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

Vive la France!

As dedicated sustainability bloggers holidays don’t stop our drive to be more eco friendly….. or so we thought. Being in a foreign country in a caravan we cannot be quite as prepared as at home, then we quite frankly completely forget – well we are after all on holiday – takeaway cups, plastic straws and supermarket bags abound! However all is not lost as the French have made it much easier for us – public recycling bins on every street corner, compostible bags for the fruit and veg in the supermarket, 100% recycled shopping bags “sac vert” and reusable cups on … Continue reading Vive la France!

Lessons learned from our hols

We are just back after a week’s holiday up North and in Somerset seeing lots of family and we probably had our worst time in terms of sustainability since we started the year. The holiday started off badly with both me and Mark being very under the weather and feeling sorry for ourselves – Samuel was fit and healthy though! On a positive note Mark bought a new reusable coffee cup at Gloucester services but it went downhill from then on. He decided to present the cup to me in the cardboard wrapping, but when asked for the coffee it … Continue reading Lessons learned from our hols

Make do and mend

Another part of the sustainability story is making do with what you already have and mending it if possible. I always remember my Gran darning socks and clothes and she always had covers on the sofa to stop the arms and headrests getting worn. Maybe as things are becoming cheaper it is easier to buy new and start again rather than repair. I certainly had this mentality at the start of this journey but the more I read the more my opinion is being altered. In January one of my favourite necklaces broke – it wasn’t a particularly expensive one … Continue reading Make do and mend