Saturday, 3 October 2015

I always refuse a bag when I can. Would you mind paying 5p for every shopping bag you use? Will this new law make you use fewer bags and bring your own every time you shop?

From Monday large shops in England will charge 5p for each plastic bag. But how did shoppers get so used to free carrier bags in the first place, asks Chris Stokel-Walker. 
The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 comes into force on 5 October. 
The order requires sellers who employ more than 250 people to charge 5p for a "single use carrier bag" which is less than 70 microns (0.07mm) thick. 
Though there are plenty of exceptions to the rule, including for medicines, raw meat and razor blades, having to pay for bags will be a major change for most English shoppers.
The history of the plastic carrier bag's ubiquity is slightly hazy, with no-one able to place a definitive date on the point when they were standard at all UK checkouts.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Flowers by bicycle....

Just discovered this lovely film about a florist in London's East End who delivers her bouquets by bicycle and donates £1 from every bunch of flowers to beekeepers....

Click here to see the Marks and Spencer's website article...

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Don't Just Lower The Lights, Lower Those Electric Bills And CO2 Emissions At The Same Time...

 I'm so one for gorgeous lighting set ups in my interiors. I HATE overhead lights in rooms (I sort of get a wee bit nauseous) and love playing with table and floor lamps and dimmer switches.

This week is Big Energy Saving Week so... Here's some more info for those of you reluctant to switch out incandescent bulbs for the more 'expensive' LED lights in your home... this is The Big Picture, the Long Term Solution.... The Low Down.... oh you get the idea...

Won't Cost the Earth - An infographic by LightBulbs-Direct to promote the Benefits of LED Bulbs for ‘Big Energy Saving Week’.  To view the full image click here.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Stylish AND Sustainable....? I'm IN! Mimosa Street!

I'm often invited to post pages that advertise a green-ish, eco-ish or sustainable products, but often those peeps don't get the remit here: -
It is: how do we live a sustainable and stylish life with as little impact on the planet as possible - and without living in a field in Cornwall peeing into a compost toilet... well, I think MIMOSA STREET may be onto something. Have a click on the links and you decide....

 cute handbags....
 lovely jewellery and much more...

The very stylish website offers a unique mix of jewellery (much of it handmade), accessories and lovely objects for the home. The product mix is unique because they source items directly from small independent suppliers, artists and designers. (nice!)

Mimosa Street loves to celebrate individuality and support emerging talent on the design-front, because while beauty and quality are at the heart of everything they do, they believe that where something comes from matters too. And that’s also the reason you’ll find plenty of lovely and unusual ethically-sourced items from around the world at Mimosa Street. (click here now!)

There’s a widespread misconception that if something is fair trade or eco-friendly then it’ll be dowdy, hackneyed or lacking in style, but they aim to dispel this by offering a range of beautiful objects for the home which are as lovely to look at as they are ethically sound. (yup!)

There's a collection of products made from recycled glass. In a landfill site, a glass bottle will take more than a million years to biodegrade (if it biodegrades at all), so our vases, tealights and carafes, which are both fair trade and made from recycled glass are the height of eco chic. (gotta love that!)

They are a new company and have lots of new and interesting stock on the way, so please support them and watch them as they continue to grow...

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

GREEN PUG RECYCLES! and changes lightbulb, carpools...

This little film was made a few years ago. I can't believe I haven't seen it 'til now. All of my friends know how much I love being GREEN and PUGS, so this is the PERFECT combination *wipestear* 

Monday, 3 June 2013

Now this is what I call Off The Grid Living - and check out the cute owner too!

 One day I will design and build a beautiful dwelling. Maybe not as eco, green and full of found objects of the forest as this one, but what an inspiration. This is of the grid in New York State somewhere.... ooohhh.... I could get so much writing done!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Guest Blogger Sam Marquit talks on How Green is Your Life about GREEN TRAVEL


Advances in Green Travel

Over the last decade, we have started hearing more and more about the importance of living green and saving our planet. I have been thrilled with this progress, especially in the construction industry. I have spent my life working in the construction field, both as an independent contractor and a commercial contractor. Since this is my area of expertise, I am especially interested in green living as it applies to building codes and regulations.

LEED certification has become a standard that many builders strive for, but there are also many other ways to recognize builders and companies that choose to make eco-friendly choices.

In Asia, The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards were founded by a large accommodation company to recognize tourism-based businesses who have made positive changes to help the environment. The awards are given to both big and small businesses for engaging the community, reducing their carbon footprint and providing tourists with an environmentally responsible choice for accommodations.

I think it’s important to realize that every part of the tourist industry can make positive changes; it does not just have to be major hotel chains who make a difference in the world. For example, a family owned restaurant can provide greener resources by serving a menu of locally grown foods; this helps the local economy and the consumer receives fresher food and a small bed and breakfast can use less water by installing low-flow toilets and showerheads.

Great strides are being made in some of the top vacation destinations in the world, too. The Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, recently earned the title of "The Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America." This huge property has drastically reduced its energy consumption by recycling its used waste into new energy, making it one of the most environmentally conscious hotels in Las Vegas. The facility not only meets the LEED standards, but it exceeds them!

Las Vegas isn’t the only big city that’s making greener changes, New York City's ink48 Hotel started the Earthcare program to help users exchange green living ideas. When companies and individuals apply the concepts that companies like Ink48 inspire, they can start reducing their carbon footprints’ as well.

Millions of people travel each year, which can create a lot of waste and you can make a difference by wisely choosing where to spend your travel dollars. It is not a secret that money talks and you can use your money to support hotels, attractions and restaurants that make green living a priority. In addition, we can all collectively make a big difference by making small changes in our daily lives at home, school and work.

 Sam Marquit is an independent ‘green’ contractor and co-author of Fair Marquit Value