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

Tetra packs January 28, 2009

Filed under: Waste — ecoemails @ 4:56 pm

The bane of recyclers, Tetra Paks contain cardboard, metal foil and plastic. May councils don’t collect them (though they can be taken to recycling banks).


Tetra Pak has pledged to provide five collection points in every UK borough – and to transport the cartons to Sweden for recycling. So if you want to find out where your nearest Tetrapack collection point is look  at


Here are those in Hackney for those who live here:

  • E5 8BY, Kenninghall Road, near Nightingale Road
  • E8 2NG, Kingsland Shopping Centre Car Park, outside entrance
  • E9 5AX, Wick Road, opposite Vanner Point, New Gascoyne Estate
  • E9 6ND, Morning Lane, Tesco Car Park
  • N1 5AA, Downham Road & Kingsland Road opp Fire Station
  • N1 7TA, Sturt Street opp Taplow Street
  • N16 0PT, Lordship Road, Lordship South Estate,  between Lordship Terrace and Lordship Grove
  • N16 5SR, Stamford Hill, Morrisons Car Park
  • N4 2HD, Green Lanes near John Scott Health Centre



Coral January 23, 2009

Filed under: Travel — ecoemails @ 11:58 am

Coral reefs are among the most biologically productive and diverse of ecosystems, and directly sustain half a billion people. But some 60 percent of these reef systems are threatened by a deadly combination of climate change, industrial pollution and excess UV radiation.

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Coral is extreamly fragile and takes decdes to grow…

Try not to step on or remove any coral when swimming or diving and avoid kicking up sand

as it can suffocate the coral polyps.

Chemical compounds in sunscreen and other personal skin care products accumulate in aquatic animals, and biodegrade into toxic by-products and stimulates latent viral infections in coral.

An estimated 4,000 tonnes of sunscreen are released annually in reef areas.

So best to cover up by swimming witha a T shirt on….



LOVEFILM January 20, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoemails @ 11:55 pm

DVDs have lots of plastic and you often only ever watch them a couple of times…. before they sit and get forgotten about
If you watch allot of DVDs what about joining lovefilms instead

lovefilm_windowEasier than going to the video shop and it gets posted straight to your door and then you post it back in the pre-paid envelope

You pay
£11 per month for 1 DVD at a time
£13 per month for 2 DVDs at a time
£16 per month for 3 DVDs at a time

So basically you tell them a list of DVDs that you would like to see and they post 1 of them to you
You watch it and post it back in the pre-paid envelope

And here are some Eco Docs you can get from Love film to get you going!
Garbage Warrior
Our Daily Bread
Grizzly Man
Enron – The Smartest Guys in the Room
Wal-mart – The High Cost of Low Price
Black Gold
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Shark Water


Sushi January 17, 2009

Filed under: Food — ecoemails @ 12:36 am
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Here is some shameless plugging.

My friend Casson has just published a book called
Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time (Paperback)

And you can buy it from Amazon for £7.83

So quick get one fast while stocks last (no pun intended!?!)

Also if any of you are ever in San Fransisco or know anyway who is there then send them to his sustainable sushi restaurant.
It is the best sushi I have ever eaten (and for those who know nick know that that is allot!)
So pls tell all SF people about



Souvenirs January 16, 2009

When on holiday don’t buy products made from endangered plants or wild animals: including
hardwoods, corals, shells, starfish, ivory, fur, skins, teeth, reptiles and turtles.

Below is a list of top destinations and what to avoid buying

* Greece: Tortoiseshell, ivory, coats made from spotted cat furs and other wildlife trinkets
* Turkey: Stuffed native birds, corals, sponges and shells
* Spain: On Spanish beaches, there are often opportunities to have photos taken with baby chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are an endangered species and paying to have your picture taken with them means that you are supporting their illegal capture for this trade
* USA: Native wild birds are protected in the US and even possessing a feather is illegal. Walruses and other marine mammals, as well as products derived from American black bears and polar bears have import and export restrictions. Reptile skin products may also need a permit
* Kenya: Shells, corals and orchids have import and export restrictions. These are to be avoided, as are products made from lizards, tortoises, birds of prey, ivory and crocodile skin. Carvings made from native timber make excellent souvenirs as they support the local economy. Just ensure that they are not carved from overexploited timbers. ‘Good woods’ to buy include neem, jacaranda, mango and grevillea
* Mexico: Cacti and native birds such as parrots are illegal to import into the UK, unless you have the correct permit. Also ensure that any leather products you purchase are not made from endangered species
* Thailand: Some species of orchids growing in tropical rainforests are so rare, they are protected by international law. Orchids taken from the wild are likely to require permits
* Australia: Most of Australia’s wildlife is protected and violators of the law can expect heavy penalties. Avoid purchasing live native animals, insects and marine shells
* Hong Kong: Ivory is widely available but is illegal to import into the UK. Some Chinese medicines are manufactured from endangered species, such as turtle, bear, rhino and tiger, and their purchase should also be avoided
* The Carribean: The rich marine environment here is tempting to many souvenir hunters. Tortoiseshell jewellery, turtle oil, black coral jewellery and other products made from marine species are for sale, but due to their protected status you risk paying heavy fines if you try to import them into the UK


Heathrow January 15, 2009

Filed under: Protest,Travel — ecoemails @ 12:51 am
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The government decided today to build a 3rd runway at Heathrow (Hoon what a Goon!)

This means that 700 homes will have to be demolished to make way for the runway,
And the number of flights using Heathrow from about 480,000 a year now to 702,000 by 2030

Making Heathrow the single largest emitter of CO2 in the UK

The UK government has committed to cut emissions by 80% by 2050 (including air travel)
This is unattainable with such a colossal increase in flights

Thought some of you might like to know the contact details of the

Geoff Hoon (Secretary of State for Transport)

Or the head of Future Heathrow
(The Pro-Heathrow group)

Future Heathrow

Clive Soley
The Campaign Director
Future Heathrow
Room 1042
Queens Building
Heathrow Airport

I am sure both would love to get an email or post card from you all.


Dinner at Depatures January 12, 2009

Filed under: Protest,Travel — ecoemails @ 2:23 pm
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Climate Rush at Heathrow to protest the Third Runway.

Picnic in terminal 5 Departures lounge – today 7pm.