Green shoots

Save water today by reusing where possible

Before you pour any water down the drain, ask yourself if you can reuse it. Could you pour it onto a plant, flush the toilet with it or clean some patio furniture with it? Sunday lunch looks like this in our house: Water is used to par boil potatoes. When they are done, that water…

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Remove indoor air pollution with houseplants

House plants aren’t just pretty things people buy you when you move house. They contain some great qualities, including breathing in carbon dioxide during the day and breathing out oxygen. This can help you feel energised and prevents the air getting stagnant. The EPA state that indoor air pollution is up to 5 times more…

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Let your melons hang loose

Buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than plastic wrapped ones. According to a study by the Local Government Association, almost 40 per cent of supermarket food packaging cannot be easily recycled. In addition, packaging can add 20% to the cost of your food; you then pay again for the disposal of that packaging through council…

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Switch your light bulbs to LEDs

We all know by now that replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs can save electricity, help save the planet and reduce our bills. Unfortunately, CFLs contain mercury, which is a very toxic substance. We should all dispose of CFLs responsibly so that the mercury can be removed and reused, but will we? An even better alternative…

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detox your beauty routine

Did you know there are carcinogenic ingredients in some leading brands of baby products? That many fragrances contain phthlates and neurotoxins? That there might be lead in your lipstick, formaldehyde in your nail varnish and that manufacturers are free to use the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ even though the products might not be? Check out…

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Don’t be a mug

Why not take your own mug to work or favourite coffee take out and save on disposable cups? According to the EPA, 25 billion polystyrene (Styrofoam) cups are thrown away every year. They can be recycled, but facilities in most places are limited; so into the landfill they go for a few hundred years. Find…

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Green up your household cleaning

Conventional household cleaners can contain a bewildering array of toxic chemicals which can be harmful to your health and the environment. Many are made from petroleum; a non-renewable resource. There is good news though! There are many safe, effective and natural cleaners that might be sitting in your kitchen right now. Before chemical cleaners were…

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Stop junk mail

Stop your junk mail and help to reduce the 21 billion items (550,000 tonnes) of junk mail that are sent out every year in the UK. The average household dustbin is made up of a quarter paper waste. Over 5 millions of tonnes of paper ends up in the landfill every year, where it emits…

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Pack a healthy lunch

One of the best ways to take care of your health is to watch what you eat. According to hippocrates we should use food as our medicine and I am a firm believer in this! Many people get stuck in a rut with their meals; eating cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a takeaway…

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Sprout some seeds!

Sprout some seeds. This can be your first step towards growing your own food! Sprouted seeds are packed with nutrition and make a great addition to salads, stirfries and sandwiches. You remember growing cress as a child, don’t you? Well let the wonder of that continue by experimenting with alfalfa, mung beans or sunflower seeds!…

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