Textile waste and organic cotton: how many unworn items of clothing do YOU own?

Did you know that Brits have around 1.7 billion pieces of clothing in their wardrobes (that’s 30%) that have not even been worn yet? And, did you know that each household in the UK produces around 70kg of textile waste per year? That is a lot of waste!

People are becoming more and more aware of fast fashion and the use of pesticides for the production of conventional cotton. It has been estimated that only 0.1% of applied pesticides reach the target pests, leaving the remaining 99.9% to impact the environment. This and other findings were shocking.

If you’d like to learn more about the findings – including facts about the US & other countries – please take a look at this article: http://www.forgerecycling.co.uk/blog/fast-fashion/

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 29, 2016 at 9:52 am

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7 CEO’s Saving The World

Let’s face facts, the world is in serious trouble.

2015 has seen climate change pass the milestone of 1°C of warming since pre-industrial times; the Big 10 food companies emit more greenhouse gas emissions than Scandinavia through their supply chains; and by 2050 there could be an extra 50 million people starving.

Fortunately there are some CEOs who aren’t just going green for profit – who don’t talk but act to make positive change. And they just might save the world.

We hope you enjoy this infographic from guarantor loans provider Buddy Loans.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm

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RAND Picnic – your next family outing at sea!

PRESS RELEASE FROM www.randboats.com.

SPEND FAMILY TIME AT SEA, LEAVING NO ENVIRONMENTAL TRACE

With RAND Boats’ new electrically powered Picnic boat you can experience nature alongside family and friends without leaving the slightest trace behind.

The boat is built around a re-cycled plastic bottle kernel and offers wooden interior materials from sustainable forestry producer Kebony. And as for propulsion it is electric of course, meaning you and your family can enjoy nature free of noise and fumes in up to 16 hours on a single charge, leaving no oil spill or gasoline leakage in the water.

The eco-friendly boat is moreover easy for everyone to use and requires no license – just press the start button and you’re underway. It sits incredibly calm in the water, and is both self-bailing and sink free making it among the safest family boats on the market.

RAND Picnic is a perfect way, to create family time at sea, for either fishing, bathing or relaxing with a picnic in the most eco-friendly way possible – and yes, it comes with solar transportable solar recharge options.

Founded in Denmark in 2013 RAND Boats specialises in eco-friendly and intuitive motorboats easy for everyone to use regardless of experience and ability.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 22, 2016 at 4:02 pm

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7 Common Recycling Mistakes Families Make

Recycling can have a huge positive effect on the environment. Fortunately, more people are beginning to understand it and put it into practice. Still, there are too many misunderstandings in terms of what and how should be recycled. Here are seven common recycling mistakes that families make with waste disposal.

Including plastic bags

If you are recycling glass, do not throw it together with plastic bags. You have to check and remember the local rules for recycling separately. One good idea is to stop using plastic bags. Buy one made of fabric, instead. They last longer than plastic bags and do not contaminate the environment. If you still have many plastic bags, offer them to the local supermarket. They will find a way to recycle them, plus you’ll get some cents in return.

Throwing food-soaked packages

When you finish eating your pizza, think twice before you “recycle” the greasy box. Does it belong to the paper bin, really? When it comes to junk disposal, recycling is not always possible. Try to clean dirty cartons and packages as much as you can. If it doesn’t work, just use the trash bin. No need to recycle the unrecyclable.

Make & Mend: A Guide to Recycling Clothes and Fabrics

Make & Mend: A Guide to Recycling Clothes and Fabrics

Leave liquid in recyclable containers

Similar to food-soaked packages, it is unacceptable to recycle containers with liquid inside. You want to recycle your Coca-Cola bottle? That’s great! But why don’t you finish drinking it before that? Or at least pour it down the drain. If you throw a half-full bottle in the plastic bin, you will contaminate the rest of the material there.

“Recycling” non-recyclable glass

Few people are aware of the fact that not all glass is recyclable. Mirrors, light bulbs, china, porcelain, ceramics and even window glass belong to different categories. They have a different chemical composition, which makes it impossible to recycle all glass in the same bin.

