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


How to make rope from wild plants

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Nigel

wild crafting

This weekend I’m planning to make rope and string from wild grasses.

The invention of cordage was one of the more ingenious ideas ancient humankind had: taking weak, short pieces of fibrous material and turning them into strong extended lengths…


Baskets, trees and bees: our new eco bushcraft courses

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Nigel

Wild Grass Basket Making

A few months ago I went to a rather quirky talk about camping on roundabouts. The speaker had discovered roundabouts untouched for so long they’d become quiet, wild spaces. “Great for camping on,” he said…


The 10 most influential eco women

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 by Flemmich

Ellen MacArthur

There have been and are thousands of women who have been instrumental in fighting to protect the environment, whether it be by direct action, tree planting or by driving sustainability in business. Here we pick 10, in no particular order, who did do or are doing a great job.


How wifi could be harming your health

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Nigel

how wifi is harming your health

There’s a lot of stuff in the press about the impacts of radio waves from devices such as wifi routers and mobile phones. Most of it is confusing and contradictory, so I decided to carry out some investigation of my own. It was all going well until I bought a pendant that was supposed to protect me…


10 ways you can help save bees

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Nigel

Bee

Bees matter. Most fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as food crops for farmed animals, depend on bees. But bees are in crisis. Their numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate. Here’s 10 things you can do to help save bees…


Six ways to save water in your garden

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Flemmich

6 ways to save water in the garden

With gardening season upon us, it’ll soon be time to start watering the garden. Whether it turns out to be a hot, dry summer or a more mild, wet one, it’s important to use water as efficiently as possible. Here are six top ways to reduce water use and keep your garden looking great.


A guide to buying…. energy saving kettles

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by Flemmich

Eco Kettle

As demand for eco products grows, so does consumer choice. That’s generally a good thing — more choice means more competition means lower prices — but it sometimes makes it harder to decide which product to buy. Here, we try to make it easier for you by looking at four of the energy saving kettles we stock and explaining their various eco merits…


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…


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.


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…


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.


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.


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…


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.


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.