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Hi, I'm Nicola - welcome to a blog about family travel around the world, without leaving the UK.
I love travel adventures, but to save cash and keep my family's carbon footprint lower, I dreamt up a unique stay-at-home travel experience. So far I've visited 110 countries... without leaving the UK. Join me exploring the next 86! Or have a look at the "countries" you can discover within the UK by scrolling the labels (below right). Here's to happy travel from our doorsteps. See www.nicolabaird.com for info about the seven books I've written, a link to my other blog on thrifty, creative childcare (homemadekids.wordpress.com) or to contact me.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Say no to paper bags

Nicola & Pete plus daughters Lola, now 9 and Nell, now 7, spent last year exploring Britain in a carbon-light manner. Our spring 2008 challenge is to give up waste from 24 March to 24 April. Most posts are by Nicola (as it was her silly idea). This is how it’s going:

Pete has been shopping too bringing home successfully an avocado and bananas (items the local shops stock without encasing them in plastic). Although he refused a plastic bag at the Bagel Bakery he found it impossible to reject the paper bag with a dozen bagels in. It's not a proper disaster as we are sure to re-use this bag (probably at the bottom of our compost bin’s mini caddy).

Verdict: it’s surprisingly difficult to stop the Bagel shop girls dishing out bags. Clearly we’re all going to need clean material bags tucked about our person just in case we are drawn into the shops.

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