Green (Living) Review

Growing your own food wherever possible

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) What the COVID-19 pandemic should have shown us that we cannot rely on the capitalist market system to guarantee us a steady supply of the groceries that we need and thus it is important that we, once again, groin for victory, so to speak.

2020 208

The bee has been declared the most important living being on the Planet

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Following a meeting at the Royal Geographical Society in London, United Kingdom the Earthwatch Institute declared bees the most important living beings on this Planet, however, according to wildlife experts & scientists many bees have joined the long list of Endangered species.

2020 202

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

There is more to creating a woodland than just planting trees

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people, and, apparently, even most governments, seem to think that all that is needed to create a woodland is to stick some trees in the ground and the rest will do itself. Alas, that is a fallacy.

2020 216

First Brazilian supermarket where customers can exchange recyclable waste for food open

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the Brazilian state of Acre the first supermarket opened its doors where it is possible for customers to exchange recyclables for food. This establishment, called TrocTroc, offers customers the possibility to exchange recyclables such as PET bottles, aluminum cans and plastic bottle seals for any product sold in the market. Each kilo of recyclable material is worth R $ 0.50 in purchases.

2020 160

Is global travel history after COVID-19?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic might spell the end of global travel as we have known it for quite some time now, jetting from one side of the world to the other.

2020 173

ARS long-reach pruner ? Product review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The ARS-160-0.6 long-reach pruner is a cut and hold snipper, ideally suited for pruning of roses, for instance, but also for other tasks, including harvesting certain crops. It has a length, that is to say a reach of 60cm, to which you can add the reach of your extended arm, and a weight of 360grams. ARS-160-0.6 Price, incl.

2020 163

E-bikes vs. standard bicycles

Green (Living) Review

2020 186

Bicycle servicing

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I don't want to put anyone out of business but I cannot understand this thing about bicycle servicing. Some people seem to believe that their bicycle needs an annual service – from a specialist – just like their car does and often it is also being touted in such a way. Anyone with a bit of common sense – I know that that sense is rare nowadays but nevertheless – can service his or her own bicycle.

2020 142

Late winter gardening tasks

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Spring is just around the corner here in the UK Mid February 2020 and the way the flowers and trees are slowly – and some quite a bit earlier than usual – are beginning to come to life it is not going to be far off.

2020 177

Root Pouch – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I encountered Root Pouch for the first time at the Garden Press Event 2020 in the beginning of March that year and it immediately, for me, ticked a number of boxes in the green department. Root Pouch distributed by Ikon International and they are fabric planting containers made from recycled water bottles and available from all good garden centers and also from Amazon.

2020 111

Wood in the kitchen

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Wooden implement are better on pots and pans and not just those Teflon or similarly coated ones. In all honesty you should avoid such so-called non-stick ones anyway. Metal implements should, ideally, never be used in pots and pans, even in stainless steel ones.

2020 111

We will not go back to normal

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We will not go back to normal nor should we. Normal never was. Our pre-Covid-19 existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, depletion,extraction, the exploitation of nature and man by man for ever greater profits. We should not even long to return to this so-called “normal”. We have been given the opportunity now to create a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and Nature.

2020 112

Ivy in the woods

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A great many of – often rather uneducated – people believe that ivy, climbing up trees harms the trees and strangles them but this is not the case. Unfortunately some people, alas, will not be told and, illegally, if they are not the owners of the woods, will cut the ivy and remove it. A good amount of ivy in the woods is good.

2019 167

Going back to so-called normal after pandemic would be madness

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Instead of waiting that everything goes back to “normal” after the pandemic and all this economic madness restarts would it not better to consider doing things differently? To make things better rather than going back to “normal” because this so-called “normal” was not normal at all. Rather the opposite. But then again the system is not broken either, it was designed this way not to function properly.

2020 112

Beyond COVID-19, human rights can help save the planet

Green (Living) Review

Council of Europe statement ahead of World Environment Day (June 5) Strasbourg, 04.06.2020 – The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pej?inovi? inovi?

2020 127

Belu becomes first UK water company to make all plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic bottles

Green (Living) Review

GREENWASH ALERT The 100% recycled material used by the British water brand generates 75% less carbon emissions than aluminium and is easily recycled unlike a carton.

2019 159

The hidden cost of your 2019 choccie-filled advent calendar

Green (Living) Review

Here's why your Christmas countdown is a single-use plastic nightmare In the next few days, millions of children – and quite a few adults – will open the first window on their advent calendars without a second thought of the mountain of waste to which they're contributing.

2019 160

Everyone talks about climate, too few about pollution and general environmental destruction

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) All we are hearing is CO2 and other greenhouse gases, and occasionally the issue with plastic, especially the kind that is plastic bottles of all sorts.

2020 154

London College of Garden Design to sponsor new design series for leading podcast

Green (Living) Review

Supporting podcasts are an integral part of our marketing strategy now.

2019 158

Frozen in time

Green (Living) Review

Your freezer is your friend by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Your freezer can be your greatest friend in the prevention of food waste, whether you have a large family or you a single parent or, simply, single. Save food, money and the planet and move food that’s nearing its ‘use by’ date to your freezer.

2020 144

Used Electric Vehicles batteries could be used for rickshaws in Bangladesh

Green (Living) Review

2020 148

Stirring Paddle

Green (Living) Review

Eastern European Gypsy pot stirrer by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This one, relatively inexpensive, hand-carved, wooden tool will replace more or less all your other kitchen utensils that are used for stirring. Its versatility is second to none.

