Podcast, Sustainable Living

Plastic Free Living with the Zero Waste Chef

In this episode I’m SO excited to be chatting to Anne Marie Bonneau, aka the Zero Waste Chef.


Anne Marie shares the story of how she got started on her Zero Waste journey, and her top tips for cutting out single use plastic.

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[005] – How to get started with A Sustainable Life

In this episode we look at what Sustainable Living even means, and how to get started when it might be feeling really overwhelming.

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[004] – Community Gardening with Sara Venn from Incredible Edible Bristol

Before we start – a little heads up about the background noise on this one – Sara works in an incredibly hip co-working space surrounded by trendy millenials and moustache wax, who can be heard getting themselves a skinnydoubleshotdecaffavocado latte in the background..!

Sara Venn is one of the first people I thought of when I first had the idea for this podcast.
She is an absolute inspiration who founded Incredible Edible Bristol and transformed not just unloved spaces around the city, but people’s lives too.

Gardening can seem like an incredibly benign activity, and conjures up scenes of idyllic sunny days, and baskets brimming with homegrown fruit and veg.
But it can actually be a really powerful tool for bringing people, and communities together.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The secret to growing engaged and active online communities around the things that you care about
  • The power of social media to bring people together around a common cause
  • How Sara started her hugely popular #shoutyhalfhour twitter chat
  • The various ways that Sara is able to generate income for Incredible Edible Bristol
  • How to get started with your own Incredible Edible Project in your community

Useful Links:

Ron Finley’s TED talk

Pam Warhurst’s TED talk (founder of Incredible Edible)

Incredible Edible

Incredible Edible Bristol

The resources for starting school growing programmes that Sara mentions in the interview

Incredible Edible Bristol Facebook page

Incredible Edible Bristol on Instagram

Sara Venn on Twitter

Sara’s own website

My Sustainable Life Community on FB

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[003] – A Sustainable Life – Start with Why

In this episode, I share why I think it’s so important for us all to get really clear on WHY it’s so important to us that we make sustainable changes in our lives.
It may well be something you’ve never really thought about, but if you can spend a few minutes giving your ‘why’ some thought, it can be a really powerful motivator to keep you taking those all important steps forwards on your sustainable living journey.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why I think your Why is a brilliant place to start yet often overlooked
  • How to stay motivated when it all feels a bit rubbish and everything feels hard
  • Some of my whys behind why I do what I do

Useful links:

Simon Sinek’s TED talk

Simon Sinek’s book, Start with Why

My Sustainable Life Community on FB

Podcast, Sustainable Living

[002] – Meet the founder of the UK’s first Tool Library

Tool libraries are a brilliantly simple concept, and are a pretty popular thing over in North America, but up until a couple of years ago, we didn’t have even one here in the UK.
All that changed in 2015 when Chris Hellawell started up The Edinburgh Tool Library. It’s an inspirational story of one man with a vision, who is creating huge positive change in his community and showing the Sharing Economy is about far more than simply ‘stuff’.

What you’ll learn:

  • What exactly a Tool Library is and how it works
  • How borrowing a tool can genuinely change someone’s life
  • What the most important tool in any workshop is
  • How Chris is creating a sustainable business model, with multiple income streams, at the same time as effecting positive change in his community
  • How to get started with your own Tool Library

Useful links:

The Edinburgh Tool Library

The Edinburgh Tool Library on Facebook

Chris on Twitter

Edinburgh Tool Library on Instagram (look out for pictures of Chris’ dog!)

Toronto Tool Library

Two blog posts I wrote a couple of years ago after interviewing Chris via e-mail
this first one has some more general information about Tool Libraries, and about Edinburgh Tool Library in particular
this second one has some great information for anyone wanting to find out more about setting up their own Tool Library