Upcycling Your Rug

Creating something new out of something old or unwanted, referred to as Creative Reuse or Upcyling continues to gain popularity as people become more aware of unnecessary waste and the impact the waste has on the environment.

With so many places, such as Pinterest,  available for inspirational ideas for upcycling here at The Rug Seller we delved into the minds of others, so to speak, and were amazed by the ingenuity of others. The infographic showcases some marvellous ideas for transforming old rugs into wonderful new things.

From fashion accessories to items for your pet and your home, there are so many options and ideas it makes no sense to simply discard an unwanted rug into the rubbish bin when you can make good use of it. Furthermore, reusing it means that it won’t be taken to landfill sites which is a great way to do your bit to help save the planet.

So, if you’re thinking of giving a rug a new lease of life take a look at the infographic below and be inspired to get creative. You’ve nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain. Who knows you may even be inspired to think of other items around your home that you can upcycle and re-purpose rather than throw away.


Upcycling: 20 Creative Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials

Upcycling: 20 Creative Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials

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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 22, 2016 at 6:39 am

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Best Tips For Creating an Eco-friendly Home

There are so many myths and beliefs associated with green living that it becomes hard for a layman to distinguish between what is real and what is just hogwash. And that is why Roofing Outlet put together an infographic showcasing some real, manageable tips that can actually make a difference to the environment and your wallet.

For example, you can reduce your heating bills by up to 10% and save up to £85 a year simply by turning down your thermostat by 1°C. Spending one minute less in the shower every day will shave off another £10 from your utility bills every year.


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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 21, 2016 at 6:26 am

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Ultimate Rooftop Garden

As summer is at an end it’s never been a better time to make a rooftop garden. the weather conditions are ideal, as there’s not much risk of plants dying or drying out from lack of water, unless you forget to water them during any unforeseen dry spells. At this time of year occasional frosts are rare, which gives plants time to start growing before Jack frost nibs at their tender leaves.

This infographic offers some fabulous rooftop garden inspiration for those new to gardening, including hints and tips of what needs to be done before you rush off to the garden centre to start purchasing plants. We’ve also included drainage ideas, tips for selecting the right type of plants for your rooftop area and choosing the correct type of compost or soil to suit the growing conditions and your plants.

You don’t want to be spending your valuable spare time weeding and pruning so we’ve also included some advice of plant care and maintenance.

To give you a flavour of the potential end results the infographic includes some of the most amazing rooftop gardens from around the world. Believe us, you’ll be astounded and inspired!

Read on, and start planning and preparing your own fabulous rooftop garden this weekend.


Rooftop Garden

Rooftop Garden

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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 21, 2016 at 6:13 am

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Energy Saving Tips in Australian Homes

Australians use an amazing amount of energy – enough to power 8 billion TVs or charge 10 billion mobile phones. Luckily, Australians are starting to move towards renewable energy with 14.6% of energy being provided by renewable sources in 2015. Improvements are being made but the other 85.4% needs to be considered as well!

Just in general, there are little tweaks we can make to how we live our lives that can make a huge difference. This isn’t about making your life difficult but more about being a little more efficient around your house. For example, simply turning off your appliances when you’re not using them can help to reduce your energy bill by 10% and will also help the environment – so it really is win-win.

Check out this infographic from Half Price  which outlines the changes you can make in every room of your house to save you money and help the environment.


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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 20, 2016 at 5:38 am

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Can your business do more to help the environment?

It’s unfortunate that sustainability plays second fiddle in business. The need for businesses to turn over a profit shouldn’t be at the expense of the environment. Businesses need to do more to minimize their contribution to landfill and carbon emissions. Rather than try to implement everything themselves, businesses can leverage technology and the help of sustainability partners in order to make their business more eco-friendly. Here are 5 ways businesses can do more to help the environment.

Correctly disposing printer cartridges.

Over 30 million printer cartridges are sent to landfill every year. The cartridges are harmful to the environment because inks and plastics that are in the cartridges can contaminate the ecosystem, making any contaminated water undrinkable and any contaminated soil unable to grow any agriculture.

