What’s new about electric vehicles?

It wasn’t long ago that electric vehicles (EVs) were almost derided for their unreliability in a world of powerful diesel motors. Today, the EV market is exceeding everyone’s expectations, with an average of more than 4,000 new registrations per month in 2017 compared to just 3,500 for all of 2013.

But why the growth in demand for electric vehicles? Alongside Vindis — which offers VW services — we’ll explore the advantages of EVs and what the UK government is doing to further this eco-friendly trend.

Benefits of EVs

There are many benefits of EVs despite the initial setbacks. Firstly, an EV does not generate emissions. Consequently, drivers can slash their carbon footprint and help the UK achieve its aim of reducing emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. Secondly, an electric vehicle does not need petrol or diesel — which means no checking for the cheapest rates or queuing at the pumps. And thirdly, an EV is almost silent when being driven — a great way to lower noise pollution.

Considering the above advantages, it’s little surprise that demand for EVs is rocketing in the UK.

What are motor brands and the UK government doing to boost EV numbers?

EVs are an effective way to tackle the UK’s pollution and carbon emissions problems. Typically, a passenger vehicle gives out 4.6 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Considering that this pollution is reported to accelerate climate change, cause breathing difficulties and more, it’s key that eco-friendly products, like EVs, are encouraged and supported.

Fortunately, the UK is working to offer more charging points across the nation. In sync, motoring manufacturers are constantly creating motors with better battery lives and mileage ranges in order to finally put to bed the argument that EVs can’t be trusted — especially on long journeys. Japanese vehicle brand, Nissan, recently launched the Nissan Leaf, which features a long range and a one-pedal driving system, allowing it to go about 50% further on a single charge than the EVs before it. As one of the most sought-after electric cars, the Nissan Leaf has hit sales of 283,000 since 2010 — this is second only to Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV. Could Nissan claim the top spot if it keeps innovating?

What else is the EV car industry doing to make its vehicles more palatable to the UK driver? A one-pedal driving system, like Nissan’s, is another bonus of electric vehicles. By simply pressing a button, you can turn the motor’s accelerator into an e-Pedal, start the vehicle, accelerate and stop. Although you have the option of controlling the start and stop functions separately, the one-pedal system is just another feature that makes this EV simpler to drive. Plus, the system makes the car even more energy-efficient to lower your carbon footprint even further.

The problem of recharging your EV

Unfortunately, being kinder to the environment and negating the need of petrol stations is sometimes not enough for drivers. Some won’t drive a car if they have even a slight fear that it will run out of power. As of May 2017, around 4,300 charging locations — with 6,700 charging devices and 12,500 connectors — were available in the UK. However, to counter the issue of needing eight hours to fully charge a battery, a surge in public charging points that can recharge at least 80% of EV batteries in half an hour is necessary.

Thankfully, an answer is imminent; with ChargePoint and InstaVolt planning to install at least 3,000 rapid-charging points on forecourts all over the UK. What’s more, there’s a Europe-wide EV charging network on the horizon, too. Launched by a collaboration between BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the VW Group with Audi and Porsche, the network will feature 20 ultra-rapid charging points with an aim of creating 400 points across the continent by 2020. The network is expected to cover around 100 locations by the end of 2018, which will hopefully mean that traveling free of carbon emissions will be a lot easier.

Of course, from an energy point of view, this installation of charging locations raises some concerns. The National Grid claims that a demand of 50% more electricity will occur if the UK moves to EVs — is this worth it considering the tonnes of carbon emissions that will be reduced?

EV battery life of the future

30 minutes is the amount of time a battery generally takes to recharge at a rapid charging point. However, a recent study suggests that there has been a development of an ‘instantly rechargeable’ method that brings full-life back to an electric battery in just a few minutes. Could the motorists who won’t buy an EV due to the time it takes to recharge finally be swayed? If this method becomes available, we anticipate that the EV industry will only get stronger, which means cleaner air and roads for all the UK and its residents. Electrolytes are employed in this method to re-power battery fluids, which makes it so efficient.

Most of us know about the government’s 2040 aim of eradicating petrol and diesel cars. Granted that the momentum of this drive continues, the EV market and its eco-friendly motors should only grow in authority and numbers. Hopefully, innovations and developments will continue to resolve the issues that put people off buying an EV, including battery life and time taken to charge. If so, we could see the government achieve its target of lowering emissions by 80%.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - July 30, 2018 at 6:22 am

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Great news – The world’s newest and biggest protected rainforest

We don't often get good news. Our world is usually populated with stories about deforestation and disaster. So it's lovely to be able to talk about an incredibly important milestone for the Amazon itself and for rainforest conservatoin everywhere.

