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Ciara's Plastic Free July

Week 1 We're a week into Plastic Free July now and I have to admit there have been some hiccups along the way. I am quite conscious of my plastic consumption on a daily basis but I dove straight into the challenge without much thought or preparation beforehand and naively thought it would be quite easy. I thought to myself, instead of getting rid of all things plastic I am instead going to prohibit myself from buying any plastic throughout the month and hopefully beyond July. I guess that meant I could have gone and stocked up on all my shampoo and conditioner etc on the 30th June (damn why did I not think of that?) Essentially this means I...

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Plastic Free July Made Easy.

Plastic Free July is a global movement of eco-warriors who want to start their journey to zero waste living by avoiding single-use plastics for a whole month. By 2050, there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish if we don't take action now, but individual action isn't always easy. Plastic creeps into pretty much every part of our daily lives without us even realising it. To get you set up for Plastic Free July success, here are 15 easy and affordable swaps you can make in the kitchen, bathroom and when out and about.  Zero waste at home 1.  First, tackle your cleaning products. Pick up some glass pump and spray bottles, and create your own cleaning solutions using simple natural ingredients. This stylish zero-waste Kitchen...

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World Ocean Day.....Is 1 day enough?

Guest Blog by Tom 'The Blowfish' Hird Marine Biologist and Marine Conservation Society Patron.    It is so easy in today’s world to become swamped by charitable events, awareness drives and a litany of different “world something day”. Now don’t get me wrong, these help push us towards greater understanding, and support of a variety of different issues and are entirely valid. But it can be hard to really commit and make a true change when the social media like or retweet is such second nature. So, with that said and with World Ocean Day upon us, why should you take notice and make a change? Why should you go beyond the retweet and really do something new? In short, why...

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To Share Is To Grow - Road map to a greener urban community

How one London street poured a cup of lockdown kindness and upped their eco credentials As restrictions in the UK ease, it’s a great time to reflect.  One community in SW London has done just that, with some kind, caring and sustainable new habits that we can all learn from. Back in March 2020, a small Streatham road tried to lift spirits with two speakers in a front garden and some communal Sunday tunes.  What happened next changed a community.   It all started with a distanced-disco WhatsApp Group which turned into a caring, sharing hub that helped reduce waste and built a more conscious and green community. This is a blog about how one London street upped its eco credentials...

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Compassion for community this Valentine's Day

  Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and this year it may look a little different, with no more fancy dinner dates or adventures away from home. Perhaps you're far away from the ones you love, or feeling a little unloved during lockdown - but remember, Valentine's Day doesn't have to be limited to romantic love. In this blog post, we're celebrating the countless different ways you can show compassion for yourself and others, because the world needs love more than ever and this February is the perfect time to show you care. Local community love   When Covid-19 first hit, we saw a huge wave of community support and mutual aid across the world, with everyday people coming together to...

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