Why you should take part in Veganuary 2020

Veganuary is a 31 day challenge to take part in Veganism. It gives you an opportunity to make a difference to your life and the lives of others on a trial basis. Not tying you into any contract or commitment, giving you a manageable amount of time to test a new lifestyle. We have four main reasons we think everyone should give Veganuary a go. Have a read and see if you think you can take the 31 day challenge!

Weekly E.C.O. news roundup

Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days. This week there is a rise in veganism, Seychelles are taking climate action into their own hands, statistics show UK cities produce half of the country's CO2 emissions, Australian fires continue to spread and scientists have found a way to 'scrub' CO2 from smoke stacks in the US.

The environmental Christmas Tree tradition is growing

ere have been great discussions this year as people become more environmentally conscious around the Christmas tree tradition. What is better for the planet – artificial or real? We have seen a new wave of innovation year on year as many have shunned the two traditional routes and created their own style of tree. Now that we all have our trees up and are counting down until Santa arrives, we wanted to show your our favourite eco trees this holiday season.

Weekly E.C.O. news roundup

: This week has seen the Conservative Party win the general election and a volcano unexpectedly erupt in New Zealand and kill fifteen people. In environmental news this week...

Recipe: Mushroom stroganoff

If you’re a mushroom lover then this one’s for you, it’s packed full of mushrooms and has a rich sauce that isn’t full of cream making it vegan and delicious!

How to make your own environmentally friendly Christmas crackers

This Christmas avoid bringing unwanted plastic toys into your home and make your own Christmas crackers. No one ever really uses a mini set of cards, puzzle pieces, moustache combs or packs of dice. It is really easy to make your own crackers and fill them with goodies that your family will enjoy.

Weekly E.C.O. news roundup

Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days. This week we highlight the following climate issues. A worrying rise in dead zones in oceans. Victoria Falls at risk of drying up due to climate change. Government redact 77% of fracking report. Air pollution reduction can prevent deaths within weeks. Indian Ocean Dipole causes droughts and bush fires at the same time.

Quick vegan: Vegan Gravy

The Christmas lights and adverts are everywhere. One thing we are all looking forward to is Christmas Dinner. Many traditional gravy recipes use animal fats and vegetarian granules are processed and sometimes bland. Here we have our tried and tested vegan gravy which we will be pouring over our spuds on the 25th.

Guest blog: E.C.O. prize product review

I was lucky enough to win the E.C.O. prize giveaway when the blog first started. Not only was I very excited because I never win anything, I also couldn’t wait to try all the new products to make me an eco-friendlier person!

Recipe: Raspberry infused gin

E.C.O. RecipeOur tried and tested favourites Following on from our present article earlier this week, we have a great gift idea for gin lovers (or yourself) that’s low waste and […]

E.C.O.’s Christmas gift guide – save money and the planet

This Christmas we want to help you buy useful presents for your loved ones and hopefully save some money (and the planet) along the way. According to a survey 60 million unwanted presents will be given this Christmas, big hitters include bathing products, films and box sets, candles, chocolate and socks.

Weekly E.C.O. news roundup

Read this week's E.C.O. news roundup to hear the latest environmental news. EasyJet are set to carbon offset their flights, Coldplay are planning a net-zero album tour, fires and flood cause fear worldwide, African plants are set for extinction and Greta Thunberg is a time traveler.

Recipe: Warming Vegan Cottage Pie

Many of us have grown up with a menu heavily influenced by animal produce. Now there is such a variety of meat substitutes we are able to eat the same meals either as a vegetarian or a vegan. This Cottage Pie is a great example of a meal where the flavours are still strong, warming and comforting, without eating any animal produce. We make efforts to change the way we think about food, both where it comes from and how it's produced. If you can still feel like you're eating what you want to, or what you're used to, its much easier to enjoy a diet with reduced animal produce.

Have yourself a sustainable Christmas

: The season is upon us for mulled wine, mince pies and all things spiced. For us Christmas is all about time with friends and family, board games, gifts and a lovely filling dinner, but sadly it can be the most wasteful holiday of the year.

Weekly E.C.O. news roundup

This week has seen fires blazing in Australia, Christmas adverts galore, Syrian rebels breaking the government siege of Aleppo, and an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. We have also had some good and bad eco news...