There’s no Present like Time

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I have been blessed with good organisational skills, or cursed depending on your viewpoint. Being organised in Ireland is like being loud in Japan, it’s just not culturally appropriate. People in Ireland don’t seem to like things to be well organised, it takes the fun out of it – ‘Sure it’s only a bit of fun it doesn’t really matter if it starts on time / ends on time / achieves any of the agreed objectives’.

Of course this view is never actually expressed, it’s just something that Irish people seem to ‘know’, which is why I think I’m genetically German or Japanese. Now those people know how to organise! Interesting that they both ended up on the wrong side of World Wars, wonder what that means for me ……

When I started writing this post I intended it to cover multiple aspects of organisation but it just became too long so I’ve decide to split it and I’m starting with time because, let’s face it, you can’t organise anything if you don’t have time to do it.

First things first, let’s clear up a few time management myths;

  • A to-do list is not a time management tool. A schedule / diary, set to times and dates is a time management tool!
  • Prioritising tasks is a waste of time because really what does it matter once you get them all done! And if you’re not getting your daily tasks completed then your over-scheduling your time and time management is impossible.
  • Multi-tasking is a fallacy. Most people don’t get frazzled from having one big thing to do, it’s having to juggle millions of different commitments concurrently that leads to a frantic mind. Do one thing at a time and give it your full attention. (That’s not to say that collating tasks isn’t a good idea and I’ll talk about that later)

Planning your Time
Like land, time is finite. You only get so much in one life and how you spend is up to you. Mostly.

You will only need three tools to plan your time; a schedule / diary, a list of goals / objectives and a to-do list.

Schedule / Diary – You can buy fancy notebooks to use as your schedule / diary, or an electronic device or simply jot them down on a sheet of paper . Whatever option you use it must be something that you can carry around with you at all times.

List of Goals/ Objectives – I like to have a list of goals, otherwise I just drift from task to task with no real progress towards anything. I tend to write these goals in January or whenever I feel aimless. In my opinion it’s best to limit goals to 5 or less, otherwise it can be overwhelming. Once you’ve decided on your goals you need to break them down into intermittent milestones, i.e. what do you need to achieve in the next 1 year, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month. These milestones will help keep your progress on track and ensure you reach your goal. Next you need to write out all of the steps required to achieve each one of these milestones on a week by week basis. You can do day by day but I think this too much detail can be paralysing so i prefer my targets to be weekly.

A To-Do List – This is an open-ended list of EVERYTHING (not linked to your goals) that you need to do, and anything that you can’t do in 1 min flat where you are is added. If you want you can categorise the list under headings; health, hobby, work, family etc, but for me the less work the better so I don’t bother.

These three tools are what I use to plan my week, every week. Here’s how I use them.

  1. I don’t use a notebook or electronic schedule / diary so every Sunday I grab a used bit of paper and list the days of the week. I don’t tend to schedule my day hour by hour but if it’s looking like a particularly busy day I’ll do this to check I have enough time to get everything done.
  2. Next I check my calendar and on my paper schedule / diary fill in all of the appointments I have for the next 7 days.
  3. Next I add in all of the regular daily duties that don’t change week to week; shopping, cooking, exercise, homework,
  4. Next I check my To-do list and put in all the tasks that must be done that week.
  5. Next I add in less-urgent to-dos that make sense to do at the same time as the urgent ones added at step 4.
  6. Next I add in the tasks required to achieve my current goals. I have found that one task per week per goal works for me but it depends on how many goals you have and how busy you are. If I don’t have any space for these tasks I’ll see if I can drop a t0-do. Delaying working on a long-term goal is okay now and again but if done regularly just leads to stagnation and a sense of failure.
  7. Finally I review the schedule and if I’m over-scheduled on one day I see if I can share tasks out across the week better. If not then I’ll see if I can drop some non-essential duties, like cleaning, or speed up others, like having omelette instead of stew for dinner. It’s okay to do this from time to time but if you do it to often you risk living in a hovel eating a bag of crisps for dinner!

Time Management Tips
As I said above no amount of time management is going to help you if your over-scheduled (I’ve outlined below how to check). That said there are some tips that can help us become more efficient.  Here are my favourites;

Do it tomorrow – This is the best piece of time management advice I ever received. If you act too quickly two things happen; firstly more people will start asking you to do things instead of sorting them out themselves because they know you’ll do it quicker, and secondly a lot of things resolve themselves over time, giving something 24 hours often means it stops being an issue. I’ve also found that giving something 24 hours before acting on it allows my brain to mull over the issue and come up with a better solution.

