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Thoughtful Thursday – World Earth Day

Hi Everyone,

As some of you may be aware, today is Earth Day. In recognition of this, this week, I’ve been dedicating a post each day with information I have found inspirational or helpful. I’m a big believer in small changes can make a big difference.

Today we are showing our support for @EarthDay, designed to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. 

Earth Day encourages us all to play our part in looking after our environment. As individuals and businesses, this can sometimes feel like a huge challenge. We recognise that there is a long way to go, but that shouldn’t stop us from trying.  

If we all play our part, together we can move towards a more sustainable future.   Find out more about Earth Day here 👉🏼 https://www.earthday.org/our-work/

This year’s annual Earth Day Doodle highlights how everyone can plant the seed to a brighter future—one sapling at a time. Happy Earth Day 2021!

Earth Day 2021 Doodle by Google

Fancy a bit of fun, try the how environmentally friendly are you quiz.

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Much Love
KL ❤

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – World Earth Day Mash-up

As some of you may be aware, Thursday is Earth Day. In recognition of this, this week, I’ve decided to dedicate a post each day with information I have found inspirational or helpful. I’m a big believer in small changes can make a big difference.

This week’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge topic is Nutrition or Nourishment. It seemed too good an opportunity not to combine them both. One of the best quotes.

Lorax – Earth Day Image – Dr Seuss

Over the last few years, I have made small steps to change my habits for the better. Here are some simple things I have done:

  • Rechargeable batteries: Almost every battery in my house is now replaced with rechargeable batteries. Simple, easy and will probably save you money in the long term. Actually, even the pound shop rechargeable ones are pretty good for stuff like tv remotes.
  • Fold-up shopping bags: Obviously, we all know to take our own shopping bags with us, which I think most people do these days for a big shop. But what about when you just pop in somewhere for a quick shop (bread, milk or the emergency bottle of wine)? Fold-up shopping bags. You can buy these from Wilko. The fold-up ones are great to shove 1 or 2 in the glove box of your car for in case of emergency. They fold to about 6cm x 6cm so take up no room at all. Stops those emergency or excessive bag purchases.
  • Meal Plan: This is probably one of my favourite things (fit’s my OCD habits nicely). I like to meal plan as much as possible. The UN Environment Programme’s Food Waste Index revealed that 17% of the food available to consumers – in shops, households and restaurants – goes directly into the bin. Some 60% of that waste is in the home. The 923 million tonnes of food being wasted each year would fill 23 million 40-tonne trucks. Bumper-to-bumper, enough to circle the Earth seven times. If it were a country, food waste would be the third-highest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.
    • My problem with meal plans is I like to do a big shop, then little top-up shops. Most meal plans are weekly, but I don’t have the time to generate one each week. So, I have created a monthly meal plan (attached). It’s fairly straightforward but basically, I write out my cupboard, fridge and freezer stocks. I write a list of favourite meal ideas. Combine the two. Write out the plan. Fill in the shopping list. Hey presto. Then each week I am only getting top-up shops; like bread, milk and fresh produce.
Printable Monthly Foodplan by KL Caley
  • Meat Free Monday: This is regarded as the easiest way to help save the world. I try to incorporate one meat-free meal a week into my food plan. Check out this website for your impact calculator. For those wondering how to get started, I highly recommend slow-cooked sweet potato and lentil curry, one of our favourites.
  • Switch to the Slow Cooker: I try to use the slow-cooker at least once or twice a week (often the meals portions make it more than once meal also). Popular wisdom says that a slow cooker uses only as much energy as a light bulb. The numbers back the theory: seven hours of crockpot cooking uses 0.7 kilowatt-hours of energy, whereas baking the same meal in an electric oven for one hour uses 2.0 kWh. In terms of CO2, if a meal requires one hour to cook on an electric oven it uses 2.7 pounds of C02, whereas a crockpot uses 0.9 pounds of C02 for seven hours. The numbers vary depending on the source but all are in agreement Slow Cookers, save you time, money and energy. Check out this website for some more info.
  • LED Bulbs: This one is obvious, and I think most people will now have changed all their normal lightbulbs for lamps etc. But every now and then we notice some additional bulbs we haven’t switched, such as the cooker extractor fan and kickboard lighting.
  • Grow your own: Super simple and interesting to do with the kids. It’s amazing how much you can grow with very little effort. We started off a few years ago with crops in pots on our patio, we now have an allotment. Growing your own is so rewarding, relaxing and interesting. A water butt is a cheap way to collect rainwater too, for those (rare as they may be in the North East of England), dry spells.
  • Switch Soaps: There are a lot of businesses now doing soap and shampoo bars. These tend to last a lot longer than plastic bottles and are often used with local and sustainable products. A friend of mine runs Soap out of the Garden (although there are probably companies more local to yourself). Her products are lovely, she uses all-natural products and avoids palm oils too. They also make lovely gifts.
  • Tassimo Coffee Pods: I wrote to both Tassimo, my MP and my local council last year over concerns about the lack of recycling in the North East of England – yes I am that person now! Anyway, I was delighted to be informed recently that Tassimo has introduced a free return service meaning they are now recyclable… called PODBACK. Tassimo is already quite a clever little machine, it reads each cartridge individually, knows exactly how much water is needed, how long it takes to brew your drink and the optimal temperature. This way, it only uses the minimum amount of water and energy, no waste. Now the pods are easy to return to be recycled.

