Top 5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Plastic

ByNicola Welch October 17, 2021

There are plenty of eco-friendly substitute materials that we can implement in our daily lives to reduce the cause of plastic pollution. As more countries, global brands and companies are heading towards a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach, the demand for non-plastic alternatives is high. Whether it’s businesses implementing fully compostable packaging or supermarkets cutting their usage of plastic bags, it’s safe to say that we are on the right track to cut down our reliance on plastic goods. To help you get started, here are some long-lasting plastic alternatives available right now. Recycled paper and cardboard Cardboard and paper are sustainable and recycle friendly replacements for plastic packaging. Especially when you’re shopping at your local supermarket, you can ask the staff if they have any spare cardboard boxes lying around the stockroom. Paper and cardboard are much easier to recycle, and the chances are that they are made from recycled materials in the first place. Overall, both materials break down quicker and produce less harmful pollutants than plastic. Glass Although glass is not biodegradable, glass is cheap and infinitely recyclable. Since many pre-packed foods like jam, sauce and fruit are generally stored in glass jars, they can be cleaned and reused to store homemade sauce, drinks and other use for arts and crafts. Mushroom based materials The biodegradable material called mycelium, made from a mushroom root, is a trending replacement for plastic packaging. The material is made with mushroom fibres and agricultural waste products like cotton hulls, rice hulls and wheat chaff. The final product can be used for compost or mulch, and some companies are using the material as an eco-friendly substitute for styrofoam. Bamboo Bamboo has naturally antibacterial properties, fast growth spurts, and it’s sustainable. Aside from its rapid growth, there is no need for farmers to […]

Five Ways to Live an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

ByNicola Welch September 15, 2021

With global warming, climate change and pollution arising, it’s more important than ever to live an eco-friendly lifestyle to help save the planet. Below are five different ways you can start to live a greener lifestyle. Buy second hand or vintage furniture Rather than buying new furniture, you could instead buy vintage or second-hand furniture in charity shops or auction houses. Not only will you save money by reusing furniture, but you’re also helping reduce waste overall. You can also look to purchase second-hand items online through Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree. Let your grass grow Letting your grass grow can help the environment in so many ways. So instead of cutting your grass every week, you can let them grow for a little bit and cut them every three to four weeks instead. This will encourage more wildlife to your garden. By making a habit of cutting your grass less, you’re saving electricity, resulting in less carbon dioxide emissions. Use your leftover ingredients Many of our waste comes from food waste. Most people tend to throw their leftovers in the bin, not realising they can be used for something. Instead of wasting any leftover ingredients, you could find ways to use them for another meal or turn them into something else. User green energy suppliers When choosing an energy supplier, you should look for suppliers who are using renewable sources of energy. If you live in the UK, there are a couple of green energy suppliers available. Companies like Good Energy or Green Energy UK are reliable suppliers. Use baths more A recent study shows that a shower uses more water than having a bath. So instead of having showers more often during the week, you should look to have more baths to help reduce water usage. While you’re in […]

The Importance of Recycling

ByNicola Welch August 16, 2021

There are endless benefits to recycling waste properly, from positive global impacts, creating new job opportunities, reducing landfill waste, and preventing rapid climate change and global warming. Apart from the positive environmental effects, recycling helps create jobs in both the manufacturing and recycling industries in the UK, which is essential to the country’s job security, stability and economy. Recycling in the UK means that many businesses can rely on domestic material sources rather than imported ones. It’s important to remember that recycling is necessary to practice for a healthier, eco-friendly and sustainable future. Here are a few reasons why recycling is essential. Reduction to global pollution The process of extracting raw materials to produce new materials causes endless pollution, and recycling helps to reduce the need to extract more material, meaning there’s less pollution. The more materials we recycle, we throw away less waste in landfills. A landfill filled with tons of decaying material emits harmful chemicals and pollutants, so the more we recycle, the less damage we cause to the environment. Energy efficient Making products from recycled materials requires less energy and footprint compared to making them from extracted raw materials. Using less energy on sourcing, labour and processing materials means we produce lower carbon emissions, therefore preventing the chances of disastrous climate change. Conserves our raw material source and reduces our demand for them Constantly extracting raw materials is expensive and can cause permanent damage to the environment. In many cases, it can lead to indigenous tribes and vulnerable communities living around forest systems becoming evicted or exploited for their material sources. Recycling is a better approach instead of damaging land and nature in search of new raw materials. Cheaper than waste disposal and collection Recycling your waste is much cheaper than relying on waste collection. The more […]

