The media is bursting with the sudden, violent hype around reducing our reliance on plastics and switching to 'eco-friendly' substitutes. But what exactly are we going to replace it with? And does that simply push our consumption issues elsewhere? More haste, less speed Companies are under huge pressure to reduce their plastic packaging and replace … Continue reading Plastics are bad. But what’s the alternative?
With the recent announcement from the UK government to deliver 14 new “garden villages” built outside existing settlements, it made me question how green are these villages actually going to be? It reminded me of an article I read in the CIEEM Bulletin, InPractice magazine from June 2016, discussing the case for high-density housing vs … Continue reading How Green is your Garden Village?
Food. Something we all take for granted, but our agricultural productions and market demands are huge contributors to habitat destruction and climate change, as well as affecting the livelihoods of many farmers across the UK. We’re spending more money than ever before to get what we want when we want it. We have become a nation … Continue reading The War On Waste – food, clothes and other recyclables #wastenot
I actually decided to create this website after being unbelievably inspired by a book written by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers called 'What's Mine is YOURS'. The book is a real eye-opener to the vast world of consumption. They highlight how clever marketing has brainwashed us in to living far beyond our means, turning us into … Continue reading Book review – What’s Mine is Y-OURS
If you are anything like me and are reconsidering the decisions you make as a consumer, then what you wear could be one of the biggest. Yes, I've known about the sweatshops and the human rights issues, the animal cruelty, the waste and pollution etc, but until recently I never really thought there was much my small … Continue reading Ethical fashion – reconsider your wardrobe
As of 1st October 2015, England was the final country in the UK to introduce a 5p charge for plastic bags. However, instead of going the whole hog like Scotland and Wales, England has typically done a mediocre job by only introducing the levy on large stores that hire over 250 full-time staff. But then it … Continue reading One small step to reducing plastic waste
Our relationship with stuff is changing. We are taking big strides to move away from mass consumption and the need to 'own' everything to gain social status and material wealth. We are reconnecting with our local communities and finding our own beliefs again by trading consumption for simple 'access' in order to get greater benefit and value. It's predicted … Continue reading Access over Ownership – the changing revolution
This video has been created by a student, Andreas Tanner, who was overwhelmed by the amount of litter found on a secluded beach whilst on holiday. The 3-D animation explores how our excessive consumption of plastics has hugely affected marine species across the world causing death and increased human health risks. Watch it and find out … Continue reading Are You Eating Plastic for Dinner?
You often don't realise just how much "stuff" you have until you are in a situation where you have to get rid of it. Now is that time for me. Over the past few months I have been slowly chiselling away at the hoard of stuff I have transported with me for years since leaving home, going … Continue reading Time to de-clutter