Being 60% desert Israel has a lot of solar energy to share. There is no doubt that having few natural “fossil fuel” energy resources encouraged Israel to develop solar technologies and has led to Israel’s current position as one of the world’s solar technology superpowers. Did you know that: Continue reading “An Israeli solar farm keeps a 3000-year-old biblical law”
Today I’ve decided to do a round-up of some eco-blogs I love the look of, and a few I just couldn’t leave out.
Treading my own path – names like this appeal to me. Various great ideas from Perth, Australia. I liked the look of this one:
2. The zero-waste chef We all love food. He’s just blogged on how to make your own tahini, mind you I didn’t know tahini was still ‘in’. Beautiful photos alone worth a look. Here’s an intriguing one: Continue reading “8 Great eco-blogs too good to miss”
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 it is recyclable our local council has given up on these items. I need to find out why … Continue reading “I’m zero-wasting my life! Why fruit & veg should go naked”
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 are light, the plastic thin. Underneath is the marking “2 – HDPE”. So what’s HDPE? Continue reading “I’m zero-wasting my life! Why I’m getting a milkman”
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 in it. So we all agree there’s a crisis?
But … I also found it surprisingly easy to find good news about the plastic crisis.
So here’s the good news. Continue reading “9 reasons to be positive about the plastic crisis”
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 soak came in. More plastic on the recycling heap? OK, it’s better than chucking it out but there must be a better way. Continue reading “I’m zero-wasting my life! Kicking the plastic bottle habit”
Today I’m going to talk about two “bugbears” of environmental campaigners, plastic & motor cars.
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. In commercial terms it’s great PR. Get a few more to follow – maybe Marks & Spencer in the UK or Walmart – and you’ve got a worldwide movement. Change happens. Continue reading “Electric cars – why the doomsayers were wrong”
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 have this thing called greenwashing. Greenwashing is where commercial concerns try to make out they care more than they actually do by spending loads of money they could be spending on actually caring more on caring less and making it look like they care more. Really, they couldn’t care less and I care about that, although I’m sure they also couldn’t care less that I care more. Continue reading “9 reasons I’m getting all my stuff from Lush now”
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 say how true that prediction became.
Interesting opinion piece in the Washington Examiner criticising “black hole” scientist Stephen Hawking for his political statement that
Continue reading “Why we should be more optimistic on climate change”