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  • Posted by howies
  • 2 September 2010

September has only just began and...

the car parks are empty

the beaches are quiet

there are no queues in the supermarket or coffee shop

the mornings are clear & crisp

the berries are bursting out of the hedgerows

the evenings are drawing in

there's a nip in the air before the sun goes down

jumpers are coming out of storage for snuggling into

there's some surf on its way

hurray hurray hurray I love september

Green Oil UK Limited is a family run company based in Bromley in Kent. From product ingredients, to the bottle deposit scheme, to the recycled boxes used for wholesale orders, being green is central to all we do.

Green Oil has won awards for performance from the cycling world. Green Oil UK Limited, the company behind Green Oil won a Bromley Environment Award and was recently short listed for innovation in the BikeBiz Awards 2008.

Our cheesy slogan used to be 'destroy limits, not nature!'. The slogan referred to destroying your limits of skill, stamina and speed, yet without damaging the environment with nasty toxic chain lube. However, this wasn't inclusive of people who just wanted to ride to the shops.

Our new slogan isn't calling for a military coup, so don't worry. The revolution we all need to join, is one of making the world environmentally sustainable. Within this, we need to use bicycles more, and embrace the 'revolution' of all those cogs.

If people continue to use toxic chain lube indefinitely, future generations will have more pollution to clear up, aquatic life will suffer and cancer will spread. PFOA, a byproduct of Teflon, the ingredient used in many chain lubricants was classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a 'likely human carcinogen' in 2005.

If companies continue to use deforestation paper, and generally operate for short-term profit at the expense of the environment, the future will not be good for us, or for future generations.

We at Green Oil UK buy back our bottles, use sustainably sourced ingredients, and use recycled paper in the office. Our packaging is easily recyclable. For example, the plastic labels now used are the same type of plastic as the bottle, making recycling more efficient and reducing label contamination in the recycling stream.

End dependence on pollution join the revolution!

Simon Nash the founder of Green Oil, will be joining us on Tuesday 23rd March from 7:15pm onwards to give a talk on the company, how it all began and where it is going. He will also be giving demonstrations and a workshop on how to get the best from all the Green Oil products.

If you would like to come down and have a listen, a free beer or innocent smoothie and maybe get your hands a bit dirty, then email us at [email protected] or ring us on 0207 287 2345 and reserve your ticket!

Environmentalism and Climbing

  • Posted by mark
  • 23 August 2009


I found this article on UKclimbing.com by keen climber, runner and environmental consultant Es Tresidder on the relationship between Climate change and Mountain sports.

Also tonight on Countryfile, BBC1, 7pm, John Craven is reporting on how eating less meat can contribute to saving our planet!

Ethics of eating meat byCaroline Stacey

''if the average UK household bought half as much meat, according to CIWF's calculations, carbon emissions would be cut by more than if we used our cars half as much. Is it really such a sacrifice to cut out a chop or a chicken breast here and there to decrease our animal intake to 500g of meat and 1 litre of milk or 100g of cheese per week, if it means, in the words of CIWF's D'Silva, "healthier people, happier animals and a healthier planet"?

Both articles make for very interesting reading.

5 in a bed

  • Posted by howies
  • 8 July 2009

Outside my house we have two buoys hung on the wall, I'm not sure why except they were found on the beach around the corner from us.

Anyway, a few weeks ago a nest appeared nestled between the two buoys, and then there were 5 little eggs.

Now the eggs have hatched and we have 5 little chicks, I'm pretty sure they are sparrows which is good because sparrows numbers were declining due to gardens being too neat and tidy, they like wild gardens and well, yes ours is a little bit wild and doesn't want to be tamed ,as much as we keep trying.

I wasn't sure if the chicks would be ok in their parents chosen nesting spot as it's only a meter off the ground and right next to where I park my car, so with me getting in and out of it all the time i thought the mum would abandon them.

However they don't seem to mind me being there, they are all going strong, they're getting bigger every day and soon they will be too big for the nest and fly away.

Here they are from this morning, very cute.

nest in buoys

nest in buoys




Here is a brief glimpse of the first Wee DO held at the Carnaby Street shop.  We are in the process of editing a full length version, which will be available through the DO Lectures website shortly.  

Thanks again to Hugo from Surfers Against Sewage and everyone else who turned up to listen.  

Thank you to Gemma Addy for filming the talk and editing this clip.  Also, thanks to Martin from Pitfield Brewery for supplying us with delicious bottles of Eco Warrior pale ale.  

It really feels that we are starting to build a community at the London shop and that is totally down to all of you.


peak oil/economic troubles

  • Posted by ruben
  • 7 November 2008

I just watched Chris Martenson's 'crash course' on the economic, environmental and energy crises which are emerging in the world today. 

Chris is a finical observer and scientist with some pretty interesting and insightful thoughts about the world we live in and the problems we are facing. 

I highly recommend that you find time to watch his videos in order, they are fascinating.  

But it can be kind of terrifying to think that the wonderful economic system that supports our modern lifestyle is based on generating debt that assumes the future will always be larger and more productive than the present, but ignores the fact that we live on a spherical planet with finite resources.  

Follow this link if you're interested: http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse

(this might be an interesting blog for people to try out the new comment features on!)

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