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Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

After nearly 60 years of lighting homes halogens will be replaced with more energy efficient LEDsAfter nearly 60 years of brightening our homes and streets, halogen lightbulbs will finally be banned
Switch on to LED lightbulbs before September’s halogen ban

Switch on to LED lightbulbs before September’s halogen ban

The average home has 10 halogen lights – here’s all you need to know about their greener alternativeFrom the end of this month halogen lightbulbs are to be removed from the market across Europe, with
Scrap council tax – wealthy homeowners must pay more | Larry Elliott

Scrap council tax – wealthy homeowners must pay more | Larry Elliott

The time has come for a land value tax to redistribute wealth and help fix our broken housing marketThe government is short of money. The Treasury is scrabbling around looking for ways to fund Theresa
Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?

Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?

A bottle deposit hub on the outskirts of Oslo has had a stream of high-level international visitors. Can its success be replicated worldwide?Tens of thousands of brightly coloured plastic drinks
French butchers ask for police protection from vegan activists

French butchers ask for police protection from vegan activists

Butchers’ federation claims vegans want to ‘impose their lifestyle’ on the majorityButchers in France have asked the government for police protection from animal rights activists, claiming their
How can you support farmers who are using fewer antibiotics?

How can you support farmers who are using fewer antibiotics?

There are limited opportunities to support farmers who are using less, so the most important thing is to make your voice heard Diversion tactics: how big pharma is muddying the waters on animal
Burning issue: Are wood-burning stoves going to get the chop?

Burning issue: Are wood-burning stoves going to get the chop?

With the government aiming to clean up the UK’s air quality, wood burners and open fires are likely to come under scrutinyMillions of households with open fires and wood-burning stoves could face
Which is the best reusable coffee cup?

Which is the best reusable coffee cup?

Waitrose says I have to bring my own cup – what should I get, and is this a ploy to stop the freebies?Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out –
Rubbish rage: officers protect collectors in Dutch recycling wars

Rubbish rage: officers protect collectors in Dutch recycling wars

Powers to censure recalcitrant households have sparked fears for workers’ safety Refuse collectors in the Netherlands are being followed by close protection officers after getting the power to issue
Bigger mortgages for greener homes? Yep, that's right | Adam Vaughan

Bigger mortgages for greener homes? Yep, that's right | Adam Vaughan

Welsh scheme will factor in home’s energy efficiency into lenders’ affordability calculationsBorrowers will be able to take out a bigger mortgage when buying greener properties for the first time,
New technology could slash carbon emissions from aluminium production

New technology could slash carbon emissions from aluminium production

Development could transform how one of the world’s most common materials is madeTechnology has been unveiled that could drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions from aluminium production, in a
How can I recycle my inkjet printer?

How can I recycle my inkjet printer?

I want to dispose of it in an environmentally responsible way, not fly-tip it like so many other peopleWe have been running around like headless chickens to find an environmentally responsible way to
Recycling crisis: federal government to push states for solution

Recycling crisis: federal government to push states for solution

Josh Frydenberg will seek agreement at meeting of environment ministers for a national stocktake of recycling• Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morningThe Turnbull
The weakness of price caps is clear. Energy markets need bolder action

The weakness of price caps is clear. Energy markets need bolder action

The big firms have raised tariffs to within a pound of the prepayment-meter maximum. What price government promises of savings now?Many of the 5 million vulnerable households who already have their
Signed off school with Beatlemania | Brief letters

Signed off school with Beatlemania | Brief letters

GKN | National debt | Beatlemania | Hamlet relief | Returning the empties | OffenbachIf the government fails to intervene to prevent the acquisition of GKN by Melrose it will be further proof, if any
Freezing Britain and the chill wind of austerity | Letters

Freezing Britain and the chill wind of austerity | Letters

Readers respond to the week’s bitterly cold weather and the effect it has had on the nationFrank Field (Letters, 2 March) draws our attention to the rise of destitution in the UK today as children
Lack of models, not charging points, 'holding back electric car market'

Lack of models, not charging points, 'holding back electric car market'

Analysis shows just 20 battery models on sale in Europe against more than 400 conventional onesThe rise of electric cars in Europe is being hampered by a lack of models for consumers to choose from
Organic food and drink sales rise to record levels in the UK

Organic food and drink sales rise to record levels in the UK

In a sixth year of consecutive growth, organic sales rose by 6% to a record £2.2bn, driven largely by independent outlets and home deliveriesSales of organic food and drink in the UK rose by 6% last
Industrial landscape should be protected | Letters

Industrial landscape should be protected | Letters

Donal Boyle says Historic England must preserve some of the country’s cooling towers; while David Smythe says there is no justification for fracking in the UKWe are in danger of losing a major feature
Why do supermarkets sell organic products wrapped in non-cyclable plastic?

Why do supermarkets sell organic products wrapped in non-cyclable plastic?

We find organic mushrooms in non-recyclable trays next to plain veg in compostable wrappingMy environmentally conscious wife Clare is the keenest recycler possible. She even collects and recycles the