I’m sure there are many, many more but those are the ones springing to the top of my mind now. Is there any you can think of?

Much Love
KL ❤


Originally written in response to Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge (WQWWC – Nourishment). A wonderful prompt hosted by Marsha Ingrao at Always Right.

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Technology Tuesday – World Earth Day

Hi Everyone,

As some of you may be aware, Thursday is Earth Day. In recognition of this, this week, I’ve decided to dedicate a post each day with information I have found inspirational or helpful. I’m a big believer in small changes can make a big difference.

REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE – RESTORE

Last year, during the pandemic, whilst working from home I realised my use of my Tassimo coffee machine had increased (as I am sure many others have too). I love a nice cuppa, it’s what is often needed to see me through some of the longer meetings or more mundane tasks that just need to be done. Anyway, I looked into recycling the cartridges (which are claimed to be fully recyclable) and was frustrated to find nothing in my area. If I really, really wanted to recycle them I could purchase a recycling box which cost nearly £200, which I am sure most people would agree is not an affordable sum. So, I wrote to Tassimo, recieving a rather half-hearted email promoting the above mentioned expensive recycling scheme and looking into other options.

KL tells tales on TASSIMO.

Undeterred I wrote to my local MP and to my local council. My MP actually chased the company and got in touch with the director. A couple of weeks ago I was pleased to see that the company has now launched a new scheme called PODBACK, where Tassimo and many other cartridges can be sent to be recycled. These bags are free with any order or £3 to purchase separately, which I am sure you can all agree is a far more affordable sum. It’s still not the curbside collection I would like to see in place, or even the supermarket collection (many have bottle banks, battery drop-offs etc, and I still believe if you sell the product you should help the consumer easily recycle it), but it’s a fairly good step in the right direction.

Now I know the die-hard eco campaigners would say, just don’t use the machine, but I am not ready to give it up (yet). Tassimo is already quite a clever little machine, it reads each cartridge individually, knows exactly how much water is needed, how long it takes to brew your drink and the optimal temperature. This way, it only uses minimum amount of water and energy, so far more efficient than most other brewing methods.

So, I have talked alot about Tassimo (other brands available), but I wanted to make my point, if you don’t ask you don’t get, and little things really do make a big difference.

We have a lot of great technology that can help us, help ourselves. We need to learn to use them to their full capacity and hold the companies accountable that produce waste products.

On the discussion around recycling

I was very excited recently to read about Mura Technology and their new Teesside facility. The British technology company’s plant, which is expected to be operational by 2022, is predicted to process 80,000 tonnes of ‘plastic waste’ every year, including plastic waste currently classed as unrecyclable.

It is part of the company’s commitment to developing one million tonnes of capacity worldwide by 2025 – this is said to be equivalent to nearly half of the plastic waste generated in the UK every year.

Find out more info at this fantastic article: https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/business/19183619.construction-starts-revolutionary-plastic-recycling-plant-teesside/

Have you found any small steps you would recommend to others? Or spotted a bit of tech that would help us be kinder to our planet? I’d love to know.

Much love

KL ❤

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Monday Muse – World Earth Day.

Hi Everyone,

As some of you may be aware, Thursday is Earth Day. In recognition of this, this week, I’ve decided to dedicate a post each day with information I have found inspirational or helpful. I’m a big believer in small changes can make a big difference. Last year, we saw a glimmer of hope when all over the world we saw how the air cleaned up and we saw animals return to their natural habitats or roam freely, all in such a short period of time. So, for me, I want to take stock and see what differences I can make, they may be small but it doesn’t make them any less important.

I watched an interview with David Attenborough on BBC Breakfast last year, and he kept the message very simple. Something that we can all do anywhere in the world. He was asked; “If there is one choice to make today, what choice would you like people to make?”

His Answer:

Don’t waste.

Don’t waste anything.

Don’t waste electricity.

Don’t waste food.

Don’t waste power.

Just treat the natural world as though it’s precious, which it is. And don’t squander those bits of it we have control of.

I think this is a really humbling message. Something that each of us can get behind. Whilst there are many things in the modern world we can’t change or won’t give up. Avoiding waste is certainly something we can all easily get behind.

David Attenborough message on Waste.

The full interview can be found here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08sq5w2

I’d love to know your thoughts. Have you any tips or tricks you have to avoid waste?

Much Love,

KL ❤