There are various benefits that come from spending time outside, with studies showing how access to green space can have a positive impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. However, while you never have to travel too far to enjoy the great outdoors, some people have access to much more green space than others.
Using Ordnance Survey data, Jurys Inn have analysed some of the biggest cities in the UK to see just how much open green space they have. According to their findings, Birmingham comes out on top as the UK’s greenest city, with 15.58% being made up of open green space. Nottingham takes second place, with 15.34% green space, followed by Glasgow and Manchester, with 13.49% and 13.13%.
To go one step further, Jurys Inn then re-ran their calculations, taking the population of each city into consideration. This new ranking shows which cities have the most green space per person – so you’ll have less chance of your favourite park being too crowded to enjoy!
In this new ranking, Newcastle takes the top spot, up from 7th, with 1m2 of green space for every 83 people. Meanwhile, Birmingham drops from 1st place to 6th, with 1m2 of green space for every 273 people.
For more information on the study, or to see where your city ranks, visit the Jurys Inn website
Environment preservation and conservation has picked up as one of the major concerns in the country and every human being should play their part in the movement to take care of our Earth. There are many aspects of environment conservation and preservation that require efforts to be made by us on a daily basis and waste management is one such aspect.
We all generate different kinds of waste daily, and this waste should be processed and managed in a way that it does minimum harm to the environment. There are small ways of ensuring this and it can be done in the comfort of our homes. All that is required on our part is a little bit of effort and awareness. Most of us get lazy to do things the eco- friendly way, because it requires a little bit more of our time and energy, but the bright side is that our Earth is going to benefit from this and as inhabitants of planet Earth, it is our duty to at least do this much, i.e. manage waste, the environment friendly way.
Here are some of the ways you can manage waste, the eco- friendly way.
This is a very common practise in the environment preservation community. However, more often than not we find ourselves still throwing away things that could be easily reused. We don’t even realise when we’re discarding waste that this could probably be reused. For example, glass bottles like that of wine and other beverages, can easily be used to store water at homes or office spaces. Just wash the bottles properly and start storing water in them. You will save money on bottles for storing water and you’re managing what would have been waste. You can also reuse gift packing material. Again you will be able to save money on gifting material and reduce the amount of waste you’re generating. Each time you are throwing something out, ask yourself can i reuse this for the same purpose or something else? Try to reuse as much waste as you can.
Recycling waste is really big and popular right now. All you have to do is ensure that you are separating out the recyclable waste from the non-recyclable waste. This requires effort on your part for separating out the waste and also in being aware to buy things that are recyclable. These lifestyle changes are required on your part if you want to make the small difference which will make a big impact in conserving and preserving the Earth.
Compost Pit or Worm Bin
This one really requires a lot of effort on your part, but if you’re truly passionate and concerned about the wellbeing of planet Earth, then you’ll definitely enjoy doing this. A compost pit is made of all the waste, like food remains and other waste material, that is biodegradable. You can collect all your waste at a spot in the garden and have a compost pit which will also be beneficial for your plants and flowers.
A worm bin is a faster compost pit. While a compost pit will take longer to break down the waste, a worm bin will do the job faster, owing it to the worms. This is would be the best and most environment friendly way of getting rid of biodegradable waste.
Professional Waste Management Services
If you find the above mentioned methods of managing waste, too time consuming and tasking, you can then choose to spend some money and get professional waste management services. Companies like A Better Service Ltd. offer many waste disposal services that will do the waste management job for you, at a price. They offer not just regular waste disposal services, but also liquid waste removal, cesspool emptying, septic tank emptying, pump chamber cleaning, pump station cleaning, wet well cleaning etc. all kinds of waste disposal services. Waste is not just what is found in our garbage bins, waste is also sewage, blocked drains etc. and so it’s important to get this kind of waste disposed off properly.
Getting a waste disposal company to do the job for you has many advantages. You will save on your time, which you can then utilise to do something else. You will be disposing off your waste smartly because waste disposal companies ensure that the waste gets disposed off in an environment friendly way. They will do the recycling job for you. And also, you and your surroundings will remain hygienic and healthy. You will be able to ensure that your surroundings are clean and green.
Waste management and disposal is one of the most important environmental concerns because waste is reject material. Waste is something that is not used again and does not have a purpose anymore. So this means that all things and material that is not useful anymore will keep piling up on this Earth spreading diseases and degrading the environment. A lot of the waste, more than half that is produced, can be managed smartly and efficiently, so that it does not pile up as reject material on the Earth and does not harm the environment. So next time you get ready to dispose off your waste, ask yourself can you reduce it and make less to pile up on Earth?
