When will the UK be de-carbonized?

As some of you have heard there was a proposal of a clean target in the Energy Bill, earlier this month. The Liberal Democrats as well as the Conservatives were to vote on MPs Tim Yeo and Barry Gardiner proposal targeting to take the carbon out of the electricity by 2030.  In total 200 businesses, charities, trade unions and other faith groups were supporting the bill. This change would mean that we finally would make a big step fighting the climate change as well as creating and securing jobs and investments in the green sector.

The debate was very heated between the parties as well as within the parties. Even though it was close the bill got rejected. Most Conservatives voted against, as expected but surprisingly a lot of Liberal Democrats voted against the bill as well. A total of 16 Liberal Democrats and 8 Conservatives voted for the Bill and make it in our green pedestal. We are sure that the Lib Dem who voted against the Bill will have some explaining to do, to their own party.

Going against the Energy bill means a backing up on the headlong bash for gas, fuel bills will keep continue rising  as well as the job overseas, not to speak of further putting our environment and climate in danger.

For Moorbi it does not make sense to keep endangering our environment and why would you want to give jobs oversees when we have such a qualified workforce right here in the UK?

We took a closer look in the area of London from where Moorbi operates to see this area has been voting for the Bill. As expected London was divided but we are very proud, that our immediate area not only has over 10 green businesses but also green local groups and constituencies.

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Bloggers of the week

This week again, we have been wandering around in the blogosphere. And this week again we found beautiful, inspiring blogs that we love.

Eat Live Make

It’s the case of Eat Live Make, a blog where Meghan nicely shares with us all her tips for a simple, healthy living. From the gorgeous pictures to the useful recipes and advices, take time to explore this amazing online resource that will help you live a wholesome, sustainable life.

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My Paradissi

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My Paradissi comes from Greece and you can feel all the Greek sunshine while browsing on this great blog. Eleni shares all the designs and interior decor that make her heart beat. It’s simply inspiring and we definitely love it!

World’s First Full-Scale Bioreactive Façade

Germany has been named as innovators in many industries. Now Germany can present another innovation in the green technology and architecture. An apartment block in Hamburg, with 15 apartments, has been designed to generate heat and electricity from algae in exterior walls.

This building is indeed a masterpiece and only could have happened due to a successful collaboration of 4 parties: The technology was created by SSC Strategic Science Consult, which developed the building in collaboration with Arup, a design, engineering and consultancy firm; Colt International, a project management company; and Otto Wulff, a Hamburg construction firm.

So how does the energy gets generated? The 2 south facing facades have been covered with a shell of bioreactors, these create and control the environment for the algae. They are clear in nature so the sunlight can be absorbed by the algae and the natural photosynthesis can happen. The access energy, which is not being used in photosynthesis is being converted in energy. Given the algae are growing constantly they have to be harvest on a regular basis and being burned to produce electricity. The algae façade also acts as a natural thermostat which cools the building in the summer as it prevents the sunlight to hit the building.

According to SSC the building the energy conversion is almost 50%, 10% for biogas and 38% for heat. Additionally to the algae feature, the building also creates heat and power from rooftop solar panels and an underground heat storage system, which brings the whole building up to 100% energy efficiency. That makes the building self-sufficient and completely sustainable.

Why don’t all buildings get designed like that, you might want to ask. Well, unfortunately this technology is cutting edge and just got developed recently. Very high costs are involved in the project that lies at approximately €6.3 million. We can only hope that in the future the technology is going to catch up with the need and will make those kind of projects more affordable, so more and more buildings can be designed as efficient as possible.

ECO FASHION CELEBRITIES

Green fashion is very much available on the market and this is not only to be found in super small “green” stores, for just the “special” people who only buy environmental friendly.

Big names in fashion, such as Vogue, was writing about the emerging environmental trend. Fashion designer, Katharine Hamnett started to print the messages on their T-Shirts for the public to purchase and even spoke out about this issue at the United Nations.

All this happened only a few years ago, but let us go even further back, where the seed of environmental fashion were planted. In 1990 three big names you might recognize started the idea; Xuly-Bet was repurposing flea-market finds, Martin Margiela was deconstructing and reconstructing his own not used peaces to make something new and better, and even Giorgio Armani experimented with hemp, weaving it into his lines.

12 years later, after much sophistication to the eco cloths Stella McCartney finally presented the fashion lovers with a rock-chick, animal friendly designs. Not much later her label attracted the celebrities and made the movement for the public a reality.

Another big activist was speaking his mind and with the help of his beautiful wife Ali Hewson and designed by Loomstate’s Rogan Gregory they created an environmental label for all.

It didn’t take too long after that for A-list celebraties to join the trend. Naomi Watts and Kate Bosworth loved John Patrick who produced organic cloths, as well as green denim by FIN. Shalom Harlow supported Noir, an eco-ethical designer label as well as Barneys Green label. Keira Knightley made Anya Hindmarch’s label successful by pioneering the reusable bag trend.

