This is the first of a series of blogs about the trials, tribulations and successes of trying to lead a green, sustainable, “best” life.
From a young age my brother and I have always been involved with the outdoor environment, whether it be walking through the woods, along the beaches or messing around in the back garden; digging holes and eating raspberries straight from the canes. At the time, the walks seemed tedious and pointless but now I thank my parents both so much for giving me these earlier experiences- as this is where my love for the environment and mother earth started.
As I approach fatherhood for the first time, I am now in my parent’s shoes –the need for cost effective entertainment, a chance to escape the confines of the home and doing something which I love; interacting with the great outdoors.
My environmental awareness developed throughout colleague and university, interacting with people, learning and discussing new ideas and by simply thinking and learning to stand on my own. What kind of person do I want to become? What outlook do I want? How do I want others to perceive me? How can I use my skills to persuade people to change their views and ways to make positive changes to the world we live in, no matter how small?
I am constantly learning and I hope these blogs help to share information and thoughts from the road to sustainability, rather than being a bunch of incoherent, passionate rants about the failings of today (although I can’t promise some might slip in…).
Who knew that there were so many dates related to making our world a better place? If, like me, you need something to look forward to, or you have had enough of dreading deadlines, here are some interesting dates to add to your calendar.
Its almost time to celebrate the hard working fathers of the world and with one of our authors due to enter into this privileged group any day soon we wanted to help you all celebrate this day. We think Fathers day is always best spent out amongst nature in the mountains or better yet down on a nice sandy beach. One great fathers day activity which all the family can get involved with is joining one of the organised beach cleans. Try heading over to South Landings beach and join the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for the beach clean or stop by Bacton Keswick beach and join the beach clean there.
After seeing the recent popularity around these we wanted to put together a complete guide on how to use, clean and keep your beeswax wraps in their best shape to get the most out of them and help you to reduce the clingfilm thrown away from your home every day.
Never has a product garnered so much disdain as the humble straw, it’s the poster boy of single use plastic waste and for good reason. In the UK alone we throw away 8.5 billion straws every single year which is apparently enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall a thousand times!
In the towns and cities across the west midlands zero waste shops are starting to pop up, you’ll notice most of the businesses in this list are fairly new and the majority were started in 2018, so its an exciting time to be going plastic free in Birmingham or Bromsgrove. This growth doesn’t come as a surprise to a former Birmingham resident, when I was there you could see the community trialing these ideas with pop up shops and market stalls so its great to see that the best amoungst them are now moving into bricks and mortar and building a real base for the zero waste community to call home in the West Midlands.
It seems the quest for sustainable living doesn’t just have to be confined to the physical aspects of our lives. A few months back I heard of a new search engine called Ecosia which claims to plant trees whilst you search the web! Googles mantra of ‘Dont be Evil’ doesn’t compare Ecosias tree planting record.
The East Midlands has a treasure trove of innovative companies making sustainable living easier in the East of England, with Cafés like Natures Pantry now offering up a selection of eco friendly fair trade toys to their customers after the owners became frustrated at the amount of plastic being brought into their own home or the refill station on wheels helping the people of Bury St Edmonds. We’ve put together a review of some of the best places to find Refill stations, plastic free and zero waste shopping experiences.
Tea is an integral part of British life and I can’t imagine what life would be like without a morning brew or a coffee on the weekend so we thought we’d put together some tips on how to have a more sustainable tea or coffee. As a one of the worlds largest consumers of tea this is definitely a way we ca all make small changes which would cumulatively have a surprisingly big impact when you consider where your drink is sourced from, how its made and what you drink it in.
Choosing to become sustainable can be filled with difficult questions over how and where to shop and which products sustainable claims are backed up by real environmental benefits or are just greenwash eco friendly terminology. When I started making my life more sustainable and moving towards daily zero waste I found these apps really helped me in achieving my environmental goals. Downloading these apps making living a sustainable life a lot easier.
We recently sampled Sapling Vodka who are a sustainable manufacturer of spirits allowing us all to enjoy a few clear conscious cocktails… Allowing us to choose an eco-friendly alcohol and signalling with our purchasing power to the larger manufacturers that there is a real market for sustainable products.