Air Purifying House Plants

Let’s talk about house plants. I don’t have a great track record with plants but I do have two plants and they’re called Peace Lily. I remember growing up, we always had a house plant in the living room. If I remember rightly, it was called a Sweetheart plant. I always remembered the name becauseContinue reading “Air Purifying House Plants”

Ditching tea bags

Following a program that aired on the BBC and the discovery how much plastic there are in tea bags, I am so glad I’ve made the change to loose tea. Firstly, I would like to state that I’m a tea-loving brit. I work from home and probably have about six cups of tea a dayContinue reading “Ditching tea bags”

Plastic Recycling Symbols

Have you ever looked at a plastic bottle and seen a triangle with number? Ever wondered what they mean? Although, it would be better to try to avoid using plastic altogether, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a little guide to help. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET). What is it used for?Continue reading “Plastic Recycling Symbols”

Reusing Water

During the summer, I hang my washing outside. There’s something really rewarding about being able to dry your clothes outside; they smell fresh and it’s free! However, during the autumn and winter months, it’s a different story. I use my dryer. I’ve looked at other ways to dry clothes but it just didn’t work. IContinue reading “Reusing Water”

Plastic in tea bags

Us Brits are tea-lovers. We love our tea; we have it with cakes, biscuits, toast and we can even go to expensive shops to have luxury ‘afternoon tea experience’. When we’re sad we have a cuppa, when we are happy we have a cuppa, when we go to a friend’s house, guess what…we have aContinue reading “Plastic in tea bags”

Extinction: The Facts – review

This David Attenborough documentary aired on the BBC called Extinction: The Facts which explains the truth about the dying biodiversity. This documentary really didn’t hold back, it showed the upsetting havoc and effects humans have wreaked on the natural world. Unlike breathtaking images from his previous documentaries like The Blue Planet or Planet Earth, theContinue reading “Extinction: The Facts – review”

My Local Zero Waste Shop

Last year, I found out there was a local zero waste shop in my town called Bare Bazaar and I was really excited about it. Since then, I had purchased some bits like a safety razor from them, ditching my plastic razor forever and made enquiries about refilling handwash containers, hair shampoo and packaging freeContinue reading “My Local Zero Waste Shop”

Make Your Own Food Mesh Bags

Over the last year, whenever I go to the supermarket, I make a conscious effort to avoid fruit and veg in plastic wrapping. Apart from wanting to cut down on my overall plastic, this all started with some lemons! I went into my local supermarket and, as well as making my usual purchases, I wantedContinue reading “Make Your Own Food Mesh Bags”

Goodies from My Garden

Back in March, I wrote a blog called Busy in the garden where I intended to starting planting in the garden. Even though I had planted potatoes last year, I hadn’t watered them enough and most of them grew with small holes in them, they looked like blocks of cheese…lesson learnt for this year. IContinue reading “Goodies from My Garden”

Green Infrastructure

One of my recent assignments was to put together a report to a local, fictitious council making the case for the benefits of green infrastructure in a town and ways the town could become more sustainable in the future. For those who aren’t familiar with the term ‘green infrastructure’, this term relates to a networkContinue reading “Green Infrastructure”

Things I No Longer Buy

Over the past year, I’ve become more aware of my carbon footprint which has made me make some changes in my life. The things we buy have a carbon footprint; production, transport etc so I’ve stopped buying certain items I realised I personally didn’t need anymore Plastic Bottles I’ve actively refuse to buy drinks inContinue reading “Things I No Longer Buy”

What I did for Plastic Free July 2020

On the run up to July 2020, I started noticing the hashtag #PlasticFreeJuly. For someone who has been making changes in an effort to reduce plastic use, I am embarrassed to admit I had never heard of them before. Based in Australia, Plastic Free July started in 2011 and have an amazing website offering aContinue reading “What I did for Plastic Free July 2020”

Are we really killing the planet?

Before you start attacking me, just hear me out. Due to human activity, we are accelerating climate change, I believe this to be true. Global warming has occurred in Earth’s history, the difference is that we, humans, are accelerating it. But I began looking at it differently since I started studying for an BSc inContinue reading “Are we really killing the planet?”

UK Cities pledging to become carbon neutral

Cities in the UK are looking how they can transition to becoming carbon neutral in the future. The climate has been a long standing issue, however, more recently, this issues has become more urgent and voices (rightly so) have become louder. Protests, demonstrations, documentaries and even celebrities are lending their names and voices to theContinue reading “UK Cities pledging to become carbon neutral”

How Long Does Plastic Last?

