Recipe: Quick Naan Without Yeast

Naan bread without the plastic packaging and you should be able to find all the ingredients plastic free too! This recipe is super quick and easy and a great addition to home cooked currys!

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking powder

2 tsp oil

1/2 cup milk

Directions:

This recipe is to serve 4, 8-10 naan breads.

Combine all dry ingredients and whisk together.

Create well in the middle of dry ingredients and add the oil and milk. Mix together until it forms a ball in the bowl. Turn out on counter and knead until smooth and elastic (around 5 mins) adding more flour as needed, you want the dough to be moist but not loose.

Let the dough rest for 10 mins.

Divide dough into 8-10 small balls.

Heat skillet / frying pan over medium - high heat. Roll out one ball of dough until very thin - use roller. Melt some butter in pan and one at a time place rolled dough into pan. Cook for about 90 seconds, or until parts are blackening, on each side.

When done you can brush with butter or oil and top with seasoning if you wish.

 Recipe from The Kitchen Paper

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DIY : Febreze

Want fresh smelling clothes and home without the plastic? We make up our own version of Febreze to get rid of unwanted odours without the plastic waste, and its super easy. We find it handy to have around the house- means less washing!

Ingredients:

235 ml water

37 g bi carbonate of soda

118 ml fabric softener

Directions:

Using the volumes above will half fill a Febreze bottle, we find its best to make in small batches.

Boil water in saucepan, once the water is boiling remove pan from heat. Add bi carb and fabric softener if using and stir to combine. Leave to cool. Transfer mixture to bottle. We found that sometimes not all the fabric softener combines so we run the mixture through a sieve to remove any lumpy bits left and then just pop these into the washing machine to be used in the next load!

Shake bottle before each use as ingredients may separate. Use as needed. We found that this mixture is a little ‘wetter’ than traditional Febreze but does work to remove odours and freshen fabrics.

The bi carbonate of soda helps absorb odours while the fabric softener adds fresh smell.

Instructions based on:

Wikihow

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Monday Motivation : Protecting the natural world

A huge source of motivation for us is to protect our natural environment. In recent consumer Western society we have become removed from the natural cycles of life and have lost respect for the Earth and its life giving resources.

Over the course of last year there were a number of studies and articles all highlighting the scary spread and impact of plastics on our natural environment which we hope is slowly rebuilding our connection and respect for the planet and a wish to live in a way that will reduce and correct the harm we have been causing.

We are saddened but not surprised by the results of a recent study of 50 animals from 10 different species that had died from a variety of causes found washed up on the coastlines of the UK. The study of the animals, that included dolphins, porpoises, seals and whales revealed that each one had ‘microplastic’ particles in their stomachs and intestines. The vast majority of particles found were synthetic fibres that may have been shed by clothes or fishing nets. Others were fragments of originally larger pieces that could have come from plastic food packaging and bottles.

Lead researcher Sarah Nelms, from the University of Exeter, said: “It’s shocking - but not surprising - that every animal had ingested microplastics.” She expressed concern that long-term exposure to plastic pollution could damage the health of Britain’s marine mammals: “They eat all sorts but it will reach a tipping point and really affect their health. It’s important to have this baseline study so we can monitor how they adapt – or don’t adapt – to the changes that are coming.”

Globally one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the Ocean every minute and at current rates it will be 2 trucks per minute by 2030 - we have to radically change our habits to stop this from happening. The more people who make the change to package-free / zero-waste shopping the less plastic waste there is and that keeps us going and motivates us to make sure package free shopping is accessible for people to make the switch. Hopefully the reduced demand for packaged goods will also lead to bigger industry change.

Info and image from MCS UK article here , Guardian article here and World Economic Forum here . Full study report here

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DIY : Yogurt

For fans of yogurt it can be hard to avoid plastic with not many glass-jarred versions out there. But help is at hand because its surprisingly easy to make your own. You can decide how much time and effort you put in, some recipes call for constant attention but we’ve had success with an easy slow-cooker almost leave it to it recipe. You’ll need either a slow cooker or you can do with a saucepan and a thermometer to measure milk temperature. The total time making the yogurt mixture is around 3-4 hours and then resting tie of 10/12 hrs or over night - so plan accordingly!

Ingredients:

Milk - ideally un-homogenised and full fat

Yogurt cultures - from existing bio live yogurt pot, or you can use kefir cultures too

Directions:

We usually use around 2 litres of milk which makes 1 large jar of yogurt and around 100ml of yogurt cultures

Make sure your yogurt cultures are at room temperature - so take out of the fridge and place on worktop.

Place all milk in either slow cooker or saucepan if doing on hob. You want to get the milk temperature up to 85 degrees Celsius slowly, without burning the milk. You can do this on a high setting in the slow cooker or over a medium heat in a pan. This will take up to 2 hrs. You can decide how much attention you place on heating the milk. We’ve often just left the slow cooker to it and occasionally checked the temperature and given it a bit of a stir. If you are doing over a hob you will need to tend to it more ensuring you stir regularly to stop any scorching of the milk.

Once at the desired temperature (and make sure it does reach this temp, we’ve often found the yogurt doesn’t take if it hasn’t quite reached the top temp) depending on how much time you have you can either keep it at that temp for a little while, up to 20/30 mins or you can start to cool the milk - we’ve heard that the longer you heat the thicker the yogurt. So turn off the slow cooker or remove from heat on the hob. You want the milk to slowly cool to 43 degrees Celsius. Don’t try to quicken up the process, this’ll take between 1 -2 hours.

Once the milk has cooled, take your room temperature yogurt cultures and mix in a little of the warm milk, then gently but thoroughly stir the cultures into the milk - don’t use circular motions but use an up and down and side to side motion (we’re not sure why)?!

Then place a lid on the slow cooker / saucepan and wrap in a large towel to help retain heat and let it sit for 10-12 hours / overnight.

You should then have yogurt! If you desire thicker yogurt you can look to strain the mixture through a muslin cloth to separate the whey but we often don’t bother / need too.

Jar up your yogurt and place in the fridge - make sure you save some of your yogurt in a separate jar to have ready to make your next batch and you should never have to buy yogurt in a plastic tub again!

Occasionally you may end up with yogurt soup where the mixture hasn’t set - this has happened to us once so far, we’re not sure why, potentially the milk wasn’t hot enough, but whats left is still good enough to eat and use and will still have plenty of good bacteria!

