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With the shops reopening this month and (fingers crossed) the light at the end of the tunnel in sight, we thought it would be a good idea to ask, “Do I really need this?” before heading out to the shops. Whilst we’ve all been quite restricted this year with non-essential shops being closed and having to stay tucked up at home, it might be tempting to head out on a shopping spree. I’ve had a look online at “why do people buy things they don't need” and generally the first or second reason why we buy more than we need...

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My little family aren't strictly vegetarian, but we don't eat meat very often. Even if you don't go veggie all the time, once or twice a week can make a BIG difference to your carbon footprint. Beef alone contributes to almost 10% of anthropogenic greenhouse gasses, which in turn contributes to climate change. If you're looking for a less impactful meat, chicken is the way to go. Chicken contributes 20% less emissions than beef (so 2% of anthropogenic gasses). I would of course like to encourage you all to always try and buy free range. They cost a bit more, but...

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Reuse. Reduce. Recycle.  A strong mantra here at Eco Coach House. Upcycling basically takes something old, tired or a bit broken and transforms it into a beautiful, purposeful item. With a new lease of life, it's put to use instead of being thrown in a landfill and also saves resources in making something new. At the moment, when most of us are at home, it can be greatly rewarding and satisfying to save an old piece of furniture etc. and it can kill a bit of time. My recent upcycles... Garden cloche.  This rather beautiful cloche started its life as a greenhouse...

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Something I've been doing for years, but never really thought much of is how I re-grow my spring onions. It's so easy and is something everyone can do. It sounds small... It is small. But it's also something that reduces waste and saves a few pennies whilst you're at it! Let's get growing. Once you've bought your spring onions, gently wash the base end with cold running water. This removes any nasties that might cause your onions to go soft. Now, all you need to do is pop them in a little glass with about 10cm of water in it and...

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