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5 Plastic Items found in our Oceans

Cigarette Butts Cigarette butts are actually the most abundant form of plastic waste in the world, with about 4.5 trillion individual butts polluting our global environment. They are made of cellulose acetate, a man-made plastic material, and contain hundreds of toxic chemicals. A San Diego State University study found that a single cigarette butt with traces of tobacco introduced into a litre of water resulted in the death of 50% of the fish in the water.   Balloons and Balloon Sticks Balloons are commonly made from latex rubber or nylon with a metallic coating as in the case of helium balloons. Neither are biodegradable and cause lots of damage to wildlife, with animals mistaking them for food or getting caught...

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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation. It began in 2011 and now sees 326 million people from 117 countries get involved. Head to www.plasticfreejuly.org to sign up to the challenge through their website. You can try to cut down on your plastic use for 1 day, 1 week or for all of July. Options to choose for the challenge are:✨Avoid single-use plastic packaging✨Target takeaway items (the Top 4: bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups)✨Go completely plastic-freeAs this great quote says:Start Where You are, Use what You Have , Do what You CanNo pressure.. pick one thing you will swap for plastic free or even just use July to take note of how much plastic...

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3 Simple Summer Activities for Kids aged 4 to 9

Jessica O’Rourke from Mud Bugs has put together 3 simple activities for you and your kids to enjoy this Summer. Pressed Flowers This activity is great for preserving colour and flowers and introduces children to one method of preservation. This is a lesson of patience, science and beauty. Keep it simple and just talk through the activity and allow your child to take the reins then. If your child is on the younger/ more impatient end of things, why not do an extra pressing and hide it away so your impatient child has a surprise pressed flower to look at and use in crafts in Autumn or Winter for gift tags or cards.   Summer Potions This activity is a...

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Father's Day Gifts Ideas

Here's our pick of some great sustainable gifts for the fathers and father figures in your life. 1. Naked Necessities Shaving Set Gift the Ultimate Shaving Experience with this Shave Set. It contains a Traditional Style Razor, Shaving Soap and 5 blades. These traditional style razors have always been so popular at markets I have attended.  People have recounted stories of seeing their dad or grandad shave with them and there is such nostalgia associated with them.  I have seen grown men go back to their childhood instantly upon seeing them! The superior platinum double edge blades give the closest shave and smoothest skin time and time again. The added benefit of the traditional safety razor is the gap between...

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How To Create a Successful Wildflower Garden

By sowing native wildflowers, you are boosting the web of life: Native plants feed insects, which in turn feed birds, bats, and other wildlife. Adding even a few native wildflowers to your garden this year can provide a habitat for butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife. It is a great way to get started, whether you're a beginner or a more experienced gardener.

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