A region of outstanding universal value

The Serrania del Chiribiquete, in Colombia, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, who have recognised its outstanding universal value to nature and people. Now it's the world’s biggest tropical rainforest national park, a huge effort that has taken decades of hard work by environmentalists and conservationists to bring to fruition.

The protected area is home to an impressive 3000 or more types of animals and plants, and is now twice as large as it originally was. In a world where 33% of so-called protected areas remain threatened by human activities, it's a vital development.

Chiribiquete is incredibly remote. There have been many years of armed conflict in the area, which has made life tricky for scientists and conservationists. The sheer, remarkable biodiversity of the regon is down to its location, a magical place where four very different geographic regions – the Amazon, Andean, Orinoco and Guyanas – meet. All this makes the news a defining moment in the good fight.

A big step in the right direction

Chiribiquete is not only a biological, cultural, hydrological and archaeological treasure. It's also vitally important to the indigenous people – some still uncontacted – who live in the area. Colombia’s forests, like all rainforests, remain threatened by deforestation to make way for agriculture, industry and settlement, and climate change continues apace, but the news represents a considerable positive step in the right direction.

The new park includes areas with very highest deforestation rates, so it's hopeful that the news will help stop the timber and illegal crop trade in its tracks. It's wonderful to see the Colombian government taking such an important step towards protecting the region, against a landscape where, all too often, government inaction, corruption and short-term thinking are at the forefront of the destruction.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - July 4, 2018 at 6:13 am

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Holiday Carbon Footprint

In 2017, ABTA’s Holiday Habits Report declared that 87% of Britons have taken a holiday in the past year. This insight has been applauded with great enthusiasm by agencies and companies in the travel industry, but the consequences of this discovery still seem to be unknown to most people.

As a matter of fact, the recent increase in tourism goes hand in hand with a rise in carbon emissions. CO2 emissions are predicted to reach the level of 50 metric tons by 2050 for the United Kingdom only.

However, these results might still underestimate the impact that tourism has on the environment, as they don’t consider the impact of greenhouse gas emissions besides CO2, as well as all the usual activities that tourists perform when on holiday.

Fortunately, being eco-friendly is something that anybody can do. This infographic by Greenmatch.co.uk shows you how to have a more sustainable holiday by implementing some simple tips that can make a real difference for our planet.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - July 4, 2018 at 6:03 am

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Smart savings: Energy saving tips that may surprise you

Most people are already aware of the most common energy saving tips for the home; never leaving your gadgets on standby or only using as much water as you need for a bath. However, together with Northern Powergrid, who can help out with any electric connection around your property, we’ve put together this handy guide to energy saving tips that might just surprise you…

Invest in a smart thermostat

Did you know that if you turn your heating down by just one degree, you could shave up to £80 per year from your energy bill?

By investing in a smart thermostat, you can take the hassle out of monitoring all your household devices. While these handy gadgets can often come with a large price tag (some will set you back over a hundred pounds), they could take as much as a third off your heating bills long term. Smart thermostats are able to learn the required time that it takes to heat up your home and then adjust themselves accordingly so that the heating comes on at just the right time to bring your home to your desired temperature. This also means that you’ll never have to worry about coming in to a cold house – smart thermostats can be controlled using your mobile even when you’re out and about!

Water-efficient showering

You can easily save energy in the bathroom too, especially if you use a shower. You can start by investing in a water-efficient shower head if your shower uses hot water directly from a tank or boiler, as opposed to it being electric. Doing so will mean that you’ll still get to enjoy a powerful shower whilst reducing the amount of hot water that you use. In fact, it’s been calculated that this nifty gadget could save you up to £75 a year on your energy bills!

Another helpful device that you should consider investing in is a shower timer – these are relatively inexpensive, with some models costing under £10. By reducing the amount of time that you spend in the shower by just one minute per day, you could save £7 a year per person in your household.

Smart cooking

When it comes to cooking, it’s easy to use more energy than you need – the good news is that it’s also very easy to save energy with these tips! When cooking rice or vegetables on the hob, remember to only use enough water to keep them covered and ensure that you’re using the right sized pan. When you cook a small meal in a big pan, you waste energy as it takes longer to heat the contents – the same applies to using the correct sized ring on the hob.

