Swap Market – Victoria Road, Glasgow

Spotted recently in Glasgow – The Swap Market A friend visiting Glasgow happened to spot this fantastic hub in the southside.  Members earn points for items they bring, or skills they share.   These points can be used to trade for items or skills from others. Reuse of things, opting out of buying new all the…

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Use Olio to save unwanted food & stuff from landfill!

We recently made a post about sharing green items between us, not realising we were just late to the Olio party – they are doing this brilliantly already! OLIO connects neighbours with each other and volunteers with businesses so surplus food and other items can be shared, not thrown away.  If you love food, hate…

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From Ecogrief to Eco-optimism with Ecobricks

Little Green Ways has always tried to keep positive and proactive, but keeping up the vibe can feel difficult when the news gets you down. As well as being an ecobrick maker, trainer and advocate, I obviously write this blog.  On top of that I have a young family and juggle full time working hours…

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Save Skelmorlie’s Ancient Woodland

I was horrified to see that the plans of a new housing development in my small village wiping out an ancient bit of woodland. Where ever you live in the UK, or even the world this matters, we can’t let this kind of thing happen on our doorsteps or on any doorstep. In every place…

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The great green birthday!

I’ve only really recently worn my heart on my sleeve as a really “out there” greeny. One of the hardest things about going green, and changing your mindset on the volume of “stuff” there is in the world, is what to do around gifting – what DO people buy a greeny?

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Introducing – toothpaste tablets!

On the hit list of products which have lots of unnecessary and non-recyclable packaging is TOOTHPASTE! I’m a lover of long luxurious brushing sessions, relishing the feel of really clean shiny teeth – so it was very important to me that I find a worthy replacement. About a month ago I bought some “Dent Tabs”…

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THE GREAT GREEN SHARE!

It’s time to pass on the love! A Little Green Ways reader recently contacted me about their conditioner bar. They had tried it and didn’t like it and were looking for a bit of advice around it. “I love shampoo bars but couldn’t get the conditioner bar to work for me. Any tips for how…

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Time for an Eco Easter

Happy to be seeing a LOT of choice for Easter Eggs this year with very little in the way of packaging. There’s no excuse for loads of unnecessary plastic on your eggs, so choose wisely! Choose ethically and to delight your taste buds! Lindt chocolate is not only DELICIOUS but they are also one of…

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Foraging in Skelmorlie!

On Sunday we held a foraging event in Skelmorlie along with Green Hollows to see exactly what edible plants and herbs were in our local environment. Here’s a quick review of what we got up to and what we found!

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Drinking for the Planet

How to drink beer help save the planet at the same time. Meet Russ and Gemma Wakeham two bold entrepreneurs starting up Two Drifters, an innovative brewery and distillery that produces carbon negative beer and rum.

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Nine easy bathroom swaps you can make today

Leave nothing behind but a beautifully clean and fragrant you… It’s time for another Little Green Ways swap session! Today we bring you some ideas on swapping your plastic-based bathroom items for sustainable ones. Let us know if you have any more ideas – we’re always on the look-out… Cardboard earbuds in cardboard boxes A…

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Planting seedlings zero-waste style!

I went to the garage and found my seedling trays had degraded or been mashed in a recent house move. Not to be deterred from planting, and reluctant to buy anything new I came up with a new way of planting my seedlings this year! My boys stuffed pasta comes in a plastic tray and…

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Adventures in ecobricking – the good and the bad!

So way back in October when I first saw a viral facebook post about ecobricks it was a complete lightbulb moment! I was inspired get out my environmental doldrums, pick myself up by the bootstraps, resurrect this blog (which had been sitting waiting to be used for over year) and get cracking with ecobricks. As…

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Top 10 tips to ditch fast fashion!

Its no secret that the fashion industry is trashing the planet in a variety of different ways… …but giving up your NEXT, TESCO CLOTHES {instert high street shop name here} fix can be hard! Maybe you are already well fed up with the fashion industry or perhaps just dipping your toes in… Wherever you are,…

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Tell us your little green superheroes!

Here at Little Green Ways we get to hear about lots of wonderful people and projects that are doing their best to make the world a better, happier and greener place. But we’re pretty sure we don’t know them all! That’s where you come in… We want to hear about your “little green superheroes” in…

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The real “green” tea!

