Make less trash [Guide]

Zero waste doesn’t mean producing or consuming nothing. It’s about carefully and intentionally designing, producing, and consuming without waste as an end product.

“We make less waste and eventually when we can shift the way manufactures design and create stuff (and we have the infrastructure to recover) then we will live in a circular economy (zero waste) and that word zero will actually mean zero. Until then, do your best, start small, and voice your consumer opinion! Change won’t happen until we speak up and use our consumer power as much as we can.”

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Winter Prep for a Spring Garden [Infographic]

In the depth of winter, it may seem that there is little to do in your garden. There are few plants and flowers growing, the weather is cold and less daylight prevents you from spending a lot of time outdoors.

However, there are things you can be doing to prepare your garden for spring. From tools and sheds, to digging over soil and making it ready for planting, this infographic shows you some practical ways to get a head start on your spring garden.

By planning ahead, you can ensure a beautiful garden with pretty flowers and tidy borders. You’ll be the envy of the street!

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Simple guide to Composting [Infographic]

Originally published on mbg

Composting organic waste is one of the best things you can do for the environment.

What is compost, anyway?

Nicknamed “Black Gold” by many gardeners and farmers, compost is a soil-like substance made from decomposed organic materials, such as yard trimmings and food scraps. When used properly, beneficial microorganisms in your compost pile will break down the waste until it becomes an unrecognizable substance that is dark, fluffy and rich in nutrients. It can be used for potting plants, as a form of mulch, or as a “soil amendment” that increases the organic content of your soil.
The barrier to entry might seem high, but composting is as easy as you want to make it.

Not only does composting divert organic materials from landfills, it also creates a nutrient-rich material perfect for growing a wide variety of plants and crops. The barrier to entry might seem high, but composting is as easy as you want to make it. This guide will help you get started:
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Green your Morning Coffee Routine [Infographic]

Coffee is the most popular drink across the globe, with over 400 billion cups consumed yearly. In Britain, 500g of coffee is consumed per person, per year, with a total of £730 million spent on coffee every year. A shocking 50% of the US population drinks a cup of coffee everyday, whether from household coffee machines, at work, or out on the go.

Think of all the disposable cups, pods, and milk jugs thrown in the trash, the energy used to produce and roast the beans, and the distance the beans travel to end up in your cup. No one wants to give up their morning caffeine kick, but there’s always a way to lessen your impact on the environment.

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Unusual Ways you can use Banana Peels [Infographic]

For those of us with gardens or composting bins, the answer is obvious – mulch it and put it back in the ground. But for apartment dwellers – and there are a lot of us – it all too often goes straight into the bin. So what can the environmentally-inclined connoisseur of bananas do with those leftover peels? Well how about polishing your silverware ahead of your next dinner party, or using banana peels as part of your New Year’s juice-detox diet? All you need to do is add the skins to a pot of boiling water, extracting the juices and giving you a tasty addition to your smoothie mixture.

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Creating an Eco-Friendly Garden [Infographic]

“Creating and eco-friendly garden is beneficial in many ways. Not only does it help the environment, but it is also beautiful to look at and relax in. Here is everything you need to know.”

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Green Documentaries: The Clean Bin Project

Remember back in October we shared the Just Eat It documentary about food waste? One fellow blogger (Nadine from Zero Journey) let us know they were the creators of this docu about consumerism and waste (which I hadn’t seen it back then). So, highly recommended if you are starting a zero-waste journey!

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