Stocking Fillers Without The Plastic

*This post contains an affiliate link for Riverford organic clementines and nuts at the end, none of the actual stocking filler toys are affiliate links* The first thing that you need for a plastic-free christmas stocking is an extra large 100% wool sock. As a child, me and my brother would raid our dad’s sock drawer and pick out the biggest, longest sock we could find to hang at the bottom of our beds. These … Read more

Winning and Losing at Organic & Second Hand September

The summer holidays are over! I’m welcoming September and the changes it brings. Time to reflect on the year so far, and time to get on with some more work, as my five year old started Year One earlier this week. September is the start of a new school year, and a great time to make some positive lifestyle changes. Perhaps you are trying #ZeroWasteWeek or joining #OrganicSeptember or #SecondHandSeptember? If you haven’t heard of … Read more

Are You An Armchair Rebel?

Armchair with XR symbol

Twenty years ago I travelled to London for the Carnival Against Capital. I was a graphic design student trying to reject advertising. A young idealist who took inspiration from Adbusters magazine. I was too stoned to have any proper answers, but I knew that I didn’t want a career as a ‘creative’ trying to sell unnecessary ‘stuff’ to hungry consumers. Capitalism was the enemy. The sun shone. We marched. We danced. It was a riot. … Read more

The Green Loft Conversion

loft conversion

Everyone told me that it would be stressful. I was hoping they would be wrong. But they weren’t. Having a loft conversion is a gigantic pain. But it was definitely worth it! I’ve decided to share some of the choices we made, to help to others who want to expand upwards and keep the process as green as possible. Bathroom Our loft room has an en-suite toilet and shower room. I probably looked at a … Read more

A Rubbish Idea?

Do you know where things actually go when you throw them away? Until last year I didn’t have a clue what happened to my rubbish after it had left the wheelie bin. I assumed that everything that went into my bin was buried somewhere in a landfill site, so was surprised to find out that some waste from the UK (including mine) is incinerated abroad. In West Wiltshire, the contents of our black wheelie bins … Read more

Zero-Waste Birthday Parties

It can feel like a struggle to celebrate your child’s birthday without damaging the environment. These tips will help you to host a guilt-free, low plastic birthday party! Food & Drink: It amazes me how much sweet food is served at children’s parties. Surely a buffet of low quality biscuits and cupcakes within easy reach of youngsters is a recipe for disaster? Why not offer a healthy range of savoury snacks and fruit. This will help … Read more

The Plastic-Free Bedroom

Apparently we spend a third of our lives in bed. When you’ve got a young child it doesn’t always feel like it, but hopefully I will get to catch up on lost lie-ins later on! With so much time spent in bed, it’s important to value the quality of the materials that surround us when we are asleep. Natural Mattresses The Better Sleep Council recommend replacing your mattress after only seven years, and ours was … Read more

Toothbrush Trials (The Quest for an Eco-Friendly Toothbrush)

Toothbrush Trash

If you’re looking to reduce your plastic waste, using an alternative toothbrush is a great place to start. Toothbrushes are so very necessary, and with a world population of around 7.6 billion, us humans get through an awful lot of them! Officials advise replacing brushes every three to four months, so that’s a lot of plastic heading for landfill. It hasn’t always been this way—early toothbrushes were made from chewed twigs, bone and animal hair. … Read more

Sweet Enough Already?

It’s confession time for The Green Shopper: I’m a hypocrite. And I stole a cake from a child. I try to keep my four-year-old’s food free from refined sugar, but I’ve got a super sweet tooth. When he was given a low-grade cupcake with two centimetres of icing at a  birthday party, I snatched it away and gave him some crispy seaweed instead. Then I scoffed it while he wasn’t looking. Witnesses were horrified, but … Read more

Join the Washing-Up Revolution

Zero Waste Washing Up

The best thing I’ve done for Plastic-Free July 2018 is switch my household to a zero-waste washing-up system. During the seven years that I lived on my own, I probably only changed my washing-up sponge about twice a year. I’d keep them going until they were stained and disintegrating, sitting dismally alongside my ancient, much-refilled bottle of Ecover washing-up liquid. Nowadays, with a partner and young son sharing the house, I try to keep the … Read more