Not winter, but change is coming! This week Colgate announced it’s first bamboo toothbrush. Colgate is probably one of the best known dental care brands in the U.K. But why does this make me so pleased? It shows that enough people are beginning to search for, directly ask for and buy sustainable bamboo toothbrushes. I have long believed that environmental change comes from market forces; people like you and me buying ordinary things with our wages. If enough of us choose to buy sustainable options, more companies will jump on the bandwagon and offer them. The hardest part of change … Continue reading Change is Coming. We Have a Chance to Support It.
In my day (yes I sound old) Halloween wasn’t a big deal. Now, it’s huge with aisle upon aisle of Halloween stuff in supermarkets and stores across the country. But what cost is our new desire to throw the Halloween party of the century? Costumes are one of the biggest sellers, and like wedding outfits you are unlikely to wear the same one twice. But what do you do with your old costume? Do you pass it on to someone else? Do you throw it away? Generally what we don’t think about is the fact most costumes are made from … Continue reading The Real Scary Story For Halloween
Now some of you will wonder what I’m talking about, a shampoo bar should be simple to use.. But, when I first tried shampoo bars I found my hair felt funny afterwards, almost unclean. It didn’t matter if I changed the type of bar, it still felt the same. My hair is just below my shoulders so it’s fairly long. This is how I wash my hair for perfect results every time. How? I divide my hair into thirds! Rub the bar over each third and wash separately. When my hair was washed all at once the shampoo, although foamy … Continue reading How To Use A Shampoo Bar With Long Hair
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
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 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
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
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?
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