The Important Story of How Ethical Jewelry Became a Thing

The term ethical jewelry seems so pure and simultaneously glamorous. It isn’t like saying ‘ethical clothing’, or ‘ethical bedsheets’. There’s a certain sense of aspirational reach in the phrase ethical jewelry, and that’s possibly because of the word ‘jewelry’.  What is jewelry, really? Just adornment. It isn’t essential. Different cultures around the world may have […]

The Role of Plastic in our World {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: Considering all the well-publicized problems with plastic in our oceans, do you think that plastic has any kind of future? — Lea Mauduit, via EarthTalk.org As much as environmentalists shudder at the proposition, it looks like plastics are here to stay. Most […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Secondhand Clothes

There’s always a bit of a stigma attached to pre-owned items – be it clothing, electronics, or even cars. Everyone wants the ‘brand new’; the novelty factor really keeps our species excited. But did you know that only about 15% of our textile waste gets recycled? I’m here to tell you that a spankin’ new […]

The Ultimate Documentary Guide to Being a Conscious Consumer

I have been thinking about how I can be a conscious consumer. It’s not easy, not when our consumption habits have been made so effortless. Companies and brands want us to buy their products, and they have made it as easy and mindless as possible. A couple of clicks and you’ve purchased that shiny new […]

Week 4: Segregate the Waste in your Zero Waste Kitchen

  This is Week 4, and this week we look at how to waste segregation according to type – so we can either recycle, or dispose of them responsibly. How I’d arranged this Zero Waste Kitchen series is that we first tackle paper, then plastic, and then look at composting organic wet waste. These three […]

Week 3: Compost Your Way to a Zero Waste Kitchen

How did Week 1 and Week 2 go? It’s okay if you stumbled. Eliminating waste materials from our homes is not easy, so cut yourself some slack. Just stay focused on the goal, and remind yourself why you’re doing this. This week, we look at composting. Composting is the most amazing thing ever. It’s that […]

Week 1: Go Paperless for a Zero Waste Kitchen

Your kitchen is messy. In every kitchen, you need to do loads of wiping, mopping, sponging, and using kitchen rolls with their seemingly never-ending paper towels is not the best idea. Have you thought about a paperless zero waste kitchen? Mostly from the Zero Waste perspective, because discarded paper is a major component of many […]

5 Weeks to Setting Up a Zero Waste Kitchen

You hear about Zero Waste everywhere now. Zero waste this, zero waste that. Is it possible to go zero waste? I’ve tried. I have done various things to kickstart my zero waste life. It’s still a work in progress, but I’ve made a system that works well for me. This post is about setting up […]

How to Live an Environmentally Conscious Life

Finding out about where things come from has been eye-opening. Wanting to be environmentally conscious is well and good, but where does one start? The internet is vast, and there’s no information you cannot find if you look hard enough. And you should look for information about where the things you use came from. But, […]