Archive from October, 2014
Just last week we were talking about electric vehicles and it’s a coincidence that the Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne arrives in an electric car, leading a good example to the locals. It is believed that Councillor George Pattison is the first mayor in the UK to make the permanent swap from the petrol-fuelled car to the more environmentally friendly ‘2p per mile’ all electric car.
So if you ever spot the vehicle with its distinctive number plate: OBB1, that’ll be the Lord Mayor cruising around in his brand new energy efficient vehicle.
Thinking to make the switch too? You could benefit from the plug-in car grant – a Government scheme in which you could receive massive savings of up to £8000 for your new electric car or van.
Visit this link to read on: qmsaltd.com/high-demand-electric-vehicles
I’m sure many of you have come across that problem where it takes light-years just to remove the toy from all that fancy packaging. It’s extremely annoying how those wires and clips are securely attached to the box, especially when you have an eager child begging you to hurry up so they can finally get their hands on this brand new toy. That’ll soon come to an end as major British retailer Marks and Spencers have recently announced that they will be replacing those annoying plastic and wire clips with paper ties.
This also means that we no longer have to separate all the packaging into what can be recycled and can’t be recycled. We’ll be able to just toss the whole lot into the recycling bin knowing that we’re doing good for our lovely earth. The paper ties work with a locking teeth design made with a 310gsm material which will help secure the toy in its packaging. As stated on their website, they aim to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer. And with this new paper tie invention, they will be replacing all their plastic and wire ties across their product range, where possible.
This great idea has just come in time for Christmas, which means less screaming children waiting to play with their Christmas gifts. Hopefully other retailers will soon diminish those old fashion fiddly wire ties, (it’s about time too!) which will also mean no more cuts on your fingers!
As part of the nature of your work are you frequently on the road and worrying about expensive fuel costs? After a long while of drivers not liking the idea of electric vehicles for various reasons, it has turned out they are now actually becoming more popular. Sales have doubled compared to the previous quarter, with 5000 vehicles having been accredited under the Government grant scheme (known as the plug-in car grant) between July and September. Ultra low emission vehicles, also known as ULEV can be purchased at a reduced price under the scheme – with discounts of up to £5000 for cars and £8000 for vans. So why are more people buying into these electric cars? They are a lot cheaper to run and the costs of maintaining a vehicle is usually a common issue. They also drive more smoothly, making driving more comfortable and enjoyable and of course they are environmentally friendly. So if you’re thinking about changing your car or van, you might want to think about getting an electric one instead for all the many benefits.
Visit this link to view a list of eligible vehicles for the plug-in car grant…
Feeling stressed with a lack of creative thinking? Get some tips from Google’s greener offices
So do you find that your office space is dull and dreary? Is your desk pressed up against a plain claustrophobic wall or is the view out your window the carpark?
Google have transformed many of their buildings and workspaces using ‘biophillic design’, which pretty much means incorporating nature and greener spaces, so not only to be an eco friendly building, but also to inject some work-energy into their employees. Some of Google’s workstations have walls of ivy, ferns and other plans. They have interior waterfalls and aquariums and windows that capture natural light and look out onto gardens. Ok, I understand that Goggle is a multinational multimillion Dollar business, so not all of us are capable of moving our workspace into neatly landscaped gardens with trees and waterfalls but there are certainly a few tips that we can take from that. Have you ever noticed how calm you feel after a stroll in the park, or a walk along the beach? Or how relaxing it is to listen to the sea waves or to sit in front of a crackling fire?
Getting close to the natural environment can help stimulate creativity and lower stress levels. So a few solutions to transforming your workspace could be to relocate to another room – a room with a garden view that attracts a lot of sunlight. Or re-painting the walls and hanging nature-inspired photography and canvas prints on the walls and placing more plants or an aquarium in the room. And if you want a more drastic change, for those that work from home, office-cabins are becoming more popular, with flatpack cabins that can be self-built in your garden! Just a thought.
October is all about positive changes in your lifestyle, with campaigns such as ‘Stoptober’ and ‘Go Sober for October’ and next week is all about making changes to your home by becoming more energy efficient and saving money. Next week is the ‘Big Energy Saving Week’, from the 20th – 24th October. Energy Saving Trust, Age UK, Citizens Advice and other charitable organisations have teamed up together to spread awareness of energy efficiency and will be providing free advice on how you can go about making changes. These events will be happening all over the UK, so check online for events happening near you.
Well, obviously not just anything! But anything related to energy. Ed Davey, the secretary of state for energy and climate change will be online for a live chat from 10.30am on Wednesday 22nd October. It will be completely text based and you can ask questions in advance using Twitter #bigenergydebate So this should be an interesting session! Keep the date in your diary: 22nd October