environment

DCW Polymers transforms beach clean litter into recycled plastic bench for Kenn C of E Primary School

Year five and six pupils from Kenn C of E Primary School collected over several bags of litter during a beach clean which will now be transformed into a recycled plastic bench for their playground.

Independent commercial waste management firm DCW partnered with Keep Britain Tidy’s Ocean Recovery Project, supported by South West Water, to organise the beach clean in Exmouth. The clean was set-up to give local school children a valuable lesson in recycling and the dangers plastic litter can have on the coastal landscape and its wildlife.

After a short talk on safety and ocean...

Launch of Hydrogen South West consortium to accelerate the transition to a net zero future

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/21/2022 - 6:59am

A group of nine leading organisations covering aerospace, shipping, hi-tech engineering and public utilities have come together to launch Hydrogen South West, a partnership which will create an infrastructure ecosystem that will bring the benefits of hydrogen to the South West of England.

This infrastructure ecosystem of key industries aims to decarbonise transport, commerce and power, while driving sustainable growth, upskilling the region and delivering new job opportunities.

Focusing on key sectors such as shipping, aviation and housing as well as industry, the...

South West organisations failing to cut £1,200 from water bills

South West businesses with flushing urinals are costing their organisations over £1,200 in unnecessary bills, and are also failing to cut avoidable CO2, warns Exeter-based Smarti Environmental. The business, which provides eco-friendly waterless urinal technology to the NHS, tourism businesses, hospitality businesses and other organisations, has released its findings to coincide with Water Saving Week 2022 (23-27 May), during which it is launching the world’s first eco-enzyme waterless and PH neutral urinal solution, the Vortex triple seal valve (TSV).

Ending the need for water,...

Simon Besley, Sales and Marketing Director at Newton Print at Coastal Recycling.

Devon printed packaging specialist sends more than 95% of its factory and office waste to be recycled

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Thu, 03/17/2022 - 11:56am

A DEVON printed-packaging company has revealed that last year (2021) it sent more than 95% of its factory and office waste to be recycled (March 2022).

Newton Print Ltd said it generated 3,582kg of waste and 95.2% of it (3,410kg) was recycled with Coastal Recycling in Exeter, 4.5% was used to generate electricity and 0.3% (100kg of waste ink) was sent to landfill.

Simon Besley, Sales and Marketing Director at Newton Print in Newton Abbot, which specialises in assisting artisan, start-up and SME food and drink producers to bring their products to market on time, said: “We...

12 ways to ensure your Christmas won’t cost the Earth

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 12/18/2021 - 10:01pm

As you start to plan your festivities and you purchase your Christmas food and gifts. There are some simple steps we can take to make Christmas more sustainable. At this time of year, we generate more waste than any other time. One example of this is the amount of cardboard packaging we produce which is approximately 300,000 tonnes, enough to wrap the London Eye 50,000 times according to Recycle Now. We also need to consider ways we can remove avoidable plastic from our festive preparations. Including Christmas cards, decorations and gifts. Around 12 million tonnes of plastic enters our...

Devon planet-kind ice cream brand ups sustainability with 100% recyclable packaging

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 09/27/2021 - 4:02pm

A DEVON plant-based ice cream brand has swapped its printed tubs for a fully recyclable option that still ticks all the compliance boxes while being completely sustainable (September 2021).

Fravocado based in Heathfield near Bovey Tracey is made with nutrition in mind, offering a healthy, allergen free alternative without lacking flavour or indulgence.

Becky Osborne, Founder and CEO at Fravocado explained: “Having a truly sustainable brand is key in the 21st century. We’ve created a wonderful product that not only tastes good but offers a viable allergen free alternative to...

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Princesshay Sustainability Event

Event Date: 
24/09/2021 - 9:30am to 25/09/2021 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Princesshay, Exeter

To celebrate the Great Big Green Week 2021, Princesshay is holding a two-day sustainability event in Princesshay Square on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September in collaboration with key partners across Exeter.

Head to Princesshay on these dates and learn how small changes can make a big difference to our planet, with pop up exhibitors, including Co Cars, Co Bikes, Rapid Charging Devon, St Sidwell’s Point, Liveable Exeter, Exeter City Living, Nourish, Sails & Canvas and Devon Contract Waste, showcasing their sustainable products and initiatives.

Visit Princesshay’s...

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Scotland faces the risk of droughts becoming three times more frequent in the next decades

A study by NatureScot reveals that Scotland could experience an increase in extreme droughts from 2020 to 2049, due to climate change.

Exeter’s NetZeroPlus project to form vital part of UK bid to remove greenhouse gases from atmosphere

A project to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere will be crucial to the UK’s bid to reach Net Zero by 2050 – and is set to spark the biggest change in land use since the Second World War.

The NetZeroPlus project, led by Professor Ian Bateman from the University of Exeter Business School, is one of five interdisciplinary projects that will receive a total of £31.5m from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – with each project investigating a different method of removing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere.

The Exeter project will help to implement...

Exeter is keen to be green - the largest ever analysis of UK consumers’ carbon footprints reveals 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 04/22/2021 - 10:36pm
A quarter of Exeter respondents source their food locally according to WWF’s calculator

According to analysis by environmental organisation WWF and the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York, Exeter residents have one of the lowest carbon footprints in the UK.

Exeter residents taking part in the analysis had the lowest average carbon footprint of any large town or city with a population over 250,000 in the UK - of 11.6 CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). 25% source their food locally, while 12% of respondents have solar panels (compared with the UK average of 7...

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