Default Diary Entries – I pre-populate my calendar with regular daily / weekly duties that don’t change week to week  I find this prevents me over-scheduling myself because when someone asks if I can do something on a particular day I have a much more accurate sense of how much free time I actually have. It’s also helpful in getting stuff done that we often put on the long-finger. For example when running a small business some things always seems to get dropped from the list of daily/ weekly tasks, like marketing or bookkeeping. However if you schedule every Thursday afternoon for marketing or bookkeeping and don’t allow yourself to accept any appointments for that slot you’ll get into the habit of doing it. It also means you don’t have to think about it until the assigned day and time, freeing up the mind to think of the task at hand.  BTW this is much handier to do on an electronic device that has a repeat function.

Put the ball in others’ courts:  In my experience people are often too polite to decline an offer of help so you could be wasting your time and energy on something that’s unwanted so if I can help someone, I’ll offer and then ask them if they could send me an email outlining the problem or start the ball rolling with some research / minor task. Nine times out of ten people won’t do the first step and you’ve just saved time for those that do genuinely appreciate your time and help. Of course this doesn’t apply to individuals on fire!

Collate similar tasks – It’s much more efficient to carry out a task immediately after a similar one, particular if they exist in the same space or use the same skills or tools. I am militant about this which is why I don’t tend to work very well with people who are disorganised. Because I collate tasks it means that there might be a delay before it suits for me to do it, i.e. drop something off, visit X. This suits me fine as i tend to plan so far in advance that it’s not an issue. If you’re working with someone who does things at the 11th hour you will end up running all over the shop to complete urgent tasks that could have been tackled much more efficiently over weeks.

Dealing with procrastination – I’m lucky in that I don’t suffer from this. In fact I’m the opposite, when I need to get something done I want to start yesterday. If you do tend to procrastinate a good way to deal with it is to intentionally leave one task undone to finish the next day. The mind hates incompleteness and will be raring to finish it, and sure while you’re there you might as well start a new task. Another tip is to tell your brain you’re only going to do ‘insert dreaded task’ for 5 minutes and then stick to that, don’t do any longer. You’ll find it much easier to start it the next time.

Feeling Overwhelmed – Sometimes we don’t start big tasks because they’re just so daunting, so just break them down and only spend a small amount of time on them regularly. You’ll be surprised how quickly it becomes manageable. I also find it useful to plot out all of the work so that I can see an end-date and then I can say to myself by X all of this will be done, it’s like an advance on the feel-good factor of completion. Also make your task achievable, clearing out an office in an afternoon is nuts, whereas clearing a desk is do-able. Set yourself up for success, not failure.

Don’t let to-dos take over –  This is my downfall.  I fantasise about empty to-do lists, email boxes, laundry baskets etc and tend to want to clear all outstanding tasks before starting a new project. But naturally I never achieve an empty to-do list and so the start of the ‘new’ thing gets delayed and delayed. This is why I only refer to my to-do list once a week (other than to add things to it) when I’m drawing up my schedule. If I didn’t I’d know that mentally I’d be trying to clear it every day, which would drive me crazy.

Use Closed Lists for Backlogs – If a particular type of task has got the better of you, like emails while on holiday or trade magazines you need to read then create a to-do list specifically for the backlog and close it off, i.e. don’t add anything else onto it. Then schedule a specific time every week to dealing with it and before long it’ll be cleared.

Schedule Catch-up Days – After a trip away or a particularly busy weekend. Try and schedule a day to catch up on things, otherwise you’ll be running to stand still.
Don’t let Goals Slip – Time management is a skill and like any skill it gets easier with practice so in the beginning you may find you’re not getting to your non-urgent but very important goals. If this is the case, don’t worry just aim to do something, anything, on it every day, even if it’s only for 5 minutes. Eventually it’ll become 10 minutes, then 15 and then whatever it needs to become. Just don’t let it slip from the schedule completely because out of sight, out of mind.

Now before you start
Twice now I mentioned the issue of being over-scheduled and that’s because most people don’t need to manage their time better at all, they simply need less to do.

