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7 Practical Steps To Reduce The Food You Throw Away

photo credit: jbloom Depending on which source you listen to we in the Western world throw away between a third and a half of all the food we buy. There are so many reasons why this is shocking. First and foremost it takes considerable resources to produce the food we buy. Some is shipped half […]

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How To Become A Locavore

photo credit: garryknight Locavores are so-called because they appreciate and understand the concept of food miles. Quite simply the further our food has to travel from producer to plate, the more carbon has likely been emitted and so people keen on eco living rightly look for food that has travelled the least distance to get to […]

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6 Reasons Why Food Is Put In Packaging

photo credit: dan taylor Back in the “good old days” people would take a bag or basket to their local store or farm and collect what it was that they needed. These days of course a major concern in terms of food is quite simply how much packaging is used. If you took your weekly […]

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Six Eco Living Tips For Hotel Stays

photo credit: bridgepix If you’re staying in a hotel in the near future then there are a surprising number of simple ways to reduce your ecological footprint while fully enjoying your stay. In this way you can not only have a thrilling time away but also feel good about the positive impact you have made. […]

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Four Tested Tips For Growing Better Organic Vegetables

photo credit: NomadicLass In today’s factory farming, producers are forced to use a potent cocktail of pesticides and herbicides to keep yields up as high as possible in the hope of turning a profit. But given the choice, most of us would rather these chemicals weren’t used. From pesticide residues on food to the pollution […]

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Eco Living – Green Careers

  photo credit: The Marmot When we think of living a greener lifestyle, it is normal to think instantly of using public transport rather than a car, of buying locally produced, in season food grown organically. Of better insulating our homes and turning off lights when we don’t need them. But many of us spend […]

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The Hidden Cost Of Cheap Food

photo credit: lrargerich According to statistics, food the cheapest it has ever been in relative terms. Whereas in the 1950s up to a third of household income was spent on food, now that figure is closer to just 10%. With promotions and “roll back” prices, food continues to get ever cheaper and even the most […]

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4 Unusual Recycling Facilities You May Not Know About

photo credit: mugley We all know about using local recyclincarrierg facilities to recycle objects such as paper, cardboard and tin cans. But I recently got thinking about whether certain other, less common items, can be recycled (or reused), and if so where. So today I have tracked down four unusual ways to reduce the rubbish […]

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Eco Living Question – How Green Is Green Enough?

  photo credit: moriza Last year I spent a few months crashing at a friends house while I was working away from home. He was a confirmed “green” who put a lot of effort into living a more sustainable lifestyle. He had his own allotment and grew most of his own food as a result. […]

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Eco Clothes

photo credit: iluvrhinestones The fashion business grows in size each year with more and more people spending their disposable income on looking and feeling good. From “cheap and cheerful” clothing stores up to the designer labels, clothes are big business. Any industry this big has a very real effect on the environment – either positive […]

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The Link Between Weight Loss And Saving The Planet

  photo credit: Nanda* The concept of losing weight is a super-simple one. You simply need to consume less calories than you use up. Putting yourself into a deficit like this means your body will have to burn fat to give you the energy you need, and as a result you lose weight. It all […]

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Are Green Gadgets Just Greenwashed Consumerism?

photo credit: myadlan It’s a fact of life that we Westerners now live in a consumer culture focused on buying ever more, ever better belongings. We all therefore go out to work long hours, often in unrewarding jobs, just so we have the money to buy that new flatscreen TV or BMW convertible. Of course, […]

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Useful Freecycling Websites To Give Away Unwanted Items You Own

photo credit: E. Bartholomew The concept of freecycling is a simple one. If you have something you no longer want – but you don’t want to throw it away – you simply place an advert on one of these websites. Other environmentally-conscious people can then go along and search for free goods. They get freebies […]

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6 Easy Ways To Reduce The Rubbish You Send To Landfill

photo credit: mugley We all know that sending household waste to landfill is a really bad idea and that in an ideal world we would manage to recycle or reuse everything taking our landfill down to zero. But in these days of highly-packaged products, our consumer culture and of non-stop junk mail, what practical steps […]

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4 Easy Ways To Reduce Your Meat Use

photo credit: FotoosVanRobin Increasingly the green community is adopting an anti-meat ethic as environmentalists are realising just how bad eating meat can be for the planet. Whether it’s the inefficiencies inherent in producing meat, the cutting down of the rainforest for cattle, the carbon footprint of transporting lamb from New Zealand or the methane produced […]

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Green Search Engines On Test

photo credit: dullhunk Part of modern life these days, especially if you are part of the internet age (which I guess you are, if you’re reading this article!) is the use of search engines to find websites. But have you ever considered that there might be greener alternatives to Google, Yahoo and Bing? Alternatives where […]

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How To Grow Your Own Food Without A Garden

photo credit: abbydonkrafts For many of us green-minded folk, the attraction of growing our own crops is strong. We get to save money, grow organically thus eliminating herbicide and pesticide use, reduce food miles and eat fresh, natural food which can only be good for us. And yet, for all the attraction of growing out […]

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How To Buy Sustainable Fish

photo credit: Tony the Misfit I admit that as a lover of eating fish, I was pretty shocked recently to watch a amazing documentary film called The End Of The Line. Incase you haven’t watched it yourself it is well worth looking up. Here’s a quick, if somewhat depressing, trailer: I admit that the movie […]

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Eco Friendly Garden Ideas

photo credit: Fr Antunes Gardens are wonderful places to spend a summers day and yet surprisingly many features in a garden are not as green as they could be. In this article I’d like to examine just a few things for you to consider which may help you to make your garden just that little […]

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7 Amazingly Good Reasons Start Growing Your Own Food

photo credit: ginnerobot Growing your own food can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. At one end of the scale you could just put aside one small area in your garden in order to grow a few vegetables yourself. At the other end of the scale you could start […]

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