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Grow your own!
Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2012 – 1:00 | 2 Comments
Grow your own!

My mantra is that you don’t have to have a garden to grow your own – anybody can have a go!
All you need is a hanging basket filled with tumbling tomatoes, a windowbox of salad …

Use soda crystals
Monday, 11 Jun, 2012 – 1:00 | Comments Off on Use soda crystals
Use soda crystals

Soda crystals have long been used as a water softener, so use them in your washing cycle to soften your clothes.
Add 100 g (31/2 oz) to your wash load for soft, fluffy clothes.
If you are …

Keep skincare simple
Sunday, 10 Jun, 2012 – 1:00 | Comments Off on Keep skincare simple
Keep skincare simple

Many people spend lots of money on products designed to keep them looking young and beautiful.
Unfortunately, many of these products contain harsh, toxic chemicals which can be detrimental to your health and the environment.
In addition, …

Don’t waste your beetroot tops!
Saturday, 9 Jun, 2012 – 1:00 | Comments Off on Don’t waste your beetroot tops!
Don’t waste your beetroot tops!

Did you know that beetroot leaves can be eaten like spinach?
What a waste to throw those leaves away!
Next time you harvest or buy beetroot with the leaves on, be sure to eat the tasty tops …

Shop ethically with gooshing
Friday, 8 Jun, 2012 – 1:00 | 2 Comments
Shop ethically with gooshing

Are you concerned about greenwashing or unsure which companies you can trust?
Do you want to make more ethical choices, but not sure how to find what you are looking for?
Then I have just the tool …

Ditch the plastic bag
Thursday, 7 Jun, 2012 – 1:00 | 9 Comments
Ditch the plastic bag

We’ve all heard it hundreds of times before, which means, if you’re still taking disposable carrier bags from the supermarkets, you shouldn’t be!
Over 17 1/2 billion disposable plastic carrier bags are given out every year …

Switch to rechargeable batteries
Wednesday, 6 Jun, 2012 – 1:00 | 4 Comments
Switch to rechargeable batteries

Every year in the UK, householders bin 700 million batteries weighing 19,000 tonnes. Put end to end, these would stretch to Australia and back.
We’re buying more and more battery operated gadgets such as digital cameras, …

Save 20% on your driving costs
Tuesday, 5 Jun, 2012 – 1:00 | 2 Comments
Save 20% on your driving costs

This tiny step could make all the difference to your running costs and environmental impact.
If you make 5 car journeys each week to work or a school run, why not Lift share for one of …

Put a lid on it
Monday, 4 Jun, 2012 – 1:00 | Comments Off on Put a lid on it
Put a lid on it

This is one of the simplest tips for reducing your carbon footprint and saving money on cooking fuel. It also means you can’t boil things over. If you have a gas hob this will save …

Reduce air pollution in your home
Sunday, 3 Jun, 2012 – 1:00 | Comments Off on Reduce air pollution in your home
Reduce air pollution in your home

Air pollution in your home can be higher than air pollution outdoors – that’s amazing isn’t it?
One of the reasons for this is the use of toxic household cleaning products. So called air fresheners are …