Category «Life Skills for Sustainability»

Going Zero Waste

By Bronwyn Slater I’ve had an interest in self-sufficiency and off-grid living now for many years, so recently I decided to go zero waste.  While I’m delighted to see so many new vegan products appearing on the supermarket shelves, I’ve grown weary of the plastic packaging they come in.  Images of oceans full of plastic …

An Ethical Guide to Responsible Giving

Christmas is a time for giving and donating to your favourite charities, but have you considered whether your money is being well spent or could have gone further?  Here are some theories about philanthropy that might get you thinking.   By Ted Lechterman   Every holiday season, people find themselves showered with mailed appeals, beseeching …

How Sustainable are Tiny Houses?

This article was first published in ‘The Tiny Project‘ and is reproduced here under a Creative Commons Licence.   Tiny houses have their advantages for the environment. Besides their tiny footprint on the land they occupy, a tiny house can definitely help you keep your carbon footprint tiny, too. Many of the creative space-saving and …

Going Off-Grid

This article was originally published in Off-Grid.net under the title ‘The Road to Self Reliance’ by Sam L. James   American families have been going off-grid for more than forty years, but for most it’s a gradual process, involving a lot of learning by trial and error. In a recent article published in Reason, J.D …

Dog Food Recipes

by Trent Grassian and Jordan Collins ‘Wet’ Food This recipe is adapted from one provided by PETA, based on Rigby’s preferences. Ingredients 6 cups water 1 cup brown rice (or other grains, such as quinoa) 1 cup mixed lentils or other beans (e.g. garbanzo, red lentils, ) 1 cup mixed vegetables (Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, mushrooms, …

Wild Food – Summer Fruits

by Sarah Valentim   “What will come from the briar but the berry?” says the old Irish proverb. Berry picking once played an important role in Ireland, back in the days when you couldn’t find pretty berries packed in a hygienic plastic box in Tesco. The tiny bilberry, or fraughan (from the Irish fraochán) played …

Ethical Investments

by John McDonnell   Do you have some money to spare? Hoping to start some long term savings? You may be wondering if there’s any where better than a bank to place your hard-earned cash – especially if you want it to be invested ethically. In fact, you may even be wondering if any bank …

Green Gyms

Get fit and lose weight for free – no gym fees! Plus you get to go out in nature and help your local community as well.   by Bronwyn Slater Green Gyms are an initiative set up by a group called The Conservation Volunteers (a community volunteering charity) in the UK. There are now over …

What Happens to our Waste?

Bronwyn Slater looks at what happens to all our trash, and then outlines some of the  measures we can take to reduce or eliminate it.   Where does our waste go? Landfill: Each person in Europe currently produces about half a ton of household waste per year. Only 40% of this is reused or recycled …