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?

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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NewsNewsletters
2nd March 2017

March Newsletter – Save the Earth

Welcome to Save the Earth's first ever newsletter! We aim to keep you up to date with our latest developments as well as providing special offers and giving you some insight into the co-operative's inner workings. Our Ethos We believe in you - the people. Here at Save the Earth, it's one member, one vote - your voice matters. That's why we'd love you to join us and help shape the direction in which we move. From a micro to a macro scale, our goal is to unite people, both within their local communities and globally. Our vision is of…
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FoodGardening
2nd March 2017

What? My Homegrown Cabbages are Patented?!

This probably sounds like a completely ridiculous question, but I’m afraid this is not as far-fetched as it first appears. Whether you grow your own veggies or not, our whole food system is becoming monopolised and it could well be that those crunchy green cabbages you have grown are patented! If you eat fruit and vegetables, homegrown or not, read on! In times gone by, food was grown on farms and gardens with locally produced seed. The crops grew and were harvested. Simple. Rather than harvesting the entire crop, a row or two was left to mature and flower. The…
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Ethical Business Network
27th February 2017

Green Bear – Natural Health, Beauty and Cleaning Solutions

Becoming a green consumer has irrefutable benefits and appeal, but for many of us, it's not always straightforward or cost-effective. Family-run e-commerce company Green Bear UK are striving to change this, manufacturing and distributing natural and eco-friendly products that are kind to the planet, your body AND your pocket. Their website offers a broad range of health and beauty products, green cleaning solutions and bamboo goods, made from wholly natural ingredients. Available to both commercial and domestic markets, Green Bear keeps mother nature at the heart of everything they do. The great thing is, what's beneficial for the planet is beneficial for you as well.…
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InitiativesPeopleVolunteer Opportunties
15th February 2017

When It’s Broken, Don’t Despair – Visit Your Community Repair!

Community Repair and Reuse Projects There’s a rapidly growing movement bucking against the so-called ‘throw-away society’ – community repair or re-use projects like Repair Café, The Restart Project, Freecycle Network and Freegle. For repair groups, the idea is that household items like laptops, vacuum cleaners, bicycles, clothing, gardening equipment, toys and furniture are repaired on community days, usually for free, which then gives these objects a new lease of life and saves them from being thrown away and filling up landfill sites, at least for a while longer. The first Repair Café was held in Amsterdam in 2009, an initiative…
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Housing
7th February 2017

Ecovillages and Communal Living

Have you ever thought of escaping the “rat race” and the stresses and strains of modern day life to pursue a calmer, sustainable, more social and spiritual existence? I think this might have crossed a lot of people’s minds at some point or another, and now, more and more people around the world are turning their dreams into reality.   The growth in the number of ecovillages is staggering! Just a quick Google search will list dozens of projects around the world already under construction or being planned for this year alone. The word “commune” to the majority of people,…
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Music
6th February 2017

Newquay’s Alternative Music Scene – Uniting and Inspiring the Cornish Community

Newquay's Alternative Music Scene – Community Spirit Music has changed my life. You might think that's a strong statement, but when left I behind the hectic urban landscape of Leeds in the north of England and relocated to its southernmost county of Cornwall, I found myself enveloped within a community in love with music. In Newquay, a small Cornish town, music is practically a movement for the high-on-life locals - it's their world!   The Rise of Alternative Music Festivals The summer can be a slog for the tourist-magnet that is Newquay, but the season also brings something else – FESTIVALS! The surrounding area of…
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Ethical Business Network
1st February 2017

Save the Earth Ethical Business Network Launch

Fresh for 2017, Save the Earth are proud to launch our innovative Ethical Business Network! No matter where in the world your company is located, whether you employ 1000 + staff or you are a sole trader, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to be part of a network of like-minded businesses who embrace ethical ideals. Is My Business Eligible to Join the Network? Does your company sell ethical products or services, demonstrate sound ethical principles or make a positive contribution to society and / or the environment? Perhaps your business has signed up to a green or ethical scheme, such…
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Housing
26th January 2017

Narrowboat Dreams – Downsizing, Decluttering and the KonMari Method

So far in this series of narrowboating features, we’ve explored UK couple Emma and Saxon’s motivations for living off-grid, learned how they made this solution affordable and seen them get to grips with DIY to transform their sailaway into a home. Now, in our fourth article, we tackle a subject that many of us try to sweep under the carpet, or the bed, or shove in the shed … clutter. But what happens when you downsize, and there’s no longer a bazillion places to squirrel stuff away? This might well sound like a pitfall, but as Emma and Saxon discovered, it…
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Food
25th January 2017

Community Supported Agriculture

Why Should I Get Involved With Community Supported Agriculture? If you are interested in eating fresh, healthy, local food but don’t have the space to grow your own - or perhaps the know-how, then becoming a member of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm may be just up your street! CSA farms are worldwide, generally small scale, and often organic. They focus on helping local people and the environment so therefore provide a more sustainable approach to producing food. Most of us are used to shopping at a supermarket or large store and, of course, these shops are owned and controlled…
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Gardening
16th January 2017

Growing Your Own Vertical Garden

What is a Vertical Garden? A vertical garden is very similar to a vertical farm, which is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers, such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse, or shipping container. The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled-environment agriculture, or CEA technology, where all environmental factors can be controlled. These facilities utilize artificial control of light and environmental controls such as humidity, temperature, gases, and fertigation. Some vertical farms use techniques similar to greenhouses, where natural sunlight can be augmented with artificial lighting and metal reflectors. The only real difference between a vertical farm and a vertical garden…
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