If your childhood was anything like mine, your mother probably scolded you often for leaving your hair dryer plugged in because doing so could "burn the house down". While there's only a very slim chance of that happening, there is a 100% chance that your plugged-in hair dryer is sucking energy that you're not just wasting, but also paying for.
Anything that's plugged in to an outlet at home is using energy, whether it's turned on or not. That goes for your:
- Cable box
- Wireless router
- Coffee maker
- Hair dryer
- Curling iron
- Alarm clock
- Air conditioner
- Phone charger
While it's not realistic to unplug every single appliance when it's not in use, you can group appliances in one room together onto a power strip with an on/off switch. For example, group your TV, cable box, and router onto one strip and switch it off when it's not in use or before you leave the house. Group your toaster, microwave and coffee maker as well.
The one exception to this is lamps, which actually draw very little power when they're switched off, so if you can't group your lamps with other appliances, don't stress. If you can, that's one extra little step towards conserving energy. The planet will thank you, and your pocketbook will too.
Source article: Clean Technica
I propose that this year, instead of giving gifts that the recipient may or may not keep for more than six months, let's give gifts that provide true fulfillment. I've broken down my six favorite zero waste gift categories with some specific ideas, and enough variety to suit everyone on your shopping list this year.
Aquaculture (fish farming) has grown as a result of, and potentially a solution to the overfishing of wild fish populations. Around 50% of the fish we consume is now farmed. But is fish farming safe for the environment? Is it good for our health?
There are English Russet apples in abundance at my local green grocer right now, as well as ginger and fragrant rosemary. They turned out to be delightful complements to my Black Cow vodka. The Scrumper's Sling is light and refreshing, and infused with the subtle flavours of autumn.
The only downside to buying second-hand is that you aren’t necessarily guaranteed of the condition of the various components (parts) of the bicycle. However, by asking a few questions and giving the bike a good once-over, you can ensure that you’re buying a quality machine.
Since my recent move to the UK and my subsequent endurance of the perpetually dreary weather here, I've noticed a significant increase in my desire for three things: sleep, baths, and soup. I've never been too mad about soups in general, and have rarely ever made them at home, but they are the perfect comfort food for a rainy weekday evening.
When I saw a Facebook post about a zero waste pop-up shop opening in London, I got really excited, as London is only two hours away from Manchester by train. I happened to have reason to go to London this past week, so I decided to pay a visit to this Bulk Market I’d read so much about.
I now have half a decade of bike commuting under my belt, but there are a few things I've figured out over the years that I wish someone had explained to me when I first began. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to cycling, and a lot of options when it comes to gear and clothing, but for today I’ll just talk about the most essential element of bike commuting: the bicycle itself.
So you've decided that you want to start transforming your lifestyle. You want less clutter, less waste, and more beauty in your day-to-day. You feel awesome for having arrived at this decision, and excited to begin. But you're also overwhelmed by the amount of work and conscious effort it's going to take to achieve it. Where do you even start?
For many years of my adult life, I was really into the idea of camping, but I never actually went camping, likely because the thought of gathering all the necessary gear and planning for a camping trip was too overwhelming. What will I do about food? How do you even pitch a tent anyway? Will bears eat me in my sleep? Do I have to poop in the woods?
If you believe that Amazon is the doorway to hell, I get it, and to an extent, I agree. But here's the thing: Amazon is happening whether we like it or not.