OK, it’s nearly Christmas for those that celebrate it. If you do, you’re probably thinking of moving all that loft junk out of the way once again and digging the fake tree out for yet another year. Alternatively, you may choose to go on the hunt in London for a real one. If you don’t currently have a Christmas tree at all, the obvious question to ask yourself is “should I choose a real or artificial Christmas tree?” Read more
Many of us assume that because they’re powered by electricity and not fossil fuel, electric cars are far better for the environment than their gas-guzzling counterparts. However, this common view is now being challenged due to new claims that electric vehicles (EVs) may actually be more harmful to the environment than diesel powered ones. Read more
We reported back in May of this year that supermarket giant Tesco had announced that it intended to remove “Best Before” dates on some of its fruit and veg products in order to help cut down on the amount of food we waste each year. As of today (Monday 8th October 2018), the full plan has come to fruition (no pun intended!).
Tesco, which is the largest grocer in the country, has said that along with the 70 lines already cut, it’s now added 116 more items to the scrapped ‘Best Before’ date labels on certain fresh fruits and vegetables. This does, of course, mean that we’re now required to think for ourselves when deciding if the items we’ve bought are fit to eat or are destined for the dustbin. Read more
We just had to take a few moments out of our day to write a brief post about this snippet of good news. As the title suggests, the popular discount high street store Lidl has announced that it will no longer be selling any fruit and vegetable items in wasteful black plastic trays. Read more
OK, OK, I know; we’re always going on about recycling and what we can all do help. This post is no exception, although we thought we’d add a sprinkle of humor in today’s post instead. The picture you see here is a classic example of fun and innovative things you can do to avoid producing too much landfill waste. Read more
In a bid to encourage Europe to reduce its ‘Carbon Footprint’, it’s now not permitted for retailers to replace their stocks of halogen lamps and bulbs. As of September 1st 2018, LED light bulbs will be taking their place, despite the higher purchase price. LEDs use around 5 times less electricity than their halogen counterparts, mainly due to the huge amount of heat they produce.
In energy rating terms, halogen bulbs are energy efficiency class “D” (which is bad) whereas LED light bulbs generally fall into the “A” class (which is good). Read more
A recent report highlighting the problem of the sheer volume of rubbish left behind at the Reading Festival in Berkshire is an all too common occurrence up and down the country. With the 2018 summer festival season now coming to an end, it’s the same old story at pretty much any festival you attend. After the partying is over, the organisers are left with the mammoth task of the cleaning up all the waste that just simply gets left behind by revellers. Read more
In an interesting move recently, France has stepped up to the mark and said it plans to introduce incentives that should lead to a reduction in plastic waste. The aim of the scheme is to make products made with recycled plastic cheaper to buy than the same item made from brand new plastic.
France is significantly behind some of its other European neighbours when it comes to plastic recycling at the moment as it only recycles around 25% of its plastic packaging waste. When compared to Germany and The Netherlands, which recycled about 50%, it means that France has the second-worst recycling rate throughout Europe. Read more
Dealing with London’s overburdened road network is a constant struggle for most businesses operating in the Capital. If that wasn’t stressful enough, trying to visually absorb the myriad of new road signs constantly popping up is also hard work.
Following a recent FOI (Freedom of Information Request) made by the RAC motoring organisation, it was revealed that nearly £10 million (£9,713,499) in traffic fines has been raised in a single year between May 2017 to July 2018. Read more
At last, a real alternative to non-biodegradable food and drink plastic packaging waste could be within the world’s grasp. It shouldn’t be necessary to spell out that the implications of this are colossal and it’s hoped that everyday, disposable plastic items such as drinks bottles and flexible food wrapping could soon be a thing of the past. Whilst we’ve already talked about deposit return schemes and other ingenious alternatives to using plastic, a viable substitute to this incredibly useful and versatile substance really needs to be found… and soon. Read more
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