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Top Ten Tips to be Water Wise in your Garden or Back Yard

Added May 16, 2019, Under: Environment, Top 10

With climate change becoming an indisputable fact of life, many places today are suffering from alternate bouts of drought and of flood. And experts have warned about growing populations and increasing risks of water shortages in the coming years. If you own a beautiful garden full of plants, lawn and of course wildlife, how can you prepare for less water being available?  And should you be saving water right now? Saving water makes sense for everyone wherever you live, thinking about the future ...

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Is there Still Life Ahead for those Old British Public Telephones?

Added May 12, 2019, Under: Environment, How To, Technology

One of the iconic symbols of Britain is its bright red telephone kiosk - and of course tourists love them! But sadly with the meteoric rise of the cell phone, and the landline telephone losing out,  those red boxes housing public telephones are fast becoming redundant. There has been a 90% reduction in calls made from the phone boxes in the past 10 years while today only an average of one call per day is made from these phones. So you can see ...

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Those 6-Pack Plastic Rings Can Cause So Much Harm

Added April 21, 2019, Under: Environment, Technology

Those plastic rings used to connect drink cans together have been around since the 1970s - and it has long been known how lethal they can be for wildlife. Thousands of marine animals and birds are thought to die or become maimed by getting trapped in discarded six-pack plastic hoops each and every year. But why has it taken so long for something to be done about it? Much like the plastic straws, six-pack rings are often seen as enemies of the ocean. Though ...

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How to Have a Healthier, Happier Bedroom for a Good Night’s Sleep

Added April 11, 2019, Under: Environment, How To, Insomnia, Natural remedies

Are you finding it difficult to get to sleep at night or do you get a few hours sleep at the start before waking up in the early hours, tossing and turning? It might be worth looking at your bedroom in more detail and finding out what might be causing your insomnia. Do your bedroom walls need a zero-VOC coat of paint? A VOC-free paint on your walls and woodwork will help you to breathe more easily by minimizing any chemicals.  There are ...

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Balloons Are Causing Harm In The Natural World

Added April 4, 2019, Under: Environment

Sadly, releasing balloons can be as bad and as anti-social as littering... When balloons are released or let go, they end up as trash in pastures, putting livestock at risk or they drop into the ocean, with devastating consequences for the marine life. Balloons do not biodegrade in water Instead, they soak up all the water, actually increasing in size.  When they end up in the ocean, balloons are often mistaken for jelly fish (in the much the same way as floating plastic ...

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Our Seven Suggestions For A Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Added March 31, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

  And they all begin with R... Refuse Are you in the habit of saying "Ooh yes please - and thank you" every time you are offered a free gift or sample?  Nine times out of ten, these get stashed away and are never used.  Learn to say "No thank you"! Reduce Don't be tempted too easily to buy items that you see in the shops and online.  We all have too much "stuff".  Avoid adding to it!  And keep up the habit of reducing ...

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Do Our Children Really Need All Those Plastic Toys?

Added March 27, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Parents

There has been a lot of attention recently in the UK about a nursery school/ preschool in Bristol (not too far away from me here in Somerset) that has taken the decision to replace the school's plastic toys with cardboard boxes and other natural items. This is a 'back to basics' trial to encourage improved socialising and creativity. Although the trial is just for a month, it may be made permanent. What has the school found to date? Staff say the 'back to basics' ...

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Why You Should Never Re-Use Plastic Bottles!

Added March 23, 2019, Under: Diseases, Environment, Technology

Single use plastic bottles have become a huge environmental problem, making many consumers feel very guilty if they have to go out and buy them - and with good reason. But don't think you will be helping the environment by re-using those single use plastic bottles. We need to get them completely out of the system. We know the numbers of single use plastic bottles are high but you might not realize that, although a million plastic bottles are purchased EVERY MINUTE worldwide, ...

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Why You Might Need An Humidifier In Your Home

Added March 17, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Health, Top 10

Humidifiers are renowned as a useful helping hand in the home, preventing the flu, alleviating asthma symptoms as well as allergies and dry coughs while reducing snoring, healing dry skin - and rejuvenating less than healthy house plants. Modern homes are often warm and cosy in winter thanks to central heating or kept cool in hot summer months with the help of air conditioning. Workplaces have similar circumstances. But the air produced in these environments can be too dry.  Whether heat is removed ...

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Summer Sun To Combat Seasonal Depression

Added February 26, 2019, Under: Environment, Health, Natural remedies, Vitamin D

Over recent years, much has been written about the importance of vitamin D - and maintaining sufficient levels. There are so many good reasons why everyone needs to ensure they are not deficient. In a new study from Finland (with researchers from the University of Helsinki's National Public Health Institute) has found that soaking up sufficient summer sun can help us to store enough vitamin D to get us through the grey winter days - and Finland (being so far North) will ...

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