Trying To Live A More Sustainable Life + A Giveaway.

Sustainable a complicated word filled with political arguments, complications and for me guilt and anxiety. Guilt that I could be doing more to live a sustainable life and keep our planet beautiful for my son his children and his children’s children. Guilt that my generation has heavily contributed to the state our oceans are in today. Anxiety about being too late to save what is left, anxiety about what to do next…I could go on and on but I think you understand my meaning…


Trying To Live A More Sustainable Life + A Giveaway.


A Sustainable Life begins at home.

Then I remember what my Nan used to say about ‘charity beginning at home’ it’s the same with wanting to help save our planet. I had a lightbulb moment ‘Sustainability begins at home’ it made sense, what better place to start? If everyone did one small thing, made one small change in their lifestyle it would add up to huge changes being made all over the world. Therefore, in our home we are beginning with the small things…


Trying To Live A More Sustainable Life + A Giveaway.



We all know plastic is detrimental to our planet, but we dont all know what to do about it in our own kitchens, what are the alternatives?


Living A Sustainable Life in Our Own Kitchens.

The kitchen is the heart of all homes. It is also the place that produces the most waste. So where better to start?


Everyone knows about plastic bags, straws and coffee cups these days, but what about the things we take for granted in our own homes?

Take a look in your fridge, what do you see? In ours there is veg wrapped in plastic, some from the supermarket and some from us because we have leftover food wrapped in clingfilm or stored in plastic containers.



Trying To Live A More Sustainable Life + A Giveaway.



So what is the alternative to storing food in plastic?

We all know plastic is detrimental to our planet, but we dont all know what to do about it in our own kitchens, what are the alternatives?

Steamer Trading, helping us all to live a more sustainable life in the kitchen.

Steamer trading have come up with some brilliant ideas. Solutions I had no idea existed and that I would like to share with you..

Steamer trading is the Uk’s largest independent cookshop. The history of how they started is fascinating to read. (Coincedently we used to love very near to the original shop and I have visited it many, many times) They sell cookware, gifts, kitchen tools, coffee, and electricals as well as a myriad of brilliant gadgets that you didn’t know you needed.


Stasher more than a Storage Bag.


Trying To Live A More Sustainable Life + A Giveaway.



They also sell Stasher, the plastic free reusable storage bags you can cook in! Store leftovers in the fridge then reheat in the microwave, then pop it in the dishwasher to clean !

Bee’s Wrap: reusable food wrap for sustainable food storage. A natural alternative to cling film/plastic wrap.



Trying To Live A More Sustainable Life + A Giveaway.



They also sell Stasher, the plastic free reusable storage bags you can cook in!



The alternative to plastic water bottles and cups:


Stojo is a leak proof (so far I can vouch for that) collapsible, portable cup, made from recycled materials. Perfect for tea coffee and water and dishwasher safe. This one is going straight in my handbag! Plus at £10 it’s also the perfect stocking filler for a coffee addict.


  • Collapsible silicone coffee cup
  • Eco-friendly & easy to transport
  • Microwave & dishwasher safe
  • Easy-to-clean
  • Made from recycled materials



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At £10 it’s also the perfect sustainable living stocking filler for a coffee addict.


Built New York

This pretty pink insulated bottle flask features 18/8 double wall stainless steel, vacuum—sealed construction and the patented Perfect Seal leak-proof cap. Developed in New York City by Built, an original thinking design house who focus on simplicity, quality and the desire to make life easier whilst on-the-go.

(Hand Wash only)


  • Keeps drinks cold for 24 hours & hot for 6 hours
  • Available in a range of contemporary colours & finishes
  • Made from BPA—free stainless steel
  • Patented Perfect Seal
  • Capacity 480ml



Trying To Live A More Sustainable Life + A Giveaway.



Now I know there are many alternatives to using plastic in the kitchen I shall be looking for more. Steamer trading, also sell metal straws and silicone scrubbing cloths for washing up, you can see them in the box pics above and below.



