Sarah Coccinelle

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Zero waste progress #2

<i>The zero waste journey is made of the accumulation of little acts of resistance against the status quo in everyday life. This series of post is about</i> …

Sustainability

Au pays des Coccinelles

In addition to lack of time, I have been less inspired to write lately. I realised that it is because I reached a plateau in my eco-living route. I …

How to sew the perfect bulk aisle produce bag

Shopping in the bulk aisle is a great way to reduce waste. Of course there is still the big bag the bulk food came in before being put in the bulk …

Sewing

5 lessons learned after one year of zero waste

The beginning of this month marked the one-year anniversary of our move to Spain and the genuine start of our new zero waste lifestyle. I carried a …

Minimalism

Zero waste progress #1

Zero waste is made of the accumulation of little acts of resistance against the status quo that threatens our future on this planet. I can never find …

3 eco-friendly alternatives to google search

We all use search engines every day, without really thinking about it. Most of us would use google because they keep implementing convenient …

Zero waste progress: the bathroom

In my attempt to break with my consumerism habits, 2016 was focused on clothes: I simplified my wardrobe and learned mending skills. Now that I know …

No-food-waste recipe: Parsley salad

<i>Skip directly to the recipe</i><p>I love getting a weekly fruit and veggie box. It frees so much time by limiting major groceries to every 2-3 weeks and it …

‘Invisible’ jeans patching

As part of my attempt to dematerialise gifts and to slow down our crazy accumulation of stuff, I offered a ‘fixing one piece of cloth’ voucher to P. …

5 steps towards a sustainable Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of the year that helps warm our hearts to get us through winter, but we have turned it in a bit of a mass consumption …

Mending socks : darning vs patching

With St Nicolas around the corner, I thought a post on socks was quite appropriate. Am I the only one whose socks always fail in the same place? It …

Organising to favorise waste reduction

As a complement to my last post about how much (or how little?) waste we generated in the last 6 months, I wanted to show you how we organised our …

Waste reduction: 6 months of trash

It has been 6 mouths since we moved to San Sebastian and since we ‘seriously’ started our waste reduction journey. I have seen people fitting their …

What is left in my simplified wardrobe?

In my last post, I was telling you about the liberation of reducing the amount of clothes in my wardrobe. I wanted to go a bit more in detail about …

Wardrobe simplification

Have you heard of the terms ‘capsule wardrobes’ or ‘project 333’? What they have in common is to advocate the reduction of the pieces of clothing one …

Decluttering by enjoying the pretty things

I tend to be the kind of person that likes to keep the best bit of my meal for the end. So never snatch food out of my plate without permission. The …

Learn to love hand sewing

One of my resolutions to reduce my environmental impact is to develop my sewing skills (to extend the life of my clothes and make a few things I need …

No food waste recipe: Sour milk pancakes

<i>Skip to the recipe</i><p>A while ago, I was telling you about our zero waste milk routine and how, as a result, we ended up having to deal with sour milk …

Zero waste milk routine

Finding a good supply for milk seems to be one of the challenges of many zero wasters. In San Sebastian, we are lucky to have fresh milk vending …

How to reduce shopping waste without produce bags

When I first stumbled across zero waste, it looked like I had to start by investing in all those accessories in order to reduce my waste and that …

New city, new habits

Moving to a new city is the perfect occasion to create new habits. At first, I hoped to use the momentum to be close to ‘trash in a jar’ zero waste …

London to San Sebastien part 3: the rest of the stuff

After a last round trip to London, here are a few final observations about moving to close the <i>London to San Sebastian</i> series (Part 1 here and Part 2 …

London to San Sebastian part 1: Reducing the stuff

I have not been able to post as often as I wanted lately because I got absorbed by a bigger project: moving from the UK to Spain. And this took quite …

Zero waste progress: and out of the office?

<i>Read the first part here.</i><p>I have also re-started to get a weekly veggie box. Organic – check, seasonal – check, local – hum they are a bit vague, but …

Zero waste progress: The office

Month 1. It’s been only two weeks since we took the garbage out and today the kitchen bin is full again, like clockwork. One week the garbage bin, …

5 Reasons to go (near) zero waste

<i>Voir le post en français. Ver el post en español.</i><p>[en]<p>I have been bothered for a while by the amont of disposable items we use: cups, food take away …

A phone to be proud of

My desire to change the way I consume, comes from a reflection I started a couple of years ago after clumsiness resulted in my 6-months-old phone …

Intro to sewing

I have been interested in learning how to use a sewing machine for a long time. After a failed attempt with my Grandma when I was 16 (a carnival …