Press release: Major retailers help consumers be greener by burning cleaner

first_img Lidl have committed to only sell wood that adheres to Woodsure conditions, meaning consumers have a guarantee that the fuel meets specified standards, including having the right moisture content and being sourced from sustainably managed woodland. B&Q has trained store colleagues on the benefits of cleaner fuels and more efficient stoves and heaters to help educate their customers. Asda has removed non-kiln dried wood logs and house coal from all of its London stores, guiding customers towards making better choices. Tesco has produced in-store advertising promoting the benefits of “Ready to Burn” solid fuels and where to find them in store. Booker, which provides stock for newsagents and convenience stores across the country, has confirmed it will be including “Ready to Burn” products as part of their autumn/winter range. Together, burning cleaner fuels and using modern efficient appliances produces less smoke, soot, and more heat, protecting consumers and the environment. include tips on what more you can do such as upgrading your appliance, getting your chimney swept regularly by a registered chimney sweep, and avoiding slumbering appliances overnight.Many urban areas are Smoke Control Areas, in which it is only legal to burn using an exempted stove, or use an authorised fuel. This means burning wood or coal on an open fire is not permitted. Check the requirements for smoke control areas in your local area, then make sure you are burning clean, high quality fuel on your Defra Exempt stove by looking for the Defra-supported ‘Ready to Burn’ logo on wood fuels. The consistency of ‘Ready to Burn’ approved logs has ensured our customers have been happy with the performance of their stoves. At Lidl UK we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and are proud to source and sell dry wood which adheres to the quality specifications set out by Woodsure. As well as an intention to phase out the most polluting fuels, the government’s Clean Air Strategy sets out that only the cleanest stoves will be available for sale by 2022. Stove retailers are clear that quality fuels are an important part of ensuring that modern stoves work as efficiently as possible, helping to minimize emissions.Mark Smith from the Whitstable Stove Shop said: Retailers are carrying out a wide range of actions to help consumers switch to cleaner, alternative fuels: The commitments come during the first ever Green GB Week – celebrating the UK’s progress in tackling climate change while galvanising support for further action to protect our environment.Ryan McDonnell, Lidl UK’s Commercial Board Director, said: If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a stove retailer, it’s that the quality of the wood burnt in a log burner is all important and it’s a false economy to do otherwise. Some of the UK’s leading retailers are taking important steps to encourage their customers to buy cleaner fuels to heat their homes and reduce the impact on their health and the environment.Around 38% of particulate matter emissions in the UK come from burning wood and coal in the home, a major contributor to air pollution.But it is possible to reduce emissions significantly by burning drier, cleaner, more efficient products. Retailers including ASDA and B&Q have been encouraging and incentivising customers to purchase ‘Ready to Burn’ wood and ‘smokeless’ products.More than fifty companies are now signed up to the ‘Ready to Burn’ scheme and firewood and briquettes with the Woodsure ‘Ready to Burn’ logo are available from local stove stores through to large outlets, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, B&Q and Wickes.Following the launch of the ambitious Clean Air Strategy, the government held a consultation on proposals to phase out the most polluting fuels. This closed on Friday and the government will be analysing the responses and announcing next steps in due course.Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: I encourage all stores to follow their lead, and for all users to stop using wet wood and smoky coal to reduce the amount of harmful pollution to which they unwittingly expose themselves, their families and the environment. Dried wood and smokeless coal make for a better fire both heatwise and healthwise. Burning dirty fuels to heat a home is a huge contributor to air pollution and I warmly welcome this commitment from retailers to help move consumers to burning cleaner fuels for this winter.last_img read more

Library hosts book club

first_img Contact Rebecca O’Neil at [email protected] Cushwa-Leighton Library has united reading and research with its launch of a discussion series titled “Let’s Talk About it: Muslim Journals.” The book club’s first meeting took place on the top floor of the library on Wednesday. Roughly 25 members of the South Bend-Mishawaka community gathered to reflect on “When Asia Was The World,” a book by Stewart Gordon. Saint Mary’s Assistant Professor of Global Studies Laura Elder, a seasoned traveler and inter-cultural and religious researcher, acted as the book club’s “local tour guide,” honing in on Gordon’s global perspective.  “Great ideas come to you in libraries,” Elder said. “Why not talk about them here too?” The new series, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA), aims to promote mutual understanding and respect between persons. Suzanne Hinnefeld, a collection development librarian in Cushwa-Leighton, said the groups’ initiative, “Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys,” revolves around American Stories, historical connections, reflections, pathways and perspectives. After receiving a different grant from the NEH last year, Hinnefeld said the library was encouraged to apply for a second grant, which included a collection of 25 books, five films and a subscription to the database Oxford Islamic Studies Online. “The library saw the opportunity presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities as a way to strengthen the library’s collection in preparation for the new major in Global Studies as well as a way to reach out to the broader South Bend-Mishawaka community to gather and have discussions on Islamic themes,” Hinnefeld said. She said one of the initiative’s programs is called the Bookshelf, a website developed by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University. There, Hinnefeld said the general public has access to various multimedia resources “intended to enhance understanding of ideas.”  “The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies and Islamic studies,” Hinnefeld said. Ultimately, Hinnefeld said ALA aims to foster interest in diversification. The association’s website says the program focuses on the “civility in democracy; religious pluralism in the United States; the Muslim-majority societies and the humanities; U.S. history in global perspective; Asian cultural traditions on the Pacific Rim; the role of women in war and peace; cultural encounters between China and the U.S.; the influence of the American west on European culture and the history of relations between China and Africa.”last_img read more