Additionally, used printer cartridges can take anywhere from 400 to 1000 years to degrade.

Businesses can help to close the loop by participating in schemes where the original printer manufacturers ethically recycle used printer cartridges. Suppliers like Cartridges Direct have partnered with Cartridges for Planet Ark to help businesses implement a system where they can mail their used printer cartridges to be recycled at no cost to the business. The business only needs to implement a process where their staff will ethically dispose and dispatch the used cartridge so that it is received by the right recycler.

Setting up a stationery recycling station

Businesses waste a lot of money on buying new stationery rather than recycling unused stationery. Set up a stationery station such as a cupboard where employees can place any unused stationery items like pens, pads, books or staplers for other employers to use. This should cut down the business’s stationery expenses and minimise the amount of unused stationery that gets disposed.

Setup recycling categories and partner with organisations that can recycle the items ethically

It’s important that your business encourages its employees to recycle ethically. Make things easier for them by creating disposal boxes that give them the option to recycle items easily. Place bins around the office that give employees the option to dispose:

  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Paper
  • Food
  • General rubbish

Educate people within the business why and how they should dispose their items responsibly.

Minimise the building’s reliance on artificial lighting

Artificial lighting accounts for approximately 15% of businesses overhead expenses. Most businesses that consume electricity are on an electricity grid that generates power by burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal, which causes carbon emissions. Businesses should seek ways to improve the amount of natural light that is used within their business. This can be accomplished by installing skylights, solar tubes, large windows, mirrors and reflective glass and metals.

Additionally, if the business still needs to use artificial lighting, installing energy-efficient lightbulbs can significantly reduce the amount of energy consumption that the business uses. LED lightbulbs can save a business up to 60% on their annual energy bill due to the minimal energy consumption from the bulb’s technology.

Encourage employees to donate their items

A lot of electronics and clothes end up in landfill. Businesses can setup a donation area so that employees can donate any used items from their home to charities such as St. Vincent De Paul. This way, the items are recycled and it lowers the amount of waste going to landfill.

Saving the environment is almost starting to sound like a cliché, but it is more important than ever for the sake of future generations. If the human race wants to preserve the natural resources that we have today and enjoy a healthy quality of life in the future, it’s essential that we implement the necessary sustainable practices.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 16, 2016 at 5:43 pm

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Common Mistakes People Make When Recycling

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produce roughly 254 million tons of waste every year, yet they only recycle about 34% of it. We’ve all heard about the benefits of recycling as well as the dangers of our rapidly growing landfills and the environmental effects of toxic waste. So, why aren’t we doing more to save our planet? Why aren’t more Americans recycling?

As it turns out, many people simply don’t understand the process of recycling. Without access to accurate information, a lot of Americans are making the same avoidable mistakes. These recycling blunders include thinking that plastic bottle caps are not recyclable, tossing dirty items into the recycling bin, failing to sort properly, trying to recycle the wrong kinds of glass and plastic, and several other minor errors. Unfortunately, even a minor error can contribute to the bigger problem.

Precious resources are wasted when Americans don’t recycle, costing us the health of our planet and a significant amount of money. In fact, research shows that if we were to properly dispose of all of the recyclable materials in our waste stream, the U.S. would generate over $7 billion. In order to clean up the waste disposal process, more people need to be educated about the best recycling practices. Residents and business owners can also hire a junk removal service to take care of the dirty work, separating recyclable materials and hauling them away for proper disposal.


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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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Global Energy Efficiency

Governments around the world are looking into ways to reduce energy consumption before the earth’s natural resources run out. Trying to stabilise the global economy and protect the earth all countries need to find ways to become more energy efficient.

Going green is more than just about being eco-friendly, it’s about looking into ways to lower energy use across all levels of industry, public institutions, such as schools and colleges, and in our homes. In 2000 nearly 200 countries signed the Paris Agreement which set timed targets in a bid to lower energy use at a global level.

