- Tackling food waste through social enterprise: Rubies in the Rubble turns food that would be chucked into chutneys, and is proof you can run a company with a business head and a charitable heart http://gu.com/p/39qne/tw
- 5 perennial veggies to plant once and enjoy forever http://huff.to/Q4AGQX
- How do you save a child’s life? A step by step video of how Save the Children does it in West Africa. http://bit.ly/QzGlF3
- Interesting article on how Pret fuels passion and positivity in its employees: http://bit.ly/MTqjSV
- Empty, run-down homes in Bristol to be renovated by unemployed & ex-offenders creating 200 jobs & 40 new homes – result! http://bit.ly/OEstaq
- Still loving Futerra’s The Greenwash Guide http://bit.ly/LQVmPx - def worth a read if you haven’t seen it before, or a re-read if you have!
- Don’t work more than 40 hours a week – interesting (though anecdotal) article on the benefits of working less: http://bit.ly/IVtVAg
- Are straw bales the building material of the future? Mark Briggs reports http://bit.ly/JcsCyj
March 17, 2012
News round up: From refurbished vacuums to ducks replacing paddy field pesticides… some stories to inspirePosted by Amy Fetzer under Books, Climb the Green Ladder, Environment, Fun, Life, Research, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Work | Tags: Climb the green ladder, environment, Sustainability |
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Some interesting news stories that caught my eye recently… Enjoy!
- Don’t sling it – refurb it. Discarded household products such as vacuum cleaners get a new lease of life w/ Electrofarm http://bit.ly/yRjNZM
- Win:Win – paper shows its poss to simultaneously mitigate near-Term climate change & improve health & food security: http://bit.ly/yywvGg
- Ducking good idea: Ducks replace paddy-field pesticides: They feed on insects & weeds, not rice & poo is fab fertiliser: http://bit.ly/xiPphN
- Study finds organic farming in India provide 30% more jobs than non-organic farming & can increase income by about 250% http://bit.ly/AlzptH
- Go Croydon NHS! Croydon Health Services pays £24k to get Burger King out of hospital: http://bit.ly/zJNzyS
- Scientists link mass death of British bees to farm pesticides: http://bit.ly/yPfOYG
- India to open up its retail sector to foreign brands after all: http://on.ft.com/FOUKUs
- McDonald’s to give away books with UK Happy Meals making them briefly the nations biggest book retailer: http://tgr.ph/x4CxTT
- Hospital Patients fed on £2.57 a day – shocking when nutrition is so vital when unwell: http://tgr.ph/zrgEFX
- A chilling article by George Monbiot on some undemocratic goings on in British government: http://bit.ly/Adv7Uu
- An interesting way to make use of old aircraft – turn them into hotel rooms! http://bit.ly/xIqaU6
- M&S gives strawberries longer life with new packaging innovation http://bit.ly/x9f3hg
March 13, 2012
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- Organic sales through box schemes, home delivery and mail order up by 7.2%, despite a 3.7% dip in overall UK market. Globally, sales grew by 8.8% in 2010. http://www.soilassociation.org/marketreport
- I keep on finding dead bumble bees in my garden & I feel certain it’s because there aren’t enough flowers out for them yet. Any ideas on ways to help?
- A drought in the spring will hit Britain’s birds, beer and potatoes. Some of the people most affected by worsening water shortages talk about how drought is impacting on their livelihoods: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/mar/12/drought-spring-birds-beer-potatoes
December 16, 2011
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A selection of fun stuff and interesting new stories from the last few weeks. Merry Christmas everyone!
- Just spotted that Oxfam’s ethical collection has a 50% off sale in case anyone is looking for last minute pressies… http://bit.ly/t5IGmE. Also love Oxfam Unwrapped http://bit.ly/rGV0e7 & Save the Children’s Wishlist http://bit.ly/sSPfYg for planet & people friendly pressies. And, in a shamless plug, Climb the Green Ladder makes an EXCELLENT gift of course ;o)
- Hooray! Sales of ‘ethical’ goods & services – from produce to transport & funerals – rose by 9% says Co-op http://bit.ly/uBNaVs
- Excited that an eco-conceirge service I bought for my brother-in-law’s b-day led to him saving tonnes of cash & carbon! Can’t believe this car-loving carnivore now says: ‘I am now a salad munching ecocrusader in my Audi A1′ – You rock Ed – keep it up! http://bit.ly/u2qnFa
- Giving employees targets + letting them set own schedule makes them happier but no info in the article on how it affects productivity which would have been helpful… http://bit.ly/uViQn6
- Durban round up by Reuters:http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/11/us-climate-deal-idUSTRE7BA07F20111211
- Heartening bbc article on why some wealthy individuals are choosing philanthropy over splashing their cashhttp://bbc.in/ue5wdG
- Met Office warns of UK climate risks http://gu.com/p/33pgf/tf
- Foreign investors might not be able to enter India’s retail sector after all to relief of small business owners http://thetim.es/vqRuU5 - heartening follow up to an article I blogged about last time.
- http://www.peoplefund.it = an awesome idea! A website from the RiverCottage bods where people with green projects can raise awareness and funds.
I’ll be back with another round up in 2 weeks time. Have a happy and healthy December until then!
November 25, 2011
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Some noteworthy news stories that caught my eye in the last week:
- The importance of good CSR reporting highlighted by Greenpeace study which shows most firms publishing major errors: http://bit.ly/ufystk
- India looks set to allow Western supermarkets to enter market to dismay of local shopkeepers http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/24/india-allow-foreign-supermarkets-stores?INTCMP=SRCH
- Jaw-dropping queques as American’s go crazy for late opening shopping – utter madness http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2011/nov/25/black-friday-bargain-hunters?CMP=twt_gu#/?picture=382363142&index=0
- Food waste down by 19% – hooray! But Brits still throwing about 1 in 5 bags of food away – that’s £680 worth every year http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/were-throwing-out-less-food–but-still-too-much-6262749.html
- Organic veg boxes = awesome value! Riverford veg boxes beat supermarket prices by up to 32% http://www.franchiseek.com/NewsDetail.asp?NewsID=1051