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Wasting billions of sheets of paper every year

Advances in technology led to promises that we would soon be living in a paperless society, with stacks of paperwork and mountains of wasted print-outs a thing of the past.

However far from this, new research has today revealed that the average worker is still printing six thousand sheets a year, two thirds of which goes to waste, and half say they’ve either not reduced how much they print or they’re printing more. Read more »

carpooling.co.uk’s iPhone app makes sharing a ride easy

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carpooling.co.uk has launched a new, improved version of its iPhone app, offering the flexibility to locate and organise carpools simply and reliably. Users can now organise their transport spontaneously and on-the-go.

For motorists and passengers, the app helps to find someone suitable to carpool with, thereby reducing motoring or traveling costs by up to 75%. It provides access to the 650,000 carpools available in the carpooling.co.uk network. The app includes a new booking and online payment system, with Paypal now also a choice for making payment. Read more »

Community Growing & ‘Grow your Own’ movement given cash boost in Scotland

Scottish Government Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson has announced a £600,000 package of support to encourage the development of more community growing and support the growth of Scotland’s grow your own sector.

£450,000 of the funding has been allocated to the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund and will be distributed to community growing projects over three years. The remaining £177,500 has been allocated to organisations to support the growth of the community growing.

Some of the organisations which received funding are:

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World's loudest bicycle bell is noisier than Concorde

City cyclists who battle to get themselves noticed on the roads can now buy the ultimate deterrent against inattentive truck drivers: a bicycle equipped with a horn that is louder than Concorde.

At close quarters the Hornster bicycle emits 178 decibels; a level of sound so powerful that if used in anger it could deafen any motorist who veered too close.

The Hornster bicycle was developed by the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) to highlight the dangers that cyclists face on city roads. Trucks are involved in over half of cyclist fatalities that occur in London. Read more »

New app aims to get Londoners walking & cycling more

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re:route is a new app which aims to get people thinking differently about the way they travel. Launched by Recyclebank, with the support of Transport for London (TfL), it encourages people to walk and cycle more in London and rewards users with exclusive offers.

re:route uses assets that already exist for London’s transport network to create a digital platform that deepens and broadens user engagement while helping London achieve important sustainability goals. Read more »

AA launches new free Eco Driving App

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The app helps improve eco driving techniques

The AA has launched a new, free app which aims to make eco driving fun - and help drivers save an average of between 10 and 20 percent on fuel bills*. Read more »

Urban style for kids from Milk & Cereal

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Organic cotton hand printed Shark t-shirt in Ages 1, 2, 3, 4 years

If you're looking for bright, funky clothing for kids this summer, then take a peek at this new range of street art-inspired designs from Milk and Cereal, a clothing company producing 100% organic cotton tees.

The exclusive designs are by some of the UK’s best known street artists Inkie, Paris, Cheo and Feek. Since the spring of 2011 Paris has been artist in residence for Coldplay. Read more »

Eco kids celebrate the Great British Summer

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Proud to be British? Then this year your eco kids can celebrate the Great British Summer with organic tee shirts specifically designed for the occasion and available from By Nature.

The range is from Kite Kids and Red Urchin - both share By Nature's strong ethics and are committed to producing fun, high quality organic clothes for babies and children.

The Twister pedal-powered washing machine

This clever-but-simple idea is a handy washing machine that needs no electricity as it's powered by you!

Just fill with water, add clothes, add a little washing powder, and pedal gently for a few minutes. The result is clean clothes, and a little exercise!

At only 50cm high it is perfect for camping, caravanning and power outages. Or use at it home when you just need to soak, pre-wash, wash, rinse or spin a small load that does not justify the cost or energy of your regular electric machine. Read more »

Urban, artisan Summer style from Komodo

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Flo dress in organic cotton

This Summer sees Komodo journey from the shores of Bali to the streets of London with a relaxed and tactile collection of eco-friendly fabrics crafted in fair trade factories. Let loose your inner urban artisan style in cotton, hemp, rayon, soya, linen, silk and tencel.

Featuring lace detailing, floral prints and candy-colour checks in classic shapes, including tie-waist dresses, wrap dresses and empire line maxis, Komodo evokes a fresh mood for summer, whether strolling along sun-drenched shores or traversing winding city streets. Read more »

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