Instructions and recipe based on:

Daring Gourmet

Chelsea Green

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Turning off the tap: a look at Antoine Repesse #365 Unpacked

When you use something on a daily basis its hard to imagine its impact over time, especially when it comes to waste as its often out of sight and therefore out of mind.

Back in 2011, photographer Antoine Repesse decided to tackle his waste head on and for four years stopped throwing away his recyclable rubbish. During this time he accumulated over 70 cubic meters of trash including 1600 milk bottles, 4800 loo rolls and 800kg of newspapers. His photography project that followed, #365, Unpacked, became ‘a questioning of a major society issue: the production of waste on a daily basis’, and made our daily waste visible for all to see.

This accumulation of waste seen in his images really does highlight our disconnect between our consumption patterns, our waste produced and the effect it has on the planet.

Luckily we’ve come a long way since Repesse’s project and unlike the subjects seen in his work we are no longer blind to the effects waste is having on our environment and our life source. Thanks to numerous projects since we are now all aware of the damage that has been caused. But there is still a lot to do.

A common argument or concern raised when looking at plastic waste is to blame the authorities for not having enough recycling options in place, but we think there is a bigger issue at play - our mass consumption and its link to our waste. We believe we have to start owning our own waste and look to turn off the tap rather than mop up the mess. Refusing to buy single-use products and buying only what you need are great steps forward in slowing down the amount of waste created and therefore harm to the environment. Turning off the plastic tap will mean there’s nothing to mop up.

You can see more images here

Information from article here

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Monday Motivation : You make the difference!

January marked the 6 month anniversary of Incredible Bulk. We are so honoured to have customers that are interested in making a difference; living and acting in a way that will help protect our home. You are the ones that have taken a stand and refused to conform to the norms of our society that we now know are polluting the Earth at a staggering rate. Without you guys we wouldn’t be making a difference and for that we are truly grateful.

We know that refusing plastic takes a huge change in habits. We offer an alternative shopping experience both in terms of buying with your own reusable packaging that takes a degree of organisation and commitment and also that you have to embrace the elements when shopping with us - for all of you that have shopped with us on a mizzley day, a stormy day and even a snowy day - your commitment to making a difference blows our minds and is a huge source of motivation to keep going, improve what we offer and continue on the zero waste path.

This is a run down of what plastic you have avoided in the last 6 months, well done and thank you!

4959 single-use plastic food packaging (this is roughly 30kgs, enough to fill about 5 wheelie bins, its also the same amount of plastic waste that was found in a dead sperm whale in Australia)

1300 single-use plastic cotton buds

470 single-use plastic household cleaning bottles

397 single-use plastic shampoo, conditioner, body wash and hand wash bottles

368 plastic kitchen sponges

139 plastic toothbrushes

71 plastic or aerosol deodorants

53 single use oil and vinegar bottles

At least 3200 meters of plastic cling film

1500 meters of plastic dental floss

At least 64 single-use plastic straws, 30 disposable coffee cups, 19 disposable cutlery sets and 18 plastic water bottles

27 plastic tubes of toothpaste

At least 35 disposable plastic razors

17 plastic body sponges

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Feb 2019 : Whats on Cornwall

Because knowledge is power and communities coming together makes everything better, here’s a little round up of fun activities happening around Cornwall in February that caught our eye.

Beach Cleans and Litter Picks:

2/2/19 Polurrian Beach 10.30 - 12pm

2/2/19 Hemmick Beach 10-11am

3/2/19 Porthleven Streets 10-12pm

4/2/19 Pendower Beach 2-4pm

6/2/19 Bodmin 10.30-12pm

8/2/19 Chapel Porth Beach 1-2pm

9/2/19 Falmouth Harbour 10-12.30pm

12/2/19 Portreath 10-2pm

14/2/19 Maenporth Beach 3.30-5pm

14/2/18 Harlyn Bay Beach 5pm

14/2/19 Millendreath Beach 2.15-4.15pm

16/2/19 St. Mellion 10-12pm

16/2/19 Bodmin 11-12pm

20/2/19 Pentire Head 10-3pm

27/2/19 Fistral Beach 10.15-5pm

Exhibitions, Workshops, Courses and Get Togethers:

26/1/19-17/3/19 Plan Bee Art Exhibition Eden Project

Because bees are life and we should look to understand and protect them.

2/2/19 – 3/2/19 Launch Weekend for Invisible Worlds Exhibit Eden Project

Because the ocean is cool and pretty essential for our future!

6/2/19 7-10pm Talk about Cornwall’s fishing industry

Because its good to know about our local industries and see how they’re being responsible towards the planet. Fishing is a hot topic in ocean plastic waste being responsible for around 70% of it - whats Cornwall doing about it?

12/2/19 Pallet Rebuilding Workshop Upcycle Kernow

Because upcycling is awesome and helps prevent waste ending up in landfill.

16/2/19 or 22/2/19 Sourdough Baking Workshop Cotna Eco Retreat

Because its fun to make your own and it also avoids a lot of packaging waste!

20/2/10 10-1 Rockpool Ramble and Shore Search St Ives

Because being by the sea is good for the soul and you’ll get to learn about incredible marine life!

20/2/19 11-3 Rag Rug Workshop Tintagel

Because you’ll learn how to upcycle odd bits of fabric into cool rugs!

26/2/19 Building A Community Festival Get Together Mount Pleasant Eco Park

Because you’ll get to be involved with an awesome community project.

Looking ahead:

16/3/19 Foraging Walk and Feast Cotna Eco Retreat

Because walking in nature is good for you and not all food has to come in plastic packaging from the supermarket.

16/3/19 Wild Cooking With Only Boiled Water and a Mug Wadebridge

Because that’s a handy life skill to have!

19/3/19 Natural Ink Making Potager Garden

Because you’ll be out in nature and learn something new!

24/3/19 Beer Brewing Mount Pleasant Eco Park

Because who doesn’t want to brew their own beer? You’ll also learn how to make a fiery alcoholic ginger beer!

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Tackling single-use plastic : 6605 pieces avoided in 2018

In our 4 months of being Incredible Bulk in 2018 we are excited to say that our customers have avoided a grand total of 6605 pieces of single-use plastic. We’re thrilled with this number and excited to see what 2019 will bring.

