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Holding Back A Second Wave of Single Use Plastic

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought on a new wave of single use plastics. While safe PPE for healthcare workers like gloves, face masks, shoe coverings and disposable aprons is a priority, businesses and consumers alike are rejecting reusable and package-free products in fear of cross-contamination, and governments around the world are postponing vital climate-positive policies.  Unfortunately, the single use plastic crisis has not gone away because of the health crisis, so it’s more important than ever to tackle waste and pollution head-on to avoid backtracking on the last few years of positive progress on plastics.   The bad news: Single use plastic in a time of Coronavirus According to CNN, the Covid-19 pandemic has spurred a rapid expansion in plastic production....

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We challenged Charlotte to take our 1 week no single-use plastic challenge...

This is her diary. Life looks and feels a little different now.  What we worried about a month ago may feel insignificant and then there are whole new things that we must consider.    What we can agree on is that this is a time of transformation.  Some good and some bad, naturally.  But life after this will change therefore, it is a good time to consider changes in your own life.    That’s why I jumped at the chance to take on the 1-week no single-use plastic challenge.  Although, I have worked towards a zero-waste life for many years, I’m not a perfect person.  What is worse is that in the last few months I’ve slipped into some bad...

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How to achieve and sustain an eco-friendly mindset.

In a world where we only have to turn on the news to see the consequences of neglecting this marvellous planet, how do we develop and sustain an eco-friendly mindset?   For many of us, we have grown up in a life of consumerism and disposable culture.  It can feel like an impossible task to shake off those old ways and rebirth ourselves as an eco-friendly ally.   Fostering an eco-friendly mindset is crucial to our success.  Recycling that one yoghurt pot that time is not making a difference.  Lifelong sustainable actions though?  That’s a winner!   What do we mean by an “eco-friendly mindset”? If you are someone with an eco-friendly mindset then you will be aware of the...

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Bamboo - The most sustainable material on the planet?

Bamboo is everywhere these days; from toothbrushes to coffee cups.  It is seen as the ultimate material in sustainability.  But what gives it these lofty credentials? Aside from its beautiful aesthetics bamboo has much to offer individuals and industries looking to drive eco-friendly initiatives and make lifelong switches to more sustainable products. Credit Why is bamboo a sustainable material? Bamboo is a type of grass.  This not only makes it great food for pandas but is also resilient and easy to grow.    It grows at a rapid rate and self-regenerates.  It’s a farmer’s dream crop.  On top of that it requires no pesticides or chemicals, making it toxin free too.   Bamboo can grow at a rate of up...

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