Recycle Week – 17-23 June

Recycle Week is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. This year’s theme is: “Recycling – at home and away” and will focus on metals, plastics, packaging, textiles and food waste.

Primary schools generate 45kg of waste per pupil per academic year and secondary schools 22kg per pupil per academic year.

Schools can take the week as a chance to look at how their school can reduce its waste and also up their recycling. It’s also a great way to raise funds using one of the various recycling companies that will collect clothes, DVDs, and printer cartridges.

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Green Home Guide re-launch

This week sees the re-launch of the popular Green Home Guide, you can now get all the most current information and useful tips you need to living a more eco-friendly existence at home.  Learn how you can make carbon and energy saving changes that could protect your wallet and help save the planet too!  Our client, Nationwide Education, is a recognised leader in the field and are proud to provide positive and impartial guides which are is independent and free of Nationwide’s products or services.

The Green Home Guide follows the familiar interactive step-by-step format also used for the Home and Money Guides. It is also tablet and smartphone friendly.   A detailed word glossary helps make sense of the jargon and there are useful contacts providing links to still more information.

Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs commented; ‘Houses are very inefficient machines.  They’re badly put together, hard to heat, badly designed. With 27% of the UK’s overall CO2 emissions coming from our homes, reducing energy in our houses is a given. So full marks to Nationwide for coming up with this user-friendly interactive Green Home Guide which shows you how to reduce your carbon footprint, save on households bills and live a more sustainable life.

There are now nine of these guides; check them out today at   http://www.nationwideeducation.co.uk/www/index.php

 

Nest – the Learning Thermostat

Visionary Tony Fadell who, back in the day, was in charge of the iPod at Apple *just* launched a brand new product called Nest, the world’s first Learning Thermostat.

Nest learns from your temperature adjustments, programs itself to keep you comfortable, and guides you to energy savings. You can control the thermostat from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and Nest never stops learning, even as your life and the seasons change.

 

Learn more at http://www.nest.com.

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The Worldwide Campaign To Knit Sweaters For Penguins

Many blue penguins were caught in a recent oil spill off the coast of New Zealand and a yarn store called Skeinz has come to their rescue. They came up with the idea to knit sweaters for the affected penguins who are waiting to be scrubbed clean, this way they won’t injest the oil when they preen themselves. Sweaters have been pouring in from all over! What a wonderfully creative way to help!

As it stands right now they may have more than enough sweaters but you can keep tabs on the situation via the link below!

Skeinz blog: http://theyarnkitchen.blogspot.com/

(via BOOOOOOOM!)

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Functioning Lego greenhouse

“This fantastic greenhouse made entirely of Lego bricks was just unveiled at the 2011 London Design Festival. Designed by Sebastian Bergne, it is made up of around 100,000 Lego bricks. All parts of the greenhouse are made from Lego elements, including, reportedly, the “earth,” which would seem to imply that the very real vegetables growing inside are sustained hydroponically.”

(via MAKE)

How cool is this! Real stuff made of toys 🙂

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Film Biz Recycling

Film Biz Recycling a fantastic Brooklyn-based non-profit keeping furniture and props from film sets out of the trash, creating socially responsible and sustainable solutions from media industry waste.

Shame there is no way to buy from them!

(via swissmiss)

MF, studio, dbda

Drivers to blame?

In a poll by the IAM, 58% of respondents said that drivers should be held legally responsible for accidents between cars and more vulnerable road users in pedestrian-priority zones.

The most sophisticated pedestrian zones, known as Woonerfs, originate from the Netherlands. The concept is designed without pavements and gives cars, pedestrians and cyclists equal use of the same road space. This was considered a good idea by 48% of the 4,000 respondents; with 27% giving it the thumbs down.

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “Our poll reveals a surprisingly positive attitude towards better protection of cyclists and pedestrians, both in road layout and legal responsibility. On the continent, attractive street design is used to make it clear where pedestrians have priority but this approach is in its infancy in the UK.

“The IAM supports any move to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, but research is needed into the best way to inform drivers about changes in legal responsibility, and also on the effect a Woonerf might have on the road sense of children brought up in such a zone, when later exposed to less protected areas.”

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