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Going Plastic Free as a Young Family

The plot quickens

In the spirit of getting us all involved, step 2 of going plastic free was a spot of DIY. First of all, we had great fun at the weekend. We set ourselves up a small vegetable plot in our garden. We used some old sleepers we had from some recent building work. Also some stakes we had going spare to make our wigwam. We’ve planted cucumbers, peppers, peas and runner beans. And of course, we’ve hung some strawberry plants up too for little hands to pick at as they check on the plot.

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Published: January 5, 2019
Author: Sian
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Gulp, do we use that much plastic?

 Swapping Plastic for Pink

Going for Plastic Free Drinking

Going plastic-free as a young family is tough. So many kids’ snacks come in plastic wrapping and finding time to make everything from scratch instead is often near impossible. But we’re ready to take on the challenge. We’ve set ourselves the goal of radically reducing our plastic use this year. We’ve been thinking about it for some time. however, it took our six-year-old  coming home from school upset and worried after watching David Attenborough’s now-famous Blue Planet episode to get us to take the leap. Her naive logic made us think. She just couldn’t get her head around why we couldn’t all immediately stop using plastic that was hurting animals. So we’ve promised her we will go on our own crusade against plastic.

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Published: January 3, 2019
Author: Sian
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Living Plastic Free

Why you should start living plastic free, how to make a start and how we can help you on your journey

So, what’s the big deal?

What is so important about living plastic free? Plastic is a big problem. More than eight million tonnes of it goes into the oceans every year. That’s around 600,000 double-decker buses. Or 250,000 Empire State Buildings being dumped in the sea year on year. Experts predict that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will weigh more than the amount of fish.  Just think about that; there will be as much plastic floating around as there are fish. That’s an appalling realisation by anyone’s standards. Most importantly, it’s a real wake up call on exactly what single-use plastic is doing to the planet.

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Published: January 2, 2019
Author: Sian
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How to Cook – Red Split Lentils

What are Red Split Lentils?

Red Split Lentils are by far the quickest to cook of the lentil family. They need no pre-soaking and as they are split (the skins removed so they split naturally into two halves), they cook very quickly.

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Published: June 3, 2018
Author: Ruth Mildred
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How to Cook – Amaranth

What is Amaranth?

Amaranth is an ancient plant, once a staple of the Aztec and Inca diet. Also used for ritual purposes in these ancient cultures, its name means ‘unwithering’, and the plant was a symbol of immortality.

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Published: May 21, 2018
Author: Ruth Mildred
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Plastic Free Snacks

Treat yourself without it costing the earth and keep healthy too with plastic free snacks!

We all enjoy a snack and if we choose our snacks carefully then they can be good for us. Choosing plastic free snacks will also be good for the planet. Snacking well can help to keep blood sugar levels stable and stave off the hunger pangs.

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Published: May 21, 2018
Author: Ruth Mildred
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