If you love to bake, you can save time by baking more than one meal at once and saving some to heat up in the microwave later. After all, when you use the oven every shelf has to be heated up, so making the most of the free space helps you save energy.

If you cook chicken in the oven often, it may be wise to invest in a pressure cooker – after all, cooking chicken using a pressure cooker only takes about half the time that it would to cook it in an oven.

Smart washing

Your washing machine can also help you to save energy. Did you know that 90% of a washing machines energy expenditure comes from heating up the water? If you can turn down the temperature of your washes, for example from 60 degrees to 40 or 30 degrees, you can save up to a third of the cost of running the cycle. Remember to run a hot wash every now and again though, as this will help to keep your washing machine clean.

Ideally, you should try to fit a lot of clothes in your wash, as filling it only halfway or less wastes a lot of energy. Additionally, reducing the amount of washing cycles that you run by just one a week could see you saving £5 a year on your energy bills.

On the topic of laundry, try to refrain from drying clothes and garments on radiators. Doing so means that your home’s boiler will need to work harder than is necessary.

A well-stocked fridge is a good fridge!

Keeping your fridge and freezer as full as you can will mean that they won’t have to work as hard. If you always have empty shelves, downsizing may be a good option – just try to choose an A++ model when switching, as these can save an estimated £190 throughout their product lifetime.

Whatever you decide to do, be sure to defrost on a regular basis to prevent ice from building up – causing extra energy use. You shouldn’t neglect the area at the back of your fridge either, dust can build up around the condenser coils found at the back of the fridge and can lead to more unnecessary energy use.

Energy saving on the go

For around £20, you can now purchase plug sockets which have been designed to be switched on and off via your mobile.

This design will definitely come in handy if you’re out and about and suddenly remember that you forgot to turn off the TV at the wall. After all, by turning your gadgets off at the plug rather than leaving them on standby, you could save an average of £30 a year for your household.

Sources:

https://www.moneysupermarket.com/gas-and-electricity/energy-saving-tips/

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/energy-saving-quick-wins

https://www.uswitch.com/energy-saving/guides/free-energy-saving-tips/

http://www.britishgas.co.uk/help-and-advice/save-energy-save-money/Energy-saving-tips/top-10-energy-saving-tips.html

https://britishgas.co.uk/energy/energy-saving/energy-saving-tips.html

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Posted by Eco Warrior - July 4, 2018 at 5:56 am

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Eco-Gardening – Emerging and Significant Trend of This Year

We, humans, are selfish animals. We have used, reused and abused the Earth for generations. Just think about the plastic covers, factory wastes into the rivers, sewage and what not. We have been the culprits for the present state of the Earth, extinction of thousands of species of animals and plants, the death of hundreds of humans because of pollution, and the list goes on. Nowadays, people are becoming more and more eco-conscious and are looking to do their bit to contribute to Mother Earth. One of the emerging ideas is eco-gardening. This article tries to reason out why eco-gardening is one of this year's most significant trends.

What is Eco-Garden?        

 

“Eco” stands for Ecology. So, Eco-Garden basically means a mini-ecosystem right in your backyard. People also grow their own fruits, vegetables and flowers in this garden. An Important thing to notice here is that no chemical fertilizers are used in eco-gardens. Only manure and other bio-fertilizers are used. Such gardens often flourish with butterflies, bees, earthworms and other insects. This can also be called a “retreat to nature”.

Why is eco-garden becoming popular?

 

Eco-garden is an eco-friendly way to beautify your backyard or estate. This is not all, there are more reasons why people are becoming increasingly fond of eco-gardening. Few of them are as follows.

#1 Grow your own stuff

With the vegan population growing year-by-year, the prices of vegetables are soaring. So, people are considering growing their own fruits and vegetables. This is also one of the best ways of spending their time and also save money spent on buying vegetables. It also serves as a good mood booster. Another fact worth mentioning is that it helps you spend quality family time with your dear and near ones in the garden.

#2 Go Organic

Another reason why people fear buying vegetables from the market is the fertilizers and chemicals used while growing them and chemicals used to artificially ripen and/or preserve them. An advantage of eco-gardening is that one can choose what fertilizers, pesticides and/or fungicides to use. If one wants to go natural, he/she can always choose to use eco-friendly products to preserve crops, making it safe both for the environment and human consumption.

