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What’s Wrong with Our Wardrobes?

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Clothes and Us

My school is a non-uniform school. On the one hand, that’s great – we get to express our individuality by wearing the clothes we like instead of all having to conform with an identical uniform. On the other hand, it means have to spend a huge amount of time thinking about clothes.

When I was younger, I just wore what my mum bought me. I had flowery-pattererned cotton trousers, bright, colourful t-shirts made of beautiful, soft fabrics- all nice stuff, all built to last, but scorned by my H&M-wearing, neon-polyester-loving schoolmates. They didn’t care for sensible and lasting. They wanted popular, cheap and flimsy.

We have wardrobes filled with clothes we don’t even wear. We buy on impulse and then forget things. How many of us have crumpled shirts and old cardigans hiding in the back of the wardrobe? I’d bet most of us have.

What’s the solution?

So how do we fix this problem? Do we buy all of our clothing second-hand, upcycle our old stuff and repair all that we can? Or do we buy a few expensive but well-made pieces made from eco materials, and then aim to keep them until they wear out? Continue reading What’s Wrong with Our Wardrobes?

Celebrate World Oceans Day

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Celebrate World Oceans Day today!

Did you know that the oceans cover approximately 71% of the Earth’s surface? That’s not including smaller seas, large lakes and rivers. Really, our planet should be called Water, not Earth. At least 230 000 species live there that we know about- but because our oceans are widely unexplored, there are bound to be hundreds of thousands of unknown species of sea life.

According to oceanographers, we’ve only explored 5% of the ocean. That’s such a tiny amount for our modern society, which seems to know everything and be everywhere. Think about it- thousands of miles of water unexplored by humans.

And yet even though we know so little about our oceans, we’re perfectly capable of destroying them. Continue reading Celebrate World Oceans Day

How green is your garden?

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How eco-friendly is your garden?

Our gardens are one of the few spaces where we can get back to nature and do (almost) what we choose. When set up right, they can become an oasis for wildlife and people alike. If you’re lucky enough to have one, here’s how you can check how green your garden is. Continue reading How green is your garden?

Trees For Victory- planting for the planet

Aren’t trees amazing? Honestly, think about it for a moment. They have roots strong enough to bind soil together, they provide homes for a huge number of animals and they take greenhouse gases out of the air and turn them into oxygen. Also tree houses are the best.

My school eco club thinks so too, and so we were really excited when we heard about a planet-saving project from a kid our age called Felix Finkbeiner. We got even more excited when we realised that we were going to join in with his amazing project. Continue reading Trees For Victory- planting for the planet

Walking on Water- why shouldn’t we waste it?

Recently, my family woke up to discover that one of the things we always take for granted was no longer available. When we turned the taps on, no more than the merest dribble of water dripped out.

I can’t remember the last time we’ve unexpectedly had to be without drinking water. Suddenly, all those things we do in the mornings were a lot harder. We couldn’t make a cup of tea or brush our teeth, let alone take a shower or flush the toilet. So my younger brother was sent next door with an empty bucket and a hopeful expression. Continue reading Walking on Water- why shouldn’t we waste it?

The Carbon Files (Part Four)- Don’t shop ’til you drop

I recently saw an interview in which a celebrity was asked what she would do in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Her reply was: ‘I’d lock myself in a supermarket, where there’s everything I need to survive.’

Supermarkets really do seem to sell absolutely everything we need for day-to-day life. It makes our life easier, and means that all the essential supplies we need are right next to each other. Supermarkets are a huge part of our life- according to the Daily Mail, an average woman spends eight years of her life shopping.

In carbon terms, this is bad news. Continue reading The Carbon Files (Part Four)- Don’t shop ’til you drop

The Carbon Files (Part Two): All The Way Home

Several times every single day, we have to get from A to B.

You might have to get to work, shops, the bank; if you’re my age, you might still be going to school. Usually, the places we go to are fairly near home, but occasionally we roam further afield, sometimes even visiting other countries.

So the question is: when you go places, how do you get there?

Continue reading The Carbon Files (Part Two): All The Way Home

The Carbon Files (Part One): The reason why.

The weather’s going mad. The sea’s rising. Wildlife is changing, islands are disappearing. It’s global warming, and very few serious scientists deny it.

Yes, we’ve all heard about it until we’re bored to death. We all know about the gas wrapped around the Earth, trapping heat underneath it. We know all about the one-way-system heat-in-not-out problem. We know how bad the situation’s getting. We know that it may already be totally out of control, and we know that human activity is causing it.

The real question is: Why aren’t more people doing something about it? Continue reading The Carbon Files (Part One): The reason why.

Fast Food vs Rainforest- the good, the bad, the blatantly untrue

Ask anyone why fast food is bad for the environment, and chances are the answer will be: because McDonald’s kills rainforests.

This is something most people have heard at some point, and you’ll probably know the reason why McDonald’s is said to ‘kill’ rainforests, too- because the rainforest gets chopped down to make room for soy to feed to animals for fast food.

Is this actually true? And what other reasons are there for eco warriors to hate- or love- fast food? Continue reading Fast Food vs Rainforest- the good, the bad, the blatantly untrue