How to Build an Eco-Friendly Maternity Wardrobe

How to Build an Eco-Friendly Maternity Wardrobe

When Mat and I found out we were pregnant with our first child, I started thinking about how I would navigate the world of parenthood while still working toward our goal to reduce our environmental impact.  The most immediate problem I had to face was how to find clothes to wear as my body began to change to make room for a growing baby, without spending too much money or significantly increasing my carbon footprint.

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How to Hygge the Zero Waste Way this Winter

How to Hygge the Zero Waste Way this Winter

For those who are not yet familiar, hygge is the Danish term for that cozy feeling of contentment that comes from the enjoyment of life’s simplest pleasures.  The Danes are experts at it, and I’ve come to regard hygge as my key to surviving the sometimes bleak, seemingly interminable British winter.

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How to Find Safe Drinking Water While Traveling (Without Resorting to Plastic Bottled Water)

How to Find Safe Drinking Water While Traveling (Without Resorting to Plastic Bottled Water)

Traveling can be especially difficult for a zero waste warrior, as it can be challenging to keep yourself fed and watered without resorting to single-use disposables, ubiquitous and convenient as they are. Water can be of particular concern, especially if you’re traveling to a country that doesn’t have safe drinking water readily available.  Is it possible to travel to places like Mexico and India without resorting to plastic bottled water?

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What's On Your Self Love Menu?

What's On Your Self Love Menu?

Though I love my job and look forward to it every day (yay for being your own boss!) I still need to take time to step away and engage in something that doesn’t involve a screen (aka binge watching Friends reruns on Netflix), and that relaxes and recharges me.  So I came up with the following menu, to help me keep some balance even as I’m striving to make my fledgling business a success: 

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4 More Ways to Ditch Plastic This July

4 More Ways to Ditch Plastic This July

So, your Plastic Free July is off to a great start, and you’ve already tackled the “big 4” single-use plastics.  Where do you go from there?  The truth is, plastic is everywhere in our lives, and there are loads of opportunities to cut back.  Here four more ways you can ditch plastics this month.

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4 Easy Ways to Participate in Plastic Free July

4 Easy Ways to Participate in Plastic Free July

It’s that time of the year again - Plastic Free July is nearly upon us!  Although I try to avoid plastic all the time, I'm far from perfect, and this month is a welcome challenge to step up my game.  If you’re just starting to ease into a life without plastic, this can be a great opportunity to see what you’re capable of!  The best way to start, in my opinion, is to tackle the “big 4”:

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How to Stay Looking Fresh When Traveling Internationally

How to Stay Looking Fresh When Traveling Internationally

One of the challenges of international travel is that it can leave you looking tired, dehydrated, and generally ragged.  I don’t care who you are, flying through the night is hard on your body, your immune system, and your skin.  But with a little preparation, you can help mitigate the bedraggling effects of trans-Atlantic travel. 

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The Positive Effects of an Established Morning Routine

The Positive Effects of an Established Morning Routine

I've often despaired that every morning when I wake up, the first thing that I do is start opening apps on my phone, before I've even gotten out of bed, sometimes before I've even turned on any lights.  What if, I thought, I came up with an alternative way to begin each morning, a simple series of healthy activities that would put me in the right frame of mind to have a satisfying and productive day?

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How a Gratitude Journal Can Change Your Outlook

How a Gratitude Journal Can Change Your Outlook

In recent years I’ve become more and more conscious of people’s (including my own) tendency to focus on the negative at the expense of the positive.  We seem hard wired to latch on to, talk about, and internalize bad news.  Why is it so easy amid the chaos of our modern existence to take the good things for granted and to give more mental and emotional space to the bad? 

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The Next Time You Order Seafood, Think About This…

The Next Time You Order Seafood, Think About This…

Aquaculture (fish farming) has grown as a result of, and potentially a solution to the overfishing of wild fish populations.  Around 50% of the fish we consume is now farmed.  But is fish farming safe for the environment?  Is it good for our health?

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Bulk Market, London: A Zero Waste Oasis in the Big City

Bulk Market, London: A Zero Waste Oasis in the Big City

When I saw a Facebook post about a zero waste pop-up shop opening in London, I got really excited, as London is only two hours away from Manchester by train.  I happened to have reason to go to London this past week, so I decided to pay a visit to this Bulk Market I’d read so much about. 

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Reduce Your Impact Today - A Quick Start Guide

Reduce Your Impact Today - A Quick Start Guide

So you've decided that you want to start transforming your lifestyle.  You want less clutter, less waste, and more beauty in your day-to-day.  You feel awesome for having arrived at this decision, and excited to begin.  But you're also overwhelmed by the amount of work and conscious effort it's going to take to achieve it.  Where do you even start?  

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When You Want To Go Camping But Don't Know How

When You Want To Go Camping But Don't Know How

For many years of my adult life, I was really into the idea of camping, but I never actually went camping, likely because the thought of gathering all the necessary gear and planning for a camping trip was too overwhelming.  What will I do about food?  How do you even pitch a tent anyway?  Will bears eat me in my sleep?  Do I have to poop in the woods? 

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10 Easy Ways to Incorporate Self-Care Into Your Day

10 Easy Ways to Incorporate Self-Care Into Your Day

What if we were to take just 20 minutes out of our busy days to treat ourselves with some R&R? How might that help us to manage our anxiety?  Here are a few self-care ideas that you can accomplish in 20 minutes or less, that might help you to settle down and recharge.

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