Who doesn't love a good party? The thing about being less wasteful is that it shouldn't mean you can't still have fun! But instead of plastic, polluting balloons and single use cups why not go more classy? Get the real wine glasses out, make some punch from locally-sourced fruit and party like it's 1999 (except with composting, curbside recycling and fair trade)!
What could be more wasteful than wrapping your food in a temporary piece of unrecyclable plastic? That's what cling film is. Use this DIY to make one of the most handy zero-waste items in my kitchen!
One of the things ubiquitous with weddings is stationery. From save-the-dates to table plans, paper is used everywhere. This is one of the first eco-friendly things we are thinking about for the wedding.
I've been super busy this week making allsorts of things, as I type I am sat here in my apron, waiting for bread to rise! This is the art of making from scratch put into practice.
Call me crazy but I'm thinking of using flowers from my own garden in my wedding bouquet. Well, why not? They are already there, my garden is full of beautiful flowers throughout the summer, so nothing new would be produced just to be cut for one day in my hands. They are organically grown and completely natural as much of my garden is self-seeded anyway.
Following on nicely from my last few posts, my next big ethical decision is making from scratch. Such an important and thing to do when going zero waste or trying to be more sustainable is to look at the process that goes into making an item and to create something from the beginning for yourself. That may be making a recipe from scratch which may otherwise come out of a (non-recyclable) packet or sewing a craft instead of needlessly buying it online with wasteful postage and packaging.
One great way to save money and waste is to create a shopping list and stick to it. So I've created a recipe book to list all our favourite meals. Here is a little snippet and handy guide to making your own personal recipe book.
Another year has gone by and Christmas is here again! In our house it truly is a wonderful time of year and part of getting into the spirit is an evening spent setting up the decorations with a glass of hot gluhwein in hand.
A garden transformation: from unhealthy lawn to natural, insect, bee and butterfly heaven! See the photo timeline here.
In the green world words get thrown around to describe the different attributes of products but what do they mean? It's easy to get bogged down by the lingo and walk into a shop not really knowing what to expect. So I've put together a little glossary of terms which will probably get extended and added to over time to include new terminology I learn as I'm going along!