Grab reports rise in deliveries, tipping during outbreak

first_imgGrab also recorded a 4 percent increase in GrabFood delivery orders after the implementation of physical distancing.Grab said customers were ordering healthier food during the outbreak.”While other countries have seen a decline in healthy food orders, Indonesians are eating a bit healthier with healthy food orders up by 7.4 percent,” said the company, which operates in nine countries in Southeast Asia and East Asia.Read also: Food deliveries, online game purchases up as people stay at home during COVID-19 pandemic Ride-hailing service provider Grab has reported an increase in orders as physical distancing causes Indonesians to buy and send more items using online platforms.In a statement issued on Tuesday, Grab Indonesia reported a 22 percent and 21.5 percent increase in GrabMart and GrabExpress orders respectively from February to March.GrabMart is an online grocery shopping service, and GrabExpress is a courier service. The outbreak, however, has not changed Indonesians’ love for snacking. Snack orders have increased by 15.4 percent.”Fried chicken remains Indonesians’ favorite food, followed by iced coffee and noodles.”The company also reported that Grab drivers and delivery partners were getting bigger tips.The average tip for GrabFood orders grew by 63 percent from the previous month. The number of orders in which drivers received a tip increased 38 percent from February to March.”While it may be difficult right now to find the light at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel, we can come out of this stronger together by supporting our local communities, being kind to each other and, most importantly, continuing to stay home,” concluded the Grab statement.Topics :last_img read more

Ohio meets Akron in MAC quarters

first_imgSUPER SENIORS: Ohio’s Jason Preston, Jordan Dartis and Sylvester Ogbonda have combined to score 49 percent of the team’s points this season, including 63 percent of all Bobcats scoring over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Preston has directly created 59 percent of all Ohio field goals over the last three games. Preston has 24 field goals and 22 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Zips are 18-0 when they hold opposing teams to 67 points or fewer and 6-7 when opponents exceed 67 points. The Bobcats are 7-0 when the team records at least 10 steals and 10-15 when falling short of that total.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Bobcats have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Zips. Akron has 37 assists on 75 field goals (49.3 percent) over its previous three outings while Ohio has assists on 49 of 78 field goals (62.8 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Akron has made 9.3 3-pointers per game as a team this year, which is most among MAC teams. March 10, 2020 Ohio meets Akron in MAC quarters Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 8 seed Ohio (17-15, 9-10) vs. No. 1 seed Akron (24-7, 14-4)Mid-American Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland; Thursday, 11 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Ohio is set to face off against Akron in the MAC tournament quarterfinals. Akron won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last played on March 3, when Ohio made just 11 free throws on 16 attempts while the Zips hit 20 of 25 en route to the 74-67 victory.center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Countys stormwater plan nixed by WA panel

first_imgClark County’s development standards violate state and federal laws to protect clean water, according to a ruling by the state Pollution Control Hearings Board. The board rejected the county’s controversial plan for managing stormwater runoff.The plan had been developed in a compromise with the Department of Ecology, which oversees the federal Clean Water Act.It was challenged by the Rosemere Neighborhood Association, Columbia Riverkeeper and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, represented by Earthjustice. The opponents said the plan did not go far enough to prevent significant harm to the county’s rivers and streams and that the county couldn’t prove that it would adequately protect water quality and salmon.The matter was argued during a four-day hearing last fall. The Pollution Control Hearings Board, which hears appeals of state environmental regulations, agreed with the county’s critics.Stormwater runoff is federally regulated as a major source of water pollution because it contains toxic metals, oil, grease, pesticides, herbicides, bacteria and nutrients that run off buildings and pavement into fish-bearing streams.An attorney for Earthjustice said the opinion gives Clark County the potential to become a state leader in protecting water. Kevin Gray, the director of Clark County’s Department of Environmental Services, said he read the opinion as the Pollution Control Hearings Board wanting to hold Clark County to a higher standard than any other county.The ruling said that the board members “recognize that the mitigation projects selected by Clark County could potentially adequately mitigate for historic flow control impacts and provide equal or better environmental protection for beneficial uses than the default standard in some instances.”last_img read more