Luckily, most of us live someplace where products and experiences are tailored to our needs and we can fulfil our desires in a split moment. We can buy and throw away things just as we please and can easily turn a blind eye to what is going to happen with them afterwards. While this almost implausible comfort could be seen positively, the amount of plastic waste we have produced as a result has seriously interfered with the planet’s eco-system. Thus, before reading any further, I would like to thank you for being here and indicating interest in creating a better and healthier future.
What is plastic exactly?
The general definition for plastic is a “material consisting any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic compounds that are malleable and so can be melded into solid objects”. While it does not sound especially harmful, the lovely colourful straws, convenient take-away cutleries and grocery shopping bags are as useful as they are non-biodegradable. Meaning that they cannot be broken down to a harmless natural state, plastic quickly escalates into something awfully damaging. The realisation of this resulted in many independent movements and governmental interventions which are concerning the use of single use plastic and have already taken place all over the world. I am thrilled to see the amount of people and businesses who are willing to give them up to reduce environmental impact.
Four time used plastic
This definition lacks another significant aspect however; plastic is essentially made from coal and oil, or as experts call them: fossil fuels. We already know how harmful fossil fuels are, both for people and for the environment, but little is known about their relationship with plastic. Not only straws and bags but 2/3 of all fast-fashion items are made from synthetic fibres too. These involve polyester, spandex, acrylic, PVC and nylon. The only difference is that synthetics are considered to be four-times used. Why four-time? Easy. On average, one wears a garment as little as four times. Either because of their low-quality or because we can afford to buy something new, people will generally get rid of the products after the fourth use. And even if one uses clothes for a longer period, the problem is not eliminated. The more one wears something, the more one washes it. By doing so, clothes release microfibers which cannot be caught by the filter of the washing machine and will end up in our waterways. Here, fish can easily mistake them for food, consume and store the microfibers in their system until these fish end up on your plate. While it does sound delicious, believe me, food without microfibres is healthier.
What can we do?
It is not to say that you must keep your clothes until they can no longer hold their threads together. Eventually, all clothes are going to be wasted. If they are made from synthetics, well, they are going to stay with us for hundreds of years, if not forever. But just as there are metal straws and biodegradable bags there are alternatives to plastic fashion items too. Clothing made from organic materials such as organic cotton, linen or hemp are not only naturally biodegradable but softer, more durable and beautiful. Although, knowing where to buy these materials from can be exhausting. Many businesses offer seemingly environmentally friendly alternatives but unfortunately most of them are simply trying to harness more profit for their businesses. In order to avoid fake proclamations, transparency and evidence is key. Look for worldwide known certifications such as GOTS, Fairtrade International or Responsible Wool Standard to ensure that not only the end-products but the entire production process is free from harmful chemicals, unethical methods and fossil fuels.
In my search for something more worthwhile I have luckily come across Amberoot, a blog and multi-retailer company which has got me from the very first moment. Their collection of brands is entirely safe to shop and there is an impressive variety of materials, such as tencel, organic cotton, linen and peace silk to choose from. They also provide a transparency map for all of their products; therefore I know exactly where the clothes were designed, manufactured and where the materials came from. While I do enjoy shopping there, I have also learned amazing facts on their blog about upcoming future materials such as pineapple or mushroom leather. Something I have never thought of before! Looking at these possibilities the future is looking brighter every day. I am convinced that we are still in time to reverse the damage and stop the production of single and four-time used plastic once and for all.
Football and sustainability is an unusual concoction in any conversation. As we continue to make a change towards climate change, stadiums are making a positive move towards becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly. McCulloch has picked out 12 of the world’s most sustainable stadiums: from people-powered pitches, solar-powered stadiums and 100% recycled seats made from sugarcane. Look at how and what stadiums are doing:
Forest Green Rovers is set to become the world’s greenest clubs having one of the lowest carbon impacts of any stadium in the world.
National Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan – This beautiful stadium has over 8,000 solar panels covering 14,000 sq metres, making the stadium 100% powered by sun.
Brazil, famous for street football and world cup wins – it would only seem right that the players power their own pitch with their speedy footwork. The stadium has 200 kinetic tiles which converts players movements into energy that fuels the stadiums lighting.
The MetLife Stadium, New York gas 40,000 tonnes of recycled steel, with seating made of reclaimed metals and recycled plastic – on top of that, it’s solar ring on the roof powers the stadiums LED lighting.
Head over to McCulloch to see what other innovative ways stadiums are taking to become more environmentally friendly.