Eco-Friendly Products That You Can Buy To Help The Environment

ByNicola Welch March 5, 2021

Did you know that only 10% of all the plastic that’s ever been made has been recycled? Additionally, another 10% gets incinerated while the remaining 80% ends up in landfills. If we want to curve the environmental impact pollution has on your planet, we need to use eco friendly products. Here are some top eco-friendly products to consider, the next time you feel like shopping. Reusable Produce Bags Grocery plastic bags have contributed to plastic pollution so much that some government entities in other countries have banned stores from providing them to customers. Using reusable produce bags is a great way to limit the amount of waste that you yourself produce. As opposed to getting a paper or plastic bag from the store, as to which you throw out after the fact, you can have a more positive impact on the environment by using a set of produce bags that can last for years Eco-Friendly Smartphone Cases One of the major culprits of plastic waste are phone cases. Hundreds of millions of phone cases are tossed each year and statistics show that a vast majority of them end up in the ocean and landfills. Modern advances in technologies have enabled us to develop phone cases that consist of 100% compostable bioplastic. Compostable Bowls And Plates Chances are that you throw away dozens of paper and plastic bowls and plates after hosting family events throughout the year. Compostable party plates and bowls are more environmentally friendly than their traditional paper-based counterparts because they can be used to fertilize soil once they are thrown out Reusable Bread Bag If making bread at your house is one of your most profound hobbies, this is for you. Reusable bread bags are made to replace their paper and plastic counterparts. Some brands are made from […]

Where Can I Donate and Recycle Bras?

ByNicola Welch March 16, 2018

Did you know that clothing contributes most to household waste? A recent study shows that each person throws away around 30kg of clothes every year. Considering the vast amount of textiles thrown in the landfills, we can see how much this contributes to pollution. With this in mind, the textile industry has become the largest producer of greenhouse gasses. We can help make the world sustainable by recycling or donating our old clothing to be reused. Bras are one of the most worn items by women. It’s also one of the most items that are thrown regularly. Researchers have found out some interesting statistics about bras: • On average, a British woman has nine bras, and only about a third of them are worn regularly. • People all over the world spend about £16 billion every year buying bras. Considering the statistics above, did you know that thousands of women who live in developing countries cannot afford a new bra. To help women in these countries, western countries like the UK and the USA have organised charities to help tackle this global problem. Today, these charities are supplying bras for those who cannot afford this type of necessity. If you would like to help out and be a part of this, below are a list of charities and organisations where you can donate your bras. Your Smalls Appeal Your Smalls Appeal is a UK charity that focuses on empowering girls in Gambia. They help girls and women by providing education and supplying donated menstrual kits and bras. Your Smalls Appeal believes that bras are essential for the healthy development of young girls. The Bra Recyclers The Bra Recyclers are an Arizona-based company that takes on bra and donations and supplies them to women who have escaped domestic violence, human trafficking, […]

How to make your home more energy efficient

ByNicola Welch December 19, 2017

The air pollution is becoming a serious issue worldwide. To contribute to improving the air quality indoors and outdoors, homeowners can make their home more energy efficient. Below are some tips on how you can improve your energy usage. Smart Thermostat Smart thermostats are used for conserving both electricity and natural gas when they are not in use. For instance, smart thermostats will automatically use less energy when no one is at home. They also perform this energy saving during the night time when energy is not used. Another advantage includes being able to control your home temperature when your away from home as you can easily manage them using a computer or your mobile phone. Seal Air Leaks A cheap way of saving money and energy is sealing any air leaks all around your house. Air leaks can be found in various places around your home including your windows, walls, plumbing wire and doors. The leaks can be easily sealed with foam and weather stripping. Furnace Filters New furnace filters run more efficiently compared to an old one. When choosing a filter, make sure to pick a high-quality filter with extra pleats. It’s ideal to change the filter every three months. Attic Insulation Increasing your insulation in your attic can dramatically help you save energy and money in the longer run. Keeping the attic warm is the ultimate key to keeping your house warm during the winter season. Request For Energy Audit To find out where the wasted energy is coming from in your home, you can hire a professional energy auditor to help you identify those areas. Once they have identified the areas, you can then look to make some improvements around your home that can help you save money and energy in the longer run. Water Saving […]

