Sustainable Living – Spotting Greenwashing

Living in a sustainable way always means being very careful about the companies you deal with and the things you buy. One great thing at the moment is that more and more people are becoming aware of environmental issues, social injustices and the importance of sustainability. But while this is of course a very goodContinue reading “Sustainable Living – Spotting Greenwashing”

Earth Day Inspiration

Happy Earth Day everyone! Today truly is the day to appreciate our planet and all that it gives us. It is a time to listen to the birdsong and the buzzing bees, the sounds of babbling water and the wind in the trees. It’s time to smell the flowers and feel the soil beneath yourContinue reading “Earth Day Inspiration”

Sustainable Spring Cleaning

Sustainable spring cleaning means taking care to make sure you maintain a fresh, clean home without causing environmental harm or doing anything which has a negative impact on the planet. When you adopt a natural and toxin-free approach, of course, that is not just the right thing to do for people and planet. It isContinue reading “Sustainable Spring Cleaning”

Wildlife Pond Tips

I have spoken before about how wonderful a wildlife pond can be, and what a good idea it can often be to add a pond to your property. I recently wrote this article for Treehugger on the subject – with simple tips for anyone who is thinking about creating a wildlife pond and would likeContinue reading “Wildlife Pond Tips”

Is Garden Lighting a Good Idea?

Garden lighting is very popular, especially in areas where days can be short in the shoulder seasons. The benefit, of course, is that you can extend the times during which you and your household can enjoy your garden. The right lighting can make your garden a magical place during the evening hours. But garden lightingContinue reading “Is Garden Lighting a Good Idea?”

Case Study: Glamping Site

This permaculture design details planting and layout for a glamping site in Angus, Scotland. The site slopes gently down from the road towards a burn on the south east boundary of the site. Four camping cabins are planned, which will overlook the burn and neighbouring farm fields.  As you can see from the plan above,Continue reading “Case Study: Glamping Site”

Sustainable Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day should not be about store-bought cards, chocolates shipped halfway across the world, and hot-house flowers. It should be about simply spending some quality time with the one you love. Sustainable Valentine’s Day date ideas are often those which allow you to reject things in favour of experiences. Whether you are enjoying the firstContinue reading “Sustainable Valentine’s Day Ideas”

Giving – Charity for Sustainability

One of the theories for the origins of the term Boxing Day is that this was the day when alms or charitable boxes were traditionally distributed. I thought this might be a good time to talk about the role that charity or giving can play in furthering sustainability. Today is that day that I likeContinue reading “Giving – Charity for Sustainability”

Tips For Sustainable Holiday Grocery Shopping

Whether getting together with loved ones this year or not, the holidays often see many people up their grocery spend. This is a time of year when many people like to indulge, and splash out on some edible treats. But as you head out to the shops, or order in your food, it is aContinue reading “Tips For Sustainable Holiday Grocery Shopping”

Telling the Truth

We all tell lies. We tell them to others. Even more insidiously, we tell them to ourselves. Lying can become so much of a habit that sometimes we might not even recognise that we are doing it. But telling the truth is crucial for sustainability. It is essential when it comes to forming a solidContinue reading “Telling the Truth”