Even though looking back the trend took us over 20 years to develop to the stage where we can say, that it is not a trend but more of a movement, we are happy to keep it up. “Green is the new black” is not only a slogan for Moorbi but also for celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Gisele Bündchen who choose chic green.

Moorbi is happy to contribute to the education of the consumer and bring them closer to the terms of certified Organic, Fair Trade, sustainable, low-impact, local, ethical, artisanal, repurposed, upcycled and recycled. We make sure to also offer you a real alternative to the fashion you are buying to stay fashionable in trend and environmental friendly.

Top 3 Sustainable Hotels

Sustainability is in big demand nowadays, people feel responsible and accountable for the world and environment they live in. That trend has not past the hotel industry either which get embraced especially in the United States. The architecture, interior as well as fashion we see is revolutionary and innovative. Using sustainable materials by producing new pieces as well as reusing old pieces to upcycle them to new, often luxurious products is not a rarity. Our pic of 8 hotels are based on that principle of luxury, exclusivity but at the same time sustainable and trendy.

1. The Nomad Hotel – NY, USA

The Nomad Hotel reopened after an interior refurbishing by Jacques Garcia (official interior designer of Paris Hotel Costes fame). As can be seen in the picture he kept the signature French style through out the hotel but included many eco-conscious and sustainable interior to the ambiance. Automatic window shades, organic minibars, high-efficiency bathroom fixtures and a green roof are the top feature of this hotel.

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2. Verdura Golf & Spa Resort Sicily – Italy

Rocco Forte’s expanded its empire by opening the Hotel Verdura Glof & Spa Resort in Sicily, Italy. The amazing resort is just over a mile off the coast and is proud to have the same standard as other 5 start resorts. However, even if sustainability doesn’t have its own star Moorbi definitely awards the resort with a green start for its superb use of solar panels to generate hot water and electricity, double-glazed windows to conserve energy and its inspiring policy of banning cars from the grounds of this resort. But don’t be scares they do offer electric buggies, so you feet don’t have to miss out on the sustainable luxury. 

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3. Bardessono Napa Valley – California,USA

Bardessono in Napa Valley, California is one of the smaller hotels residing only 62 rooms. But the sustainability aspect of this hotel is much bigger that with the most big hotels. They have 82 geothermal fields that heat AND cool the hotel as needed. Also you will find a lot of wood, 100,000 sq. ft. of reclaimed wood in total. Well that is what we call a truely sustainable hotel.

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If you feel inspired and wish to follow the green trend and be one of the people owning designer interior in your own home brows on Moorbi.com and find your favorite piece to purchase.

How is it to be a start-up company in a “green business” environment?

Being a start-up company presents itself with their own challenges and opportunities. Being a start-up in the green environment brings even more challenges but present more rewards as well.

Moorbi is a young, dynamic start-up company passionate about upcycling, design and sustainability. What has started with a passion of one person the co-founder Martina Basile is now a 7 people operation dedicated to the success of the company.

Martina has a background in the design industry and was fed-up to see how much waste is being produced on a daily basis while creating commercial good and fashion for the masses. So to make her dream of living in a sustainable world and having enough product choices to buy for herself and make it accessible to everyone, she found herself a partner, Luca Alice, a man with a lot of experience on the business side.

As soon as Moorbi has been created they founders realised that they were not the only ones with the same passion and dream of all around sustainability. Moorbi partnered with amazing designers who create one-off and limited, high quality upcycled furniture, home accents and fashion. Each product tells a story and gives the owner of the piece a truly special feeling.

However, the green economy is tricky in the sense that many people still don’t understand the subject very well. What is sustainability and how does it affect my everyday life? – are the two biggest questions. Which is why Moorbi does not only sell the alternatives to people, who just love the individual pieces, but also educates the consumer. Moorbi writes a blog addressing issues of green economy, present trends and innovations and de-mystifies the subject of sustainability in its sustainability blog.

We are reaching out to people on the web to spread our story and inspire more people to live more sustainable, to be not afraid of asking question and take the extra mile of contributing to the environment instead of destroying it.

Bloggers of the week

Life as a moodboard

 

Life as a moodboard is a blog written by Catarina, where she shares with us great and inspiring ideas about food and interior design. She is an architect passionate about great food, photography and design.

Muffins

We particularly love her mouthwatering recipes and the beautiful pictures that come with them. It’s delightful!

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Modernette

Behind Modernette hides Ashley, a great fan of pop culture, photography, music and so on. Her blog is about all the things that she loves from food and drinks recipes to mixtapes, from photos to DIY projects.

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We trully love all her tips about photography and blogging, she shares all you need to be a great blogger.

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The House Home

The House Home is all about interior design: Isabelle shares with us the beautiful pictures that she finds. Her blog is an endless source of inspiration for the home.