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5 simple ways to live more sustainably as a family

March 13, 2018

There is no doubt that family life adds an extra ‘dimension’ and sometimes additional challenges to our attempts to live sustainably. But I also know that having a family can often be the catalyst that gets us started looking for ways to reduce our impact on the planet.

Family doesn’t have to mean the traditional 2.4 kids, I’m also thinking about family in the wider sense, like our own parents, and aunts and uncles and cousins, and friends too. There’s even a post coming this month for our furry family (pets!).

Whatever ‘family’ means to you, and whatever your family looks like, here are 5 simple ways to get started living more sustainably:

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...Food and Recipes, ...Kids

How to make Halloween cookies when you don’t have Halloween cookie cutters

October 31, 2016

I’ve possibly missed the boat on this one and am posting this far too late to be of use for anyone this Halloween, but hey, half term is all I’m going to say.

BigSmall and I had a morning to ourselves at the weekend and decided to make some Halloween cookies. We don’t have any ghostly Halloween cutters or witches hats or anything similar, and I really didn’t want to have to buy any, so my initial idea was to make some cardboard templates to cut around. But before we got started on that, we decided to have one last look in the cookie cutter drawer, and once we started to think outside the box a little, we realised we had all kinds we could use:

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...Food and Recipes, ...Kids

Zero Waste Recipes – Homemade Wraps

September 9, 2016

My boys LOVE having wraps for lunch.
And while they are quick and easy, and make for a painless lunch that I know will be eaten, there is something about shop bought wraps that just makes me feel a bit bleurgh. They don’t really taste of anything much, and just seem to act as a conduit for the filling. And they just look so kind of plastic-y. I’m sure they are probably full of all kinds of preservatives and chemicals to prolong their shelf life (although I will confess I haven’t actually checked). And then there’s the plastic bags that they come in (although I have to say that we keep hold of them and use them again and again for chucking stuff like rolls and biscuits into and freezing).

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...Food and Recipes, ...Kids

Zero Waste Lunchbox Ideas

September 7, 2016

It’s Zero Waste Week and the kids are back at school. BigSmall is getting really big now and just going into Key Stage 2 (what we used to call Juniors back in the day!) which means that his free school meals are at an end, and we are facing the daily “what do we put in his lunchbox” dilemma.
Whilst there is a lot more choice for healthy (and not so healthy) lunchbox options than I remember when I was at school, they all seem to come wrapped in gaudy plastic. Even sticks of cheese come individually wrapped. What is all that about? And the plastic, as we all know is non recyclable and destined to just sit in landfill for the next few thousand millennia.

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Zero Waste (ish) Ice Lollies

July 22, 2016

We’ve been sweltering here in the UK for the last few days, which has kind of taken us all a little by surprise. We just aren’t set up for really hot weather here, and in true British fashion it has only taken half a day of heat for us all to start complaining it’s too hot!

In weather like this (and in fact in any kind of weather if you are a small person) ice lollies are pretty much compulsory to aid the cooling down process. And I do love an ice lolly, but my inner zero waste wannabe does wince each time one of the un-recyclable plastic film wrappers hits the bin.
So here’s my (almost) zero waste solution…
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