Wednesday, May 30, 2018

My trash update - May

May must be one of my favourite months. The sun is out, long warm evenings give everyone this boost of fresh energy and there is a general happiness in the air. Perhaps it is the sun or the fact that everything has suddenly turned green with bursts of multi coloured flowers popping up everywhere. I took advantage of all of those refreshing things and spend most of the evenings out in the Peak District being spoiled by too many beautiful sunsets overlooking the place that I call home. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My favourite dress and why I chose one instead of many

Maybe I am old fashioned and maybe it is because I am a minimalist, but I love the idea of having one thing which I love rather than millions of other things which don't quite fit the bill.  Take a dress for example. You can buy so many for very cheap in charity shops or second hand, or you can buy expensive ones brand new, as well as everything in between.  If you are in your twenties or thirties, chances are that your friends are getting married every few weeks. What do you do? Do you get a new dress for each occasion or do you reuse what you have?

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Wild Swimming in the Peak District - The Old Mill Pond by Stanage

I used to think that I know the area around Stanage Edge like the back of my hand. That is why I was really surprised when someone told me that there is a small Mill Pond not far away from it where you can go for a swim. Surely not, I thought. I have been walking around there for years and I have never seen it! But after some serious searching and with the help of my trusty ViewRanger , I found it. And yes you can totally swim in it!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Unwrapped- Sheffield's very own Zero Waste shop

Finally, we have a Zero Waste shop in Sheffield! Thanks to Kirstie and Bex and their passion for the environment, Sheffield's very own Zero Waste shop- 'Unwrapped' is now open. I don't have to tell you that I was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning when I went to have a look for the first time. This will not only make Zero Waste shopping easier for myself and for local people but it also puts Sheffield on par with other UK, US and European cities which have really good Zero Waste shops already. Is this yet another string to Sheffield's bow or what?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Zero Waste Climbing Trip to Pembroke

Oh Pembroke, what have you done to me? I can’t eat, I can’t sleep and all I can think about is your fantastic lines, great gear and views overlooking the sea with its many creatures swimming among your crashing waves. I think I can honestly say that all it took to fall in love with this place was a few days of climbing over the Bank Holliday weekend. Would I recommend you going to do some trad climbing there? Absolutely. But just a word of warning.  If you do go, every other place might just seem inadequate (apart from Peak grit of course) when you compare it to these incredible limestone cliffs and you might just want to sack it all off it, buy a van and move there for 6 months.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

My Trash update - April

April was a bit of a whirlwind of a month. I spent quite a bit of time away on short trips, having adventures on my weekends as well as those ever lighter evenings. I have pushed my limits this month in climbing and tried hard (whatever it is that my ''hard'' is in each moment) and was very lucky to spend the majority of my time doing what I love the most -being outside and having great experiences with friends. I am quite proficient with Zero Waste at home as I have access to my usual shops and recycling/composting facilities and so it was a good challenge to try and apply all of my principles whilst being away a lot. Zero Waste and your life should not be mutually exclusive and it should not stop you from doing things that you want to do. Just live your life to the max and whilst you are it, try and be mindful of how much rubbish you produce. That is exactly what I have done. Less than a small Kilner jar's worth of rubbish is the product of my efforts this month. Sure, there were challenges and lots of learning along the way, but not once have I thought that Zero Waste has restricted me in living the life that I want to live. Talk about sustainable solutions for the environment? I think Zero Waste has ticked all of the boxes for me.