White Monday – Conscious Consumerism

In Britain alone, it’s estimated that we’ll spend £7 billion over Black Friday weekend. In a world of over-stuffed wardrobes, un-used tools and useless trinkets, do we need to keep mindlessly consuming? Many of the people who spend on Black Friday will be getting themselves into debt – for a bargain. All for what? To…

Can you Think like a Vegan?

Do you think like a vegan? What a strange question, I hear you say. But, do you? Or do you have lots of pre-conceived ideas when you heard the term “vegan”? Perhaps you’ve heard something about vegans that you didn’t like. Maybe you’ve had a vegan talk to you and it’s made you think about…

Autumn Poached “Caramelised” Pears Recipe

As the weather gets colder every day – or so it seems right now – I’m getting really into Autumn and embracing the seasonal changes. Batch cooking stews and soups, and making warming, comforting desserts. It’s all about the desserts! This month, I’ve gone for a tasty twist on a beautiful classic – poached pears….

Biodegradable Beauty for the 21st Century

Many of us a trying to cut down our waste, and with all the different areas in our lives where we need to use and consume products, it can be hard to know where to start, or even to make changes everywhere. I find it much easier to look at one product at a time,…

Second Hand September – Reduce Your Fashion Footprint

Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Fast fashion is unsustainable – filling up our landfill, polluting or waterways and putting pressure on those who make our clothes under unacceptable conditions. But don’t worry there’s something you can do to help.  Join Second Hand September and pledge to stop buying new clothes…

Sustainable & Ethical Beauty

I just love it went you find a new brand that are so perfectly aligned with your ideals. An important part of my daily life is being able to choose ethical, sustainable products which do not cause harm to any living being. Amaranthine is one of those brands – producing natural skincare and beauty products,…

Make a Brew with Totem Tea

As many of you know by now, I am a total tea addict. With an entire wall of tea stacked shelves, my husband wonders will there ever be a gap appear, or will I just keep stuffing one more bag or one more box in, until in a jenga-like fashion, it all collapses and one…

National Refill Day – Save Resources, Save Cash!

As we become more aware of the toxic levels of waste that are polluting our planet and our oceans, a really simple way to cut down on plastic bottles and packaging is to use refill options where possible. These are now available in many zero waste stores for food and drink, refill stations for toiletries…

Challenge Yourself to Ditch Single Use Plastic for One Day!

Could you go 24 hours without purchasing or using any single use plastic – including coffee cups, water bottles, food packaging, straws or bags? Single use plastic is a huge threat to our environment and oceans, and you can help reduce this impact. It’s easy to think that one person can’t make a difference, but…

International Women’s Day – Why Balance is Better

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while focusing world attention on areas which still need improvement, and calling for action to accelerate gender parity. On this day, we look back at the Suffragette movement, where women before us fought for the right to work. To the…