This number is made up of a great mix of items, the easiest to avoid when shopping with us is single-use food packaging, totalling 4452 pieces, including 377 cereal packets, 261 packets of rice and 106 packets of pasta. Next up is bathroom plastic totalling 1225 - this number does include 700 cotton buds! But also 344 shampoo / conditioner / body wash bottles, 135 toothbrushes and 46 floss containers which would’ve been 1380 meters of plastic floss that would’ve ended up in the bin, or worse down the loo. There is now 336 less kitchen sponges now out there with our customers making the switch to natural alternatives and at least 3120 meters of plastic cling film has been avoided with our customers buying beeswax wraps. At least 64 single-use plastic straws have been avoided and 18 water/drinks bottles. Our customers have also helped recycle 174 used coffee cups by buying the R Cup reusable coffee cup where each one is made from 6 used cups, and as R Cup says nothing is fully recycled until it is reused so its great to see those coffee cups finally being put to good use!

We want to say a huge thank you to all of our customers who have supported us this year and have made this possible and for those of you yet to come to the van we hope this inspires you and lets you know how we can all make a difference.

Image taken from the lovely Christmas card we received from the awesome Surfers Against Sewage

Image taken from the lovely Christmas card we received from the awesome Surfers Against Sewage

Recycling Facilities in Cornwall

A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to go on a trip to see the Suez Materials Recycling Facility in Bodmin to see exactly what happens to our recycling in Cornwall. Here are our main takeaways from the day:

Cornwall’s recycling network consists of kerbside collection as well as 13 Household Recycling Centres, 5 Transfer Stations, 2 Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) and 1 incinerator (The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre).

The 2 MRF sites sort all of Cornwall’s recycling materials, receiving up to 53 trucks a day.

At the MRF sites the different materials are separated (by hand), made into bails and then shipped to various private contractors for recycling located both in the UK and overseas, mainly in Europe.

Waste that can’t be recycled is sent to St Dennis where it is burnt in a special facility at the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre. The heat that is produced is turned into energy and sold to the Cornish national grid. Having this facility means a lot of Cornwalls waste avoids landfill.

However, we need to recycle more, currently over ¾ of the rubbish produced in Cornwall does not make it to the recycling process. A report published by Cornwall Council a month ago highlighted Cornwall’s best and worst areas for recycling with the overall statistics showing that at best 41% of waste was being recycled and at worst just 14%, with there being potential for Cornish households to recycle around 60% of their waste - showing there is still some way to go.

Materials that can be recycled:

Plastic: We produce and use 20 times more plastic today than we did 50 years ago, with Cornwall currently throwing away 117 million plastic bottles every year. All types of plastic bottles are collected within kerbside recycling. Labels on plastic bottles do not need to be removed by the public as they come off in the washing process. The only plastic that can’t currently be recycled is black plastic due to it not being suitable for the current optical recycling process.

Paper & Cardboard: It takes approximately 17 trees to make one tonne of paper. Diverting paper and card from landfill reduces energy use and CO2. All clean, unsoiled paper & card can be recycled.

Glass: Every year Cornish households use 71 million glass jars and bottles. Recycling just one bottles saves enough energy to power a television set for up to an hour and a half.

Cans & Metals: If all the aluminium cans in the UK were recycled, there would be 12 million fewer dustbins every year. Don’t forget you can include metal bottle tops in your metal recycling.

Textiles: The amount of textiles thrown away each month weighs the same as 40,000 cars.

Tetrapak: Recycling of Tetrapak cartons is now available at 7 of the 13 household centres in Cornwall.

Garden waste: All garden waste received is turned into compost.

Top Tip when recycling: Its nice too wash your empty containers, the materials are sorted by hand in the MRF centres and they can smell quite a bit if not washed!

OUR VERDICT

The recycling centre runs a fantastic, large scale operation that is very efficient in distributing recyclable materials. Recycling is super important for reducing our use of precious resources and for ensuring waste doesn’t end up in landfill sites where it will contribute to global warming. However, we still believe that avoiding waste (even recyclable waste) should be a number one priority. Recycling still comes with a carbon footprint and energy use and not all materials can be recycled indefinitely (various sources suggest plastics can be recycled anywhere from one to five times before it needs to be discarded). When tackling your own waste think of the 5 Rs - Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. Get organised with your recycling bags which should make it easier to get the right items recycled. Keep an eye on your recycling and rubbish bin - is there anything going in there that you can avoid?

The trip to the Suez Materials Recycling Facility was organised by the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition, join their Facebook group to hear about upcoming trips.

To find out about the recycling facilities in your area check out this link here

Important Christmas collections here

Cornwall recycling league table here

Incredible Bulk Christmas Gift Guide

We obviously didn’t want to go crazy on the Christmas gifts but we’ve put together a few items from the van that either promote living a life with less waste or look to build a connection with the Earth we are looking to protect. Click on the image for more details.

A Minimal Waste Christmas Guide

Christmas, a time of giving and receiving, joy and thankfulness but it has also become a time of waste and excess. Recent statistics on UK waste tell us that over the festive season the UK creates 30% more waste than usual. 1 billion Christmas cards end up in the bin, 6 million Christmas trees are discarded, 40 million rolls of sticky tape used, 277,000 miles of wrapping paper thrown away and almost 100 million bin bags full of packaging.

With these statistics in mind we’ve put together a simple guide to help reduce waste this Christmas.

Decorations

When it comes to choosing your tree there are several different options available. The least wasteful options are a living natural tree in a pot that you can keep for years; a rented natural potted tree (we couldn’t find an option in Cornwall but came across a couple elsewhere in the country - see this cute video here) or for the more experimental out there you could try alternatives such as up-cycling a discarded branch, wooden boxes, ladders and such to make your own alternative up-cycled Christmas tree, or you could look to buy one, we’ve seen a few options popping up at farmers markets and craft fairs (see search here for ideas or image below). If you wanted a more conventional reusable tree you could look to go artificial but keep in mind that due to the resources used to create that tree you would need to reuse it for at least 12 years (see article here). If you opt for a traditional cut Christmas tree ensure it gets shredded and composted, Cornwall Council should offer this service in the new year.

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For decorating your tree and home try to stick to the normal zero waste guidelines- if buying look for second hand first, if not available when buying new see if you can find items made from up-cycled materials or buy high quality items that will last you for many Christmases to come. And remember to shop local - we’re spoilt in Cornwall with a number of lovely craft and farmers markets with talented people making gorgeous crafts. You can also look to make your own, there are loads of creative guides to help you (see image below for some inspiration). We have also discovered plenty of make your own wreath workshops in and around Cornwall, below are a few of our favourites. You can also look for natural options such as lemon and orange peel, cinnamon sticks and go foraging for holly and mistletoe.

