Post Christmas food re-homing ideas

Everyone ends up with food items over Christmas that they don’t like, can’t eat, or just won’t use before it expires.  Maybe you have been bought a bottle of red wine you don’t like, or a box of biscuits containing an ingredient you are intolerant to.  Perhaps you bought something for a particular visitor but […]

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Composting with Bokashi – part 2

As mentioned in Compost part 1, I use the Bokashi composting system.  This uses a bran containing microbes to pickle food waste and speed up composting.  I live in a flat, but am lucky enough to have a reasonable sized balcony so have room for both plant troughs and composting bins. My process is as […]

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Compost, its actually quite interesting! – Part 1

Why do I compost? It saves me money and time (especially without a car) buying compost from the garden centre. I know what’s in my compost, that it hasn’t come from endangered peat and doesn’t have any chemicals in it. My local council does not have a food waste collection so I’m recycling my unavoidable […]

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Salmon – it’s complicated, but fascinating

Being currently in British Columbia, Canada, salmon is everywhere both in the natural environment and in the food culture.  This got me thinking about the salmon we get in the UK.  As most people know salmon is a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals and omega fatty acids.  These fatty acids are thought to be […]

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Zero Waste Travelling

Once you have your Zero Waste routine set up at home, things get into a rhythm and it becomes quite easy.  However what about when you are out of your house or on holiday?  I am currently travelling in British Columbia, Canada, and wanted to share what I travel with to keep my zero waste […]

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Decaffeinated coffee de-mystified 

Is decaffeinated coffee a sensible to drink for the conscious and ethical consumer? Does it really contain chemicals that are in nail varnish remover, and dry cleaning fluid?  Let’s find out… Raw green coffee beans are decaffeinated before roasting, through the use of solvents , carbon dioxide or water.  Typical solvants include those used in refrigeration and paint […]

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Sustainable Slow Tourism in Norway

I have just returned from a seven day Norwegian slow tourism floating haven, ticking so many sustainability boxes it was surprising.  The Hertigruen boat company show that even an organisation over 120 years old can embrace high ecological standards at many levels of its business. The Hertigruen boats started in 1893, mainly as cargo ships on […]

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Planting parsnips and growing in small spaces

I am looking forward to planting my parsnips in a couple of weeks, an unusual statement I know, but let me elaborate.  Parsnips are easy to grow, you just need lots of time, they are the favourite food of one of my closest friends. The seeds came from a community garden on Guernsey; where I […]

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Flying Away with Bottles & Coffee Cups!

With the strict rules about liquids on planes you could assume that reusable drinks containers are not welcome either.  This turns out not to be the case.  Your waste reduction ethics do not have to be left at the terminal door. Travel forums abound with people who take empty bottles through all manner of airports […]

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Fishy Goings On!

The challenge of tuna You may be surprised to know that the most well known tuna brands in the UK are not doing their part to help world fish stocks. In some cases have gone back on promises to reform. The Greenpeace Tuna League Table for 2015 makes interesting reading for the conscious consumer.  John West […]

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