Oh dear, what can the matter be?

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rain during our zero waste week celebrations
I had a brainwave this morning. Over the past few weeks I have been so busy and pretty consumed in my own little world.

The sun was shining for the first time in eons so I decided to take my favourite Green’s out for the morning to a local craft centre called Taurus Crafts. I wanted to say thank you to them for putting up with my moods, my irritability and my general I-can-be-hell-to-live-with-at-times self.

At Taurus Crafts, there are various local crafts as you might imagine (I thought I might do a spot of Christmas window shopping; just for ideas you understand), a sandpit for Little miss green to play in, a cafe that serves home made organic cakes, meals and ice creams and lovely grounds to walk around.

It’s just a nice place to be – not to busy, nothing too scary that Little Miss Green might decide she wants to buy like cheap plastic toys or overly packaged food, there are quality gifts made by local artisans and a relaxing atmosphere.

We’d all been up at the crack of dawn and had to hang on until the craft centre opened at 10am. With promises of ‘we’ll be leaving in a minute’ to the impatient and excited Little Miss Green, we got into the car at 9:40

And guess what? The clouds gathered and the heavens opened.

We drove half a mile and decided to stop for a Green party conference. We were planning on spending most of the time outdoors so the Little Miss Green could play; she was dressed for the beach and it was pouring with rain.

With a brave face, a downturned mouth and a quiet voice, LIttle Miss Green decided it would be best if we turned home.

Bless – not only does she endure hot curry for breakfast, but her hopes of a morning out playing with happy abandon with ice cream around her mouth are dashed…….

But all was not lost. Oh no – this is a week of celebration and celebrations we shall have.

I decided to bring Taurus crafts to our home. I went to the shop to get a few zero waste supplies and made this. I don’t know what it is; I guess it’s a kind of cheesecakey thing:

I made hot chocolate to go with it, pretended we had waitress service, teddy came too and fun was had by all.

Bestest Mummy in the world rating – 10 / 10


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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Kris says:

    Sorry you didn’t make it to Taurus Crafts it looks wonderful there – especially the delicatessen bit!

    I hope you enjoyed making that lovely pudding and everyone enjoyed the tea party.

  2. Mrs Green says:

    Oh Kris – do go to Taurus if you get the chance. It’s supporting such a good cause as well as providing a great deli!
    They have some really good events throughout the year as well as a good Santa – one who gives away miniature Christmas trees instead of plastic tat I believe πŸ˜‰

    Pudding was great and so easy, but it’s gone already!

  3. Hi Mrs Green,

    You are right to highlight Christmas, the most wasteful time of the year in terms of plastic waste, though it is of course a great time of year for families and children, especially.

    I will definitely avoid buying any new stuff, though I have decorations, fairy lights to use. One thing I do need is alternative Christmas crackers for the family guests on the big day. There will be other requirements no doubt about that.

  4. Mrs Green says:

    John, we have plenty of decorations too, bought pre zero waste days. But that doesn’t matter because they get reused every year. I’ve never been one to buy new decorations every year. I prefer to make shortbread stars and angels to hang on the tree.
    We’ll be covering Christmas in the coming week and you can be sure to find crackers mentioned on there πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Mrs Green,

    A Zero Waste Christmas would be a fantastic achievement. It would take some doing but think of the waste generated during the festive season. I worked at M&S 2 years ago. You would not believe the quantity of stuff bought by the public.

  6. Kris says:

    We bought our Christmas decorations at a wonderful glassworks in Germany on holiday nearly twenty years ago and have looked after them so they still come out year after year. Last year we did take the decision to buy new lights as the old ones, while still going strong take so much more electricity to run and present a greater fire hazard.

    I always get a bit of a down moment on Christmas post presents, both from that feeling that you’ve spent so much time invested in the process but can’t possibly see and appreciate the reaction of all your recipients in the madness of present opening (plus I always get chivvied to actually open mine at this point!) but also at the paper carnage. How awful that wrapping paper isn’t wanted in the recycling – it feels like a step backwards to have a paper product that all ends up in the waste. I think this year I’m going to find some brown paper that can be recycled, and probably bemuse my inlaws by making sure to collect it up post-unwrapping before it goes in the wrong bin!

  7. Mrs Green says:

    Hi John,
    I think a zero waste Christmas can be achieved with careful planning, but what you cannot plan for, of course, is what comes IN to the home from other people πŸ™‚ it will be a good project to talk about over the next couple of months however; how we can reduce our individual impact this Christmas season.

    Kris, I think what you have done with your choice of decorations is wonderful and those decorations are infused with your memories that will last for ever. We’re going to come up with lots of solutions to wrapping paper πŸ˜‰

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