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Simple swaps for Plastic Free July

When I opened The Refill Pantry in London Road in June 2018, I wanted people local to the area to have the option to buy as many products in their own containers as we were able to supply. My primary aim was to reduce single use plastic ending up in landfill. So we started by stocking a wide range of staple goods such as pasta, rice, cereals, lentils, nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

Disconnect the gas!

So, now I am living in an all-electric house and generating a fair proportion of my own electricity even in the winter. I do not burn any fossil fuels. Now I have everything set up as I want, I hope to at least generate as much electricity as I use as an average across the year.

What is ‘Passive’ about a Passive House?

A Passive House is one that becomes and remains warm enough for human comfort all year round, without using an ‘active’ space heating system that is likely powered by fossil fuel.  We have NO boiler, NO radiators. 

How we insulated our Victorian home

Judith Leary-Joyce tells the story of how she turned her late Victorian end of terrace house from cold to cosy with insulation and draught-proofing.

Switch Your Energy

Ian Yenney looks at how switching your energy may be the easiest step you can take to reduce your CO2 emissions – and how it can make a BIG difference.

Retrofitting a 1901 end of terrace (with the environment in mind)

We knew from the outset that we would have to go down the eco route – I’m far too much of a vigilante to do anything else. The big limitation was our knowledge. The problem with starting so blind is that we were sure to miss something and now it’s too late to put it right. So one learning was that we should have employed an Eco Builder rather than go with good ‘normal’ builders who were also flying blind.

Saving the Planet from the Laundry Room

Saving the planet from the laundry room or the art of sustainable washing – In this guest blog, Terry Over looks at the environmental impact of this everyday task.

Chemicals Down The Drain

I remember a light bulb moment a few years ago when my children were younger; “Keep out of reach of children” was the warning on the laundry detergent. So, if it is not great for our children, why are we using it to wash their clothes and then sending the rinsed water down the drain to the rivers and the sea?