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Chemicals from sunscreen products do seep into bloodstream

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2019 161

In the past – not that long ago – people were happy with less

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the past – not so long ago – people were happy and content with less. Today people are not even happy if they have everything; they still want more. And then? Well, they are still not happy and need more, and then more still. But happiness never comes.

2019 175

Dumping garden waste in woods

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people believe that dumping their garden waste in woods, parks and the countryside is a good idea as it goes back into soil but far from it. This practice actually spreads diseases as well as invasive species.

2019 180

Three in ten children can't tie their shoelaces when leaving primary school

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And 62% of parents admit they have no time to teach them by Michael Smith (Veshengro) 3 in 10 children are still unable to tie their shoe laces on leaving primary school according to findings from a survey commissioned by OSGO* to coincide with National Feet Week (13th – 20th May).

2019 197

Off the boil: Mayor’s cashback scheme fails

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The Mayor has pulled the plug on a £10 million boiler cashback scheme as only two projects ever got off the ground – Caroline Russell AM discovered the money has been ‘diverted’ to business projects instead.

2019 163

No Plot? No Problem

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2019 197

Burgon & Ball Container Root and Transplanting Knife – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Burgon & Ball Container Root and Transplanting Knife - RHS-Endorsed RHS Container Gardening £16.99

2019 152

Futurekind – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Futurekind Design for and by the People by Dr. Rob Phillips Published by Thames & Hudson, May (16) 2019 240 pages 900 illustrations Hardback 25.5 x 21.0 cm ISBN: 978 0 500 519790 Price: 39.95

2019 161

Biodegradable and compostable plastic

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First of all it is still plastic by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Biodegradable is often understood by the general public almost like that is composts, and that is also the intention of the word being used, but it does no such thing.

2019 161

Paper is a near-perfect barrier to hackers, ransomware and other exploits

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The most “futuristic” data security is a pen and pad, and also the old-fashioned typewriter.

2019 169

Open Source and Open Design

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It all started, I guess, with computers, or better with software, from general programs, such as Open Office, The Gimp, Firefox, Thunderbird, etc., to entire operating systems such as Linux, and others.

2019 152

Sharing bar soap cannot make you sick

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sharing a bar soap cannot make you sick and it is way better for the environment than is liquid soap.

2019 175

Urine as compost agitator

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Yes, it works, and it works extremely well. OK, it all sounds rather strange, and maybe even icky, collecting urine in a container and then putting it onto the compost heap or into the compost bin but that is what was done not so long ago in rural households anyway.

2019 169

CORONA TOOLS: AMERICA’S LEADING NAME IN GARDEN TOOLS LAUNCHES IN THE UK

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– Press Release – There will soon be exciting new options for gardeners, as Corona Tools, America’s leading tool innovator, launches its premium gardening tools in the UK.

2019 152

Recyclables vs. Secondary Raw Materials

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2019 152

ARS-300L Needle Nose Fruit Snip – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The 300L is a Japanese manufactured fruit pruner which has become an instant industry favorite due to its lightweight design and extremely impressive cutting power.

Fruit 152

RED TRACTOR CEO RESPONDS TO US AMBASSADOR “MUSEUM OF AGRICULTURE”

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Jim Moseley, CEO, Red Tractor Assurance, said: “Categorically, the UK’s food standards are now under threat from the commercial appetites of the United States food lobby. We urge the government not to sacrifice legislation which prevents these sort of products from being sold in the UK.”

2019 152

Burgon & Ball container weeder – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This container weeder, with a compact head and inwards-facing blade to protect plant stems from accidental damage, is ideal for scraping off moss, weeding and turning over the soil.

2019 152

Is your garden buzzing?

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Hozelock’s bee friendly Plant A Pot campaign is set to take you by ‘swarm’! With more than 18,000 pledges to plant bee-friendly plants in 2018 Hozelock’s Plant A Pot campaign has been a huge success so far and wants to help keep gardens buzzing this year!

2019 152

Huskup – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reusable and plastic free, Huskup brings takeaway coffee back down to earth Durable, biodegradable and entirely free from plastic, Huskup is tackling the UK’s disposable culture one flat white at a time with a brand new reusable coffee cup made from rice husks.

Garden Press Event 2019

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Wednesday, February 27, 2019 saw the Garden Press Event held at the Business Design Center in Islington, London (UK) and the event was well attended as far as exhibitors and press visitors are concerned.

2019 152

DOFF provides new weapon for gardeners to defend themselves against slugs and snails

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Doff has announced the launch of its brand new and exciting organic slug and snail killer based on Ferric Phosphate, replacing previously popular pellets containing the now banned chemical, Metaldehyde.

