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Sustainable fabrics and how to find them

It ought to be a simple question. Is this fabric sustainable? But of course, as always, there’s more to it than just finding out what our clothes are made from. I co-hosted an RSA Sustainable Households subgroup workshop with Nicola Mansfield, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Fashion at the University of Westminster. During the workshop we…

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Unsure what can and can’t be recycled? We’ll clear up the confusion!

According to research, Britons care more about plastic waste than Brexit! Yet despite us being moved by the Blue Planet effect and wanting to do our bit, millions of us are still unsure what we can and can’t recycle. Top of the list of confusion were plastic, lightbulbs and crisp packets. One in 10 were…

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Press highlights 2019

Here are some of the press highlights for 2019 Daily Mail The Daily Mail were writing a piece about plastic ‘bags for life’, and the environmental impact they have. Since the 5p bag charge was introduced many retailers introduced the thicker plastic but many shoppers were treating these as they would single use bags, which…

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How to Raise Zero Waste Rabbits

In my newsletter this week, I wrote about how, cleaning out my rabbits, had inspired me to write a post about plastic-free alternatives to straws! Waste Warrior Sally wrote to me and said “I have just been reading your newest email (always informative!) and noted that your have rabbits. I too have two rabbits and…

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How to recycle contact lenses and their packaging

  This week I had a query from Waste Warrior, Henry, who wanted to know how to recycle contact lenses. He wrote “My most frustrating area is my contact lenses. I need to wear them all day every day to function and recently changed from dailies to monthlies as that, in my mind would create…

10 million mattresses discarded instead of recycled

How to recycle your mattress

Whenever journalists ask me what piece of legislation I’d like to see with regards to waste and recycling, it always comes down to one thing: It would make things much easier if every local authority had the same kerbside and household waste and recycling centre collections, so that we had uniformity throughout the country. I…

The Nose to Tail Approach – A solution to Reducing Food Waste?

The ‘nose to tail’ approach is a food philosophy that aims to use all parts of an animal. A similar approach can also be used with fruits and vegetables, sometimes known as ‘root to fruit’, whereby all parts of a crop that are edible in one form or another are used. Many top chefs have…

Sharing the love(ly food)

Olio Your bags are packed, and you are off on your long-awaited holiday. But wait! You realise you have half a lettuce, two tomatoes, half a packet of cheese and a bit of cucumber left in your fridge. Oh, and half a pint of milk too and half a loaf of bread. Years ago almost…

About biodegradable plastic

  Are you noticing a trend towards bio degradable packaging? Thinking about joining in? If so, read this first to make sure you are not just adding to a problem rather than finding a solution. You probably know that traditional plastic is made of oil. Plastic is a very versatile, durable and cheap material. It…

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How to Celebrate National Barbecue Week – the Zero Waste Way!

This year is the 23rd annual National Barbecue Week. The trouble is a barbecue isn’t always the most zero waste option! They can produce a lot of rubbish from disposable plates, food packaging, cans and bottles. Fortunately there are many simple ways to make your barbecue a zero waste celebration! MEAT It’s tempting to hot…