Enviro-Mentalist

An Ordinary Person’s Views on Living With Minimal Environmental Impact

  1. Winding Down

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    After a bit of a hectic week (if only by my standards) I decided that Friday would be a day for doing the things in life that make me happy. This inevitably means photography or birdwatching and definitely a good walk. So, once more, I combined the two into one trip and spent an hour […]

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  2. Help maybe at hand to recycle plastic bottles.

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    An article published on the New Scientist website this month highlights research that has discovered a strain of bacteria that could make recycling PET (polyethyleneterephthalate) drinks bottles more lucrative. These are a strain of pseudomonas bacteria that can change the low value PET into higher value PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates) plastics some of which are used in […]

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  3. Travel – the good, the bad and the ugly.

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    Last week I attended a conference in London for two (non-consecutive) days.  I decided that the easiest and most environmentally friendly way of getting there would be by train – no worries about getting lost (!! although I managed this anyway) or congestion charges. First, the good.  I booked my tickets online and the process […]

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  4. Would you separate your food waste?

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    A number of local councils have apparently been trialling separate food waste collections and these are being heralded as a success.   According to the BBC’s website the 19 councils had around a 70% uptake of the scheme which diverted over 4000 tonnes of food waste from landfill (although they don’t say where to). I recently […]

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  5. Butterflies

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    It didn’t rain yesterday, so I took advantage and came home for my lunch.  When I got home I discovered that the butterflies had given up waiting for any sunshine to warm the air and were just pleased that there was no rain for a change – I guess they were getting pretty hungry as […]

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  6. Is it too soon to say farewell to Summer?

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    I have been thinking recently that autumn was well on its way and I might as well say goodbye to Summer.  The rose hips, particularly the rosa rugosa are now very red, the rowans are covered in red berries, during the week the sun gets up after I do (although there have been some days […]

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  7. Where to look?

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    I decided to pull on my waterproofs and go for a wander to the Country Park today. It has been a while since I have done much birdwatching, and, despite the rain, I felt the need to get out and about. I wasn’t expecting there to be much there, the Summer visitors will soon be […]

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