Nigel's Eco Blog

Hi, welcome to Nigel's Eco Store eco blog. Running Nigel's Eco Store is a great opportunity to explore all things resourceful, innovative and eco friendly. Find out more about our business, new products we come across, and the environmental issues we think about. We write fairly regularly on all sorts of environmentally friendly (and other) topics. Please add a comment if you feel the urge - all feedback welcome! nigel-sig1.jpg


Why it’s better to mend your old pants than throw them away

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Victoria Jackson

Not so long ago there were specialist shops on the high street where you could take stuff to be mended. But as goods have become cheaper to buy and more complicated to fix, it’s often easier to chuck them out and buy new. Now, though, there’s a renewed interest in mending things again. That’s why repair cafes are becoming so popular…

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Ten ways to Do-It-Yourself without it costing the earth

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Flemmich

Earthborn paint

Spring is DIY season. Along with the call of the cuckoo (sadly not as common as it once was), the air is full of the sounds of revving power tools and the swish of paint brushes as DIY enthusiasts leap into action to fix all the annoying things in their homes that have been bugging them all winter. There’s a green way and a not-so-green way of doing DIY, so here are some tips to make sure your home improvement doesn’t cost the earth.

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Five ways to live a greener life today [infographic]

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Flemmich

five ways to live a greener life

We’ve put together this infographic showing five ways to live a greener life that anyone can do, are simple to adopt and have lots of other benefits too…

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Earth Hour: together we can make a difference

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 by Nigel

One of the hardest things about having concern for the environment is the feeling of impotence, the thought that whatever changes we make, however many others we inspire to take action, it’s never enough. Earth Hour changes that.

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The house that Cat built – it’s made from waste, toothbrushes and floppy discs

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Cat Fletcher

Cat Fletcher

The Brighton Waste House, made in part from old toothbrushes and videotapes, shows there is less wasteful way to construct buildings. Cat Fletcher, who has been involved with the project since it began, writes that waste is something we can all use rather than chuck out.

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How vintage bicycles inspired a cork product made by men with big axes

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Flemmich

Cork grips

When ex-Dyson designer Gavin Christman was repairing vintage bicycles, he wanted to replicate the original sustainable materials for the handlebars, instead of using plastic and rubber. Which is how cork grips for modern bikes were born…

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Why it could be better to buy flowers from Kenya this Mother’s Day

Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Flemmich

Women picking flowers

Mother’s Day is a good excuse to buy your mum flowers to show your love and appreciation. But flowers, like anything else cultivated, can have harmful environmental and social impacts. Nigel’s Eco Store looks at greener ways to buy blooms.

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How to get your solar fairy lights working again after a long, grey winter

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Nigel

solar-fairy-lights-big

It’s been a long grey winter, and the solar fairy lights that sparkled in your garden in the run up to Christmas, may be struggling to put out any light now. Chances are, without enough bright days to keep them topped up, the internal batteries have run flat. Here’s how to fix them.

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How to make up to £10,000 a year by renting out your stuff

Monday, March 10th, 2014 by Zoe Morrison

We’ve all got spare space, things we don’t need any more, stuff we don’t use that often. But while you might think of it as getting in the way or a waste of space, blogger Zoe Morrison says that with a bit of research you could earn extra money by renting it out – as much as £10,000 a year.

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Draught Proofing by Numbers [infographic]

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Flemmich

Draught proofing by Numbers

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Three ways to save the planet (and not get annoyed)

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by Nigel

Ambiente

I’ve just come back from Ambiente, a huge homewares, lifestyle and gifts trade show in Frankfurt to make sure Nigel’s Eco Store has some of the newest, best-designed, and greenest products available. Well, that was the plan…

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The Plumen: How a light bulb moment led to a brand new light bulb design

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Flemmich

Plumen lightbulb

Designer Nicolas Roope made his name inventing giant novelty handsets you plug into your mobile phone. But worried about the state of the planet, he decided to design something more substantial, something that would help people reduce their impact on the environment. The Plumen light bulb was born.

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Tommy Walsh says: “How to transform your draughty home into a warm paradise”

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Flemmich

Tommy Walsh

Best known for his starring role in the BBC Ground Force series, builder, broadcaster and gardener Tommy Walsh thinks the Government’s Green Deal scheme is worth considering if you are looking to make your home more energy efficient. Here, writing exclusively for Nigel’s Eco Store, he explains why

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One of the best arguments for taking action on climate change

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Nigel

Whether you agree that climate change is man made or not, here’s one of the best arguments that we’ve seen for taking action: the risk of doing nothing far outweighs the cost of doing something…

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Everything you wanted to know about draught-proofing (but were afraid to ask)

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Flemmich

energy saving house

Draughts are bad news. They let in cold air and allow warm air to escape; warm air that you have, no doubt, spent a fair sum on heating. You might as well scatter a load of £5 notes outside your front door if you’re letting it escape through cracks, letterboxes, keyholes, ill-fitting windows etc.

The good news is that preventing draughts is one of the simplest, most cost-effective and…

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