Veganism

Can eating dairy make vegans feel sick?

In the depths of a pandemic, this question is probably only one that a middle-class vegan like myself could worry about. But here goes… Evan has a milk allergy so has been dairy-free since birth (except for that one time I tried to force him to drink formula after waking up every 45 mins for […]

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Cut flowers

How eco-friendly are cut flowers?

I’ve never been a fan of fresh flowers. I just don’t see the point in giving people something that’s going to die in a few days. I should point out that this has rarely been a problem day-to-day as Andrew isn’t much into giving flowers either. My indifference to cut flowers means I’ve unintentionally been […]

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Clothing
Consumerism

Making do, mending and not spending

Today was my last day at work. To months ago I handed my notice in as Andrew found out that the computer game he made did really well. So well, in fact, that I can be a lady of leisure and not have a ‘proper job’. All was going well, I was spending less (although […]

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Clothing
Consumerism

2020 – The year of stopping spending

2019 was good and bad. I stayed vegan. I gave up drinking alcohol for good. I know this is not necessarily going to save the world but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for ages and something that will go a long way towards saving my mental health. I’ve cut down on plastic where I […]

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Christmas shopping billboard
Consumerism

All I want for Christmas is an end to buying ‘stuff’

I used to love Christmas. The tree, the pressies, the endless sweets, bad TV and chocolate. Now, it kind of feels like a guilt-ridden race to buy as much ‘stuff’ as possible or risk missing out on the mythical and impossible ‘magical Christmas’. To me, ‘stuff’ is defined as anything I buy because I’m ticking […]

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Nanas for nature
Climate change
Sheffield

Nanas for nature at the Climate Strike

Yesterday Nana, Evan and me joined the Climate Strike protest in Sheffield city centre. My mum had never been on a protest before, despite being a teenager in the 1960s so was feeling intrepid, Evan was mainly feeling bored and cranky. True to my usual way of approaching things, I remembered the Climate Strike was […]

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Plastic

Plastic Free July – What I’ve learnt after a month of trying to give up plastic

That’s it! 31 days of living with less plastic are (almost) over! It’s been much harder than I thought it would be but I’ve learnt a lot. Here’s what I now know after trying to go plastic-free for a month. I eat too many crisps I do love crisps so very much, but crisp bags […]

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Plastic

Plastic Free July Day 25 – 5 Plastic products that are easy to ditch

We’re approaching the finish line of Plastic Free July. In 34 degrees heat at 9.30pm I’ll try to break down the plastic we’ve found pretty easy to get rid of so far. Or at least, I will do if I don’t melt first. 5 plastic products that are easy to ditch 1. Squash bottles We […]

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Plastic deli
Food
Plastic

Plastic Free July – Day 20

We’re two thirds of the way through Plastic Free July and it feels like every day is a new game of hide and seek with plastic. Although the way to easily find the most hidden plastic is in supermarkets. Especially Sainsbury’s. It’s so difficult to find anything not wrapped in plastic in Sainsbury’s that after […]

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Two farmers crisps
Food
Plastic

Plastic Free July – Day 13 – Compostible Crisp Bags

If I could eat crisps for every meal, every day, I absolutely would. But I have kids who would do the same, so in the interest of good parenting I try to limit my intake. Plastic free July has meant cutting down on crisps even more, as all crisp bags are made of plastic. Or […]

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