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    Idea 32 – Stay home and rediscover your garden 🌱🌷🌳

    If you had told me when I was writing Idea 4 that I would have car journeys down to under 1 most weeks I would have been quite pleased that my new bike idea was working. I wondered this week how many of the ideas I have accidentally done during this period of isolation. Having less food waste and make do and mend have definitely been put into action. Take a look below and see how many you have tried.We have also been trying a bit of seed growing with the little ones and can now say we have carrots and radishes sprouting. Thanks to Marks and Spencer for providing…

  • Christmas,  Food and food waste,  Household waste

    Idea 20 – One promise to yourself and the planet. 😀🌍💚

    A new decade is about to begin. At the start of the last decade I started a new job and moved to Bradley Stoke. At the start of the decade before that I waited on tables and then stayed up dancing to welcome in a new century. What were you doing a decade or two ago? Climate change wasn’t something I thought much about beyond our Year 9 Geography project on the Amazon. How things have changed in 20 years? But is change fast enough. The climate change is certainly moving fast. Unfortunately Australia is feeling the heat for sure. Hopefully world leaders will listen to the scientists, growing public…

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    Idea 19 – Wishing Everyone A Cracking Christmas

    You guessed it. I’m talking crackers. Personally, I love a cracker with a set of counters and 🎲. This is one thing my house never has enough of. However most of the things that spring from crackers have a useful lifetime of minutes and will often wind up at the bottom of a drawer or toy box and then the bin. So can we improve on our crackers this year. If time is short, head to the shops as retailers start to catch on and listen to public opinion turning against a throw away culture. Dunelm sold out of their plastic free crackers very quickly so you may have to…

  • Christmas,  Family Life,  Food and food waste,  Heat and energy,  Nature,  Work and Play

    Idea 17 – It’s a wrap! Election and wrapping paper

    Five days until elections.I’m starting this week with an interview between John Snow and Sir David Attenborough. It has made me reflect on how my thinking about this general election is different to previous ones because of climate change. I am also wondering how government will be forced to change to work harder on the climate agenda to slow climate change. Lots of links today but hopefully it will help in decision making for next Thursday. Have a look at this climate action toolkits as it explains what can be done in the lead up to the election. It even come up with our little group for this area. Some…

  • Christmas,  Food and food waste

    Idea 16 – Christmas Card Alternative

    Scarily 1 billion Christmas Cards end up in the bin each year. This is despite the fact that most can be recycled. That is a lot of trees being cut down for approximately 30 days worth of use as a card. The number of Christmas cards I send goes down every year. I don’t buy cards with glitter as I know they can’t be recycled. I also use last years cards as gift cards on presents. But when it comes to sending cards every year I repeat the same pattern. This pattern involves meaning to buy and write cards in November and send in early December. And every year I…

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    Idea 11 – Food waste

    I’m starting this week by asking you to watch this short Which video on their website. It has got me thinking about how much food is wasted in my house and in the UK as a whole. South Glos has done well at increasing recycling and reducing the amount of black bin rubbish going to landfill. In fact in 2018/19 the amount of waste going to landfill was down to 9.7%. Our food waste is also used to produce energy. However, as this video explains, the amount of food wasted in the UK is still having a very negative impact upon our planet. The two things that stood out for…

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    Idea 8 – A little less single use plastic

    As posted earlier this week by Lorna, Sainsbury’s are removing single use plastic bags from their fruit and veg isles. Instead customers have the option of buying reusable produce bags made from recycled bottles. My first thought was why didn’t they offer paper bags but then I remembered paper bags have pros and cons too. Have a read of this article about the start to finish production of different bags and their environmental impact. I have been trying to avoid these single use bags for a while but the thing that filled up my plastic recycling week in week out was plastic milk bottles. It was depressing and there is…

  • Food and food waste,  Nature

    Idea 1 – Take 5

    So for the first idea of the week we are going to start with an environmental one. The ‘take 3 campaign’ started by asking people to pick up and remove 3 pieces of plastic when visiting a beach. How about we do a local ‘take 5’ in Bradley Stoke this week? When you are out and about could you collect 5 pieces of rubbish and pop it in a bin or take it home for recycling. We are very lucky to have lots of greenery in our local area. Can we help our local area look even better? If just 10 people in this group did this Bradley Stoke would…