Welcome to the Save the Earth blog! Here you’ll find a wealth of inspirational and educational articles which explore environmental issues and solutions. Our aim is to help individuals, communities and businesses embrace green sensibilities, make informed life choices and create ethical policies. If you are a writer with a passion for green issues and you are interested in contributing some articles, then why not get in touch?

Housing
13th June 2017

Off-Grid Living 101

"Escaping the rat race" is an ideal harboured by many and a phrase uttered repeatedly by myriad individuals. Perhaps you feel like a rat, stuck in a maze, racing around, hunting for sustenance and hungry for change? Life is too precious to waste feeling trapped, which drives us to consider ways of breaking free. For a growing number of citizens, off-grid living is proving a feasible solution.   The Appeal of Off-Grid Living Living off-grid has seen a rapid resurgence in recent years, with consulting company Accenture forecasting that 12% of US households and 11% of European households will be off-grid by 2035.…
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Food
9th June 2017

Urban Farming Explored

Urban Farming Imagine a local farm producing masses of delicious, fresh, succulent organic fruit and vegetables all year round. You may live miles away from green fields, but this farm is different as it’s tucked away in the middle of your town or city! Urban farms are popping up all over the world and there are some very exciting times ahead ... Growing food in an urban environment is becoming more important than ever as populations steadily increase. A large percentage of the world’s agricultural land is used to produce animal feeds and oils, rather than food directly grown for…
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Competitions
9th June 2017

Ask Koko the Gorilla a Question – Crowdfunder Competition Results

Ask Koko Koko is one of the most talked about gorillas alive today, most notably because of her ability to communicate through a form of sign language. Read on to discover more about Koko and what happened when Save the Earth teamed up with The Gorilla Foundation to #AskKoko a question as part of our crowdfunding campaign. Courtesy of The Gorilla Foundation/Koko.org Koko and the Gorilla Foundation Koko's caregiver and instructor, animal psychologist Francine "Penny" Patterson, reports that Koko is able to understand more than 1,000 signs of Gorilla Sign Language, comprehend 2,000 words of spoken English and communicate complex thoughts and…
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Environment
9th June 2017

Donald Trump, Corporate Corruption and the Paris Climate Agreement

What is the Paris Climate Agreement? The Paris Climate Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance starting in the year 2020. The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 196 parties at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on December 12th, 2015. As of June of 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it. In the Paris Climate Agreement, each country determines, plans, and regularly reports its own contributions it feels it should make in order…
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News
8th June 2017

Newsletter June 2017 – Save the Earth

Newsletter June 2017 Have you ever wished you could talk to animals? Do you dream about living amid nature, free of the rat face? This June at Save the Earth, we've been busy exploring off-grid living ideas and we even got a gorilla to speak to us! For this and more, read on ...  Off-Grid Living 101 "Escaping the rat race" is an ideal harboured by many and a phrase uttered repeatedly by myriad individuals. Perhaps you feel like a rat, stuck in a maze, racing around, hunting for sustenance and hungry for change? Life is too precious to waste feeling trapped,…
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Health
1st June 2017

Why Choose Health Food Shops OVER Supermarket Chains in the South-West UK?

The Growth of Health Food Shops Over the past few years I have witnessed more independent health hubs springing up in towns and cities across the UK, from organic food suppliers to zero-waste stores. What some may refer to as overpriced hippy-dippy gimmicks, others would describe as a new generation of mindful, indie shop owners who all share the same goal, to promote a healthy lifestyle through consumption. What is it that makes these stores so unique in our communities? Quite simply the priority of organic cafes, health food shops, and vegan delis is to offer the "hard-to-find" healthy option on…
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News
26th May 2017

Newsletter May 2017 – Save the Earth

Another month has flown by and it's time for our latest edition of the Save the Earth Newsletter. If you've been following our blog this May, you'll know that our article on Universal Basic Income has kindled a hot debate – what's your standpoint on the subject? For this, plus the latest on our Ethical Business Network and much more, read on ... Universal Basic Income - An Invaluable Benefit?  This month, our feature on Universal Basic Income sparked quite a debate. It's received 2700 shares across social media so far, with our audience declaring their broad spectrum of opinions on the…
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Tips
7th May 2017

Top Ten Air Purifying Houseplants

Carefully choosing and positioning the right houseplants can make your home a healthier place to relax – no wonder houseplants are making a comeback. But are you aware that they can also purify the air? NASA's Clean Air Study study found that a plethora of plants neutralise the chemicals found in household products, decorating materials and furniture. Read our top ten guide to discover which plants are best for detoxing the air in your home - and in which rooms they'll thrive.   1) Aloe Vera This popular succulent would make an ideal addition to your kitchen because it purifies the air of…
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Debate
7th May 2017

Universal Basic Income – An Invaluable Benefit?

Imagine living in a society where each and every citizen receives a monthly payment from the government which meets their "basic necessities" regardless of their circumstances. The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has gained considerable popularity of late – not just among leftists but also with right-wing pro-capital proponents.  What if it were possible to adopt an ideology which utilised both socialism to get people what they need and capitalism to give people what they want? What is Universal Basic Income? In his recent book Basic Income: The Material Conditions of Freedom, Daniel Raventós defines basic income as, "an income paid by the state…
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News
28th April 2017

Newsletter April 2017 – Save the Earth

Spring has sprung and this month, Save the Earth are proud to introduce our budding initiative to help entrepreneurs establish ethical projects within their communities. To learn more about our founders and discover inspiring green companies working in partnership with the co-operative, read on! Our Vision We envisage a world in harmony, restored and renewed. We believe this can best be achieved by a holistic co-operative approach to the challenges facing the people of Earth today – especially in relation to the environment, housing, nutrition, health, education and commerce. Here at Save the Earth, it's one member, one vote - your voice matters.…
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Initiatives
27th April 2017

Entrepreneurs Sought For Ethical Community Projects

Do you have an idea for an Ethical Community Project? Save the Earth Co-operative can help!   Are you sick of the rat race? Let’s face it – who isn’t? Working umpteen hours simply to pay the bills and trying in vain to shoehorn a meaningful life around this is an all too familiar scenario, which has somehow become the norm. Far too many of us feel chained to mindless dead-end jobs or put ourselves through untold stress day in day out, all to generate profits for the handful at the top – in the 21st century, surely this existence is absolute…
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Ethical Business Network
6th March 2017

Reforestum – An App to Help You Offset Your Carbon Footprint

Here at Save the Earth Co-operative, we're stupendously excited about our brand new Ethical Business Network. It's a place where businesses with green sensibilities can trade products and services, as well as share ideas and inspiration, with both our ever-growing ethically-minded audience and each other. Of course, without our valued Creator Member Companies, there would be no network! That's why we've decided to shine a light on some of the businesses we have on board, such as the ingenious Reforestum. We invited its CEO and founder, Diego Sanz Prieto, to contribute to our article and explain what Reforestum is all about. This…
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