Plastic diary – Days 1 to 3 of Plastic Free July

I promised to keep a plastic diary throughout July and here is it – the first few days! (Just as a reminder I have challenged myself to refuse single use plastics associated with me only, but to try to limit them for the rest of the family – read more here) Before I start, I’ve been
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The I Quit Blog Fiesta no.12 – oops I nearly forgot!

This month I am running a little late with my I Quit Blog Fiesta, but here it is – better late than never! Two inspirational ladies are taking on two challenges this month and I had to write about both of them. Westywrites is just about to embark on going Supermarket Free for Lent and
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A month of the Rubbish Diet!

My eco challenge for this month was to slim my bin (i.e. throw less away) by undertaking The Rubbish Diet.  I received four emails over the month and was quite pleased to see I was already doing most of the things they suggested.  We aren’t throwing much away, only needing to put our bin out
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How hungry is your appliance?

This is a guest post from Mr ETL (my husband) about how we found out exactly how much we are spending on our background electricity usage throughout the year and how it is broken down by appliance. We are spending around £365 a year on our background electricity usage!  When I look at our energy
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2013 – An Eco Thrifty Year in pictures (and words)!

Last year I decided to replace New Years Resolutions with New Years Reflections. You can read my reflections from last year here.  Instead of focusing on the things I haven’t done (which are many), I wanted to take a moment to remember and appreciate the things I have done during the year. This year I have
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Is going moneyless a step too far?

Well it isn’t for the Moneyless Man.  I found his Moneyless Manifesto because I was looking up alternative ways to clean teeth and wash hair.  He has some really interesting suggestions about this under his washing section.   I still haven’t had a chance to read the whole Manifesto, but I will be later.  I found the sections
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Breakages

Since I decided to go on a mending spree, things have been breaking faster than I can fix them! I have found holes in socks, my weighing scales falling apart, holes in my son’s school p.e. trousers and school bag. Plus after thinking I had solved my sons glove problem I found an even bigger hole in
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No more burying my head in the sand..

For a long time I have avoided watching, listening to and reading the news. This is because I feel that the news tends to be very negative, doesn’t generally give a balanced viewpoint of both the good and bad things going on in the world and is often demoralising.  I used to find that the
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Another successful clingfilm alternative!

Forget about shower caps – I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier.  A flannel or small cloth secured with an elastic band makes a great reusable cover for a bowl!  This is particularly good if you only want to cover a bowl for a short time.  Depending on the type of food, it might
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