We are now half way through our year of trying to become green, so has anything changed over the last 6 months? I think it is time for a stock take.

Recycling: We have always been pretty good on the recycling front, but I think we are even better now – hardly anything goes in the bin that could go somewhere else, we recycle, compost, reuse, donate, freecycle etc.

Alys Ramblings… 14.02.10

Various ramblings from this week…

Having just filled an 8 tonne skip with massive quantities of metal, plastic, material, wood, I think it’s important not only to consider what we buy, but also how we look after it, or pass it onto others to look after before they rot or go beyond repair.

It takes a massif amount of effort to explode rocks out of the ground and to reduce them to rubble and heat to make metal. It takes a fair amount of effort to extract oil from our sub-surface, and to chop down, season and refine those trees to turn them into tables and chairs etc.

Winter Garden

Yesterday I was doing bag packing in Sainsbury’s as a fundraiser for my son’s playgroup. Seeing the copious amounts of food of all kinds that go into people’s trolleys made me think that if for some reason supermarket deliveries were hit by a crisis and stopped, we would all be in big trouble. Hardly any of us would have access to homegrown food, a lot of people wouldn’t know how to grow it and even if we learned to grow it we wouldn’t know how to cook it.

Alys Ramblings… 02.02.10

Hmm where do I start this week.

Supermarkets and Freezers :
See :…
and :

Think again the next time you buy something which is needing chilled or frozen. Are the big players using the right gases ? – Equally, are the next replacements any safer ?…

FIT’s and Starts
Great news that the UK Gov has announced the Feed In Tariffs for renewables that generate electricity. Solar PV, Wind, and even a trial for micro CHP. Exciting times.

Green School

Some time ago I promised myself to stop ranting about big companies and their complete lack of responsibility when it comes to our planet. It gets quite boring and doesn’t spread good vibes. Yet after starting my post I realised this was exactly what I was doing again – somehow these companies keep winding me up. So in the spirit of not wanting to waste I have decided to publish this post anyway:

Flying on the Happy Planet (24th Jan)

It is amazing the amount of ‘green’ stuff you find once you start looking. Going through some old mail I came across a link to ‘The Happy Planet Index’. Initially I thought it sounded like some hippie kind of thing – ‘lets all have a group hug and be a happy planet’, but it turned out that it was in fact a new way of calculating the state of the nation as opposed to the GDP figures normally used.

Alys Ramblings… 28.01.10

A few ramblings from me as we near the end of another busy week.

Here’s a random selection of things that I’ve picked up on over this week, and some little updates on items we are working on.

Energy Saving
We are just about ready to focus on our next focus street. Letters are printed and FREE home energy audits will be offered to those who take up the offer.

Jamie Turner

Environment and Garden Activist at Linlithgow Climate Challenge
I focus on improving the local environment.
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