We all like to go on holiday, and whether you take your vacation at home or away, domestic or abroad, your old tech can help fund your holiday, whilst also clearing out the cupboards and drawers of unused consumer technology.
All too often we keep hold of tech long after we need to, with new releases dominating our attention. The old tech is stored away, “just in case” or because we haven’t quite transferred all of our information off of it. But often we will never use these again, the batteries will degrade and will become useless, eventually throwing away a (seemingly) useless piece of equipment.
However, a better idea is recycling the item as soon as you can after replacing it with a newer version. If it still works, then there will still be value in it and with summer just around the corner, any amount of old tech from your drawers can result in enough to get away.
The guide created by Compare and Recycle explains just how it easy to get away by recycling your old tech.
If you are looking to improve the way you collect rainwater, make sure to come up with a water budget. This must include the average rainfall in your area, the size of the roof catchment area, the area for the rainwater storage tank or barrel, and the number of litres of water you use for gardening and household chores (excluding bathing, dishwashing, and the laundry). Of course, you should also take into account your current financial situation, as rainwater harvesting components can be quite costly, especially if they are made by reputed manufacturers.
- Once you have done the above, you must then gather the needed equipment. The first one you need to obtain is the water tank or barrel. Choose one that fits in the part of the property where you think it must be situated. Also, choose one that can keep the stored water clean and safe for a long time.
Next, choose and obtain a pump system that will distribute water to different parts of your house or office, if necessary. Purchase the rest of the parts needed for your rainwater harvesting system at this point.
- Assemble the system. Set up the tank, preferably on a flat, raised, and durable platform under the gutters. This way, you can access the outlet or spigot at the bottom when you need to use the stored rainwater.
If the barrel or tank that you purchased does not come with a filter, have a mesh screen attached at the top of the barrel. This will serve to filter incoming rainwater. You have two choices for mesh screens; you can use a fine mesh or you can use layers of mesh.
If you would like to maximise the use of collected rainwater, however, you should get a filter that is specifically designed for collecting rainwater.
- Of course, it’s important that you check the surface of the roof. Provided that the roof that will be used for your rainwater harvesting system is made of (non-toxic) materials such as clay tiles, cement tiles, glazed tiles, or steel sheets, proceed with checking if there is dirt and if there are withered leaves and bird droppings on their surfaces. If there really is dirt on the roof, make sure to clean its surface before the rain comes.
Of course, use another roof or replace the roof if it is painted or if it is made of asphalt shingles.
- Keep in mind that stagnant water is a perfect breeding area for mosquitoes and other insects, so make sure to seal all openings. Leaks should also be sealed. Not only do they deprive you of rainwater you can use for your chores, leaks also cause water to pool somewhere else. Pooled water is not only a great breeding ground for insects, it also causes accidents.
- Like all home and office essentials, proper maintenance of your rainwater harvesting system is important. Rain heads, gutters, barrels, tanks, and water diverters need to be cleaned and serviced on a regular basis. You can do this task yourself or you can hire someone to do it for you.
Rainwater harvesting is a practice that helps you save a significant amount of money on water bills. If you wish to start your own home or office system, make sure to consult with your local government first. Some areas have laws against rainwater harvesting.
Rey Carlos Rosales works as a rainwater harvesting consultant for Rainwater Tanks Direct. Outside of work, he plays video games, reads books, watches movies, and plays with cats and dogs. For rainwater storage tank options, check out Rainwater Tanks Direct: http://www.rainwatertanksdirect.com.au/.
With the population ever growing, this means that the construction of residential and commercial properties is encroaching more and more into wildlife habitats, affecting how animals are able to live. The expansion of urban areas is leading to 1 in 10 UK wildlife species facing extinction, and this something that we have a responsibility to try and change.
An important focus is being placed on solutions to allow us to continue to construct and build infrastructure, whilst also allowing us to peacefully coexist with the surrounding animal species and cause as little harm as possible to their natural habitats; which is leading to the term ‘conservation-friendly construction’.
Development can affect urban wildlife in a number of ways; it can lead to habitat loss and fragmentation, disturbances caused by human activity, air and light pollution and changing animal behaviour.
There have been many technological and new architectural ideas leading the way for future building methods. Examples of these include ‘green buildings’, which are proven to both protect the biodiversity of local wildlife, improve the air and water quality as well as reducing operating costs. It is expected that these style of buildings are set to become much more popular in the coming years.