This infographic highlights some of the targets and gives an insight into what they actually mean. It also looks at how well, or not, countries are doing in terms of meeting these targets. And, for those who want to know what the UK has done to play their role in achieving government targets, some interesting UK facts can also be found on the infographic.

The infographic also offers tips on how you can help reduce energy usage in your home, not only will you save money you’ll also be doing your part in helping to win the battle against global warming and ultimately save the planet.


Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Assessment of Projects and Policies

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Assessment of Projects and Policies

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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 6, 2016 at 8:39 am

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USA’s Amazon oil imports are destroying rainforests

As reported in The Guardian last week, US imports of crude oil from the Amazon are at the root of the destruction of some of the area’s purest forest ecosystems, releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases.

Amazon Watch highlights a serious threat

The study was carried out by the environmental group Amazon Watch, and highlights the planned expansion of oil drilling in the region as ‘one of the most serious threats’ to the western Amazon. Most of the oil comes from Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, and thanks to the USA and other nations now joining in, proposed oil and gas fields now cover an immense 283,172 square miles of the Amazon rainforest.

Cutting down the region’s carbon-rich trees itself produces greenhouse gases. Transporting and burning the oil makes things even worse. Indigenous people and the Amazon’s famous biodiversity are all at serious risk, but the demand for oil keeps rising, and a blend of greed and short term thinking drive the destruction onwards.

What the experts say

As Leila Salazar-López, the executive director of Amazon Watch, said, “Our demand for Amazon crude is literally driving the expansion of the Amazon oil frontier and is putting millions of acres of indigenous territory and pristine rainforest on the chopping block. Breaking free from oil dependence and keeping remaining fossil fuels in the ground is an urgent, collective endeavour, and the life-giving Amazon rainforest must be one of the first places we start.”

California isn’t anywhere near as Green as it might think

Much of the crude oil from the Amazon region is refined in supposedly-Green California – ironic to say the least – before being distributed across the USA. This means more or less every company, city and university throughout the nation unwittingly contributes to the Amazon rainforest’s destruction.

On the surface of things, California has a good environmental reputation thanks to stiff targets to cut greenhouse gases, improve energy efficiency and cut the use of fossil fuel in vehicles. But under the surface the picture isn’t so Green. California depends heavily on oil imports from South America, partly because the state’s Green policies discourage the heavier-grade oils produced elsewhere. And since the ExxonMobil refinery explosion in Torrance, California, in early 2015, the state has increased its gasoline imports more than ten times.

A spokesman for Jerry Brown, the state’s governor, said he has taken “nation-leading action to fight climate change, decarbonize our economy and end our dangerous addiction to foreign oil”. That just isn’t true. Sadly for the Amazon, it appears talk is cheap.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 6, 2016 at 6:23 am

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How Composites Could be Very Helpful in Storing Energy for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Composite materials are the new hot thing in the market. As you already know, Tesla Motors have a few different models of electric cars, and Toyota has their hybrid models. The future is looking more and more electric, but there’s an important issue that needs to overcome – battery life. Namely, Tesla models can go around 320 miles (515km) maximum without recharging their batteries (this is, of course, the extreme example, you shouldn’t risk going that far without charging).

Composites are great materials which will most likely revolutionise the way cars handle storing their energy.

Introduction to composite materials

A composite material is a material which is a combination of more than two materials that don’t lose their macrostructure, which enables us to design a material which is better than any of the materials that it is made of. For example, Aluminium Composites are used as insulation or as facades of buildings. This means that Aluminium Composites are stronger yet lighter-weight than the constituents.

Detail information about composites – Polymer & Ceramic

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Polymers are efficient in storing energy and are a potentially great choice when it comes to this use. They are popular due to their lightweight, dielectric strength which is high, and scalability. Unfortunately, the polymers that are in use today aren’t such a great choice when it comes to hybrid and electric vehicles. The polymer, which is called BOPP, has issues with operating in high temperatures, thus requiring extra cooling equipment, which in turn increases the vehicle weight and price. However, there is a new polymer which is being developed! The polymer has a ‘sandwich structure’ and it aims to solve all the problems that the BOPP has.

