Less Waste Life: Bar Soap

Bought some of my friends @greenfigsoapstudio soaps for gifts ❤ They are all #vegan and zero waste and smell absolutely amazing. I’d previously been buying bulk liquid soap, thinking of bar soap as the horrible smelling itchy stuff we had as a kid 😂 but these have totally got me converted and they are all I will use once I’m out of liquid, love them! An awesome small business run by a lovely friend to support if you can ❤ L x

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Less Waste Life: Crafting & Throwaway Plastics

The girls made Harry, Ron and Hermione with loo roll inners 😊

So many craft kits and supplies are essentially disposable and so often made of plastic, I look at things now and I can’t quite comprehend how the little plastic bits they sometimes bring home from a group / party or the packaging for something I’ve bought takes so much to produce then could take over 1000 years to break down / become microplastics that contaminate our oceans (and they can be bought for less £1?!). We can throw them away, but theres no real away, is there?

I’ve just been reading the UN global assessment report (link in comments) about the rapid decline of the earths natural life support systems and it is a sobering read, highlighting the need for drastic remedial action.
While changes undoubtedly need to happen on a huge scale and with policymakers and governments, at an individual consumer level we can lobby to make our concerns and voices heard through groups like @extinctionrebellion and mirror the changes needed higher up by starting to take our own action in our homes and communities in beginning changing our consumption habits if we are priveleged enough to be able to.
I find it easy to become anxious and overwhelmed and feel like individually we obviously make no difference, but seeing so many people passionately speak up and begin doing what they can, and making small changes where we can too, gives me an inkling of hope for a tomorrow where we are kinder on the earth ❤🌍 L x

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Less Waste Life: Growing Microgreens

Little indoor microgreens garden ❤ Our supply of homegrown greens all year, so much value (so full of nutrients and sooo delicious!) in the tiniest space with such a small amount of input.⁣

We have a tray on the utility room windowsill to catch any water and within that we re-use old shallow plastic raspberry containers, and some mushroom containers (cut down) with a few holes in the bottom for drainage. ⁣

They only need a really small amount of compost, the seed is sown thickly on top, watered and covered for a day (stack them or I use a dark towel), then left on a sunny windowsill and within a week or 2 you can harvest the most tasty, super nutritious greens! I’ll post a step by step with photos on my blog soon.

They are absolutely delicious on pasta, salads, pizza, sandwiches (basically anything!). Rocket microgreens are my absolutely favourite, but we also grow kale, radish, broccoli and cabbage – our seeds were from Premier Seeds Direct on eBay (suuuper cheap – 99p delivered for most packs plus discounts for more). Do you grow microgreens? Would you give them a go? L x

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Less Waste Life: Simple Celebrations & Secondhand Gifts

Simple Celebrations: We have gone much more low key with birthdays over the past few years and I find we enjoy everything so much more when we don’t plan too much and get overwhelmed! We’ve had a lovely few hours in the park with friends today before heading home for a family birthday buffet chosen by Caitlyn which, if i’m honest, was 90% beige and 10% sweets 😂 but if you can’t live off sandwiches, crisps, sausage rolls, cake and sweets on your birthday then when can you? 👍🏻⁣

Gift wise, we try and buy mostly secondhand and this year we bought Caitlyn her first Sylvanian families (used via Facebook) to go with a wooden dolls house the girls got last xmas, some Dr Seuss books (used from car boot) as she loves them, a whittling knife (new) cos they are forever using my kitchen knives on sticks 😂 and a flower press (charity shop). Also (unpictured cos they were already wrapped) we got her some Harry Potter Lego minifigures she wanted (again via ebay), my girls play Harry Potter for houuuurs at the moment. ⁣

Do you ever buy secondhand gifts? We only used to do it for us (my mum would DIE at receiving a secondhand gift 😂😂) but with quite a few likeminded friends we just buy secondhand gifts for each others kids now, or the kids want to choose something they own to gift their friends a little something. I love it when you can have all the fun with less stuff/ waste / stress 👌 L x

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Less Waste Life: Cloth Nappies

Less Waste Life: Cloth Nappies

Rory rocking his sister’s hand me down nappies ❤️ I’m going to do a few more posts here and on the blog about ways we have been working to reduce our waste as a family – simple swaps, cheap DIYs and lifestyle changes we have made (very imperfectly may I add, with many loses with the wins!). I know individual changes are a very small piece of a very complex issue (and one that needs to be addressed much higher up than an individual consumer level!) but I do believe that every little thing makes a difference, and being conscious of the waste we produce helps us personally to stay aware and connected to our relationship with and impact on with the earth.
We started cloth nappying when Caitlyn was tiny – we had the girls 17 months apart and we were totally freaked out at how quickly a whole wheelie bin would fill with disposable nappies.
Once you are in a routine with laundry and extra load every day or two doesn’t feel like much work at all, they are so lovely and soft on babies skin and you never have to run out to the supermarket last minute when you run out 😂 As with lots of eco swaps, they have the added benefit of saving lots of pennies too!
We’ve been super lucky to hardly have to buy any this time, with hand me downs and super generous friends giving us lots too.
I’ll post a bit more in the next few days about the ones we use now (we tried looooads!) and some tips for trying out cloth nappying on the cheap!
Let me know if you are cloth curious and there is anything else you’d like to know, and I’ll do my best to help you out 👍 L x

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Plastic Free Organic Veg Boxes From Abel & Cole

Absolutely in love with these blood oranges from @abelandcole at the moment, so delicious 😍 We’ve just started getting our fruit veg from them again and I forgot how good it was, the salads are amazing! Super hard to weigh up wanting to buy organic wherever we can, with minimal plastic packaging but also on a budget (we eat so much!) – we’ve managed to cut back on lots to allow us to spend that bit more on plastic free organic fruit and veggies, and are trying to keep costs down on our fruit and veggie shops by growing as much as we possibly can ourselves and eating seasonally, I’ve been particularly loving growing microgreens, herbs and salads on the windowsill these past few months, but can’t wait til the garden gets properly started and we don’t have to buy much in! L x

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