EcoEmails

This originated with me sending regular emails to my close friends and family on environmental issues and changes which could ‘green’ their lifestyle. The group has unintentionally grown quickly as friends of friends ask to join. The EcoEmails don’t always give people an easy solution to a problem but try to make them aware that every decision they make has environmental and sustainability consequences. If you would like to join pls email me at muffinkimber@gmail.com

Dry Cleaners May 31, 2007

Filed under: Clothes — ecoemails @ 10:50 pm
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Conventional drycleaners are the largest users of the industrial solvent called Perchloroethylene, or perc, which is toxic to humans and also creates smog.

drycleaner

If you do take clothes to conventional cleaners, be sure to air them outside before wearing them or putting them in the closet.

The two most common GREEN drycleaning methods are carbon dioxide cleaning and Green Earth.

If you dry clean some of your clothes try and seek out cleaners that use green methods… or email me and I’ll find your closest Green drycleaner.

 

Green Electricity May 25, 2007

Filed under: Energy — ecoemails @ 10:53 pm
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Back on the Green Electricity thing…. I have just swapped our home electricity to ecotricity ( http://www.ecotricity.co.uk)which means all our electricity comes from wind turbines…

It took me about 6 minutes to switch over. You do it online and all you need is your electricity bill with you so you can give them your numbers…
They match the rates… so it’s all cool.

So yer switch over (I sound like an add don’t I) but honestly this company are good… and they are one of the only companies  continually investing the money in to building new sources of renewable energy.

So do it – I am not kidding all you have to do is give them your address, bill number and name and it is done.

Ecotricity wind turbne, Green park, Reading.

 

Symbols May 21, 2007

Filed under: Food,Shopping,Waste — ecoemails @ 12:29 pm
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There are a number of symbols that are used by suppliers to certify that products meet certain environmental standards. Below are just a few of the common symbols…
ecolabel
The European Ecolabel symbol signifies that the product has met rigorous environmental criteria. The symbol does not specifically indicate that the product is made from recycled materials.
mobus-loopThis Mobius Loop means that the product is recyclable. Without a qualifying statement, the symbol means that the entire product is recyclable and that more than one-third of the population in the area where it is distributed has convenient access to collection and drop-off facilities.

mob2This Mobius Loop means that the product is made from recycled material. Without a qualifying statement, the symbol will be interpreted to mean that the product is made from 100 percent post-consumer waste. The symbol may also appear with the percentage of recycled content.

fsc The FSC logo shown is the trademark of the Forest Stewardship Council. It is a label that can be found on timber and wood products, indicating that it comes from a well-managed forest. It shows that the forest has been evaluated, and complies with environmental, social and economic standards.

the-nordic-environmental-label The Nordic Environmental Label, or the “Swan label”, is an independent label which guarantees a certain environmental standard. Products need to satisfy strict environmental requirements in order to display the logo.

 

Mobiles May 18, 2007

Filed under: Waste — ecoemails @ 10:43 pm
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The Energy Saving Trust calculates plugged-in mobile phone chargers waste over £60 million across the UK.

So best to Unplug your mobile charger or switch it off at the wall while it’s not in use….
Recycle your old mobile phone for cash (or vouchers)!

If you recycle your phone through Envirofone, you maybe eligible for a cash or Argos voucher reward!

http://www.envirofone.com/

Phones are either sent for re-use to countries where there is poor land-line service or they are recycled.

Envirofone award you enviropoints depending on the make and model of your phone. Enviropoints have an equivalent value in cash or Argos Vouchers and Envirofone will also donate £1 to Banardos charity for each phone recycled.

Register on-line (your details and the phone details) and Envirofone will send you a freepost envelope to send them the phone. Once they receive the phone and carry out a number of checks, they will send you a cheque or the vouchers.

Or give me your address and I will send you an stamped addressed envelope which all you have to do is put your phone in… to send it to Rainforest concern… and that will help them raise money to save rainforests in South America.

Or got to: http://www.rainforestconcern.org/news_events/recycle_your_mobile_phones.html

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Travelling May 8, 2007

Filed under: Travel — ecoemails @ 10:40 pm
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You can check which travel firms are environmentally friendly on the Association of Independent Tour Operators where  members have been awarded two or three Responsible Tourism stars for their social, economic and environmental performance.

Many companies are offering to make your flights carbon neutral
E.g. climatecare.org.
You pay an amount based on the distance you fly, and your money funds projects that prevent greenhouse gases being released…

This is a good idea – but in reality isn’t true – in no way does it make your flight carbon neutral…

Admittedly they may have a positive effect by raising ecological awareness.
But a close look at several transactions reveals that some deals amount to little more than feel-good hype which may divert attention and resources from more expensive and effective measures.

For example it costs about £34 to offset a Long Haul Flight of 3,700kg CO2
These companies for example use that money to buy light bulbs which over their life will save the equivalent 3,700kg CO2
But unfortunately the calculation is not that simple – coz you need the light bulbs to save the amount of CO 2 in the same time period.
Where as the plane journey will take a few hours to give off that CO2
The light bulbs will take years to save that amount of CO2
In conclusion to do the job properly you’d need to install a few thousand light bulbs – which would cost a few thousand pounds.
So although these things in theory are a nice idea in reality they are a bit of a scam! And only reduce your guilt rather than off sets your emissions

One good carbon offsetting programme though is…
http://www.rainforestconcern.org

Ideally just reduce how much you fly… have a look at
50 best no-fly holidays
http://travel.guardian.co.uk/article/2007/mar/18/ethicalholidays.green.escape

or go to
Responsibletravel.com
And you can search for holidays using an “I don’t want to fly” option
http://www.responsibletravel.com/TripSearch/Special%20interest/Activity100127.htm

It is hard though… I am going to France and Italy this summer – planning on going by train… but it is so tempting to just take a 20 quid easy jet flight… so much easier.

carbon-footprint-airplane-exhaust

 

Green Energy May 2, 2007

Filed under: Energy — ecoemails @ 10:39 pm
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Green Energy Tariff

In the UK about two thirds of our electricity is generated by burning coal and gas in power stations.

coal-pollution

The other third of electricity mainly comes from nuclear power.

Supplying your home with electricity produced from renewable sources will cut your household CO2 emissions by up to a third, and takes a single phone call. Good Energy and Electricity both provide 100 per cent renewable tariffs, but it may be a little more expensive…

See www.uswitch.com/energy or http://www.greenelectricity.org/ for details on the full range of green tariffs.

Or switch to green energy with Juice… which all comes completely renewable sources.
Go to:
http://www.npower.com/greenelectricity/