#3 Creating a mini-ecosystem

An eco-garden can become home for many tiny animals and insects like squirrels, frogs, earthworms, birds, etc. Your garden shall become a mini ecosystem depicting the perfect coexistence of flora and fauna. This is one of the best ways to do our bit to preserve biodiversity.

#4 Serving Mother Earth

 

Humans have been extracting resources from Earth. With the increasing awareness of what humans are doing to nature, more and more people are willing to do their bit to preserve Earth for the progeny. So, they are getting into eco-gardening to contribute their bit for the cause of the Earth and its future inhabitants.

This way, eco-gardening is becoming popular these days, especially among the vegans. If you have decided to take up eco-gardening, here is a tip to boost your motivation. Make sure you put up yard signs with your name or your family name on it and put it up in your garden. This gives the garden, which you maintain with utmost care, an identity, just like naming a baby.

Pick up Eco-Gardening and help Mother Earth!!


Author’s Bio:

 Jessica is a marketing enthusiast and an influencer in Fashion & FnB verticals. She keeps special interest in the impact of visual branding on business growth. She has been writing for Stuart signstore, having a specialisation on T-shirt printing, for a long time now.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - July 4, 2018 at 5:50 am

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5 Benefits of LED Lights

Australian homeowners are increasingly aware of the importance of an eco-friendly lifestyle. This is very much noticeable in the home décor and design which is changing with this in mind. Small changes within a household can mean a lot in terms of environmental impact and they are usually also a savings measure.

One of such changes is the increased usage of LED lights which come with many benefits in comparison to the traditional ones. These benefits outweigh the cost of installation that is still somewhat steep with LED lights.

Durability

When purchasing a single LED light bulb, it costs significantly more than an ordinary light bulb and it can cause a homeowner to give up on a purchase. However, when the durability is taken into account, an LED bulb is actually much less expensive because it’s a purchase that can last you up to 20 times longer than a traditional bulb.

Even the middle and lower class Australian families can afford this investment because it still pays off to change the bulbs if you do it in phases. You can start with the rooms you’re using the most.

No toxic elements

The research shows that most Australian businesses use fluorescent lights because they are cost-effective and provide good enough quality for the needs of an average office. However, there’s proof that these bulbs contain toxic elements and can take their toll on your health if you spend day after day under those kinds of lights.

On the other hand, LED lights can be used in the same way without such dangers because they don’t contain any harmful materials. They also make less noise which makes them more pleasant to use in the office.

Ease of installation

Simple LED lights are easy to install and that can be done by any homeowner on their own time, without any preparations. However, if you’re changing the lights in the whole house, you should also check your installations in the process.

Additional features, such as a switch for dimming the lights or adding a timer for them, should be dealt with by a professional electrician. A local electrician from Parramatta could add these features and change the lights in an afternoon and no further maintenance is needed.

Energy

Energy consumption is the biggest concern for Sydney households since that’s also the largest bill to pay. Any household appliance that lowers the energy consumption can be important in the long run if a family is trying to save money. This is more noticeable with the lighting than with the largest appliances, since the lights are always on.

LED lights are therefore a good choice for saving because they offer the same quality of lighting but they waste much less energy than any other type of light bulbs. The difference will be noticeable when you calculate your yearly expenses.

Heat

The Australian climate isn’t always pleasant, especially during the summer. Any appliance that creates additional heat isn’t really helping with keeping the home cool or with keeping the energy bills low. Traditional bulbs heat up the place and it takes a long time to cool it down afterward.

LEDs are much more useful in this regard because they use and waste less energy. Electricity wasted with lighting turns into heat which means that LED lights aren’t making the room hotter while it remains as well lit as with traditional lights.

LED lights have a lot of benefits in comparison to other light bulbs. They are both more eco-friendly and less expensive.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - July 4, 2018 at 5:21 am

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Greenspiration: Home Design for the Eco-Conscious

A green home means a happy and healthy home that everyone deserves. By going green, not only will you reduce your ecological footprint and protect the environment, but you’ll also create a healthy space that exudes style and freshness. Eco-friendly design brings numerous ideas, from subtle changes and nature-inspired decorations to major remodels. So, if you’ve decided to give your home a new look, why not make it a green one?

