Car Use Is Down In English Towns

The transport charity, Sustrans, have the hardest-working PR department I’ve ever known, seriously I get a load of press releases from them every day.

Anyway aside from the opening of new cycle-paths etc, I thought this was noteworthy. The Department for Transport have named and funded three places, Darlington, Peterborough and Worcester, as Sustainable Travel Demonstration Towns and it turns out it’s working as residents there have cut their car use and taken to more active, low-carbon forms of transport.

The Sustainable Travel Demonstration Towns scheme was a five year project that finished in 2008 and aimed to encourage residents, commuters and visitors to walk, cycle and take public transport more often and to reduce single-occupancy car use.

The press release continues thus:

“At the end of the five-year project, car use had fallen by up to nine per cent across the three towns, detailed travel surveys conducted by Sustrans and its partner Socialdata on behalf of the towns have revealed. This equates to nearly 53 million miles of car travel taken off the roads across the three towns, resulting in annual savings of more than 17,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

“As car travel has fallen, use of more active and sustainable forms of transport has increased across all three demonstration towns. Levels of walking increased by more than 10 per cent in each location, while bus use grew by more than a third in Peterborough and by a fifth in Worcester.

“There was a 12 per cent increase in cycling in Peterborough and a 19 per cent increase in Worcester. Darlington, which received further Government cash to improve facilities for cyclists, saw levels of cycling more than double over the same period.

“Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans’ Chief Executive, said: ‘These results confirm what we have always suspected – that a lot of people are fed up with being stuck in their cars and that with the right support they are happy to walk, cycle or take the bus more often.”

Nice to know.


New Font For The Eco-Conscious

Something I spotted on Springwise recently was a new font designed to save ink. It doesn’t look very good at the size in the picture, but the smaller it is, the better it looks. The Ecofont is created by omitting parts of the letter so it uses less ink when printing each character.


The makers say that the results vary depending on your software and the quality of your screen but it works best in OpenOffice, AppleWorks and MS Office 2007. And it also depends on the quality of your printer, supposedly a laser printer will give the best results.

The Ecofont is based on the Vera Sans, an Open Source letter, and is available for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

Happy Team Green Britain Day

Today (10 July) is Team Green Britain Day. Or something.

Sponsored by EDF Energy it seems to be promoting the environment and trying to encourage people to do something green for the day. What I’m a little unclear on is where the ‘team’ bit comes in. I think it’s to do with if you want to ride a bike, you join Team A to B and if you want to switch off the TV properly rather than on standby you join Team Energy.

It’s not been that well publicised and I’m not aware of any events happening near me but if you join one of the teams they’ll email you. Maybe the name is meant to be like when we’re at the Olympics and it’s Team Great Britain? Maybe.

You can check out the website here.

Team Green Britain

Book Of Green

Just a quick post to let you know about an email I received about the Book of Green. The deadline is fast approaching – June 1st – to get your business or website in there. If you don’t have either, wait until it’s out and then grab a printed copy or look it up online as it’s a great resource:

Book of Green

“Book of Green is a printed annual directory which will be distributed nationwide for free. It is a collaboration between two of the leading online eco directories- One Green Earth and Allthingseco. We have a print run of 30,000 and also an online flip magazine (circa 500,000 views) which will have clickable links. It will be published on 1st July.

“Distribution is already in place including The Ecologist, Permaculture magazine, The Eden Project, CAT, over 50 high street and online eco shops nationwide, which you can view on the distribution map.

“To book a basic listing (£35) fill in this form or to book a larger ad fill in this form”

The World’s 10 Most Iconic Green Office Buldings

I’ve not heard of the Ahoys blog before but when they contacted us about the 10 most iconic green office buildings in the world, I thought it’ be rude not to check them out.

And I’m glad I did, it’s a really interesting article, ranging from beautifully striking buildings, to the more mundane but environmentally impressive structures. I think my favourite has to be the Cactus in Qatar (see picture). Anything that looks like an enormous plant has to be applauded, I’m easily pleased.

Cactus building

You can read the article here.

Method Launches Not Any Old Mop

Indeed, not any old mop, but an oMop – short for ‘oh what a mop’ – natural cleaning company Method’s new floor cleaning thing.

Unfortunately I missed the launch of this new mop so am unable to tell you a lot about it or it’s any good. What I can tell you is that it’s new and it’s a mop. The rest I’ll leave to what Method says itself. The mop can be bought as part of a wood floor care kit costing £29.99 from its website.


“…this kit has been making floors friendly to kids, pets and white tube socks since oh-seven. it’s got everything you need to take care of the floors you love… in a purely non-toxic, platonic sort of way. an ergonomic mop that bends so your back doesn’t. non-toxic, no-wax and biodegradable cleaning juice in a 100% recycled plastic bottle, a 50-times-washable microfibre cleaning pad, that works in micro time to lift and trap dirt, compostable sweeper cloths made from corn-based plastic, that track down and capture dust instead of just pushing it around and the cool, ergonomic mop itself – all in an uber-green box made of bamboo fibre and recycled paper that is compostable and recyclable, depending on your mood. it will leave your floors so shiny and clean you could eat off them (we don’t recommend it).”