Category Archives: Zero Waste

A Guide to Plastic Straw Alternatives (+ Encouraging Venues to go Straw Free)

A Guide to Plastic Straw Alternatives (+ Encouraging Venues to go Straw Free)

When it comes to reducing our personal plastic use, and also tackling plastic pollution, it’s not a case of targeting everything at once. For most people that’s overwhelming and a recipe for giving up. A more realistic approach is choosing one thing to focus on, or maybe a couple of things, and work towards making… Continue Reading

A Zero Waste Backpacking Trip: What I Packed

A Zero Waste Backpacking Trip: What I Packed

Tomorrow I’m setting off to France on my big walking-across-Spain adventure. I’m hiking to Santiago de Compostela (in Spain) from the town of St John Pied-de-Port in France. It’s 800km in total, along the Camino Frances (most commonly known as the Camino de Santiago). I’m expecting it to take about 5 weeks. The biggest difficulty… Continue Reading

When Is A Plastic-Free Aisle Not Plastic-Free?

When Is A Plastic-Free Aisle Not Plastic-Free?

A supermarket aisle in the Netherlands made headlines last month, because it was the “world’s first plastic-free aisle”. I saw the headline, but I didn’t bother to read much further, expecting to see the kind of thing so many times before – neatly laid out rows of bulk bins, where customers can use paper bags… Continue Reading

Is There a “Best” Kind of Reusable Bag?

Is There a “Best” Kind of Reusable Bag?

With more and more councils, states and countries around the world introducing plastic bag bans, the conversation is finally moving towards reusable bag options. Not a moment too soon, either! Yet as with all things, there’s plenty of different options out there, and the choice can be overwhelming. Different people have different opinions about what’s… Continue Reading

Biodegradable Plastic: Is It REALLY Eco-Friendly?

Biodegradable Plastic: Is It REALLY Eco-Friendly?

If there’s one environmental claim that makes me nervous when I see it printed on plastic-like products and packaging, it’s “biodegradable”. Why? Because without context, this label is vague and potentially misleading. A one-word label like this tells us nothing about the true biodegradability of a product. What does it biodegrade into? Toxic or non-toxic?… Continue Reading

Is “Zero Waste” Even Real?

Is “Zero Waste” Even Real?

For me, living zero waste means trying to create as little waste (and that includes recycling) as possible. Refusing single-use items, avoiding plastic, reducing what I purchase, and choosing items that are well made and designed to last. For bigger, one-off purchases I try to find what I want second-hand. For the regular, consumable things… Continue Reading

Spilling the Truth About the “Perfect” Zero Waste Image

Spilling the Truth About the “Perfect” Zero Waste Image

I’ll admit it. I do like a stylish, carefully curated zero waste image. I’m prone to double-tapping “like” when a snap of a beautiful pantry with whole foods stacked neatly in glass jars appears on my social media feed. I think that pictures of products made of stainless steel and glass are much more visually… Continue Reading