grow, make, mend: 10 busy days

It’s been very quiet up here on the blog but don’t worry, we haven’t quit. We enjoyed 10 busy days off work over the Easter holidays. Those of you who follow along on Instagram will have seen some of the story as it unfolded. Here’s a quick catch up in case you missed it. Continue reading “grow, make, mend: 10 busy days”

mend: surprise bathroom mini-refurb

It’s been another busy week here. They are all busy weeks. This entire blog is about better living in a busy world after all!

This week’s normal amount of being busy was compounded by more bad weather, bringing another hefty dose of snow and cold temperatures. Don’t worry, we didn’t need to move the hens back in again! We learned from last time. There was lots of repurposing: a beach windbreak was hammered into place to protect underneath the coop and a camping canvas was pressed into use to drape over the fixed run as well.

Anyway, there’s more to our household than making do out in the garden. We’ve just realised we’ve got a bit of a project on our hands, and this one slightly involuntary. Continue reading “mend: surprise bathroom mini-refurb”

mend: reuse fabric

It has been such a busy week for us. The subtitle of our website absolutely describes us: better living in a busy world.

This time last week the UK had some deeply unpleasant. During the worst here we were under 10cm of snow, with bitter temperatures down to -6C at night. Worryingly we hadn’t set up the chicken run to be able to provide enough shelter from driving snow. With temperatures in the day failing to rise above zero, we struggled to keep their water from freezing. In the end we did the only thing that was right by our hens. We moved them into our unheated back porch for a few days so that they had decent shelter.

But I digress. We will post about that in more detail early next week.

Today is not for talking about hens. I was looking through my old photographs and was delighted by some of our past work. So today I want to share two projects from 2012 that reuse fabric. Continue reading “mend: reuse fabric”

Less plastic waste in our house: 3 more little steps!

We’ve already talked a bit about our journey to use less plastic, and we gave you some great places to get started by swapping out straws, cooking sauce sachets and bathroom sponges.  A few days ago, Suse committed to not buying any more teabags due to the hidden plastic polymers in heat sealed teabags.

Remember, ours is not a zero-plastic or plastic-free journey. It seems too overwhelming to consider that in our modern busy life.

We are approaching this one little step at a time and we really hope that some of our little steps inspire you to make one little step yourself.

Here are our less-plastic options to share with you today. Continue reading “Less plastic waste in our house: 3 more little steps!”

Most teabags contain plastic.

Teabags. Plastic.

So much is going on in our complex and busy world that it is getting a bit hard to startle me. I’m often a bit sad or, worse, resigned about learning something new. But last week I actually managed to feel quite startled to learn that most teabags contain plastic. Continue reading “Most teabags contain plastic.”

Reducing plastic use: 3 item swaps!

In the UK this month there has been some media coverage of reducing plastic use. The Government has vowed to eliminate UK’s plastic waste by 2042 (follow this link to see coverage from The Independent). A major retailer (Iceland) has been the first to commit to remove plastic packaging from their own brand products by 2023 (follow this link to see coverage from The Telegraph).

Here at Grow, Make, Mend reducing plastic use was already one of our intentions – we talk about it in First Steps. We’ve been working on it a bit last year and this year marks the start of a determined effort.

Here are three of our changes so far. Continue reading “Reducing plastic use: 3 item swaps!”