It’s exciting times because Zero Waste Week, a week-long awareness campaign to encourage individuals, businesses and organisations around the world to reduce their landfill waste, save money and preserve resources, runs this week (2-6 September 2019) and I am so ready. The campaign has been running every year September since 2008 – this is it’s twelfth year! – and is an awesome prompt to make some small lifestyle changes and further reduce our waste.

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Every Summer I vow to properly write this list up (currently scrawled in the back of my diary) and finally, this Summer I’ve done it! So here goes – a list of my camping essentials, with two kids aged 3 and 5. This list will of course differ for everybody, depending on where you’re camping and the ages of any kids but I do hope it’s helpful. In no particular order….

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There are businesses that plod on as normal, adding to the plastic crap that fills our everyday lives. Then there are businesses like Who Gives A Crap who actively do good in the world and, crucially, are still looking for ways to improve (keep reading for more on that).

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Ethical Superstore – one of hundreds of businesses on CoGo

I don’t like shopping and spending my money – there I said it! It’s not because I’m stingy, it’s just that often times there’s such a sense of unknown behind a high street or online shop, that sometimes it all just feels a little overwhelming and I’d rather buy nothing, provide for myself or make something for someone if I am after a gift. Shops are increasingly being held to account , but I still find it hard to really trust where I spend my money…

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This is one meal the kids and I seem to be able to eat again and again. Which is a lucky thing given it’s so easy to make, and versatile. The dough will also freeze well, and essentially you can pretty much thrown anything on top – a fair bit of cheese will help! – and it’ll taste great.

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I’ve been mulling this post over in my head for a few months but its only now since I’ve been implementing my #6pmswitchoff that I’ve actually been able to properly formulate my thoughts, with some silence from social media and real life thinking and being. 

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As you know I’m passionate about living life and parenting as sustainably as I possibly can. One area I feel particularly strongly about is reusable nappies simply because of the sheer volume of waste created by single use, disposable nappies vs the myriad of benefits that reusable nappies offer. I shout as much as I can about reusables and try to ‘convert’ as many folk as possible… some days it really feels like the tide is turning, others it seems like there is real work to do….

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It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of dungarees and between me and the kids, they pretty much comprise most of our wardrobe. Maybe it’s because they tend to be pretty durable and wash really well. Maybe it’s that they’re super versatile and can be worn all year round – with nothing underneath in the depths of Summer or with a chunky knit underneath during cold Winter days. Or maybe it’s because they’re just really practical and comfortable with crawling and cloth bums and physical play to contend with. Today I’m sharing my favourite kids dungaree brands all of whom are committed to creating quality, sustainable clothing that will stand the test of time. I hope you love them all as much as we do!

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