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Reducing life admin and paper waste #winning

Reducing life admin and paper waste #winning

We seem to get a lot of post. Some days, we don’t receive anything, other days there might just be a bank statement (because I’ve not logged in to check that my £103 is still there and the regulator needs my bank to make sure I’m fully informed even though I’ve opted in to paper statements several times before, blah, blah blah <insert eyeroll emoji here>), but other times there’s a wad of… rubbish. So I open the envelopes (in…

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Food waste faux pas and the next switch

Food waste faux pas and the next switch

As I poured three quarters of a tin of beans into the food waste caddy for the second time in under 6 months, there was a knot in my chest. Or was it in my throat? Or maybe it was both. I couldn’t pin point the emotion at first. It wasn’t anger. It was worse than that. Then I realised, it was a knot of disappointment and shame. I debated whether to type those words. I’m genuinely embarrassed to have…

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Plastic free tea bags, eating less beef and batch pressure cooking!

Plastic free tea bags, eating less beef and batch pressure cooking!

As you might have sensed from my previous two posts, I’m really getting into my challenge to make 12 eco-switches by the end of 2019. It can be easy to get too wrapped up in details, possibilities, consequences, etc, etc. It can be easy to make things more complicated than they need to be. This week, I’ve kept it pretty simple. Tea bags- a simple switch I’ve decided to switch to plastic free teabags. It might be news to you…

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Another eco-switch and a little positivity

Another eco-switch and a little positivity

Like many people, I struggle with the project management and implementation of… well basically life. That’s a posh way of saying that thinking about everything that needs to be done and actually doing it is weighing down on me like a giant snow drift. Most of the time I’m trying to burrow myself out whilst fresh snow continues to fall, but sometimes I just take a nap. In spite of limited capacity to think of and/ or do extra stuff,…

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Switching car journeys for walking

Switching car journeys for walking

So my eco-switch challenge continues and I have a rather unexpected switch. Returning to work after maternity leave means that some of the things I might have expected to use up simply haven’t been used because I’ve been out of the house. So nothing plastic has needed to be switched and I’m merrily carrying on and using things up. However, I do have a switch to tell you about! I was planning on driving my baby to nursery, and then…

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My eco switch challenge- the first switch

My eco switch challenge- the first switch

I know, I know. 3 weeks ago, I launched a highly exciting, energetic, sexy AF environmental challenge called the eco-switch challenge and then… went quiet about it. Not completely quiet, I’m hoping to include my ‘mends’ in my overall changes by the end of the year. What’s this eco-switch challenge thingy? You’re welcome to read my post that started my eco-switch challenge but in brief, at the start of September I set myself a goal to make 12 changes to…

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Money blogger gets mending!

Money blogger gets mending!

I don’t think I’m the only person blogging about money who sometimes feels like there’s not a huge amount to always say about money. When everything’s automated, you’re months away from renewal of any insurance, your savings and investments are ticking up and you’re not ready to address your food costs which have spiralled out of control since you had a baby, it leads you to thinking about other things. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. You can…

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The soap nut washing liquid debacle

The soap nut washing liquid debacle

I know, I know. That title should have come with a spoiler alert. As much as I want to sing the praises of the green alternatives I’m trying, this one really isn’t for me. What are you on about? What even is soap nut washing liquid? So, soap nuts are “dried fruit shells which contain real natural soap and are 100% completely natural” according to Live Naturally, and are a green alternative for washing clothes. There’s two ways to wash…

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Green washing up liquid and the eco-switch challenge

Green washing up liquid and the eco-switch challenge

Last week, I promised more on soap nuts but as I type this, I’ve only made the laundry liquid and haven’t actually used it yet. So that thrilling instalment will follow next week. I’m so thrilled to be trying yet another switch, this time refillable, environmentally friendly washing up liquid. With these 2 changes in quick succession, I realise I don’t need to hold myself back with analysis paralysis but am instead setting myself an eco-switch challenge for the rest…

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So guess who tried soap nuts? (Hint: Me. It’s me.)

So guess who tried soap nuts? (Hint: Me. It’s me.)

It’s awesome how many people are trying to be more proactive in reducing their plastic waste and generally do good stuff for the environment. It still feels like we have mountains to conquer, especially where business is concerned, but it’s a start. The problem is that we have become so reliant on the convenience of single use plastics especially, so moving away from it feels really difficult. Really difficult. One option that I came across was soap nuts, an organic,…

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