outbreak of COVID-19, the UK public was taking steps towards living a less
These steps included the plastic bag charge at supermarkets and large shops, and the rise of reusable coffee cups.
Unfortunately, 2020 has delivered an unexpected health crisis to the country (and the world), with a novel coronavirus that spreads itself through close contact between humans.
At the start of March, Starbucks announced that it was temporarily banning reusable cups to help contain the spread of the virus.
Many cafes across the country have since made the same switch for their takeaway services, too.
With the containment of the virus being a bigger priority than the environment right now in the eyes of most, we’re seeing many other changes taking place in society as well.
While the changes are temporary, none of us really know exactly how long ‘temporary’ will end up having to be.
Continue reading Can the zero-waste movement survive the coronavirus pandemic?
Research suggests that one-quarter of all waste in England is created by its businesses. This waste is composed of general waste, food waste, plastic, cardboard, and glass – although, if not properly sorted and collected by a reputable waste management company, it could all be classed as general waste and sent to landfill.
As a restaurant or cafe owner, you are well-placed to make a difference when it comes to waste — not only for the planet but for your business’s budget, too.
an establishment that serves food and drink, there are plenty of really simple
switches you can make in order to eliminate plastic from the menu; particularly
single-use plastic which gets binned after just one use.
Let’s take a look at some of the changes you can make – from table to takeaways.
Continue reading How to reduce your restaurant or cafe’s plastic waste
We recently published a guide to menstrual cups, but not everyone can use menstrual cups or likes the idea of them.
Another more sustainable alternative to single-use menstrual
products is the cloth pad, and so this blog post takes a look at that — what
cloth pads are, how to use them, and all of the benefits and drawbacks of them.
Let’s start at the start with what they are.
Continue reading A guide to cloth menstrual pads
In this guide, we’ll take a look at what menstrual cups are, how you use them, and the pros and cons of their use.
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a period product that fits inside the vagina and collects period blood. They are made from soft, flexible materials such as silicone and rubber, making them reusable, unlike tampons and pads.
Continue reading A guide to menstrual cups
If you have recently given birth to a little bundle of joy or are currently parenting a toddler, then you’ll definitely know your way around a nappy by now!
If you are pregnant with a little one on the way, then you may have started researching all the bits and bobs that are part of life with a baby, too.
Nappies account for 2-3 per cent of all household waste in the UK, according to Wrap, and each baby gets through between 4,000 and 6,000 before they are potty trained.
Continue reading Eco-friendly alternatives to disposable nappies
Planning a party for your child can be a stressful affair at the best of times, so it can be tempting to grab a bunch of whatever you can get your hands on when it comes to the party favours. After all, kids tend to just be excited about the notion of the bag.
However, if you’ve ever taken a moment to think about what you are sending each child home with, your conscience is probably telling you it’s time to take a step back and give more thought to what you are handing out.
Continue reading How to create eco-friendly party bags
When you go shopping online or on the high street, do you do
it because you need new clothes or because you want new clothes?
While buying new clothes may seem innocuous enough, the truth is that fast fashion is highly unsustainable and therefore a bad choice for our planet (and our wallets).
Not only this but some fast fashion is made unethically.
While you may want to wear the very latest fashions, there are many alternative options out there for how to enjoy fashion and style in an eco-friendlier and more ethical way.
We have gathered together some great ideas below for avoiding fast fashion.
Continue reading How to avoid fast fashion & dress more sustainably
It’s that time of year when most of us contemplate the year that has just passed and consider the positive changes we can make in our lives during the year ahead.
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to establish a more sustainable lifestyle, then we have gathered together some great tips to get you started on your sustainability journey.
Continue reading Easy ways to live more sustainably in 2020
While most of us have been brought up using disposable period products as standard, we are in a climate crisis, it is time to look beyond these options and delve into the world of sustainability.
After all, the average person who experiences periods will get through 11,000 tampons in their lifetime.
If you haven’t explored the world of disposable pad and tampon alternatives yet, read on and find out all about your numerous options — from period underwear to menstrual cups and beyond.
Continue reading A guide to reusable & eco-friendlier period products
As we’ve discussed on the Forge blog before, Christmas is a wasteful time of year where peoples’ usual, eco-conscious behaviour sometimes goes out the window.
I think most of us are guilty of having bought a few last-minute gifts or too much food at this time of year.
However, there are ways to avoid this panic and waste and have a more sustainable Christmas this December.
Continue reading How to enjoy a more sustainable Christmas