Willow Wreath at Mount Pleasant Eco Park

Living Wreath at Potager

Foraged Wreath

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Food and Drink

For a minimal waste Christmas it’ll take a bit of planning with the food and drink. As with your normal zero waste food shop look to shop local - farmers markets, farm shops, greengrocers and butchers are great places to pick up unpackaged fruit and veg as well as local meat that you can arrange to pick up with no plastic packaging. Head to your local refill / zero waste store to pick up any grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruit for your recipes, all package-free.

Look to make as much as possible from scratch as this is a great way to avoid packaging - Christmas cake, mince pies, mulled wine, brandy butter etc (keep an eye out on the blog for recipes coming soon!)

When it comes to prep and storing food try to avoid unnecessary clingfilm; using tupperware, glass jars, plates and wax food wraps instead. (click here for great guide for storing food without plastic).

Food waste is huge at Christmas, try to avoid the urge to over buy, looking for quality over quantity.

No Christmas table would be set without crackers, this year why not look to make your own, avoiding useless plastic gifts, filling instead with meaningful little gifts or treats (check out this guide here).

Gifts, Cards and Wrapping

When buying gifts its so easy to get carried away and swept up in the joy of buying presents for others but come back to the general zero waste rules of only buying what is necessary and needed, looking to buy second-hand or if buying new look for high quality items that will last. Its also a great time to hand make meaningful gifts for others or look for experiences to gift rather than items. (For inspiration check out our gift guide here).

With wrapping try and avoid wrapping paper and instead look to up-cycle, perhaps using newspaper or look for recycled brown kraft paper that can then be easily composted. Fabric is also great to use, keep an eye out for secondhand scarves or up-cycle old clothes. Look to use fabric ribbon or string and use natural trims such as holly and cinnamon sticks. Avoid sellotape, if tape is needed look for paper kraft tape instead. Throughout the year we now stash any wrapping paper, ribbons, cards etc that can be reused.

If buying cards look for designs made on recycled card and with eco-friendly inks, or again look to make your own! You can also do ‘e-card’ versions, sending your Christmas wishes online.

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Advent Calendar

For the countdown to Christmas there are loads of awesome diy advent calendars, below are a few of our favourites.

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Post-Christmas

Try and prepare for the post-Christmas waste by having recycling and composting bags and boxes ready and organised, ensuring you still recycle what you can rather than sending it to landfill. Avoid throwing food waste away, instead see what you can re-use and make into new meals post Christmas.

We hope this has given you a few things to think about when planning your Christmas this year.

Wishing you a wonderful, mindful, waste-free Christmas!

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”

― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Zero Waste October

We came across a new zero waste campaign for October set up by Kathryn Kellogg, Anastasia Nicole and Rebecca Newburn of Going Zero Waste, a northern hemisphere response to Plastic-Free July.

As stated by the Zero Waste International Alliance and outlined on Going Zero Waste, Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.  Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.   

We set out to offer a daily tip and piece of advice for going zero waste throughout October, outlined below for you. We have divided them into categories based around Bea Johnsons 5 r’s which is a great outline for anyone looking to move towards being zero waste. They are RefuseReduceReuseRecycleRot. We’ve added an extra R, Resources to share some useful places to carry on learning about zero waste.

REFUSE

Do you really need it: Yep, step one, refuse - whatever you’re shopping for, stop and think, make sure its a considered purchase and only buy if you really need it. The stats on household waste are huge, with Recycle Now stating that UK households produce around 30m tonnes of waste a year - that’s equivalent to the weight of around 3.5m Double Decker buses, a queue of which would go round the world 2.5 times. The surest way to reduce your waste is to reduce the amount you buy. As consumers we can be activists - we can dictate what we want, if the endless consumption slows and reduces then careless production will have to as well.

Just Ask: Making the choice to reduce your waste is the easy part - sticking to it and making it happen is a lot harder simply due to the lack of options around. To increase your options chat to shop keepers and see if they would be happy for you to use your own containers - all they can say is no and at least you would’ve brought the issue to their attention and it may encourage them to change going forward. Challenge yourself to walk away from options that don’t fit in with your new zero waste challenge and research alternatives.

Cheap Products: If you have to buy new, look to invest in better quality items that should last longer and be easier to repair should anything go wrong. Increasing a products life cycle means less waste in the end.

Packaging: Refuse packaging and head to your nearest refill store. As a reaction to the current plastic crisis more and more zero waste shops are popping up. Be sure to check out your nearest store to go package free. It may mean having to do your weekly shop in more than one location but we’re sure you’ll enjoy reducing your plastic waste.

Pre-packaged fast food: It may be a tough one but avoiding convenient fast food will dramatically reduce your waste. Be prepared and make packed lunches/snacks to take out with you whenever possible.

Kitchen and Bathroom Plastic: Plastic has snuck into our kitchens and bathrooms, look to make a move to natural products to reduce your waste. A natural item can be composted and returned to the earth moving in a circular economy rather than a plastic item that ends in landfill. We love and stock Eco Coconut scourers and dish brushes, Loofco loofahs, Gwenen Eco wax food wraps, knitted cloths, Georganics toothcare, Scence deodorant, Naked Necessities razors, Suma soaps and Natures Anchor shampoo bars that can all help you on your zero waste way.

Plastic Tea Bags: Did you know a lot of tea bags use polypropylene as a sealant? Next time you’re buying your tea check out the brands credentials or make a switch to loose leaf. Brands that don’t use plastic: Pukka, Waitrose Duchy, Teapigs, Aldo Premium. Currently using plastic (some have been quoted as looking to change in 2018 but we couldn’t find updated information) Tetley, PG Tips, Twinnings, Clipper and Yorkshire Tea.

Cigarettes: not only bad for your body but also terrible for the environment. Most cigarette filters are made up of tiny pieces of plastic so one filter ends up being thousands of tiny fibres that can be released into the environment. Data from 2015 told us that approximately 4.5tn of the 6tn cigarettes consumed annually are littered across the globe. Vapes are not much better with plastic bottles used for the e-liquid. So if you are looking for extra motivation to quit think about the added benefits for the environment!

Waste in your local environment: No one likes seeing waste carelessly thrown in their environment, take action and get involved to reduce careless waste and its impacts on the environment. There are plenty of nationwide campaigns to get involved in with charities such as Surfers Against Sewage, Beach Guardian, and 2 Minute Beach Clean all hosting beach and city cleans. Remember that you don’t need to go to an organised event to make a difference, picking up litter as you go is just as helpful!

