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

No one’s noticed a million rolls of plastic bags in our supermarkets? And why I like Lidl

what we’ve never noticed millions of

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 don’t need to take this, I say to myself. I purchase 100 paper bags from the Paper Bag Company – how hard was that? My last supermarket trip crossed the line. Why don’t they supply paper bags in these days of real concern? Continue reading “What if I refuse plastic bags for my fruit & veg? “

I love my brand new 1940’s shave

Super Fusion Birch Wood shaving set by Taylor’s of Bond St, £369. Mine was 98% cheaper

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 a patchwork quilt of minor cuts and other shaving errors, as I had feared? To begin with, yes – to a point, but I soon learned the art of the safety razor – and inevitably, I started to enjoy it. Would I go back? No. Continue reading “I love my brand new 1940’s shave”

10 billion recycled water bottles and a heap of trash

https://www.behance.net/gallery/2253366/Textile-Fibers-Infographic-Map

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 I’m getting rid of my 100% polyester sports gear and I’m looking to replace it with something more sustainable. Continue reading “10 billion recycled water bottles and a heap of trash”

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

Plastic-free organic lemon squash – the secret

our local friendly organic shop

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 killed it, but I maintain to this day I only gave it a severe pruning. It must have died of some disease.

It’s one of those conflicts I don’t think will ever be resolved. Continue reading “Zero-Wasting my life #4 – I make my own lemon drink”

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

a few soaks and I’m on the scrap heap – what a life!

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 soak came in. More plastic on the recycling heap? OK, it’s better than chucking it out but there must be a better way. Continue reading “I’m zero-wasting my life! Kicking the plastic bottle habit”