Hi, I’m Katie from kitchengardenbykatie.com. I’m a gardener with a huge passion for growing food. The more I learn about the agricultural industry, the more I want to detach myself from it. Whilst I would love to be entirely self-sufficient, I know that it is not realistic in today’s society. My mission is to encourage… Continue reading 12 top tips for eco-conscious beginner gardeners
Earlier in the guest post series, the lovely Damaris shared her thoughts on veganism. Since veganism is such a huge and controversial topic, I had no problem bringing a second perspective to you too. Thank you so much for the awesome guys at the Eco Misfits for writing this post about their thoughts about being… Continue reading Dilemma: Going Vegan for Environmental Reasons
Apologies from me, I was supposed to post this yesterday but I was busy travelling home after a little break in Devon. That just means you get two posts today! This guest post was written by the lovely Gemma from @Gem_Eco_Arky. There are some really awesome eco-friendly birthday ideas in this post so definitely check… Continue reading Can you have an eco-friendly birthday?
Thank you to Sarah for writing today’s post. It is so interesting to hear other people’s stories. I hope you will find this interesting and maybe even get involved. Activism. Not really something I ever thought I’d be associated with, nor did I really understand what it was all about. But then 2020 hit. I’m… Continue reading The ripple effect
Today’s guest post is written by one of my very close friends Rowan. It is a beautifully poetic post with a very important message. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Thank you Rowan for taking the time to write this. Hey! Welcome to today’s blog post. I’m Rowan – in my… Continue reading Walking with the World in Mind
This guest post fortnight has been all about sharing the voices of all ages, unedited. Today I share a post from our youngest entry @ecofriendlyteen. Thank you for writing this post. There is too much heat under the Antarctic ice and the giant Thwaites, which is about 120 thousand square kilometres in size, is in… Continue reading The Antarctic – A Guest Post By Eco Friendly Teen
There aren’t many people in the world who love a good book more than me but my lovely friend Vicki is one of them! It amazes me how fast she gets through books and I was delighted when she said she would like to share with you today how she makes sure that she can… Continue reading How To Be A Sustainable Book Nerd
Do you ever get confused by all of these eco terms that seem to be thrown around willy-nilly? Yeah me too! Good job that today we have the lovely Sue from EarthfulEnlightenment.com explaining a few of them for us today! I hope you enjoy this super informative article and a massive thank you to Sue… Continue reading Ethically Made, Ethically Sourced, Fair Trade, and Eco-Friendly: sustainable living terms explained
In today’s post, I am very pleased to say that the wonderful Louise from my local refill shop, Fill Your Boots, has agreed to write a post to share with you! She is an absolutely wonderful human being (who even brought my refills to my house when I couldn’t drive due to my sprained ankle!)… Continue reading Zero Waste Refill Shops
Day 2 of my guest post fortnight and today we have the Highland Eco Mum sharing some of her best sustainable parenting tips! Thank you so much for writing this awesome post. 1. Plan your maternity wardrobe These clothes will only be used for a few months. Only buy what you need. All the better… Continue reading Top 10 Green Tips for Expectant and New Parents
Today marks the first day of 14 days (yes, 2 whole weeks!) of guests posts on my blog. I wanted to take this opportunity to have other peoples voices heard and share their experiences. So here is the first and I will let Damaris introduce herself and tell you all about veganism. But first, a… Continue reading Veganism & the Environment – the answer to climate change?
Reusable coffee cups are the classic zero waste alternative, right? But there is a really good reason for this! The coffee cups that are thrown into the landfill every single year have the equivalent carbon footprint of over 33,000 cars! Bonkers right! While I personally think that the coffee cup isn’t one of the biggest… Continue reading Reusable Coffee Cups – The Ultimate Sustainable Swap?
