Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Good bye EQO, welcome TerraNet

The future of mobile phone calls is peer-to-peer. Lets hope it works! I'm not sure how EQO is doing these days as I got fed-up with using it. It just didn't seem to work that well on my mobile and I couldn't convince enough friends to use it so it wasn't really worth it financially (see my previous post). I think the peer-to-peer system could work well but it ultimately depends on how many people use it. When you think of how many people share their wireless connection say in New York compared to here in the UK, you might in fact think that it will never work in the UK because we are too selfish. We will just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Plastic Bag Petition

People in Britain use an average of 300 plastic bags every year. Each bag lasts up to 400 years, spending the vast majority of that time in a landfill site or strewn across the British countryside. Have a look at dumped on channel 4 to see more scary statistics about how much we dump instead of recycling/reusing.

I have 5 cotton bags that I used when I go shopping and have been using for the past 2 years. It is great not to have a cupboard full of plastic bags and I feel much better walking home with my shopping in my cotton bags than in the orange Sainsbury's bags.

"In Ireland, a tax of 15cents per bag resulted in a 90% drop in plastic bag usage, and raised 3.5 million Euros which was spent on environmental projects." Now that sounds brilliant and if only the same could happen in Britain. I think it is important to show people where the tax-money is going, i.e. showing us that it is not just going into the government coffers and not being spent on environmental issues. It has to be visible improvements to make it easier for people to swallow more tax.

Please take a moment to sign the petition to introduce a similar tax (to be spent on environmental projects) of 10p per bag in Britain.

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