7/11/2017

How to Have Good Green Fun


Having fun is an essential part of life, but so is looking after the environment. Unfortunately, these do not intertwine as much as they should, so it is important that we are aware of the eco-friendly alternatives that are available.

It is no secret that ensuring that every little piece of our lives is environmentally friendly is incredibly difficult, practically impossible, but small changes are better than none. For instance, instead of plastic packaging, opt for something that is biodegradable, such as recycled cardboard, and natural materials instead of artificially produced resources.

Parties
If you ever find yourself hosting a party, you will probably be dreading the clean-up job afterwards more than actually looking forward to the event itself. Unfortunately, it can be all too easy to fall into the trap of using disposable tableware and cutlery that is not very kind on the planet.

Plastic plates, knives and forks are certainly the easiest options in terms of cleaning up after the party, but there are other disposable alternatives available. Materials that have been made from natural resources, such as palm leafs and other biodegradable substances, can then be recycled and used again. This creates a revolving process that cuts out the need for materials that are harmful to the planet. Most parents will have been tasked with organising a children’s party, complete with party bags and fillers that, although may not seem like much, can also be handled better. Small keepsakes do not have to cost the world, and in all honesty will be forgotten about within a day or so.


Sustainable Living
One of the growing trends in recent years has seen more and more people turn towards sustainable living methods, such as growing their own fruit and vegetables. The process is rather a simple one, and really just comes down to how much time and space that you have to put into growing your own food.

Even the smallest gardens can be used to grow crops of some kind, while bigger areas are obviously more ideal. In order to give your plants the best opportunity to grow, you should make your own compost. This is done by mixing organic materials together instead of a bin or tank in the correct conditions.

Some of the everyday materials that can be composted include:
· Grass cuttings
· Egg shells
· Leafs
· Woodchip
· Paper
· Fruit and vegetables
· Uncooked kitchen waste
· Pet and human waste

By composting, you are giving your produce the natural nutrition that they need. It is also worth considering harvesting rainwater, as this is much better for plants than tap water due to the absence of chemicals that are used. Although in the UK we are never normally short for rain, it is worth having some in storage for when we do have a heat wave.


Do Away With Processed Foods
Processed food does no good to the environment or to you. Its convenience means that we can often fall victim to including them in the weekly shop, making for an easy mid-week dinner when you get home from work, but the reality is that we should not rely on anything processed.

There is a myth that cooking with whole foods can be time-consuming and that many processed foods are healthy because of what it says on the packaging. Take the time to look through the ingredients and then see if you still have an appetite. For example, Frankfurter sausages can often have as little as 5% pork, with more than half of what you are eating made from mechanically recovered chicken. That is the pieces that they scrape off the machine after the carcas has been ground down. Yum.

Not only are whole foods much better for us and the environment, they taste much better, and you know exactly what you are putting into your system. By looking after the environment we are also looking after ourselves, something that can become lost on us in the grand scheme of things. By taking more care with our choices, we will all feel the benefit.

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8 comments:

  1. I'm getting there with this
    My compost heap is looking pretty good

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  2. Yes, we should be considerate of the enviroment. Hopefully in time we will all work and live in a way that considers our future and the future of the planet etc. Good to read of a variety of ideas.

    Rachel Craig

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  3. Very good post, my children like processed food but I do try to keep it to a minimum by doing mash, pasta,new potatoes chips and healthy meals, and on the odd occasion were we have a busy day I'll do them waffles with something quick xxx

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  4. Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables :- I wish I had been brought up with that experience. My Mum tells us of her time with family at her Grand-Dad's allotment. Having had the experience of living in a flat, no experience of a garden. My best pal's Dad got an allotment, and enjoyed growing vegetables for the family. Now my fiancé has a relative with an allotment who is starting to grow vegetables, following clearing and tidying up the allotment, I believe it was an elderly gentleman who had used the allotment for many years, till his health failed. Took him some time to sell it on. Luckily my pal's Dad's allotment was passed onto a relative following his demise.

    I wonder how Kate (nee Middleton) is getting on following the mention of her growing food at their home. Would be nice if everyone could have a small piece of land to produce fresh crops to maintain health and Wellbeing.

    Community allotment which can be worked on by local community, as well as provide crops for the local community would be a good use for land. Communities need to be nurtured.

    Rachel Craig

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  5. I can recall a family friend who grew potatoes in the garden. I believe the idea came from himself :- When the family moved into the property many, many years ago. He felt the garden was rather large, feeling over-whelmed at how he was going to maintain it. As he and his wife were in paid employment, and they had two children to raise.

    He decided to try to grow potatoes in a side area of the garden. He said it was so successful he attempted to grow cabbages as well. Which was partially successful. Turned out practical and useful to grow potatoes and cabbages. As his wife became unwell with a life limiting health condition :- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Oldest child went onto college and then into paid employment. Whilst garden produced some basic foodstuff which was almost at their door step when needed :- No shopping for, or carrying these heavy items home from shops.

    His wife as her condition deteriorated would sit outside on a deck chair near their open door. She had lived her life as best she could, and the family supported her in what ways they could.

    Rachel Craig

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  6. I've always fancied myself a gardener and composting is something I always enjoyed; i.e. making use out of waste! =]

    I'm soon going to start utilising the balcony for some herbs (mint, basil ect.) And when I get a place of my own I think I have enough space to try out some of these great tips!

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  7. I'm hoping that the Community will grow and produce fruit and vegetables which they can deliver. As we do not have access to any garden, or plot of land. Also our health conditions do not allow for us to be active in the pursuit of growing fruit and veg, etc. Due to arthritis :- shopping can be a difficulty. Luckily we have vans which come regularly selling fish and eggs. A van delivering and selling fruit and vegetables would be much appreciated. There are many who would likely benefit from such a service. Maybe the young, fit healthy individuals could be employed to produce, deliver and sell. This would be such a bonus to the community.

    Rachel Craig

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  8. Ashleigh Allan22 July 2017 at 17:00

    Great post. Lots to think about. Thanks

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