‘Risky play’ good for children, says Forest School study

Children are more likely to flourish when allowed to indulge in “risky play” outdoors unhindered by excessive adult supervision, a new report suggests. Education experts spent a year studying a group of 13 children from Meadowlane Primary School in Cardiff as part of a Forest School programme to assess how our woodlands can help their development.

The report concluded that children were adept at policing themselves and were more likely to learn from the environment around them if permitted to play without too much adult interference. Read more »

‘Disconnected children’ mean nature is at risk

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Family feeding ducks and geese at Dove Stone RSPB reserve, March 2011. (Ben Hall

The RSPB has developed a brand new approach to measure how connected children are to nature, working with leading academics at the University of Essex. It comes as a result of growing concerns over generations of children with little or no contact with the natural world and wildlife.

The lack of connection to their environment is one of the biggest threats to UK nature, according to the RSPB. Read more »

Levi's pours plastic waste into a new range of denim

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Launching globally in January 2013, the new Levi's Waste Less denim collection will incorporate recycled plastic into jeans and jackets. The company sees this as the next step in its sustainable design initiative.

Each Waste Less product will include a minimum of 20 percent post-consumer recycled content, or, on average, eight 12 to 20-ounce bottles per jean. Read more »

EcoVelocity evolves into the Future Drive Motor Show

Future Drive Motor Show will run from 5th through to 12th May 2013 at ExCeL London

Future Drive Motor Show has evolved from EcoVelocity, the low carbon motor show that attracted 58,000 visitors at its inaugural ExCeL event in 2012. The change is as a direct result of visitor research highlighting that seeing and test driving the latest high-tech vehicles was the most important reason to visit a motor show and that they expected new cars to be more environmentally friendly as standard.

The show will give the automotive industry an opportunity to showcase its latest high-tech and cutting edge vehicles and motorbikes to the British public. Read more »

Survey reveals the Coronation versus Jubilee generation sleep gap

The sixty-year Sleep Gap (pic credit: hultonarchive)

In Jubilee year, sixty years on from the coronation, a new survey shows that our kids go to bed later, eat later and prefer playing in to playing out.

  • 58% of children watch television before bed compared to 25% of grandparents at their age.
  • 31% of children mostly spend their free time playing outside compared to 89% of grandparents at their age.
  • 78% of children sleep on a new bed or mattress compared to 51% of grandparents at their age.
  • 27% of children read a book before bed compared to 54% of grandparents at their age.

Two more new products from Green People on sale at John Lewis

John Lewis has added two new products from the Green People Organic Babies range, Mum & Baby Rescue Balm and Nappy Cream Baby Balm.

Mum & Baby Rescue Balm
A multi-purpose must-have, rich in Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids which are essential for healthy skin. Read more »

Marks & Spencer selling what it calls the ‘world’s most sustainable suit’

In a first for a major High Street retailer, and after several years in development, M&S has designed a suit made from some of the most sustainable materials available – including the buttons and the lining.

Mark Sumner, M&S Plan A Sustainable Raw Material Expert, said: “This a huge step forwards for the industry; it is the first time such an intricate garment has been made of sustainable materials, and as well as being one of the greenest garments available on the high street, it is incredibly stylish and something we hope our customers will be proud to wear.” Read more »

ZenRobotics Ltd delivers the world’s first robotic waste sorting system

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Dr. Harri Valpola with ZenRobotics Recycler

ZenRobotics Ltd, a world leader in robotic recycling, has raised €13 million from Invus, an international equity investor. Lifeline Ventures, a Finnish technology accelerator, has also participated with a minority stake. The funding allows ZenRobotics to grow and to commercialise its ZenRobotics Recycler product on a global scale. Read more »

Eden offers new courses for gardens & gardeners great and small

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Kevin Austin, Eden’s Crops Supervisor, one of the experts teaching the new gardening courses.

The Eden Project has devised a new range of courses to suit every gardener, whether they are seasoned professionals or absolute beginners.

The courses range from hour-long taster sessions to the chance to join Eden’s expert horticulturists for the day.

The hour-long courses cost £5 each and have been created to introduce people to new topics. They include sessions on growing from seed, container gardening and growing a curry from your windowsill. Read more »

Enjoy the Wales Coast Path this August bank holiday

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The Wales Coast Path could be the perfect place to while away some of the bank holiday weekend according to Environment Minister, John Griffiths.

The Minister has urged people to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery that can be viewed around the 870 mile coast path, and to indulge in a bit of healthy exercise along the way.

“In May this year Wales became the first country in the world to boast a continuous path around its coast. It is a fabulous resource and one that we hope will entice lots more visitors to Wales and provide a real boost to our economy. Read more »

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