Home-made low sugar granola in bulk

This recipe calls for many ingredients that can be bought in bulk, so check your local health food store before you buy pre-packaged nuts, oats, seeds and dried fruit ! INGREDIENTS  Makes about 5 packets worth of store-bought granola ! 9 cups rolled oats (not quick oats) 1/2 cup coconut oil 6.5 tbsp honey (OR 1/2 cup) 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup hazelnuts (or … Continue reading Home-made low sugar granola in bulk

DIY Bees Wax ‘Cling Film’ 

For a plastic-free lunch.  You’re in the mountains so you need a packed-lunch. A sandwich is easiest to make and you want to wrap it up in something lightweight. Your lunchbox is a little bulky and excessively heavy. What do you wrap it in ? Cling Film ? Foil ? NO ! Here is a better option: a bees wax wrap — water-resistant & zero-waste … Continue reading DIY Bees Wax ‘Cling Film’ 

Patagonia’s Long Root Ale 

Perennial beer Patagonia Provisions’ Long Root Ale to breed cultures of sustainability. Our food culture defined by a convenient, cheap, high fat, high salt, high sugar, high meat diet is not a viable cultural paradigm as we are living beyond the world’s ‘Planetary Boundaries’ and threatened by climatic change. (Rockström et al., 2009). The food system, centred around annual staple crops from monoculture farming systems, … Continue reading Patagonia’s Long Root Ale 

Barra Nova, Brazil – Zero Waste swaps 

We left Parajuru October 21st, performed a well-needed beach clean-up and headed to Barra Nova — another fisherman’s village up the coast.   Our time here has been very enjoyable as we’ve continued to discover ways to limit our plastic consumption. Indeed, the Zero Waste Voyage is not just an excuse to travel around the world, it’s an exploratory voyage to discover ways to limit … Continue reading Barra Nova, Brazil – Zero Waste swaps 

The Zero Waste Voyage week 1 

After a month of preparation in London: immunisations, camping gear list, kitesurfing gear, medicine kit, home-made cosmetics, plane tickets, accomodation, insurance … We finally made it to Brazil. The plane ride itself was quite eventful. First we were told there wasn’t enough room for our surf bag when there was. Then in Germany, after running through the airport with my kiteboarding harness aroud my waste … Continue reading The Zero Waste Voyage week 1 

Cheap, lean, sustainable meat from Hawaii to Europe

Last December while on the Big Island of Hawai’i I got the opportunity to do something rather special. Here is the story: At 8 am sharp my friend Ann called me from Puna, a district about 40 minutes away from the centre of town  –  one of the hippiest towns in the world. “I have a 200 pound boar in the cage, do you and … Continue reading Cheap, lean, sustainable meat from Hawaii to Europe

Sustainability at University

I entered a survey for a chance to win 500£, I got carried away with the last question: Do you have any suggestions on what actions you would like to see your university / college take to improve its performance on sustainable development? Universities should require a mandatory undergraduate level: Outdoor ‘meet and greet course’ over a week-long backpacking expedition, one where young adults get … Continue reading Sustainability at University

Hawaii Week 4!

The end of week four was a little frightening as I realised that I have already been here for a month. My research is moving along slowly and I still haven’t sent out my research proposal to my advisors for review. I’m working on the methodologies, and finding it extremely hard to explain how I am going to project the research site in the future … Continue reading Hawaii Week 4!

Flying Environmentalists ?

I think about MY AIR MILES on a regular basis. Growing up in London with an American father and a French mother, I started flying very young to visit both sides of my family (which I am very grateful for). My parents, outdoor enthusiasts, also treated my brothers and I to ski and sailing vacations in direction of the best snow and wind conditions. As … Continue reading Flying Environmentalists ?

Compost Tea

What is compost tea?  According to Oregon State University, Compost tea is a liquid extract of compost that contains plant growth compounds and beneficial microorganisms. Liquid extracts have been used for hundreds of years in agriculture to promote plant and soil health. How is it made?  Compost tea is produced by steeping finished compost in water in order to extract beneficial microorganisms and compounds into … Continue reading Compost Tea