Think smart, shop sustainably

Tweet Zero Waste Eastbourne, a plastic-free store in Eastbourne’s town centre sets the standards for guilt-free shopping. It was founded by Abigail and Andy Tyrrelle who use supplier goods that ship using sustainable packaging such as fabric sacks or paper. They buy from local businesses to reduce the negative impact travel miles has on the environment; this is the term used to demonstrate how long something must travel to reach you. The less petrol used for land vehicles or kerosene used for running planes- the better. The store, located on…

Read More

Clean Air Eastbourne

Tweet It may come as a surprise to you that Eastbourne is one of the most polluted cities in Britain. A report from the World Health Organization revealed that this city contains levels of lethal particulates much higher than what is considered ‘healthy’ air. Tiny particles known as particulate matter (PM 2.5’s) shouldn’t be more than 10 micrograms per cubic meter- but Eastbourne as a whole, has exceeded that. Along with Southhampton and London, we inhale toxic air that has 50% more particulates than the legal levels. Clean Air Eastbourne…

Read More

Top influential people who have worked to protect our planet

Tweet We all do our bit to protect the earth by recycling, driving less or switching off the heating when we leave the house, but some go above and beyond and their passion shows from the amount of time and effort they put into getting people educated and involved in sustainability. Noel Lynch, prominent member within the Green Party and former London Assembly member expresses that Dr Paul Ehrlich, Sir David Attenborough and Rachel Carson make it on his list of the top inspirational activists. In the late 1960’s, Ehrlich…

Read More

8 ways to reduce your carbon footprint

Tweet Western consumer culture is having disastrous effects on the environment, there is no doubt about that. It may come to mind that one person’s actions won’t make a huge difference to our oceans and forests, but your lifestyle makes more of a difference than you think. Here is a list of simple but smart things to do to lower your carbon footprint: Use reusable bags when you go shopping – Having one at hand will mean that there’s no need to buy one. It not only reduces the amount…

Read More

Sustainable cities: “we’re waiting for everyone else to make the first move”

Tweet Staff at the UK Green Building Council give their views on how cities can make sustainable improvements. The organization was founded in 2007, with the intention of radically transforming the way British buildings are designed, constructed, maintained and operated. Tom Poldre, a senior employee, tells me about his career in sustainability. One of his clients was Cadillac Fairview, which is a Canadian property management company that builds Canada’s tallest and most noticeable skyscrapers. “One major problem was light attracting birds, they’d fly into these massive office towers and kill themselves”….

Read More