Recommended reads: Christmas edition!

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Trees are for life, not just for Christmas

Somehow Christmas is only 2 weeks away! For once I’m feeling pretty prepared and I’m happy that I’ve managed to source many of my presents and decorations from ethical and eco-friendly places this year. I’ve also been resisting the pressure to send Christmas cards to everyone I know and spending large amounts on presents. After all, it’s the thought that counts!

Christmas is such an astonishingly wasteful part of the year which feels wrong to me. Celebrating our loved ones or following religious traditions shouldn’t be a reason to multiply our already hugely damaging impact on the planet. So I’ve been scouting out tips and ideas on how we can all reduce our impact on our home this winter holiday.

Here’s a collection of advice, tips, shopping and ideas on how to have a greener Christmas. Some from my very favourite blogs to random discoveries. Enjoy and I hope you find some inspiration!

Changing how we do Christmas

Have a greener Christmas

Green gift ideas

 

Do you have any interesting Christmas traditions? How do you try to make your Christmas greener and more ethical?

 

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Why I’m opting for a more minimalist life

Why I'm opting for a more minimalist life

A couple of months ago I had a stress tantrum. Amongst all the other life stresses, there were piles of laundry covering our bedroom, clutter adorning the surfaces, jewellery I never wear, too many clothes stuffed into drawers as I’d run out of hangers, random unwanted gifts on shelves, wardrobes fit to bursting.  A string of notifications flashing on my devices. I needed to escape the clutter in my brain and yet I was surrounded by it. For me, this moment was the final straw. It finally set me on the path towards living a more minimalist lifestyle, one I’d been fantasising about for a while. I realised I needed a simpler life for my own peace of mind.

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Recommended Reads: lab meat, plastic waste and rewilding

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It’s been horrifying to see how nature has been showing its wrath recently, from hurricanes to earthquakes. My thoughts go out to all those affected by these disasters. The only thing worse is the knowledge that with climate change being ever present, extreme weather events like these are only going to get worse.

Here’s the lowdown on some of the environmentally intriguing reads I’ve come across recently. A bit of a mix this time, they all gave me some food for thought.

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Nature’s Guide to Self-Care

Nature's Guide to Self-Care

I’ve seen a lot about self-care on my blog newsfeeds lately. The horror of recent events has been a contributing factor in the emergence of calls for self-care. Climate change, environmental destruction, terrorist attacks, war, natural disasters and Trump have all played their part in wearing us down.

I’m certainly one of those people that needs to take a step back from the outside world every now and then. Increasingly, I find nature helps to restore me to my default setting, a clear head and an optimistic spirit.

It’s scientifically proven that being in nature boosts your mental well-being and increases productivity and concentration. And the exercise that often goes with it is only going to be a good thing. So here’s an approach to self-care with a difference: nature’s very own guide to self-care.

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30 Days Wild: Days 21-27

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Tufted Ducks at Rutland Water

It’s been a hectic week this one for us so fitting in wild acts around work and preparing for our holiday to Italy tomorrow has been a challenge! So this will be my last blog for 30 Days Wild in June but when I’m back from holiday in 2 weeks I’ll be sure to update you on the wildness we discover in Italy over the next 3 days.

Here’s the wild acts we did manage to squeeze in over the past week.

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30 Days Wild: Days 8-12

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Damselflies at Holme Fen Nature Reserve

Wow, the last 5 days have flown by and thrown up quite a variety of wildness, with us visiting new and old wild places, and seeing new and old species. Two of my biggest highlights of 30 Days Wild and a new favourite reserve have also come out of these adventures.

It’s been a busy few days so I’m a little behind with this 30 Days Wild update, so thank you for bearing with me. Here’s a few snapshots of what we have been up to!

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30 Days Wild: Days 1-4

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Sedge Warbler at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

30 Days Wild has officially begun! It’s been so exciting to start the challenge and get stuck into random acts of wildness everyday. I’m also thrilled in these 4 days I’ve managed to see a new species I’ve never seen before. So here’s a rundown of what we have got up to so far, with lots of photos to document our every wild step!

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