The Co-op Bank and Nationwide go head to head

Since Ethical Consumer published their recent guide to ethical money and finance they have added some great new content to their website that we thought you’d like to know about.

Firstly they’ve used their subscriber tools to take a dive into some of the data behind the recent guide to Savings Accounts.

They focus on two brands –  Nationwide building society and The Co-operative Bank.

Both are well-known high street brands that promote their ethics to customers.

They investigate how their claims stack up, and what the differences are between them?

New ethical banking video

They have also produced a new video in which co-editor Rob Harrison, talks about how to choose an ethical bank account and introduces the new carbon divestment campaign.

This video is also on their new YouTube channel. Please check it out and share it with friends.

We hope you find the content useful and informative.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 20, 2016 at 6:46 am

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Smart Ways to Save in Your Home: A Light Lift for This Season

We all know how much saving up a bit of money on the side can mean, regardless of how well-off we are. Aside from that, reducing energy waste in your home can be a smart and energy-efficient way to help our environment. With some attention and dedication, you can do wonders for your wallet. So, be a responsible homeowner, and follow these pieces of advice.

Know When to Turn the AC off

Imagining the world without the AC is borderline impossible nowadays. The boiling hot heat waves are making our lives unbearable with these devices, as it is. However, keeping the AC on throughout the summer has multiple downsides to it. Even if this was completely healthy (which, let us assure you, it isn’t), it still wouldn’t be too smart to keep the thing on for days and nights on end.

First of all, as we all know it, the AC turns into a huge money guzzler during the summer and turning it off, at least during the night can be of huge benefit to your budget. Instead of sleeping with the device turned on, open a couple of windows and make the draft work for your convenience. This is especially helpful in areas where the air cools during nighttime.

Secondly, the more hours (days are in question here, to be honest) your AC spends working, the more frequent the cleaning and maintenance will have to take place and this obviously costs money.

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Learn How to Use Your Thermostat

The thermostat is a huge summer convenience, as we are well aware of, however it is easy to get carried away with it. Instead of entering your home from the boiling hot concrete and setting your thermostat to the lowest possible setting, make sure you’ve spent at least 10 minutes in your house (perfect for a quick shower) and then setting it to the highest comfortable temperature. This will, however, take some practice, getting used to and control, so a bit of dedication and patience will go a long way in saving up, as well as paying tribute to the global energy efficiency.

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Be Wary of Your Lighting and Appliances

This may sound trivial, but your lighting can prove to be quite the heater when the heater is the last thing you need. Overusing the lighting will not only unnecessarily waste a lot of energy, but also make you turn your thermostat to a lower setting, which is a huge energy guzzler in itself.

When it comes to appliances, using your oven might not be such a good idea, energy and money-wise. Instead, opt for cooking on the stove or using a microwave. In fact, hey, it’s summer – the best season for grilling outside.

When it comes to doing your laundry and dishwashing, make sure you wash only full loads of clothes and dishes – this will save up a lot of energy and it only takes a bit of planning. Buying an Energy Star Certified washing machine is the next step into energy efficiency, if you are looking to raise even more environmental awareness.

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Keep the Hot Air Outside

No matter how advanced your AC system is, if you haven’t properly sealed cracks and openings on the outside of your home, you are still going to have a lot of trouble keeping things cool. We advise calling up experts on this one and always opting for PVC windows.

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It may be easier to keep things cool within your house by cranking the thermostat way down, but this is definitely not going to be convenient for your energy efficiency, or your pocket. The outlined advice take little or no investment and only a bit of dedication and getting used to, while the benefits can truly be huge.

Eco-house Manual: A Guide to Making Environmentally Friendly Improvements to Your Home

Eco-house Manual: A Guide to Making Environmentally Friendly Improvements to Your Home

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 20, 2016 at 5:42 am

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Revive Your Outdoors To An Oasis

The trend for decking has grown immensely in recent years, mostly due to its sleek and luxurious look and low-maintenance factor once installed. Home decking can really transform your outdoor space into a desirable area where you can relax, entertain and generally just get outside more and escape to your very own haven.

When it comes to decking styles, composite decking is particularly a winner due to its recycled content and numerous benefits compared to wood decking. If you’re after a low-maintenance solution for your garden renovation, composite decking requires the least amount of maintenance and effort and isn’t as harsh on the environment, with up to 40% of the materials being recycled materials.

When putting the plans together for your decking, there are plenty of factors to consider and it can become quite a challenge when making those big decisions. The below infographic from 4everdeck outlines the key benefits of decking and the main factors you should consider when putting your home renovation plans together. Enjoy!

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Decks and Decking: 15 Step-by-step Projects - Quick and Easy Ideas to Enhance Your Garden (Weekend DIY)

Decks and Decking: 15 Step-by-step Projects

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 20, 2016 at 5:23 am

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The Smarter and Greener Future Of Construction

Wit theh increase in technological advancement, the construction industry is experiencing more automation than any other industry. Most of the challenges in construction industry are counter-attacked by technology.

