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in my studio to remind me to switch them off. Now it’s a habit and toaster, kettle, modem, chargers, lamps are all unplugged and sockets switched off at the end of the day which adds a lovely feel-good factor to the end of the day!


As an artisan, proper lighting is essential so energy saving bulbs are great, but these aren’t always suitable if you require a much stronger luminescent source. I have a special lamp with a daylight bulb and use energy saving bulbs for the rest.


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Did you know: you could save up to 10% on your electricity bill by simply unplugging or switching off your appliances at the socket? It might not sound like much, until you consider that cutting out that 10% will get you over a month of free electricity every year!


Resources: For cool energy


saving products visit http://www. energenie4u.co.uk/index.html


Recycling Britain’s


recycling efforts rank


amongst the worst in Europe so it’s a harsh fact that much more has to


be done. I implemented a strict and disciplined recycling routine over the years that I feel makes a difference. Packaging and any material that can be re-used will find its way into my creations or workshops or support the day to day running of the studio, such as the welcome sturdy rubber bands the postman uses for my mail or any glass jars for my beads, buttons and components. The basics of recycling are common sense, but to summarise:


Let your council help: Local authorities are constantly improving door-to-door collections, so make


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