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Vlog Link – Sustainable Living.

Back in January 2016, I made a video; an introduction to my 40×40 Bucket List. since then I have made one every week. It has since evolved into a Kettle List vlog, what with me turning 40 and getting a new list and all, but the basic premise remains the same – I chat about Bucket List stuff, albeit sometimes tenuouSustainablesly.

As I now have a blog, it would be a bit remiss not to plug my Vlog and try and accomplish my dream of 50 subscribers, so from now on, once a week, this will be my Monday Thing: A rundown on the week that has passed, and what I have vlogged about. This week? Sustainable living – is it on the kettle list? No, but being alive is a prerequisite to completing my list, so it is tenuously linked by default…

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Fun fact: I studied Global Development and Sustainability at University. I was a total green-based hippy sort; into recycling, making my own things and reducing my footprint in terms of plastic, carbon and water use.

Second Fun Fact : I have accidentally been a vegetarian for a whole week. Ruined my streak by eating a chicken burger today, but I certainly intend eating less processed food and meat products going forward. So this week we are chatting about getting back to my sustainable roots…


We first got a TV during that period when Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall were doing the rounds about free range chicken and eating better food ( I want to say it was around 2008, because Ethan would have been quite small and I remember him chasing the chickens we had up and down the garden) At no point during my experiment with ‘simple living ‘ did I think about going meat free. However my week of accidental vegetarianism has made me reconsider my goals with regard to how I want to progress both my health and my lifestyle.

I remember at that time that I got a copy of the classic John Seymour book on setting up self-sufficient farmstead on a small bit of land; the plan was to grow veg, make my own bread, generally live the ‘good life’.I am currently sat on my settee, on my lap-top, surrounding by tat wondering where it all went wrong. Although I don’t feel as passionate towards the whole eco living life as I once did, I certainly want to return to something less complicated and natural.

My home feels a lot greener now I have introduced so many plants, and this past week, where I have accidentally been a vegetarian has made me realise that I am in control – to a point- of what comes into our house, what I buy and what I eat.

It seems somewhat ironic as Christmas approaches – a time that is notorious for over consumption and temporary throw away tat – that I want to pick-up the green gauntlet, as it were, but I feel 2019 is going to be a year where I have to make a lot of decisions about what I am keeping, and what I am getting rid of, and how I intend living going forward. As part of this, I will be having a mass pre-Christmas clear out, and will be setting up that promised giveaway by the end of the week – Keep an eye on Twitter for info on how to enter.

What little steps are you taking this week that will make your life easier?



Mature (technically) graduate, vlogger, blogger, dreaming of travelling, mum of 4, K-pop addict, Japanese culture fan, and wannabe minimalist. And that is what this is all about... I am clearing, decluttering and "minimalising" with the long term aim of travelling and completing the adventures on my #kettlelist (Bucket list seems a bit final!) Come visit me on twitter and instagram @Pollyplaits , or on Youtube for my Polly put the kettle on (#PPTKO) weekly vlog that is DEFINITELY #NOTa50x50

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