The most recent advancement is the Robot Swarm. These are small robots that use artificial intelligence to work in clusters to build huge structures. A swarm would include different types of robots with different specifications. Yet, they combine together and finish the given job with artificial intelligence. Due to some technological error, if a robot fails to contribute, the rest would complete the job. This reduces on-site human presence, which reduces dangerous construction site accidents.

3D printing helps in constructing main structures in the houses and other buildings. They reduce waste and error to a great extent. Giant printers are used to build structures out of raw materials reducing human labour to a greater level. Though this method is not very popular, many companies in Europe and China have started using this.

Other innovative products are Micro algae that grow on glass to create renewable energy and also to increase shade, Aerogel super-insulator which has four times the insulating power of fibreglass but is the least dense substance in earth, transparent aluminium, which is harder than glass is used for skyscraper constructions and many others.

Smart building methodologies do not just include materials, it also revolves around technology like system integration, environmental control, data collection, productivity benefits and others. Best examples of smart building are Edge in Amsterdam and Crystal in London.

The Future of Building

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 12, 2016 at 3:53 pm

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Best Ways To Recycle Ink Cartridges

Did you know that ink cartridges take about a thousand years to decompose? Millions of empty ink and toner cartridges end up as trash in landfills, spelling trouble for the environment. On a slightly positive note, other empty cartridges make their way to incinerators and used to generate energy.

Aside from using a voucher code to go and buy that next ink cartridge, you should be looking at other options that will not only work out cheaper in the long run but benefit the environment too.

If you have empty printer cartridges lying around, why not turn trash into cash and save the planet while you’re at it? Recycling cartridges doesn’t only reduce the amount of plastic in landfills, making it good for the environment; it’s also good for your wallet because you can get cash back for every cartridge you send in for recycling.

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Recycling empty ink cartridges is easy, and here are some of the best ways to do it.

Check the box

If you still have the box the cartridge came in, check it for instructions on recycling. It may provide free postage if you want to send the cartridge back to the company for recycling. If you don’t have the box anymore, visit the manufacturer’s website for information. Some companies offer customers various options for recycling toner and ink cartridges, including a bulk return option, with return shipping already paid for.

Search online

There are many groups that accept empty cartridges in exchange for cash. Some sites accept all kinds of ink cartridges, while others have a list of the kinds that they can accept. You may either have your cartridges picked up or go for pre-paid free shipping. Some organizations offer up to $4 for each used cartridge.

Ask your local government for recycling programs

Some municipalities have their own recycling programs for old computers, printers, cables, and other electronics, including used ink cartridges. Your town may already have its own recycling project in place, with proceeds going to community projects such as the improvement of parks and playgrounds, or prizes for the town fair.

Do a fundraiser

If a school, charity, or church group you know is in need of funds, why not collect empty cartridges from the neighborhood as a fundraiser? Once you collect the cartridges, sell them in bulk online and donate the proceeds to the fund. It’s a great initiative and you kill two birds with the same stone: you help keep the planet green and you also help those that need the money most.

Visit an office supply store

This is something you can do online or in-store. Some office supply retailers have their own recycling programs that give coupons in exchange for cartridges you turn in for recycling. Loyalty program members may get more goodies, such as reward points you can use for future purchases or a discount on printer ink that you purchase. If you buy school and office supplies on a regular basis from a local store, it would be a good idea to sign up as a member.

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Have your cartridges refilled

Reusing is technically not recycling, but consider this option if it’s the first time your cartridge runs out of ink. You can reuse empty inkjet cartridges by having them refilled. There are many companies that can refill cartridges for you, saving you the cost of buying a new one. You can also purchase DIY refill kits just be careful you don’t end up spilling the ink and damaging the cartridge’s components. When a cartridge reaches the end of its life—say, around up to a maximum of five refills—that’s when it’s time to recycle.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 12, 2016 at 4:41 am

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UK Recycling Facts & Figures

Recycling is a very hot topic in the UK at the moment. An increasingly popular notion for many years, it is currently in the public eye more than ever – and about time, too.

200 million tonnes of waste is produced annually in the UK alone, and each household throws away a shocking 40kg of plastic per year.

However, this figure will shrink dramatically if we all do our best to reduce, reuse, and recycle; the nation is certainly getting better at recycling household waste, judging by the statistics. Take a look at the infographic below and find out all about the UK’s waste, waste types, recycling, and many related fascinating facts and figures.

We hope this infographic inspires you to take action today.

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Recycling Things to Make and Do (Usborne Activities)

Recycling Things to Make and Do

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 11, 2016 at 6:50 am

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The Evolution of Eco-friendly football stadiums

The world we live in, is trying its best to become eco-friendly; football clubs are following the same suit, and doing what they can to build or in some cases change their stadiums to be as eco-friendly as possible.

In the following infographic we explore what football stadiums are doing to become greener such as, recycling rain water by collecting and storing rain to be re-used to water the pitch during dryer periods of weather. Installing solar panels to power lighting and other electronics in and around the stadium.

We also explore the stadiums around the world, who have adapted the eco-friendly techniques, like the Princes Park at Dartford, UK, The new lawn at Nailsworth, UK. Khalifa Int. Stadium in Qatar. And some stadiums that are under construction like Lusail iconic stadium in Qatar, The Garden Stadium in China.

