30 DAYS WILD ANNUAL CHALLENGE 1st – 30th JUNE, 2021…

The UK’s popular nature extravaganza is back this June. The 30 Days Wild annual challenge invites participants to commit a ‘random act of wildness’ every day through the month of June. Activities include listening to birdsong, taking photographs of wildlife and planting seeds.

This year The Wildlife Trusts is asking those taking part to kick-start their challenge with a Big Wild Breakfast outdoors on June 1st to see how much wildlife you can spot in 30 minutes!!!

It’s easy to register and receive resources for home, school and work at wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild. When you sign up, you’ll get a free pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June (and beyond!).

30DW21 Individuals Pack mock-up

You can also download the 30 Days Wild fun and simple app, available on iPhone and Android. It offers 101 ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ for inspiration, enabling you to select wildlife activity ideas from beautifully photographed wildlife cards. You can share activities and inspiration on social media, through direct messaging or email.

30 Days Wild App

QUOTE OF THE DAY FROM IMAGES OF A HYGGE LIFESTYLE…

“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need” – Sarah Ban Breathnach… After what we have all been through over the last twelve months this quote is so appropriate.

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS/FOODS YOU MAY NOT KNOW CONTAIN PLASTIC…

With us all paying much more attention on how we can save the planet and cut down on plastic it’s impossible to know which household items/foods do have plastic in them and which do not.

Life Before Plastic have a list of items they know contain plastic and which you probably use on a regular basis. If you want to find alternatives for the list below just head to the Life Before Plastic website.

Did you know Tea Bags contain plastic? I certainly did not, but Yes, that’s right. That means that when you are drinking tea, you are potentially drinking very small micro-plastics. And that tea bag you’ve just popped in the food waste? It will never fully compost!

Chewing Gun is another unusual one but it does contain plastic. The plastic used to make chewing gum is a polymer, it is this ingredient that helps the gum to be stretchy and sticky. Now think of all those times you swallowed your chewing gum, slightly scary to think about the impact that plastic may have had to your body.

Metal Jar Lids are not free of plastic and yet I pop mine in the recycle bin all the time. Typically a glass jar lid is made from steel with a polyethylene lining. The good news is that these lids can still be recycled. Phew !!

Plasters are not Compostable. Plasters are made from both the gauze for the wound and a sticky backing. It is this backing that contains plastic. You can see this more clearly when you look at water-proof bandaids. The shiny surface is often a good sign of something containing plastic. And it’s not just the plaster itself. Each plaster is packaged in its very own sterile plastic wrapper. None of these items being compostable. 

Country Living added Crisp Packets to the list of household items that you may not know contain plastic. Although the inside of the packet is shiny and looks like foil, it is in fact a metallised plastic film. This type of material is not currently recycled and should not be put in your recycling bin.

One that really shocked me as I have plenty of it in my craft room is Ribbon. A lot of ribbon that looks like it’s satin is actually made using polyester or plastic, so it’s important to check with the manufacturer.

Finally, for now anyway is Wrapping Paper which most of the time is not paper but if its shiny or sparkly wrapping paper is more than likely covered in plastic and cannot be fully recycled.