Year: 2018

Jewellery

Saying ‘I do’ to recycled wedding rings

Andrew ‘put a ring on it’ over six years ago and this summer, I lost said ring. Rather embarrassingly, I lost it in our house, somewhere upstairs, possibly in the bathroom. I was bathing the kids, took my wedding ring off, went to put it back on a bit later and totally forgot where I […]

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Grow your own

The world’s biggest (and creepiest) allotment

In an attempt to save money, help the environment and smugly share our home grown produce with our friends, Andrew and I have decided to go full Tom and Barbara and rent an allotment. Some of the best memories I have of my Dad are helping him out on his allotment, round the corner from […]

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Crafts
Days out
Plastic

Chester Zoo – tears, tantrums and orangutans

Taking kids to a zoo is a great idea, right? Well this is what we naively thought. Instead of it being a fun time for all, it was a horror show of epic Joni tantrums as she recoiled in terror at every single animal, including tortoises. Yep, the slow speed and gentle nature of these […]

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Halloween milk carton crafts
Crafts

Eco Halloween crafts made from rubbish

As promised, we had a go at eco-friendly Halloween crafts and the results are, well, mixed. I wanted to do something with TetraPak milk cartons as we recycle about 5 of these a week at the moment. And when I say recycle, I mean pile up in a corner of the kitchen until they threaten […]

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Crafts
Plastic
Toys

Wasteful Wilko Crafting

When you think of kids’ crafts, you might think of houses made from cereal boxes or rockets made from washing up bottles. But this Blue Peter fuelled utopia is no more. Now 99% of children’s craft products seem to be made of foam. Foam stickers in particular are prolific if every craft set, kids party […]

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Food
Sheffield
Sheffield cafes

Vegan brunch to munch at Forge Bakehouse

Forge Bakehouse on Abbeydale Road looks like a Pinterest interiors page: Terrariums – check Reclaimed wooden tables and chairs – check Bottles used as decoration – check Lightbulbs in metal cages – check It’s full of hip coffee house clich├ęs but it works and it actually makes it a welcoming and comfortable place to eat. […]

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Lunchtime litter picking
Litter
Sheffield

Lunchtime litter picking round Kelham Island

I’ve worked in Neepsend, just near Kelham Island, for six years. We lived in a little flat in Kelham Island for three years and moved out in 2016. As well as being the most up and coming area of Sheffield, it’s also one of the most littered. Every day we walk past such delights as […]

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Fuzzy Felt beach scene
Toys

Could Fuzzy Felt be the oldest and most eco-friendly toy?

Ah, Fuzzy Felt, perhaps the most simple toy every made. It’s basically tiny bits of flimsy material that stick onto other flimsy bits of material to make a picture that resembles nothing like what’s on the front of the box. Back in the 80s I had a couple of Fuzzy Felt sets, and, partially because […]

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Food
Plastic

Tesco – Fine purveyors of palm oil and plastic

I did an emergency run to Tesco this lunchtime as Andrew had been away all weekend so we hadn’t done the big shop. Both kids are in an eating mood at the moment (some days they only want to eat half a baked bean between them) so I needed something for their packed lunches. Trying […]

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Bamboo drink
Sheffield
Uncategorized

Making little eco changes makes a better day

Sometimes starting small is the only way. I have a vision where I email every food manufacturer in the UK and my persistence and hard-line questioning forces them to give up palm oil. Sadly, I am a working mum of two so while I do plan to do this, at the moment, I can’t. There […]

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