Trying To Live A More Sustainable Life + A Giveaway.



Announcing a giveaway! Perfect timing for christmas presents!


Oh my word, I haven’t hosted a giveaway for a very long time! Steamer trading have generously offered to giveaway a second box (just like mine) to one winner. Full of all the things I’ve mentioned here and a few extras too.

So leave me a comment (and I’m very cheekily going to ask for a vote too? Just click the voting link below) and let me know about how you are trying to live a sustainable life?

This giveaway will close in one week on December the 10th. UK only due to size and weight of parcel.

I will also be hosting it on my instagram account , so do pop over, make sure you are following me and comment over there to have another go, if you would like to have a go at winning a sustainable living kitchen box like this?



Trying To Live A More Sustainable Life + A Giveaway.


PS Giveaway has now closed!

In Other News Can I Get A Vote For The UK Blog Awards?

I am very excited and a little bit proud to announce that my Blog Lazy daisy Jones has been nominated for a 2019 UK Blog Award in two Categories;  Lifestyle and Fashion!

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This box was generously gifted to me Via Steamer Trading, with no pressure to write about it, but of course I have because it is a subject close to my heart.


  1. Shirley
    07/12/2018 / 23:09

    I try & do my bit by taking my cloth bags to the supermarket & recycling & using paper straws.
    I would love to win the items in your prize draw to make me more green.

    • Ashley
      08/12/2018 / 13:02

      Well done Shirley every little bit helps…bestest wishes Ashley x

  2. Midlifeandbeyond
    05/12/2018 / 18:14

    I loved this post Ashley. I used to do some diving a few years ago – now I snorkel and I’m so passionate about the state of the oceans and the marine life.
    When diveing we would take string bags with us and the amount of rubbish we would collect was heartbreaking. We are trying to improve our way of living, that has to be a step in the right direction.
    Alison xx

    • Ashley
      05/12/2018 / 19:05

      Alison, you dive and snorkel that is so interesting, so you have seen all that rubbish at first hand?
      I agree its the little things we can do that we should do, we just need to persuade everyone to do it now.
      bestest wishes
      Ashley x

  3. Kelly Glen
    05/12/2018 / 16:55

    We definitely need to do a lot more to help with this problem, we never use plastic bags for shopping and always take our own.

    • Ashley
      05/12/2018 / 17:29

      We do too!
      I cant remember not doing it now, times change very fast dont they?
      well done to you!
      best wishes

  4. Linda
    05/12/2018 / 16:10

    A lovely set of practical ideas. Steamer also sell sets of various size cotton linen bags to put loose fruit and vegetables in. I now no longer use the small plastic bags that the shops supply. They also sell string bags for apples etc. Just another small step but I hope it’s helping.
    A lovely shop to browse.

    • Ashley
      05/12/2018 / 17:30

      Hi linda, yes the giveaway box has a set of mini cotton bags in it also! it is such a good idea, I shall be making myself some too.
      bestest wishes

  5. Margaret
    05/12/2018 / 10:20

    Completely agree that we can all do our bit at home and thanks for inspiring me to do more, and also giving me ideas for Christmas gifts!

    • Ashley
      05/12/2018 / 11:13

      Margaret you are so welcome, those collapsible, portable cups are being gifted to everyone this year!
      best wishes
      Ashley x

  6. Jo Hanlon
    05/12/2018 / 08:29

    Great post I had never hard of stashed – so really great solutions for reducing waste.

    • Ashley
      05/12/2018 / 10:49

      Hi Jo
      They are made of silicon and they really work! Pleased I was able to introduce you to something new!

  7. 05/12/2018 / 07:05

    I think the supermarkets did the best thing charging for carrier bags. I use all my own now. There are some good storage tips here. I like the heat bags xx

    • Ashley
      05/12/2018 / 10:51

      Thank you Laurie, Do you remember how everyone moaned about the supermarket charging for bags?
      Now it is a way of life…
      best Ashley x