Mrs green’s stories
On a Sunday I like to bring you some stories from across the internet.
There are so many people doing wonderful things to help us all lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
They can be simple tips such as how to reduce your carbon footprint, ideas for how to take care of our health naturally or they might be inspiring and uplifting articles to nurture your spirituality.
Home made sun jar
Our theme on Little Green Blog at the moment is LED lighting.
Following the LED lighting idea, I’ve found a way to make your own sun jar!
Sun jars, which use an LED bulb, solar cell and battery to produce light make a great night light for children’s rooms, provide an attractive alternative to ‘on grid’ mood lighting during the evening and make a useful alternative to candles.
I may not be able to make my own LED light bulbs or rig them up to a solar panel like Mr Green has been doing, but I might just manage to follow this tutorial from Instructables called “Home made sun jar” !
Yoga for beginners
Yoga is great for your health. It can improve posture, keep the body toned and supple, increase strength and help calm the mind for meditation.
I’ve been browsing Hannah Lovegrove’s site this week. She’s a yoga teacher from West Dorset.
I enjoyed reading her “Yoga for first aid” articles which shows you some simple yoga for the desk bound, simple tension releasing exercises and back and tummy strengthening ideas.
I’ve been doing 15 minutes of yoga a day for the last 6 weeks, and I’m gaining enormous physical, mental and spiritual benefits from it. Why not give it a go?
Incandescent to go
Back on the lighting theme (well Mr Green really does light up my life you know), it’s time to wave goodbye to incandescent light bulbs.
From 1st September 2009, the new legislation will make it illegal for EU states to manufacture and import traditional light bulbs. The move is expected to save the European Union one million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2020.
Some companies have already started to phase out incandescent bulbs voluntarily, but in a few days time the law will dictate that 100W and frosted incandescent light bulbs must be phased out. By 2012, lamps of lower wattage have to go too.
We hope that this will start to bring down the price of LEDs and that CFLs get gradually phased out as well, because here at Chez Green we’re very concerned about the cumulative effects of the mercury content of CFLs and their future impact on the environment.
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