The Wooden Toothbrush: How My Teeth Became Eco-Friendly

By | October 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm | One comment

A while ago I discovered just how difficult toothbrushes are to get rid of. The plastic is too mixed and varied for them to be recycled easily and most have some sort of rubber molded into them -- plus, the germ factor made it all an unpleasant process. With recycling out...

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Back to the Land: Why and How to Access Farmer’s Markets

By | October 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm | No comments

Photo by Stephen Little via flickr Ever wonder why and where you can buy fresh, locally grown, organic food? Well I have, and I’d like to share what I have found…. Now more than ever, Farmer’s Markets are becoming easier to access. With a cross section of growing...

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With Knowledge Comes Guilt (And Carrying Rubbish Around)

By | September 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | No comments

Photo by Simon- via flickr The other weekend my boyfriend W and I went to Holland Park to visit the Japanese Garden and have a break from packing up our belongings, ready to move house. We admired the peacocks, marveled at the massive carp, wandered across the stone bridge...

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When Two Tribes Go To War: Integrating New Hens Into Your Established Flock

By | August 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm | No comments

Photo of new chicken, Clara, by Jo Barlow As any owner of ex-batts will tell you, you can never have enough ex-batt hens. These quirky girls are completely addictive and your first flock will no doubt quickly double or treble in size with your new additions. Eighteen...

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Climb Every Mountain: How Helping Battery Hens Can Be An Uphill Struggle

Climb Every Mountain: How Helping Battery Hens Can Be An Uphill Struggle

By | August 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm | 2 comments

Photo of Beaky by Emma Osborne According to recent media reports, Britain has gone from a nation of shopkeepers to a nation of chicken keepers. Some 700,000 of us Brits are apparently enjoying the delights of keeping hens. The British Hen Welfare Trust has had a hectic media...

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Handmade Eco-Home Decor

By | July 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm | No comments

Photo by Jo Corrall My boyfriend and I wanted to brighten up our room a little, but didn't want to spend tons of money. Luckily we both have art and design backgrounds so not only could we make our own frames and art work but we also both had piles of postcards and...

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Breaking News: Chickens Have Feelings Too

Breaking News: Chickens Have Feelings Too

By | July 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm | 6 comments

Battery farming has a terrible effect on chickens. Photo of Charlotte on Rescue Day by Amy Chamberlain. A recent study by the University of Bristol’s Animal Welfare and Behavior Research Group has found that mother hens show signs of “clear physiological and behavioral...

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I Believe I Can Fly

By | April 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm | 2 comments

Photo of Agatha. By Jo Barlow. There comes a time, even in an ex-battery hen’s life, when her wings may need to be clipped. Wing clipping is a quick and painless process of literally clipping the primary flight feathers of one wing rendering the chicken unbalanced -- and...

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How Green Are My Free-Range Chickens?

By | March 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm | One comment

Aubrey helping in the garden. Photo by Jo Barlow. Offering a home to ex-battery chickens brings us benefits on many levels: to the global environment by highlighting the impact of intensive farming, to our own immediate environment and of course to the health and welfare of...

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Enriched Chicken Cages: Not So Rich

By | March 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm | No comments

Jo Barlow's chickens on rescue day. Photo by Jo Barlow. Countries both sides of the Atlantic are finally moving towards banning the barbaric intensive battery cage for chickens. In 1999, the Council of the European Union declared that battery cages were so cruel they were...

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