Monthly Archives: September 2014

4 Things to do With Old Mobile Phones Which Beats Throwing Them to Landfill

Mobile phone in water

When you accidentally drop your mobile phone into the bath – or you simply upgrade to a newer model – it’s tempting to discard it in your household waste or simply to leave it to gather dust in a drawer. There are, however, several ways to dispose of your phone without damaging the environment or even to prolong its life in a thinking-outside-of-the-box kind of way.

Make a charitable donation

Just because you don’t send your worn-out trousers to your local charity shop because they are far too embarrassing to ever be desirable again, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t donate your mobile phone. Charities, such as the Red Cross, can sell old mobiles to phone recycling companies, even if they aren’t operating. This is because the plastic and metal can be recycled while some components, such as the processor, keyboard and screws, can be reused. Because your chosen charity will benefit in the process, you can enjoy making a tiny contribution to protecting the environment while helping out a worthwhile cause in the meantime.

Earn some cash

Depending on your mobile phone’s age and model, you might be able to sell it on the internet, either on an auction site such as eBay or through online classifieds. This is especially the case when upgrading as often a customer’s existing phone is still a relatively recent model. For example, despite iPhone 6 being on the brink of worldwide release, the older, less technological iPhone 4 still continues to sell privately online for healthy sums.

Make a child happy

As most parents will testify, children love to play with mobile phones but due to the risk of accidental damage, mums and dads tend to whip their very breakable smartphones back the minute their little ones gets their hands on them. So if you have an old phone, why not remove the battery and let your toddler enjoy some serious role play with it?

Utilise its features

Just because your old phone is no longer connected to a network doesn’t mean that it has outlived its purpose. Use it as an extra alarm clock (if you have a habit of sleeping through the first); keep it handy in the kitchen to log must-haves for the next shopping list (which you can take with you to the supermarket); or set reminders for important dates, such as birthdays and appointments.

Disposing of your old mobile phone is perhaps the last thing you should think about when it can be utilised in so many different ways. Do remember to delete the contents of the phone, including messages, photos and phone numbers, to protect your future privacy.

How Retrofitting old Buildings can Benefit the Environment and Your Wallet

Home Improvement

Retrofitting is a hugely exciting concept that can save businesses a fortune, as well as help a growing sustainable future.

In the case of commercial buildings, rendering them environmentally sound involves making modifications in order to lower the energy consumption and improve efficiency. As the cost of energy is already high, and predicted to rise substantially, lowering the running costs, especially in old buildings is highly attractive to new businesses. Through the use of energy efficient retrofitting, a particular business could easily gain a market edge. This could mean savings of billions of pounds per year by UK businesses.

Making upgrades that are offset by energy savings
Just because a building is not new, does not mean that it cannot work in an efficient and sustainable manner. The energy efficient retrofit business model reaps miraculous rewards in that it significantly reduces operating costs and energy consumption, which in time offset the cost of the upgrades.

Switching to LED
Substituting existing lighting with the most recent LED bulbs and installing master control technology is one of the easiest and cost-saving retrofits. It is a long term investment which ultimately reaps rich rewards, for example, a large sized hotel that installs motion sensored LED lights can make a potential savings up to a whopping 70%, and recoup the initial financial outlay within 24 months.

Optimum Insulation
Old buildings are usually either poorly insulated or under-insulated. External insulation involves building an airtight insular shell that covers an older building, and there are several options which can be used to generate an air tight protective layer. These include: interior insulation, and exterior insulation. Due to cutting-edge surveying technology, all of these processes can be custom designed in a short period of time, and the work itself is also carried out speedily, with minimum interference to the existing business.

Deeper retrofits mean bigger energy savings than shallow retrofits. Double and triple glazing offers a saving on energy output, and exterior wall insulation and cavity filling can increase the building’s overall thermal performance, and improve the air tightness. There is a vast range of products on offer to suit every type of building.

5 Car Parts You Can Easily Recycle

Autowerkstatt
 

We live in a world where the environment is important, not just for us but for the future generations. It is estimated that three-quarters of car parts can be recycled, right up from the oil filters to the chassis.

Local recycling centres often have specialised areas for disposing of tyres and car batteries, but mechanics and garages can offer specialist advice on how to dispose of car parts safely.
So that you can feel slightly less guilty about driving your car to work every day, here are 5 car parts which you can easily recycle, to do your small bit for the health of the world.

Glass
Just as you should be putting your used beer bottles and jam jars into the recycling bin, car windscreens (and other glass areas) can be recycled. Glass is very versatile, and so your windscreen could become a bottle of beer next week.

Scrap metal
If any part of your car’s metal is replaced, consider scrapping the metal. The developing world often ships tonnes of scrap metal from used car parts, which is then recycled into new items or melted down. Not only will you get rid of the old car door sitting in your garage, you’ll be helping the environment too.

Tyres

Tyres
We get through an awful lot of tyres each year, with government advice recommending that tyres are changed every five years. The process of manufacturing tyres produces a lot of toxic waste, which means that we need to recycle as many used tyres as possible, to limit the impact on the environment.

Batteries
It is imperative to recycle your used car batteries whenever you fit a replacement. Batteries which are incorrectly disposed of can leak harmful chemicals into the environment, contaminating water sources and natural environments. Your local dump or recycling centre should have facilities for batteries to be disposed of.

Oil filters

To recycle oil filters is a slightly more specialised process than for most other parts of cars, but garages should be able to recycle them for you. Ensure that all of the oil is drained from the filter before recycling.

If you want to simplify your recycling, some car parts can be skipped with us! But remember, check the non skippable list before sending it our way.