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5 (Really Easy) Ways I’m Reducing the Plastic in my Life

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For a long time, reducing plastic has been on my radar – a vague mission I’d never had the energy to put into practice. I’m rarely one to get involved with a bandwagon but, with the ever increasing visibility, and ever increasing volume of the plastic-free movement’s voice, I figured this was one trend I’m totally into following.

It’s hard. The modern world just isn’t geared up to help us be plastic-free, but the good news is that increased coverage of the importance of reducing plastic waste is paying off – its becoming easier to take baby steps towards being plastic free/reducing plastic. And for me at least, baby steps is best – you can’t always make a huge change at once.

Here are 5 things I’ve been doing recently to reduce the amount of plastic in my life (note: I don’t want to say “plastic free” as, right now, that’s an unrealistic goal, for me).

Buying vegetables locally

It’s really handy to pick up veg like cucumber and bagged salads when I’m cruising in Sainsburys, but the amount of unnecessary plastic is sinful. Recently I found a greengrocer nearby that sells naked cucumbers, fresh salad unbagged and jarred snacks like salted fava beans. I still pick up any loose veg I can get in supermarkets (onions, carrots, mushrooms, toms etc) but go to my local greengrocer for everything else. It’s a little more expensive, but its also all organic, locally grown and you can taste the difference. And they save their salad greens for Brian

Cutting down on Online Shopping

I like to shop online now and again, but recently I’ve noticed an obscene amount of plastic involved (and I don’t even buy that much). So I decided to head back to the high street – and I’m loving it. For starters, I’m saving money on shipping, but also getting to try things on, check material labels (ecommerce, why aren’t you showing us material contents?), try my luck in charity shops and use my own canvas bags. I’m finding so many bargains too, today I picked up some black Converse All Star Dainty pumps for just £10.50 brand new from The Outlet PLUS they disposed of the box for me so they’d fit in my bag. Another unexpected plus side is that I buy less, because I can’t actually be bothered going into town to shop unless I really need something…

Bringing a Bottle, Cup and Cutlery

Yep, I’m now the kinda girl who has a travel mug, water bottle and full set of cutlery rattling round her handbag (and subsequently, a massive handbag). It’s so handy though and I know how clean they are and I’m never in a position where I have to use those rubbish picnic cutlery sets, or buy an emergency bottle of water. Most cafes will fill up your water bottle for free (or if you buy a piece of fruit or something – and we could all eat more fruit) and every single coffee shop I’ve visited in the past 6 months has been happy to fill my coffee cup. Easy.

Using Up, Recycling, Re-purposing & Replacing

It was so tempting, when I started thinking about plastic, to throw away all the plastic stuff I have and replace it with non-plastic versions. How stupid is that? I’d be creating a problem in the name of solving the problem. Instead, I’ve decided to carry on as normal, and only when something needs replacing will I switch it up for a plastic free version. This will apply to as many items as possible – and so far its proving interesting, as it’s encouraging me to research products before I buy them.
Wherever possible, when a plastic thing I’ve got stops being functional for its main intent, I’m trying to give it a new job – like using a lunchbox with a lost lid, or some staining, as a plant pot. If I can’t find a new job for it, I’ll drop it at my local recycling center.

Homegrown tumbling tomatoes

DIY and Growing my Own

Guys, I love little tomatoes and strawberries and fresh herbs for cooking – and I used to buy all those pre-packaged spices in shrink wrap, and strawbs/toms in those weird plastic coffins almost daily. Now I have a couple of hanging baskets producing amazingly luscious fruits & a modest but prolific herb garden out in our back yard – I’m saving a bit of money and everything tastes 10x better knowing its home grown.

I’m also thinking about getting back into knitting and learning to sew – that way I can pick up old woolen/cashmere jumpers in second hand stores, unravel them and re-knit into something more my style (because somehow I never find things I just love) and make minor repairs on fashion instead of throwing it out.

Wow, this turned out to be a really long post. But those are 5 of the things I’ve been focusing on turning into a habit, in the hopes I can reduce plastic from my life. I have to be honest, the thing I’m struggling with the most is dish soap – any plastic free people out there with more experience than me got any suggestions?