I am not in the stage of my life where I am ready to be a parent but it is something that most of us will chose to do at some point in our lives. Although, the cool uncle or auntie roll is also a perfectly acceptable decision to make. But having visited my friend… Continue reading Reusable Nappies – Plastic Free Swap Ideas
Okay, let’s be real here… Plastic Free July has gone to pot! But I am okay with that. It was a huge goal and I am not a super human. Having said that, I do think what I wanted to share are going to be a super useful resource for you guys. So, I am… Continue reading The Humble Water Bottle – Plastic Free July
I am back! First of all thank you to all of you that wished us well in our move. It went really well and we are now settling into our new home. Today I thought it would be cute to have three different date scenarios, where you might usually have waste. These are a day… Continue reading Plastic Free July Day 3 – Date Night : Picnic Cultery and Plates
Seriously can someone explain this to me? There are hidden plastics in things! Just when you thought you are making progress… MORE PLASTIC! Makes you want to pull your hair out doesn’t it! Have you guessed today’s theme yet? Yep that’s right… hidden plastics! On YouTube it’s all about tea, Instagram we’re all about hair… Continue reading Plastic Free July Day 2 – Hidden Plastics: Chewing Gum
First of all, HELLO! It has been a while! If you are wondering, I am moving house, competing my masters thesis and also I have 93 (yeah you read that right!) pieces of content planned for the almighty PLASTIC FREE JULY! I know you are here because you love what I do so please don’t… Continue reading Plastic Free July Day 1 – Shower Basics: Soap Bar
So if we just forget for a second that there is some serious tax avoidance problems, the way they treat their employees, inequality within their company and the difficulties they cause for small businesses (see how I didn’t talk about it but did… I thought it was clever too!), despite the fact Amazon claim to… Continue reading Why you need to boycott Amazon
I think I have shared with you before that I am a bit of a smelly creature, that or I am just super paranoid. Either way, I find it super difficult to find a decent deodorant that works for me. During my second year of university, I started using Lush’s natural deodorant bar, which I… Continue reading The Truth about Wild Deodorant: Is it worth the hype?
Today’s post is a bit different, I have my lovely friend Vicki Webb writing for me (and you guys of course). We have been friends for 7 years now and through that time I have seen her at some of her lowest points as she has battle chronic illness. She is an incredibly strong person… Continue reading The Battle to Live Sustainably with a Chronic Illness
I feel like fast fashion as a term is thrown around quite a lot in the sustainability sphere, but I don’t know whether people really understand the impacts of the daily choices they make. What if I told you that by simply washing your clothes you are polluting the ocean? It is a really horrifying… Continue reading Read this before you buy any new clothes – The issue of fast fashion
This post I would say is primarily for those of you who are based in the USA as sadly this company isn’t yet able to ship to the UK. However, after chatting with them, I felt compelled to share their mission with you guys. If you are based anywhere else in the world do have… Continue reading Recyling your old batteries – GoRecycle
If I am being totally honest with you, I didn’t want to write a blog post today. I have spent the weekend exploring National Trust properties in the Chiltern Hills and generally being disconnected from the world. We are visiting Oscar’s family this week for a wedding and consequently I am very much feeling like… Continue reading Going back to Nature – Just a few thoughts
Were you ever told at primary school that all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares? It is a great example of two terms that aren’t necessarily interchangeable and it’s the same for the terms biodegradable and compostable. It is important to know the difference because it is one of those sneaky marketing… Continue reading Biodegradable vs Compostable
I have talked before about why food waste is one of the biggest issues we face, with almost a third of all food getting wasted each year. If you want to know more about ways you can reduce your food waste, head over to this blog post here. For those of you who are following… Continue reading Mindblowing ways to reduce food waste
While this might be one of the most boring topics I could possibly choose to talk about, trust me Oscar works at a green energy company so I hear about this a lot, it is also super super important, especially when we are trying to reduce our impact. Paying for energy, whether that be gas… Continue reading Energy providers – Why it matters and how it can help save the planet
I have said this before and I’ll say it again, shaving should be a totally optional thing to do, so (girls especially) if you can go around with unshaven legs and hairy armpits I applaud you! However, this isn’t me. I feel most confident when I have shaved so I will continue to keep this… Continue reading Are Shaving bars as Good as They’re Meant To Be?
