Posts by tag: environment

Eco Friendly April 21, 2021 posted by

PDK – new kind of plastic can be recycled for ever, at a price

Scientists have come up with a new form of plastic which can be recycled back to a pristine state for resuse a huge number of times. This makes it a big contender to help stop the mountain of plastic trash we waste every day. The new material, PDK – which stands for polydiketoenamines – come with a penalty though. It’s very expensive to make. Something to do with one particular chemical component which costs a lot. However once PDK is…

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PDK – new kind of plastic can be recycled for ever, at a price
Eco Friendly April 14, 2021 posted by

Eat Just chicken – world’s first lab cultured meat gets go ahead in Singapore

So the race is on to wean us all off meat and turn us into happy little plant eaters. Leading the charge is Beyond Meat (disclosure: recently tried their Beyond Burger and it is astonishingly good), closely followed by a bunch of alternatives. Among the most interesting is California based Eat Just, which recently announced that it’s lab cultured chicken had won approval for commercial use in Singapore. Why Singapore? We’re not sure. Anyway the bottom line is that our…

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Eat Just chicken – world’s first lab cultured meat gets go ahead in Singapore
Eco Friendly April 5, 2021 posted by

Hempearth – world’s first plane made from hemp aims to fly high

Hempearth, a Canadian cannabis company, has announced plans to build an airplane using hemp as a key component.  There’s little argument that hemp is the wonder plant of the ages. Despite being associated with its naughty cousin, marijuana, hemp has been put to thousands of vital uses over the ages. Not only has it been used for rope, but also fabric, medicine and a super food. But this latest incarnation is taking things to a whole new level.

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Hempearth – world’s first plane made from hemp aims to fly high
Eco Friendly March 22, 2021 posted by

Evanesto – from plastic pots to compost lots

There’s just too much plastic in the world. We’re drowning in it. But an enterprising French company hopes to change all that with the invention of a compound called Evanesto. The enzyme based material is added to conventional PLA plastic at the manufacturing stage, which then turns it into something which can be composted in less than 200 days. Proper compost. The company, called Carbiolice, claim that the enzymes can be used for all forms of plastic packaging, tableware or…

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Evanesto – from plastic pots to compost lots
Eco Friendly March 8, 2021 posted by

ZedPods – modular pre built homes designed to be installed above car parks

Zedpods are a clever new take on modular, ready made housing. The blocks are prefabricated in a huge factory warehouse in central England, then shipped on-site for assembly.  What makes them extra interesting is the fact that one version is designed to sit on top of car parks, using a stilt type system. This leaves the car par open for use by the public, while offering affordable eco housing above. Very neat. The first installation has already gone up in…

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ZedPods – modular pre built homes designed to be installed above car parks
Eco Friendly February 25, 2021 posted by

Kill The ECT – before it kills the planet

If you haven’t heard of the Energy Charter Treaty, that should be no surprise. It’s a semi-secret international treaty which grants corporations in the energy sector enormous power to sue states at international investment tribunals for billions of dollars, for example, if a government decides to stop new oil or gas pipelines or to phase out coal.  And boy are they using it. It was set up in the mid 90s and in the last decade alone there have been…

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Kill The ECT – before it kills the planet
Eco Friendly October 16, 2020 posted by

TreeCard – this free debit card plants trees when you shop

OK so we’re not huge fans of clever marketing disguised as environmental action, but the pedigree of this new initiative seems sound. The Ecosia people – who plant trees when you use their search tools – have just released a new free debit card called TreeCard. The idea is that for every $60 you spend, they will plant a tree in your forest. It’s cute, and while some may consider it a gimmick, the fact is that Ecosia has already…

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TreeCard – this free debit card plants trees when you shop
Eco Friendly October 1, 2020 posted by

Beagle Button – helping us shop better through our browser

It’s hard to be a responsible citizen nowadays. No matter how hard we try, there’s always a chance that we’ll buy the wrong product by selecting something which can harm the environment. Here’s where the Beagle Button comes in. Rather like those coupon finding browser extensions that litter the landscape, the Beagle tool is there to help us make better buying decisions. Only it’s not about saving money, but saving the planet. It sits in the browser and pops up…

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Beagle Button – helping us shop better through our browser
Eco Friendly September 24, 2020 posted by

Oceanbird – wind powered cargo vessel is a revolution in the making

The old tea clippers of the 19th century may have been slow, but they had one big advantage over modern freighters. They ran on wind. Now an enterprising Swedish company is attempting to combine modern technology with good old renewable wind energy to turn the environmental cost of shipping goods around the world on its head. The Oceanbird is a huge cargo ship which can carry up to 7000 cars (electric we hope), and will be able to cross the…

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Oceanbird – wind powered cargo vessel is a revolution in the making
Eco Friendly July 27, 2020 posted by

Revolution Container – recycled shipping container offers COVID friendly eco washing on the forecourt

Photo-Me, the mega passport photo booth people, have just announced a new edition to their portable launderette products for the high street. The Revolution Container is a recycled shipping container which holds four washing machines and two dryers capable of offering launderette services from supermarket, gas station and other forecourts. The 5.5 tonne box – which fits into 2 car parking spaces – is designed to be functional rather than beautiful, but the owners hope that it will provide a…

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Revolution Container – recycled shipping container offers COVID friendly eco washing on the forecourt
Bizarre February 28, 2019 posted by

Multi-colored toxic snow is causing concern in Russia

When we think of snow, what usually comes to mind is that lovely fluffy stuff that is white and chilly. But what if suddenly there were multiple different colors involved in the snow thing? The Russian city of Pervouralsk is currently covered in snow, but in some parts of the city, citizens are witnessing the fall of “green snow.” Yep, we’re not making this up. 

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Multi-colored toxic snow is causing concern in Russia