Not only is construction of houses changing, specific elements within buildings are being developed to further help animals. Very specific innovations, such as changing the glass in windows to a different reflective nature so that birds don’t confuse them with flying into foliage or clear sky, are becoming more advanced. This is a simple addition to any home, and shows that conservation friendly construction doesn’t need to take over the whole house, but there are small touches that can make a difference to the welfare of wildlife.
Take a look into what issues exist and how conservation friendly construction can remedy them in the guide by Roof Stores below.
Reducing our carbon footprint seems to be at the top of everyone’s agendas. From The Guardian reporting on how to eat with a low carbon footprint, to fast food chain McDonald’s setting greenhouse gas targets, and phasing out plastic straws from UK restaurants, everyone is making greener choices.
Did you know that the choice of material you use in your home or workplace can have a real impact on its overall carbon footprint? In fact, there is a growing trend in architects and builders choosing timber as their material of choice, due to its positive environmental impact and ease of construction.
Want to know why wood is the environmentally friendly material of choice, for both home and business owners? Retailer, A Wood Idea has provided these insights.
Wood is a renewable material
Wood is known to be one of the most naturally renewable energy sources, which means it will have less of an impact on the environment than other materials. According to the British Woodworking Federation, over 90% of wood we use is from forests in Europe, which are growing by 661,000 hectares each year. This shows that it’s a very readily-available resource, that’s not going to run out anytime soon.
Wooden products last a long time
A wide variety of factors impact how long a wooden product lasts, including the type of wood, the location of the product (interior or exterior environments) and the treatment that has been applied to it. Generally, wood may be lightweight, but it is also a strong and durable product. Hardwood is the most durable, and treated correctly can last longer than a lifetime – some hardwood doors can last over 100 years.
The longer a wood product lasts, the less energy is used on the production of new products, which in turn makes it better for the environment.
Wood’s great at retaining heat
The cellular makeup of wood means that it naturally retains heat more effectively than other materials – in fact, it holds heat seven times more effectively than ceramic tiles. Air chambers within the wood itself absorb heat, holding it for longer. Introducing wood into your premises means it will be naturally warmer. A naturally warmer building will require less energy to heat it, which is kinder to the environment.
Wooden products can be recycled and reused
Protected and maintained wood will last for 100 years, which gives you an opportunity to refinish and adapt a piece several times throughout its lifetime. Wooden furniture is very easily upcycled, painted and re-treated, which transforms it into a completely different piece.
Wood absorbs carbon dioxide
As wood supplies grow, trees absorb carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, which lowers the overall carbon footprint of the material. Known as a ‘carbon sink’, one cubic metre of new wood removes just less than a tonne of CO2 in the atmosphere. Trees only stop absorbing carbon when they reach maturity, which is usually when they are harvested.
Wood is a ‘carbon store’, which means that once it has absorbed the carbon, it is stored there and remains out of the atmosphere.
Waste from the production of wooden materials is limited, and 100% biodegradable
There is very little waste when wooden products are made, whether it’s floorboards, furniture, doors, or something else entirely. Any residual chippings can be burned as an energy source, or used as sawdust during manufacture.
The limited amount of waste produced by the manufacture of wooden products is 100% biodegradable. This means that the material will eventually decompose, disintegrate and break down back into the earth. This means there will be no residual landfill left in the earth’s atmosphere, which is better for the environment.
Wood can have a positive psychological impact on the people in your home or workspace
Wood can provide benefits to both mental, and physical health. By increasing the amount of wooden materials in your home or workplace, you reduce the amount of manmade substances, and potentially harmful chemicals, in the environment. It has also been claimed that the introduction of wood to interiors has a stress-reducing effect, according to a report by Timber and Design Online.
The time it takes for a tampon or pad to degrade in a landfill is centuries longer than the lifespan of the woman who used it. In the UK, every woman uses an average of over 11,000 disposable menstrual products in her reproductive lifetime. Tampons, pads and panty liners generate more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year*. What’s more, the process of manufacturing these products is usually hugely wasteful. To coincide with this year’s Earth Day on 22 April, organic and natural period-care brand Freda is encouraging femcare brands to consider the environmental impact of their products.
“Across fashion, beauty, food, and even cleaning products, consumers are becoming more and more mindful of sustainability,” says Freda’s founder, Affi Parvizi-Wayne. “But when it comes to femcare, many of are still buying the same products on auto-pilot, without considering their eco credentials.”
Freda believes that the big brands dominating the industry have benefitted from the societal silence and stigma around periods, which has meant they have not been subject to the same scrutiny from consumers as other sectors. Ultimately, this has enabled them to cut corners in terms of their products’ manufacture and ingredients.
