What the Flush! [Infographics]

UKDN Waterflow has conducted new research with startling results. Every day Brits are flushing medicines, illegal drugs and plastics in tampon applicators and wet wipes. This comes at a huge cost to our environment. Record numbers of wet wipes were recently found on the shores of the Thames, and of course, the Whitechapel fatberg has been all over the news!

At least one in four people in the UK pour cooking oil down the drain and almost half of people pour sauces, whilst one in five allow their drains to fill with hair and almost 15% of women flush at least one of the following: tampons, applicators and wrappers. Incredibly, 94% of the population asserted they were actually confident with what they should and shouldn’t put down their pipes. Clearly, this isn’t the case!

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Enhance Sustainability of your Home with these Eco Upgrades

The green movement has taken the world by storm, which is no surprise if we just stop for a second and look at our environment. Our air is polluted with various toxins, our land is littered by every form of garbage we can think of and our oceans and other bodies of water almost contain more waste than they do aquatic creatures. So, it was high time we took action and started minding our actions if we want to have something to leave to future generations.

However, no matter how important accepting the green movement is, there is still a lot of negligence and even ignorance when it comes to our lifestyles. People are not too eager to change their habits, and even though a certain behavior might be harmful to the environment, people choose to follow it because it’s easy.

On the other hand, there are those who are aware of just how bad humanity is for the environment, and who want to make a change that will help them live with the environment, not against it, but they don’t know how. If you belong to this group, check out some of these tips and features you can implement in your home to start leading a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

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LEED: The way to a Sustainable Future with Sustainable Building Design [Infographic]

For many businesses, going green is a matter of changing the way they work. By reducing waste in their operations or using sustainable materials in their production, these businesses lessen their impact on the environment. However, these are not the only means through which companies can become more eco-friendly. In fact, many businesses can shrink the size of their ecological footprints through the places in which they work.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program provides builders and property owners with standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. Achieving LEED certification means a building exemplifies many of the principles behind sustainable building design. LEED-certified buildings are more environmentally friendly, which therefore helps the businesses inside of them reduce their overall impact on the planet. Even if they don’t employ other methods, sustainable building design helps businesses become greener.

Businesses in the green industry — or any that simply want to become more sustainable — need to understand LEED and what it means for their properties. There is a strict process through which buildings can become LEED-certified. Additionally, there are specific standards those properties must meet before they can be certified through the LEED program. Property owners and businesses also need to understand the different levels of LEED certification and what they mean.

The accompanying guide breaks down what LEED certification entails, and can serve as a helpful resource for any business working to go green.

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5 Steps to an Eco-Friendly Garden [Infographic]

Did you know that 44% of young people are unhappy with the current state of the environment? There are many ways that we can help to improve the state of the environment, and many of these we try to practise daily such as recycling and leaving the car at home when we can. However whilst many of us often try so hard to make our homes eco-friendly, we often forget about our gardens.

Becoming an eco-friendly gardener is not nearly as hard as it sounds. There are just five easy changes that you can make to transform your outdoor space into an eco-friendly one. The right gardening techniques will not only help you to achieve your eco-friendly status, but will also attract a wider range of wildlife into your garden, help you save money on your water bills and can even help you to lose weight.

This infographic designed by Mainland Aggregates will teach you all kinds of simple gardening hacks that can make a huge difference to our planet, and may even inspire newbies to get outdoors and develop a new hobby in the garden!

Changing the planet really can start in your back garden, so read on to discover the five steps to becoming an eco-friendly gardener, and do your bit for the environment today.

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Which Coffee Cup is most Eco-Friendly? [Infographic]

Many people need that morning cup of coffee to get through the day. However, depending on their style of coffee cup, their daily jolt could be killing the planet.

Disposable cups made from materials such as paper, Styrofoam and plastic are cheap and convenient, but their impact on the environment can be costly. In fact, paper cups are produced by cutting down 20 million trees, and Styrofoam cups sit in landfills for 500 years before breaking down.

Reusable cups made from glass, porcelain, ceramic or earthenware are better as they don’t impact the flavor and are eco-friendly. Which one you select depends on how much you have to drink.

A traditional mug can be made of porcelain, ceramic or earthenware. It holds two to three times more than a demitasse mug, which is made of porcelain or ceramic. A double-walled metal mug comes in many styles and also can be used with a lid, which is perfect for travel.

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