Category: Lifestyle

Wise on Waste

Newcastle City Council’s waste task force considers how to reduce rubbish and improve recycling rates. Christmas is a reminder of just how capable we all are of generating waste. Lots...

Minimalism and Peak Stuff

Could a rise in enthusiasm for minimalist living signal that western society is nearing ‘Peak Stuff’? I’ve been intrigued by the rise of references to minimalism in the media over...

Freewheeling in Newcastle

Cycle training is a key ingredient in promoting sustainable travel, as I discovered on two cycle courses for adults. Readers will know I’m a big fan of utility cycling, and...

Transform your commute with an e-bike

Can electric bikes make sustainable commuting more attractive? After a week’s trial of an e-bike I’ve found that cycling to work can be both easy and enjoyable. Wednesday is ‘Cycle to...

OLIO : The Food Sharing Revolution

OLIO, the food sharing smartphone app, launches in Newcastle to help reduce food waste. Yesterday was our village summer fete and as usual I helped out with the tombola stand. The...

Co-wheels Car Club

Durham-based car club Co-wheels is driving progress in sustainable transport. Earlier this year, we asked if you could ‘Ditch the Car’. Car ownership is costly on the environment and our...

Re-pute.it Laptop Upcycling

A new social enterprise in Durham is upcycling laptops to reduce e-waste and build community resilience. An estimated 350,000 tonnes of e-waste are brought to household waste recycling centres in...

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