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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Biodegradable vs. Compostable - What’s the Difference & Why Does It Matter?

Biodegradable vs. Compostable - What’s the Difference & Why Does It Matter?

There is a whole lot of talk about plastic these days, as films and TV programs are increasing our awareness of the scale of the plastic pollution problem.  Single-use plastics are becoming taboo, and even big brands and retailers are joining the fight against plastics.  

Or are they? 

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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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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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A Few Things You Probably Didn't Know About Mushrooms

A Few Things You Probably Didn't Know About Mushrooms

On a recent trip to Austin, Texas, I had a chance to catch up with my friend Cory, a former house mate from my New York City days.  He's now the co-owner of Hi-Fi Mycology, a commercial scale mushroom farming operation, supplying fungi to distributors and restaurants all over Austin. 

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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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A Refreshing (and Sustainable!) Autumn Cocktail

A Refreshing (and Sustainable!) Autumn Cocktail

There are English Russet apples in abundance at my local green grocer right now, as well as ginger and fragrant rosemary.  They turned out to be delightful complements to my Black Cow vodka.  The Scrumper's Sling is light and refreshing, and infused with the subtle flavours of autumn.  

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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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Bicycle Commuting De-Mystified: How to Choose Your Ride

Bicycle Commuting De-Mystified: How to Choose Your Ride

I now have half a decade of bike commuting under my belt, but there are a few things I've figured out over the years that I wish someone had explained to me when I first began.  There’s a lot to consider when it comes to cycling, and a lot of options when it comes to gear and clothing, but for today I’ll just talk about the most essential element of bike commuting: the bicycle itself.  

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Not All Farming Is Created Equal

Not All Farming Is Created Equal

My beautiful farmer friend wrote me an email with a whole lot of information relevant to my current quest for the right balance in my food choices, and the unique perspective of someone who spends every single day in the dedicated service of the animals in her care.

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