Tag Archives: Green

Coffee grounds keep slugs and snails away?

Got two bags of coffee grounds for free from Starbucks to be used as organic fertiliser for my garden. But apparently they are also good for keeping slugs and snails away from plants, according to that branch of Starbucks. Brilliant, if that is true, as the bloody slugs in my garden have devoured quite a few of the Marigold plants we planted this Spring already. I have tried using beer to attract slugs into a trap with good effect a couple of weeks ago. But looks like the slugs are coming back with a vengeance once again. Really annoying. Weather has not been good already recently, has been raining for most part of the week, hence have not been able to keep a hawk eye on my plants. Looks like I’ll have to get some beers again, ho ho ho.An interesting observation when I cycled home recently. Saw quite a few snails crossing the cycle path after rain on a few occasions. Fair enough, snails prefer to crawl on wet surface. But makes me wonder why they bother to cross, to the opposite side which in my opinion is essentially the same. Furthermore, it’s a “long” way for them, and it’s dangerous! 🙂

Cycling in London

I’ve spent the past week commuting to London for a training course. Compared to 10 years ago when I first started living in London, there’s probably 1000% increased in the number of cyclists cycling in London during peak hours. Incredible, considering that London still has the same old narrow roads, with virtually no dedicated cycle lanes. What has improved is probably the traffic load, with the congestion charging scheme having been in place for a number of years now. And of course the public awareness on green issues, and drivers’ attitude to cyclists. I think it does help when some MPs even cycle to work themselves.For me it’s quite pleasing to see as cyclists somehow seem to be able to enliven up a city, making it a bit more friendly. This is what I like most about European cities. People can get to everywhere without having to always go on a car. Plenty of walkways, cycle lanes, parks, good network of public transport etc. Would people like to see cars in the city? I doubt it. I hope less and less people drive in the city, as then there will be more chance that cycle lanes will be built in this old world city.

Compost bin

Compost bin

Ordered a compost bin three weeks ago, yet it’s still not arrived. Have considered buying a wormery like this one, but now looking at it again I also couldn’t quite remember why I’ve gone for the wooden compost bin. I thought it was too expensive, but looks like they are actually about the same price! Anyway I think the wooden compost bin will look much nicer at one corner of my backyard (in fact I’ve done some measurements to make sure that it will fit nicely at the corner!), with a more environmental friendly look as well don’t you think 🙂 And I suppose I can always throw in some garden worms to help decompose the stuff if I want to?! The idea is we’d also like to recycle some of our food waste.

Think I remember why I didn’t go for the wormery now as I thought it is unlikely that we’ll be recycling meat waste and a “normal” compost bin will do. Oh god my memory is getting worse!

Going green, is it worth it?

I am reading the New Scientist magazine and there are yet several more articles on climate change. One of the article raised the question that most of us would probably have considered at one point. Does it make a difference whether I walk or drive? Or if I leave my tv and computers on standby rather than unplugging the power? Or if I just “forgot” to recycle? The conclusion, as you might guess, is: of course it does!It may not be significant if one person does it, but if everyone else does, then it would make an enormous contribution towards reducing our carbon footprint. Of course the obstacle is to persuade everyone to change their habits. If only everyone can do their bit and help, then this would probably be the most significant contribution you can make to the society and the future generations.

Can we do something about climate change?

There will be at least three or four articles on climate change when I read the news everyday. There is no debate about climate change. Only fools who want to find excuses to continue their irresponsible actions will argue that there is no climate change.What annoys me most is the nonchalant attitude that a majority of people take when confronted. A cardinal sin that is rampant in the UK is the amount of plastic bags that supermarkets give out to their customers for free every second! Virtually every single store will provide plastic bags for free even if you don’t shop in the store! Some of the more environmentally friendly countries have already started charging customers for plastic bags so that usage of plastic bags is reduced. Why can’t UK supermarkets implement the same policy? It really puzzles me and what is more embarrassing is that UK is one of the least environmentally friendly country in Europe. Fairing worse than some of the developing nations.With all the cheers and support to reduce carbon emissions, they can’t even implement simple and effective measures that will make significant difference to our environment. Most people seem to recognise that it is a problem but make no effort to do their part to save the planet. This is every bit real. It’s not some blockbuster movies that mislead people into thinking that everything will be fine when it is all over.

McDonald’s to run UK delivery fleet on its own used cooking oil

This makes very good sense, if it’s practical to recycle the used cooking oil. It’s greener to use bio-diesel than petroleum-based diesel a fuel source, as burning bio-diesel apparently produces less net carbon dioxide. It’s definitely an option as an alternative fuel source. However once the production of bio-diesel involves clearing more land, particularly the rainforests which serve as major carbon dioxide sink, then it’s probably not that green anymore. The best way is still to cut down energy consumption and recycle whenever possible.

Save the earth

Orang Utan

I remember organising a project on ‘greening’ the earth when I was in high school. Although I knew that we should do our bit to recycle as much as we could, I was not able to appreciate the gravity and seriousness of environmental issues. I had been watching some documentaries and tv programmes about numerous threats to the wildlife, extinction of uncountable species, large scale deforestation etc in the past few years. Every time I watch such programmes or come to read an article about environment conservation, it pains me to accept the truth that every damage had been done to ensure the survival of human beings. It may be 10 years too late for me, but possibly 50 years too late for mankind.It is surprising that even in a well-developed country like the Great Britain, a lot of people are rather contented with their current lifestyle and have no intention to do their part to save our environment. Energy consumption is unbelievably high and most people would choose to drive private vehicles when they could have opted for a more environmentally friendly transport.If we carry on living our extravagant lifestyle and have no consideration for our nature whatsoever, it is unsurprising that our children will never be able to see wild tigers, elephants, panda, orang utan etc. I truly think that if everyone puts some thoughts into thinking how they can help conserve the environment and take actions now, we may still be able to salvage what is remaining in time.