I guess you can imagine how happy I was when this arrived at my table the other day… mint tea made from actual mint leaves! Served in a real cup, with a side snack of Fair Trade chocolate with recyclable packaging. Ah bliss! The sweet smell of guilt free tea 🙂 Well, even better this…

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Cellophane Free Flowers At Morrisons

When you weight almost any purchase on a scale of “Pleasure / Use” VS “In our environment for 1000’s of years” it can become quite hard to make decisions. Thankfully you no longer have to weigh that one up with flowers! I was delighted to find that Morrisons always seem to stock a nice selection of flowers…

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Shave like a superhero

Do you ever look at your plastic razor and squirty shaving foam aerosol, and think, “Oh dear. You’re not very eco-friendly.”? It’s not your fault! Until recently, the vast majority of shaving options were plastic, non-recyclable or full of chemicals. But things have changed… The new way to shave Step forward safety razors, shaving brushes…

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Family Climate Change Event – Glasgow – TODAY!

The Wee Rebellion event in Glasgow today at the CCA provides an excellent opportunity to see how we can start to make positive steps towards fighting climate change in a range of hands-on workshops and stalls. The family friendly format is a perfect way of introducing some green practices to our younguns and inspiring the whole…

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Getting greener pets?

I love pets. I mean absolutely adore my little menagerie! (this has to be an excuse to share some lovely animal pictures right?!) Niggling in the back of my mind is that these little furry delights to add to our families environmental impact. Meat, especially red meat, is the most resource intensive food stuff we…

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A contact lens “solution” at last!

Have you ever felt bad about how much contact lens waste you throw away every year? I never know whether the little plastic packs can be recycled so I pop them in anyway but I always wonder if they’ll be too small. As for the foil tops, I do take them to the recycling centre…

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Local recycling – North Ayrshire

Becoming a little obsessed lately with waste and what exactly happens to it after it’s neatly and conveniently whisked away from sight I decided to do a little research.  I spoke to the “Waste Awareness Team” at our local authority who answered some of my questions about what happens to our recycled waste, gave me some…

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Oi – you’re barred!

Over the last year I’ve gradually been changing my common bathroom products from bottles to bars. And I’m not alone – 2018 saw a steep rise in sales of shampoo bars, hand soap bars and the like, with companies such as Friendly Soap and Miel Botanicals offering wide ranges of bars that are not only…

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Don’t let periods be a pain (to you or the Earth!)

A few years ago no one talked about periods much. Adverts for sanitary products showed Lycra-clad women roller-skating past fountains in parks, or a boffin pouring blue liquid onto two competing brands of pads. We hurried into shops, discreetly stuffed our purchases into our baskets and hurried out again. We didn’t discuss periods much and…

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Save money and plastic – make your own snacks!

It can be tricky to cut down on plastic waste when supermarkets still use plastic packaging for our favourite foods. But there are some simple and quick ways to avoid plastic by making your own versions of popular items. Here are some that we’ve tried and tested at Little Green Ways HQ! Hummus This is…

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Pitrok – a product review

Let’s talk pits!  It occurred to me a long time ago that there were “other” deodorant choices: I never liked the amount of plastics in roll-ons.  The aluminium content in popular deodorants didn’t sit well – although largely debunked it still doesn’t seem like a great thing to willingly put on our skin once a…

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How can your choice of Search Engine be a green choice?

Every time we use a search engine we see “sponsored” results whether we want to or not. Basically adverts.  Every time they appear on our screens they create revenue for the company providing the search facility.  Sometimes this can be quite a healthy sum for even just one advert viewed by one person.  That quick check…

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Can I recycle that? Give me your tips!

There is so much lovely information pinging about facebook on things that we can recycle I wanted to keep a note of it in one place so that I don’t lose it! I plan on taking a note every time some of the sometimes surprising stuff we can recycle is mentioned. With that information I’m going…

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No More Junk Mail!

So there I was ripping off the plastic wrapping from some junk mail I hadn’t asked for and I caught myself in action thinking this is just crazy!!! Another little way that unwanted waste and plastic is generated.  I grabbed my phone, and ordered a nice little sticker for my letter box and fingers crossed…

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Want to reduce plastic waste in the environment?

Trying to live a plastic free lifestyle is currently (almost) impossible. Until we get our act together we need to do SOMETHING to help. Well I think I have found a missing piece of the puzzle. Its not perfect but its part of the way forward and it defintely has many many benefits! Possibly you…

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Little Green Supermarket Swaps

There are small differences we can make in our weekly supermarket shop which don’t take extra planning or effort.   Make these changes now and chip away at the plastic problem! You can also download the Little Green Supermarket Swaps info graphic.

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What Is Little Green Ways?

Little Green Ways, will become a place where interested people can share practical advice on how to live a life with less impact on our environment.  I want this to be a positive place where we can work together to collectively make our little bit of difference have a big impact. I anticipate it becoming…

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