Read more about the article Science, Heritage & Culture: Jodrell Bank, Cheshire
Planet Pavilion ©Jodrell Bank

Science, Heritage & Culture: Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

For as long as I can remember, Jodrell Bank played a large part in my life. It was where my parents would take my brother and I at the weekend, where we went on school trips, and, in the past decade, proved to be a great place to simply go and think. There is something awe-inspiring about such an enormous telescope situated in the middle of the Cheshire countryside, something that puts life on our planet back into perspective. There really is much more out there.

The world famous Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, part of the University of Manchester, has been a much-loved visitor attraction for many years, as well as an internationally significant space research centre.

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Read more about the article Travel & Tourism: Post-Brexit, Post-COVID and Pro-Sustainability
Sunrise at Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Travel & Tourism: Post-Brexit, Post-COVID and Pro-Sustainability

If you’re looking to fly less and do your bit with learning how to be eco-friendly, why not test the waters closer to home? Despite the fact that the UK is home to a surprisingly diverse range of landscapes, its natural beauty has traditionally been overlooked in favour of holidays abroad – especially in warmer climates.

With a plethora of environmentally friendly attractions, sustainable places to stay and zero-waste restaurants on our doorstep, the UK has everything you need for a wonderful getaway, with much reduced carbon footprint.

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Read more about the article #PlantBamboo, #UseBamboo, #CompostBamboo
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#PlantBamboo, #UseBamboo, #CompostBamboo

So… what do you do when your bamboo item has reached the end of its life? Is bamboo compostable?

Well, this depends greatly upon what the item is composed of… Composting is a great way to recycle yard waste such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, weeds, and dead houseplants, as well as food scraps from the kitchen. And if you have ever grown bamboo yourself, you will know that some (compostable) garden waste is produced.

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Read more about the article #PlantBamboo for Construction, Building & Architecture
Heart of School, Green School Bali, Indonesia Source: ibuku.com

#PlantBamboo for Construction, Building & Architecture

Bamboo’s ability to grow in the tropical, subtropical, or even temperate areas makes it an abundantly available plant in the world. As bamboo is so versatile, this renewable resource is often used in many applications, some of which I have covered already, but notably for construction, building & architecture due to its good mechanical properties as a natural building material.

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Read more about the article #PlantBamboo for Cutlery
Jungle Culture Bamboo Cutlery

#PlantBamboo for Cutlery

Single-use plastic cutlery is one of the biggest contributors to the plight caused by plastic pollution. There are over 1600 known species, with thousands of uses. One of which is for the production of cutlery.

Jungle Culture have a carpentry studio located approximately 150km from Hanoi, in the rural province of Thanh Hoa, where their bamboo cutlery is hand-carved. The topography of Thanh Hoa province (large swathes of the region are covered in steep, rocky mountains) and the high annual rainfall (3 times more than the average in London) makes it the perfect location bamboo to grow in abundance. The bamboo is then sustainably farmed by the locals who have used it for the construction of their homes and handicrafts for generations.

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Read more about the article #PlantBamboo for Fabrics, Yarn & Fashion
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#PlantBamboo for Fabrics, Yarn & Fashion

“35% of all micro plastics in the world’s oceans are from synthetic textiles”

International Union for Conservation of Nature

There are over 1600 known species of Bamboo across many parts of the tropics and subtropics, with thousands of uses – including for the production of fabrics and yarn for the fashion industry.

Why choose (clothing made) from Bamboo fabric?

Bamboo is environmentally friendly: not only is it a renewable resource, but pesticides and fungicides are not required during farming. In fact, there is no other plant used in clothing that is as well-suited and gentle on our precious planet than Bamboo.

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Read more about the article #PlantBamboo for Straws
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#PlantBamboo for Straws

Bamboo is a ubiquitous sight across many parts of the tropics and subtropics, and is the fastest growing plant on the planet (reaching full maturity in around 3-5 years) and can be found in Africa, the Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Bamboo can be an important part of sustainable development in the Global South, particularly as a tool for poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation.

Jungle Culture - Jungle Straws
Jungle Culture – Jungle Straws

There are over 1600 known species, with thousands of uses. One of which is for the production of drinking straws.

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Read more about the article World Bamboo Day 18th September 2021
Bamboo - a beautiful green feeling by Clement Souchet on Unsplash

World Bamboo Day 18th September 2021

Bamboo by Alejandro Luengo on Unsplash
“Lucky Bamboo Trunk” by Alejandro Luengo on Unsplash

Where bamboo grows naturally, it is in daily use. However, its utilisation has not always been sustainable due its exploitation. As technology develops, and new “greener” innovations are made, bamboo is reaching a more contemporary audience worldwide: Bamboo products are now available in more extensive markets, they are gaining acceptance daily, and are changing the way we build our new environment.

World Bamboo Day has been celebrated for over a decade now, in order to increase the awareness of bamboo globally.
Zero Waste Llama will be celebrating this day…. all week!

#PlantBamboo

Over next 7 days, we will be showcasing and reviewing Bamboo as an alternative for the products that we use on a daily basis, and we will take a look at what choosing such products, brings to the local economies where it is grown, and the impact that this can make on our environment.

We will present straws to cutlery, toilet paper to tooth brushes… and spin a yarn for those who knit and sew amongst us!

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Head Shave for The Little Princess Trust

COVID-19 has blessed me with 40 cm of hair…. today it will be shaved for wigs for The Little Princess Trust, and hopefully to raise some money for them too!

Wish me luck!

You can donate to their JustGiving page by clicking here.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Little Princess Trust, so it’s the most efficient way to give – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

The after photos will be posted below!

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Read more about the article Become your own Brand: Sustainable sewing
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Become your own Brand: Sustainable sewing

In sewing an item from scratch – either using purchased materials or upcycling old items – you will experience the time, skill and patience it takes to create an item of clothing or accessory. Your journey to self sufficiency moves forward, and mending, fixing, upcycling and creating new, bespoke/tailored and exciting items becomes an enjoyable hobby: you become your own brand!

If you are interested in sustainable sewing projects, or maybe have been motivated to look into this more during COVID-19 lockdowns, here are a few ideas, patterns and links – I just hope that in inspires just one other person to replace one item which they usually buy, with a home-made / upcycled item:  By sewing your own clothing and/or accessories, you are choosing a leisurely, more sustainable lifestyle and, at the same time, making a stand against fast fashion.

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