2019 152

Recycling is a fraud, a sham, a scam

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Recycling is a fraud, a sham, a scam, perpetrated by big business on the citizens and municipalities to make us all feel good about single use packaging. It won't save the planet.

2018 184

Circular Electronics Day aims to extend the lifespan of electronics

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Press Release Today’s extensive consumption of electronics lead to alarming amounts of waste and the release of substances hazardous to human health and the environment. Finite natural resources are extracted from the ground at a fast rate and reserves are running low.

2019 161

Bring back the edge

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The, what I call, trench edge was a standard feature around flower and shrub beds and borders in municipal formal gardens, parks and also in the formal gardens at general homes.

2019 161

The Mountfield MC48Li 48V.a revolution in home woodcutting

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– PRESS RELEASE – With over 50 years of life at the top as the UK's lawn mower and gardening tool manufacturers, MOUNTFIELD have excelled in providing new and innovative cordless products. With the array of storms, wind and rain so far this month, many gardens are sure to need a bit of a tidy up.so

2019 152

Garden tool maintenance

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In January and February, aside from pruning your apple trees and such, is the quiet in the garden and for the gardener. But now it just the right time to give your tools some TLC, some tender loving care.

2019 152

INTRODUCING “NEW WAVE”–Press Release

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INTRODUCING “NEW WAVE”: WOOL AND THE GANG IS LAUNCHING A BRAND NEW ECO YARN MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC Wool and the Gang is excited to share it's latest fibre innovation: New Wave. Our new conscious yarn for the new wave knitter.

2019 152

Nettle fiber, nettle cloth

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In ancient times stinging nettle was used to make fiber and cloth similar to canvas and linen. In fact all three processes involve retting.

PASSIONATE ABOUT POTS: A NEW RHS-ENDORSED COLLECTION OF CONTAINER GARDENING TOOLS FROM BURGON & BALL

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2019 141

Which Plants Should I Prune in January?

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Check out which garden favourites will benefit from a trim this month January is a great time to prune plants, because you can see their framework, which makes the job a lot easier.

2019 141

The Book of Trees – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Book of Trees by Piotr Socha (Author), Wojciech Grajkowski (Author) Published by Thames and Hudson (Big Books) (13 Sept. 2018) Hardcover: 80 pages Size: 15 x 2.2 x 21 cm ISBN-13: 978-0500651698 Why are trees so important? How many types are there?

2018 161

Take back the tap

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Take back the tap: Let's put and end to the big business fraud of bottled water Corporations like Nestlé are wasting your money, and not just Nestlé.

2018 184

Russian backyard agriculture

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Around 35 million backyard gardens are in private family possession in Russia and the government supports this with a legal right to a free, tax-free piece of land from 1-3 ha (in some regions even up to 6 ha).

Europe drowning in plastic waste

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DIY gardening apron from an old pair of jeans

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Upcycling an old pair of jeans into a gardening apron. Almost costs nothing and should give a long service, especially if sharp tools are put into the pockets in pocket protectors, made from old leather or plastic lotion bottles.

2018 162

Pizza boxes, fast food cardboard and similar

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) On those boxes we can see greenwash in action almost in the extreme.

2017 207

The pathological consumption of the majority

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The pathological consumption of the majority, for I do know that not all participate in it, has become so normalized that we scarcely notice it.

2017 204

40 MEPs support campaign asking people to eat vegan for Lent

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The parliamentarians have signed a statement of support for the Million Dollar Vegan campaign, which encourages people to fight climate change with diet change LONDON, UK, Wednesday 27 February 2019: As a result of recent research which details the devastating effects of animal agriculture on our planet and the environment, 40 Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have declared their support for the Million Dollar Vegan campaign – including UK MEPs Catherine Bearder and John Flack.

2019 117

Philanthropy is a scam

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Capitalists are fooling the world with the hoax of Philanthropy Philanthropy is a scam as it allows the (super) rich to influence global affairs and gain political power with no consequences.

2018 175

Why upcycling must become an economic sector

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Upcycling is, in general, the process where (at least) some of the shape and properties of the original waste product are retained – though not always, and we will come to that later – and where another useful product is produced from it.

Spear & Jackson Precision Snips – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Spear & Jackson PRECISION SNIPS SK5 steel blades for lasting sharpness with a built-in locking catch for safe transportation and storage SRP: £6.49

2018 163

The real reason behind austerity

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The real reason behind austerity is to erode hope, to increase inequality and to make people's lives so hard that they do not have a chance to demand better. Nay, not just that, but that they even do not dare to demand better for fear of falling every deeper into poverty.

2018 163