Have yourself an ethical Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, Ethical Consumer has put together their palm oil-free Christmas guide.

We’ve created a list of palm oil-free brands and brands that only contain certified sustainable or organic palm oil.

Their list includes:

  • Mince Pies
  • Boxes of Chocolates
  • Biscuits
  • Supermarkets

See the palm oil-free Christmas guide.

Places to Buy

You can buy palm oil-free produce directly from their product guides.

For example, in our guide to boxes of chocolates you can find direct links to buy Booja Booja vegan chocolate, Divine, Seed & Bean and a selection of other fair trade options.

Veggie Christmas

Check out our recently updated guide to meat-free brands. We list a number of vegetarian and vegan companies making meat-free products, perfect for your Christmas spread.

Happy ethical shopping!

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Posted by Eco Warrior - December 9, 2016 at 10:19 am

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Solar energy and sustainability: why it is important?

Right now the world is still dependent on fossil fuels, because it is the most common energy source. But, since the usage of fossil fuels is the main cause of the greenhouse effect as well as global warming, there is an undeniable need to use alternative energy sources to generate electricity, such as solar power. And the benefits of using solar energy go way beyond reducing carbon emissions. So we, LEDwatcher team, offer you a look at the primary reasons why solar energy is so beneficial and important to sustainability and to humankind.

Solar power provides long-term energy certainty

Solar energy, unlike other energy sources, is basically inexhaustible. Fossil fuel reserves are running dangerously low, and soon they will dry up all together. But solar energy provides long-term energy certainty, because photo-voltaic cells collect sunlight to generate electricity. So the only resource used in electricity generation process with solar panels is sunlight, and, as long as the sun is shining, we will be able to produce clean, green energy from its light.

Solar energy is beneficial to the environment

The environmental impact from solar energy is also very low. First of all, it is considered the greenest and cleanest energy, because neither generation or consumption of it crates any carbon dioxide or other exhaust gases. This means that solar energy is in no way responsible for global warming or the greenhouse effect, which are two of the biggest environmental concerns right now. Second of all, solar energy is also considered much safer to humans and the environment, because it is lot easier to make and transport, without causing any natural disasters. Oil transportation can cause spillages from tankers, coal mining can lead to landslides in mines and oil drilling is prone to fires on drilling rings. But the only thing the mining of solar energy can cause is a bit of CO2 emission during the transportation of the solar panels. So solar power is still far less dangerous to the environment. Beside the positive impacts of solar energy on the environment and our life quality far outweigh the negative, making solar power the best alternative energy option.Solar Panels

Solar energy infrastructure prevents destruction of land and habitat

Usage of solar energy can also prevent destruction of land and habitat. Inevitably ecosystems are be destroyed to mine raw materials like fossil fuels or generate nuclear power. Trees are cut down, swamps are dried up and other habitats are destroyed to make room for factories, mines and power plants. But with solar farms, that is not the case. Yes, solar facilities still have to put up solar panels, which will cause loss of habitat, however, it is on far less destructive scale, because solar panels are simply placed on top of the land, not drilled into it or built above it. And since, many solar companies are striving to use only otherwise unusable and inhabitable land for their solar panel farms, like deserts or disaster sites, solar industry might even make use of land that previously was without a purpose.

Solar energy is a safe and clean alternative to other power sources

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Plug-In Solar 4kW (4000W) DIY Solar Power Kit with Roof Mount

Solar energy can also fully replace other power sources and be a clean and safe energy alternative. Fossil and nuclear energy, which are two of the most common power sources right now, cause all kinds of environmental problems. Electricity generation from fossil fuels cause air pollution, which can result in acid rain, greenhouse effect and other serious changes in the environment. And nuclear power pollutes water and land, as well as poses a threat of another nuclear disaster. But solar power doesn’t cause any pollution, at least not in the electricity generation stage, so after the panels are manufactured and set up, they provide fully clean energy for years to come.

Solar power fights against climate change

Finally, solar power can also prevent global warming, which is probably the most dangerous environmental problem of this time. Global warming causes increase in the average temperature, and these changes lead to hurricanes, melting of polar ice caps, extinction of wildlife habitats, increasing of sea level among other problems. And, since carbon dioxide emissions, which are created by using fossil fuels as energy sources, are the main cause for global warming, solar energy could be the force that stops or at least slows down climate change and global warming.

The fight against pollution and climate change caused by the non-renewable energy industry is and will continue to be a difficult one, because people are not willing to sacrifice their old way of life in the name of sustainability. But solar power could really make a difference, because it is green, clean and sustainable source of energy. And with solar technologies evolving each year, solar power is also becoming more available to anyone, which is why everyone should consider to take a chance and try going solar.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - December 6, 2016 at 2:03 pm

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Christmas Food Waste

Christmas – a time packed full of delicious foods and indulgence, but unfortunately also a time of huge food waste.

Food waste is a major problem around the world. Current estimates put global food waste between one-third and one-half of all food that is produced – and Christmas is no exception.

