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UK Companies Promote Green Living

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Business and the environment haven’t exactly gone hand in hand over the years with many ‘green’ initiatives being convoluted, expensive and sometimes gimmicky. Environmentalism and capitalism can seem like strange bedfellows but there is a growing sector of innovative UK based companies doing their bit to provide us with modern comforts and the latest technology in the greenest way possible so we can look after the planet without eschewing contemporary life.

Green electricity didn’t exist in the world 20 years ago but then along came Ecotricity who became Britain’s, and the world’s, first green electricity company. Now an established name in electricity, Ecotricity are using the latest technological advances to create ‘Green Gas’ to offer UK customers the only green dual fuel tariffs on the market. Ecotricity opened the way for up and coming green energy companies like Good Energy and Green Energy UK.

Carbon neutral and ethical clothing and accessory brands are on the rise, many with prices to match the high street. Companies like THTC and Po-zu are leading the way with stylishly designed clothes and shoes that promote green ideals, ethics, fair-trade and organic materials. Specialist companies like Who Made Your Pants promotes upcycling, reclaiming and reusing waste (but perfectly good) materials from big factories, and fair jobs for women.

Conventional water-fed central heating systems are fuel hungry, bulky, require annual maintenance and have to work incredibly hard to maintain a decent temperature. Offering a relatively inexpensive way of replacing or supplementing them is Verismart Heating who have a range of modern, sleek, low-maintenance, efficient, economical and environmentally friendly electric radiators. They can be simply installed without the help of a professional and offer a greater degree of control over temperature – temperature they’ll sustain without cranking up your bills.

Bottled water is an innocuous, readily available and often purchased item that often has a resource hungry production with a large carbon footprint. Tap water is perfectly fine to drink but many of us abhor the metallic taste from the sanitation process and use water filters to remove the tap water taste. UK based company, The Charcoal People, offer bamboo charcoal water filters which are high quality, eco-friendly products produced without chemical processes. It is a sustainable, waste free material and is ideal as a natural water filter without the plastic and packaging that comes with commercial products.

Holidaymakers can take advantage of green travel companies like Green Traveller who have lists of eco-friendly places to stay and holidays that can be conveniently reached by bike, public transport or ferry. Forest Holidays specialise in offering relaxing holidays in a natural environment.

It is wonderful to see so many companies finding environmentally friendly and ethical ways of giving us the products and services we already want, need and have. These companies are proving that you caring for the environment doesn’t have to ‘niche’, clichéd or in conflict with job creation and making a profit. If only every company felt the same way.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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