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Learning life with Grandpa

Thank you so much to my life long friend and fellow Eco Warrior, Lizzie Garthwaite, for this wonderful insight in to her eco journey. *********************************************************************************** Hi, my name is Lizzie and I’m happy to declare I’m pretty loopy about the environment! For me this way of thinking has always been a part of how my family have lived to some degree. I grew up with my granny routinely cutting open her tubes of toothpaste to get that final bit out, and saving every jam jar and yoghurt pot ‘just in case’. My grandfather was the first Conservation Officer in the Forestry Commission, and I remember the piles of scrap paper he would save from all the post. They also lived through the war and spent part of that time in Burma, where it was a very different lifestyle. This influenced how they raised my mum and therefore me. (Photo – Lizzie…

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Plastic Free July 2020

Have you heard of Plastic Free July or been part of it in a previous year? What have you done in the past and how did you get involved? I think now, more than ever, it is so important to be aware of single-use plastic pollution and what affect it is having on our oceans, countrysides and animals – as well as us humans! It is a never ending fight to make things better and educate people on what small things they can do to change. The Plastic Free July website – www.plasticfreejuly.org/ – has sections dedicated to inspiring you on ways to get involved in the challenge. From taking your very first steps down the road to plastic reduction or implementing these ideas in your school or work place – they have it covered! You can log or find a local event to be involved in and also read…

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The World of Cloth Nappies When I found out I was pregnant I was over the moon! I would day dream about all the things we could teach our new baby and how we could try to teach the importance of looking after the planet. Give them the chance that we didn’t get as children. As much as our parents did a fantastic job in raising both me and my husband, there were just things our parents didn’t know about back then. One thing they did know however was cloth nappies. I stumbled across a piece of information one day that really hit home. A disposable nappy can take anywhere between 300 and 500 years to decompose. I was astounded. I knew items like nappies and sanitary products weren’t exactly great for the environment, but I had no idea just how bad! I made a decision that day that I…

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Did you know that we have celebrated Earth Day on 22nd April every year since 1970? I didn’t, that’s for sure. Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. They work in over 190 countries, with 75,000 partners to achieve this. Take a look at the History of Earth Day here. This year, for me, is going to be even more poignant than recent years as the affects of Covid-19 are still wreaking havoc on our planet. Some are blaming the way we treat the Earth, animals and each other as a source for the outbreak, others saying it’s a hoax, some blaming entirely bizarre ideas – whatever it is, something went very badly wrong and we now have the responsibility of fixing it. However, it hasn’t all been doom and gloom. Have you seen the amazing pictures of the reduction in pollution that…

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This month on the Eco Living Community Group we have looking at different ways of plastic/chemical free hair removal. I didn’t realise there were so many options! Here are a few we covered and some helpful info: Epilating – Quite a straightforward (although sometimes painful) way of hair removal. Relatively waste free too. An epilator looks like an electric razor but it pulls the hairs out rather than cutting them. This means hair growth slows down and is finer and softer. It can be painful, especially the first few times, but it’s short lived! A good epilator can last for 10 years or more and the most recent one I bought has the ability to change the rechargeable battery, which is the only reason I’ve ever had to change them in the past. I’m hoping that this means it will last me even longer. Obviously you have the packaging that…

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Growing Your Own Herbs to Reduce Food Miles We know that we can all do more to decrease our carbon footprint and reduce our reliance on single use plastics. Some of us are making some great steps with the products we buy and this has a powerful impact on the planet. One area that not everyone feels confident in is growing your own food. So if you are not ready to be fully self-sufficient and live off the land, have you considered making a small windowsill herb garden? Nothing too ambitious but enough to provide you with fresh tasty herbs all year round. A windowsill herb garden will allow you to choose the seeds you want to plant and using successional planting have a continuous supply. The alternative can still be British grown and may not have travelled that far to get to your nearest supermarket. However it will have…

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FEBRUARY CHALLENGE This month’s challenge over on the Facebook community group is to get involved in litter picking. It might seem like a strange thing to set as a challenge, but since I started picking litter at the beginning of 2020, it has really brought to my attention just how bad the problem is all over the country. Villages, towns, cities, woodlands, roadsides – litter is strewn everywhere. I have now done four litter picks, three in my local village and one at a beautiful woodland area near where we live. It has really hit home just how bad the issue is, as once you start seeing litter, you can’t “unsee” it. Even my four year old has started talking about the problem. I feel that the only way to begin to tackle this huge issue is to come together and do something to raise awareness. So, I’d like everyone…

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JANUARY CHALLENGE RESOLUTIONS   I know it seems a bit obvious but I thought it would be really nice if we all got together to share any Eco New Years Resolutions. I know that you can start something new at any time of the year but, there is something about setting a target in the New Year and being able to look back on it at Christmas time and see how you’ve done.   So I am going to set you all the challenge of thinking of TWO resolutions. The first should be something that you can achieve in a month or two (a swap of some product perhaps?), the second something that you can work on throughout the year (change in diet, shopping habits etc).   I’ll pop some posts up on the Eco Living Community Group in the coming days. Please share your resolutions and see if you…

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My 2019 Eco Journey Reflection Where to start? 2019 has been a year of many many changes on our eco journey. It has come with highs and lows, positives and negatives. The biggest change I’ve made is to cleaning products we use in the house. I had already started making vinegar solution to clean but I have now swapped to refills for stain remover, washing up liquid and toilet cleaner. Also invested in a silicone toilet brush (can recommend!) instead of flushable pads and eco dishwasher tablets from Wilko. I’ve changed one thing at a time so it has been very easy and cost effective and they are all changes that I am happy with. We moved house in November so I’ve also been able to sign up to a fruit & veg delivery scheme again which makes a phenomenal difference to plastic waste. We order each week and it…

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DECEMBER CHALLENGE REFLECTION – LOOKING BACK ON HOW FAR WE HAVE COME IN THE LAST YEAR. I thought it would be really nice to spend the next few weeks looking back on our own journeys this year and sharing stories on what we have enjoyed, found difficult, achieved and are working towards still. Did you set a goal earlier in the year to do with your plastic waste? General household waste? Switching to natural products and away from chemicals? How have you found those changes? Anything that was particularly easy? Anything that was really hard? If you’d like to comment below with your story that would be great. If you’d like to do a longer post that is a bit more in depth and include some pictures – even better – just get in touch. I look forward to hearing more stories and I will share my own with you.…

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