REDUCE

Your Waste: It can often be daunting starting on your zero waste journey but an easy place to start is to become aware of the waste created in your household. Take time to take a look at your rubbish and recycling and see if there are any common offenders and ask yourself if there’s something you can do without or alternatives available. Challenge yourself to pick an item and do the research. Don’t rush to change too much too soon, slow and steady is more manageable.

Energy Use: there is plenty you can do to reduce your energy use, from switching to a renewable / greener supplier to being mindful of the resources you use around the house. Some things you can try: making sure lights are switched off, heating only when necessary, timing showers, changing to more efficient bulbs, having a no electricity evening and indulging in a candlelit evening!

Share: Look to consume less and share where possible. In his book How the Rich are Destroying the Earth, Herve Kempf discusses the relationship between our socio-economic system and the current ecological crisis and offers the simple guidance of ‘consume less, share more’. While not always possible we think sharing is currently very undervalued in our society and we think its something we can all work on to do more.

Microplastics: The stats on micro plastics are very scary, made even more so by the fact that we can’t see them, despite them being everywhere. Environmental Science and Technology recently published information about a study that analysed 39 salt brands globally and revealed micro plastic contamination was widespread. The study suggests that assuming an intake of 10g of salt a day, the average adult could ingest approx 2000 micro plastics each year from salt alone. One source of micro plastics is from our washing machines which can cause tiny particles of our clothing to be washed down our drains and into the environment. Luckily there are now a couple of solutions with filters available that can be attached to your machine, or you could use a Guppy Bag or Coraball in your wash to collect. Its still not a perfect solution as the micro plastics collected will still end up in landfill due to no recycling options currently available but they should help reduce the amount in our water systems.

Food waste: Currently about a third of the worlds food is lost or thrown away each year, equating to 1.6b tonnes annually. The UN has set a target of halving food loss and waste by 2030 but if current trends continue it will rise to 2.1b tonnes annually. Look to reduce your home food wastage - check out Anne-Marie Bonneau of Zero Waste Chef for inspiration and tips, we also enjoyed this article with advice from Bianca Mularoni of Zero Waste Path.

Make Your Own: A great way to reduce waste is to make your own. Making your own means no packaging and making the quantity you need, it can also be pretty fun! Some of the easier make your own projects we’ve tried: nut milks, yoghurt, home cleaning products and beauty products.

Shop Local: checking out your local market and high street may offer you package free options or at least shop keepers open to have conversations around using less packaging. You may also find items that have travelled fewer miles and have less of a carbon footprint.

REUSE

Invest in reusable products: Our throwaway culture is to blame for a lot of the current global waste issue. If you find yourself using a single-use item a lot look to invest in a reusable option, such as bottles, cutlery, straws, coffee cups, napkins and handkerchiefs.

Buy Secondhand: Reusing something means less resources used and less going to landfill. When you next find yourself shopping ask yourself if you can find the item secondhand.

Mend: Instead of throwing away broken items look to give them a new lease of life by fixing them. For pottery we love Kintsugi Kits, an ancient Japanese art of beautifully mending breakages with gold tinted glue. There are also great Repair Cafes around where handy volunteers can help you mend your item. Some brands also offer free or affordable repair services - ask when buying to find out.

Containers: If you want to start avoiding single-use packaging having containers to hand is key. Keep an eye on all packaging you currently have and see if any can be reused. We love saving unusual bottles and jars, sacks and bags and having them to hand for future use. Preparation is key for avoiding waste, keeping containers handy will mean you are ready for any unpackaged shopping opportunities.

Water: This is a tip for those chilly winter months where a hot water bottle is essential (for us anyway!) Instead of tipping the cold water down the sink maybe either reheat it up to be used again or tip it out on houseplants. Being mindful of water waste is essential in our modern world where resources are only going to get more scarce. Always think before tipping it down the drain to see if you can use it around the house in anyway.

RECYCLE

Take the time to know your recycling options: Currently 60% of people recycle regularly but that means theres 40% of the population who don’t. Everyone in the UK should have access to a kerbside collection, get in touch with your local council if you have any queries regarding whats available to you. Get organised and start collecting. There are also numerous recycling banks in locations such as supermarkets and car parks that can increase your options of what can be recycled.

Terracycle: This company does amazing things with waste. They offer all sorts of innovative recycling opportunities with a range of free programs you can join to start collecting at home, work or school. They also have a zero waste box (we use this for Incredible Bulk) that can ensure any usually hard to recycle plastic packaging can be recycled instead of being incinerated or sent to landfill.

Upcycling: A great way to turn waste into something useful. You can either look to support local artists and creators who turn waste into pieces of beautiful art, such as Smartie Lids On The Beach, or look to get involved with craft / upcycling workshops, such as those run by Upcycle Kernow,

Products: When buying products look for items that have been made with recycled materials, buying a recycled item means less resources used and less in landfill.

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Compost at home: According to Recycle Now, composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in 3 months. When organic waste is sent to landfill air cannot get to it meaning that as it breaks down it creates methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. If composted oxygen helps the waste breakdown which means no methane. If you’re not ready to compost at home check out Sharewaste where you can search for someone who is willing to take your compostable waste!

RESOURCES

Podcasts: A great way to learn about zero waste and listen to personal journeys and advice. There’s Zero Waste Life Hacks Podcast, The Hippie Haven, Zero Waste Countdown, The Sustainable Minimalists amongst many others!

Books: Here are a few of our favourites; No More Plastic, Martin Dorey; Outsmart Waste and Revolution in a Bottle, Tom Szaky; No Impact Man, Colin Beavan and Payback, Margaret Atwood.

We hope these will help you on your zero waste journey!

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Organic September

September is organic month with the Soil Association, the UK’s largest organic certification body. This Saturday is the day to get involved with independent shops across the country showcasing their organic ranges. We thought it was the perfect time to explain why we think organic is important and let you know our own policy on organic produce when it comes to our product selection.

Here are some snippets from the Soil Association website we wanted to share:

Many people don’t realise almost 300 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and these are often present in non-organic food despite washing and cooking. Organic farming standards, on the other hand, don't allow any synthetic pesticides and absolutely no herbicides such as Glyphosate.

Organic farmers are permitted to use just 20 pesticides, derived from natural ingredients including citronella and clove oil, but only under very restricted circumstances. Research suggests that if all UK farming was organic, pesticide use would drop by 98%! This means that organic farms are a haven for wildlife and these toxic pesticides can’t make their way into the food chain and into us.

