EcoFan: the Ideal gift for the Environmentalist in your Life

This Christmas calls for practicality, and what’s more practical than lower energy consumption? The EcoFan is a brilliant piece of kit. Just place the fan on top of your gas or wood-burning stove, and as it heats up it’ll begin to spin. You’ll notice there aren’t cables hanging around, and that’s because the fan uses no more energy than it takes from the stove’s heat. … Continue reading EcoFan: the Ideal gift for the Environmentalist in your Life

Keim Natural Mineral Paints from Celtic Sustainables

Keim Mineral Paints began their story in Bavaria in 1878, when A.W. Keim created the system to reproduce the appearance of lime fresco finishes with the ability to withstand harsh weather. The system is now used worldwide, and is available to order here in the UK and Ireland from Celtic Sustainables. Ingredients The Keimsystem is based on liquid silicate paint with ingredients including potassium silicate … Continue reading Keim Natural Mineral Paints from Celtic Sustainables

Top 8 Energy Saving Myths & Musts

A quick search of the internet for some nifty ways to cut your carbon footprint will bring up all sorts of tips and tricks, whilst some others are handed down by word of mouth. But which of these quick fixes really work, and which have deviated from the truth in translation? Here are the top eight myths and musts of home energy saving according to … Continue reading Top 8 Energy Saving Myths & Musts

Caframo Ecofans from Celtic Sustainables

Ecofans generate their own electricity through the heat emitted by the stove beneath. The base needs to be in contact with a heat source of at least 65°C whilst the top of the fan must remain cool as the fan needs to be able to draw cooler air from behind in order to do its job. The heat source, the cooler air, and the rotation … Continue reading Caframo Ecofans from Celtic Sustainables

Happy Birthday, Centre for Alternative Technology!

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is this week celebrating its 40th birthday. The Centre has been promoting renewable energy solutions from a disused quarry in Machynlleth since 1974, and many of the technologies it pioneered have since moved into the mainstream. If you’re yet to make plans for Saturday, head to the Centre where a birthday celebration will be underway, with workshops, music, talks, … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Centre for Alternative Technology!

What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy comes from sources which aren’t going to run out. Since the industrial revolution, we’ve been relying on energy sources such as coal, oil, and gas. These fossil fuels are running out, and getting them from the ground is causing ever more destruction to our planet. Renewable sources don’t run out. The sun, wind, and the flow of water are all free for us … Continue reading What is renewable energy?

Kindle vs. Books: the Environmentalist’s choice

Summertime and reading go hand-in-hand, but is that book-in-hand, or e-reader-in-hand? The top priority of any environmentalist bookworm is how much of an effect their reading medium of choice has on the planet, but are we clear yet about which is really better for the earth? To make a book, you’ll need a tree. Penguin says that deforestation accounts for a quarter of carbon emissions … Continue reading Kindle vs. Books: the Environmentalist’s choice

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

The two forgotten Rs of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Since the beginning of the new millennium, the UK Government (whose latest eco project is a nation of electric cars) has pushed the green message to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ to some success. However, with the focus heavily placed on the third of the three Rs, its two companions have since all but fallen by the wayside as we’ve steamed ahead putting packaging into coloured sacks and feeling our collective … Continue reading The two forgotten Rs of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle