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Five easy eco-tips for the office

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Here are five easy eco tips to make your office greener:

Easy notepads:
If your office uses a lot of paper, before recycling build a stack of about 50 sheets, then cut into quarters leaving 4 smaller stacks of paper. Attach a bulldog clip to the top, and you have your own eco-friendly notepad, sketch pad or jotter. You won’t need to buy any more and you can re-use the clip afterwards. When finished, recycle the paper as normal!

Reuse padded envelopes:
If you receive a padded envelope through the post, instead of tearing them carefully open the top, being careful not to rip the paper too much.  The envelope can then be reused again. Simply put a label with the new address over the old one, stick a layer of tape over the opening at the top. Once secure you can post it again. This can be done several times!

Ditch the plastic cups:
By that we mean the disposable throw-away cups- the type where you drink a coffee then throw the cup away. This can produce an extortianate amount of waste as hundreds of cups can be thrown out every day.  The simple solution is bring your own cup! If you have a vending machine, most will allow you to put your own cup when the drink is dispensed so the plastic cup won’t appear. You’ll get a bigger hot drink,  and a nicer looking mug.

Switch Off: Energy usage of many companies and households is sky-high, yet so many computers are left on overnight unnessecarily. If they are not used overnight, give them – and the environment – a break by switching them off overnight when you go home. Turn off photocopiers, printers, monitors and lights, and make sure phones and chargers are unplugged to save more energy. Remember lower energy bills also mean more savings. It is said that a computer left on overnight produces the equivelant of enough carbon dioxide ( CO2 ) to fill a double decker bus.

Turn down the heat: Your heating costs will go up by 8% each time you increase the temperature by just one degree. A 2°C increase in office temperature creates enough CO2 in a year to fill a hot air balloon. Turn down the heating, put on some warmer clothes if you feel cool and you’ll see your bills – and environmental impact go down. Never ever have the heating on and windows open at the same time- it is one of the worst wastes of energy possible.

In addition to these tips, consider interior landscaping using a range of office plants to cleanse the air and add greenery inside offices. Office plants are known to also reduce the amount of VOX chemicals and computer emissions inside offices. For those who don’t want to spend time caring for plants, landscaping services can normally do this for you.

New year eco tips

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Now we are well into 2010, we’ve made some green new years resolution ideas that we’ll be following. Try these top 5 tips yourself for a very green 2010!

Break ice from your bird baths: Birds need a source of drinking water over the cold months, and when all the water is iced over there aren’t many available places to drink. If you break the ice on your bird bath, or provide a bowl of fresh water in the cold mornings you may see birds coming down and having a drink in your garden!

Plant spring bulbs if you haven’t already
: On a mild day, If the ground isn’t hard from frost, you can plant your spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, hyacinth and daffodils. You’ll see an explosion of colour in the spring which is perfect for bees and other beneficial insects. Make sure to do this soon!

Start the exercise regime!: If you’re aiming to look good for the summer, there’s no better time than now to leave the car behind and walk. This will also lower the pollution in your local area, and if you’re walking to school with your kids, encourage others to do so too. If you’re walking with very young children and are worried about their safety, consider using walking rings to ensure they stay safe!

Get outside!: It may be cold, but there’s nothing stopping you going outside, getting some fresh air and having fun without taking the car. Take the camera out and take photos of beautiful frost-covered trees or winter sun blanketing the ground. For outdoor games, try a boomerang or game of football!

Put some clothes on: Rather than turning up the heat to the maximum and letting hot air escape your house, put on extra layers or blankets. You’ll warm up and save yourself a log in heating bills.

Whatever you plan to do in 2010, make a few steps to become more aware of the environment and lead a happier, healthier life.

Our favourite lifestyle eco tips

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

lifetipsHere are some more of our favourite eco-tips with our responses, this time to do with an eco friendly lifestyle! We have many things here from picking fruit, not taking the car,  re-using shredded paper and encouraging children to recycle. So have a look and once again a BIG thank you to everyone who submitted these tips to our quoits competition. Simply click the link below to view them! Next and finally on friday we’ll post up our best gardening eco tips. For the meantime, click the link below and  enjoy!

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Quoits competition winners, and our favourite tips!

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Quoits Set WinnerWe would like to say a big thanks to everyone who suggested an eco-tip to us in our competition to win one of three rubberwood Quoits sets. We’re sorry if you didn’t win, but we had a hard time choosing our top 3 as there were so many excellent tips! The three winners of our competition are:

“Use empty plastic bottles to protect your seedlings from slugs and also provide a warm environment. Simply cut off the bottom of the bottle and place it over the plant. On hot days remove the cap pf the bottle. As the plant gets bigger cut off the top of the bottle.”
By Linda

“Use vegetable oil instead of smelly yucky chemically paint thinner to remove paint from your hands and skin. It works and its kinder to the skin and the  environment.”
By Sandra

“Make dandelion jam in spring. Dandelions are free and abundant. One bowl of washed dandelion flowers added with one cup of sugar, juice of a lemon, a  sprinkle of ginger, then make the jam in the usual way. It makes a good topping for ice cream.”
By C Brown

Go here to see what we thought of our winners!

Below are some more of our favourite household eco-tips submitted by you that didn’t quite make it but we loved them all the same. We will add more in the next few days!

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Not so funny friday fact: Livestock contributes more global greenhouse gas emissions than transportation

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Cows: Emmit defeat?

Livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions as measured in carbon dioxide equivalent, reports the FAO. This includes 9 percent of all CO2 emissions, 37 percent of methane, and 65 percent of nitrous oxide. Altogether, that’s more than the emissions caused by transportation.

Source: csmonitor.com