Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Waitrose charitable donations and Grow Our Own initiative


In my local Waitrose, they have a scheme where each month called "Community Matters", customers place tokens in containers to help apportion £1000 between 3 local charities. This month, it looks ap if the Grow Our Own initiative at Bluebell Allotments has three quarters me the vote and the donation. It's funny how people are starting to move towards and support growing your own. Maybe its these hard financial times or worries about the quality and origin of the food we eat? Either way, I think this initiative by Waitrose is great and would remind you about the upcoming open day for Grow Our Own in a previous blog post.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Local or Fairtrade? Dilemma in times of recession


I was listening to 'Farming Today' on BBC Radio 4 this morning, and heard some Professor urging us to buy Fairtrade rather than buy local. In these times me economic hardship, if wanted to emphasise the social aspects above the environmental, ignoring the food miles involved. I understood his good intentions but isn't it a short term strategy to not try to balance all 3 of the aspects of sustainability? Surely people, planet and profit need to be considered especially in hard times like these? Seems extreme to favour Fairtrade at the expense me local. I'm not sure what the answer is but when I next go to the supermarket, no doubt my basket will have East Anglian carrots, beer and Kenyan green beans in it.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Innovation in Sony Ericsson mobiles and energy saving tips


I've been trying to sort out a replacement handset with O2 for 2 months after my beloved C905 handset developed a faulty earpiece speaker (basically you could not hear the person who called you!). Turns out to be a fequent known fault.

Eventually, after being passed around and being given incorrect information, O2 Customer Services were very good and sent me a new replacement Sony Ericsson W995.

It is a Walkman one, which made me feel a bit old as I remember the first cassette Walkmans. That said I can still take good photos and use it for blogging as I did the old one.

A nice surprise was that after charging the battery and disconnecting the charger, an energy-saving message came up on the screen (as pictured above). It points out:
Unplug the charger from the socket as well, in order to save energy.

A simple thing to add but well done Sony Ericsson! So many of us leave chargers plugged in and switched on, little knowing that this means the charger carries on consuming electricity, costing us money and resulting in needless extra carbon emissions and climate change.

It is great to be able to say a well done. These little steps do make a difference.

Before you buy you next item of electrical equipment, why not take a look at Greenpeace's table about Greener Electronics and how well known companies are performing?

Sony Ericsson are 3rd behind Samsung and Nokia at the top, suggesting that the mobile phone industry is trying to take a lead on sustainability, which is great given the millions of handsets disposed of and manufactured each year.