Homemade laundry liquid

I was a bit sceptical at first and then I gave it a go and tried it: my first homemade laundry liquid. I skipped the stage to go entirely botanical though, as you can find suggestions to simply use ivy as a basis and where I live that stuff is absolutely ubiquitous strangling every other tree …

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What makes cheap vegetable oil unaffordable

Look at this picture to see how the rainforest on the tropical island of Borneo a disappearing at a staggering rate as this picture from rainforestsos.com shows: What might be the reason for this? If you have watched the recent BBC programme Red Ape: Saving the Orang Utan the chilling truth becomes very clear. Our cousins …

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On Cloth Nappies

I was usually met with either horrified looks or on the other end of the scale almost roaring applause when I announced that I was planning to use cloth nappies instead of disposables on my new baby. My daughter is now 7 weeks old and I have been using them right from the start. To …

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Rite of Passage, or: An Ideal Labour

It is true what they say, everything changes, your life as you knew it has gone. You're constantly improvising, like writing for example with a nursing baby on your lap as I am now. I never would've thought it was be possible to do that: writing, the clicks on the keyboard accompanied by some snorting …

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Plastic-free Life – Taking Action

It's not enough to moan and then shrug your shoulders thinking: "Poor little me, what can I do?" In response to the rather bleak outlook in one of my earlier posts, I thought about alternatives and how we can take positive action instead of scapegoating and always relying on somebody else to do it. Please …

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Green politics and their promises…

Do we still believe in them? In this current day and age we are saddled with a nagging distrust of ourselves and of others, and certainly, it is the politicians we very often trust least of all. They are not able to stand for the ideals which seemed self-evident just a few generations ago, and yet, …

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Plastic-free Supermarkets

It is just a little step but please show your support by signing this Greenpeace petition to urge supermarkets to ditch their plastic packaging. The quicker we get on with it the better! Thanks! We need to stop this:  

Cleaning up our shores

It does feel like cleaning up after other people. Despite feeling as though I were impersonating ancient Sisyphus  as he was pushing the heavy boulder up the hill, only to watch it roll down and having  to resume his toils all over again, I believe there were two benefits which potentially sprung from it: Firstly, trying …

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Coffee cups and waste reduction

When we think about waste reduction, disposable coffee cups are maybe not the first thing that springs to mind. But then the coffee outlets such as Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Cafe Nero etc.  became well established one after the other throughout the 1990's and early 2000's and the "paper" cups and little plastic lids to avoid …

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New Year’s Resolutions?

They normally make me cringe. But as the New Year is only a week old, I thought it worthwhile to comment on this. I for one don't believe it is feasible because most people would ditch their gym membership by the end of January if only they could as they have signed up for 12 months …

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