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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 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

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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10 billion recycled water bottles and a heap of trash

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

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! Kicking the plastic bottle habit

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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