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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, One Planet Living, Sustainable Living

3 things you can do TODAY to eat more sustainably

February 4, 2018

This month in my sustainable living hub A Make Do and Mend Year, we’re looking at food, and how we can take steps to eat more sustainably.
Food is a complex issue and has a huge impact environmentally.
But we all need to eat, so it’s an area that we can all take action on. And the good news is that lots of these things are simple and easy.

Here’s three simple, impactful changes you can implement TODAY!

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General ramblings, Sustainable Living

11 reasons to join A Make Do and Mend Year

January 23, 2018

I have decided, perhaps a little belatedly, that 2018 is the year I am going to step up. I’m going to stop procrastinating, and being scared, and worrying. And I’m going to step into the knowledge and experience I have gained in sustainable living since our year buying nothing new in 2012.
It’s been an amazing journey, and I am so excited and encouraged to see so many people now also wanting to make positive changes in their lives that mean that they live more sustainably.
But I know that it’s not always easy.
I know it can feel lonely, and overwhelming, and confusing.

I’ve wanted for a long time now to be able to offer another level of support for those people who want a bit more than my big Make Do and Mend Life FB group can offer.
It’s an amazing place, and such an active and engaged community. It’s fabulous to see it grow, but it’s now got so big that it’s very hard for me to connect with everyone in there, and to provide that more personal support for those that need or want it.
Soooo, I’ve created a membership programme, called A Make Do and Mend Year, where I can do just that.
And here’s 11 reasons why you might want to join!

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Sustainable Living

12 Quick Sustainable Wins for the New Year!

January 1, 2018


How was your Christmas?
And how are you feeling about the prospect of a whole new shiny year ahead?

I’m excited to be gearing up for A Make Do and Mend Year and helping to support and resource as many people as possible to make smalls changes so that they live more sustainably.
But before we dive into that, here are 12 ‘quick wins’ that you can implement ASAP to get your sustainable 2018 started with a bang!

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...Food and Recipes, One Planet Living, Sustainable Living

Twelve Alternatives to Supermarkets

March 21, 2017

I was going to start this post by saying “there’s nothing wrong with supermarkets”, but that would be wrong. There is a lot wrong with supermarkets, but I guess what I want to say is that I accept that supermarkets are a part of most of our lives. They have done good things in terms of making good food cheaper, and they are the place that the vast majority of us will do our weekly shop.
And that’s ok.
But there are other ways to shop, that are built on more sustainable models that fit with our ethos of ‘slow food’, and that have a focus on people and planet as well as profit. Here are twelve of them:
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