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Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2016-2017

Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2016-2017

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 10, 2016 at 12:45 pm

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Brands behind the Olympics

In light of the start of the Olympic Games in Rio, Ethical Consumer have turned their attention to the main sponsors.

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola has sponsored the Olympic Games since 1928. It has been the biggest and longest running sponsor of the tournament.

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They have updated their Coca-Cola company profile and found a number of issues that question its role as a key sponsor for the biggest sporting event in the world.

These include:

  • Irresponsible marketing
  • Operations in oppressive regimes
  • Poor workers’ rights
  • Animal testing by third-party experts
  • Likely use of tax avoidance

See the full Coca-Cola company profile for more information.

Adidas

Adidas is one of the main sponsors of the 2016 British Olympic Team, and has been partnered with Team GB since 1984.

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We take a look at Adidas’ record to see if it’s a suitable sponsor for our athletes:

Scores badly on…

  • Poor workers’ rights in garment factories
  • Boycott call for use of kangaroo leather
  • Likely use of tax avoidance

However, some progress…

  • Set two environmental reduction targets
  • Has made progress to detox from key chemicals

See the full Adidas company profile for more information.

Both companies have work to do before they are considered as ethical and responsible sponsors for such a global sporting event.

What you can do

Share their short video on Twitter to help spread the word about Coca-Cola’s poor ethics. Alternatively, if you do not use social media, share this post with your contacts.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 6, 2016 at 5:41 am

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Peru’s neglected Central Amazon suffers thanks to cattle

Peru’s Central Amazon region suffers some of the nation’s most acute levels of deforestation, but it’s mostly neglected by conservationists. The problem is cows, which are grazing more and more of the region, and the resulting deforestation hotspot extends not far short of 15,000 square kilometres. The area has lost a quarter of its tree cover in the past 15 years and it’s at crisis point. Worse still, recent reports reveal the rate of tree cover loss in 2016 is due to be more than three times the levels seen in 2015.

Cattle already have a major impact on the Brazilian Amazon

Cattle are notorious for destroying Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. Cattle ranching is still the biggest cause of of deforestation there, and right now the cleared forest is home to about 60 million cows. Now a new report reveals neighbouring Peru as home to its own fast-growing ‘cowboy culture’. Researchers have found a forest area measuring more than 24,000 hectares has been destroyed during the past three years alone.

The Peruvian Central Amazon is ‘under-appreciated’

Cattle ranching in Peru isn’t new, of course. It’s just that nobody bothered to document the effect until now.

In recent analyses, MAAP (Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project ) has found that Peru’s Central Amazon has the highest levels of forest destruction in the country. At the same time the plight of the rainforests in the area has had very little media attention. Nobody knows why, it just appears to be an ‘under-appreciated area’.

Illegal cattle ranching in areas supposedly under protection

Worse still, the cattle-led deforestation is mostly illegal, taking place in outside the official areas earmarked by the government for agriculture, a situation highlighted thanks to satellite images which actually show cows roaming in denuded forest regions that should be under protection.

The Huánuco region, which is badly affected, is well known as a particularly beautiful place with a great deal of biodiversity and many unique species not found anywhere else. The region’s unusual geography actually dissects the Andes, and it’s home to massive amounts of remarkable cloud and montane forest.

Cattle deforestation has even affected areas in the official buffer zone, the Sira Communal Reserve, set up in 2001 to protect the Cordillera El Sira by law, a stunning mountain range co-managed by the local Ashaninka, Asheninka, Yanesha and Shipibo-Conibo indigenous people, leaving the park ‘vulnerable’.

Yet again corruption, greed and weak law enforcement are taking their toll. On one hand governments move to protect precious threatened forests, on the other hand they don’t enforce the laws they put in place.

The Vanishing Rainforest

The Vanishing Rainforest

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 5, 2016 at 8:02 am

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Organic rainforest chocolate bars are now on sale!

Exciting news! The first Kemito Ene chocolate bars made with sustainable rainforest cacao grown by indigenous Asháninka communities in the Peruvian Amazon, are available to buy online.

The chocolate bars are the result of years of work by RFUK to help the Asháninka secure and protect their rainforest homelands and to develop ecologically sustainable livelihoods.

Brought to the UK by specialist chocolate maker Loving Earth, this is a ‘bean-to-bar’ raw chocolate, made with organic and highly aromatic cocoa beans harvested last year and sweetened with evaporated coconut nectar. It’s also palm oil free! Loving Earth, which is built on principles of trading fairly with indigenous people and respecting the planet, buys directly from Kemito Ene, the Asháninka producers association RFUK has supported since 2010. This ensures that indigenous communities receive the best price for their harvest.

Buying the 85% Dark Chocolate will help support the livelihoods of Peru’s rainforest peoples in their efforts to protect their forest and traditional way of life. So what are you waiting for!

The Green & Black's Organic Ultimate Chocolate Recipes: The New Collection

The Green & Black’s Organic Ultimate Chocolate Recipes: The New Collection

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm

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