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Friday, March 14th, 2008
10:55 am
Oliver Heath on the power of recycling
Hi all. This is a new video by British interior designer Oliver Heath on the great things that can be achieved by home recycling:

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
10:13 pm
I'm new to this community so I apologize if I am repeating information. 
I thought that it would be good to have a post about where to buy fair trade products/ product brands that are fair trade. 
Cocoa Camino - Brand of chocolate products that are organic and fair trade. 
Ten Thousand Villages- Store that sells all fair trade products from around the world (including coffee and tea)
Ambassador Organics- Brand of coffee and tea 

I would like to know more brands that are fair trade, especially coffee would be helpful.
Sunday, December 9th, 2007
1:30 am
Hi there - just thought I would say hello, I've been looking for ethical / green LJ communities for a while, and came across this one, so I've joined y'all :) I'm trying hard to be green, live ethically, and promote more environmentally-friendly ways to others too, with mixed success. Does anyone else have problems trying to live green sometimes?
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
7:41 pm
Blog Action Day
Hi, I just heard of this event on 15th October
Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day
and I thought some of you might be interested in posting about the environment in your blog for that day. I'm going to make a post.

X-posted, sorry if you see it more than once!
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
8:07 pm
Thursday, April 12th, 2007
3:38 pm
what to do..
..when FreeCycle fails you?


I turn to ye with a bit of a dilemma. I am stuck with two tins* that I cannot get shot of on FreeCycle. I'm not 100pc certain a charity shop could do anything with them.

Any ideas? Keeping them isn't an option (decluttering streak) and I can't bear to throw them out. They can't be recycled at any of my usual centres either.

*a Bailey's presentation tin and one from Danish butter cookies, if it helps

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
3:40 pm

Click here to find online petitions you can sign to help many Environmental issues to be taken notice of by the government in the UK.

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
1:09 pm
A video about recycling that I made as a reporter for Youth Noise. Feedback is appreciated.

Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzwXAj84Fxc


Thursday, January 25th, 2007
3:51 pm
a great new diet..
..which allows you to lose half a ton in a month (thanks, Observer & milly_bogtrot):

The Low Carbon Diet

Current Mood: impressed
Sunday, January 7th, 2007
7:17 pm
A couple of questions
Hey, brand new member here looking for some advice or leads on a couple of topics.

1) I managed to prevent my flatmate from throwing away a huge pile of old vests today, because throwing clothes away makes me shudder. He is a very big guy and I am a very small woman, and they are old and manky and I really don't think any charity shop would have a use for them. Any suggestions of anything I can do with them, other than rip them up for rags?

2) New Year's resolution -- get more exercise. One of my favourite forms is swimming but I don't currently have a swimsuit. I know sportswear companies are as likely as any large corporation to have their products being made in unthinkable conditions by small children, so I went on some websearches to try and find swimwear from companies promising that this not be the case... to no avail. So... anyone know any UK-based ethical companies, including online ones, that do swimwear?

Thanks in advance!

Current Mood: hopeful
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
4:44 pm
Hello :)
Easy ways to do something ethical every day - click the buttons at these sites, and the advert money goes to charity.

Save The World - One Click At A Time!

On each of these websites, you can click a button to support the cause -- each click creates funding, and costs you nothing! Bookmark these sites, and click once a day!

Click here to post this on your page or 'blog

Save Land Like This, FOR FREE! CLICK HERE!

Also, another good thing for women is a menstrual cup - reusable, chemical free and healthy and safe alternative to tampons and tawols. Loads of info is here : http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/profile I have a mooncup uk and I love it.

Hope that these things are useful! Ali
Thursday, November 23rd, 2006
10:50 pm
i've been a member for a while, but this is my first post here.

i've recently began a nursing degree and am currently on my first clinical placement. obviously, for infection control, there's lots of cleaning, use of hot water, plastic wasteage etc.

i know there's no way around this, but after years of conditioning myself, i find it very hard throwing away plastic aprons, glove etc, using bleach filled products and all manner of things. there's a little voice in my head always telling me it's wrong!

i'm curious as to how other people marry their ethical beliefs with their jobs, especially in cases where it's simply not possible to reduce/reuse/recycle etc.
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
9:16 pm
Reneawable energy Updates
It is now two years since I started giving serious consideration to generating a proportion of my electricity requirements from renewable means. While conventional accuntants may throw up hands in horror at the ration of up front costs to the present value of the electricity produced, I would counter that no other applaince in my house actually saves me money, or replaces something I wuld other wise buy in.

