Lessons learned about Christmas tree shopping

Note to self: A Christmas tree in a field looks much smaller than a Christmas tree in a front room! Yesterday we trotted off to Ashburton Christmas tree farm and it was fab! There were loads if different height trees and we found a lovely one. A lovely man cut it down and rammed itContinue reading “Lessons learned about Christmas tree shopping”

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 asContinue 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 packagingContinue reading “Sustainable Swaps”

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 – SamuelContinue reading “Lessons learned from our hols”

My day of shopping

Since starting our year we have often been asked “What exactly are you buying now?” “What is different?” So this blog is trying to explain where we are up to – we are not totally there yet – wherever there is! Mark keeps complaining the fridge is empty and it is definitely emptier from theContinue reading “My day of shopping”

The bread makers

It had to happen – we are now making our own bread! Mark and Samuel love bread so I found a second hand bread maker and managed to get it for £15 – bargain. Both the boys are really into it as it takes about 3 minutes to put all the ingredients in and theContinue reading “The bread makers”

Purrrfect……the cat is living sustainably too!

When doing our carbon footprint score with World Wildlife Fund one of the factors that scored against us was having an animal, in our case Suki the cat. At first, I didn’t really understand why this was the case. However after giving this some thought we realised that we were feeding the cat with unrecycleableContinue reading “Purrrfect……the cat is living sustainably too!”

Simplest switch ever and saved £257 a year!

It seems the another sustainable thing to do, according to our carbon footprint, is to get a 100% green electricity supplier. I thought I would wait until our Co-op deal ended in May but then I got annoyed as Co-op were advertising £100 off flights to use them! Anyway went on U-Switch and found BulbContinue reading “Simplest switch ever and saved £257 a year!”