Looking after Planet A

I’ve never been someone to litter and I’ve always found it frustrating if lights are left on unnecessarily or taps are running etc but I’ve only really started taking things seriously in the last 18months.

Just over a year ago I moved from plastic straws to metal ones and from the standard washing up sponges to a more eco version.

Last Christmas Adam adopted a polar bear for me because I love them and I’d sad for them. More recently I bought the polar bear bracelet from 4ocean to take a pound of plastics out of the ocean (read more about their amazing work here)

I’m ashamed to say that I completed my first ever beach clean this year in September but since then I’ve done another three – one in England, one in France, and a lake clean in Germany.

I found a great online shop called Turtley Eco which just launched a week ago

and is helping me move away from certain products like cotton wool pads and replacing them with reusable alternatives

and a natural charcoal hard soap rather than anything in a bottle.

We’ve replaced cling film with a reusable silicone wrap,

and just yesterday I started on my first ever eco-brick.

The final change is that I’ve sold my car (if I’m honest, the biggest reason was to save money) but actually getting the bus instead of driving is also helping to do my bit.

This section of the blog is to share my steps in the hope it may inspire others to do the same. More so, it’s for you to tell me and others about other steps we can take to look after our planet A!

The Great British Beach Clean Up

Today I took a trip to the Norfolk coastline and spent a couple of hours litter picking at Heacham and Snettisham beaches.

There wasn’t as much litter as I thought there might be but I still managed to collect a bag full of pieces of plastic, fishing line and rope.

When I first started collecting I felt a bit self conscious because I was by myself and just walking along with a bin bag!! Lots of people were walking their dogs so I soon had to get used to it, and I did. A couple of people even stopped to tell me what they had picked up over recent weeks.

It was a really windy day but warm and I enjoyed being by the sea. I’ve always loved the coast and water generally, be that rivers, lakes or oceans. I think it comes from boating holidays as a child.

I was thinking that just because we don’t have the bluest seas here in the UK, it doesn’t mean they can’t be clean.

It’s only right that we all do our bit to clean up and look after our environment.

I read something the other which really made me think:

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our grandchildren.’

I don’t know about you but that really motivates me.

Anyway, I’m only just beginning to take steps to help make a difference and it’s nothing to shout about yet but we all have to start somewhere.

After a day at the beach, walking back to the car I found a huge blackberry bush and collected as many as I could carry. So not only have I come home with a bin bag full of harmful rubbish, I also have blackberries – a thank you from nature I like to think! 🙂

Crumble anyone?!