The Book of Rubbish Ideas positively celebrates reducing waste in your home and keeping more money in your pocket by being savvy with some of your shopping ideas.
Of course, cooking from fresh is a terrific way of combining both and I’ve been doing it for years. I started making simple recipe loaves and rolls when the children were born. I wanted to take more charge of what was going into the bellies of my babies and I soon realised, it was a very fulfilling process too.
But being a busy mother of three, I also realised I didn’t have much spare time to indulge either…who does!
So I started ‘tweaking’ the recipes and fiddling around with kneading methods too and I devised a way of reducing the time and effort needed to make it and a way to save pounds and pennies too by incorporating some of the usual kitchen leftovers in the recipes.
Don’t be alarmed, I’m not talking about chopped up chicken bones or anything, I mean stuff like the last few spoons from the pan that cooked up the breakfast porridge, or a grated carrot or courgette that has gone floppy and is past it’s best….these accessible ingredients added to a dough not only reduce the rubbish that might have ended up in the bin (or hopefully the compost), but they can significantly reduce the cost you’d have spent on the raw ingredients – it’s a win, win situation!
There are lots of bed and breakfast places nearby and I’d be delighted to help you find one that suits your budget and expectations, so, if you’re keen on mastering the art of easy bread making and ensuring you never go hungry again, hop onto the courses page at Magic Oxygen and see if you can find a recipe to whet your appetite!
I look forward to welcoming you down here soon, oh and gift vouchers are available too if you’re looking for a unique eco-experience to give to someone you love,
Meet mum of 4 and ‘mumpreneur’ Christine McRitchie.
She somehow manages to fit in running 3 flourishing internet eco-businesses, alongside the demands of family life.
Plush Pants Cloth Nappies was her first venture: “I took on Plush Pants when my youngest baby, Victoria, was just under a year old. It’s been a labour of love and there was a lot to do as the business had been run down, so I’m very proud of how big it’s become in the last five years and in particular the popular Nappy Trial Scheme, which I’m a huge fan of, as it’s how I came to use washable nappies myself.”
Recently, I had the pleasure of driving with Joe Wadsworth in the Brighton to London Eco-Rally. Aside from being a great co-driver, he’s also partly responsible for waving the flag for the ingenious Firewinder.
Here, Joe shares his views on renewable and sustainable energy, as well as letting us into the secrets behind one of the hottest eco-products to hit the market this year.
Q – What is the Firewinder, who invented it and tell us more about them?
A Firewinder is a wind powered lantern – the Original Windlight. It was conceived by the founder of the Firewinder Company, Tom Lawton, and resembles a three foot high pasta twist with LEDs on the edges that light up when it spins in the wind. Firewinder breathes with the wind, the greater the windspeed the brighter the lights.
The boys at Rapanui are back again with an expansion on their successful competition of 2008 to source up-and-coming designers. For their 2010 Collection, due for release this summer, the lads have made entries available to all.
Mart and Rob were inspired to open the doors to the Rapanui design studio after appointing Eve Ottaway; a recent fashion technology graduate, her insane enthusiasm for the brand made hiring her and putting her in charge of sourcing for 2010 a no-brainer.
Eve has developed a national program to encourage students to get involved and has been up to her neck in PDFs, TIFs, and the rest since. Rob and Mart have decided to keep her busy by opening the competition up to graphics graduates, artists, and doodlers globally.
Rob explained, “We felt at first that the student population was a great way to source new artwork, the universities and art colleges of the UK are brimming with talent. The students get the opportunity to work with a global brand and we get access to the hottest talent.”
Every month millions of mobile phone handsets in perfectly good, working condition are discarded and sent to Britain’s growing landfills as mobile phone fashions come and go.
Eco-conscious shoppers everywhere might be interested in Purple Gossip, a new website offering a wide range of recycled phones and accessories. Not only can you get your hands on recent mobile phone models, but you can also feel virtuous about helping to save the planet.
By reducing the number of new phones made and distributed they are actively contributing to a decrease in the volume of raw materials taken from the earth to make new ones, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases too.
Spring can be a particularly difficult time for hayfever sufferers (me included) but organic herbal expert, Pukka Herbs, believes the symptoms can be avoided with the use of natural remedies.
I’m going to give their recommendations a try, as every summer I seem to find myself with a collection of boxes and bottles of product claiming a cure and some of the vessels cannot be easily recycled; this year, it’s time to see how much Mother Nature can do for me.
Here’s some additional advice from Pukka’s herbal director, Sebastian Pole. “If our digestion becomes impaired, we cannot absorb and metabolise what we are putting into ourselves. This can create a toxic overload that coats our mucus membranes and obstructs the free flow of air, resulting in hayfever symptoms. Congestion, sneezing, itchiness, heavy head and difficulty in breathing are particularly common.
Actually, in my house, it’s been ‘that’ time of year since the kids broke up for their Christmas holidays!
There have been more coughs and colds going around the village than you could shake a snotty stick at and I’ve been rather dismayed to see one too many empty plastic wrappers for pocket-sized tissues wafting around the streets.