Organic farming has huge environmental benefits as well and not only reduces pollution but helps combat climate change.  If all UK farmland was converted to organic farming, at least 3.2 million tonnes of carbon would be taken up by the soil each year - the equivalent of taking nearly 1 million cars off the road.

Over half of Britain’s wildlife species have declined since 1970, and more than one in ten are currently facing extinction. Intensive farming practices have been identified as the primary drivers of these declines. 75% of UK butterfly species have declined in the past decade and eight of our 25 bumblebee species are threatened, with two already extinct!

Ground breaking research published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic farming. In 2014, the team at Newcastle University found organic crops are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones.

From these 5 statements its clear to see why organic farming is so important but unfortunately (and understandably) there is still a price to pay for organic. We’ve found that organic produce is often twice the cost of non-organic and whilst the benefits of organic farming are clear, not everyone can afford to pay for organic products at this point.

At Incredible Bulk we strive to select organic over non-organic when we feel the price is affordable – this is a key part of making Incredible Bulk accessible. Our main aim is to provide people with an easy and convenient way to move towards zero waste; offering a way to avoid single-use plastic packaging and avoid waste going to land fill. Being an affordable option is key for us and we don’t want to price anyone out of being able to shop package free.

Our current food selection is 20% organic and we will always look to increase this where we can. As the Soil Association points out ‘Switching to just one extra organic item really can help contribute to changing our food & farming systems for the better. Demand for more organic food means more organic farms. More organic farms mean fewer pesticides, more wildlife and more animals raised under the very highest standards.’ We’re moving in the right direction, adding 3 new organic items for September: Chick Peas, Cocoa Powder and Spaghetti.

For more information check out Soil Association. You can catch us this Saturday at Porthtowan Market. #chooseorganic

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Zero Waste Cornwall Guide

Today marks the end of Zero Waste Week and we thought it would be a great time to do a round up of all the great businesses and events in Cornwall that can help you continue your zero waste journey. We'll be keeping it updated and if you have any suggestions to add please get in touch so we can add it!

Bulk / Refill / Zero Waste Shops : take along your own containers and avoid single-use packaging

Archie Browns : Truro, Penzance (some refill options)

Be the Solution : St Day (home cleaning refills)

Gillian's Larder : Helston

Incredible Bulk : various locations

Mooon Milk Parlour : St Buryan (milk refills only)

Plastics Free : Online

ReFILL Shop : Bude

Replenish : Wadebridge

The Good Lyfe : Newquay

The Natural Store : Falmouth, Helston, St Austell (some refill options)

The Refill Store : Truro and Goonhavern

The Weigh Inn : Penzance

Trevisker Garden Centre : Padstow (Refill station for liquid fertiliser)

Un_Rap : Falmouth

Farmers Markets : Great to get select items without packaging as well as local produce that has done little travelling. Most stall holders will listen to your reduced packaging requests and help where they can - don't be shy to ask! You also may come across us - an added bonus!

Camborne Produce Market : Every Friday 9 - 2

Constantine Market : Second Saturday of the month 9.30 - 12

Helston Farmers Market : First Saturday of the month 9.30 - 1

Lostwithiel Farmers Market : Fourth Saturday of the month 10 - 1

Newquay Farmers Market : Last Sunday of the month 10 - 3

Penzance Farmers Market : Every Friday 9 - 1

Perranporth Plastic Free Market : First Saturday of the month 1.30-4.30

Porthtowan Farmers Market : Third Saturday of the month 10 - 2

Sennen Market : Every Tuesday 9 - 12

St Buryan Farmers and Craft Market : Second and Fourth Saturdays 9.30 - 12.30 

St Erth Farmers Market : Every Saturday 10 - 12 

St Ives Farmers Market : Every Thursday 9.30 - 2

The Market Crantock : First Saturday of the month 9 - 3

Farm Shops and Veg BoxesGreat for fresh local and usually unwrapped fruit and veg, also be sure to keep an eye out while driving around as there are loads of great roadside stalls offering fresh produce not packaged

Baileys Country Store : Penryn (some refill options too)

Bosavern Community Farm : Penzance

Camel CSA : Wadebridge Community veg box

Cusgarne Farm Shop : Cusgarne, Truro

One Field Farm : Crantock

Penryn Produce : Veg and Zero Waste Box

The Veg Shop : St Agnes

Tre, Pol & Pen : Lezant (has good refill selection too)

Trevaskis Farm : Hayle

Out & AboutAwesome places we've come across that have a sustainable / zero waste vibe

Cotna : Retreat space that also puts on interesting diy workshops such as foraging and sourdough baking

The Eco Collective : An awesome selection of vegan friendly products, with pastys from The Cornish Vegan Pasty Company, yummy treats from Nature’s Treats, home cleaning refills from us and a great selection of local Cornish brands selling cards, ceramics, art, t-shirts and more!

Green HeART Cafe : A sweet little veggie cafe in Newquay that was also offering some home cleaning liquid refills

The Green Waste Company: Based in Hayle and Roche The Green Waste Company offer large scale recycling facilities as well as a service where you can pick up compost with your own trailer - no more bags of compost!

Morva Marazion : Cute gift shop that stocks wide selection of Cornish products with minimum plastic packaging

Mount Pleasant Eco Park : A beautiful green spot offering workshops and events, delish veggie food at their veggie cafe La Cantina, they also have volunteer fridays offering unique hands-on training in a variety of sustainable land-based skills

No 56 : Beautiful homewares store that stocks zero waste / sustainable products

Newquay Community Orchard : A beautiful spot, often has fresh produce for sale and they offer various sustainable workshops and events. You can also volunteer if you have green fingers!

Potager : Cafe and garden spot, also offering workshops and volunteering opportunities

Willow and Stone : A gorgeous homewares store in Falmouth offering lots of natural alternatives for household cleaning instruments!

Cornish Brandsa shout out to brands based in Cornwall that are working with a commitment to zero waste that can help you on your journey

A Short Walk : these guys don't believe in waste. They design, develop, produce and sell a wide range of products including the R Cup reusable coffee cup, bird feeders, house signs and flower pots made from recycled redundant materials

Beauty Kubes : Organic, plastic free shampoo cubes

Bodds : Ethical and sustainable swimwear made from Econyl®, recycled nylon

Cornish Skin Food : Rachel makes dreamy natural skin care products and from the start of this year moved away from plastic packaging to aluminium tubs and paper wrap

Fin Bar Plastic Free Soap : Plastic free soap and solid shampoo bars inspired by Finns desire to become a marine biologist.

