Extremely Excellent Ethical Easter

Spring is here! Tiny lambs are leaping, birds are building nests, the blackthorn is in blossom and the wild garlic is ready to pick. It’s still pretty flippin’ cold. But that’s OK. From here until the autumn equinox, days are longer than nights – wooohooo! In a couple of weeks it’s gonna be Easter, and it’s time to get prepared! Here are a few ideas about how to have an eco-friendly Easter. *As usual, any … Read more

Waste Free February 2021

Today marks the end of the new Lent: well done to anyone who managed to achieve Dry January and Veganuary during lockdown this year. I have not managed either, although as usual I have eaten a vast amount of tofu, and had very little to drink. Today also marks the start of Waste Free February – a brilliant campaign organised by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. I took part in 2019 and it really has had … Read more

Perfectly Plastic-Free Socks

Here’s an easy way to literally reduce your plastic footprint: 100% plastic-free socks! Most socks are made with artificial fibres, meaning they will shed plastic microfibres every time they are worn and washed. Conventionally grown cotton also uses huge amounts of water and relies heavily on pesticides. ‘Cotton rich’ socks usually contain polyamide and elastane too. A lot of ‘eco’ companies use a blend of bamboo and recycled polyamide, which is a step in the … Read more

5 Eco Back-To-School Tips

It seems like forever since we were in a school routine, and it’s hard to believe that we’re going back in a week! Here are a few links to some places where you can find ethical and sustainable school kit. As always, affiliate links are marked with an asterisk. I earn a tiny commission if you click through and buy something. Frugi* have a great selection of colourful water bottles, backpacks, pencilcases and more Chalk … Read more

Five Great Natural Deodorants

Over the years, I’ve tried out a lot of natural deodorants. Here is a small selection of recent choices, and a couple of trusted old favourites. Some of the links (marked with a star) are affiliate links, which means I get a tiny comission if you buy something after clicking through. I’ve also included some discount codes for you all… 1. I’m currently using Rose Geranium deodorant balm from EcoVibe. It’s smooth and creamy, and … Read more

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

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

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