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Plastic Free July

July 17, 2021

Those empty laundry detergent containers, empty shampoo containers, do not throw away, take to a zero waste shop and have them refilled.

That is what I did last week, laundry liquid from ecoleaf, the shampoo coconut from Faith in Nature (which matched the previous contents).

But please never put wrong liquid in mismatched container, it is not only the labelling, we have iconic shapes, ketchup bottles, coke bottles.

Classic, weed killer in a Coke bottle on the shelf in the garden shed.

A zero waste shop recently received a lot of stick when a foolish employee bragged she had found a use for an empty ketchup bottle, filling with cleaner.

If have an Nespresso machine do not not buy the disgusting coffee from Nespresso, and if thinking of buying choose an Opal One a superior machine, the capsules buy from reputable coffee roasteries.

  • Kiss the Hippo — compostable
  • Colonna — compostable and aluminium
  • April — compostable

Compostable, throw on the compost heap.

Aluminium, obtain a gadget from Colonna, Lakeland or Hotel Chocolat and use to extract the spent coffee grounds, scatter the extracted coffee on compost heap or garden, the emptied aluminium capsules, stack to increase their bulk, drop in a recycling bin.

If order from Riverford, veg box or recipe box, delivered in a card box which can be reused, recycled or composted, inside tins, maybe little plastic boxes, fruit and vegetables loose, strong paper bags or compostable plastic bags. The boxes are collected next delivery.

When we recycle, reuse, compost, we are not only reducing waste and closing the loop, we are also saving on embedded energy used to produce the products, thus helping to cut carbon emissions.

We face several global crisis

  • global warming
  • mass species extinction
  • pandemics
  • plastic pollution

When out and about, wishing for a coffee, never takeaway or offer a reusable cup, relax and enjoy coffee served in glass or ceramic. The only exception a kiosk or cart.


July 7, 2021

Late afternoon, dark clouds, thunderstorm, heavy rain.

Evening sunset.


July 2, 2021

Evening sky after the sun has set.


June 30, 2021

Another evening with a stunning sunset.

Dawn following Summer Solstice

June 22, 2021

Summer Solstice yesterday, the shortest day, a dull cold day, more like autumn than summer.

From today, days get shorter, nights longer.

Pleasant late afternoon, relax reading second book in the series Before The Coffee Gets Cold with an espresso tonic.

Summer Solstice

June 22, 2021

Yesterday, 21 June, was the Summer Solstice, the longest day, not that would have noticed, dull and cloudy, no sun, cold, it was more like autumn than summer.

Hastings recorded 12C, it was warmer on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day.

From now on, the days get shorter, the nights longer.

Sunset one week before shortest day

June 14, 2021

This evening, another stunning sunset.

Sunrise mid-June

June 12, 2021

Following on from incredible sunset last night, half an hour before the sun rose this morning, the sky blood red.

Sunset mid-June

June 12, 2021

Most evenings, I see an incredible sunset, but nothing like last night, half an hour after the sun had set, rivers of dark red blood flowing across the sky.

Kiss the Hippo carbon negative

May 11, 2021

Since day one, sustainability has been at the core of everything we do. We never wanted to make empty gestures — we wanted to be pioneers, a brand that leads by example, encouraging bigger organisations to make positive changes in its wake. — Kiss the Hippo

Excellent news, Kiss the Hippo carbon negative.

Kiss the Hippo the only company in London to be recognised as carbon negative.

We hear much from companies that they are carbon neutral. Scratch away the greenwash and what we find is that they have planted a few trees as carbon offsets and are still emitting carbon.

Carbon neutral is not sufficient, we need carbon negative. We also need regenerative agriculture, to improve soil structure, carbon capture, grass-grazed herbivores. We also need rewilding, reforestation of our hills and water catchment areas, restoration of peat bogs, reintroduction of European beavers.

Kiss the Hippo is not only carbon negative, they are one of the top coffee roasteries in the country, supplying coffee beans and their Broad Street house blend in compostable coffee capsules.

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