BeccaHarper

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  1. I LOVE natural and green cleaners. I have a biodegradable spray cleaner that smells like pomegranate for the kitchen and try to use natural cleaners like apple cider vinegar around the house to protect my cat. But I have to admit, adjusting to the chip shop vinegar smell is difficult! I miss when my house smelled like bleach because then I would know it's clean :P


  2. I agree with Simon! It's often so much easier to throw everything in one bin and be done with it. I live in a tiny apartment, so the thought of having loads of bins scares me! I'm sure IKEA has some kind of space-saving sorting system even for the smallest apartment.

    I also struggle with stupid things like forgetting my tote bags when I go shopping and I always end up buying a new one. I'm planning to buy one of those tote bags in a keychain so I can never forget them. 


  3. Hi all, 

    My name is Rebecca and I'm a freelance journalist with a background in conservation. I'm here to pick your brains on some of the most pressing environmental issues facing us today in the UK and further afield. I'm usually working on a research paper or three, so I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions and topics to share with you all to get some feedback if that's ok?

    Cheers,

    Becca :)


  4. Since we only have one planet, it makes sense to do as much as we can to protect it, and yet we still seem to slow on the uptake of this fact. When it comes to greenhouse emissions, domestic emissions far exceed industrial emissions, meaning that your daily shower and boiling the kettle upwards of five times per day is doing more damage than the energy consumed by manufacturing. Moving towards more sustainable living arrangements should be an achievable goal, and yet these kinds of developments are few and far between.

     

    The UK recently announced its first carbon neutral building development to be constructed in Hemel Hempstead. The Beacon is a 17-storey development that will make use of solar power, triple glazing, a mechanical heat and ventilation recovery system and rainwater harvesting. Residents will have access to on-site recycling facilities, electric bike and car sharing scheme and a fully-automated robotic parking system that takes up a fraction of the space of a traditional parking level.

     

    While this is a step in the right direction, there are so many other developments going up in the UK and around the world that don’t have the same commitment to green energy sources. There need to be more incentives for buildings, investors and homebuyers to seek out greener alternatives. The Beacon is quite literally a beacon for green investment in the UK, as they are offering to cover the cost of conveyancing solicitors and valuation fees in a bid to attract more people.

    A report published by the UK government revealed that many eco developments fail because there is a lack of communication between different sectors, and then home owners aren’t fully educated on how to make the most of the energy saving systems.

    How would you resolve these failings within the green development industry?