Home & Garden

Have vacuum cleaners been sucked into the throwaway culture?

A study has been launched by Nottingham Trent University to examine the product life of vacuum cleaners and to find out whether they have been sucked into the disposable culture.

Led by Professor Tim Cooper, an expert in sustainable consumption at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, the research will explore how perceptions of dirt, damage and poor maintenance may lead to consumers disposing of their vacuums when they are easily repairable.

The project aims to increase the lifespan of vacuums to help save raw materials and reduce landfill costs. Read more »

£120,000 on offer to create an inspiring green space using UK native plants

These special Grow Wild projects are one part of the overall UK campaign that aims to inspire three million people to take direct action for UK native wild flowers and get outside in their local communities

The second phase of a £10.5m campaign to bring people and communities together to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers is underway. Grow Wild inspires people to get together to transform unloved urban sites into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches reconnecting them with the outdoors and with each other. Read more »

£1million fund for research into alternatives to peat announced by Defra

A new £1 million pot for research to help the gardening industry end its reliance on peat has been announced by Environment Minister Richard Benyon. The research funding has been made available as part of the Government’s response to a report from an independent Task Force. Read more »

Ashden seeks entries for its 2013 Awards in Education, Sustainable Travel, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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Delivering insulation to Plas Newydd stately home as part of the National Trust’s energy efficiency retrofit (© Ashden)

Leading green energy awards scheme the Ashden Awards is seeking entries for its 2013 Awards. Read more »

New Government publication helps to plant the seeds for community-grown food

New, simple 'how to' advice to inspire communities to spot a plot of disused green spaces in their local area to use for food growing has been published by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. Read more »

UK domestic energy consumption increased by 18 per cent between 1970 and 2009

UK domestic energy consumption increased from 37 million tonnes of oil equivalent in 1970 to 44 million tonnes of oil equivalent in 2009, according to the latest chapter of Social Trends, published Read more »

£15m in new grants to subsidise green heating at home

Householders across the country could get up to £1,250 of government funding to help towards the cost of installing renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pum Read more »

Which? research encourages energy companies to take the smart meter pledge

The vast majority (93%) of people say they would not let an energy company salesperson into their home © Sarel Jansen

By 2019 53 million smart meters need to be fitted into homes and businesses throughout the UK. New research from the consumer's champion Which? Read more »

2011 Wood Awards shortlist announced

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The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds, using American white oak by Hopkins Architects. Shortlisted in Commercial and Public Access category

The Wood Awards judges selected an exceptional shortlist from a record 348 category entries during June at the Carpenter’s Hall, London. Read more »

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