To check if you’re over-scheduled here is a simple exercise. Just list all of the tasks and urgent to-dos for one day, assign a duration to each, i.e. 10 or 20 mins,  and add them all up. Does the total amount add up to more than you amount of time you have. If so, and this is a typical day, then it will always be impossible for you to get on top of your tasks – unless you change something.

And that something is to start saying no. The single most powerful time management tool is this simple word and if you find it hard to say try ‘not yet’ or ‘i’ll think about it’ and then don’t. The less commitments you have the less your workload will be, it’s as straightforward as that. It’s also means you can concentrate deeper on a few things rather than having your brain to cope with multiple – often competing – demands.

A Parting Note from a Workaholic
A word of advice, don’t schedule every minute. I still have a tendency to give things 150% so I have to be very careful with the commitments I take on. I like being busy, it makes me feel useful but in my experience busy-ness can be detrimental to creativity and kindness, both of which I want to develop this year. So one of my current goals is to learn the practice of being ‘unbusy’. I was inspired to try this when I discovered the website Becoming Unbusy. It’s full of helpful articles on how to learn to become unbusy and there is a Facebook community connected to it. After all what’s the point in freeing up time if you’re just going to fill it with more stuff!

E

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Review of 2017

2017 and 2018 written in the sand

Before I set off with my new year’s resolutions for 2018 it’s worth taking stock of how last year’s experiments went. I’ve always tried to live sustainably but it wasn’t until 2017 that i had the time and energy to invest in it. At first i was overwhelmed by the conflicting information out there and at just how much we’d need to change, but like everything in life, when done bit by bit it gets easier and easier and before you know it you’ve reached your target. That’s not to say that we are now totally sustainable, there are still many things that i’d love to change in our house but I’m part of a family not a dictatorship and so i continue to nudge people towards better choices and practice gratitude for the positive changes that we have made. Here are some of the planet positive changes that we’ve tested in 2017 and how they fared.

Homemade Toothpaste – MISS
To date I’ve tried multiple combinations of the following; bicarbonate of soda (bread soda), coconut oil, calcium carbonate and peppermint oil. No combination with bicarbonate of soda tasted well and even tiny amounts of coconut oil down the drain caused it to smell. I’ve heard Xylitol helps reduce the saltiness of bicarbonate of soda but I don’t want to end up with yet another thing languishing in my cupboards so I’m going to put a pin in this DIY toiletry until i can get my hands on a small quantity of Xylitol.

Shampoo Bars – MISS
I’ve had bad luck with shampoo bars to date but I’ve heard good reports about one from Clarkes of Dublin so when I find it on sale I will give it a go but for now I’m back on liquid shampoo.

Homemade Moisturiser – HIT & MISS
My homemade moisturiser is perfect as a body moisturiser but not as a face moisturiser so i’ve bought an organic / natural moisturiser made in the UK by Green People, which comes in recyclable containers, and so far so good it’s performing very well.

Homemade Mascara – Miss
At first my homemade mascara showed great promise but over time, even stored in an airtight jar, it started to dry out and once applied would crumble onto my face within hours. I eventually gave in and bought a natural mascara by German company Lavera. I’ve since found another recipe for homemade mascara that calls for carnauba wax so I’ll give this a whirl once I get one.

Homemade Weedkiller – MISS
My homemade weedkiller works on annual weeds but not on tough perennial weeds. So I now prefer to weed by hand or hoe rather than waste copious amounts of salt and vinegar.

Natural Cleaning Products – HIT
Apart from washing-up liquid and laundry powder we’ve only been using non-toxic homemade cleaning products for decades. These products are generally a combination of vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice, citric acid and water and being so inexpensive to make, save us a ton of money that we can then invest into 100% biodegradable washing-up liquid and laundry powder.

Homemade Crackers – MISS & HIT
While the recipe for homemade crackers that i use is easy and does result in deliciously crispy crackers they don’t stay crispy for more than a day, unless i re-crisp them up in the oven, which just isn’t practical for us. So I’ve had to resort back to shop bought crackers for lunches.

Homemade Pizza Dough – HIT
Now that we’ve cracked the recipe for good homemade pizza dough we’re definitely going to stick with it. Being able to make our own dough allows us to make our own pizza thereby avoiding any nasty food additives and wasteful packaging.

