Web-savvy environmental campaigners have used technological advances to encourage greater awareness of green issues. We can all do our bit to help the planet by reducing our energy consumption, lowering our bills in the process. PC Advisor readers suggested their favourite green sites.
Recommended by: Quickbeam
Quickbeam recommended Freecycle, “as I don’t like throwing away anything useful”.
At Freecycle people advertise items they no longer need. Instead of binning them or taking them to the tip, they encourage nearby Freecyclers to pick them up and get more use out of them. It’s an environmentally friendly way of disposing of old goods, and a clever way to get useful freebies. Join a group in your area and keep an eye out for stuff you need.
Recommended by: sunnystaines
Every few days (it’s not quite ‘daily’) this site spits out another bit of advice on green living – and it’s nearly always succinct, simple and useful. You can learn anything from green carpentry tips to the best recipe for home-made cleaning products. Get an RSS feed, request regular emails or simply visit the site and glut yourself in one sitting.
Recommended by: Charlotte S
We can all do our bit to reduce pollution by choosing to walk short distances instead of using the car. This site helps you plan your stroll, suggesting the quickest, least busy and (in a few cases) least polluted route between two points; you can also request a circular walk lasting a given amount of time. The site provides a map and written directions.
“Google Maps is fine, but this site is a real walking specialist, so it knows all the shortcuts, towpaths and pleasant detours away from the traffic,” writes Charlotte S.
Recommended by: Nick Laney
One for serious environmentalists, this campaigning site compares the ethical credentials of various companies in a given field. You can see the top PC manufacturers based on their avoidance of hazardous materials, for instance.
Ethical Consumer also runs corporatecritic.org, which allows you to search for a company by name and view an overall rating of its social responsibility.
Recommended by: Jon Coe
“We’d all recycle if we knew exactly how to go about it,” reckons Jon Coe. “It just seems like a minefield of rules and regulations – what’s recyclable and what isn’t, which things can go together and so on. I find this site really helpful, providing advice, answers to common questions and handy tips – like not to shred paper, because it breaks down the fibres. Useful stuff.”