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7 Unusual Sports from Around the World

After the exciting sporting events this summer and witnessing some true sporting spirit with the Brownlee brothers recently, now is as good a time as ever to pick up a new sporting hobby. We have gathered some unusual sports and competitions that take place around the world. Which one is your favourite?

2016-10-18 00:00:21By Natalie Reynolds

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Inspiring Recycling Projects around the World

While the UK is taking steps towards sustainability and recycling more, there's still a lot we can do. We wondered what other parts of the world were doing to help the environment, and we found some very interesting stories we’d like to share with you today.

2016-09-18 00:00:54By Natalie Reynolds

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Visiting Centre Court - The Green Community

The Preloved Team recently travelled to the University of Birmingham to chat to Matt Beveridge and to see how Project Up was doing in the social area of Centre Court. Keep reading to see what makes this a unique halls of residence.

2016-09-16 00:00:40By Natalie Reynolds

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Welcome to the Green Community

In September 2016, the Green Community will be welcoming students to its first accommodation complex under the slogan “mindful living”. The University of Birmingham has facilitated a sustainable living option that is affordable and unique, featuring solar panels on the roofs, bike racks, living walls and recycling points which lead to a zero waste approach. Keep on reading to find out more!

2016-09-14 00:00:19By Natalie Reynolds

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Zero Waste Week - Towards a more sustainable future

Did you know that the UK could fill Lake Windermere with rubbish in only 8 months? Shocking, isn’t it? Or that nappies can take 500 years to decompose? We have put together some useful information on the topic of recycling and Zero Waste.

2016-09-08 00:00:05By Natalie Reynolds

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Beneficial Weeds. From the Soil to the Plate

Weeds have existed for a very, very long time. And while, yes, this probably means that they will always come back to haunt us, it also means that human beings have lived with them for hundreds of years; to the extent that some weeds actually have a use. We have put together some beneficial weeds that have been used time and time again.

2016-09-06 00:00:02By Natalie Reynolds

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Zero Waste - Is It a Realistic Goal?

To mark Zero Waste Week, we got in touch with Rachelle Strauss, the founder of the website Zero Waste Week. She started her blog My Zero Waste back in 2004 and she shows us that following a Zero Waste lifestyle really isn't that complicated.

2016-09-05 00:00:51By Rachelle Strauss

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Canvas Camping: a Preloved Experience

Alex recounts his experience in using a canvas tent for the first time whilst camping in Brecon Beacons. He found the tent through Preloved and discovered a whole community of canvas tent enthusiasts. Keep on reading to learn the ups and downs of this adventure.

2016-08-28 00:00:05By Alexander Vaughan

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Is Restoring a Piano Worth It?

Standing pianos were privy to upper and middle-classes in the early 1800s, they were a sign of wealth, status; they often lived in the best room of the house, an ideal place to impress neighbours as well as being a source of entertainment. Today, many pianos are thrown out every week; keep on reading to learn why this is and whether we should strive to restore our pianos.

2016-08-20 00:00:35By Natalie Reynolds

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A History of Allotments. The Grow-Your-Own Revolution

Allotments have also seen a surge in popularity in recent years. In light of National Allotment Week, Preloved wants to look back at how it all began, and to continue to encourage people to grow their own.

2016-08-08 00:00:48By Natalie Reynolds