Bethany Chester

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The Simple Life Is Good For The Soul

I am not a hater of technology – far from it. I’m two years into a Computer Science degree, and I think technology has tremendous power to make …

Off-grid

Taking Inspiration From My Childhood Self

Whilst at my parents’ for Christmas, I decided to have a clear-out of the stuff lying around my old room. Going through it was an eye-opening …

Are Humans In Captivity?

The inspiration for this post came when I discovered that animals in captivity often develop mental illnesses. Captive chimps, for example, show …

Mental Disorders

Simple Pleasures

The simplest pleasures in life are the best. It sounds like a cliché, but it really is true – for me, at least. I’ve discovered that none of the …

Snowfall

More Green Spaces, Please!

I grew up in the wide open spaces of rural Wales, surrounded by rolling hills, streams and woodland. For that reason, I know how easy it is to become …

Ecology

Affluenza: The Sickness You Don't Know You Have

I just finished reading “Affluenza” by Oliver James, a book which very much resonated with me. In it, James theorises that most people in developed …

Mental Health

How Can We Calm Our Restless Minds?

Recently, I read <i>The Restful Mind</i> by the Buddhist monk Gyalwa Dokhampa. As soon I read the title, I knew I’d identify with this book; I took up …

Vegan On A Budget: A Comprehensive Guide

A common misconception about veganism is that it has to be expensive, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In this post I’ll give you some …

How To Reduce Waste (And Save Money Too!)

In a previous post, I discussed our disposable culture and its impact on our planet. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of such a massive issue, …

Personal Finance

Why Having A Purpose Is More Important Than Having A Career

I touched on this topic before when I wrote about not wanting a job. I thought it was worth bringing up again, because there’s so much pressure in …

Education Policy

The Beauty Of Getting The Bus

Buses aren’t exactly the most romantic form of transport. They can be slow, cramped and noisy – and who hasn’t waited half an hour in the rain for …

Transportation

Why It's Important To Save Your Pennies

There’s a saying that if you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves. Having very little income has made me realise how true …

Personal Finance

How To Survive Without a Salary

Who doesn’t want to work less? Most of us would like to devote more time to our loved ones, our hobbies or the causes we’re passionate about. But …

Personal Finance

Why I Ditched Shampoo (and Other Toiletries)

By now, many people are aware of the ‘no-poo’ movement, the practice of not using shampoo. There are countless testimonials from those who’ve tried …

Hair Care

Why It's OK Not To Want A Job (And What To Do About It!)

I don’t want a job and never have. Often, I’m uncomfortable talking about it because there’s a lot of stigma attached. Not having a job is associated …

Why You Should Use Your Library

I have many happy memories of visiting the library as a kid. It was always so cosy, and the supply of books seemed limitless. More to the point, it …

Why Your Possessions Are Making You Stressed

I’ve seen firsthand how owning too many things can drag people down. It often seems that the more expensive the item, the more stress it causes. Take …

Animal Agriculture Hurts Humans Too

It’s something most vegetarians and vegans have heard before: “Why worry about animals when so many humans are suffering? Surely that’s more …

Agriculture

Our Wasteful Mindset and Disposable Culture

I grew up in a home where nothing was wasted. My mum never threw food away unless it was completely inedible. After boiling vegetables, she saved the …

Where Does Your Poo Go?

I’ve talked before about my dislike of the modern toilet. It just doesn’t make much sense to contaminate clean water with human waste, then expend …

Biogas

How Industrial Farming Is Invading Developing Countries

It’s no secret that Western industrial agriculture – especially animal agriculture – is enormously problematic. It’s environmentally devastating, …

Agriculture

Why It's Time To Put Pedestrians And Cyclists First

We’re often told we should walk and cycle to combat climate change. Whilst this is certainly true, it’s not hard to see why many people don’t do so; …

Can Palm Oil Really Be Sustainable?

High-yielding and easy to grow, palm oil has become the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. In developed countries, it’s found in up to 50% …

Plantations

8 Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas

Maybe you want to buy your loved ones useful, planet-friendly gifts that won’t end up in landfill. Or maybe you’re buying for a die-hard tree hugger. …

Menstruation

How To Have A Sustainable Christmas

Many people are beginning to tire of the consumerism that now surrounds Christmas, and excessive consumption is damaging to both the environment and …

Human Rights

Death To Plastic Packaging

I am sick and tired of plastic packaging. I hate throwing away empty packets and picturing them sitting unchanged in a landfill site for decades. I …

Pollution

My Longest Ever Cycle Ride And What I Learnt

When I was thirteen, I fell off my bike. I came careering down the hill into my village – there are a whole lot of hills in rural Wales! – and …

Cycling

Our Apathy To What We Can't See

Most of us are basically good people – we don’t want others to be hurt or to suffer. Yet we have certain behaviours which seem to go against our true …

Rainforests

Why What's Good For The Planet Is Good For Your Wallet

I’ve recently noticed that the more effort I make to live in an eco-friendly way, the more my expenses decrease. Perhaps the most obvious example of …

Menstruation

One Person's Trash Is Another's Treasure

I’ve recently begun doing some online writing work, and that means spending a lot of time at my desk. My desk chair collapsed a few months back, and …

Food & Dining