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

Electrical Appliances July 30, 2007

Filed under: Energy,Shopping — ecoemails @ 12:52 pm
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New electrical Appliances come with an energy efficiency rating
(EU Energy Label)

kettleAppliances are rated with a letter form A to G.
A being the most efficient.
The majority of modern appliances are A so you shouldn’t settle for anything less.
Only by turning an appliance off at the wall do they stop using any electricity.
And don’t believe people who say that turning an appliance off and on again uses more energy than leaving it on standby.

That is only the devil possessing your friends or work colleague.

man

 

Green Box July 24, 2007

Filed under: TV, Books and Articles — ecoemails @ 12:46 pm
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This is just an interesting article that Mary found and thought I’d share with you all… (it’s pretty short don’t worry).
So if you are bored at your desk… this is to give you hope that technology is moving towards solving some of those awful problems that are troubling our world.

Greenbox: Captures Carbon Dioxide to Make Biodiesel
It sounds like three Welsh fishing buddies have developed the next best thing to a perpetual motion machine. The concept is thus: Fitted to car instead of an exhaust their Greenbox device traps carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. The box needs to be replaced about every full tank of fuel. “Through a chemical reaction, the captured gases from the box would be fed to algae, which would then be crushed to produce a bio-oil. This extract can be converted to produce a biodiesel almost identical to normal diesel.” Voila! – driving your car produces fuel. After a couple of years of testing and umpteen hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in research it would appear that there is more to this than the usual magic solution that crosses our desks. Of course the devil is usually in the detail.

greenboxNone is which overly forthcoming at the moment, with Reuters noting that the trio (a biochemist and two engineers) don’t even trust their wives with the info on how the Greenbox actually works. “After every demonstration they hide its individual components in various locations across North Wales and the technology is divided into three parts, with each inventor being custodian of one section.” (Indiana Jones would be proud.) What we can glean from the story is that in the UK they would need 10 genetically modified algae (Mmmm?) factories, each about 400 hectares (~1,000 acres), to process the CO2 from Britain’s 30 million cars. Still it’s good to know there are yet more inquiring minds at work on our global conundrum.
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http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/greenbox_captur.php

 

Blackle July 21, 2007

Filed under: Energy — ecoemails @ 12:42 pm
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Google have made a new search engine which is in Black instead of White… which in theory saves energy…

but infact it is only true for CRT or tube based displays

(so not flat screens or laptops)

(On a laptop as the back light is on all the time, black looks black but really the back light is deflected side ways using LCD technology to make it look black)
Blackle
http://www.blackle.com/

 

Ear Bud July 20, 2007

Filed under: Waste — ecoemails @ 12:39 pm
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Don’t flush ear buds down the loo… they end up on beaches.
There is a woman who does beach clean ups and she said that if she ever did a beach clean up and didn’t find any ear buds on it she’d quit –
She’s still doing beach clean ups 20 years later.

 

Light Bulbs July 16, 2007

Filed under: Energy — ecoemails @ 10:58 pm
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It is better to change the lights bulbs
in your house
to energy saving light bulbs

than to get rid of your car!
Car only ranks 1/3 in devices responsible for global warming.
The most effective thing you can do is switch your home lighting to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

CFLs use 75% less electricity
than your standard tungsten light bulb while giving you the same amount of light output.
Meaning lower electricity bill!

“If every American household replaced just one light bulb with a CFL, it would reduce global warming emissions equal to taking nearly 800,000 cars off the road!”
( www.ucsa.org/assets/documents/earthwise/earthwise-Spring-07.pdf)
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To buy CFLs online go to:
http://www.thelightbulb.co.uk/
or
http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=light+bulbs

 

The Great Global Warming Swindle… July 13, 2007

Filed under: TV, Books and Articles — ecoemails @ 10:41 pm
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Channel 4 did a documentary called
The Great Global Warming Swindle…

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I don’t know if any of you watched it… but it basically was saying that Global warming had
nothing to do with human CO2 emissions and that it was all due to variations in Solar activity.

Unfortunately the documentary was made very well.
And even Will and I found the argument’s pretty compelling.

BUT

it was all bull shit….

And the scientists who featured in the film have since criticised it and complained that what they said was taken
out of context and chopped and changed to make it sounds like they were saying something that they weren’t.

The guy even used relabelled the axis on a graph to make a false argument about Volcanoes.

The Channel 4 Website now even admits that the contents of the film are CRAP.

So if anyone saw it and believed it or knows anyone who saw it please look at these websites…

http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/G/great_global_warming_swindle/

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article1517515.ece

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Global_Warming_Swindle

 

Junk Fax July 7, 2007

Filed under: Waste — ecoemails @ 12:48 pm
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If your business is plagued with junk faxes then call the Fax Preference Service onjunkfax
0845 0700702
This service will ‘prevent any further unsolicited promotional faxes’

Or you can register online which is quicker and easier at:
http://www.fpsonline.org.uk/fps/