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Anna and Em with SEEDBALL tins

SEEDBALL – Transforming Urban Spaces With Wildflowers

Encouraging wildlife into gardens and the wider environment is something close to our hearts. From pollination of plants to the fruit in British orchards and vegetables in allotments and veg plots around the UK, bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects have a key role to play. Wild flowers can be a simple and beautiful way to encourage more wildlife to flourish, and with SEEDBALL, a fantastic product launched by Project Maya, it couldn’t be easier.

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James Campbell - Chief Executive of Garden Organic

Ryton Gardens – A Place to ‘Garden Organic’

Ryton Gardens near Coventry is not only an inspiring place to visit with the family; it is also home to Garden Organic, a charity at the forefront of organic growing in the UK. James Campbell is the Chief Executive of Garden Organic, and we spoke to him about organic growing and why he thinks it is so important for gardeners to know more about the subject.

Posted in Conservation and WildlifeGreen Leisure and TourismGreen LivingGreen PlanetGrow Your OwnInterviews
Richborough Power Station

Is Energy Evil, or our Attitude towards it?

This morning, I headed along for the first of Keele University’s open lectures being run in conjunction with Go Green Week. Across the campus, a range of exhibitions, events and sessions are taking place to inspire students and the wider community to consider sustainability and its role in our lives.

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Andy Dayus - Head of Renewables Operations at Opus Energy

Opus Energy: Powering Businesses With Renewables

Opus Energy is one of the UK’s fastest growing companies providing gas and electricity to the business market in the UK. The company currently supplies energy to over 160,000 business locations and employs over 500 staff in its offices set in Northampton and Oxford.

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Getting on your bike

5 Reasons to Get On Your Bike

The thought of climbing on a bike may strike fear into the hearts of some, but it ignites a childlike desire to escape into the great outdoors in others.

You may think that bikes are just for getting fit, but they’re not just for those who love lycra; anybody can learn to love cycling, and there are many reasons to embrace the bicycle rather than choosing the four wheeled alternative.

Whether you need one reason or five to give cycling a chance, we hope to inspire you to dust off your bike, invest in one or become a familiar face at a local hire shop and reap the rewards it can offer, maybe even becoming a cycling convert.

Posted in Green FamilyGreen Leisure and TourismGreen LivingGreen PlanetHealth and WellbeingTransport and Travel
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Post Christmas diet

5 Foods to Boost Your Health for the New Year

The New Year is often the time of diets and cutting back on the chocolate and snacks consumed in abundance over the festive period. Rather than changing your entire diet though, adding some good quality foods to the meals you eat can be just as effective a way to boost your energy levels and help you lose those few pounds that have led to post Christmas tight waistbands.

Posted in Food and FarmingGreen LivingGreen PlanetHealth and Wellbeing
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Post Christmas Cleanup

Cleaning up After Christmas the Green Way

Every year the post Christmas clean-up means finding a new home for all sorts of leftovers from the festive season. But it also gives you many opportunities to recycle the unwanted items and reduce the amount of waste your family generates. This guide will give you some ideas to reduce the environmental impact of yuletide for years to come.

Posted in Environmental ImpactGreen PlanetRecycling and Waste
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Joanna Dobson - author of Incredible! Plant Veg, Grow a Revolution

Incredible Edible: A Community Growing Revolution

The fame of the Incredible Edible project has been growing with the enterprise receiving recognition from the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on his programme celebrating British fruit, ‘To The Core’.

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Christmas dinner

Enjoy an Eco Christmas Dinner

Food is an area where we can take lots of steps to reduce our Christmas carbon footprint. Whether we’re looking at the food miles the ingredients in our meals have travelled or if sustainable growing practices have been used to produce our food, there are many elements to consider this yuletide.

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Building house

Sustainable Building at Keele Sustainability Hub

Keele University is proud of its environmental credentials, offering a range of quality courses in sustainability and natural sciences, and having accreditation as a Fair Trade university to boot. Tonight though, we headed over to the Sustainability Hub for a talk about sustainability in construction.

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We Are Good - Founder Lauren and sign

Meet The Super Heroes of the Advertising World

When we heard about a new advertising agency who want to carve out a different path and stand out from the crowd by being ethical and only representing businesses that met with their ethical ideals, we had to meet them. A (fairtrade) coffee and a perch in their cardboard chair (yes really) later, we’d had a fun chat and learned more about what We Are Good is all about and their plan to be the change they want to see in the advertising industry. We bring you this fascinating Q and A session with their founder and CEO, Lauren Penny.

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autumnal lake

Enjoying The Outdoors in Autumn

Finding new ways to spend your free time and entertain the kids isn’t always easy, but what better way than to let nature do the work for you.

In Autumn there is a wealth of colour and abundance of fruits and nuts, plus wildlife preparing for the winter giving you plenty to spot on a woodland walk or a trip through the countryside, and around the UK there are certainly plenty of places and open countryside to visit and enjoy.

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old suitcases (catlovers)

Planning a Low Carbon Holiday

Holidays are one of the highlights of the year that many people spend months looking forward to and nearly as long planning.

If you want to start enjoying greener holidays with lower carbon footprints, there are a number of aspects you can consider adapting to make your holiday more environmentally friendly.

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water fall

Reducing Water Usage in your Home

Water is one of our most precious resources and everybody needs access to clean fresh water to stay healthy. We don’t only need water to drink; we use it for washing clothes and dishes, bathing, in industry and agriculture. Water shortages are projected to be a likely problem in the future, so what can we do to become more savvy about the water we use and reduce unnecessary wastage of this valuable commodity?

Posted in Eco HomeGreen LivingGreen PlanetRecycling and Waste
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eco kitchen - Image attribution: Flickr user georgiapeachez

Ways to Reduce Kitchen Waste

As consumers, everybody generates waste to some extent, and although recycling can give our waste products a new lease of life, reducing the amount of waste we produce as a whole is a significant way of reducing our carbon footprint. That’s not to say that recycling is not an effective way of solving the problem of what to do with leftover packaging, food and goods we no longer require; far from it.

Posted in Eco HomeGreen LivingGreen PlanetRecycling and Waste
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