Electric Car – HIT
I appreciate that electric cars won’t suit everyone but it really suits our family and I love our electric car. With ours being an older model of the Nissan Leaf, you don’t get the long driving range that newer models offer, so we sometimes have to plan ahead, particularly in winter or if we’re going on a long journey. That said its way cheaper to run than a fossil fuel car and I love the silence of it, and the lack of fuel fumes. Hopefully as battery life lengthens, the charging infrastructure improves and the ratio of renewal energy to fossil fuel in electricity generation in Ireland increases electric cars will become the norm.

Mozzarella / Pizza Cheese – HIT
Although the cheese I use on pizza is made in a very similar manner to mozzarella it’d be wrong for me to label it as such. Proper mozzarella needs gentle caressing in order to lengthen milk protein fibres that give that all familiar melty chewy texture. Mine gets none of that but it’s easier to make and works just as well on pizza, which is all I need it for.

Buying Groceries Loose – HIT, HIT, HIT
Avoiding packaging is a core aspect of Zero Waste movement and, in my experience, the only way to achieve it is to buy groceries loose wherever possible.  I found this was a bit awkward to do in the beginning and initially I did feel like a complete nutter but now its second nature and I’ve become brazen about it. The emergence of new Zero Waste stalls has really helped too! You can see where I buy my groceries on my Ethical Grocery Shopping List

Food Saving Recipes – HIT
I’ve always tried to minimise food waste but i gave it some extra attention in 2017. Now any half-eaten cucumbers become Swedish Cucumber Pickle, like the one in IKEA. Also ageing lemons and limes are zested, then sliced, halved or quartered. The zest is added to other frozen zest in a jar in the fridge and the pieces are frozen on a baking tray and then out into a container. The zest is great for baking and the pieces are added to recipes – or gin and tonics – as needed. The best food waste recipe that I discovered this year was Strata, an American dish that is great for using up old bread.

Homemade Apple Juice – MISS
Although apple juice can be a great way to use up the odd apple, i think doing it regularly is way too much palava and generates far too much waste for me.

No gifts – HIT
I know this might seem very bah humbug of me but it’s completely liberating. The time is save not shopping for pointless items that will just end up being regifted or donated makes a huge difference to my life. It also means that i have time to actually meet and chat to people rather than simply giving them stuff. That said i do feel a pang of guilt when people give me gifts, even if I’ve told them that i don’t do gift giving but no one said change was easy!

Reusable Drinking Cup – HIT
I love my Stojo cup and would be lost without it. It would kill me to drink out of a disposable cup knowing that they’re neither recyclable nor compostable and now that a lot of cafes are not offering discounts to users of reusable cups it’s a no brainer.

Conker Laundry Liquid – MISS
Other than an alternative to liquid soap conker liquid didn’t really work for me as a laundry or dish soap alternative.

Soapnuts – MISS
As with conker liquid soapnuts only partially worked for me so I’ll be sticking to biodegradable washing powder from Sonett for now.

Homemade Puff Pastry – HIT
My homemade rough puff pastry is absolutely divine, easy-peasy and can be made entirely from ingredients bought in compostable packaging.

Jam – HIT
For some reason making jam is epitomises living lightly for me, particularly when the fruit is foraged or homegrown. I hope to make this an annual event in our house.

Liquid soap – HIT
I will never every buy liquid soap again now that I know just how easy, and cheap, it is to make from grated solid soap and a bit of water.

Homemade Cards – HIT
The only cards I buy now are for my kids to give to their school friends. I buy the multipack birthday cards in M&S because they look nice, are inexpensive and cut down on packaging. All other cards i give are made at home by recycling bits of cards giving to us over the years. If you’re at all interested in craft making homemade cards is one of the easiest and least expensive to start with. Plus it’ll save you a fortune.

Tortillas – HIT
Shop bought tortillas typically contain palm oil and come in non-recyclable packaging. If you have a mixer with a dough hook homemade tortillas are super easy, and healthier. If you don’t have a dough hook you have the added advantage of getting an arm work out!