Diapers and Other Bio-Hazardous Waste

Baby diapers, used nose tissues and toilet paper belong to the category of bio-hazardous waste. They are likely to carry a variety of microorganisms, viruses and bacteria, which makes them potentially dangerous. For this reason, recycling is not an acceptable waste disposal method here. Check your local regulations to find what you need to do.

Other types of hazardous waste

There are many different products that belong to this category. Motor oil, paint, pesticides and electronics could be hazardous to the environment and human health.  You cannot recycle those in regular recycle bins. Instead, find a local disposal centre, which is licensed to handle this type of waste. If you have too much of it at home, you can consider a professional waste removal company or hire a skip.

Plastic lids and caps

Surprisingly, plastic caps and lids belong to a different category of plastic. Something more, they can contaminate other plastic materials during recycling. For this reason you should remember to pull the cap out before you throw a bottle into the recycle bin.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 22, 2016 at 7:32 am

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How To Encourage Your Friends & Family To Recycle Properly

Are you an eco-warrior, but some of your friends and family don’t seem to be quite as passionate as you? The worst thing you can do is try and preach to them and force your opinions upon them. If you want to get your friends to start recycling properly, you need to find ways to encourage them, and to show them the potential benefits.

Despite the importance of recycling, it’s shocking how many people don’t bother doing it. People give all sorts of excuses for not recycling, but perhaps the most common one is that they don’t know how to do it properly. If a friend seems interested in recycling, but is a bit overwhelmed by the whole process, you just need to enlighten them as to just how easy it is.

If some of your friends do come around, don’t expect a miracle. They might only initially make small changes to their habits, but at least you will know you are gradually helping to save the planet by convincing one person at a time. Here are some tips to try and help get your friends and family on board with recycling.

Show them how you do it

When your friends come over, show them how you do your recycling and how you organise all your bins. If they see you doing it with ease, they may think it’s less effort than they initially assumed.

For those friends who are actually interested in learning how to recycle like a pro, invite them round for a guided tour of how you recycle. Give them as many helpful tips as possible so that they can become even more efficient at recycling.

Put together a simple how to guide

Another thing you can do if you are really passionate about getting your friends and family to recycle is to put together a step by step guide. If they have a straightforward guide to hand then there’s no excuse for not recycling. You can also write down some little reminders and useful bits of advice for them.

Pack Of Three 25 Litre Recycling Bins

Pack Of Three 25 Litre Recycling Bins

Put them in touch with their local recycling authority

A lot of people don’t recycle because they don’t have the correct bins or aren’t sure what their local authority requires when it comes to recycling. If they don’t have any recycling bins, get them to order some. Also encourage them to look up their local recycling guidelines.

Make them aware of the benefits

Often people avoid recycling because they don’t know the benefits, so they don’t have a strong enough reason to bother (despite there being plenty). Explain how recycling can help our planet, save them money and make their home more eco-friendly.

Send them a few YouTube videos

Sometimes all it takes is a hard hitting video or story to encourage action. Find some videos on YouTube that demonstrate the devastation that the world’s rubbish causes. If you can’t verbally convince them to recycle then maybe a video can.

Show them that they can make a difference

People can’t always see themselves as part of the bigger picture. They know that if more people recycled properly it would help to improve our planet, but they just can’t see how they can make a big enough difference.

Provide them with some simple fact about household recycling. For example, 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours and Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours. These are hard facts that will help them to see that they can in fact make a difference.


This is a guest post from Edward Woodward. A writer at Kedel blog

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 16, 2016 at 6:16 am

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Boiler Efficiency

If you have a boiler in your property, you may be interested in this infographic from Cast Iron Radiators.

If more people realised that their boiler was out of date, and that a new boiler would both save them money and cut down on their environmental impact, then it could make a difference.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 14, 2016 at 5:51 pm

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50% of Amazonian tree species under threat

It looks like more than half the tree species in the Amazonian rainforest are under threat from extinction. On the bright side, ‘if properly managed’ the the region’s many splendid parks, reserves and the land owned and looked after by indigenous people will offer the protection the species need to survive.