5 ways to reduce your business carbon footprint

ByNicola Welch July 14, 2017

Pollution is making our lives difficult on a daily basis. The condition of the environment is deteriorating due to pollution. It is everyones duty to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Many businesses are taking steps to control their greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses are becoming more efficient, making a positive impact on our environment and encouraging others to follow similar steps.  There are many ways you can reduce business carbon footprint; here are some most effective methods. 1. Recycling Landfill costs are increasing every year. Recycling your office waste can help to cut down this cost. Government figures show that commercial and industrial waste in the UK for 2016 was 27.7 million tonnes. Although this is a reduction compared to the 32.8 million tonnes in 2012, it is still an extremely high figure that demonstrates the importance of recycling over sending this waste to landfill. “Managing waste correctly and responsibly can help to save your business money in the long term. In addition to recycling your office waste, your business can use recycled products such as document paper, cardboard boxes and packaging supplies. Old electronic items must be recycled in line with WEEE compliance laws which can help you to avoid potential fines. You should make it a company policy to recycle as much as possible in the office” says Green Plan-It, a waste management company based in Leicester. 2. Reducing energy usage You should make it a business policy to switch off all the lights when not in use, especially at night. You can have occupancy sensors fitted in your office so that the lights go off automatically when there is no one in the room. It is also encouraged that companies switch to green energy suppliers for operating their business. Whenever your electronic equipment like laptops, photocopiers, […]

Can Drum Heating Be Energy Efficient?

ByNicola Welch March 20, 2017

Drum heating is a process that can be required when thick, viscous liquids need to be transferred or pumped from one container to another. It can also be used simply to stop those liquids from becoming completely solid or freezing. Examples of these liquids include fat, grease, syrups, chocolate, tar, lubricants and other related substances. What these different liquids have in common is that they are typically difficult to move at room temperature or below due to their partially solid state. A drum heating oven is usually used to aid the process of moving or pumping such liquids because raising their temperature makes them more fluid. It might be necessary to heat the substance to room temperature or higher, depending on its individual melting point and the task required. Usually drum heaters work using either steam or electric heating elements to change the temperature of their contents. A few benefits of drum heaters include the following: They are generally built to accommodate multiple drums of the same specific size, so economies of scale are available. By returning viscous liquids to a more practical liquid form, they can prevent waste materials being generated. Liquids which are heated and able to move more freely can speed up production processes. Precise controls are used on the ovens to ensure they only heat to the optimum temperature and the results are predictable. For some it is questionable as to whether drum heaters can be an energy-efficient solution, due to the fact that they must be continuously used in order to maintain the temperature of a substance. However, there are a few specific arguments against that. Certain types of high quality drum heating ovens in particular use modern technology to maximise heating performance with relatively low fuel consumption. It is often necessary to use drum […]

Are E-Bikes Really Environmentally Friendly?

ByNicola Welch October 21, 2016 1

E-bikes are quickly becoming a popular alternative to other methods of transport. Compared with some alternatives, they offer a great selection of benefits, primarily cutting down on fuel costs as well as the impact their carbon dioxide emissions have on the natural environment. However, some have argued that the overall effect of having more electric bikes around is likely to be negative on the environment and people’s health and fitness in general. Here we consider both viewpoints. Firstly, it comes down to what an e-bike is being used as a substitute for. If you regularly drive your own car to work or throughout the rest of the day, switching to a fast ebike might be an obvious way to reduce your carbon footprint. These bikes, with manual peddling assisted by a battery-charged motor when required, can really make the difference for some people who would find it highly impractical to cycle to work purely because the journey is slightly too long or difficult. Perhaps the only thing stopping you taking your bike is that steep hill just before you get to the office?