Sunday, February 18, 2018

Zero Waste Dental Care

Oral care is really important. I don’t need to be a dentist to know that once your teeth are gone- they are gone and so you better look after them as much as you can! I have been ''blessed'' with a huge sweet tooth and so I have been to the dentist more than I would wish on anyone. As I embarked on my Zero Waste journey, I knew that I will have to tackle this swap eventually and find solutions which are not only Zero Waste but really work for me as well. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How to reduce plastic waste at running races

I have been quite a frequent spectator at running races over the years.  Being a supporter rather than a participant is nice for a change as I have time to observe a lot of things which the runners who are in the ‘zone' don’t necessarily have time to see, mainly the plastic rubbish that is produced at all of these events. Single-use plastics like cups, water bottles and plastic bags are just some of the commonly used items at different races from road to cross country,  by both participants and runners. A small proportion of those items will end up on the running course (adding yet another job for the committed volunteers) littering the beautiful places that are often used as venues. Even if the items are disposed of properly, for most, the faith will be the same - they are only needed for a few seconds or a few minutes before they are discarded with the direction of incinerator or worse, landfill. The question is, do we need to do this or is there a solution so that we can enjoy these great sporting events without contributing to the plastic rubbish problem? Hint- absolutely. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Zero Waste Beer

Dry January is over. With most people getting back to their usual drinking routine, I thought it would be quite fitting to give you some ideas about Zero Waste booze. And because we live in Sheffield which is heaving with craft beer and real ale culture, it would be rude not to dedicate the whole post to beer. But as you know me by now, there has to be a Zero Waste twist to it! I am not a beer expert but I tend to hang around with people who know their difference between a lager and a real ale and it was inevitable that I experience some of that through many conversations and pubs visits. It is just one of those things about living in Sheffield- chances are that you will experience this wonderful side of drinking culture which focuses less on getting hammered and more on enjoying and discovering local beers all whilst having a good catch up with your friends. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pick your battles - and why Zero Waste is mine

I have not always been as concerned about the environment as I am now. In fact, I never used to recycle anything and drank from a new plastic bottle most days. Once even wrapped my towels when I was moving house in cling film as I run out of plastic bags. Yep, true story. Then something shifted in my mindset and I started to be aware of my decisions and what impact my actions have on the environment that I love. Somewhere along the line, I have become an environmental activist. I never used to see myself as an activist. I haven't attended protests against governmental decisions on the environment (yet) or against big companies or anything like that. Instead I chose to do something radical- take responsibility for my own actions when it comes to trash.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Zero Waste Pasta and Rice

Carbs - love them or hate them but chances are that you always have some at home for those times when you want to cook a quick meal. Rice and Pasta were one of the few things that I struggled to buy package free. I don't eat a lot of them anymore but in our household, we get through quite a bit so you can imagine how excited I was to find out that we can now buy it completely package free. The Sheffield University Students' Union has made a massive step towards sustainability and got some bulk bins with rice, pasta, bulgur wheat, lentils and more. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Microadventure- Winter Camping in the Lake District

I love those weekends when you feel that on Sunday night, you have become a different person to what you were like on Friday. It doesn't happen every weekend but it almost always is the case when I go and do something just outside of my comfort zone. If you have a big adventure where you travel for months, you will most definitely feel changed in a way. But actually, a weekend away can give you just the same feeling. You can find it a train ride or couple of hours drive away from where you live and you can push your comfort zone just as much. Your Monday morning commute seems a lot more bearable after that sort of weekend and you go in with a twinkle in your eye and an adventure in your cheeks. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Zero Waste Nuts and Seeds

I eat my body weight in nuts every month. They are such a good snack on its own and they are also a really good source of fats,  protein and minerals. Although we don't have a ZW waste shop in Sheffield (yet), I can buy most varieties package free. From almonds, brazil nuts and pine nuts to sunflower seeds and even some varieties coated in chocolate. I do a bulk shop roughly once every 6 weeks so that I always have some at home when I want to make some raw energy balls or add them to my meals.