What I did last week: Sustainable sportswear, organic beauty & a food waste feast

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As I’ve had a particularly good week of sustainability and wellbeing events, I thought I’d share a little summary with you. I can’t guarantee this will be the first of a new series of posts as my average weeks aren’t quite so eventful, and quite frankly because I’m not sure anyone wants to know what I’ve done all 52 weeks of the year, but I hope this one will be of interest and may inform you of companies or events you wouldn’t have otherwise have heard of. Here goes… Continue reading “What I did last week: Sustainable sportswear, organic beauty & a food waste feast”

Vintage shopping & veggie dining in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

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Photo source: Manchester evening news 

On a trip up to Derbyshire for my Granny’s 90th, Ollie and I spent half a day mooching around Manchester city centre. After searching online for independent shops, we found there is a great vintage scene with lots of shops on Oldham Street. Our favourite was We are Cow, who have another shop in Leeds and are on ASOS Marketplace. They sell vintage clothing as it is or reworked by their in-house seamstresses. Continue reading “Vintage shopping & veggie dining in Manchester’s Northern Quarter”

Market fruit & veg without the waste

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On Sunday, I did my weekly fruit and veg shop at the little market down by Shoreditch High Street station. Not only can you get great bargains, like bowls of pointed peppers and peaches for £1, but you can also avoid the plastic packaging you get in supermarkets. I simply filled up a reusable woven shopper bag with my favourite fruit and veg (above). You may also want to bring a separate cloth bag or reusable container if you’re buying more delicate items like berries.

Around 40% of plastic is used in packaging and the UK generates around 2.4 million tonnes per year of packaging waste (WRAP). The largest source of plastic packaging is the grocery retail sector, accounting for almost 1 million tonnes (or 43%) of plastic packaging (WRAP, 2016). Continue reading “Market fruit & veg without the waste”

Edible Cutlery: Spoon Feeding Better Behaviour

Currently, around 40 billion plastic utensils are used in the US every year, the majority of which are used just once before being discarded.  At a global level, the magnitude of this figure increases by 16 times the amount. At least 8 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean each year. The World Economic Forum forecast that by 2050 there will be a 1:1 ratio of fish to plastic by weight in the oceans. Plastics in their original form can remain in the ocean for hundreds of years. In small particles they can remain in the ocean for even longer. The best research currently estimates that there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic waste in the ocean today!

Bakeys is launching the world’s first edible cutlery line made of three flours: rice, wheat, and sorghum. They want to create a cutlery revolution, helping to reduce waste and ocean plastic by providing an eco-friendly alternative to disposable plastic cutlery. But they need your help: Bakeys are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to expand their collection and increase the affordability of their alternative to plastic utensils. Find out more below… Continue reading “Edible Cutlery: Spoon Feeding Better Behaviour”

Wahaca has become the first restaurant group in the UK to be certified a CarbonNeutral Company

In 2016, through the use of renewable energy for restaurants and head office, and carbon credits for the remaining emissions including business travel, Wahaca has become the first restaurant group in the UK to be certified as having a net zero carbon footprint in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. Continue reading “Wahaca has become the first restaurant group in the UK to be certified a CarbonNeutral Company”

2016: The Year of the Vegan Donut!

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Photo credit: Alana Dimou

Vegan donuts are quickly becoming the dairy-free delight all conscious consumers want to get their hands on. With more and more bakeries opening up, it really is hard to resist! Their sweet, fluffy texture, and the many different flavours to choose from, make them the perfect treat to cure your sugar cravings. They also make great gifts for all ages, and are a favourite party food. So donut miss out on all the sugary goodness and read my guide to the best vegan donut-eries in London: Continue reading “2016: The Year of the Vegan Donut!”

DIY Valentine’s Day

Photo Credit: Lola Emily

Make this Valentine’s Day a personal one by crafting your loved one a special gift yourself. Don’t go crazy trying to find the perfect gift for someone that has everything they need. Instead, make them something they will use, that shows you know them, and that you will put in a lot of effort to make them happy. Plus, handmade gifts tend to be cheaper and you can make them with more natural, eco-friendly materials!  Continue reading “DIY Valentine’s Day”