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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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#tbt: One from the archive: Our wee experiment - Revisited

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#tbt: One from the archive: Our wee experiment - Revisited

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Wednesday 25th January 2012. BF is approaching 2.5 years old and we're wondering whether we should try potty training again...)  As you may remember from our exploits back in mid-end July last year (The best-laid plans of mice and mummies and Totally potty?), we initially attempted potty/toilet training with BF a while ago, but abandoned it due to a tearful plea to stay in nappies after one post-lunch sleep. As she was not yet two (23 months to be exact), I had originally planned to leave it as near to her third birthday as possible,...

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Back to School... Tidy Silence

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Back to School... Tidy Silence

Today marks the start of the first full week back to school for our two. The eldest is in Year Six (the emotions I have about this are for another post); and the youngest has just started Year Three, so I have TWO kids in Juniors....!! The start of term always seems like a bit of a whirlwind: last minute shoe shopping; trying on uniform to see what fits and what we need more of; getting hair cuts; squeezing in last minute play dates; and then bundling out of the door on the first day, hoping that we've at least...

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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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