Almost two years ago now, when the anti-plastic revolution hit its peak outcry I started working for a sustainability consultancy in Oxford. This was just after the release of Blue Planet's final episode which shocked and haunted viewers by depicting albatross feeding their chicks plastic and dolphins at risk of exposing their new-born calves to … Continue reading Bioplastics – Eco-friendly and Sustainable, right? Wrong…
I was kindly approached by CIEEM a few months ago to write for their brand new blog that launched today. To help link with their Irish Conference, I decided to write about water. It has always baffled me the little respect we have for water as a country (the United Kingdom). We use it as … Continue reading We need to change our attitudes towards water
Like many of us, I want to lead a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle. But this aspiration is often out of reach with a perceptively high price tag hindered by a limited salary and the high cost of living. But, with much research and a nagging in my gut, I have finally taken key steps … Continue reading Sustainable fashion choices – hunting for ‘green’ labels
The roof has often only considered for two options when looking to implement 'eco' or sustainable solutions, these being either a green roof or photovoltaics i.e. solar panels. But in the very near future, developers will no longer have to choose between the two. The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna has … Continue reading Either Or? Solar Panels V Green Roofs
Our food is dominated by three big grains: wheat, corn and rice. A vast number of processed foods contain these to bulk up content and calories. According to the International Grains Council, the world total grains output is projected to be 2,064 million tonnes (that's a lot) - and it is only increasing. Our huge reliance … Continue reading Making the uncommon common – moving away from wheat, corn and rice
As with the shift in trend of access over ownership, our homes are also getting smaller. Although this isn't necessarily by choice. "The Case for Space" report written by The Royal Institute of British Architects’ claims the UK has the smallest new build homes in Western Europe. Big is Better. Right? Our overconsumption has contributed to the … Continue reading The Tiny House Movement – Could you go miniature?
If you've paid attention to the high street over the past few years, coffee shops have been popping up everywhere, in fact, coffee shops are one of the most profitable sectors in the UK economy. In 2013, 800,000 British adults visit a coffee shop at least four times a week according to Kantar1. That means we are drinking an … Continue reading Shade coffee VS Sun coffee