Zen Eco-Consumer Power

Knowing when it’s time to give up and buy a new one

June 30, 2018

It’s all about knowing when your possessions have had their day. Everyone has their own line to draw. Others would no doubt have got it repaired.  On Sunday our 13-year-old TV packed up and I had to face the fact it was never going to work again.  This was after several weeks of carefully rearranging […]

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Are you Zen eco-positive?

June 26, 2018

What is eco-positivity? Eco-positivity is the belief that a positive attitude is the best way to fix our environmental issues. Our environmental problems are basically a result of our long-term mismanagement of our own environment and eco-positivity recognises the power of positive thinking in solving this. What is Zen eco-positivity? ‘Zen’ eco-positivity adds Zen eco-power […]

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What if I refuse plastic bags for my fruit & veg? 

April 22, 2018

No one’s noticed a million rolls of plastic bags in our supermarkets? And why I like Lidl Everyone knows about plastic straws, everyone knows about plastic bags, but no one seems to have noticed about a million large rolls of plastic bags the supermarkets want us to wrap our loose fruit and veggies in. I […]

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I love my brand new 1940’s shave

April 2, 2018

Also featuring “how not to cut yourself shaving”  Last month I decided to go back to the safety razor, the same thing my father used, and quite likely his father before him. I stopped using plastic razor blades supplied by Gillette. The blade is stainless steel, and has been since 1965. Did my face become […]

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L’Oréal aims to be carbon neutral by 2019

March 6, 2018

  Great to hear some positive environmental news from the cosmetics industry. L’Oréal USA has announced it plans to achieve carbon neutrality in 2019 for all 21 of its U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities by using renewable natural gas (RNG). The company currently has 17 renewable energy installations across the country, including large on-site solar […]

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10 billion recycled water bottles and a heap of trash

February 6, 2018

In search of zero waste … sports gear Last week I looked at fashion, in particular my business shirts, and what was available in zero waste. This week I pick five zero-waste sportswear candidates. I was shocked to discover how plastic-based fibres like polyester find their way into our oceans just by washing them. So […]

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Five ways to make your wardrobe zero waste

January 29, 2018

In search of zero waste There usually isn’t an aisle in the store marked “zero waste business shirts”. Every time I go clothes shopping I find myself facing lots of choices – all the wrong ones. I only buy new clothes when I feel my wardrobe is genuinely short, like I don’t have enough business shirts […]

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Nine eco-friendly things you can do with your broken laptop

January 26, 2018

You might not realise it, but the whole world is transitioning to a zero-waste economy, when items like laptop computers will be made from responsibly managed parts and waste will be more or less eliminated. We’re not as far from that as people think. In future we probably won’t even own the laptops, just pay […]

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The two most zero-waste smartphones you can buy

January 21, 2018

In Search Of Zero Waste My mission: To find the zero waste economy This week: Smartphones There are two sorts of greenie: those who join co-operatives, buy all their produce at fair-trade markets and everything they own is bought second-hand, endlessly repaired or traded … … and there’s people like me, who do some of that […]

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Sustainable fibres wiki

January 7, 2018

Some of these suggestions that have come in from the Green Living Alternatives Facebook group –  (you need to be logged into FB to see this group). Plus a few of my own, like from this article.

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