Simple, but eco-friendly changes

Starting small is always a great way to begin your home’s green transformation. When it comes to eco-friendliness, even the smallest changes count, so you should make one step at a time and work your way up to a green home. For example, you can simply introduce the recycling system to your home. You should also adopt other eco-friendly habits that can make your home greener. From turning off the lights and unplugging the appliances to turning off the water while brushing your teeth and line drying your laundry, these simple changes are not only eco-friendly, but they can also pay off in the long run. In addition, they will help you become more eco-conscious and prepare you for some major remodels.

Vintage and pre-loved

Buying new furniture, for example, is more expensive than finding the beauty in the vintage and antique.  Furthermore, the production of new pieces requires the use of materials and the very production process is often harmful for the environment. Therefore, you should embrace vintage and pre-loved pieces that you can find in your own attic or basement or on the flea market. Not only is this an eco-friendly alternative, but it will also give your home a rustic charm and an authentic appeal. You can even repurpose your old furniture and other items and find them a completely new use. A set of old chairs can be transformed into an outdoor bench, for example, at minimal cost and with no effect on the environment.

Nature as an accessory

Nature-inspired designs are a popular trend that can make your home more stylish and eco-friendlier. Houseplants are always a beautiful addition that can green up your home, both literally and figuratively. Namely, apart from adding a splash of green to your space, plants act as natural air purifiers that will free your home from airborne toxins, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing fresh oxygen. This will increase your indoor air quality significantly while also making your space more open and pleasant. From large leafy plants to small succulents, there’s no better accessory than greenery. Vertical gardens are another hot trend that you can implement both inside and outside, elevating your home to a greener level.

Natural all the way

While regular materials are treated with certain chemicals that are then off-gassed into the air, sustainable materials are produced according to certain eco-friendly standards that prohibit the use of harmful substances. In addition, certain materials are produced using finite resources that cannot be replenished. Switching to eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo, cork, natural stone, reclaimed wood and others, is not only eco-friendly, but stylish, too, as these materials will add a beautiful, natural touch to your home. Such an example are beautiful natural rugs made out of jute or wool.

You should also be mindful of synthetic materials found in bedding, covers, area rugs, etc., since they are also unhealthy. Natural materials, including organic cotton, jute, wool and sisal, are a much better choice for a green, healthy home.

 

Colourful green paint

Regular paint contains high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), toxic chemicals that may be extremely harmful after prolonged exposure. Green paint, on the other hand, contains little or no VOCs at all, which makes it a much healthier alternative. So, if you’ve been thinking about applying a fresh coat of paint to your walls, make sure that it’s VOC-free.

Not only are green designs beneficial for the environment, but they are also healthy and extremely stylish. From simple changes and everyday habits to various upgrades and remodels, there’s plenty of ways to make your home green.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 28, 2018 at 7:10 am

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Becoming more environmentally friendly with a new water pump

A water pump isn’t always the first thing you think of when you consider ways to becoming more eco-friendly. However, it definitely should be as the European Commission (‘Putting Energy Efficiency First‘) shared that an additional 20% is added to energy bills as a result of inefficient pumps.

What is a water pump used for?

It’s fine if you don’t immediately know what a water pump is. It’s a centrifugal that uses a rotating impeller to move water into the pump and form a pressurised flow. You actually use water pumps every day of your life, even if you don’t realise it.

Heating systems reply on circulation pumps that move hot water through the pipes and they even help water reach your house from the main supply.

How do I know if my pump is Faulty?

A really obvious sign that your pump isn’t running to its full potential is visible leaking. Even if you can’t spot an obvious leak, you may notice damp spots around the location of the pump. There are other obvious visual elements such as a crack or rusting nozzles. You may even see some mould forming or notice the pump has an odour.

An inefficient pump will usually form a choke point. This is where the pressure builds up and can burst without any warning. It’s dangerous and expensive to repair the damage made to the property, plus the cost of a new pump on top.

Why are old pumps more inefficient?

It’s simple; more energy is needed to push water through a blocked water pipe. An inefficient pump often uses way over the average amount of electricity usually used to normally function.

The European Commission is currently trying to bring in wide efficiency measures. The focus is very much on making efficient and eco-friendly circulators mandatory. This has already shown to help improve the efficiency of water and sewage pumps. However, the pumps can still block, crack and develop choke points and thus timely repairs will still be necessary.

What impact does this have on the environment?

Well, using more electricity not only burns a hole in your pocket, but it also causes further damage to the planet. As a majority, we still rely heavily on burning fossil fuels to generate electricity. We all know this method is highly unsustainable and highly damaging to the ozone layer.

