Thursday, April 19, 2018

Free Zero Waste Talk

Starting my Zero waste journey was one of the best decisions that I have made. I learned about Zero Waste a few years ago and I remember that something about it really hit home. I was inspired when I watched badass ladies like Bea Johnson and Lauren Singer living purposefully and doing game changing things, mainly living to the max whilst producing a jam jar’s worth of rubbish in a year. They talked about the benefits of simplifying and living their values. I was hooked. But I wasn’t sure if it was possible. It seemed like a really daunting task and a huge mountain to climb. But if I have learned anything through being a climber, it is that you don’t climb a mountain in one. You climb it step by step , move by move until you finally suddenly find yourself at the top.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

How to shop Zero Waste and a few essentials to help you along the way

The biggest part of plastic rubbish when I started my Zero Waste journey came from my food shopping. Literally, everything is wrapped in plastic if your standard shop happens to be in one of the UK’s supermarkets. Meat, cheese, vegetables, fruit, seeds and nuts- whatever you buy on a weekly basis, chances are that it will come wrapped in plastic which is unrecyclable and goes straight into landfill. I have noticed a huge reduction in my trash when I swapped to Zero Waste shopping. How did I do it? With a few trusty essentials and the help of local shops, I can now buy most of my food completely package free or in recyclable packaging in those rare cases where I can’t get my hands on bulk produce.  

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Best places to climb in North Wales for beginners

I have spent quite a bit of time in North Wales recently even though I have only come for the first time last August. Before that, I was always keen to explore Scotland or other places as Wales didn't sound that exciting. (I am very much ashamed of that now!). I guess you could say that I was stuck in an adventure rut a little bit. It is easier to do things and go somewhere you know, right? But after spending some time learning to trad climb last summer in North Wales, it didn’t take me long to get utterly and completely hooked. Because no matter if your chosen climbing discipline is sport, trad or bouldering- there is just so much of it. And if you strive to be a Jack of All Trades like I do and have a go at all three, well, there is a lifetime of quality climbing just in North Wales alone.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Zero Waste Microadventure- Scrambling in North Wales

I am a big fan of preparation and planning trips, no matter how small, especially when there are risks involved. But sometimes, life gets in a way and you get to 9 pm the night before and not only you haven’t packed, but you are unsure where your map and compass is and whether you actually have an OS map of that area at all. It is so easy at this stage to just sack it off and stay at home. But sometimes, these unplanned adventures turn out to be the best.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Zero Waste Sweets

Ok, so no matter how well you eat and how healthy you keep day to day, the occasional sweets are definitely part of life. They are for sure, part of mine! But when the sweet urge kicks in, instead of opting for ones in plastic packaging, why not get them completely Zero Waste? It is super easy and with a bit of willpower, you can actually keep them in the cupboard for a while. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Badass Women Series- Fiona Bateson

Badass women series is back. This time, I am bringing you another hell of a badass lady, Fiona Bateson! I got to know Fi through work and over the years she has inspired me so many times with her attitude to life and insatiable adventure spirit that I had to share her stories with you. 


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wild Swimming in the Peak District- Little Barbrook

My usual dipping routine since the start of 2018 involves finding a small stream which is deep enough for a quick submersion- sometimes only possible if I lay down. I think this goes to show that you really don’t need much in order to feel exhilarated. But as I have been getting more used to cold water, I wanted to start venturing to different spots in the Peak District so that I could take my few seconds long dips to the next level. You can imagine my absolute excitement when I discovered Little Barbrook, where you can actually properly swim, with the water being deep enough in the middle to not even be able to touch the bottom. And the best thing about it is that the place feels secluded, even though you are only a few minutes from the car. It’s literally in the middle of some of the best grit stone climbing in the Peaks as well and so if you are a climber/wild swimmer convert, this place is an absolute magic.