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Live Better

March 9, 2014

Have you seen it yet?
The Guardian’s new Live Better site in their online paper?

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It’s all about living more sustainably, and I am sooooo excited that a mainstream paper is taking this on and devoting some column inches to practical steps we can all take to make a difference.
This is a quote from the Welcome page
“Action needs to be taken at every level of society, within the highest tiers of the biggest corporations and by national governments. Nothing will happen without international and national action. But let’s not discount the power of individuals. One person turning their thermostat down may not amount to much by itself, but if a thousand people do the same thing, then we’re getting somewhere. Individual actions brought together become collective action – and collective action can change the world”
Great minds must think alike-is that not what I’ve been saying for the last 18 months?!!!!

The idea is for the site to act as inspiration for us all to make those small changes that could make a big difference, and also to provide a forum for people to swap ideas and tips.
In addition, each month, for the next 7 months, they are issuing challenges to 7 of the nation’s best journos and writers, related to issues around sustainable living-this month kicks off with the Zoe William’s witty take on tackling food waste-you can catchup on her attempts to live out of her store cupboard, and produce no food waste here-there are some great recipes if you scroll through all the posts, including one for a red lentil tart, which we tried for tea one night in the week (and yes, even the Smalls ate it!)

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 09.18.26Take the quiz to find out if you are a Food Warrior, or a Food Waster-you may be unsurprised to know that I am Food Warrior, but according to the results thing, “Chances are that being this good at leftovers has also made you unbearably smug, though, and you don’t really have many friends any more” Bit harsh I thought, and maybe not the best way to encourage people to be more careful with their leftovers…!
And as if that wasn’t enough, each week, they will be featuring a Sustainable Blogger of the Week, highlighting the best Sustainable Living blogs out there for your delight and delectation-the inaugural Blog of the Week goes to the fabulous Rachelle Strauss and her brilliant blog My Zero Waste, which as the name suggests is all about encouraging us all to think about how we can reduce the waste that we send to landfill-check it out!

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Over the coming months, they are tackling topics like reducing energy usage, and recycling and re-use, as well as health and well-being, saving water, and sourcing sustainably.

You might have noticed, I LOVE this!
It should end up being a really brilliant and inspiring place to find out what you can do, and how to take things that one step further, if you feel you are already doing all that you can. And it could really help to raise the profile of Sustainable Living, and bring it into the mainstream, and show us all that the changes we make really do count.
Well done The Guardian!

PS. I have not been sponsored or bribed in any way to write this, I just love it, and thought you all would too 🙂

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  • Reply Sue March 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Wow Jen what a brilliant site! Just been on and joined, great info and ideas. Got Jack Monroe’s fantastic cookbook yesterday. It should be given to everyone, she has so many wonderful recipes that are quick and cheap, just what is needed for new families who need to watch the pennies. I am currently doing my own challenge, which is I am not allowed to buy anything from charity shops unless I donate 2 items from wardrobe or home for each item purchased! Been easy so far for past 2 weeks, but now starting to have to say “do I really need to buy another pretty china plate!” Keep up the good work, and enjoy today’s sunshine xx

    • Reply Jen March 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      What a great challenge Sue-maybe I should join in!
      Glad to hear Jack Monroe’s book is as good as I suspected it would be 🙂
      Hope you’ve had a fabulous day in this glorious sunshine.

  • Reply angalmond March 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for the heads up. I wasn’t too thrilled with my quiz result [I am neither Warrior nor Waster – I thought I was pretty good at thrift. And I have to feed the Vicar almost ALL his meals, I am married to him!! Perhaps I am a little bit smug, but still have lots of friends…]
    Yes Bernadine Lawrence Lentil recipe is great- I still use her ‘Benefit book’ from the 1980s

    I shall bookmark this link

    Thank you again!! Sunday blessings xx

    • Reply Jen March 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      And to you, hope you’ve had a great day! Will check out the book, thanks for the tip 🙂

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