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Inspiration for Plastic Free Party Bags

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Inspiration for Plastic Free Party Bags

Back in the Spring, I posted about our 5 Hints & Tips to reduce the Plastic-Footprint of your Party. Our eldest is a Summer baby, so it was time to get back to the (plastic free) drawing board for party bags. I'd love to share what we came up with and provide some inspiration for plastic free party bags for your own parties. Home-made Lavender Eye Pillows. Back towards the end of the Summer, 10YO said we should collect up our lavender heads and make something with them. I suggested lavender eye pillows and she was all over it. After...

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Zero Waste: What is The Circular Economy?

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Zero Waste: What is The Circular Economy?

What do you know about the term Circular Economy? It’s actually linked intrinsically to the concept of Zero Waste. The Circular Economy definition The Ellen MacArthur foundation defines is as:  A framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. It continues... Looking beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital. It...

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War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita: My Plastic in the Bathroom Audit

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War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita: My Plastic in the Bathroom Audit

So who's been watching War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita? It's a compelling watch and clearly highlights the problem with our addiction to plastic.  If you haven't seen it already, make sure you catch up with it on iPlayer.  I'm not sure the word is 'enjoying', but what I'm appreciating is the programme demonstrating how easily plastic slips into our every day lives, very much unnoticed.  Last week's episode looked at Plastic in the Bathroom.  Did you know that 9/10 wet wipes contain plastic? And of those that do, 84% of that wipe is actually plastic, and therefore not biodegradable? Whilst...

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What does Zero Waste ACTUALLY mean?

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What does Zero Waste ACTUALLY mean?

I don't know about you, but I certainly find all the 'eco' terms very confusing..... Eco.... Biodegradable.... Compostable.... and the seeming Nirvana of..... Zero Waste! BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? Even the Eco-ist of the Eco-Living world still show us these little jars of receipts and chocolate bar wrappers. We create waste. Fact. We can reduce our waste, and we can reduce it dramatically, but can we actually go Zero Waste? And what does Zero Waste actually mean? Zero Waste in the Past If we think of ourselves as animals, we consume foods, process them in our bodies and...

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4 Considered Changes on your Journey to Zero Waste

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4 Considered Changes on your Journey to Zero Waste

In previous weeks I've I talked about making Straight Swaps to more eco versions of your regular products, that require no change to our routine or our convenience (6 Straight Swaps on your Journey to Zero Waste), and Simple Switch Ups that require small changes or a little extra thought (10 Simple Switch Ups on your Journey to Zero Waste). This week I want to talk about making 4 Considered Changes. As you may remember, I have identified three 'levels' of change on a zero waste journey: Straight Swap - A change that really requires no change to our routine or our convenience....

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