How to Move Away from Plastic Dependency

Though these stats are primarily US based, I can’t resist a well executed infographic! This is a great post from Green Living Guy including easy, practical tips for reducing our dependency on the plastics!

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By Put Down the Plastic
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Since plastics were first introduced to the U.S. during the mid-late 19th century, we’ve been dependent on the material for it’s versatility, convenience, and function. Currently, plastics are one of the most used materials on a volume basis in U.S. industrial and commercial life. Unfortunately, the sheer mass of plastic used to make containers, packaging, appliances, plates, cups, and so forth has gravely impacted the environment. An estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic occupy each square mile of ocean and at least two thirds of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.

Alternative seematerials—such as reclaimed wood, steel, and glass—can help gradually reduce our reliance on plastic and pose less of an impact on the Earth. Reducing plastic use can range from short term decisions—swapping plastic sandwich bags for washable canvas or throwaway plastic utensils for metal ones—to more long…

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Lazy Vegan Recipe: Herby, “creamy” Garlic Courgettes and Barley

Happy Friday! I hope you aren’t all too chilly and full of the January blues?! It’s certainly has been a corker of a winter here in Cornwall and I’m pretty much ready to step into spring now. Though I have noticed – whether coincidence or not – that my first vegan winter I have largely escaped any colds or virus’; the darkness and constant cold chill is starting to wear me down a little. I’m dreaming of fresh spring salads and cold white wine in the warm sun, with no log burner or intensive moisture in sight!

But as my weekly veg box is proving, we are still in the winter season or root veg and warming dishes. So this week I thought I would share my latest favourite comfort food; creamy, garlicky, herby courgettes and barley. It’s sooo easy to make and is really satisfying on a cold wintery day. Courgettes are still going strong as a seasonal star and cooking them like this is a great way to pack them into a dish and make the most of their delicious taste. And barley is just the most awesome winter warmer and a great alternative to rice in curries too. Continue reading Lazy Vegan Recipe: Herby, “creamy” Garlic Courgettes and Barley

Work, wine and the Qing Dynasty

Hey lazy green peeps! Apologies for the radio silence recently, but despite intending to start 2015 with a structured and eclectic approach to blogging, I have underestimated a very important thing….life!! The day job has been hectic and my lack of Uni work over Christmas has left me with piles to catch up on the last few weeks (including a rather uninspiring comparative essay on the Qing dynasty) Believe me, I’d rather be here with you guys right now!

So, no new discoveries on the lazy green front from me recently, I’ve simply been trying to stick to as many of my good habits  as possible without reaching for the wine every  few minutes….

That said, one positive thing I have adopted so far this year (without even trying) is to not feel overwhelmed by real, or perceived, obligations. Whether it’s because I’m letting it all grow with the flow, or I’m just getting older and even lazier; I’m finding it easier to give myself a break and saying “Bah, I’ll do later”. Whilst this is incredibly liberating, however, I’m fully aware that later will have to come one day, and all those “fascinating” ideas I have for blogs are piling up to a big old pile of nothing!

Maybe in a small way this is why we have gotten ourselves into a bit of an environmental pickle in the first place? Too many “I’ll worry about it later” and not enough “Lets get this sorted now before it gets too out of hand”. So with this in mind, I better get on and write this darn essay about the Chinese mandate of heaven and how it helped to maintain an Empire. Maybe I’ll even learn a thing or two about how to juggle life when faced with such a diverse and changing number of responsibilities, because I have to admit right now I do have that glass of wine in hand….

Lazy vegan Recipe: Broccoli and Cannellini Bean Satay Stir Fry

Happy Friday lazy green people! We made it through the week! 🙂

I’ve decided to switch my lazy vegan recipes from Meatless Monday to Frisky Friday, so it coincides with a) when we need a quick and easy recipe the most and b) when my weekly veg box has been delivered so I can incorporate what’s in season for the week!

This week’s veg box had a LOT of broccoli and carrots which are two of my most favorite ingredients for a quick and easy stir fry. But I have been trying to cut down my intake of soy, so I thought I would mix it up, using Cannellini beans for my protein fix instead of Tofu. The results were so hearty, yet fresh and zingy I just had to share!

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A Newbies Guide to Lazy Vegan Shopping

I can’t believe we’re already a week in to the New Year! And for those who are giving veganuary a go, or simply trying to eat more healthily, it’s been a week of being more conscious about we put into our bodies. I hope you are all feeling full of happiness and energy!

For those who are taking part in Veganuary, I thought I would pull together some of my favourite lazy vegan food shopping tips; to take the pain out of compassionate eating. The ideas and links are not exhaustive of all the hundreds of vegan and ethical resources out there; these are just what I’ve found easy and affordable to use!

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What’s So Scary About a Hairy Mary?

OK, prudish people – or potential suitors Brad Pitt and Emile Hirsch – look away now. I want to talk about something controversial. Well, some may think it’s controversial. I prefer to think of it as a very fascinating thing called nature!

Ladies across the world can empathize with the feeling of lazy relief when summer is over, and you are free to enter a new phase of natural body wilderness. By this, I mean a complete carefree approach to hair removal!  As the vest tops get packed away and 90% of our bodies get covered up, many of us have no interest in hairy legs, pits (or indeed wherever nature chooses to hair you up!)

With the exception of those who don’t give a crap all year round ( we salute you..!) and those who continue their waxing regime well into the winter, most of us are more than a little sporadic with hair removal when no one needs to see our bodies. But this begs the question: What’s so scary about a hairy Mary anyway? Continue reading What’s So Scary About a Hairy Mary?

2015: The Year of the Monumental Clear Out!

2015 is set to be a very exciting year for me, with lots of planning but hopefully lots of fun too. In June I turn 30, in August I graduate from my (6 years in the making…) History degree and, in October, I am setting off on a 6 month backpacking trip of a lifetime (of which you’re sure to be sick of hearing about over the next few months!)

My travelling plans, however, will be requiring a lot of organising at home, as I’ll need to leave everything behind; living with the bear essentials of which I can happily carry on my back. So aside from 2015 being a big year of adventures, I sense it’s also going to be a year of BIG clear outs as well!  Continue reading 2015: The Year of the Monumental Clear Out!