Archive for April, 2007

What is the world coming to?

Monday, April 30th, 2007 by Nigel

Brighton Ecovilage

Blimey. I see Brighton’s Earthship eco village development at Falmer has made it into the “soaraway” Sun this morning.

Having built one Earthship at Falmer, the plan is now to build 16 more overlooking Brighton Marina.


Ten Top Energy Saving Tips

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 by Nigel


Ten top energy saving tips from the book Energy: Use Less – Save More: 100 Energy saving-tips for the home by Jon Clift & Amanda Cuthbert (only GBP 4.95 from my store by the way.)

  • 1. Take control of your heating. Consider turning down…

  • On anxiety, global warming, and a pop star’s use of toilet paper

    Monday, April 23rd, 2007 by Nigel


    I have a new bike, to replace the one that was stolen. A Specialised Rock Hopper. It’s really nice. Of course now I’m worried that that it’s going to get stolen too.
    Did you miss this? I did…

    How green is green?

    Thursday, April 19th, 2007 by Nigel

    Wind Power

    Sigh. If only being green was simple.

    Here????‚¬??„?s a story. An old and valued customer emailed me recently. She????‚¬??„?d read a note on my newsletter in which I recommended people check out the green energy companies Ecotricity and Good Energy ????‚¬??€? both of which Nigel????‚¬??„?s Eco Store has a good relationship with.

    The eco paint job

    Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 by Nigel

    Sundance by Benjamin Moore Paint

    In the tech world, people regularly bandy around the phrase “early adopter”. If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, here’s a quick definition:

    If you’re the first person to buy the first ludicrously overpriced piece of electronic equipment, you justify the shocking price to your partner/housemate/mum by calling yourself “an early adopter”…

    How to win eco arguments

    Monday, April 16th, 2007 by Nigel

    Local global warming

    Actually, I hate arguments. However, if, like me, you’re totally dumbfounded when you meet someone who flatly denies that global warming is a problem, and regards it all as a giant conspiracy, Grist have a handy catechism of scientific information on the subject: every possible argument you will ever need to defeat a global warming denier…

    Sagacity in the eco friendly sandwich bar

    Saturday, April 14th, 2007 by Nigel


    Yesterday, I dropped by my local sandwich shop. I said to the owner, “I see you’ve gone all eco friendly.”

    I was looking looking at his cardboard sandwich packaging. There was a sticker on it saying the pack is fully compostable and biodegradable.

    The year of the Eco Challenge…

    Friday, April 13th, 2007 by Nigel

    To think. Once people used to be content with a simple entry in the Guinness Book of Records. There’s a positive stampede of good people who are trying to make a point by setting themselves unlikely attention-grabbing challenges. In recent weeks we’ve celebrated the following heroes of the modern age:

    Green knickers pimp their rides

    Thursday, April 12th, 2007 by Nigel

    Green Kickers Pimp Their Rides

    So that’s what I should have done to stop my bike from getting nicked.

    Transformer toys for the eco age

    Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 by Nigel


    Isn’t this genius? You thought it was one of those CD-RW containers? No, it’s tupaware for the digital age – the only thing to turn up to picnics with, these days. Ideal for bagels and ring doughnuts, obviously. This top recycling is brought to you by…


    Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 by Nigel


    The only dent in an otherwise beautiful Easter weekend was someone nicking my bike from outside my flat.

    Now, anyone who knows me knows I’m all in favour of recycling, but not that kind.

    But even that was unable to dent my mood. Yesterday – on a borrowed bike…

    Another green world

    Friday, April 6th, 2007 by Nigel

    Gorilla safari in Rwanda

    I was at a local get-together for people involved in ethical businesses the other night and I met Justin Francis there – one of the co-founders of Responsible Travel. He spent an hour telling me how they do business there, which was a) very impressive, and b) really, really useful. The Ecostore is burgeoning, but it’s a very competitive …

    I am the low energy egg man

    Thursday, April 5th, 2007 by Nigel


    It being Easter, the topic is eggs.

    This morning I boiled myself one using the low-energy technique I discovered on The Yellow House’s site.

    To whit: Place egg in cold water. Bring pan to the boil. The moment it boils…

    Eco friendly home on view

    Thursday, April 5th, 2007 by Nigel

    The Yellow House

    The Brighton Festival is coming up. One of the highlights of the fringe are the Open Houses, where people turn their houses into open galleries for three weeks in May to sell their art.

    The Yellow House is a different kind of Open House. The Marshalls have created a website exclusively to show how they’ve turned their 1930s terrace into their dream eco-home…


    Thursday, April 5th, 2007 by Nigel

    foof bag

    Things I crave. A foofbag for my iBook…