Having focused last week around self-care there is one more post I would like to share with you about how I live a lifestyle that sustains both me and the planet. Many of us struggle to switch our brains off at night, and here is how I get a better night’s sleep in an eco-friendly… Continue reading How I get a better night’s sleep – Zero Waste Edition
Today, as promised, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite DIY recipes you can make from (mostly) things you will already have in your kitchen. I already shared, that when I have a bath I like to pamper myself with a face mask, bath bomb and then a good moisturiser (once… Continue reading DIY Pamper Session
Something that has come to my attention recently is how everything online seems to be somewhat false. On top of this, the last year or so has been really hard on all of us in terms of our mental health and well-being. It has highlighted just how important it is to look after ourselves, as… Continue reading Self Care – Simple Zero Waste Tips
Have you ever noticed how much plastic waste goes into simply keeping our house and clothes clean? Think about it… are you guilty of stashing about 50 different cleaning products under your sink or in your utility room (by the way I am so envious that you have one!)? Everything seems to be in plastic… Continue reading Zero Waste Cleaning – Around the House
For those of us trying to reduce our plastic waste, cling film is a big NO NO. Don’t chuck it out if you already have some but once you’ve used it up… what next? I am not sure if I have actually chatted to you guys about this yet, but a really great option is… Continue reading Beeswax wraps – The ethics, uses, vegan alternatives and more…
Over the last year more and more of us have been finding ourselves working from home, therefore needing a home office. Whether you’re a student, employed or a stay at home parent, over the last while we have been finding ourselves needing office resources we might not have needed before. For better or worse, it… Continue reading Zero Waste Home Office – Around the House
I know Thursday’s are usually review days but I have to admit this is kind of not a review… although I will touch on my experience with this brand.This week I have seen various things on social media about whether or not Who Gives a Crap toilet paper (and other products) are actually sustainable and… Continue reading Who Gives a Crap – Is it really ethical?
It is only a week or so away from Easter Sunday which means the shops are stocking up on all things chocolate. It is quite clear that what was (and still is for a lot of people) a deeply religious period and arguably the most important event in the Christian faith, is increasingly becoming an… Continue reading How to have a Low-Waste Easter
Hello lovely people! So nice of you to join me again. Today I am going to be sharing some of my best tips when it comes to having your very own zero-waste kitchen. If you fancy it, you can check out My Little Eco Shop and get 15% off with the code LITTLEBYLOTTIE21. No pressure… Continue reading Zero Waste Kitchen – Around the House
I feel like I say this on all of my posts but I am really excited to share this with you today! There is a small (okay big) chance that I am just easily pleased but I will leave that up to you to decide. So many of you have made requests for me to… Continue reading Around the House – The Bathroom
If you have made it through all of the posts during this first week, I would like to quickly say thank you! We have talked about a lot of things this and if it has intrigued you here are a few tips on where to start moving towards a zero waste lifestyle. Make Sure You… Continue reading Sustainable Living – Where to Start
I am so excited to share with you some of my absolute favourite sustainable swaps! These are those things, I have switched over to and would never change from, even if I woke up one day suddenly not caring about sustainability. As ever, don’t rush out and buy these if you have other things to… Continue reading The Best Zero-Waste Swaps I have made
I hope by now you are beginning to get excited about the idea of living a more sustainable lifestyle. If this is the case today’s post is going to be a must read! Here are some common mistakes people make which you should avoid. DIY-ing everything Please, please, I beg you please don’t do this!… Continue reading Biggest Zero Waste Mistakes to Avoid
I found out a pretty scary fact the other day. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which is part of the United Nations, if you think of food waste as a country it would be the third highest green house gas emitter behind only China and the USA. And even more mind blowingly,… Continue reading Food waste- Why it’s an issue and how to reduce it
Today, I thought it might be interesting to share some of the common misconceptions about sustainability, and share some of my views on them. Fingers crossed this doesn’t just come over as a big rant! You have to throw things away This is one of the most important things that I want to share with… Continue reading Debunking Sustainability
I just want to say to start with please do not read this and then go out and buy lots of things or try to do every single one of these at once. The reason I say this is, as I said in previous blogs, this isn’t the best way to start on your zero-waste… Continue reading Easy Budget Friendly Swaps
For those of you who don’t feel like reading the whole blog post here is the short answer… THERE IS NO SUCH THING! “What?” I hear you all screaming. That’s right, there is no such thing! I will explain. Zero waste is a movement that was originated from the business world. They had the goal… Continue reading What is Zero Waste?