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Keeping your PALL – Plastic A Lot Less – motivation going.

This is a very inspiring post from PALL about the benefits of refusing plastic and how to stay motivated. There are also simple tips on how to go about it without affecting your lifestyle.

How much plastic would you have refused over 3 years? Michelle has refused over 10,000 items. That’s a lot less harm for the environment.


For a long time when I first started Being PALL – Plastic A Lot Less – I felt like I was banging my head against a brick wall. I felt my efforts were futile.  I mean, I´m just one person what difference do I make?  Everywhere I looked we´re drowning in plastic.

Refusing plastics means you don´t have much to show for it.

Then, a few years ago in 2011 I was tallying it up in my head just how much I refused when I was out food shopping once.  In just that one food shop. A lot, bags of it… To give you an idea, this is me in a before shot:

I´d been Being PALL 3 years at that point, imagine what I´d refused in all that time?

Obviously, I had too much time on my hands, so I sat down and did a tally. It was rough…

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“Unpackage Me” complete their “No Plastic October”.

I’ve just read about these guys who have done a marvellous job of going through a whole month without buying anything in plastic. They’ve also researched a lot about the implications of plastic packaging, and it’s well worth a read.

Congratulations guys!


Unpackage Me

Today has been the final day of the first ever No Plastic October; an entire month without plastic packaging. When Lindsay and I conceived the idea of a No Plastic October about 8 weeks ago we had little idea what it was going to be like or what was going to happen. Sitting here writing the final blog of the month I find myself smiling as I reflect over all the things have happened over the past few weeks; all of the people we have met, the positive changes that we have created, and the no plastic solutions that we have found. It’s been great!

Unpackage Me A4 2-1 Unpackage Me was conceived by two behavioural ecologists chatting over a glass of wine just over 8 weeks ago. Perturbed by the amount of plastic we kept throwing away and the scary facts we kept hearing about the problems caused by plastics we knew…

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Surplus Food, Community Style

This is a lovely idea. I must make a note to drop by next time I’m in London.


food for thoughtful action

121While in London for a conference on food waste reduction last week, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit what was described to me as a “food waste café” — or, better stated — a café that makes use of excess food donations (food that would otherwise likely go to landfill) to prepare healthy breakfast and lunch dishes for community members.  That’s Café Morningside in Hackney — just a few brief train rides outside of central London.

Café Morningside is the result of energetic collaboration between two friends and passionate cooks who, after hosting many dinner parties for friends, quickly realized the potential to bring people together over healthy food.  After organizing meals for more than one hundred individuals in UK community centres predominantly with donations of surplus food from local businesses, they hatched the idea for a café to fill social and environmental needs — creating a sense of community, providing healthy…

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Trash is for Tossers

Whooooa I just stumbled across an article from a woman called Lauren in New York, who has lived Junk-Free for two whole years.

She also writes an awesome blog called “Trash is for Tossers” She has recipes for making your own household and bathroom products. Loads of good practical information here.