Adventures in Sustainability.

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December 2019 


CHANGE

Toilet Paper [Pick of 2019]: Toilet paper presents you with many choices, use this handy table to help you choose which paper is really the greenest? [more]

Resolution for 2020: Make a list of items in each room that you would like to make more eco-friendly (or do a list for a different room each month). Then take one or two items each month and research and trial sustainable swaps.

 


LEARN

Sustainable Podcasts [Pick of 2019]: A curated list of some sustainable podcasts to inject eco-news directly into your ears. [more]

Resolution for 2020: Make a list of areas of sustainability that you want to learn about and tackle one each month. This could be learning if something can be recycled in your area or maybe finding out about solutions to remove plastic from our rivers. 

   


ACT

Waste Aid [Pick of 2019]: Did you know that 70% of the plastic in the oceans come from places with no waste management. The charity 'Waste Aid' helps to stop this at the source by enabling waste management in these countries. [more]

Resolution for 2020: It is important to not lose sight of looking after yourself and protecting your time. Cut back on some of your digital time wasting and instead use that time for real connections with others. Meet your friends and family for a walk or a coffee and video call those that are far away. Maybe you could share your sustainable journey with them while you catch up?

 


RECOGNISE

My Family: This month I want us all to raise our glasses to my family of Christmas Wasteless Warriors. We cut down considerably on our wrapping paper, leaving many presents unwrapped and only using paper for the little (and big) kids presents. We will be looking at ways to reduce this further next year. Many of the presents bought and requested were eco-friendly such as shampoo bars and locally made items. We used reusable crackers for the first time and were not left in food comas from over indulging at meals. We bought less presents and so didn't spend money for the sake of it or end up with gifts we do not need.

  


THE FUTURE

New Year's Resolutions: With a new year and a new decade around the corner make sure your resolutions are achievable. If you need any help with any sustainable resolutions then let me know or share your stories with me of how you get on.  

 


 Ask me for help with your changes, learning and actions. We are all one big team #wastelesswarriors

 

 

November 2019 


CHANGE

UK General Election: December the 12th is not that far away so how about an easy way to see how the environmental and climate policies of each party stack up? Edie, a 'green business' news organisation, have created a document that does exactly that. All you have to do is register for free with their website. [more]

  


LEARN

Aluminium Cans Recycling: Watch this video to find out more about how aluminium cans are recycled. [more]

   


ACT

Recycling Ink Cartridges: If you use compatible ink cartridges rather than the real thing then recycling can be tricky, however I have found one place that looks like it will take all brands except Epson [more]. If you have a cartridge from one of the printer makers then most have their own schemes, or you can donate to a dedicated company who will give money to charity or to you in return. [more]

 


RECOGNISE

Sophie Lewis: This month I want us all to raise our glasses to Wasteless Warrior Sophie. She is the driving force behind Pure Patisserie and still manages to find time to reduce both her personal and business's impact on the environment. At work she has recently changed the way she purchases butter to save a huge amount of packaging waste, switched to 100% green energy and trialed reusable piping bags. At home she has been loving reusable makeup removal pads and getting stocked up with paper tape for Christmas.

  


THE FUTURE

The Great Bubble Barrier: This company is tackling plastic pollution in waterways in a novel way by using a bubble screen to direct plastic waste to a catchment system at the riverside. They are currently trialling it in Amsterdam. Watch their video and read their page to learn about the many benefits of this approach. [more]

 


 Ask me for help with your changes, learning and actions. We are all one big team #wastelesswarriors

 

October 2019 


CHANGE

Plant Trees While Searching: Super easy to use search engine and the revenue earned from your searches is used to plant trees. [more]

  


LEARN

Sorting Recycling: Watch this video to find out more about how single stream recycling is sorted. [more]

   


ACT

Wasteless Christmas:  The key to this is planning so start by reading my guide for a more sustainable Christmas. [more]

 


RECOGNISE

Chris Hines: This month I want us all to raise our glasses to Chris, a true Wasteless Warrior. He is aiming to make one change each month and keeps me up to date on his success. Past changes include a compost tumbler, reusable napkins/cloths, green power and a soda stream. Let me know the changes you are planning to make or have made.

  


THE FUTURE

Ocean Cleanup: Not my future but our future. This company plans, over the next 5 years, to install plastic capturing machines in the 1000 rivers that contribute most to ocean plastic. [overview] or [indepth]

 


 Ask me for help with your changes, learning and actions. We are all one big team #wastelesswarriors

 

September 2019 


CHANGE

Avoiding the Single Use Water Bottle: Reusable water bottles are one of the best weapons in the zero wasters arsenal. [more]

Reusable Nappies: While being super for the environment these are also super for you and your baby. [more]

  


LEARN

Greta Thunberg Helpline: Find out what to do if Greta Thunberg makes you angry. The answer should make you smile. [more]

   


ACT

Zero Waste Beer:  How to get your favourite brew without the packaging. [more]

Focus on Food: Our partnership with Pure Patisserie is helping them reduce food waste. How you can reduce yours? [more]

  


THE FUTURE

Low Waste Kids Party: Lots of planning is underway for a special 3rd birthday party. More to come after the event.

