You can’t help but feel worried about the heatwaves we are undergoing this summer, not the mention the week ahead. In the long term, we need to put pressure on our leaders to stick to their promises on climate change, alongside huge corporations who also need to DO BETTER. If you’re wondering what links single-use plastic to climate change here’s one example:
“Plastic production is expanding worldwide…plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, from its production to its refining and the way it is managed as a waste product.
This plastic binge threatens attempts to meet the Paris climate agreement…by 2050 plastic will be responsible for up to 13% of the total “carbon budget” – equivalent to 615 coal-fired power plants.” (Source: The Guardian)
What Can You Do?
Below I’ll offer a range of eco-friendly summer tips which help you avoid single-use plastic and reduce waste.
Tip 1: Insulated reusable water bottle
If you haven’t already got one, it’s a must. Not only will you cut out plastic (which isn’t nice to drink out of, let’s face it) but you can have a drink that stays cold all day. Simple but effective!
Tip 2: Never run out of ice cubes
You’ve probably got an ice cube tray, right? But once those cubes are used you’re left waiting for another batch to be frozen. Not anymore! Take an old freezer bag of some description and fill with ice cubes once they’re ready. Repeat a few times until you have a good amount of ‘back up’ ice without needing to buy any in plastic bags. If it gets a little stuck together give it a gentle bash on worktop or floor to separate. Top tip: If you squeeze lemons or limes, keep the skins/flesh and freeze this too, to add to drinks. You’re welcome!
Tip 3: Use your fan less
How? Keep your house a little cooler by keeping all windows and curtains closed in the heat of the day. Once the sun goes down you can open the windows up, and use a fan in front of the window to either blow cooler air in or suck hotter air out. This will cool bedrooms down reducing the need to run electric fans all night long.
Tip 4: Tiles are your friend!
It’s not the most comfortable, but tiles in the shade stay remarkably cool in hot weather. Try parking yourself on them for 10-15 mins (if you can!) to cool yourself off a bit. You could also try a wet flannel that’s been soaked in a shallow bowl of colder water too.
Tip 5: Plastic free sunscreen
Sunscreen is a must! We currently stock the excellent Shade (100ml is the best value) but will be adding a vegan option in Spring 2023.
Tip 6: Don’t forget your plants!
Plants indoor or out need a drink, but you don’t need to reach for the hose. Place a bucket or some tubs in your shower to catch water run off, and use this instead. It’s also a good idea to leave a bowl of water out for wildlife too. Nature will thank you!
Hopefully at least one of these tips has inspired you. Until next time, stay cool!
You’ll love this easy noodle recipe. It’s quick, easy, vegan and keeps really well for leftovers the next day. Serves 2.
Ingredients: (items marked * can be bought from us)
- 2 Fine Chinese Noodle nests (approx 200g)
- 100g-150g of Whole Cashews*
- selection of chopped vegetables (I used 2 small peppers and a few baby corn)
- splash of rapeseed oil*
- 1/2 tsp of Chinese 5 spice*
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules*
- splash of soy sauce or ketchup manis
- splash of BBQ sauce
- sprinkle of golden linseed*
- Add some oil to a large pan on medium high heat and fry off the vegetables. After 3 minutes add the 5 Spice, and another minute later the garlic granules. Turn the heat down to medium.
2. Pop the noodles in a pan of boiling water. Tip: For extra flavour add a tsp of our Vegan Bouillon.
3. When the vegetables are cooked, add in the soy and BBQ sauces and your cashews.
4. Drain the noodles after 4-5 minutes when they are fully cooked.
5. Serve your noodles with the vegetables in sauce on top; and a sprinkling of linseed.
We hope you loved this recipe- there will be more to come!
A few weeks ago I realised that aside from changing the bed sheets I hadn’t done much in the way of spring cleaning our mattresses. A little bit of research later and I gave it eco-friendly mattress cleaning a go, using only products from in store.
What You Will Need:
- Spray Bottle
- Vacuum cleaner
- Steam cleaner/mop (if you have one)
- Remove all bedding and thoroughly vacuum the mattress.
- Mix together a couple pumps of wash up liquid, a splash of laundry liquid, and half cup of water in the spray bottle. Swirl to mix rather than shaking.
- Spray this mixture lightly, focusing on any stained areas. No need to get completely soaking.
- Using a loofah or cotton cloth, lightly scrub any areas in need of it.
- Sprinkle a thin layer of bicarb all over the mattress, adding a little more in the areas which have been scrubbed.
- Leave for approx. one hour, with the bedroom window open if desired.
- (Optional) If you have a steam cleaner/steam mop, you can wrap a cotton cloth around the end of it and use this on a medium setting (too hot will damage any memory foam in the mattress) on the stained areas. Work each area carefully.
- Leave for another hour to dry off.
- If a large amount of bicarb is on the stained areas, you can brush it off into a dustpan before vacuuming.
- If not, vacuum entire mattress and leave bedding off until completely dry.
A note about bicarb and vacuum cleaners.
Due to how fine it is, in copious amounts bicarb can damage some bag-less vacuum cleaners. If you have a machine like this, it might be worth cleaning the filters afterwards.
I hope you’ve found this eco-friendly mattress cleaning guide useful! I’d advise following this twice a year if possible, but even vacuuming your mattress every month or two will help keep it fresh and extend its lifespan. Any questions just pop them in the comments, or send them via email to [email protected].
Amongst the madness of Festive Prep, I managed to grab 10 minutes with Lois A.K.A. Little Garden Flowers, our wonderful floral supplier.
Read on to find out about her inspirations, plus tons of interesting info about sustainability in the floral world.
Q. When did you first become interested in floristry? Is it something you always wanted to do?
Q. What can you tell us about the issues surrounding sustainability in the flower industry?
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