How to have a reduced waste Christmas this year

How to have a reduced waste Christmas this year

I’m dreaming of a Zero Waste Christmas! Or at least a ‘reduced waste’ Christmas. I know it probably won’t be completely waste free. However, my family aim to create less waste than we generated last year, or the year before that. I am going for 

Recipe: Tasty Mexican Seasoning spice mix

Recipe: Tasty Mexican Seasoning spice mix

Shop-bought meal seasoning packets were cluttering my bin Some years ago, I fell into the habit of buying pre-made meal seasonings, particularly Mexican seasoning such as taco, burrito, or fajita mix. It seemed like a convenient way to buy spices and seasoning, particularly when I 

Book Review: Save, Make, Do by Lyn Webster

Book Review: Save, Make, Do by Lyn Webster

Borrow a book about saving money! I love borrowing library books about living a more eco friendly and sustainable lifestyle. And I love them even more if they also have tips about ways to save money! Last month, I borrowed the book ‘Save, Make, Do’ 

Three easy home baking recipes using Lemons

Three easy home baking recipes using Lemons

Home baking using lemons from the garden I love baking, especially when I can use ingredients such as lemons that I have grown at home, or bought in season from local suppliers. At the moment we have a lot of lemons on our lemon trees. 

How to grow vegetables from seed

How to grow vegetables from seed

Spring is the perfect time for starting growing vegetables from seed The first of September is officially the start of Spring in New Zealand. This time of year is all about planning what vegetable and flower seeds I’m going to sow. If you sow seeds 

How we reduced our rubbish in the last 12 months

How we reduced our rubbish in the last 12 months

Challenging ourselves to reduce the rubbish we send to landfill A couple of years ago, we decided to seriously reduce our rubbish. We wondered how low we could realistically get it down to, whilst still living a pretty ‘normal’ family life. We started from a 

Top 10 good reasons to grow vegetables in your garden

Top 10 good reasons to grow vegetables in your garden

Ten good reasons to grow summer vegetables It’s that time of year in New Zealand that I start to plan what vegetables I am going to grow in my garden in the coming spring and summer. Today, I was snug indoors, sitting at my laptop 

Bread without plastic packaging – my Plastic Free July 2019 Challenge

Bread without plastic packaging – my Plastic Free July 2019 Challenge

Bread without plastic packaging – a challenge for many For Plastic Free July, I decided to challenge myself to reduce one of the sources of plastic in our house – bread in plastic bags. I decided to try the following ideas: Buy bread in paper 

Meal planning to save you money, food and time

Meal planning to save you money, food and time

Wasting food is wasting money Food waste is a big problem in many countries around the world. Just here in New Zealand, we waste an estimated $872 million worth of food a year, according to a government report. That represents 122,500 tonnes of food sent 

Zero waste hair care – 6 reasons to love shampoo bars

Zero waste hair care – 6 reasons to love shampoo bars

DIsclaimer: this post may contain affiliate links via the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Starting out with Shampoo bars I started using shampoo bars about 18 months ago, after reading about them online. There are quite a few companies producing them now, such as Lush