We often end up cooking for 20, even if there’s just 8 of us! And this means we end up with leftovers that we tend to throw away. In fact, UK households throw away the equivalent to 4.2 million dinners on Christmas Day.

The festive season is naturally a time when we indulge with our family and friends but throwing away 4.2 million of perfectly good Christmas dinners is a staggering waste. It would take the average family nearly 4 days to eat all of their food bought just for Christmas day.

Food waste is not just a moral issue, it’s an environmental issue too. Research from Love Food Hate Waste provides food for thought. It suggests that if we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent to taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.

Let’s make sure this Christmas isn’t a wasteful one!

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Posted by Eco Warrior - December 5, 2016 at 1:57 pm

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Discover Wales’ Snowdonian Rainforest for Yourself

Think rainforests and Wales doesn’t necessarily come to mind. But the small yet perfectly formed nation has a stunning rainforest all of its own, and now Wales’ magnificent Celtic rainforest is ready to welcome visitors  aboard.

Snowdonia’s lovely rainforest is ten thousand years old, named Coed Felinrhyd in the 1100s and long a mysterious, magical place. Dating back to the end of the last ice age, it is already gaining a reputation as one of Britain’s most unique ecosystems.

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Head for the lovely little village of Maentwrog to find the pristine 221 acre forest, a place rich in unusual and rare plants and animals, many of which you can’t find anywhere else. While it might look totally different from a tropical rainforest at first glance, much the same processes go on behind the scenes. The geography of the area has played a vital part in the forest’s development, thanks to its unusual setting in a sheltered gorge. The countless streams and waterfalls that dot the woodland have also contributed to its unique ecosystem. The oak canopy makes things nicely humid, and the nasty Snowdonian frosts and powerful prevailing westerlies are kept at bay.

All this, and its sheer remoteness, means that the wood hasn’t really changed for the past ten thousand years. And it shows. This place looks totally unlike any other forest you’ll find in Wales, if not the whole of Britain. Take the tree lungwort, for example, which thrives there, a gorgeous and very rare lichen only found in a few remote areas of Britain these days.

The forest was bought by the Woodland Trust in 2015. Before then it was going to rack and ruin, seriously , endangered by invading rhododendrons and conifers. Since then, the Trust has been busy thinning the trees to allow native species the space they need to thrive. In fact you can already see the oak woodland growing back and the invaders retreating.

Best of all, the project has also created an awesome two and a half mile trail which they hope will encourage more people to explore the rainforest. If that floats your boat, head for Snowdonia and discover a natural landscape you’ll never forget.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - December 4, 2016 at 7:25 am

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Making Your House More Energy Efficient

Making the switch from regular standard light bulbs to LEDS could save you a whopping 80% of the energy used per bulb. It’s a simple yet highly effective item to tackle if you are looking to make savings on your utility bills.

Around the home, looking at small ways to save can also help. For example, setting the hot water temperature in your bathroom at 50°C and no higher, as well as using a microwave oven in the kitchen to cook instead of a conventional oven.

With conserving energy now at the forefront of our minds, as consumers we are more eco-conscious than ever. When shopping for a home appliance or looking to upgrade an old one, it is best to look for items that carry the ‘Energy Star’. Products that have this label fall within the top 25% of the most energy efficient appliances that are available to buy.

For a snapshot on how to conserve more energy while at home, see the below infographic produced by NJP Electrical.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - November 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm

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5 Simple Ways To Clean Green

Cleaning your living space can sometimes feel like a tedious, time-consuming and exhausting chore, especially when one is running low on energy or works around the clock. In such cases, we often resort to top-shelf products, blinded my the manufacturer’s promises they are to clean everything with a single swipe. While effective, these detergents are often harmful to you and the environment. If you’re on your way towards a healthier, greener lifestyle, consider making a few necessary changes to your cleaning routine. Here are five tips that will help you start!

Take the Time to Prepare Your Own Detergents

Don’t worry, you will not need a Ph.D. degree in chemistry to prep up a natural, eco-friendly cleaning solution that is safe for you to use in your home. Moreover, you will do yourself a favour as using home-made detergents is much cheaper and you are very likely to find all the necessary ingredients in your cupboard.

The ingredients you will need for an all-purpose detergent are a cup of white vinegar, two cups of purified water, eight drops of essential oil and a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix the said ingredients in an old spray bottle and use the detergent to spot-clean your carpeting and disinfect a variety of surfaces in your home.

Use Baking Soda Instead of Bleach

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Dirtbusters Bio Multi Clean Eco Orange General Purpose Multi Surface Cleaner

Believe us or not, whitening your laundry without resorting to chlorine bleach is far from impossible. Baking soda is just as effective, yet it is much safer to use in your home. Held in high regard by green cleaning enthusiasts, baking soda effectively softens, whitens and refreshes fabrics.

You can add the soda to your washing machine dispenser along with the regular detergent you use. Half a cup of the powdery substance will do for one batch of laundry. If you are dealing with obstinate stains that are hard to remove, you can use baking soda paste to apply directly on the problematic spot.

