New in! Charge up with a FreeLoader

FreeLoader Solar Charger in Nigel's Eco Store

We’ve just got this great solar gadget in stock. As featured in The Independent this weekend, the FreeLoader Solar Charger is “a smart eco-friendly device that soaks up the power of the sun and stores it for up to three months, meaning you can use it to charge your electronic gadgets” such as mobiles, mp3 players, pdas and more. It can also be charged from a USB port on your PC or laptop.

In the Independent it came in the top 10 best camping gear.

It compares favourably with the Solio solar charger, but costs quite a bit less.

Get yours now from Nigel’s Eco Store.

Open house

Brighton by R Motti

At Festival time, Brighton is known for its Open Houses, selling art. Some of it’s great. Some of it’s… ah… interesting. Mostly everyone goes around to check out their neighbour’s kitchen extensions and tut at the wallpaper. This is a new twist from the Open Houses. Cleland and Sharada Laidlay actually want you to look at their place. They are using the festival as an excuse to show people round their home.

It’s an eco house. Over the last four years the Laidlays reckon they’ve cut their power consumption by about 60% by using solar water heating, insulation, and by simply being more careful. You can book appointments to visit the house over the weekend here.

More plastic in the sea than plankton

More Plastic Than Plankton

This week is the last chance to see Lou McCurdy’s exhibition More Plastic Than Plankton in Brighton. McCurdy is an artist who spent a year collecting plastic flotsam from the beach near Shoreham Power Station. Out of the pieces, she has created a collection of strange creature-like objects.

The sorry fact is that the amount of plastic in the sea – by weight – is now several times greater than the amount of plankton. Lou also mentions that scientists have discovered a three-million tonne mass of plastic debris the size of Texas floating in the North Pacific. It forms a giant floating island of plastic.

There are some facts you hear which leave a hard lump in your stomach. That’s one of them.