Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

There Are So Many Ways We Can Be Kind to the Planet

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

There Are So Many Ways We Can Be Kind to the Planet

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Byline: By Nick Pringle

Green entrepreneur Nick Pringle looks at how to make your home more eco friendly.

Many people still think that to be "green" you have to have a beard, wear sandals and recycled kaftans and most people seem to imagine an eco home being a wigwam contraption.

As well as the standard hippy dwelling in the path of a new road there are self-built eco homes in the country that are at one with nature but are usually constructed by people rich enough for most of us to be green a with envy.

Perhaps either option is too extreme for most homeowners.

But most properties could reduce their impact on the environment, whether it's an apartment, semi-or stately home.

There is a growing range of products and technologies that make being more sustainable easy. Here are some ideas to help you to help your environment.

MAKING your own compost provides you with a free source of nutritious soil and helps cut the waste at landfill sites.

There is a growing range of solar-powered garden lights, water features and pumps ( no running costs and no wires.

Look in garden centres and DIY stores and you'll be surprised at what is available.

Wildlife gardening is now a mini-boom industry with loads of products and plants that attract insects, birds and mammals. Instead of using standard pest control and fertilisers, try naturally made organic products. Most people are impressed by the effectiveness of these products.

Home energy

THIS is where most homeowners can make a big difference. First, double glazing, cavity wall insulation, long-life lightbulbs and low-energy appliances will help cut your fuel and power bills.

If you are replacing glass-fibre loft insulation, consider sheep wool insulation rolls. If you are sitting there thinking I'm extreme, even mad, ask yourself this: Are you wearing a glass-fibre jumper? …

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