Embracing Pre-loved Goods & Abandoning Perfection – HIT
It’s an added bonus that they’re biodegradable too. I’ve always been a fan of charity shops and second-hand furniture stores but it wasn’t until I started watching American Pickers and Salvage Hunters that I really got a feel for the beauty and character in well-worn artifacts.  I’ve linked these two themes together because if you want everything to look pristine you have to buy brand new and buying brand new is wasteful, particularly because as soon as that new item gets a knock it’s no longer pristine and so the whole look is compromised.  Also battered plastic does not look nice and so abandoning perfection only really works when you opt for quality natural materials like wood, stone and leather which look better with age.

Minamilism and re-homing stuff online – HIT
I’ve always hated clutter but found it hard to let go of stuff ‘just in case’. I no longer feel this way because as the market for pre-loved items grows I know I find most items pre-loved online for a reasonable price. The quietness of mind that minimalism gives me is worth the value of the items that I’ve donated or sold online over the past year.

Goals for 2018

  • This year my goal is to increase the number of homemade items in our store cupboard, including homegrown mustard, ketchup and loofah’s!
  • Aim for 80% of the items we buy to be pre-loved. In my experience buying second-hand takes a lot of time, whether it’s trips to charity shops or trawling through adverts.ie or donedeal.ie, so achieving this will depend on what else i do in life this year.
  • There is a lot of conflicting information about sustainable living out there the best options can be so hard, even for the most committed eco-warrier so this year I want to start cutting through the spin and providing clear unambiguous information on the issues threatening our planet and our future.

E

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Our Christmas 2017

Brown Paper Wrapping Ideas

Well I had, and am continuing to have, a wonderful Christmas. I’ve purposely done less preparing this year and it’s paid off in terms of lots of downtime to slob around the house in my pj’s eating lots of delicious cheese and chocolate and binge watching Christmas TV and movies. I am generally a very active person with a million things to do so i’m genuinely impressed at my ability this year to spend hour upon hour doing absolutely nothing. I can’t even be bothered to think of some New Year’s resolutions!

Brown Paper Wrapping

So seeing as I’m honing my talent as a couch potato this week, with not a glimmer of inspiration or interest to offer, here’s a pictorial run down on my work last week!

As I’ve said before I don’t buy presents for non-family members, which means I have very little to wrap.  I do however buy small tokens for my kids to give to relatives that buy for them, so I get a chance to test out some wrapping ideas on these few items. This year I wrapped them in the brown paper found the inside rolls of wrapping paper, buttons from my button box, gold paper twine or sparkly thread that I already owned or ribbon rescued from previous gifts. My gift labels were cut from old Christmas cards using cookie cutters as a template and I used paper tape so that the wrapping was completely recyclable or composted. My husband did one better and reused Christmas gift bags and tissue paper for his gifts, which were swiftly secreted back into my office once unwrapping was complete – ready for next year.

Crocheted CatSnowman Cookie

All the presents I gave this year were either pre-loved or homemade, including this really cute crocheted cat made with wool passed on to me by a friend, and these snowman cookies made for my kids’ teachers. All of the ingredients for the cookies either came package-free or in compostable packaging, except for the jelly laces uses for the scarf, which came in a recyclable film bag.

Grafton St at Christmas

Not spending hours traipsing around shops gave me the one thing I am often in short supply of – time, and what better way to spend it than with lovely people who enrich and enhance my life. I love visiting the city centre around Christmas. It’s a great way to get into the spirit and this year we gave our business to JT Pims, a bar that purposely avoids giving straws in drinks.

DIY Crackers

Crackers on our Christmas table this year were made from a plastic-free DIY kit that I bought on sale in Marks and Spencer a few years ago. The gifts inside were purchased from charity shops and were accompanied with foil-wrapped chocolates bought loose from a local store.

Homemade Mincepies

I kept baking to a minimum too this year but one tradition we maintained was to make mince pies for Santa on Christmas Eve. I use this easy kid-friendly recipe for Mince Pies by BBC Good Food using homemade vegan mincemeat. The mince-pie recipe asks for a pastry top but I think it’s much easier, and nicer, to cover the mincemeat with streusel topping. To make streusel topping just rub 50g of butter into 25g of flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in 25g of sugar, and 25g of nuts (optional) and sprinkle the mixture onto each pie. I also left the figs, blueberries, almonds and rosemary out of the mincemeat recipe and it still tasted delicous. I was delighted to be able to buy all of the ingredients for my mincemeat package-free and organic from Bring Your Own this year.

