Zen Eco-Consumer Power

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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Seven green alternatives to micro plastic

December 31, 2017

Microplastics: what’s the issue? It’s pretty devastating to realise the clothes we wear could be damaging ocean wildlife – and not only that, finding its way into the very food that sustains us. So being an optimistic greenie I needed to find out which items are doing the harm, what we need to change, and […]

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Hate your guts? Brighton’s fermentation restaurants

October 25, 2017

Brighton has at least one restaurant serving kombucha, and one cafe. We have it at home. But what is it, and is it good for you? I am reading Sandor Ellis Katz’s groundbreaking book about fermentation, what it’s all about and even how to do it. I’ve already read the first couple of chapters, after which […]

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Zero-Wasting my life #4 – I make my own lemon drink

August 21, 2017

Plastic-free organic lemon squash – the secret My issue today is what to do about the plastic bottle our squash comes in. When the kids were young we used to make our own lemon squash from our lemon tree. Sadly we no longer live in NZ and we don’t have a lemon tree. Sue says I […]

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I’m zero-wasting my life! Why fruit & veg should go naked

July 30, 2017

How sustainable is my life #3 – veggie wrapping Veggies don’t need plastic either. Here our journey starts. This is what our purple sprouting broccoli and green beans came in, delivered by our local Tesco supermarket. Gasp! More plastic! Something must be done. I search for signs of recyclability, but there are none. Even if […]

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I’m zero-wasting my life! Why I’m getting a milkman

July 25, 2017

How sustainable is my life #2 – milk bottles I awake at 2am to find myself sitting bolt upright in bed. The plastic bottles in which I get my milk might not be as eco-friendly as I had thought! “How green are my milk bottles?” I think. “I’m going to have a closer look.” The bottles […]

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I’m zero-wasting my life! Kicking the plastic bottle habit

July 23, 2017

How sustainable is my life? #1 This is where I start looking at my own life and making those small but vital changes towards sustainability. Let’s see what effect a few small changes can make. I’m going to start with plastic waste. The large plastic bottle in the image, left, is what my herbal bath […]

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9 reasons I’m getting all my stuff from Lush now

July 18, 2017

  We live in a commercial world. Very. Environmentalists and just about every other campaigner keeps telling me. So when I read about trendy companies like Lush, hear about them from all my female friends, pass by their store in my local town, I’m going to be a bit sceptical. This is because we also […]

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