Quitting my Chapstick habit

So this may be a very odd thing to talk about and please don’t think I am being flippant but I was addicted to Chapstick. When I was a teenager I had really bad eczema and suffered from recurrent cold sores which was quite unsightly, especially once I got braces as well. When I was 15 I discovered medicated Chapstick and it really helped with my dry lips. However when the eczema, cold sores and braces went I was about 17 but I still kept on using Chapstick or Lypsyll ALL the time! I always had a tube with me whatever … Continue reading Quitting my Chapstick habit

Our story updated

It has been more than a year since we finished “Our Year of Living Sustainably” blog and we thought it was time to update you on progress. As a family we are still trying to live as sustainably as possible and in the last few months our passion for sustainability has been revived once again. At the end of 2018 we were quite relieved not to be so publicly “on show” about our drive to live sustainably but as the year progressed we just couldn’t go back to how we had been. We still get our veg box, milk in … Continue reading Our story updated

Final thoughts on our year

We can’t quite believe it but our year of living sustainably has come to an end so we thought we would share some of our thoughts with you about our journey. There is no black or white: When we started this year we thought it would be fairly obvious what to do but how wrong we were! For almost every decision there is a debate and shades of grey – for example using a plastic single use bag many times could actually be more environmentally friendly than using a cotton bag which is hard to recycle – link to the … Continue reading Final thoughts on our year

A sustainable Christmas

So coming up is the most expensive, stressful and indulgent time of year – you guessed it Christmas! I am not a great lover of Christmas however Mark and Samuel still believes in Father Christmas so I have no escape. These are some of the things we will be trying to do to be as sustainable as possible this year: Christmas tree and decorations We always have a debate every year about whether to buy a fake one (Jane) in the sales or get a real one (Mark). After some research it seems going for the real thing is the … Continue reading A sustainable Christmas

Sustainable Swaps

Throughout the last ten months we have been looking at ways to swap our everyday items for something more sustainable so this is a glimpse into what we have changed and what we haven’t! Firstly keeping our bodies clean. We started using soap instead of shower gel and tried to get soap with no packaging on – there is loads out there – this was easy. However the problem we had was storing the soap so it didn’t go mushy. Recently we found a fab soap dish (pictured below) that is perfect and keeps the soap dry and lasting a … Continue reading Sustainable Swaps

New job for Mark – saving the planet (ish..)

Some of you have been asking what it is Mark is doing and where is he working. Well it is not hush hush, so not James Bond style, saving the world against Dr Evil or anything like that, but it is nearly as exciting. Mark now works as the Estates Director for Westcountry Schools Trust, which is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) with 13 schools. There was no previous Estates Director, so Mark has a clean slate to develop a corporate approach to Estates across the schools. One of Mark’s first projects came from a science teacher who is very … Continue reading New job for Mark – saving the planet (ish..)

Hitting a wall

We are now almost at the end of our 9 month of our year of living sustainably and to be honest we have hit a bit of a brick wall. Mark is now happily back in work in a fab job at a local Schools Academy Trust, Samuel is now in juniors and I am back at work after a lot of part time hours over the summer. So really all is going well but in terms of sustainability we have been stuck. We started getting the veg box again but I was just fed up with getting loads of … Continue reading Hitting a wall