‘Planet Plastic’

Today’s shocking news- the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics has shown that since 1950 humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes which is equivalent to 48,000,000 Blue Whales. If you take the 8.3bn tonnes of plastic and spread it out 1-inch high we have calculated that it would cover an area the size of Australia…

Live Green, Live Long or Live Well?

In the news this week it was announced that life expectancy in the UK has plateaued. The average life expectancy for a woman is now 83 years. But should we really be trying to push life expectancy any further? The limit to life has been suggested to be 115 years! Do we actually want to…

Icebergs vs. Love Island

On the 12th July the shocking news that a 6,000km² piece of ice was torn off Antarctica, making it one of the largest icebergs recorded by scientists. This event, however, was not considered half as shocking and news-worthy as who was being dumped from the Love Island villa. Suitably, Mallorca and Antarctica could not be…

Is The End Nigh for the Internal Combustion Engine?

Today it was announced that petrol and diesel cars will not be on sale in France after 2040. This comes soon after the news that Volvo will only make electric or hybrid vehicles after 2019. I have also just discovered a biodegradable car made from bioplastics this week. All major developments in policy and practice…

​This is Going to be Really Tough

​No not doing the 3 peak challenge or giving up alcohol, we at Credibly Green are going to try to be plastic free for July. This does not include all plastics but single use stuff that can’t be recycled. The problem with plastic is it does not break down but instead breaks up into lots…

A Father’s Day to warm the heart, not the planet

Wine The majority of the environmental impact of wine is in the bottle and the growing, where you get it from pales into insignificance. Consider buying wine in a box which you can then recycle or even better go to the local independent brewer and have a pint of their finest cask ale instead. If…

Welcome to our world – decisions about buying tomatoes!

  Once upon a time, the staff at Credibly Green were blissfully ignorant and went about their day to day lives just simply buying things without a thought.  Then we learnt some stuff and we are now trying to lower our environmental impact which manifests itself in many strange places; like buying tomatoes. It’s British tomato…

How can I be Credibly Green and eat meat?

Something my conscience and I have wrestled with is eating meat. I know that conventional meat production is intensive, sometimes cruel and is not good for the planet for many reasons. But I believe that a human animal is supposed to eat some meat to keep healthy. So am I selling out my principles by…

The Whole World in the Palm of Your Hand

Think about the gadget in your hand for a moment and how it has got to be there. The materials, the processing, the transportation, the manufacture, the packaging, the disposal. All of this has social and environmental impacts. These are most of the elements that go into a smartphone: Indium, Aluminium, Silicon, Potassium, Yttrium, Lanthanum,…

The Doughnut That Lasts Forever

Today’s shock headline is that a large UK supermarket’s profits are down by 8.2%. Shareholders will be reeling and heads may have to roll. However they still made a pre-tax profit of £503m, which is still a lot of profit! The expectation of constant growth is something we really have to rethink, there is nothing…

One Bonkers May Day Tradition That Needs To Stop

Oxford May Day has several traditions associated with it, one of which is Oxford people gathering around the Great Tower of Magdalen College at 6am to listen to the choir sing and then proceeding to Magdalen Bridge where they jump off into the River Cherwell – only 2 feet deep! Needless to say there have…

St George’s Day – The Reputation of Dragons

Dragons have historically been the personification of evil. In the story of St. George the dragon is the representation of the devil; dragons do not have a good reputation. Fast forward to today and to mention the word dragon conjures up images of a line of five stern faced millionaire entrepreneurs whose reputations are very…