Beach Clean – El Nido, Palawan and Hainan Island

Recently, we have been lucky enough to go exploring. First to Sanya, on the tropical Island of Hainan, located off the South coast of the China. Then, to a small town called El Nino in Palawan, Philippines. These islands, a little over 1000 km’s from each other, are both nestled in the South China sea. Even, though they share a lot of similarities, there are some very different attitudes about plastic pollution.

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Eco Footprint – 18. The Green House, Green Living

When you create a sustainable house for green living, you are creating a house that is healthy, light and inviting. A sustainable house should compliment the environment and utilise the many free gifts available.

Below are some of the best tips and guidelines available,  for creating a house that is safer and more sustainable.

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 17. Food Waste

We live in confusing times!

Food resources are stretched to the limit and for the ethical consumer, how to make sustainable, healthy and practical choices? There is so much to consider – animal welfare, food waste, human welfare, land erosion, unsustainable practices, deforestation and so on.

How can we make sense of it all? And how can we help?

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 16. Water Conservation

Climate change and the natural variability of water’s distribution and occurrence are natural driving forces that, when combined with the pressures from economic growth and major population change, make global water conservation a challenge.

A lot of people believe that the majority of water we use comes out of our tap. What we use at home represents only a small fraction of the water we use every day.

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 15. Coffee Pods, an Environmental Problem

Single-use coffee pods have become a status symbol around the world. The reality is, that coffee has now become part of the global environmental disaster that is our disposable economy. There are now billions of the sleek aluminium and plastic capsules ending up in landfill every year. There has to be a better way!

Maybe even something that George Clooney would approve of?

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 13. Bokashi – A New Mindset

OK, so maybe Bokashi isn’t actually a secret organisation of martial artists working to protect our world.

It may actually be more important.

Bokashi is actually an ancient Japanese method, converting food and organic wastes into a potent natural fertiliser. Whilst similar in nature to composting, there are a few subtle differences which we can run through in this article. more “52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 13. Bokashi – A New Mindset”

52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 9. You want CO2 with that?

Seems like everything we do these days pumps carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Eating, drinking, heating, cooling, walking the dog, the dog, buying clothes, wearing clothes, riding, driving, flying! Hell, you are putting CO2 into the atmosphere just by sitting there reading this blog.

But enough already! There must be something effortless, quick and painless that I can do to stop this madness, without having to sacrifice any of the things I enjoy, I hear you say.

Well, there is. Sounds too good to be true right? Read on…

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 7. Become a Hippy (For a Day)

A hippy, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary,

 ‘(especially in the 1960s) a person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair and wearing beads, associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values and the taking of hallucinogenic drugs’ – 

or,

(of a woman) having large hips. ‘she looked very hippy in her jeans’

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What to give someone who has everything?

Written by Melanie Brown

5 gift ideas for people who have everything. Literally.

We’ve all been there. Society tells us that it’s time to buy stuff to show a friend, family member, your wife or boyfriend, just how much you care.

Birthdays, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, someone has had a baby or someone is getting married. We feel pressured to buy stuff to show how much we care about these things and for the people who are experiencing them. But these behaviours come at a cost. For example, UK-based Waste Connect estimates that each year, more than 8,000 tonnes of waste is generated just from Easter egg packaging and cards alone!

But what if there was a different way to celebrate special events? A way that is almost zero carbon and doesn’t help contribute to the billions of tonnes of waste dumped across the globe each year. more “What to give someone who has everything?”