Category Archives: Practical low carbon living

Oxo degradable plastics

There was a letter in today’s Guardian about oxo degradable plastics.  I’d never heard of the term before and decided to do a bit of research.  Conventional wisdom is that plastics do not degrade.  Or at least only on a … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – transparent wood

This week we learnt of a remarkable new material transparent wood. Two groups at the University of Maryland and the KTH institute of Technology in Sweden have developed a see through wood.  Not only that but it can store and … Continue reading

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Grass fed artificial meat

I heard an article on the news about grass fed artificial meat this morning.  This was from a group from a University in the South of England trying a new approach.  The artificial meat cells were grass fed but in culture.  … Continue reading

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Diet for the planet

We have just spent a week following the EAT commission’s “diet for the planet” based on a healthy diet that the planet could produce sustainably for a population of 10bn (see here).  Its got lots of nuts, legumes and vegtables … Continue reading

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Lent

Lent has crept up on us all this year perhaps since it is so early (can we please have a fixed date for Easter).  My lent guide book started talking about food.  Its a little known fact that the medieval … Continue reading

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Energy use and stuff

Energy use and stuff, what’s the correlation?  Quite a lot as we put in our book.  Our editor didn’t like the use of the word “stuff”.  He thought it was not descriptive enough.  The problem is  we all know what we … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – right to repair

The EU has introduced a right to repair directive.  One of the most annoying things that happens is that you buy something and it does not last.  Also annoying is that when whatever it is goes wrong repair is either … Continue reading

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Declining renewables output

Something I have been thinking about for a while is declining renewables output.  I said last year that I thought my solar PV output was declining in a previous blog.  I read an article in the Guardians’ weatherwatch in which … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Daylight robbery

I wasn’t going to do a post until after Christmas but occasionally you come across something so annoying and disturbing that it changes your mind.  If what is planned to happen happens it can only be described as daylight robbery.  … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – particulates travel

Particulates travel.  That’s the news this week.  Its how they travel that is surprising research conducted in Leeds has shown.  Researchers monitored commuters travels by cycle, bus, car and walking.  Some of the results are not surprising.  For example its … Continue reading

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