Use Microfibre Cloths to Clean Your Windowpanes

When cleaning your windows, it is advisable to steer clear from using harmful specialised detergents. Half a cup of vinegar, a table spoon of Castile soap and water will do just fine. Some people recommend using old newspapers to dry the windows with. This will help “recycle” the old newspapers, yet the ink of the print is likely to leave black trails over the panes and stain your hands.

Instead of using paper towels and newspapers, you can invest in microfibre cloths to dry the windows with. Not only are they reusable, but cutting down valuable trees is not involved in their production. Use them to wipe clean other surfaces in your home as well.

Get Rid of Stale Fridge Odours with Oats and Coffee

Remember the last time you had forgotten a pot of stew in your fridge and the terrible smell lingered on for days? There is an easy, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way provided by cleaners highgate to rid your fridge of nasty odours.

For instance, you can conveniently place a bowl of oats on one of the shelves and leave it there for a couple of hours. The oats are guaranteed to absorb the unpleasant smell and freshen up your fridge. Ground coffee beans will also do. Activated charcoal, too, is proven to be extremely effective in removing odours from the fridge.

Chase Moths Away with Lavender

You’d be surprised how easy it is to chase away moths, among other harmful insects, from your closet and drawers. A few sprigs of lavender will get the job done. The herb is said to repel moths almost instantaneously. All you have to do is place the springs of lavender in a small cloth sachet and hide it between woollen clothing in your closet. The herb will freshen up your clothes and will keep the annoying moths at bay, preventing them from munching on your expensive cashmere sweater.

Don’t go the easy route! Invest in your health by going green in all aspects of your life, cleaning and home maintenance included. We promise you will soon start to reap the benefits and experience a noticeable improvement in your overall well-being.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - November 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm

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How Much Oil Is Left

According to the CIA Factbook, the amount of oil left is based on the current technological and economic viability of extraction. This obviously implies that technologies and economies change, which means that the reduction of these oil reserves will put further weight on the following issues:

The increase in fracking, and its associated risks (including water damage & increased seismic activity) Increasing dependence on imported oil, which could cause consumer prices to rise The development of more clean energy sources New innovations like Tesla’s solar-panelled roofs The adoption of electric vehicles The distribution of electric vehicle charging stations (making owning one and driving one more feasible across the country)

There is much more coal than oil available, but scientists agree that if we use it all, it will push us into the critical zone for global warming.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - November 18, 2016 at 10:21 am

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Tradition or Trash

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, household waste in the USA increases more than 25%. So while the holiday season is the most wonderful time of year, it’s also the most wasteful. How can we make a difference? Punchbowl, the gold standard in online invitations, is challenging consumers to #choosedigital this year for their holiday party invitations and greeting cards. Every year, more than 1.6 billion paper invites and cards are printed, mailed and discarded. The environmental impact of this tradition is staggering, and Punchbowl has the stats to prove it. Take a look at the infographic below, which highlights “The Nightmare After Christmas” – the destructive effect that paper production and waste has on the Earth.

Ready to #choosedigital? Download the new state-of-the-art App from Punchbowl from the App Store or Google Play to create, send, and manage gorgeous, FREE digital party invitations. As an added bonus, the company has pledged to donate $1 for every membership purchased, and will make an additional donation when holiday party hosts choose one of these specially-marked online invitations. All donations will go towards reducing wasteful paper production.

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

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The Dirty Truth About Littering

Every crisp packet, chocolate wrapper or drinks bottle we drop on the ground contributes to the overall global epidemic of litter, a problem that costs billions in cleanup attempts and leads to huge reputational damage for businesses and communities. If we saw a fast food restaurant’s grease-stained packaging draped over a tree branch or a pile of litter providing a less than picturesque welcome to a housing estate, we’d get the impression that the people who own the restaurant or the residents of that estate do not care about littering.

This infographic from Cleaning Services Group advises us as to the grim consequences of littering, as well as what we can do to actively tackle the problem. It doesn’t require hours of effort or resources. Even if all we did was educate friends or family about the harmful effects of littering, or took it upon ourselves to pick up and properly dispose of any litter we come across, that’s still a step in the right direction. A further step would be to lobby our local and national governments to commit resources to the problem and act against litter.

Litter is an environmental crisis that humans created. It’s now up to humans to undo the damage.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - November 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm

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The Ultimate Guide to Eco-Friendly Pet Ownership

Just like us humans, our pets also leave a huge carbon footprint on the environment, but unlike us, there is not much they can do about it themselves. As pet owners, it is our duty to pay attention to our pet’s lifestyle and help make greener decisions for them.

If you want to help minimise the effect your pet is having on the environment, you don’t have to make any huge sacrifices, you can start by making some of these small changes to your daily routine, such as using your animal’s waste as compost, or making the switch to biodegradable bags.

So to find out more about how you can begin minimising your pet’s carbon pawprint, look no further than this useful infographic from Helpucover below.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - November 10, 2016 at 4:23 pm

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