On the lookout for Eco-Friendly Gadgets in the New Bond film, Spectre!

Some of you may already be aware that today is the release of the new Bond film ‘Spectre’! Here at Sustainable DMU we are excited to see what gadgets Mr. Bond will be sporting, but something we’re keeping a look out for is how they’re powered and how he uses them, considering his history with his new toys we’d like to see a bit more reuse or recycling!

If you’re looking for some of your own checkout some of these gadgets from the ethical superstore: http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/ethical-gifts/eco-gadget-gurus/?page=1&limit=18&sortby=most_popular&  these are a bit pricey, however ,so if you feel like getting crafty you can learn how to make your own here: http://www.instructables.com/howto/eco+gadgets/

Of course we’re all guilty for getting our 5 second fix and then getting bored with something at some point in our lives, below you can find some other uses for household items (not quite 007 but still nifty)  http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/tips/g262/double-duty-household-items/?slide=55

Get geared up like Bond and show us your best 007 pose using either household items for other stuff, your latest eco gadgets or the upcycled gadgets you made earlier. Post up your pictures to our Facebook or Twitter pages. Links to the right of the page.

If you feel like you want to learn from some of the big dogs, on Saturday 31st October Leicester Footpaths will be hosting a brilliant Make and Mend Festival (http://www.leicesterfootpaths.org.uk) at The Friends Meeting house near Clarendon Park where you can get your broken items such as laptops, phones, watches etc. fixed, make furniture out of pallets, learn how to upcycle old clothes and much more.

Getting Green Fingers at DMU with Green Impact

This week the Green Impact staff teams from Estates & Commercial Services and Student & Academic Services (SAAS) have been planting a beautiful selection of ‘Bees Mix’ bulbs on the DMU campus between Hugh Aston and Edith Murphy. The 7000 bulbs have been planted by our Green Impact staff ably assisted by some enthusiastic student volunteers who have been getting their hands muddy to give bees a space at DMU to gather from these pollen rich plants.

Keep an eye on this patch of grass throughout the year as the plants will be rearing their heads around February, perfect timing for when we’ll all need a little bit of a colour boost in our lives.

Here’s a little glimpse of our volunteers in action.

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If you are interested in finding out more about Green Impact at DMU, feel free to get in touch via our Green Impact Frontrunner Sebastian: sebastian.schellerer@dmu.ac.uk

And if you’d like some information to help find ways to make your garden bee friendly follow this link to the friends of the Earth page: https://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/the_bee_cause_home_map_39371 where they have loads of great resources and even the chance to purchase your own seeds. If you’re short on time and want a quicker link you can find a garden planner sheet here: https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/bee_garden_planner.pdf

Introduction to the Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner Internship

Hello, I am Rebecca Mason, and will be this year’s Frontrunner for Green Behaviour Change.

I’m currently just about to begin my third year of studying an undergraduate degree in Arts and Festivals Management at De Montfort University.

I began working with organisations and doing small projects which aim to help sustain the environment and economy such as maintaining heathland with Natural England and campaigning with Friends of the Earth from a young age, and thoroughly enjoy getting involved and also getting the message out to others.

Having been interested in environmental issues for so long it’s only right that I continue my studies and career on the subject of sustainability and it’s this passion for positive change that attracted me to the Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner internship. As my plans to write my dissertation will be focused on raising awareness of being sustainable through the use of events I felt this would be a great opportunity to tie in the work I will be carrying out during my time in the job with my research.

Some of my main aims this year are to really engage other students and staff at the university with projects where they can learn ways to reduce their personal carbon footprint as well as pass the message on to others in the process.