Finisterre : a clothing brand all about sustainability, always looking to push the boundaries in the collections they create

Fishy Filaments : recycle fishing nets into engineering grade filament for 3D printing

Fourth Element : Technical suits and swimwear with a focus on doing everything they can to preserve oceans for the future

Frugi : On a mission to show the world that beautiful children’s clothing can be fun AND ethically sourced

Gwenen Eco Beeswax Wraps : Organic cotton beeswax wraps made in St Agnes, a great plastic free and reusable alternative to clingfilm

Innoscent Cleaning : Eco friendly cleaning service for your home or business in Cornwall using 100% natural, biodegradable and vegan products that are also available to buy

Natures Anchor : Handcrafted soaps and shampoo bars

Sapling & Bud : for all your succulent and plant needs - all come in recycled plant pots

Scence : Natural skin care made in Falmouth, all in compostable cardboard packaging

Smartie Lids On The Beach : Beautiful pieces of art made from plastic found on Cornish beaches.

The Cornish Artisan : delicious, ethical and sustainably sourced herbal teas

Tinkebu : Sustainable handcrafted wooden toys

Wasted Apple : Cider made from apples that would have gone to waste

West Country Tea Co : plastic free teas, blended in Newquay

Wild Tribe Heroes : Series of children’s books on the ocean plastics problem

Zed Clay : 100% natural sun protection designed and handmade in Cornwall by Kato Harrison

Cornwall Specific Online Guidance : Great for both insight and sharing zero waste ideas. 

Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition : Facebook group to help groups and individuals in Cornwall work together to find targeted local solutions to the marine litter issue

FXU Zero Waste Society : A group of students from Falmouth and Exeter Universities looking to raise awareness on ways to live a low impact life

Journey to Zero Waste. Plastic Free Cornwall : Facebook group for those living in Cornwall looking to reduce their waste

Journey to Zero Waste Cornwall (UK) : Facebook group for all living in Cornwall interested in or working towards a more zero waste lifestyle

Minimal Impact Kernow : A blog by Adele Morgan who lives a zero waste lifestyle in Cornwall

ReFILL Cornwall : download the app to find water refill stations near you

Campaigns and Groups : taking zero waste out of the home and onto the streets / beaches, a great way to get involved and learn more

#2minutebeachclean : Community of beach lovers rolling up their sleeves to help rid the world’s beaches of marine litter and plastic pollution, two minutes at a time

Beach Guardian : A Community Interest Company organising beach cleans and information events

Bude Cleaner Seas Project : Bude Cleaner Seas Project is working together with the local community to give Bude the cleanest water quality and the cleanest beaches in Cornwall

Clean Cornwall : Helping to make a cleaner Cornwall

Clean Ocean Sailing : Raising awareness about ocean plastics

Fathoms Free : A volunteer group of marine conservationists running diving and beach clean events

Final Straw Cornwall : A campaign to rid Cornwall of single use plastic straws and raise awareness of the damage single use plastics are causing to our environment

Surfers Against Sewage : An environmental charity based in St Agnes protecting our oceans, find your local beach clean events and plastic free guardians for ways to get involved

Odyssey Innovation : Collecting ocean plastic to recycle into kayaks

Packshare : App to help you upcycle your packaging to people who need it

Repair Cafe : take along items you need fixing, one in Falmouth and Liskeard

Upcycle Kernow : Based in Portreath, offering creative upcycling workshops and events

We hope these help you on your zero waste journey so we can keep Cornwall beautiful and waste free- let us know how you get on! 

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Zero Waste Week: Behind the scenes at Incredible Bulk

Its great to be helping people avoid waste when they shop with us, but the responsibility doesn’t end there – we also have a responsibility with the waste that we create. We manage to reduce waste by buying our stock in large bulk quantities but there is still an amount of waste that we end up with.

Our stock comes to us in a variety of forms, luckily mainly in large paper-based sacks or boxes that can be easily reused, composted or recycled but some products do still come in plastic. We look to avoid these where possible and we know all our suppliers are also working hard to reduce the amount of plastic packaging they use. To ensure this plastic waste doesn’t end up in landfill we have a few different processes in place.

For our household cleaning products that come in large plastic containers we return these to the supplier who then recycles them.

These two are our more difficult to re-purpose or recycle items of waste we have come across to date, being a new business we may come across others in the future but we will keep you updated on these as and when they arise – we are looking to keep a waste jar for anything we don’t have a solution for and keep it in the jar until we do.

Any questions on our zero waste methods please do get in touch. 

To take part in zero waste week and for more info head to the website www.zerowasteweek.co.uk where you can pledge your one step towards reducing landfill waste.

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Zero Waste Week: What is zero waste and what does it mean to us at Incredible Bulk?

Today marks the start of Zero Waste Week set up by Rachelle Strauss in 2008. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the environmental impact of waste and looks to empower people to reduce their own waste. We thought it was a good opportunity to take a step back and look at our own zero waste journey and what it means to us as a business.

Zero waste has become a hot topic over the last decade and since that impactful final episode of Blue Planet 2 earlier this year, reducing waste (particularly plastic) has been on everyone’s mind. Our zero waste journey started 5 years ago while travelling. In a small café in Luang Prabang we were lucky enough to come across a viewing of Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man, originally released in 2009, based on his book released in the same year. The documentary followed Colin on his year long experiment with his family in New York to have zero impact on the environment. The documentary was honest and real, not polished or heavily edited and Colin’s passion and determination was an inspiration. We had both started to see the impact of plastic waste first hand, particularly when we were travelling to remote, seemingly ‘unspoilt’ islands in Indonesia. The combination of this experience and seeing this movie made the issue of waste and our impact on the planet real and tangible for us.

For Colin, the idea of zero waste for his experiment was ‘to go as far as possible and try to maintain as close to no net environmental impact.’ ‘Zero carbon - yes- but also zero waste in the ground, zero pollution in the air, zero resources sucked from the earth, zero toxins in the water…no environmental impact.’

He asked some difficult questions of the choices we all make that were hard to ignore:

‘How truly necessary are many of the conveniences we take for granted but that, in their manufacture and use, hurt our habitat? How much of our consumption of the planet's resources actually makes us happier and how much just keeps us chained up as wage slaves?’

And by analysing his waste, uncovered the issue of single-use packaging, which made us look at our own waste and packaging:

‘It was not trash per se that got me. It was the throwing away of things used for less than five minutes without so much as a thought before reaching for the exact same product to use for another five minutes before throwing that away, too.’