Five decades of rainforest decline

The forest cover in the Amazon region has been in decline for more than fifty years, and scientists have never really got to grips with the way the gradual deforestation has affected individual tree species. This study compared information from surveys right across the region with modern maps and projections estimating future levels of deforestation to pin down how many species have been lost and where.

The research comes from a team of 158 researchers from 21 countries, headed up by Hans ter Steege from  the Dutch Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands and Nigel Pitman from the The Field Museum in Chicago.

Research reveals the threat to rainforests worldwide

The conclusion is that anything between 36% and 57% of species probably qualify as threatened under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species classification. Interestingly, the results of the study have much wider implications. The same trends probably apply throughout other tropical rainforests elsewhere in the world, and the findings gives us clues about how they are likely to be affected by species loss in the future.

Keeping up the good work

The researchers conclude that most of the world’s forty thousand or more tropical tree species are likely to qualify as threatened. On the other hand, because more than half of the Amazon Basin is protected or owned by indigenous people, vast areas of forest are better protected than ever before.

It’s all thanks to the hard work of local people, politicians and conservationists locally, nationally and internationally, who have worked hard in recent decades to improve rainforest conservation. This, and improving the rights of indigenous people, has dramatic benefits for biodiversity.

A battle we’ll see playing out in our lifetimes

The report’s conclusion is this: as long as protected forests don’t degrade any more, the extinction of threatened species might be halted in its tracks. It matters because the entire region is under constant threat from the greedy and amoral,including dam construction, mining, fire and drought.

As the report’s co-author William Laurance of James Cook University in Australia said, “It’s a battle we’re going to see play out in our lifetimes. Either we stand up and protect these critical parks and indigenous reserves, or deforestation will erode them until we see large-scale extinctions.”


Article by The Rainforest Foundation. Image by mariusz kluzniak.

 

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 9, 2016 at 5:58 pm

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Share your long-lived and long-loved clothing

This January, Ethical Consumer want to promote slow fashion, the opposite to the mainstream fast fashion narrative. They suggest boycotting the frantic seasonal sales and instead learning to love the clothes you’re in.

To spread this message they have put together some simple tips on extending the life of your clothes.

And, as part of this drive for a more ethical approach to fashion, the Ethical Consumer team have been sharing images of their long loved and pre-loved clothes.

They will be taking to Twitter from 10:00am until 5:00pm today(5th Jan.)  to share more of their images and would love you to share yours with them too.

Simply take a photo of yourself in your favourite second-hand or old piece of clothing and share it with them on Twitter using #fightfastfashion and #ethicalfashion.

They will also be live blogging throughout the day and posting the best images on the Ethical Consumer site.

It’s a great way help spread the word about ethical fashion and they hope you’ll join them in the twittersphere.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 5, 2016 at 8:32 am

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How to create an eco-friendly garden

This infographic from Capital Garden Services, explains how to create an eco-friendly garden. It outlines the detrimental effect unnatural substances have on your garden and the environment and describes the steps you need to take to create your very own eco-friendly garden.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - December 17, 2015 at 9:57 am

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5 Things We Learned From the Paris COP21 Climate Talks

Climate change is an issue that affects us all. And at the end of November 2015, nearly 200 countries from across the world came together in Paris to discuss the global problem of greenhouse gas emissions and the earth’s rising temperature. After two weeks of intense negotiations and all-night meetings, a global deal has been reached to help stop the effects of climate change.

It’s not surprising that in 14 days a huge number of issues and measures were discussed. From debates on shale gas mining to calls for more investment into renewable methods of harnessing energy, we bring you our round-up of the top five biggest things we learned from this historic event.

1) More ambitious targets were sought

For the past few years, scientists across the world have largely been in agreement that the planet’s core temperature cannot rise by more than two degrees Celsius without disastrous environmental consequences. As a result, the subsequent goals and targets that have been set have all been based around this figure. However, on Sunday 7th December, Canada entered the discussion to call for more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets to be set.