Ceramic is used in combination with polymer composites as a filler material. It improves power and energy density, and it protects from dielectric breakdown. It’s only a matter of time before these composites are perfected and become commercially available, replacing the current standard that we have today.

How composite materials are used for energy conservation

Composite materials are mainly used in car bodies because they lower the overall weight of the vehicle which increases fuel efficiency. This also applies to electric and hybrid cars. Composites are also used for energy conservation because they aren’t difficult to make, are better than the materials which they are made of, and are energy efficient. Constant advances are made in this field, and we’re in for a bright, green future. Organizations like advanced composite materials Asia are constantly researching and developing this characteristic of composite material.


The conclusion is that composites are taking the world by storm – just look at how many sales Tesla Motors made with their vehicles. Of course, if it weren’t for these electric modes of transportation, composites wouldn’t be as prevalent as they are now, but their popularity and efficiency will only keep growing. More and more cars will come up with this kind of composites, and we can say that it will change the automobile experience in near future.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

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Why Vegan Eating May Not Be Environmentally Friendly

Many of the world’s vegans maintain the lifestyle because they consider themselves to be making a sacrifice for the sake of animals and the environment. At face value, it would seem that veganism has good intentions and would be more environmentally friendly and ethical given our current technological advances. Yet, the argument that eating a vegan diet is morally justified or even environmentally friendly may be flawed.

While it would be different if modern day vegans were gathering their food in the wild or growing it themselves, if we assume that vegans and omnivores are plugged into the modern food production complex, we get a very different image.

How Much Land Do We Need?

One of the largest arguments of vegans is how environmentally friendly their decisions are, but this is only partially true when compared to meat eating omnivores. A 2016 study entitled Carrying capacity of U.S. agricultural land: Ten diet scenarios showed the environmental toll each style of eating requires.

The worst diet, as far as how much agricultural land is required to sustain it, is a 100% omnivorous diet. Only 467 million people could be sustained on the arable land within the United States if we ate 100% animal protein.

However, with a diet that is only 40 or 20% omnivorous, more people can be sustained on our land (752 and 769 million respectively) than with a vegan diet (only 735 million). In short, veganism requires more land than those who are eating under 40% of their diet as protein.

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The New Vegan: Great Recipes, No-Nonsense Advice & Simple Tips

This may not even consider how much land and emissions are needed for vegans to supplement the nutrition they lose through their diet. Many vegans consume vitamin B12, creatine, pea / rice protein and amino acids like carnitine in order to get proper nutrition. All of these supplements tax the land even further.

If this all seems too theoretical, here is a sobering fact: calorie for calorie, producing lettuce creates more greenhouse gas emissions than bacon. No vegan is going to replace all their bacon calories with lettuce, but it is an indicator of the flawed logic of vegan promoters.

All Sentient Life Matters

Another major problem of veganism is how detrimental it is for small animals and insects. This is due, in part, to the fact that grazing animals don’t require much alteration to the many square miles of land where they eat. In contrast, growing crops requires clearing the native vegetation, which kills thousands of animals and insects per square mile.

In Australia, each 100 kg of usable beef cost 2.2 animals to produce (this includes both the cow and animals on the land killed in the process). However, 55 animals die to produce 100 kg of usable plant protein. This is 25 times more deaths than the same amount of beef.

Two methods contribute to this disproportionate ratio. Firstly, clearing land to produce crops kills insects, snakes, and mice. The ploughing often leaves a field of dead animals for the birds to feast upon. Second, the fumigation within grain storage can kill thousands more mice within granaries.

If vegans and other animal-rights activists believe a diet low in meat is saving lives, these statistics provide a sobering look.

Where Do We Go Next?

The intention of the vegan diet may be well-meaning, but the results do not support the overall goal. Looking forward, humans must learn how to sustain themselves on a diet that is partially omnivorous, but under 40% of their daily calories. The animals we do consume must be processed in healthier, more sustainable, and in more humane ways. If we do this, and keep in mind that all sentient life is valuable, we will make less of an impact on the earth and remain in integrity with our roles as stewards of earth.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm

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