Here at LittleBitGreen HQ (a small semi-detached in East Anglia), we of course write about being green. This includes important news from those not-so-small corporates, but also the smaller things such as plastic-free gifts and being vegan which can help to make that all important difference.
Some changes, while eco-friendly, can mean using a completely different alternative. For instance, opting to buy an extra pot of ground coffee than buying an expensive latte from a coffee chain that uses non-recyclable disposable cups. There are however choices that have no direct effect on the end product, and in fact would improve the overall experience you receive as a consumer.
Moving into our house in 2016, on of the many improtant decisions we had to make as a couple was whether to stick with our energy provider. We had been automatically paired with one of the ‘Big Six’, which are trusted by the majority of people as they are assumed to be more reliable and trustworthy. So much so that according to Compare the Market, 79% of us in the UK are with one of these companies.
There are plenty of other companies though, which meant we of course shopped around. Many were cheaper and made financial sense, however there were some that meant ethical and ecological sense.
The most obvious of these (and growing quickly too) was Bulb. Their customer service was rated highly and importantly, they use only 100% renewable electricity, from hydro, solar and wind sources. They also currently use 10% green gas, with aims to increase this percentage. We joined last year, and haven’t had any problems (and fingers crossed this will continue!)
That’s why we’ve teamed up with the fabulous team at Bulb Energy to provide our readers with £50 in free credit when you switch using our referral link. We like to be as transparent as possible, so LittleBigGreen get £50 in credit too, meaning we can continue to run purely off renewable energy!
Medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic games will utilise precious metals from old electronics it has been announced.
By taking in old devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras and laptops, the aim is to collect 30kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze. These efforts started in 2017 and Tokyo organisers have praised both the public and companies for their assistance.
Organisers are already close to these targets, holding 93.7% and 85.4% of the required gold and silver, with 100% of the bronze total achieved back in June 2018.
An Olympic representative said “It is estimated that the remaining amounts of metal required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated”.
The term ‘fatberg’ has become prominent in many newspapers over the last few years, often coined in press releases from utility companies up and down the UK. But what exactly is one?
Not too dissimilar to an iceberg (which of course abruptly stopped the Titanic), suitably a fatberg can stop the course of items travelling through sewage pipes. It is some of these items that cause the issue in the first place.
Apart from the ‘natural’ substances for which toilets are designed for, unfortunately a number of other objects are known to make it underground.
There are a number of key culprits according to utility company Anglian Water. Domestically, fat, oil and grease are the worst things to put down the kitchen sink. Sanitary waste and wet wipes are also just as bad when they are put down the loo. Significantly, over half of the blockages Anglian Water encounter are purely down to these ‘unflushables’.
The problem doesn’t end there either. 10% of these unflushables unfortunately make their way onto our beaches, some of which ending up in our oceans as unavoidable sea pollution.
The simple solution is that everyone takes responsibility for what leaves each household. So what can go down the toilet? The answer is simple, the three Ps: Pee, Paper (of the toilet kind) and Poo (of course). It can be that simple.