About Kate Davis

Kate’s first environmental action was picking cans out of the bins at school for recycling, leading to a green Blue Peter badge, and developing in to a career as an environmental consultant. At home she spends her time trying to convince her two children to turn off lights and tap and her husband to consider eco features as they turn an old care home into their family home. Kate is originally from Yorkshire, but now lives in Oxfordshire. She blogs at darktea www.darktea.co.uk/blog and is on Twitter @katedavis.

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Environment Round-up: New habits

2017 is here and the excitement of Christmas has calmed down ready to be thinking of goals and resolutions.  Unlike Rosie at A Green and Rosie Life who is Thinking Green with resolutions for 2017, I know most people won’t be selecting environmental resolutions. But the wonderful thing is you can benefit the environment through some of […]

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What is the traditional timescale for Christmas decorations?

Now the ‘big day’ is done for another year and we are looking ahead to the new year, some people will be taking down their Christmas decorations right about now, even though it is not the traditional ‘twelfth night’. According to the Church of England, the twelfth night is the night before Epiphany when the […]

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Environment Round-up: Christmas

We’re getting closer to Christmas and that means people are buying presents, lights and food.  It sounds like a wonderful festive time, but unfortunately it is not great for the environment due to the extra energy used and waste produced (last year The Guardian reported we produce 300m tonnes of waste at Christmas each year). […]

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Environment Round-up: What would you like to know?

The environment is something that impacts on all of us, and unless we take action could have a big negative impact on our children’s future.  I’d like to use these monthly posts to help you understand different of the environment and to show that small actions can have a big impact, especially in a large […]

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Environment Round-up: Knowledge in the community

One wonderful thing about being part of this community is how much you care about a wide range of issues, including improving the environment. And of course being bloggers you are willing to promote and share your knowledge and experience. So this month I’m sharing your posts grouped by  information, things to make and reviews of eco […]

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Environment Round-up: Zero Waste Week

Zero Waste Week raises awareness about reducing the waste that goes to landfill and started on 5th September. All you need to do is visit the Zero Waste Week website and make a pledge, just like Zoe at Eco Thrifty Living who has pledged to create a use it up meal plan. And if you’re looking for […]

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Environment Round-up: Zero Waste

Last month I mentioned my concern about the impact on the environment due to the referendum result, and I’m not the only one who is worried. Rosie has summarised some of the environmental benefits due to the European policies, Brexit and the UK Environment on her blog A Green and Rosie Life. I’ve mentioned before that the greatest […]

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Environment Round-up: Small changes

Much of our environmental legislation comes from the EU so I’m concerned about the impact following the referendum result. As The Independent says “The EU’s record on environmental issues is arguably one of its greatest achievements. It has developed world-leading legislation on a range of issues, which have helped tackle water and air pollution, protected endangered species, and […]

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Looking for peace in blogging at #BML16

Our Environment Round-up Editor Kate Davis is finding that her blogging is evolving over the years. Here she shares her story and why there is one session at #BML16 that she just can’t miss! This will be my third BritMums event. At my first one I focused on attending sessions where I could learn lots […]

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Environment round-up: Shopping

It appears that shopping has been on people’s mind over the last month, especially the environmental impact of shopping. And, as I expect from the blogging community people are looking at the issue from different angles and developing different options to reduce the negative impact. Rosie’s post 7 things you should not be buying is a great […]

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Environment round-up: Reducing waste

As parent bloggers we’re used to league tables whether it is for our children’s school or ranking our blog. But did you know there is a league table for the percentage of waste each council recycled, reused and composted? I was reminded of this over the weekend when I went to a garden party and […]

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Environment round-up: A short one

I’ve been a bit distracted for the last month as I started a new job, which is also full time for the first time since my eldest was born seven years ago. So I’m afraid I haven’t spent as much time looking for posts as I usually do, meaning it is a little shorter than […]

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Environment Round-up: The outdoors

It has felt like a quiet few weeks for environment news; maybe we’re just waiting for the weather to get warmer and Spring to really get started. However unlike me, many of you aren’t waiting  and are already thinking about the outdoors. The outdoors Me, you and Magoo talk about the community farm created from […]

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Environment Round-up: Energy & climate change

Like many bloggers I’m passionate about the environment, both preserving and improving where we live for ourselves and our children. However, it is a very broad topic covering many complex issues with a certain amount of uncertainty; my view is nicely summed up in this cartoon by Joel Pett. Energy & Climate change Over the […]

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