I’ll take a punt on a sweeping generalisation here and say that everybody’s heard of Wikileaks, haven’t they? The website/organisation has been headline news over the past few years from releasing footage of the now infamous Collateral Murder video, to the organisation’s public figurehead, Julian Assange, seeking asylum in an Ecuadorian Embassy in London, to publishing files from former NSA staffer Edward Snowden. (more…)
About ten years ago a very good friend of mine came back from a visit to her family in Yorkshire with a most excellent and unusual gift for me – an aluminium business card holder decorated with a cut out of a recycled Printed Circuit Board (PCB).
Being a tech industry geek and a designer to boot that this was one the coolest things I’d ever seen and it wasn’t just me – every time I handed out my 22i design business cards, I’d flash my PCB-adorned card holder and I always got comments along the lines of “cool” and “where did you get that?” (more…)
A few months ago I made a conscious effort to actively track down “that organic shop in Hartley Wintney” and I was not disappointed. The lovely old red brick building sits in a very traditional village high street and sells a huge range of organic products from fresh bread and dairy, fresh fish and meat to baby food, health and beauty products to “cupboard essentials”.
But what was the main reason I visited the shop? It was because I’d heard from a family member that Organically Speaking did Ecover refills. All I had to do was show up with my empty Ecover washing up bottles, hand over the cash and get my environmentally-friendly top-ups.
But what happened? (more…)
After all these years of hearing about, reading about and being in awe of the electric-powered Roadster, I saw my first Tesla the other day in my hometown of Farnborough. I managed to snap the electric sports car in its “Thunder Grey” paint job from my dash cam.
Habitually, I wound down the window to listen to the sound of the sports car I was following but, being an electric vehicle, there wasn’t a whisper… (more…)
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A few years ago somebody in my family mentioned that we could get refills for our Ecover products from “that organic shop in Hartley Wintney”.
For those of you that may or may not know, the village of Hartley Wintney in Hampshire is not exactly a big place, at least not to us Farnborough townies and our 65,000 residents. (more…)
Of all the things we’ve tried to do to keep our house warm and our energy costs down, one thing we’d not had done was the cavity wall insulation.
Our path to getting this done started with an inspection where a couple of guys turned up and drilled a hole in the wall – Yep, we’ve got cavity walls in our 1964 house. We were told that there was no charge, no catches and if we wanted our loft insulated they could do that too – all under a government-funded grant scheme.
So, I signed up and asked if they did sheep’s wool loft insulation; the surveyor said no, they only did regular fibreglass loft insulation. So I politely declined and waited for the installation date. Sheep’s wool loft insulation is more expensive than fibreglass but the advantages of sheep’s wool is that it isn’t itchy like fibreglass (which is a bit of a hazard to health in my opinion), sheep’s wool is natural, sustainable & breathable and has good insulation properties. But back to the cavity wall insulation…
Today was installation day and the crew turned up 45 minutes early, which makes a change. I had to apologise to my neighbour, who didn’t expect there to be drilling going on until 9am, but he was totally cool about it.
A couple of hours later and the job was finished. We had free cavity wall insulation, all paid for by a Government grant to ensure that we stay insulated this winter and reduce our carbon footprint. Apparently 35% of a home’s heat is wasted through the walls so that should certainly help toward keeping the heating costs down. Although this may just be a timely way to stabilise the costs when British Gas started the ball rolling on an energy price rise by cranking up the price of gas by 9%. We’re with another provider but I’m sure they’ll follow suit and push their prices up beyond the rate of inflation too.
So if you want to keep your energy costs down then get your cavity wall insulation done. Thanks ever so much to local firm InstaGroup for their Instabfibre cavity wall insulation service. Give them a call to arrange a survey on 0845 602 4696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture the scene: a small communal galley kitchen in a building full of serviced offices.
There are two bins – One clearly labelled “Recyclable”, the other clearly labelled “Non Recyclable”. In addition there is an extra sign over the “Recyclable” bin reiterating that it is for “recyclable” stuff and in BIG CAPS it further clarifies that “NO FOOD ITEMS” are to go in the recyclable bin.
Now, if that’s not clear enough there is also a little sign above the area with a list of all the things that safe to be considered recyclable and those that are not.
Chicken legs, rice, coffee grinds, salad, banana skins etc have all appeared in the recycling bin on a regular basis despite all these clear signs.
So what does this say about people?
We’ve taken to the skies, put a man on the moon, split the atom, sequenced the human genome and created numerous intelligent devices and systems and yet some of this simian-descended race do not understand the clear and simple difference between recyclable and non-recyclable.
Some people are too stupid to recycle!
It’s Earth Day 2012, folks. What are you doing to mark the fact?
One of the main thrusts of the day is to promote green awareness and especially to push for people to be more aware of and involved in their environment. The “billion acts of green” is a good start, and amongst the suggestions I’ve seen a number of actions or pledges made for Earth Day 2012, some of them being… (more…)