What’s New in the World of Eco-Friendly Period Products?

What’s New in the World of Eco-Friendly Period Products?

This week, I’m delighted to be publishing a guest post by the lovely Jackie Bolen of ReusableMenstrualCup.com, who is an expert on all things related to eco-friendly periods. I wrote a post a few weeks back on how to use a menstrual cup; this week, Jackie will follow that up by discussing the most recent … Read More

The Great Shampoo Hoax: Why Go No-Poo?

The Great Shampoo Hoax: Why Go No-Poo?

I’ve lost track of how long it’s been since I last used shampoo, but I think it’s going on three years now. So what possessed me to stop using shampoo, or to go ‘no-poo’ as they say? Quite simply, shampoo just isn’t necessary, though we’ve all been conned into thinking we need it. Clever marketing … Read More

How to Use a Menstrual Cup: a Comprehensive Guide

How to Use a Menstrual Cup: a Comprehensive Guide

By now, you’ve probably heard of menstrual cups, but you may be unconvinced by the idea. If that’s you, today I’d like to answer some questions that many people have about menstrual cups, and hopefully convince you to take the plunge and try one out! For those who are unfamiliar with menstrual cups, I’m going … Read More

Does Frugality Bring Freedom?

Does Frugality Bring Freedom?

I’m currently reading a book called Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell. Early on in the book, she quotes Christopher Lasch, a cultural historian. Lasch says, “The tired worker, instead of attempting to change the conditions of his work, seeks renewal in brightening his immediate surroundings with new goods and … Read More

How to Stop Wasting Food: Solutions to Food Waste

How to Stop Wasting Food: Solutions to Food Waste

The UK has a problem with food waste. Here are some statistics I found on the government website: We waste around seven million tons of food every year The average household throws away £470 worth of food per year Bread, fruit and vegetables are the most wasted foods Businesses are guilty too – the manufacturing … Read More

Should You Follow Your Dreams or Be Realistic?

Should You Follow Your Dreams or Be Realistic?

When, as kids, we tell the adults in our lives what we want to be, their responses tend to be predictable. If we want to do something artistic, creative or entrepreneurial, then our aspirations may be called unrealistic. More tactful adults might say, “That’s nice, but you need a plan B in case it doesn’t … Read More

Why We Should Be Buying Second-Hand

Why We Should Be Buying Second-Hand

Many of us are uncomfortable about buying second-hand. We fear that used items will be in poor condition, or are squeamish about using someone else’s castoffs. Often, we only buy second-hand when we need to save money. But I think buying second-hand is very important for a variety of reasons – so much so that … Read More

Is Veganism Expensive?

Is Veganism Expensive?

When doing vegan outreach, I often hear people say that they couldn’t go vegan because it’s too expensive. It astonishes me that this is still such a widely held viewpoint, so I thought I’d try to dispel it. Here goes. It depends what you eat Imagine if I said to someone, “Being a meat eater … Read More