The first three months were where the serious learning took place, as the winter showed up any errors in the initial assumptions without mercy, and after limping through the three mid winter months (I commissioned it early in December 2004) it was rebuilt substantially in March 2005.

The system was fairly good during the first summer, nut it was on the limit with a bare minimum of storage and collector area. Since spending more money on extra batteries and PV panels around this time last year it staggered through mid winter still keeping the lights on and since mid march it has kicked ass. There have been very few days, single figures in fact, when the system has failed to cover my basic needs.

The daily update can be read over on
community.livejournal.com/green_power_gen , and there is also now a website brining other renewable generators together, www.green-power-gen.org.uk

. From two systems, the Green_power_gen has grown to at least five.
Saturday, August 12th, 2006
12:48 pm
What's the name of the fair trade coffee that's got a number in the name like 9061 or something?
I can't find it on the Tesco site.
Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
5:31 pm
Making votes count.
What happens if the party you most want to vote for has only fielded one candidate in your ward. Do you use your remaining two votes for the candiates you consider have a second or third place in your consideration.

Bad mistake, as in a first past the post election, these votes will count against the candidate you want to win because that is the platform you most support. It is better to just vote for that candidate and withold your remaining vote from other candidates if their paltforms do not meet with your approval.

Sadly, first past the post is often about voting out what you do not wish rather than making a positive choice.
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
3:22 pm
Spare parts
I have just written the following to BHS:

I have a BHS anglepoise-style desk lamp that I bought in London sometimes around 1992.
Last week it was knocked off its stand, and the bulb holder broke.
The rest of the lamp is in perfect working order, so I'd rather repair it than throw it away.
Please could you tell me how I can obtain a spare part for it?

I wonder, what should my next course of action be when they inevitably tell me I'm crackers for wanting to fix something that's as old as 14 years?

I really don't want to dump a perfectly good lamp into landfill, and the desk lamps I see for sale these days are rubbish. Should I take it back to the store and demand that they take charge of recycling it?

What can we do as consumers to force manufacturers and retailers to consider the full lifecycle of a product, and not just take our money and run?
Monday, March 13th, 2006
3:45 pm
If promotion isn't allowed here, feel free to delete this, but I just wanted to mention a community I've set up for those who want to take action to stop the use of sweatshops in the manufacture of products. It's anti_sweatshop and please come and check it out if you're interested. The more support we have the better.
Saturday, February 25th, 2006
9:54 am
Thanks are due this week for British Gas, who have assisted me in making the ecconomic case for solar electricity. An entry from the daily reports on the Green_power_gen livejournal community is reproduced below for people's ammusement. Bear in mind there is a degree of levity in the contribution, the calculations would need to be before being made into public consumption.

Daily renewable Energy Report
Came back to find battery store half charged, even though sun has been lacking, so used lighting plus half the power circuts from the solar generator this evening.

British Gas sent me a rate card for their Gas and Electricity Tarifs and various other marketing materials this week. I did some sums for my own amusement.
Consumption : at 1.5 units per day the anual consumptoin is 545 Units.

This is going to be in range of the solar genrator after the next upgrade with either extra panels of a small wind turbine. At this point I will have spent around £3000.

The expected life is around 25 years, so the costing works out at £3000/25, £120 per year standing charge, electricty free.

The quoted tarifs were at a high rate for the first 225 units per quarter, equivalent to 900 units per year, meaing at my low rate of consumption I will never use enough to get into the secong , lower price band as I never get above the 225/quarter threshold.

The worst case would be if I was in South Wales, where the first 900 units are charegd at 22p each, giving me an anual cost for electricty of £121.

Solar is cheaper !!!!
Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
11:30 am
10 years to save the high street, MPs warn
From the Grauniad

I hope Eddie Hobbs comes back on the telly to explain himself when the same thing happens in Ireland thanks to him and his mé féinery.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
11:33 am
fair trade & housekeeping matters
For you decidedly more savvy folks this may be old hat, but I found this very useful:


Please add your own if you feel there are some worthy companies overlooked.

It's very quiet in here lately- my bad. Is there anything you'd like to add to the interests, or memories section? Anything to discuss? Don't leave me alone with the crickets folks, they're only merciless.
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