Mrs Green’s three stories

towelsI love sharing great articles and tips from other sites.

All of the stories hand picked by me on a Sunday relate in some way to ethical consumerism, reducing your carbon footprint, living a more eco friendly lifestyle or improving your mind / spiritual awareness.

Have a read through and let me know what you think!

Natural fabric softener

Clothes is referred to as ‘cardboard clothes’ in this house by little Miss Green.

We have hard water and I’ve been using Ecover fabric conditioner for a long time. I have to admit that it just about works, but it’s not that effective. I’ve recently been using white vinegar and over on Re Nest this week they have been discussing the idea of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) instead of fabric conditioner.

Lots of people have left their suggestions in the comments, so why not hop over to their “Soften sheets with baking soda” post and read through their suggestions for eco friendly ways to soften your clothes and linens.

Eco drain

This week, Little Miss Green was lying in the bath and said ‘Isn’t a bath a waste of water?’. We discussed the fact that keeping clean and hygienic was important for our health, but that yes, harvesting the water after use would be a much better idea.

Mr Green lamented at the waste of heat – we pour hot water down a drain after use and surely it could be put to better use.

Well it would seem that David Velan, over in Canada has been thinking along the same lines.

According to his EcoDrain website “Hot waste fluids represent a massive and often untapped source of clean energy. Heating fluids is energy-intensive, and waste heat recapture usually reduces this cost substantially while also benefiting the environment”.

EcoDrain is a technology company dedicated to the design and marketing of high performance systems for economic heat recapture in drains.

It’s an intriguing idea and I’d love to know what you think!

Sustainable fishing

We’re all aware that many fish are becoming endangered due to modern fishing methods.

Here is a film that will change the way you think about seafood for ever. “The end of the line” is in cinemas now and aims to increase a responsible attitude towards the oceans. You can see a trailer on their site.

Use the widget below to check whether the fish you are planning to buy or eat is caught or farmed in a way that is sustainable.

Alternatively, download this pocket Good Fish Guide and carry it around with you when you shop.

The End of the Line campaign stress that they are not against fishing or eating fish; they just want us to be more responsible so that we can prevent further devastation.