Using more power than necessary is causing you to release more harmful chemicals and thus, increasing your carbon footprint along with it.

Ensuring your pumps, pipes and utility system are all working efficiently helps combat the risk of using more energy than necessary.

New pumps and cost-effectiveness?

The cost of repairing or replacing your pump with a new version will cost less than it would to repair structural damage a burst pump would cause.

As we’ve discovered, inefficient pumps will add money to your energy bills. The pump will use more energy than needed to push water past a blockage or just to keep the water flowing at a constant rate.

Replacing your old pump in a timely manner is more cost-effective and more energy efficient. As a result of this, it is better for the environment and will help towards keeping your carbon footprint at a minimum.

If everyone had a new, fully functioning water pump and they each would be saving 20% of their energy bill – just think how much money and energy we could save by making this movement together.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 22, 2018 at 5:58 am

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How to create an eco-friendly garden using recycled plastic wood planters

With the realisation of plastic filling our oceans in recent years, we now more than ever need to be conscious about what we fill our houses and gardens with.

For years, items such as furniture, decking, sheds, doors, and fencing have been predominantly made out of timber and have been frequenting gardens and outside spaces since. Timber has always been the go-to choice; however, with rising costs associated with the material, continual maintenance, and eventual rot, it’s not the most ideal. Making the move to an alternative material is not only better sustainably for the environment as it is sourced from already made plastics with new life injected into it, but it  is also better on your wallet. Recycled plastic wood is an alternative that lasts forever, needs almost no maintenance at all, is safe (no more pesky splinters), rot-free and is the eco-friendly choice.

How to get your garden blooming using recycled plastic wood planters

Whether you use your garden as a source of nutrition to grow your own produce or as a place of tranquillity after a long day, there’s no doubt it needs to look inviting.

The simplest, and quickest way to get your garden looking beautiful is with a bit of colour. There are so many different types of plants to bring into your outside space, so depending on your budget, your tastes, or the style of your garden, there’s a planter design for you.

For shaded areas

If you are lucky enough to live in a property with a south-facing garden which catches the sun all day through, then you won’t want to be planting up plants that need an excess of shade. However, there are plenty of balcony gardens, terraces, front gardens and borders that, despite best efforts of design, just won’t naturally catch the sun.

  • Hosta

As a foliage plant hosta’s can grown on moisture soil. Mulching also helps hostas to reach their potential by adding rotted matter to the soil to increase its moisture levels.

 For sunny patches

However big or small your garden, there’ll be a patch that catches the sun at some time of the day, so the best that you can do is take advantage with a sun-loving flower.

  • Petunia

Petunias are versatile, pretty plants. They flower in a whole host of colours, and will be found in some of the loveliest arrangements. They are easy to maintain needing only daily water and de-heading at the end of its life, with re-flowering occurring all throughout the season.

  • Geranium

Geranium’s flower from early summer all the way to early autumn, flowering in a range of colours, with little maintenance. As long as these are planted in a container with moist soil and benefit from sunlight throughout the day, they will bloom!

Single Plant

  • Fuchsia

Fuchsia’s can be trained to grow into a bush from early planting (this is what will make the statement singular piece in a planter). As soon as there are three sets of leaves on it, the growing tip should be cut to stop the growth in order to stimulate between two and four side shoots, and then stop the shoots once two sets have grown to coax the bush. Repeat this process until the desired outcome is reached.

Outdoor kitchen

Not only is it important to be conscious about the types of materials we use in the garden, it’s also prudent to reduce plastic usage in the kitchen too. Purchasing and planting herbs within your garden will significantly reduce fresh single-use herb usage which often comes packaged in an abundance of plastic. Herbs are really easy to pot, manage and maintain, and make for wonderful fresh dishes straight from your garden.

Typical herbs which you can include in your outdoor kitchen are:

  • Lemon balm
  • Mint
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Coriander

Want to create your own alluring garden? Head over to Eco Plastic Wood to view their range of bespoke recycled plastic wood products for use in your own garden. All products are manufactured and dispatched from their single factory in Leicestershire, reducing the carbon footprint in the supply chain. All products are made from LDPE, HDPE, PP, Styrene, and PVC waste plastics which are made into luxurious outdoor furniture which is all fully recyclable.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 22, 2018 at 5:48 am

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Football and Sustainability

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.

 

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 22, 2018 at 5:36 am

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