Avoid the red cups and go green this Christmas

One of the landmark events in the run-up to Christmas is also a red flag – quite literally – for companies aiming to go green as we move into the new year.

This is the time of year when the major coffee shop chains release their festive takeaway cups, which include the infamous Starbucks ‘red cups’, along with seasonal designs from the other big brands too.

It’s a marketing gimmick that puts the traditional red and green colour scheme of Christmas into customers’ cold hands on the morning commute from early November right through December, but it poses a challenge to sustainability too.

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Yellow hard hats banned from building sites

Bob The Builder is now wearing the wrong colour of hard hat, and wouldn’t be allowed on site. Build UK, the body that represents some of the UK’s largest building contractors and trade associations, have set new guidelines regarding hard hats on building sites, which omits the traditional yellow hats altogether.

White hard hats will now be the most common headwear on building sites – worn by site managers, qualified tradesmen, qualified labourers, and those directing vehicles.

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Hire a skip or visit the tip?

If you’re having a big clear-out or doing some work on your house or garden, you’re going to have a fair amount of waste to get rid of – certainly more than will squeeze into your household wheelie bins. But what is the best way to dispose of it? Should you head to your local household recycling centre, or should you hire a skip? We’ll explain the pros of each waste removal method below: both methods are useful, so it really depends on your situation as to which you choose.

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Why you should hire a skip before moving house

Moving house regularly features in lists of the top five most stressful experiences in life, and there’s no avoiding the fact it can be a really testing time. Before you’ve even moved, the sale of your old home and purchasing of the new one are often enough to push anyone to the brink of sanity – and that’s before you’ve even started packing and unpacking. This brings to mind the question: how can moving house be made easier? Well, there’s no magic wand for the legal processes unfortunately, but you can take the pressure off yourself with a really good clear-out before you move.

Why a clear-out?

In a nutshell, having a big clear-out before you move house means you have less stuff to move. This means packing will take less time, you’ll already know where everything is, lower house removal fees, less clutter, and a clean start in your new home. Sounds good, doesn’t it? They do say a clutter-free house equals a clutter-free mind.

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Everyday sustainable tips for the office

Most people think about the environment at home – even if it’s just to keep the general waste bin from overflowing before collection day – but at work it’s easy to overlook those same concerns, and can sometimes seem hard to change our behaviour to benefit the environment.

Here are five very simple everyday sustainable tips for the office that shouldn’t need a change in company policy (although that might help to make sure everybody joins in).

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How to properly wipe and dispose of office computers and laptops

Office IT equipment is the essential tool we all love to hate – no matter how new it is, it often already feels sluggish and obsolete, and software patches can only keep old systems relevant for so long.

When it comes time to replace the entire system, you’re faced with a dilemma, as there may be sensitive data stored on the hard drive.

Here are ten steps to properly erase and dispose of office computers.

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9 ways to cut the cost of skip hire

Hiring a skip is a great way to dispose of large amounts of household, garden, or building and construction waste – however, we all like to cut costs where we can, so how can you go about lowering the cost of hiring a skip? There are several ways you can easily trim the price, making your skip hire even more cost-effective, whether you are a domestic or business customer.

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How to dispose of a wooden fence

Fences aren’t something you need to dispose of very often, so when the time comes to do so, you might be unsure of how to go about it. After all, fences are large and cumbersome. They are often constructed from treated and painted wood too, which isn’t as easily recycled as plain wood.

Before you even consider dismantling and replacing your old fence though, you have an important job to do, which is explained in full below.

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Landfill is bad for the environment

Landfill is an area of land which is used to dump unrecyclable (and sometimes recyclable) waste materials.

Landfill sites exist all over the UK, and all over the world. Some sites practice ‘landraising’ (piling the rubbish directly on the ground), and some practice ‘landfilling’ (filling a hole in the ground with the rubbish). The rubbish in these piles is a mixture of household and commercial waste.

 

The household waste on landfill consists of mostly organic waste and plastics, and the commercial waste is primarily inert rubbish such as rubble, bricks, soil, and concrete. The inert waste is often used to build roads onsite, and then to cover the site over when it is full. Once the site has been covered and has been made ‘safe’, the area can then be repurposed, but there are heavy restrictions in place regarding this.

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9 benefits to decluttering your home

We all collect ‘stuff’ in our homes, just different types and for different reasons. It could be books if you’re an avid reader, and you’ve not yet made the change over to ebooks. Perhaps your house is full of unwanted gifts, given to you by well-meaning friends and relatives whose feelings you don’t want to hurt. You could have sentimental things piled up, items from your childhood you can’t bear to part with, or a vast collection of shoes and clothes, half of which you’ve never even worn. Whatever your clutter vice, having a clear-out in your home can bring many benefits. In fact, there are so many benefits to decluttering your house or flat, you will wonder why you’ve not done it before now.

The nine points below are just some of the reasons why you might want to consider decluttering your living space. This doesn’t mean you have to live an entirely minimalist existence, but living amongst less mess and excess ‘stuff’ can help you in the following ways:

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