Freda, meanwhile, sources the most sustainable products it can find that don’t compromise on hygiene, performance, and comfort: its pads are 100% organic, its pads eco-friendly, wrappers recyclable/biodegradable, and applicators BPA-free. Their suppliers run their business sustainably, source renewable energy and responsibly manage their waste and resources. “We promise to be unreasonably demanding,” says Affi. “We recognise that perfection won’t come easily, but we won’t stop till we get there.”
She stresses that Freda’s natural products provide the same level of efficacy as their big-brand counterparts: “Our products contain no chemicals, without compromise on protection. We always put our customers needs first, while constantly pushing for more sustainable packaging, ingredients, and production.”
Affi admires the work that’s being done to raise awareness of alternative period products. “Menstrual cups and reusable pads are amazing advancements, but they’re not for everyone. We aim to be another sustainable option and to empower women to make their own choice, while being kind to their bodies and to the environment. Our customers choose Freda because we share their values. They know that the choices they make can make a real difference. ”
Freda launched in January 2018 and is aimed at modern, health- and socially-conscious women. Made in eco-certified factories in Scandinavia and Central Europe with over 70 years of expertise, Freda tampons are made from 100% naturally-absorbent, breathable, hypoallergenic organic cotton for enhanced protection and comfort – and are free from the chemicals and synthetic fibres found elsewhere, making them kinder to you and the environment.
Its online subscription service allows you to select your own combination of products and absorbencies based on your period, and its period tracker syncs the delivery of your products to your cycle. Freda is on a mission to break down period taboos, which have contributed in part to the opaque nature of the industry, by discussing the topic openly. The company has been created for women by women – and they give back to women as a portion of every Freda purchase is donated to initiatives worldwide tackling period poverty.
Named after Freyja who, in Norse mythology, is a goddess associated with love, sex, beauty and fertility, Freda believes that transparency and openness is key to creating a generational change in attitudes towards periods, and helps to bust myths, break taboos and normalise conversations.
A Freda subscription costs around £3.50 for 8 including postage and packaging. A Freda box contains 16 and can be purchased at www.myfreda.com
- 2 billion women and girls menstruate monthly and 800 million women have their period daily
- In the UK woman, on average, uses 12,000 tampons in her lifetime and spends over £18,000 on them
- According to the UN’s International Children’s Fund over 130 million girls worldwide miss school during menstruation as they cannot afford the necessary period products
- 63 million girls miss school one week a month due to lack of access to pads
- Period poverty is also affecting girls in the UK. Some are missing school as they cannot afford period care products http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39266056
- 1 in 10 schoolgirls in Africa do not go to school during menstruation
- In India, only 12% of women and girls use period products
- Big brand manufacturers are not required to give a full disclosure of what is in their tampons which have been found to contain chemicals linked to health conditions
About Freda www.myfreda.com
Freda is an eco-friendly period care range that is transparent, ethical and sustainable – and is rebooting femcare for the 21st Century. Aimed at modern, health- and socially-conscious women, its tampons are made of 100% certified organic cotton that are biodegradable, hypoallergenic and free from chemicals and synthetic fibres commonly found in some big brand tampons, whilst their pads contain 100% eco-friendly, biodegradable materials. Freda is on a mission to break down taboos and stigma by normalising conversation around periods. The company has been created for women by women – and they give back to women as a portion of every Freda purchase is donated to initiatives worldwide tackling period poverty. Freda’s online subscription service understands that every cycle is different and allows you to select your own combination of products and absorbencies based on your period. Using artificial intelligence to predict your start date its online period tracker allows you to sync the delivery of your products to ensure they arrive a few days before your cycle. The tracker combines an advanced algorithm and insight from specialist consultant gynaecologists. As you input your personal data, the algorithm gets to know your period cycles over time which makes even irregular periods more predictable and the Freda delivery timelier. Named after Freyja who, in Norse mythology, is a goddess associated with love, sex, beauty and fertility, Freda believes that having honest conversations is key to creating a generational change towards bringing periods to the forefront of awareness which will help to bust myths, break taboos and normalise the conversation.
Living your life a sustainable one would mean you need to put your efforts in place as it would take a long commitment – because there are a lot to learn, explore, experiment, dedicating your life to sustainable practices and, more importantly, live happily when you’re doing it.
But, what if, you’re too lazy enough to do those things and you can’t even imagine having yourself into an outdoor activity?
Well, most of the people don’t know that even a sluggish fella like you can also make a difference even if you’re just sitting inside your house doing your lazy work.
In this infographic designed by a Product Review website WeAreTop10.com, you'll learn how to save the world from your couch.