Do you ever look in your garden shed or garage, under the bed or on top of the wardrobe and wonder where all that ‘stuff’ comes from?
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Heading down to your local charity shop may spring to mind when you’re clearing out your wardrobe or when giving the garage a spring clean. Charity shops however are not just somewhere to take your unwanted clothes, books and bric-a-brac. You can find some gems you might not even realise are waiting for you, whilst helping charities to raise funds and reducing the strain on your wallet at the same time.
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.
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?
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.
An Englishman’s home is his castle, and for that reason, many people love the idea of building their own home. Undertaking a self build project can also be a fantastic way to give yourself an eco-home, filled with the highest quality insulation, natural finishes and ethically sourced furnishings.
One of the largest areas to consider if you’re looking at ways to be greener and to reduce your carbon footprint is by looking at the resources that you and your family consume. This can encompass many different areas, such as food, clothing and transportation, but as the weather gets colder, one thing we all begin to use more of is fuel, both for heating and electricity.
Online flooring retailer flooringsupplies.co.uk have received an FSC accreditation which enables the company to use the well known FSC logo on a number of their engineered wood flooring products following chain-of-custody certification by SGS. SGS is a company providing verification and certification services to ensure particular requirements and standards regarding safety, performance and quality are met.
A revolutionary new product from organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology company, LOMOX, based in St Asaph, North Wales, could replace the light bulb. OLEDs provide a low energy light source that can be used as part of flat panel displays and provide low energy lighting solutions, and LOMOX’s latest innovation could revolutionise interior lighting, integrating OLEDs into wallpaper.
A proposal to build an eco home near to the site of a former asbestos factory is facing continued opposition from a local action group. The proposal to build a three bedroom house on a car park which is situated across the road from the site of Acre Mill where the former Cape Asbestos factory was in operation.
The National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon will be hosting the Big Green Home Show this weekend, 23rd-25th October. The green event will be the second Big Green Home Show held at the venue and will feature a wide range of activities including seminars, live building demonstrations and a large number of experts on site throughout the weekend.
The familiar conventional solar panel that springs to mind when someone mentions solar power could be replaced by the new trend of integrating solar technology into buildings. The increasing popularity for building integrated photovoltaics is aided by the advances in microgeneration technology including solar roof tiles, shingles and even special sheeting that can be incorporated into other building materials which is coated in layers of atomised photovoltaic material.
The EU ban agreed to in December last year which will put an end to the sale of 100 watt and frosted incandescent light bulbs comes into place on 1st September 2009. The ban will help reduce carbon emissions, as energy efficient CFL (Compact Florescent Lamp) bulbs use less energy than the familiar incandescent bulbs, and also last up to 7 years, therefore significantly reducing the number of bulbs people need to buy.
The UK’s first Green Skills Training Centre will be built in Tredegar in the South Wales Valleys later this year according to an announcement from British Gas and the Welsh Assembly Government. The centre will provide training for up to 1300 people a year, including up-skilling existing British Gas employees in renewable energy technologies.
Swindon is set to be the location of the UK’s next eco housing development if the plans submitted by presenter of the self-build TV show Grand Designs are approved. The proposal is for a development of sustainable housing, which would be called ‘The Triangle’ to be built on a brownfield site, made up of 2.5 storey terraces which would provide 42 homes.