Coffee cups and waste reduction

When we think about waste reduction, disposable coffee cups are maybe not the first thing that springs to mind. But then the coffee outlets such as Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Cafe Nero etc.  became well established one after the other throughout the 1990's and early 2000's and the "paper" cups and little plastic lids to avoid …

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New Year’s Resolutions?

They normally make me cringe. But as the New Year is only a week old, I thought it worthwhile to comment on this. I for one don't believe it is feasible because most people would ditch their gym membership by the end of January if only they could as they have signed up for 12 months …

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A tear and a smile – Sir David and the Plastic Ocean

Sir David Attenborough is always one of the best if not the best of ambassadors when it comes to giving nature's plea a human voice (how would we listen otherwise?) and in appealing to our sense of responsibility for the world we live in. In fact, living up to his knighthood, that is perhaps pretty …

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The Garden Hotel

When it comes to protecting insects or bugs (which already sounds a bit annoying, frankly) we are faced with certain challenges. In advocating their case we can't benefit from the cuddly effect which is often so helpful with other species, especially our closest relatives, mammals (although I'd rather face a wasp in the wild than …

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The use of pesticides in agriculture

  A few years ago, I discussed this problem with my stepfather. He was adamant, as you would expect from somebody who has spent the majority of his adult life working for the German company Bayer. Bayer is now styling itself as a "Life Sciences company with core competencies in healthcare and agriculture". Just have …

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