Articles Posted in the Food, Green tips, Lifestyle category

Eat less meat and take a load off the planet

October 1, 2008
Posted in Food, Green tips, Lifestyle

Want to do something to help combat global warming? Eat less meat. This is the sage advice of the head of the world’s top scientific body on climate change, the IPCC.

“Give up meat for one day [a week] initially, and decrease it from there,” Dr Rajendra Pachauri, was recently quoted in The Observer as saying.

This is one of the most effective lifestyle changes you could make to decrease your carbon footprint. Meat production is responsible for about a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, says the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Read more

News briefs: Wales’ eco wiki, tuna surprise and greener iPods

September 12, 2008
Posted in Green News

Wikipedia founder launches wiki for greens – Jimmy Wales and Wikia Inc have launched a new eco-focused project called Wikia Green. “The goal is to create a flexible, dynamic community wiki that covers anything and everything in the environmental and sustainable universe,” Daily Green reports.

Call for suspension of Mediterranean tuna fishing – The overfishing of bluefin tuna – highly prized for sushi and sashimi – in the Mediterranean has been described as a “disgrace” by an independent panel reviewing the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The panel said yesterday that all fishing for East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna must be suspended immediately until countries involved in those fisheries “agree to fully abide by the rules and recommendations of ICCAT and international fisheries law”, AFP reports.

iPods get the nod from Greenpeace – Steve Jobs’ announcement that Apple’s latest batch of revamped iPods – the iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPod Classic – will now be free of PVC (polyvinyl chloride, a plastic) and BFRs (brominated flame retardants), along with an absence of mercury and the use of arsenic-free glass, has been applauded by Greenpeace. But the environmental organisation says that Jobs can go further and make more Apple products, such as iPhones and Macs, greener. “What we’d really like for Christmas is to see Apple remove toxic chemicals from all its products, and announce a free, global recycling scheme. Now, that would make a very tasty green Apple indeed!” said Greenpeace in a statement.

Make a change: Green tip #8

March 9, 2008
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

handkerchief.jpgWhen I was a child, the standard birthday gift for fathers was socks or cotton handkerchiefs. Adult men could be relied upon to have one on hand in an emergency. But nowadays everybody seems to carry tissues, which are more convenient when you have a cold, but you can’t embroider your initials on them or scent them with lavendar to sniff delicately when you have a headache now, can you?

The world uses 25-million metric tons of tissue each year and much of it is wasted, according to the Environmental Paper Network. This means that every day, so much tissue is used that it could stretch all the way to the moon and back. (This does include loo paper as well as facial tissue.)

So save a few trees and avoid unnecessary packaging by replacing packets of disposal tissues with some cotton handkerchiefs.

Photograph: iStockphoto.com

Via :: Friends of the Earth

Make a change: Green tip #6

January 8, 2008
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

It really is a waste to throw kitchen leftovers into the dustbin when, with the help of a few worms, it could so easily be converted into nutritious organic fertiliser. And, before you turn your nose up at the thought of keeping a bucketful of little wrigglies as pets, consider this: Cape Town’s famous, five-star Mount Nelson Hotel has a wormery and it’s causing such excitement that it’s even been on TV.

A wormery is ideal for people who don’t have space to make a compost heap and it doesn’t appear to be that complicated to set up and maintain one. Wizzard Worms, based in KwaZulu-Natal, offers to deliver just the worms (by courier – who’d have thought?) or they can deliver a complete wormery (they cost just under R600, including delivery); plus the organisation offers ongoing support and information.

If you want to know more, Wizzard Worms’ website has tons of information on how a domestic wormery works and how to set one up yourself.