I recently saw pictures on the news of all the litter left on some UK beaches after a week long heatwave…during a pandemic! I, along with many other people, were dismayed and disgusted at the mess left behind by a lot of the beach visitors. I could only describe it as a sea of plasticContinue reading “How Long Does Plastic Last?”

What’s the issue with Palm Oil?

Over the last few years I’ve seen articles and videos about Palm Oil and how it’s bad for the environment. I don’t know what palm oil actually is and how can something that is found in so many everyday products be bad for the environment. What is it? Where does it come from? What everydayContinue reading “What’s the issue with Palm Oil?”

Ecobrick overwhelm

A while back, I saw an article online about someone creating a ecobrick with their plastic that can’t be recycled. I was intrigued. For those who aren’t familiar with ecobricks. lets start with a quick overview. Ecobricks are plastic bottles that are filled with plastics that would usually go to landfill because they can’t beContinue reading “Ecobrick overwhelm”

Homemade Mickey Mouse Cushion

I decided to repurpose an old duvet instead of throwing it out. Here’s what I did…

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Say No To Balloons

When you think of balloons, you think of party and celebration. No child’s birthday celebration, young or old, is complete without balloons. The different sizes, colours, shapes bring joy to people. Not only do we gift them for birthdays, but for new births, when someone is recovering, christenings. Balloons can be used at a timeContinue reading “Say No To Balloons”

Alternatives to Cling Film

If you’re thinking about moving away from cling film, here are some alternatives
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Our Plastic Problem

A few months ago, I watched a film on The Discovery Channel which made me feel very sad. It was aired on Earth Day 22nd April 2020 called The Story of Plastic. We are familiar with images of where plastic ends up; in rivers, on landfill, in the oceans and wrapped around sea life, butContinue reading “Our Plastic Problem”

Want To Understand Climate Change? Watch these films

Have you wanted to learn more about climate change? Here are some films I would highly recommend. #ecofriendly #zerowaste #sustainable #nature #green #sustainability #bio #plasticfree #environment #recycle #gogreen #savetheplanet #climatechange #reuse #sustainableliving #natural #earth #noplastic

The Story of Plastic

The Story of Plastic was aired in the UK on Earth Day 22nd April 2020. I found the film to be incredibly moving giving us the story of not just where plastic ends up but also where it begins. Since the 1950s, plastic was seen as an incredible invention with multiple uses and since thenContinue reading “The Story of Plastic”

16 Easy Ways To Go Green

In the last year, I have actively changed my habits to go green but sometimes it’s not cheap. We can’t all afford solar panels on our homes or a brand-new electric car (or just a brand-new car for that matter) but there are things we can all do to take a step in the rightContinue reading “16 Easy Ways To Go Green”

Will The Coronavirus Make Us Think Differently About Our Food?

The coronavirus or COVID-19 has gripped the world changing all aspects of society; school, work, visiting friends and family, and even just going out for a walk. When we started learning about the effect this pandemic was having on the citizens of China, there was fear that this virus may spread. Why wouldn’t it? WeContinue reading “Will The Coronavirus Make Us Think Differently About Our Food?”

Have we forgotten the fight against single-use plastics due to the coronavirus?

Since the outbreak of this pandemic, there have been some environmental benefits. I read an article on the BBC website about the canals in Venice starting to clear and fish are visible for the first time in years thanks to the massive drop in water traffic, the drop in air travel and the only peopleContinue reading “Have we forgotten the fight against single-use plastics due to the coronavirus?”

How to be eco-friendly during a lockdown

This corona virus pandemic has resulted in people ditching the cars they used for the commute and school run. This has led to empty roads and less air pollution. We are all isolating at home and using this time could really benefit the environment allowing you to make eco-friendly choices during this lockdown. Grow yourContinue reading “How to be eco-friendly during a lockdown”

The Paddling Pool Water Problem

It’s Easter Weekend and the weather is glorious. The only problem we have is that the corona virus pandemic is stopping us from going about our normal lives. We are on lock down and we must stay indoors. Of course, when the weather is as lovely has it has been today and yesterday, staying indoorsContinue reading “The Paddling Pool Water Problem”

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg – Book Review

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book for Christmas from a friend who knows me very well. It’s not that often I write book reviews but as the subject is relevant today, I would like to make an exception. Plus, I really enjoyed it!! For those who don’t know (where haveContinue reading “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg – Book Review”

My First Litter Pick

On a very bitter, cold Saturday morning, I joined my first ever litter pick in Ashford. The area targeted for litter picking was a park in Ashford called Victoria Park. The litter pick was organised by a local group who have a Facebook page called Keep Ashford Clean. I’ve seen their litter picking events onContinue reading “My First Litter Pick”