It was safe to say that the crowd in Paris was shocked when Catherine McKenna, the Environment and Climate Change Minister for Canada, announced that she wanted an agreement to reduce the warning to 1.5 degrees Celsius as opposed to two. She also called for more political accountability from all countries, as well as regular reviews into whether governments were doing enough to hit all goals.

Many of the biggest countries across the globe were in agreement that 1.5 degrees Celsius was the target we should be aiming for, with many calling for a binding UN agreement on the figure. However, it still remains to be seen whether or not Canada’s recommendations will be taken on board.

2) More must be done to tackle deforestation

The subject of deforestation was discussed intensely during the Paris talks. The role that the world’s forests play in our ecosystem cannot be undervalued. Not only do they help to lower the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, they are also relied upon by around one billion people across the globe for their livelihoods, which can include anything from controlling rainfall to supplying work.

However, according to estimates by the United Nations, the earth’s loss of approximately 12 million hectares of forest a year accounts for around 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The Prince of Wales took centre stage to lead calls for a solution to deforestation, and it appears that efforts were not in vain. During the first couple of days of the talks, a number of new initiatives emerged to tackle the disappearance of the world’s forests. This included a brand new partnership between the UK, Norway, Germany and Colombia to support efforts in Latin American countries towards saving the Amazon Rainforest.

More good news came when it emerged that the UK had announced a plan with Norway and Germany to provide $5bn by the year 2020 to countries that establish ambitious anti-deforestation schemes and strive towards further conservation.

3) Renewables are going global

For many people, the words renewable energy may conjure up high-tech images of fields of solar panels and wind farms stretching as far as the eye can see. But the reality of renewable energy is actually rather different and countries that are considered to be developing are catching up in terms of harnessing renewable energy, and COP21 highlighted the potential that these countries have for tackling the global problem.

Climate Change: The Facts

Climate Change: The Facts

Africa produces very little of the greenhouse gases that are having such a drastic impact on our climate, but it is one of the most vulnerable continents on the planet given that much of its population depends so heavily on rainfall for its agriculture. As a result, Africa is planning to undertake a huge continent-wide expansion in its renewable energy efforts; they are aiming to double their production within 15 years. During the talks, France also announced plans to pump billions of euros into renewable and environmental projects across Africa in the next five years.

4) Net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

One of the biggest discussions to get off the ground in Paris was the goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050 and beyond. The UK already has its own targets in place – an 80% reduction in emissions (based on 1990 levels) by 2050, but a deal of this magnitude reaffirms the importance of cutting our emissions.

Numerous initiatives aimed at curbing pollution have been floated and were unsurprisingly high on the agenda at COP21. We all need to be working towards achieving negative emissions, which involves removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere either through the planting of more trees or carbon dioxide storage. It is also likely that renewable energy methods will be cropping up more and more as a strong push towards things like solar and wind will be needed to even come close to the 2050 target.

5) Five-year reviews

Setting common targets and goals for nearly 200 countries from across the world was no mean feat. To ensure everyone involved is constantly striving to achieve those goals is another challenge altogether. Something else to emerge from the COP21 talks was the establishment of a process where the countries involved would meet up every five years to review their progress towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Many are hoping that this will ensure the pressure remains on governments to continue to strive for a greener future.

These five standout points merely scratch the surface of everything that was discussed at COP21. But what’s important to take away from Paris is that steps were made towards setting a goal that would help to cut greenhouse gas emissions – it’s a major step forward. While major deals are being struck, it’s essential that everyone does their bit to try and tackle climate change. From taking small steps towards being greener to switching your business energy provider to one that gets its power from renewables, we’ve all got a part to play. Now, only time will tell whether the measures put in place will yield any results.


About the Author: 

Phil Foster is the MD of Love Energy Savings, a business energy comparison service designed to help business owners not only improve their profits, but also save valuable time in the process of comparing and switching suppliers. Advocating energy efficiency and awareness of energy usage, alongside tariff comparison, Love Energy Savings are committed to helping businesses save money so they can continue to grow.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - December 16, 2015 at 6:50 am

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