  


 Ask me for help with your changes, learning and actions. We are all one big team #wastelesswarriors

 

August 2019 


CHANGE

Toilet Paper: We pretty much all use it so why should we be picky about our paper? [more]

Avoiding the Single Use Plastic Cup: It may seem obvious to just refuse it but what will I have my pint in? [more]

  


LEARN

Introduction to the Circular Economy: 7 week course to give you a great understanding of this key concept. [more]

   


ACT

Plastic Free July:  Wasteless wisdom from my attempt last month. [more]

Reducing Unwanted Mail: Ever feel like you should place your recycling bin under your letterbox? [more]

  


THE FUTURE

Zero Waste Christmas: My family and I are thinking ahead to what we can do to reduce our waste and make Christmas more fun at the same time.

Toilet Mounted Bidet: I have purchased one of these so will let you know how I get on with it.

  


 Ask me for help with your changes, learning and actions. We are all one big team #wastelesswarriors

   

July 2019 


CHANGE

Glass and Metal Tupperware: Take it to the shops, freeze food for later or pack it with your lunch. [more]

Milk in Glass: Get your milk delivered again. [more]

Energy: Find a 100% green energy supplier to suit you with a supplier switching site. [more]

  


LEARN

Offset your Packages: Did you know that you can offset the carbon emissions from sending and receiving parcels? [more]

Be a Sustainable Consumer: This website and magazine will help you decide on everything from banking to toilet paper. [more]

   


ACT

Picking up Plastic:  One of the best ways you can prevent other peoples plastic waste from ending up where it shouldn't is by picking it up. Find out about litter picking near you. [more]

New Life for Old Clothes: Worn out and unwanted, does this sound like your clothes? Find out how to rehome them. [more]

  


THE FUTURE

Brewing up a Storm: I recently completed a sustainability review for a local brewery. Hoping they want to work with me further.

Dig for Victory: Our partners 'Inspires Dining' and 'Pure Patisserie' have purchased an allotment together. Looking forward to working with them to maximise its potential to reduce waste.

  


 Ask me for help with your changes, learning and actions. We are all one big team #wastelesswarriors

  

June 2019


CHANGE

Free Recycling: Check out the options to recycle the unrecyclable with Terracycle. E.g. crisp packets. [more]

Recyclable Toothbrush: Discover options for both manual and electric toothbrushes. [more]

Energy: Save money and switch to 100% green electricity. [more]

 


LEARN

 Music with a Message: Listen to thought provoking songs to help share the message, or at least make you smile. [more]

 Podcast with a Purpose: Soak up some sustainability news from one of these positive podcasts. [more]

 Socialize for Support: Find a local group to help you on your sustainability journey. Share ideas and make change. [more]

 Pass on Plastic: Watch 'War on Plastic' on BBC iPlayer for facts and inspiration with your own swaps and changes. [more]

 


ACT

Plastic free July:  Talk to your friends and family about what you are doing. I have been told of several sustainable swaps recently I helped encourage. Take up the challenge with three levels of difficultly there is one for everyone. [more]

Support Waste Collection: Consider donating to Waste Aid. They setup waste collection infrastructure in countries that have none. [more]

Zero Waste Shopping: Find out where your local store is and give them a visit. I tried out the Unpacked trial at Waitrose this month. [more]

 


THE FUTURE

Zero Waste: Consulting on plans to setup a zero-waste shop. Early days but exciting!

Projects: Researching projects to run for several companies environmental departments.

 


 Ask me for help with your changes, learning and actions. We are all one big team #wastelesswarriors

 

May 2019


CHANGE

Glass Jars: Brabantia storage jars to put leftovers in and store bulk bought dry goods. [more]

Pod Based Cleaners: Ocean Saver make pods that dissolve in a spray bottle full of water. They come packaged in cardboard and they also sell spray bottles for life! (I have not used them yet). [more]

Produce Bags: Reduce your use of paper bags when shopping and eliminate plastic bags. [more]

Bamboo cutlery and straw set: Be prepared and have this with you when you are on the go. [more]


LEARN

Marine Litter: If you want to understand more about how to combat ocean plastic pollution then try this course run by the Netherlands Open University. [more]

UK Waste Plans: Its useful to know the direction we are taking as a country. I have been reading the governments waste and recycling policy published Dec 2018, check out the summary at the start. [more] 

Here are some interesting takeaways:

  • 20 million whole slices of bread are binned by UK households every single day!
  • From April 2022 we will stimulate demand for recycled plastic by introducing a tax on plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled plastic.
     

EDIE Live: Conferences are a great way to learn about plans to replace single use plastics (check out [OOHO] and [#oneless]). [more]


ACT

Zero Waste Wedding: We can all influence events we are involved in. This event was in New Orleans and I was the zero waste coordinator for it.

INFORM: Explain your plans and clearly label bins for recyclables, food waste (composted) & landfill (one small bag).
PREPARE: We had reusable plates, cutlery and metal cups (the wedding favors) for the guests to use.
CHOOSE: We used locally sourced rum and wine.
ADAPT: Leftover food from the crawfish boil was processed and made into soup or frozen to be eaten later.

 

Sustainable Bartending: I spent a lot of time thinking about this during my 3-week trip to the US. [more]

BE OUTSPOKEN: I discussed waste and straws with bartenders at 8 different bars
GIVE ADVICE: Initial discussions with a distillery in New Orleans about how they can be more sustainable
BE THE EXAMPLE: Personally avoided all but two plastic cups and one straw during my trip


THE FUTURE

WASTE: Working on a goal of a zero waste to landfill household, with the help of Teracycle. Stay tuned for more.
ENERGY: Researching options for switching to 100% green energy

 


 

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