What steps (if any) are you taking to reduce your plastic use?

Kitty

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What We Learned after 1 Year of Rabbit Parenting

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We’re dog people, through and through. I grew up around dogs, and so did Mr K – we get dogs. We love dogs – and we’d always planned to have a dog in our lives when we’d settled in our own home.

Then Brian moved in – a lop-eared buck who’d been living a difficult life and needed a second chance. It took about 30 seconds for us to fall in love with his mischievous face and fluffy bunny butt.

Let me tell you, having a rabbit is nothing like having a dog – and our first 12 months have been a hilarious challenge, a huge learning curve and a heartwarming experience.

Here is what we learned…

Bunnies are very moody creatures
Brian can tantrum for a whole day if we cook something that he doesn’t like the smell of. Or if we don’t open a door he wants opening. Or if his food is 1mm to the left of where it should be. Or if you groom him too much, too little, or at the wrong time, or with the wrong hand. He’s a diva.

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You have to work hard to earn their trust.
Rabbits are prey animals, and so their natural instinct is to always assume they’re about to become lunch. It took a long time for Brian to feel comfortable to be in a room with us, and a lot longer before he’d turn his back on us, and longer still until he fell asleep in front of us. Now it’s not uncommon to see him belly up, snoring on his mat in plain view.

Bunnies really do eat everything. Unless you entertain them.
Obviously we should have known he’d chew stuff- commonly people expect wires to be chewed – but wallpaper, books, clothes, furniture, shoes, doors. You name it, he chewed it, until we left him with a (huge) variety of toys to keep him busy.

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You can’t just feed them carrots nonstop. Or Lettuce.
They will literally die, but die happy as they love carrots. And Banana. They need a varied mix of veg (not too many carrots – too much sugar) pellets (NOT Museli) and lots of hay. Iceberg lettuce is a NO for rabbits – they should have romaine instead.

You need to be a poo detective
Gillian McKeith back off – ain’t nobody can analyse a poo like I can now I’m a bunny mum. Serious time is put into deciding whether the daily poos are plentiful enough, and the right consistency – as this is often the only sign you’ll get if there’s something wrong with your bun.

They Think They’re In Charge
A dog is happy to accept you as pack leader – but a Bunny will not. Brian is stubborn, he won’t come to you when called, he won’t lower himself to grooming you. He’s the boss, (he thinks) – so you have to come up with clever ways to be the boss without him noticing.
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They are actually kinda similar to dogs
Brian has his own hilarious, sweet, stubborn, mischievous, inquisitive personality – just like all the dogs I’ve ever known. He’s the nosiest critter ever, and cannot resist checking the contents of bags, or peering around open doors. He’s clever – he knows where to lay to bask in sunshine, or where to hide to avoid having his nails clipped. He’s also dumb – and regularly gets his big bunny bum stuck under the sofa.

They’re Super Clean
Brian spends like 12 hours a day grooming himself – he’s totally odorless, and spotlessly clean. He takes hygiene extremely seriously, which kind of makes him easier to deal with than a dog. No soggy bathtimes! Plus his poops don’t stink.

They do have personalities!
So many people said to me “But they’re so boring” when we got a rabbit. Guess what? Not boring! He’s got a very distinctive personality, and he’s also hilarious. You’ll love him.

Kitty

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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OH Hello there! Remember me?

It’s been a while, I know. I just wanted to put some feelers out there to see if anyone’s still watching & waiting for new content.
I always get a little frustrated when bloggers I follow stop creating content, but I never think to contact them and ask why, or whether there’s more coming.
Maybe that’s happening here?

If you are sitting back waiting for something new to appear here, what do you come here for?

Is it travel? Food? Dog stuff? Fashion? Cruelty Free? Something else entirely?

I’m so torn about carrying on creating content, I’m lacking direction but today I logged in and saw that there are still hundreds of people stopping by every week.

WHY? Tell me!

What do you like seeing? What do you want to see?

Perhaps SD will rise from the ashes with a new look, new name, new vibe altogether. Or perhaps it’ll fade into the ether. I’m not sure, but I do value your feedback massively.

Kitty

 

 

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