quite likely his father before him. I stopped using plastic razor blades supplied by Gillette. The blade is stainless steel, and has been since 1965. Did my face become […]

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Shocking eco-news can be a wake-up call

March 21, 2018

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 [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43468066] 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 […]

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Researchers discover wood-based fire-resistant material

March 15, 2018

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 […]

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Positive Earth news: electric supercar does 250mph

March 13, 2018

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 […]

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