Monday, 3 June 2013
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Saturday, 4 May 2013
First of all GREAT BIG APOLS to all my Eco Readers!
Where the *&%$ have I been for going on 18 months?
The short answer is: MAKING A MOVIE
see here www.TheWildernessCompany.uk.com
and I'm now a Screenwriter/Film Director/Producer type....
But I do think about green things still. Still dream about the Dutch barge I'm going to convert and live on one day.... With the Tall Handy Man of My Dreams obvs.... but a Green Girl can get busy and be re-inspired about designing and building and cushions by my lovely SE London friends, Victoria and Peter, who have bought a house in France and are renovating it (beautifully) on a shoestring http://weboughtafrenchhouse.com/
But here's the PIECE OF RESISTANCE! (Soz Pete and Vic)
OMG OMG OMG! Loving it. While I'd never quite go NATIVE in the Welsh countryside like these folk you have to say ahhhhhh at the jaw dropping beauty of the HOBBIT HOUSE that cost about £2000 to build. Yes, only two thousand smackers! Heaven!
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Marks & Spencer’s plan toward sustainability has been labeled, simply, “Plan A,” (because there is no Plan B) and contains a number of different aspects designed to enhance the “green” nature of the company’s functions. Here is an explanation of the five main strands to the plan :
• Climate Change – Marks & Spencer is determined to reduce its carbon footprint by lowering emissions. The hope is for the company to be carbon neutral in the UK in another year, as well as to implement the use of renewable electricity.
• Waste – Marks & Spencer is attempting to limit the number of bags and packages they put out each year by reducing the physical packaging and using recyclable materials – this will, in the long term, decrease waste output.
• Sustainable Raw Materials – Careful animal welfare will be practiced by the company with regard to the poultry, fish, and general animal-related products sold in the stores. The sources of these animals are to be monitored closely to ensure proper treatment.
• Fair Partner – This section of “Plan A” relates to the company’s commitment to providing a “new standard in ethical trading,” by buying and selling fair trade products.
• Health – Marks & Spencer is also making a strong push toward providing healthy options with regard to food and groceries. Harmful food elements like salts and fats are being done away with to the greatest extent possible, and health advisors are being hired. All of this can contribute to generally healthier food options, and, ultimately, healthier dieting habits for customers.
Posted by Alexandra Boyd at Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Friday, 3 December 2010
HERE ARE SOME LOVELY ECO (AND SOMETIMES ETHICAL TOO!) PRESENT IDEAS THAT HAVE COME MY WAY THIS CHRISTMASTIDE...
Gosh! That gorgeous boy can come and dig my garden ANY time ;-)
Posted by Alexandra Boyd at Friday, December 03, 2010
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
To all my faithful followers, apologies, you will know I've been off the green scene these last few months. I've been very busy with my acting and writing - rent From Paris With Love - nuff said!
One of the other reasons I took a back seat is that it had become increasingly difficult to get enthusiastic about a lot of green talk and products because I felt a lot of big companies were telling how eco/green they were but how were we to tell the difference.
I felt a big green band wagon had been jumped on and wanted to step back from the craziness for a while.
Below is an article based on a survey done that finds out if other people felt the same way...
A few weeks ago, a food distribution software review <http://www.softwareadvice.com/distribution/food-and-beverage-distribution-software-comparison/> site started a survey to ask readers whether or not they care about a company's decision to green its supply chain. Based on the 125 responses they received, the answer is a resounding yes, which ought to be a given. After all, shouldn't everyone want companies to try harder to improve their practices? As some of the readers suggest, the best way to grab these companies' attentions is to vote with your wallet. If they follow through on their environmental promises, reward them with your dollars. If not, well, you know what to do.
The most interesting data comes from the choices voters made regarding which aspect of a green supply chain they care about the most. While it is no surprise that old favorites like reducing fuel emissions and shifting to reusable packaging are important as ever, it is certainly interesting to see that the same people who feel so passionately about these topics care less about a company's ability to police its suppliers. What's more important to you?
You can see the results and participate in the ongoing survey yourself by clicking here
OK. It's Alexandra again:
Keep watching the blog again over the next few months. I plan on designing and building a houseboat. SHHHHHHhhhhhhh..... it's in the very early (drawing board) stages, but be assured it will be as green and eco as can be - solar panels, a wind turbine and all the green trimmings.
I will be posting photos and blogging war stories as I embark (save the puns please!) on the green design adventure of a lifetime! And you will be able to read all about it right here. Check out my first elevation....
In the meantime - stay as green as you can!
Posted by Alexandra Boyd at Wednesday, October 20, 2010