2020 144

Reuse and Repair

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Half a century ago, we were a thriving culture of reuse and repair. What happened? What happened? Simple. Industry decided that it was too expensive for it to develop new products that people really wanted and needed and rather made products that broke rather quickly and were made in such a way that they can no longer be repaired and thus people have to buy the same (kind of) product again and again.

Reuse 159

Recycling is a fraud, a sham, a scam

Green (Living) Review

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 194

Gardening myths most people believe but that are not true

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If you are interested in growing a garden, there are lots of people offering advice from the internet, to books to even those you know very well. However, not all advice is good advice and some is just downright silly. Sorting out the good from the bad is sometimes difficult, especially if you are a novice gardener.

2020 127

Jetting around the world to save the climate

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Or how else should one interpret the annual COP gatherings? While the great and the good in politics and environmental activism are telling everyone else to stop flying and driving cars they, almost all, jet around the world at least once a year to all those climate conferences regardless of the amount of pollutants (I will no call it CO2 as that is all very misleading) they pump into the air in doing so.

2020 125

Holidaymakers encouraged to save their lilos from landfill by turning them into designer bags

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Holidaymakers can see their unwanted lilos transformed into designer bags and pouches thanks to a holiday company that’s pledging to reduce the number of inflatables sent to landfill. Holiday Hypermarket has teamed up with sustainable designer Wyatt and Jack to encourage customers to turn their holiday inflatables into one-of-a-kind bags, with the package-holiday specialist picking up the postage costs for sending the plastic products.

2019 156

Needs are problems looking for solutions, not products

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Needs are problems looking for solutions, not products, and we also have, quite seriously, to learn to differentiate between needs and wants. Often our wants masquerade as needs when they are not needs at all. To say I need a new smartphone or simply new cellphone, while the old one is still performing well and is doing all you will ever need it for is not a need but a desire and want to have a new one just because there are new ones around.

2019 130

The possibilities of pallets and pallet wood

Green (Living) Review

also packing crates and similar by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There was a time when shipping pallets (not so much as to packing crates and such) were – supposedly – to be returned (not that that always happened) and then, not so long ago, like so many other things, pallets became “disposables” in that they were no longer being taken back (especially not for deposit return) by the companies.

2019 129

London College of Garden Design to sponsor planting design competition

Green (Living) Review

The London College of Garden Design has announced their sponsorship of a Planting Design Competition at the Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show 2020. This is the second year that the College has sponsored the Countryside Borders Competition which aims to help budding new garden designers and experts to show what they can achieve with plants.

2019 126

ARS-UVR-32PRO – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) ARS-UVR-32PRO from Sorbus International Pro pruning saw with sheath, curved blade 4mm pitch, rubber grip. Blade high-Carbon Steel with hard-chrome plating. Curvature ground teeth (SUPER TURBOCUT®) and impulse hardened. 4mm tooth pitch with 1.5 mm tooth thickness. Blade length 320 mm and overall length 480 mm with a weight of 430 grams.

2019 125

Nettle fiber, nettle cloth

Green (Living) Review

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.

England is too lazy to hit recycling targets – Time to get tough

Green (Living) Review

PRESS RELEASE – Republished as received The UK's waste management agency says it's time to start fining companies that don't recycle their waste Britain could quite easily hit its 50% waste recycling target overnight if only people, companies and organisations up and down the country could be bothered.

2019 111

Huskup – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

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.

Making do is a deeply pragmatic philosophy

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Making do is a deeply pragmatic philosophy. One that our ancestors, and many not even that far removed, definitely had. It means asking of our things the only question we should ever ask of them: “Can you fulfill your intended use for me?” The answer – if we can be honest, and resist a moment of discomfort, inconvenience or boredom – is, extraordinarily often, yes.

2019 113

DIY gardening apron from an old pair of jeans

Green (Living) Review

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 152

Become a wildlife guardian this autumn

Green (Living) Review

As birds struggle to survive the autumn chill your garden can become a haven RSPB suggests five easy ways to help, including making wildlife friendly food and leaving out kitchen scraps These simple guidelines can improve your garden birds’ chances of survival throughout the colder months Fiery colours sweeping through parks and woodlands, complete with leaves crunching underfoot, mean autumn is here.

2019 107

The Book of Trees – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

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 144

Futurekind – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

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 Hardback Manual and manifesto, an inspiration and a call to arms; this rich and timely survey is all in one and presents over sixty innovative, socially and environmentally conscious design projects changing the world for the better.

2019 124

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

Green (Living) Review

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). Of the 500 surveyed, 46% of parents thought that being able to tie your own laces was an important life skill yet 62% of parents admitted to tying their children’s laces for them to save time and stress every morning.

2019 123

Sprout Lands – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sprout Lands by William Bryant Logan Published by W W Norton, April 2019 Hardcover 165 x 244 mm / 384 pages ISBN 9780393609417 Price: £19.99 Arborist William Bryant Logan recovers the lost tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia. Farmers once knew how to make a living fence and fed their flocks on tree-branch hay.

2019 119

No Plot? No Problem

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Grow your own salads, fruit and vegetables, even if you don't have a garden I know that I am in danger of repeating myself again with this article but it would appear that still far too many people seem to think that in order to grow fruit and vegetables they need a large garden plot or an allotment or two. You do not have to have acres of land for a garden where to grow at least some food for yourself and your family, not even a ¼ of an acre.

2019 123

Chemicals from sunscreen products do seep into bloodstream

Green (Living) Review

Sunscreen chemicals seep into bloodstream a new study by the FDA confirms by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Summer is on the way (well, at least according to the seasons) and soon everyone will be lathering on sunscreen and more of it onto their children to protect them from the possible impact of the light of the sun. But beware, the stuff is not as harmless as claimed. Maybe gently adjusting to the sun and its effects would be better than chemicals.

2019 115