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

Mine’s a green beer! April 20, 2011

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‘Mine’s a green beer!’ Sounds gross? But there has been a recent boom in green booze! And it’s not just organic, you can now get vegan beers and solar powered breweries.

 10 tips for green beer….

  1. Drink organic brews means you can expect the barley and hops to be organically grown: no pesticides, no artificial fertilizers, no chemical preservatives; just fresh, non-toxic ingredients.
  2. Support green beer companies such as Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada or Anderson Brewery which powers its breweries with solar power.
  3. Drink beer from draught instead of from bottles as the resource savings from the packaging make draught beer around 68% lower impact than bottled beer.
  4. Recycle your bottles, cans, and other packaging – an aluminium can will likely be recycled and back on the shelves within 60 days Ten tonnes of recycled glass saves 5 tonnes of sand, 1.8 tonnes of soda ash and 1.7 tonnes of limestone.
  5. Reuse the bottle caps, as many programs won’t accept them, so, you’ll have to get creative in order to prevent undue waste.
  6. Try vegan and vegetarian beers, such as Green Man Beer. Plenty of beers contain traces of animal products such as gelatin, made from animal tissue, or isinglass, from fish bladders, which are used as an agent to clarify beers.
  7. Drink local, and walk to the pub, helps reduce emission from shipping and from you getting to and from your local.
  8. Take a growler to your local brewery and fill it up with fresh draught beer. This cuts out bottle waste and recycling hassles.
  9. Opt for paper free bottles and go for those that have the labelling printed right on the bottle.
  10. Don’t use disposable cups when serving beer, as they cause unnecessary waste and are not usually not recyclable.

Read the original article I stole this from here.

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Freecycle at work November 1, 2010

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Everyone knows about Freecycle – but do you now about Freecycle at work?

You up Freecycle at work through http://quickbase.intuit.com/freecycle

This will then mean that your staff can post items and see if other people in the office would like to have them.



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You can also set up Freecycle at work through http://quickbase.intuit.com/freecycle This will then mean that your staff can post items and see if other people in the office would like to have them.

  • You can also set up Freecycle at work through http://quickbase.intuit.com/freecycle This will then mean that your staff can post items and see if other people in the office would like to have them.
 

Be Positive+ (sorry guys!) Recycle your Batteries September 7, 2010

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Batteries contain lots of harmful checmicals suchs as lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium. It can therefore be damaging to the environment to bury them in landfills and burning batteries can pollute the atmosphere.

At the moment only 3% of batteries are recycled in the UK (Belgium recycles over 50% – One more thing we’re not very good at then!). This means that around 600 million batteries – the equivalent weight of 110 Jumbo Jets – are sent to landfill sites every year.

The average household uses 21 batteries a year, all of which could be recycled.

The UK aims to recycle 25 per cent of its batteries by 2012, rising to at least 45 per cent in 2016. The UK government has therefore set up a scheme in place to increase battery recycling and reduce the number of batteries going to landfill. This means that you can get free battery recycling bins to put around the office and then the bins will be collected on a regular basis for free.

They collect alkaline batteries, rechargeable batteries, laptop batteries, mobile phone batteries, watch batteries… pretty much every type of household battery

To order your own battery boxes contact: Rabbit Recycling

T: 0845 337 3343 www.rabbittrecycling.co.uk

 

I saw a movie, and the world collapsed December 9, 2009

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Jessica Rayburn and G.R. Mantard have collaborated to create a new comic on climate change.
To mark the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, they have published the comic online with free access to all.

‘I saw a movie, and the world collapsed’ tells G.R. Mantard’s own story of how he was inspired by climate change film Age of Stupid to calculate his carbon footprint and learn how to reduce it.


The story personally engages with the reader to communicate the science, the policy and the personal dilemmas. It climaxes by showing how low-carbon living is positive and enjoyable, and urges the reader to take action at personal, community and political level.

http://abenmaler.dk/climate.html

 

Feeding of the 5000 December 7, 2009

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You are cordially invited to a free lunch for up to 5000 people.

On the 16th December a free lunch made from delicious ingredients that would otherwise have been wasted will be prepared for 5000 people. Our aim is to highlight the ease of cutting the unimaginable levels of food waste in the UK and internationally. Find out more

http://feeding5k.org

Trafalgar Square, London

Wednesday 16th December

12 noon – 2pm

 

The Swap Shop (Sunday 6th December) August 25, 2009

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Part of Arcola‘s Green Sunday

 

Talk by Carl Pittam from Sustran about Sustainable Transport

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Talk by Carl Pittam from Sustran about Sustainable Transport

September 16th (7 to 9pm) at Arcola Theatre, 27 Arcola St, Dalston, Hackney (followed by TThackney meeting).

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Even though we already love bikes in Hackney…