15 Amazing Uses for Inedible Food Waste

When you’re cleaning your kitchen cupboards or fridge, the chances are you will find a few items that are past their ‘use-by’ or ‘best before’ date. Use-by dates are important to acknowledge as foods may make you ill if you ignore them. For anything marked ‘best before’ it’s fine to use your common sense to see whether it’s still edible*. However, some things that are past their best for eating can still be useful in … Read more

Is zero-waste actually possible?

Today marks the beginning of another Waste Free February, a great campaign by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.  I first took part in 2019 – you can read my blog post about it here. I find it very helpful to remember that zero-waste is a goal rather than a restrictive rule. The current food system makes it hard to achieve, and every tiny step that you take is better than doing nothing. Don’t get hung up on … Read more

Spring, Tap, Filter?

Natural spring water is a luxury that few can afford, but I used to use five litres a day. I’d even hand wash my knickers in it. Before you jump to conclusions, I’d like to say that I’m not a diva. For the seven years I lived off-grid on a narrowboat, my drinking water mostly came from a spring that flowed from the hillside into the canal, and I collected it by bicycle every few … Read more

It’s Plastic Free July 🌿

Today marks the start of Plastic Free July – a great campaign to help you refuse single-use plastics! “Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?” I’ve gathered a few links for Plastic Free July discounts on plastic-free … 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

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

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