Ethical Presents

I’m an ultra pragmatist, and fussy as hell, so prefer to tell my husband what I want for Christmas than risk getting something I don’t want. This year I asked for some UK-made organic / natural moisturiser in a recyclable container from Green People. He very cleverly accompanied this gift with some divine package-free chocolates. According to him he caused consternation in the shop when he asked to use his own container. That was a gift in itself!

I was also thrilled at the efforts of my in-laws to buy gifts for us in as little packaging as possible, something that I fully appreciate isn’t at all easy to do. It truly is the thought that counts.

Looking at these photos you could be forgiven for thinking that our Christmas was ultra-sustainable. Far from it. The toys requested from Santa came in a tonne of packaging, and despite our efforts to keep food packaging to a minimum some stores were too busy to accommodate us using our own packaging this month so we ended up with slightly more in our bins than the norm.  But living lightly is not about being perfect it’s about doing what you can, where you can, and that we did.

Have a wonderful New Year guys and see you in 2018.

E

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A Lasting Christmas Gift

Evening Sky in Clare

I am writing this post with a note to myself to read it next November. Have you noticed how preparing for Christmas can drive you away from what it’s all suppose to be about? It takes gargantuan effort to resist being pulled towards the myth of a perfect Christmas and all the work that involves. On a rational level I understand that it’s just a marketing ploy to get us to buy one more thing to plug the gap between reality and fantasy, but emotionally you feel like the Grinch if you opt out of any element. It’s not just that striving to deliver gastronomic delights, carefully curated gifts and outstanding entertainment in a showhouse standard setting leads to horrendous waste – just look in your bin before and after – it’s that all of this extra work often makes us more tired, less patient and too frequently less kind.

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Christmas Wrap Eco-Style

Furoshiki Wrapped Presents

This Christmas there is a new enemy in town; swaths of single-use wrapping paper. Why? Sure isn’t it recyclable? If you’ve read my post ‘Why Recycling isn’t the Answer‘, you’ll understand that recycling typically leaves us with an energy / resources deficit and isn’t a silver bullet to our waste problem.

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Support Sustainable this Christmas

Eco Glitter Fun

Obviously the most sustainable gift would be one that doesn’t create any waste at all, like your time. Strangely this gift doesn’t go down very well with my kin. Next is the gift of experience. I’ve tried experience gifts over the years and they’ve been met with mixed feelings. Some have been tremendously well received while others have dwindled on the shelf of the unloved. They work very well if you know someone well and know what to get them. If you don’t the fall back is often a voucher but with virtually all companies adopting un-recyclable voucher cards I now avoid them like the plague. Instead if i have to want to give an experience gift i give an IOU, which the recipient can cash in once they’ve decided when they want their experience.  I can get away with this because i now only gift to my kids and husband.

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Natural and Organic Skincare in Ireland – updated the 10th of December 2017

Natural Skincare

Now that I’ve successfully extracted myself from present buying at Christmas time – it was hard-fought but worth it – I now have acres of time to peruse gifts for myself! At Christmas time, budget dependant, I like to indulge myself by buying a slightly more luxurious version of something I need; undies, clothes, notebooks. This year it’s skincare.

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Friction and the Waste Culture

Young Woman with Shopping Bags

I recently read a book about the whole concept of ‘nudging’ people towards doing what’s best for them and for society from a policy point of view. The book I read was titled ‘Inside the Nudge Unit: How small changes can make a big difference’ by David Halpern and was based on the seminal book ‘Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness’ by University of Chicago economist Richard H. Thaler and Harvard Law School Professor Cass R. Sunstein.

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Christmas – Handmade Presents

Gingerbread Boxes and Mason Jars

I promise not to bombard you Chrimbo posts but realistically if you’re hoping to make some presents this year you’ll need to get moving and so here is some early inspiration to help get you organised. One bit of advice; don’t overload yourself with making handmade presents for everyone. Just pick one or two, otherwise come December you’ll resent what seemed a very clever idea in November.

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Shampoo Bars – the Verdict, Updated 29th Dec 2017

 

Organic soap

One of the first products I tried on my journey to zero waste was a shampoo bar from Lush and, despite it’s price, I was a convert. I loved the fact that I could buy it without packaging, save a sticker saying how much it was. Well that was over a year ago and now I’m back on the bottled shampoo, why?

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