Zero Waste Shopping In Cardiff and The Vale

Over the last 12 months there has been a revolution of zero waste shopping in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. In August 2019 (so now) we have three zero waste stores. Two in Cardiff and one in Barry. Why is a zero waste shop so important when changing your lifestyle to have less single-use plastic? Single Use Food Packaging My black bin rubbish is mostly food packaging. I feed two adults and three children three meals daily. I want to feed them nutritious food but I also don’t have time to cook from scratch every single day. While I have … Continue reading Zero Waste Shopping In Cardiff and The Vale

Make Your Own Reusable Wipes

You don’t need to be an amazing seamstress or tailor to be able to make practical utensils like wipes. In fact you don’t even need to be able to sew to make wipes! The Non-Sew Version If you have some pinkie shears they would be really useful. Instead of cutting in a straight line they cut in a zig zag and this stops the material edges from fraying. It means that your wipes will last longer. You can either buy material to make them from or up-cycle an old towel.  The size is completely up to you. I have an … Continue reading Make Your Own Reusable Wipes

Coconut Oil Hacks

Coconut oil is amazing. This blog post is dedicated to some of my favourite coconut oil hacks. I usually have two jars going. One for cooking and one for everything else. If you have never used coconut oil this blog post might encourage you to try it. When you buy it in the jar it’s usually solid. As it warms up it liquefies. On hot days you have a jar of liquid oil and on colder days a jar of solid oil. To use it warm it slightly in your hands or on your skin (if you’re doing any cleansing) … Continue reading Coconut Oil Hacks

Eco friendly Cleaning At Home

This post contains affiliate links. Affiliate links mean that I get paid a small commission if you purchase through the link at no cost to you. If you don’t want to use my link you can go to the website direct by searching yourself. Cleaning. The word is a necessary evil. I don’t enjoy cleaning, but eco friendly cleaning products make me feel less guilty about the chemicals I am putting into the environment. These are some of my favourite products for eco friendly cleaning that I switched to a couple of years ago. But also some products that I … Continue reading Eco friendly Cleaning At Home

How To Do Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July Started by the Marine Conservation Society this is how to do Plastic Free July. There is an Instagram version of plastic free living and it is hard to achieve; especially if like me, you have a fairly large family. The recent BBC1 show War on Plastic with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall showed that we do need to try and reduce our dependence on single use plastics. Let me tell you the easy ways I have found to drastically reduce my plastic waste I am throwing away. Reusable dish cloths Reusable wipes Tupperware storage boxes for shopping Reusable cup Bars … Continue reading How To Do Plastic Free July

Can You Find Party Supplies Without Plastic?

Party Supplies Without Plastic Can you find party supplies without plastic? It is an increasingly common question. Well if you are here you know you can. I don’t believe you need plastic to party. How To Party Without Plastic Think about using natural fibres only Plan ahead for a zero waste strategy Minimise how much single use supplies you use Reusable is the key to long term and affordable plastic free parties Natural Fibres Only Natural fibres means anything that can be grown. If it is natural it can generally be composted, and composting is a brilliant zero waste Why … Continue reading Can You Find Party Supplies Without Plastic?

The Plastic Bottle Return Scheme

Scotland are leading the way. Wales led the way with a 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. Scotland have already decided that a 20p fee will be paid on the return of a single use plastic drinks bottles. The deposit return scheme even includes cans and glass bottles. It is only PET plastic bottles at the moment – think your fizzy drinks and water – not your milk containers. So exactly how is this going to work? These things take time and the scheme isn’t going to be in action until 2021; but the effect could be huge. Imagine the … Continue reading The Plastic Bottle Return Scheme

Home Composting and What is Compostable?

There is a lot of talk about compostable packaging and food supplies. Manufacturers often talk about how their packaging composts within 12 weeks. Or how the coffee cup you are using is compostable. What they don’t tell you is their claims are based on commercial composting on an industrial scale. If you think of composting do you picture a big industrial facility or a heap in your back garden? So what is home composting and what is compostable? Home Composting It is simple to do. It can be cheap – it depends on if you build your own compost heap … Continue reading Home Composting and What is Compostable?