Saturday, February 24, 2018

Keeping your toilet Zero Waste

Yep- Zero Waste ways have found their ways to the bathroom.  Let’s face it, we all do it, so we might as well talk about it! As I have been going through Zero Waste swaps in my life, the toilet items were next on my list. I was looking for more sustainable solutions of products which you normally see in your average home- toilet roll and a toilet brush.  So prepare for some shit talk! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Plogging- running whilst picking up trash

When I found out about Plogging, I got so excited. Finally, there is a way to combine two important things - exercise and environmental awareness. Of course it was the Scandinavians who thought of this first and it is slowly making its way to the UK. So what exactly is Plogging? The name comes from a word jogging and a Swedish ‘plocka’, meaning to pick. So it is exactly what it says on the package- you go for a run and whilst you are at it, you collect rubbish on the way. You not only get fit but you come home smug, knowing that you helped clean your local community which in my case means Peak District National Park. Genius idea if you ask me.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Zero Waste Dental Care

Oral care is really important. I don’t need to be a dentist to know that once your teeth are gone- they are gone and so you better look after them as much as you can! I have been ''blessed'' with a huge sweet tooth and so I have been to the dentist more than I would wish on anyone. As I embarked on my Zero Waste journey, I knew that I will have to tackle this swap eventually and find solutions which are not only Zero Waste but really work for me as well. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How to reduce plastic waste at running races

I have been quite a frequent spectator at running races over the years.  Being a supporter rather than a participant is nice for a change as I have time to observe a lot of things which the runners who are in the ‘zone' don’t necessarily have time to see, mainly the plastic rubbish that is produced at all of these events. Single-use plastics like cups, water bottles and plastic bags are just some of the commonly used items at different races from road to cross country,  by both participants and runners. A small proportion of those items will end up on the running course (adding yet another job for the committed volunteers) littering the beautiful places that are often used as venues. Even if the items are disposed of properly, for most, the faith will be the same - they are only needed for a few seconds or a few minutes before they are discarded with the direction of incinerator or worse, landfill. The question is, do we need to do this or is there a solution so that we can enjoy these great sporting events without contributing to the plastic rubbish problem? Hint- absolutely. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Zero Waste Beer

Dry January is over. With most people getting back to their usual drinking routine, I thought it would be quite fitting to give you some ideas about Zero Waste booze. And because we live in Sheffield which is heaving with craft beer and real ale culture, it would be rude not to dedicate the whole post to beer. But as you know me by now, there has to be a Zero Waste twist to it! I am not a beer expert but I tend to hang around with people who know their difference between a lager and a real ale and it was inevitable that I experience some of that through many conversations and pubs visits. It is just one of those things about living in Sheffield- chances are that you will experience this wonderful side of drinking culture which focuses less on getting hammered and more on enjoying and discovering local beers all whilst having a good catch up with your friends. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pick your battles - and why Zero Waste is mine

I have not always been as concerned about the environment as I am now. In fact, I never used to recycle anything and drank from a new plastic bottle most days. Once even wrapped my towels when I was moving house in cling film as I run out of plastic bags. Yep, true story. Then something shifted in my mindset and I started to be aware of my decisions and what impact my actions have on the environment that I love. Somewhere along the line, I have become an environmental activist. I never used to see myself as an activist. I haven't attended protests against governmental decisions on the environment (yet) or against big companies or anything like that. Instead I chose to do something radical- take responsibility for my own actions when it comes to trash.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Zero Waste Pasta and Rice

Carbs - love them or hate them but chances are that you always have some at home for those times when you want to cook a quick meal. Rice and Pasta were one of the few things that I struggled to buy package free. I don't eat a lot of them anymore but in our household, we get through quite a bit so you can imagine how excited I was to find out that we can now buy it completely package free. The Sheffield University Students' Union has made a massive step towards sustainability and got some bulk bins with rice, pasta, bulgur wheat, lentils and more.