Following the documentary, we went on to read the book and from there more research followed. We came across Lauren Singer, found on Instagram as her famous handle Trash is for Tossers. Having a visual guide through Instagram was great and acted as an awesome reminder whenever scrolling through! Lauren defines zero waste as ‘No sending anything to landfill, no throwing anything in a trash can, nothing.’ Lauren also came to zero-waste living by becoming conscious of waste, seeing a fellow Environmental Studies classmate come to lunch with disposable water bottle, takeout containers and single-use bag, unintentionally harming the planet they were there to study and protect.

A further resource and inspiration came through Lauren as she sites Bea Johnson as an inspiration and resource on her own zero-waste journey and we’re sure if you’re interested in zero waste you would’ve heard of Bea and her famous 5 Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot; that helped her and her family reduce their waste year on year. In her first blog post on the 24th Dec 2009 she writes  ‘I am inspired to share my experience and open ground for discussion, after all we all play a part on this (endangered) earth. I have put my family on a waste diet for the past 12 months, analyzing whatever comes in contact with the bottom of our one home trash can and slowly trying to get it as close to zero waste as possible. In this past year, I have learned to shop, refuse (what is given to me), reduce, reuse, and recycle as little possible (for only such a small percentage of our trash is actually recycled).’

So it was these 3 that became our founding mentors of what it means to be zero waste and how we came to implement changes in our personal lives, starting where they all started – becoming aware of our waste and looking for ways to reduce it.

We created Incredible Bulk to give people an easier option to reduce the amount of waste they create – that’s the front end of the business.  Equally the back end of the business also needs to be in line with these values. We are very aware of how we manage the waste that the business creates (when we buy our products from our suppliers for example) and make sure that where possible nothing gets discarded or goes to landfill.  It often takes more time, more money and is definitely not as easy or convenient – many people on a zero waste journey will be able to relate to this, but as Colin says in No Impact Man - ‘whether it’s human nature or industrial systems that need to change, when it comes to saving the world, the real question is not whether I can make a difference. The real question is whether I am willing to try.’

To take part in zero waste week and for more info head to the website www.zerowasteweek.co.uk where you can pledge your one step towards reducing landfill waste.

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Recipe: Jamie Oliver Asparagus, Mint and Lemon Risotto

Gemma's mum cooked this for us just before we moved to Cornwall, it was delicious, thanks Jamie and Sally!  

Ingredients:

For Risotto Base:

1 ltr Vegetable or Chicken Stock

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 Onion, peeled and finely chopped

4-5 Celery Sticks, trimmed and chopped

600g Arborio Rice

250ml Vermouth or Dry White Wine

For the Risotto:

2 Bunches Asparagus, finely chopped with woody ends removed  

700ml Vegetable or Chicken Stock

50g Butter

1 sml handful Parmesan Cheese, finely grated

1 bunch Fresh Mint

Zest and Juice of 1 Lemons

Sea Salt and Pepper

Olive Oil

Directions:

This recipe is to serve 8, reduce as need.

First make the risotto base, bring the stock to a simmer in a saucepan. Put the olive oil in a separate large pan, add the onion and celery and cook very gently for about 15 minutes, without colouring, until soft. Add the rice (it will sizzle) and turn up the heat. Keep stirring to stop rice or veg catching bottom of pan. Quickly pour in the vermouth or wine, keep stirring all the time until it has evaporated, leaving the rice with a lovely perfume. Add the heated stock to the rice a ladle at a time, stirring and waiting until it has been fully absorbed before adding the next. Turn the heat down to low, continue to add ladlefuls of stock until it has all been absorbed. This should take about 14 to 15 minutes and give you rice that is beginning to soften but is still a little al dente. Put to one side.

Now put a large saucepan on a medium to high heat and pour in half the risotto stock, followed by all your risotto base and the finely sliced asparagus stalks and the tips. Stirring all the time, gently bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer until almost all the stock has been absorbed. Add the rest of the stock a ladleful at a time until the rice and asparagus are cooked. You might not need all your stock. Be careful not to overcook the rice - check it throughout cooking, it should hold its shape but be soft and creamy.

Turn off the heat, beat in your butter and Parmesan, mint, almost all the lemon zest and all the juice. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed. Put a lid on the pan and leave the risotto to rest for a minute. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, a scattering of lemon zest and a block of Parmesan on the table - enjoy! 

 

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Recipe: Deliciously Ella Spicy Lentil and Aubergine Pasta

You can't go wrong with a bowl of pasta and this recipe from Deliciously Ella is a go to of ours, great to cook in a big batch and have for lunch the next day too! 

Ingredients:

2 Aubergines

1 Red Pepper

2 x 400g Tins of Chopped Tomatoes

1 tbsp Tomato Puree

1 tsp Chilli

2 tsp Paprika

3 tsp Cumin Seeds

3 tsp Tamari / Soy Sauce

2 Garlic Cloves

100g Green Speckled Lentils

2 tsp Tahini

500g Pasta (we quite often like a mix of different pastas) 

Directions:

This recipe is to serve 6, reduce as need. Slice aubergine and red pepper into bite-size chunks and place in large saucepan with all other ingredients, except the tahini and pasta. Pour in 350ml of boiling water. Place on a medium heat, return to boil and then reduce heat to simmer, put lid on and allow to cook for 20-30 mins. 10 mins before end cook the pasta and then stir into aubergine sauce together with tahini  - enjoy! 

 

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Recipe: American Pancakes with Chia Seeds and Teff

We love pancakes here at the Incredible Bulk and love experimenting with a basic American Pancake recipe by adding different ingredients to bulk them up - here we've added chia seeds and teff for some added nutrition! 

Ingredients:

1 Egg

1 cup Milk (or Nut Milk) 

1 cup Flour (we like to use Buckwheat Flour)

3 tbsp Chia Seeds

2 tbsp Teff

1 tbsp Coconut Oil

1 tsp Baking Powder

Directions:

Sieve flour into mixing bowl and add chia, teff and baking powder and mix together. Heat coconut oil in pan, take off heat, add your milk and whisk in egg. Add liquid mix to flour mix and whisk together, if it looks like it needs more liquid either add extra milk or water. Take ladle-full of mix and drop into hot frying pan with coconut oil, leave until edges start to cook then flip to cook top side, you should see the baking powder in action here. Above mix makes around 6 small American Pancakes, add toppings of your choice (some of our favourites are streaky bacon with grated apple, berries and banana with yogurt, nut butter and jam)  - enjoy! 

 

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