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© 2019 by Jules Birkby / Now Then, Sunshine.

April 4, 2018

As well as doing our plastic-free Lent experiment, I also spent March taking part in #MarchMeetTheMaker on Instagram - an opportunity to share a bit more about myself and my brand. The full set of posts is on my Instagram feed, but I thought I'd add a few days on here,...

April 1, 2018

We’ve done it. It’s over. We are no longer under my daft self-imposed ban of buying plastic. My husband has renamed today Plastic Sunday in celebration of being able to buy Haribo again and our kitchen bin can return once more. Farewell, ridiculous leaking paper bags o...

March 29, 2018

It’s the pointless plastic seal around the lid of your glass jar of honey.

It’s the plastic bag of rice, concealed in cardboard.

It’s the dishwasher tablets individually wrapped in plastic, after you deliberately bought them in a box.

It’s the unnecessary bubble wrap and...

March 26, 2018

After almost six weeks of writing posts criticising plastic, I thought that in the interest of balance it was high time I made the case FOR it. It's easy to forget that industries depend on it when you see regular images of marine life and sea birds literally choking o...

March 11, 2018

Happy Mother's Day! We’re half way through our plastic experiment, so I thought I’d do a round-up of things that have worked and things that haven't. 

Here to stay:

Milk deliveries! Our milkman is quite possibly the friendliest man in the land and he valiantly kept deliv...

March 6, 2018

It’s one thing trying to live a plastic-free life in our home, but it’s a whole different ballgame when I’m out and about. I find it really hard asking for plastic-free stuff in shops without sounding either really awkward, eye-rollingly pious or ridiculously apologeti...

February 28, 2018

Few can deny that one of life’s simple pleasures is a nice cup of tea and a sit down. It’s a wonderful way to start your day, the perfect break from work, it warms you up when you’re cold and it cools you down on a hot day (so says my Mum, who I actually tend to agree...

February 22, 2018

Someone really needs to write a recipe book full of easy meals that don’t involve plastic because it’s making my tired old brain even more tired thinking up recipes that will (a) be plastic-free and (b) be acceptable to the palates of our two small humans.

Some meals we...

February 19, 2018

The thing that really pisses me off about this whole plastic business is that we're all trying our darndest to do the right thing for the environment, but the odds are totally stacked against us.

Who can walk into a supermarket and do a full shop without a large chunk o...

February 18, 2018

The world is full of things. Many of them plastic. And far too many of them bobbing around in the sea. We’ve all seen Blue Planet and know that we need to do something, but it’s all got so huge that it’s hard to know where to start. So today’s post is a list of tips -...

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