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Scented candles, Formaldehyde, Paint and Plants

A informative article recently on the BBC’s “Trust me I’m a Doctor” investigated air quality in six similar modern homes in the UK. They were particularly interested in what happens to the fragrances we use to in our homes, to freshen or clean rooms, when they are released into the air inside our homes. According to the programme, although the ingredients in scented candles, plug … Continue reading Scented candles, Formaldehyde, Paint and Plants

What are Transition Towns?

You’ve probably come across the term ‘transition towns’, but even as the term becomes more and more common, lots of us still don’t really know what the whole transition thing is about. What is a transition town? Transition towns expand upon Permaculture, a sustainable way of living which combines a sense of community with a greater environmental conscience. Transition towns are made of things such … Continue reading What are Transition Towns?

Get Involved in Conservation Volunteering

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself with nothing to do on a regular basis and want to give yourself a reason to get up and go at the weekend, why not try volunteering? There are lots of good reasons to give it a go, and plenty of good causes looking for help. Check out our social media manager Ben’s blog on volunteering to get you … Continue reading Get Involved in Conservation Volunteering

Our Top 5 Ethical Food Brands

Knowing which the truly ethical food brands are could make a very demanding full-time job for anyone who’s interested, and with an ever-expanding selection of healthy, ethical foods and drinks to choose from you’d almost be forgiven for giving up completely and grabbing whatever’s nearest, regardless of what’s in it and where it’s come from. Luckily for you we’ve done a little of the legwork … Continue reading Our Top 5 Ethical Food Brands

The 6 Steps to Responsible Teching – How to use your iPhone Less

Throughout history, advances in technology have been all about making work easier and quicker so that we can spend our time on more important things. But with recreational technology use has come a steady decline towards centring our lives on technology rather than the more important things it should be helping us to enjoy. Look Up (see below) recently enjoyed viral levels of popularity across … Continue reading The 6 Steps to Responsible Teching – How to use your iPhone Less

10 Health Benefits of Honey

Throughout history, honey has been used as an ayurvedic medicine for all kinds of bodily woes. The Egyptians treated wounds with it, the Greeks believed that eating it lead to a longer life, and the Prophet Mohammed hailed it for its healing properties. More recent exploration of the benefits of honey suggests our ancient ancestors weren’t just making things up – there really is something … Continue reading 10 Health Benefits of Honey

How to be Happy: boost your serotonin levels through the day

Wouldn’t it be great if we could feel as good every day of the year as we do in the long, warm days of summer? Waking up to the sun streaming through your window is one the most mood-alleviating ways to start a day, and a good start sets the precedent for the hours to follow. To start: Go outside! If time allows it, get … Continue reading How to be Happy: boost your serotonin levels through the day

Commonly used Chemicals you’d best Avoid

Chemicals are everywhere: in the creams we put on our skin, on the food we eat, and in the homes we live in. Needless to say, they’re not doing us any good. You can avoid many simply by making informed decisions, because, thankfully, there are products out there that don’t include all of the chemicals listed here. See our top 5 ethical skincare brands by … Continue reading Commonly used Chemicals you’d best Avoid

The Health Benefits of Lemon and Ginger Tea

When you come to cast your mind back to the time before you started each day with lemon and ginger tea, you’ll wonder how you ever started your days at all. Coffee may satisfy an addiction, but it doesn’t quite match the feeling of on-top-of-the-world vitality that lemon and ginger tea will give you before you walk out the door in the morning. Strictly, lemon … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Lemon and Ginger Tea