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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Christmas Gifts for Vegans - What to Buy for the Plant-Based People in your Life

Christmas Gifts for Vegans - What to Buy for the Plant-Based People in your Life

Most of us have family or friends who have chosen to go vegan, and would like to give them Christmas gifts that recognise and support their lifestyle.  But if you’re not vegan yourself, it can be hard to know exactly what to buy or where to look.  o help you out, we’ve rounded up our five favourite gift ideas for the vegans in our lives.

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5 Great Benefits of Switching to Solar Power

5 Great Benefits of Switching to Solar Power

Whether you’re looking to cut down on your household waste for environmental reasons or you’re thinking ahead and hoping to reduce your power bills in the long-term, you may have considered switching to solar power for your home. If you’re interested in installing solar panels but aren’t sure if the potential advantages outweigh the initial costs, consider the following significant benefits…

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Four Uses For Your Reusable Lunch Box

Four Uses For Your Reusable Lunch Box

There’s something in our nature as people that likes to assign specific tasks to specific objects.  We like to know that a certain tool is for a certain purpose.  But occasionally, and especially when trying to reduce waste, it pays to think outside the box, and let certain things serve multiple purposes. 

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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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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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Why Going Zero Waste Can Be Hard for an Introvert

Why Going Zero Waste Can Be Hard for an Introvert

It’s only in my adult life that I’ve come to really accept and embrace my introverted tendencies.  I’m not socially inept, by any means, but a lot of the time, my natural state is to be withdrawn. It’s ironic, therefore, that I chose to align myself with a movement that challenges the status quo and requires a certain number of uncomfortable conversations with strangers, often in new places.

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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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7 Ways to Go Zero Waste at the Office

7 Ways to Go Zero Waste at the Office

You live in the real world, and it's not always easy to stick to your high principles when you're on your grind from 9 to 5. As with everything, a little bit of planning and preparation go a long way, and it is actually possible to avoid all the trash pitfalls the corporate workday can throw your way.  

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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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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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