Eco-footprint Category

Be frugal, be green!

We seem to have created a culture where it is perceived that you can only really be green if you have spent more than you would have if you haven’t been green.  A common question we get asked – How much more does it cost to build a 6 Green Star office building compared to […]

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What is sustainability – we need to change ourselves before we can reduce poverty

We need to lift developing countries out of poverty, increase health, education and security. But this will involve lifting the carbon emissions per person in developing countries to provide health, electricity and education. We need to do this, we can’t not do it. But we also need to reduce our annual global carbon emissions. So […]

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Electric versus Petrol versus Biofuel cars

One the questions that was asked in my water footprint post was how much water is used in the production of petrol? Well, I thought I would cover biofuel and electric cars at the same time. So which is better? I have taken the water and energy involved in the production of the different fuels, […]

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Convenience or adventure and happiness?

Convenience comes at a price, it also comes at cost to the environment but is it costing us our sense of adventure and connection? I watched a movie recently that is set part in the 1950s, there is a scene where a lady has travelled by boat and train from America to Paris. Her sister […]

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Balance and Moderation

I have spent the last decade trying to work out what food allergies or food intolerances make me feel like crap most of the time. First it was diagnosed as yeast and sugar, then lactose, then more recently gluten and now after blood tests it appears to be high GI foods – sugars, carbohydrates etc. […]

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Healthy transport

The environmental benefits of public transport are obvious. When compared to driving by car there is reduced carbon emissions, improved local air quality, less noise, the list goes on. But the health benefits are rarely factored in to societies total impact on the environment. If we live healthier lifestyles our cost and impact on society […]

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Buy local, by jove

Another awesome infographic, this time on why buy local. Some things are intuitive, like the carbon emissions and energy impact of flying stuff by plane rather than shipping by boat. If you live in New York a bottle of wine shipped from France has less environmental impact than one flown from California – I will […]

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