The darkest day of consumerism

I’m sure you, like me, have been inundated over the last week with emails and offers flooding into your inbox, telling us about all the ‘amazing’ Black Friday offers that are gracing the UK this year. Some companies are so intent on pushing their products on us, that they are having 12 DAY EVENTS. Some of the…

Green on screen: 10 must-see environmental films

Originally posted on A refuge for daffodils:
There’s few things I love more as a treat than to snuggle under a blanket on the sofa and watch a great documentary. Films are a great way to learn without really trying when you’re having a lazy day, or introduce friends or family to new concepts without…

Pumpkins are the real scare!

Halloween is here! Whilst some people might only like pumpkin in their spiced lattes, many more traditionalists will be using them this evening to carve spooky lanterns to sit on their porch or in their window. Carving pumpkins is super fun, but it also generates a huge amount of waste – as the majority of…

Winter is coming: get green energy!

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and the nights are drawing in. Autumn is well and truly here, and winter is most definitely on it’s way. For many of us, the coats and scarves will be at the ready, and arguments about when to turn the central heating on will already be occurring….

Say no to the straw

500 million plastic straws are used EVERY DAY across the world. For something which is completely unnecessary for 99% of people, that is absolutely ludicrous. Unfortunately, because straws are pretty darn hard to wash, there is very little likelihood of them being re-used. This means that nearly all the straws we create will end up…

Open House at SIWMF

Open House weekend in London gives people the chance to unlock the doors of some of the city’s most iconic buildings. You could get into the Treasury, discover the Gherkin or  delve into the Royal Courts of Justice. Or, if you’re like us, you go for a tour of Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility. Sadly…

Join the fight against food waste

What do you get when you combine 100s of kg of unused vegetables, with: 3 DJs, 8 chefs, 100 volunteers and 1000 hungry people? A Disco Soup of course. The gist is this: Step 1 – Get an amazing space The charity which organised the event, Feedback, managed to ‘take over’ Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant…

On yer bike!

Next Wednesday, 13th September, is National Cycle to Work Day. We’re a bit biased, because we love being on two wheels, but bicycles are a fantastic way to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Not only is it a much lower carbon form of transport than cars, buses or the tube, but it reduces air pollution…

Love the line

It’s just been the hottest bank holiday weekend ever, so OBVIOUSLY you’ve all been thinking about washing machines and tumble dryers… right? Tumble dryers are pretty much the devil incarnate: the worst of all household appliances. Some might even go so far as to call them the Regina George of white goods. Even the ‘eco…

Big ideas: Micro adventures

It’s time to reconnect with nature… in the middle of the week. No, you don’t need to use any annual leave but you will need a tent, or at least a sleeping bag.   Bex and I have been wanting to do a microadventure ever since coming across Alastair Humphreys, an adventurer you can’t help…

Get crafty!

Isn’t the weather gross? This week’s blog was supposed to be about how you could have a plastic-free picnic (ha!), but all I want to do right now is tuck myself up in bed with a big mug of hot chocolate and a wonderful book (/an entire series on Netflix). Instead then, I’m suggesting that…

Fantastic! Less plastic!

Hello! It has been quite a while since I have written a blog post. I won’t make my excuses for being too busy, so many other things on, lots of work, sailing across the Atlantic, back to work… no you won’t hear any of those. I apologise but, trust me, i have not taken a…