FIRST CLASS travel and a carbon footprint 9 times economy class!

naughty posh people who like to travel in style…YES! finally someone has held such travellers to account..OK it might only be MSN news, but still the point remains and it is something I have been thinking about for some time… copied and pasted below. yes- it’s lazy  journalism but it captures the message and it is vital I share it with you …

First class air passengers may pose a greater threat to the environment than the average traveller.

New research shows those enjoying luxury service have a carbon footprint that is over nine times larger than the humble passenger crunched up in economy class, the Daily Mail reports.

Even a passenger in business class ticket has a carbon footprint that is around three times the size as someone in economy

The paper finds that compared with an average passenger a flier in economy class has a carbon footprint of 0.76, a business class traveller has a figure of 2.30 and a first class passenger has a massive 6.89 figure.

A carbon footprint measures an individual’s emissions of the greenhouse gases that are responsible for global warming.

The research was carried out by The World Bank, which is attempting to reduce its own carbon emissions, according to

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in the life of shedreamsingreen i have been to Spain to learn Spanish and left my edible garden in the hands of a trusted housemate.

I have recently been expanding the web-site and now it includes a section on tea, a ‘real-bread’ finder and I have added to the natural make-up section as well…

I am looking into natural alternatives a LOT especially for women, but I am also hoping to discover some excellent ways to create your own hand-washes for example.

How to make kohl…how to make cucumber water….how to darken your hair…these are posts I will add to the web-site over the next few weeks.

Avondale Park in Notting Hill has captured to popular imagination of green urbanites and definitely worth a visit to see the short and sturdy colourful grasses that are made for sitting, walking and picnicing on. Even though it looks too good to be sat on.

Happy days


A little urban herb garden update…

Well, I must express my delight at my little fledgling crops. I am definitely in a bit of shock that they are all looking so healthy (touch wood!) and even though it is still early days I am already a lot more optimistic about my green fingers. An urban garden certainly seems very idealistic in a small cramped flat but in fact it is much more realistic if only we invest a little imagination in the way we store and keep these. I referred to various storage ideas in my previous piece on my urban herb garden. I will be adding more pictures when my little camera is better. Until then…use your imagination to picture my urban roof garden.

is there such a things as ‘general waste?’

I was in a place called Harold Wood, Essex collecting a pre-loved futon for my new house-mate  Outside the Cooperative were three bins: one for plastic the other for paper and the other for ‘general’ waste,

This made me ponder the idea for a while (a little philosopher-like) as I could not comprehend why the bin acknowledged certain materials and not others. Even food can be broken down to find its way back to the place it came from (in most cases, at least).

I just think that every single bin in this country should be divided in to the relevant divisions. It is an extension of what already happens in the house, Waste is waste and it is vitally important that we acknowledge the gravity of the problem before we start shooting waste off into outer space. Not good.

Therefore all local councils should be more committed to changing the purpose of our bins and understand that they can be representative of positive change not merely streets free of rubbish. Collective action is what it will take to change the course of our planet and recycling/upcycling is key in securing such a change takes place.

What are your thoughts…?

my edible urban garden

a little update. well my sunflowers are making headway (no-not planning to eat these).

My rocket and cress are also peeping through too- my rocket it rocketing up!! And hopefully the rest of the herbs and veggies will also show signs of life in the next few days.

Top tip* (trial and error lesson) I did not press the soil down- so it is compressed- enough. I have now rectified this and hopefully my chillies, planted yesterday, will be a lot more comfortable. If the loser soiled (!) seedlings do not begin to emerge I will transport to firmer soil as directed. Note to me, ‘always read the label’ alas, we live and learn and this is a very good lesson. (It could be a little anti-climactic for a few days, but hopefully they are still within the parameters of a lifesaving move.)

Edible gardens are awesome, inside and out. I have opted for those that thrive both inside, like coriander and cress as well as those that can bear a harsh winter or two. We shall see what happens.

Finally- this is my thought of the day- kitchen should be ‘sun rooms with ample of light and warmth from the suns rays to encourage all householders to grow as many herbs and other edibles as is possible…a bit like these examples below:

Kitchen 1

Source: Ambience  additions 

To have these in bloom:

Oh! beauuuuuifuuuuuul, Source, a Google image response page. Click here. 

Finally, for a bit more inspiration, click here

Beee helpful (Friends of the Earth Bee educator pack-love)


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