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!
Thursday, November 28th, 2013 by Flemmich
Want to stop throwing things out, save money and have fun? Creative upcycling turns an old thing into something new and useful. Cheap camping stove? No problem. Heat a room for pennies a day? A cinch. We’ve scoured the web and found the best examples of resourceful ‘How to’ videos for your viewing pleasure.
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by Max McMurdo
Upcycling design expert and regular on Channel 4’s Fill Your House for Free, Max McMurdo, shares his design ideas for the festive season
Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Flemmich
The Wattson Energy Monitor is one of the most stylish energy monitors you can buy. Yet, as co-designer Richard Woods admits, it nearly disappeared from the market, overwhelmed by cheap foreign imports and the recession. Luckily for interiors everywhere, the product survived — along with its high-end design values…
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by A Customer
You don’t have to spend a fortune keeping warm this winter. One of our resourceful customers, Nikki de Villiers, shares her top 20 do-it-yourself tips for keeping toasty in the depths of winter…
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Flemmich
Few of us are aware as we stand under the hot water daydreaming that for every litre of water pumping out of the shower, we are being charged twice: once for the water itself (if you’re on a water meter) and again for the energy used to make it hot. One device is helping us become more aware of how much water we are using.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Flemmich
The Eco Kettle lets us boil the exact amount of water we need — and if we all had one we’d reduce the country’s energy use by a mind-boggling amount. But despite the Eco Kettle’s obvious advantages over traditional models, it nearly didn’t make it to market at all…
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by A Customer
Wandering around hedgerows filling Tupperware with blackberries and mushrooms is one of autumn’s great pleasures. But should we be doing it? In response to our recent newsletter on foraging, one customer got in touch to explain why they think it’s bad idea….
Monday, October 21st, 2013 by Flemmich
Richard Mansfield-Clark makes our grow-your-own mushroom kits. But that certainly wasn’t the career path he’d imagined for himself while he was renting out high-pressure jets to clean the QE2.
It’s curious how life can turn on the vagaries of chance. Take Richard Mansfield-Clark. If he hadn’t broken his leg while farming, he wouldn’t have got a job…
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by Flemmich
It’s a lesson that most inventors learn early in their career: if someone says no, find someone else who will say yes. That’s exactly what David Haydon did after Dragons’ Den. The result? The radiator booster, an ingenious gadget that helps improve the efficiency of your existing radiators, making your home warmer and cosier during those cold winter months.
Monday, October 7th, 2013 by Flemmich
Most of us waste a lot of heat from our radiators through the wall they are attached to, which means higher energy bills and colder homes. Thankfully, there is a simple solution: radiator reflectors reflect almost all the heat back into the room, and are easy-to-install. Over a cup of tea, Radflek’s Michael Watson explains how they came up with the idea and why they are effective…
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by Cat Fletcher
We throw out a lot of stuff every year — 10 million items of furniture alone in the UK — but often it’s still perfectly usable. Guest blogger, Cat Fletcher from online re-use community Freegle, explains the benefits of re-use, upcycling and sharing, and offers her top 10 tips on how to make the most of what other people don’t want….
Monday, September 30th, 2013 by Flemmich
We all need to drink water. Water plays such an integral role in nearly every biological process in the body, but many of us don’t drink enough, resulting in low-grade dehydration. This has become a widespread issue, with impacts on our well-being, energy, appearance and resiliency.
Michihiro Ishihara explains how the knowledge from a thousand-year old Japanese tradition is used to make his bamboo water filters — a less expensive and less wasteful way to turn tap water into pure, untainted drinking water.
Friday, September 20th, 2013 by Flemmich
A draughty letterbox can make your home really cold. Lifelong inventor Richard Jessel explains how the Ecoflap, the innovative and clever device he designed, and still assembles, prevents draughts by fitting over your letterbox on the inside of the door.
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 by Nigel
Nice (short) piece in The Times today about make do and mend. Mother of two, Jen Gale, 35 a part time vet from Wiltshire has spent a year living frugally and it’s been so successful she won’t be going back to ‘normal’ life…
Monday, September 9th, 2013 by Kara Guppy
Are festivals really a place to take children? Guest Blogger Kara Guppy says YES! Providing you go prepared, they really are a fantastic experience no matter what ages your children are as there is so much to see, do and experience. Here are some tips to make your festival-going experience less stressful and more pleasurable — for everyone.