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Greening your home – Oven cooking

There’s little doubt that our diet can have a significant and detrimental effect on the environment. After all, the food we eat is responsible for almost a third of our global carbon footprint. For example, the environmental costs of meat production are numerous: The production of feed, fertiliser, farm heating, effluent waste, water and land consumption. transport, slaughterhouse processing and…

Greening your home – Natural cleaning products

The chemicals you use to clean your home can have a detrimental effect on the environment – not least because they invariably end up in the water supply. It’s possible now to buy cleaning products marketed as environmentally benign, but invariably they come in plastic bottles – just one aspect of their production process and product life cycle that has…

Greening your home – Reducing water consumption

After what feels like an exceptionally long and wet winter, one would be forgiven for assuming Britain must have more water than it knows what to do with, but we have less available water per person than most other European countries. In fact, South East England has less water available per person than the Sudan or Syria. Reducing the amount…

HGVs in bus lanes

Bus lanes can get pretty crowded these days. As well as buses of all sizes, they can now find themselves home to taxis, motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and tricycles (non-motorised and motorised). Oh, and in amongst all that lot, bicycles are permitted to use them as a refuge of sorts. With all this in mind, news comes that HGVs in Wales…

Greening your home – Energy efficient lighting

Like bicycles, filament bulbs are a design that has hardly changed over the last century. However, unlike a bicycle, which allows a person to travel at 10–15 mph, using no more power than they would require to walk, filament bulbs waste 95% of the electricity they use as heat. Indeed, in many homes the use of tungsten filament bulbs can…