Category Archives: Green Home

5 Ways to reuse Easter Egg Plastic Packaging

You did it again didn’t you?

Despite scorning yourself last Easter for not searching out chocolate eggs with eco friendly packaging, you still have a house full of egg shaped plastic moulds lying around the house.

It’s OK. We all do it some time in our lives, and have shared that moment of sheepish guilt as we throw them into the bin come Easter Monday.

Its the kind of guilt we hang our chocolatey faced head down in shame for. Because we all know, no matter how much we love a regular bar of chocolate – which has simply been moulded into an egg for no particular reason – plastic packaging is a HUGE problem and we really need to stop contributing to it.

But don’t you worry. I made this massive error this year myself, and got super excited with a certain brand of Vegan chocolate eggs (no naming or shaming!); overlooking the plastic mould it came in. So…I thought fast on my feet to came up with a few semi useful reuses for said plastic, so that I could avoid Easter weekend sadness when I was so happily on a chocolate sugar high:

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Is Toilet Roll Giving us a Bum Deal?

Toilet roll. The essential item on our shopping lists, and one of the only things we spent hundreds of pounds on a year, only to intentionally throw it away! We use it several times a day – more often if you’re a vegan, lets face it – and an empty loo roll holder instills a frantic panic amongst the best of us, leading to a feeble cry of helplessness: “what do I use now?!” It’s an underrated champion for something so simple, yet most of feel that we couldn’t live without it!

And it’s not just our delicate regions which require the trusty toilet roll. From blowing noses, wiping dirty children faces and removing last nights make up, to using it in lieu of kitchen roll (yes, hands up, I have been known to do that!) it’s estimated that an average person uses at least 30 rolls (or approx 39 lbs) of toilet roll every year. Seem’s a small price to pay to make our bums, faces and…ummm…kitchens happy, right?  Continue reading Is Toilet Roll Giving us a Bum Deal?

Feeling Consumed by Consumerism? Discover the True Meaning of Zero Waste Living…

We have all one time or another felt the stark reality of the saying “you don’t know what you got ’til its gone”; whether it’s through loss of money, lost of belongings or loss of loved ones. But how many of us have had things taken away, only to feel a refreshing sense of relief, freedom or, perhaps more curiously, indifference?

So many of us live in a world which encourages gains not losses. Our achievements as humans are focused on progression, improvement, growth.  Naturally much of this involves the acquisition of the new. We look toward new cars, new homes, new clothes and new trendy restaurants to both renew and define us. We are literally consumed by consumerism.  Continue reading Feeling Consumed by Consumerism? Discover the True Meaning of Zero Waste Living…

What to Put in Your Zero Waste Foodie kit

Well my lovely green beans its now officially a month to go until Zero Waste Week! That can only mean one thing: a full week packed full of nifty tips and advice on how to cut wastage at home, as well as confessional stories from me attempting to cut down on consumerism ,and thinking out side of the box for zero waste solutions.

Last month I ran a Zero Waste competition in anticipation of the week, with  a BRITA Fill & Serve, and 3 BRITA Fill & Go’s up for grabs for anyone who could give me three of their favourite tools for a zero waste foodie kit.  Continue reading What to Put in Your Zero Waste Foodie kit

A Lazy Girl Goes Country Interior

Aloha! Just a quick check in from me as I chill by the beach in Santa Monica after arriving in sunny California today! It is such a nice treat to be warm again after my chilly Tasmania trip and the last few days in wintery Christchurch,  New Zealand.

More blogs and stories to come from my travels, but I just wanted to jump in quickly and tell you about a lovely surprise mention of A lazy Girl Goes Green in Country Home and Interiors Magazine. The fabulous mag, which features dream country homes that many of us can only dream of recreating, has gone all green in this months edition and, as well as yours truly, has featured a mention for my fellow green bloggers Moral Fibres and Curiously Conscious.

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It’s an honour to feature beside such seasoned bloggers when I know I regularly live up to my lazy name and am not the most organised blogger! But being described as one of the top three “style-savvy green thinking bloggers” who “…shares humorous and relatable tales of trying to live sustainably…” encourages me to think this little blog of mine still has some use to others!

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How to Garden for Bees

Bees are synonymous with the perfect English summer’s day. Any portrait of rural Britain would be incomplete without our plump and furry little friends, but what many don’t know is that these small little insects that works so tirelessly and quietly around us, have played a vital role in the development of the human race.

Without them it’s unlikely that flowers would have evolved their diverse and alluring colouration, and they’re responsible for pollinating a staggering 70% of the food we eat in Britain. Their existence has helped feed both our soul and stomach, and without them agriculture as we know it would collapse.

Alarming statistics from Friends of the Earth suggest that over recent years the British Bee population has declined by a third since 2007, and in the 1950’s there were over 50 native species of bee in the UK, yet now there are just 25. Continue reading How to Garden for Bees

Antoine Repessé: Portraits of Waste Through the Eyes of a Photographer

I’ve often wondered what all my rubbish would look like if I could see it all laid out in front of me. Though I am uber conscious about throwing things in the landfill, and avoid packaging as much as I can, I am far from the girl who can store her waste in a jar!

But perhaps if we couldn’t hide from the waste we produced, and had to live surrounded by it instead, we could see just how much we still need to cut down on.

This is something which has been beautifully presented by Lille-based photographer Antoine Repessé  in his latest project; #365 Unpacked. In 2011, Repessé stopped throwing away his recyclable rubbish and instead began storing it inside his home for this fascinating photography project. To date he has 70m3 of waste stored!  Continue reading Antoine Repessé: Portraits of Waste Through the Eyes of a Photographer

The Worlds Most Energy Efficient Countries [infographic]

You may have noticed that German and parts of Scandinavia have been leading the way in renewal energy in most recent years; investing more time, money and commitment into technological innovation and country wide installation than many other places in the world.

But when you compare all levels of efficiency – including transport, construction, industry and carbon footprint – which countries really deserve the gold star for effort when it comes to championing clean energy? Well, this shiny infographic halfprice.com.au may just have your answer (Hint: Germany is still top dog…) 

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