OWL monitor

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Mrs Green clutches her OWL monitor

Mrs Green clutches her OWL monitor

We got ourselves an OWL monitor after hearing it could save us 25% on our electricity consumption.

The OWL has been awarded the prestigious “Best Buy” award from Which.

Even though we try and live a bit of the ‘green life’ here at Zero waste towers, we don’t really cover the whole ‘eco friendly’ lifestyle subject on the site because it would dilute the landfill theme.

You might have guessed this is all about the packaging!

I wasn’t planning on writing this post, but was so happily surprised that the OWL deserves a mention.

OWL monitor can reduce your carbon footprint

OWL monitor can reduce your carbon footprint

There I was fumbling about with the new box trying to open it when Mr G said “Hang on a minute; what’s this?”

I turned the box over to see this glorious array of packaging information:

Recycling information on OWL packaging

Recycling information on OWL packaging

It tells me that the outer and inner cardboard is made from 80% recycled paper and is recyclable, the instructions are made from ‘no wood paper’ and are biodegradable / recyclable and the plastic is all LDPE (plastic code #2). I can add LDPE to the carrier bag recycling at my local Sainsbury.

It also carries the obligatory WEEE symbol to remind me NOT to throw it in the landfill after use, but to dispose of it responsibly for recycling.

Even the batteries came wrapped in LDPE. It would have been a nice touch to include rechargeable batteries, but I guess these would add quite a bit to the cost.

So all in all, a pleasant surprise from OWL and they’ve earned themselves a My Zero Waste thumbs up without even trying!

What about you – have you had any pleasant packaging surprises recently?

Remember, there are bargain bins galore of all sorts of zero waste buys over on our zero waste shopping site – why not have a browse and add some of your own finds to our database?

Bonus photo for Ms Barnard, who won’t be able to believe her eyes. Yes, it’s yours truly wielding a screwdriver to put the batteries into the OWL sensor 😉 See, I’m a woman of many talents…

Keep a look out next week – we’re launching a competition for you to win one of 5 OWL monitors.

It's not just wooden spoons and keyboards I can use ...

It's not just wooden spoons and keyboards I can use ...


About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Compostwoman says:

    All the packaging around all the PV’s we have just put up here at Compost Mansions was cardboard, very cleverly made to protect everything with extra strength bits and air gaps and hollows.

    Some has been used as mulch sheets, some recycled and some have been used as picture frames for art projects, as thats what they looked like!

  2. Poppy says:

    We had one on loan for a month or so and yes, I was impressed with the packaging. I didn’t have to recycle it as such, put I did pass it on .. … not sure where it is now! If they ask for it back, I’ll have to do a bit of detective work to see how far it’s gone!!

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @Compostwoman: Great reuse ideas, Compostwoman; not much cardboard gets wasted around here 🙂
    @Poppy: Did you find the monitor helped you to save money on electricity, Poppy?

  4. Poppy says:

    It did make me think twice, but I don’t think that others in the house took much notice. I have managed to convert DH to a manual push mower though! He’s seen the logic in not spending 10 minutes getting the electric mower out and set up and getting a bit of a work out too 😀

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Poppy: Oh cool about the mower! We made huge changes by getting an OWL, it worked really well for us. I guess it needs the entire family to be on board though. Maybe master P would like a Wattson – they change colour dependent on use; much more fun for the young ones that numbers 😉

  6. Tracey says:

    I love our owl monitor. I find it helps me be a lot more conscious of things and I’m constantly thinking “that’s above normal, what’s on that should be off”… Again, I think that the other half isn’t as fussed – he’s forever leaving his computer on and apparently I crash it if I switch it off or even put it to sleep – or the connection goes if I even just switch the monitor off!

    I was disappointed with the batteries – the original ones only lasted 6 months (they have gone to Battery Back to be recycled) and I’ve replace them with rechargable ones. When I did that, I also moved it to somewhere more visible (the passageway) rather than sat on my desk, and I think that he’s started to notice as he seems to be remembering to switch lights off more often… here’s hoping! 🙂

    I also bought some kind of connector that I can apparently use with the PC, but for some reason it never seems to work… I’ll have to try that again…

  7. Mrs Green says:

    @Tracey: 😀 I’ve heard the ‘computer will crash’ argument too – unfortunately I don’t buy into it LOL! I think having these monitors in full view does help, as you’ve pointed out; it’s great that your partner is now on board a little – it’s all about baby steps and if he can see rewards with reduced bills then so much the better 😉

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