3 steps to a more sustainable period – about menstrual cups and reusable pads

This is still a topic that will make a lot of people feel somewhat awkward, but just like breastfeeding it is something which is so much part of our biological make-up as a female mammal, it shouldn't require a second thought. As a teenager, I spent a lot of time wondering about how "they" did …

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Cakes4Apes Success

We have been fundraising in Kirkcudbright today. All the funds go towards International Animal Rescue and are specifically intended for our critically endangered cousins the Orang Utans (Man of the Forest in Malay  - and no gender bias here, it includes the females too, don't worry 😉 I sold all my home-made cakes and raised …

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Just a piece of cake?

Spending the Saturday before Easter sitting in front of a friend's shop in a small town in south-west Scotland isn't going to rock the world. It is going to be very low-key. I have spent Wednesday morning baking three cakes (all Fair Trade, organic and one gluten free) to do some fundraising for International Animal …

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Two Ideas for a Natural Baby Bath Time

In the winter, when we need to cover up in many layers of clothing and the cold weather can make our skin feel dry and itchy.  A good soak in warm water without any unnecessary additives can do wonders. The best thing is to probably not smother your baby's skin in too many products if …

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Simple Steps to a Shampoo-free Hair Care

Some time ago, I wrote about making your bathroom more eco-friendly. Apart from our kitchen and food preparation this is where we encounter plastics and especially single use plastic most frequently. Most of the products we use for our daily personal care contain lots of other ingredients or components that are either plastic or palm-oil …

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How to make mince pies without a biscuit cutter

While I am hoping you have all emerged from the festive period with some ambitious (or perhaps not so ambitious) resolutions for the New year, my apologies in advance for this post - I am already blogging about the next Christmas theme. And quite a British one at that. I for one had never heard …

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Christmas over-consumption or: Ways to a more sustainable Christmas

It seems to be the same thing every year - a race to outdo one another, no one wants to be left out and you can't be seen giving less or fewer items than you did the year before. "You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry; You'd better not pout, I'm telling you why..." …

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Home-made yoghurt and plastic-waste reduction

Apart from plastic bags we use for shopping and plastic wrapped around vegetables in supermarkets, one of the main components of our plastic waste are yoghurt tubs. You mostly won't be able to up-or recycle them, esp. if multiple materials are used such as plastic, paper and film, which most of them do. And yet …

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A green sleeping arrangement

What can you do to make your bedroom a healthier place to sleep? I have been thinking about that for quite a while now, and the silence on this blog wasn't due to the fact that I went into hibernation - although I do sometimes feel like it this time of year. The reason for …

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Some thoughts on getting breastfeeding off to a good start

If you have been to buy a new pair of trainers in a Sports Direct store somewhere in England, chances are you have bumped into a group of protesters sitting on the floor (and quite deliberately in the way) while openly breastfeeding their babies. We can only congratulate these ladies on making a stance that …

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