8 Ways to Reduce your Use of Plastic

I have been on a quest to reduce the amount of plastic I use and throw away (see What’s your plastic footprint?) and to reduce the amount of new stuff I buy (see My pledge not to buy new stuff). If anyone needs a reminder why, then may I invite you to watch this 2…

What’s your plastic footprint?

Watching My Family and The Galapagos this week renewed my obsession with plastic. We produce over 280 million tonnes of plastic per year.  Every bit of plastic that has ever been produced is still on the planet.  Even though we can now see miles of plastic floating in the ocean, we are still producing plastic at…

Returning the egg boxes

I think it is fair to say that most of the UK got a wake-up call with David Attenborough’s BBC documentary series Blue Planet II.  The image of the pilot whale carrying her dead baby around will, I hope, stay with me forever. I am using that dead baby whale to remind our children not to…

My pledge not to buy new stuff

I’ve got a bee in my bonnet.  A plastic one. But it’s not just plastic.  It is all unnecessary consumerism-gone-mad purchases. I’m a bit alarmed by seasonal merchandise. You don’t need a purpose-made basket for collecting chocolate eggs. You certainly don’t need a Halloween-themed hand-towel. Do you? So why are the shops and garden centres…