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Daily Eco tip XII: rolling plastic out.


We go through heaps of toilet paper and waste so much plastic on packaging. So, one of the best ways to go plastic free is to change toilet paper brands! Places like whogivesacrap are perfect if you are looking for great price and quality, while still keeping the planet in mind


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DAILY ECO TIP XI: going to the dogs.

Daily Eco Tip 11

If you are a pet owner, then you know how many plastic toys you go through. So, why not invest in some plastic-free ones? Also, having a ceramic bowl can be a better alternative to a flimsy plastic one.



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5 March: Praying with Pope Francis

Intention for Evangelization: – Sacrament Of Reconciliation
Let us pray that we may experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.

Pope Francis and his advisors could hardly have foreseen the difficulties surrounding the Sacraments this Lent! How can we taste the infinite mercy of God at this time?

Here we see Francis opening a Door of Mercy at the beginning of his Year of Mercy; and quite a dramatic opening it was, too! The two acolytes making sure the doors don’t bang.Maybe we can set ourselves the task of opening our hearts this Lent to let the sunshine of forgiveness in and perhaps we might share a little with one or two confidants to make sure we don’t go overboard and hurt ourselves.

Now another door of mercy from Zakopane in Poland. Open and welcoming, especially decorated for the occasion. Notice the image of the good shepherd or Samaritan figure, seen below in close-up.

This was the logo of the Year of Mercy, but carved in the local style for this community and for all the visitors, like us, who called by to pray. The motto says Merciful like the Father. Quite a challenge! Mercy is not something to treasure like that single talent, but something to be lived by being merciful.

Krakow Cathedral

And finally this photo has been cropped to show the words, Porta Misericordiae, Door of Mercy. I can’t find the original which had the backs of people’s heads and shoulders. It’s easy to tidy other people out of sight, when really we are, as this year of covid reminds us, all in this together. So not just, Have mercy on me, a sinner, but also, Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on US. Let us pray for each other, and when we can and however we can, let us offer each other a sign of peace.

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Pen-ny for your thoughts.

Daily Eco Tip 10

I was pleased the other day to find refills for a favourite pen that sits just nicely between fingers and thumb; I didn’t want to throw it away. I’m pleased today to find myself actiually on trend!

Using plastic pens again and again can build up over time. So, an eco-friendly alternative would be using fountain pens. These pens can help reduce your plastic usage. You can also opt for refillable ballpoint pens.


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DAILY ECO TIP IX: straws in the wind

When did I last have a milk shake?

Daily Eco Tip 9

You may have heard of metal straws before and brushed them off, but this is one of the best ways to reduce your plastic usage when you are at a restaurant. Also, they go great with a cold milkshake.



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Whoever would have thought@

Eco Tip 6

Crazily enough most of our chewing gum contains plastics. The polymer is similar to the ones used in car tyres. So, how about changing to a plastic free stick of gum? Brands such as Chewsy and Truegum are great alternatives to adopt.

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Eco tips for Lent V: help the planet while smelling great

Dear me! Almost a week since an eco tip appeared! we’ll have to do better than that. Here’s the first of two for today.

Eco Tip 5

We want to highlight that deodorant brands like Wild and Biork are great if you want to help the planet while smelling great. All their packaging is plastic free and completely natural, so why not try one out today?


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1 March: Saint David

view from near St David’s birthplace

We start with a prayer to Saint David, asking him to pray for the people of Wales. Unlike the other nations of Britain, Wales has a native born saint as its patron, born at the edge of the little city that bears his name.

Blessed David, you are an apostle and patron for the people of Wales.
Grant, I implore, that through your prayers, your people will be enlightened by the truth which you taught, and they will obtain everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Prayer from Daily Prayers website.

David was a true apostle, fondly remembered after 1500 years. he travelled the country, preaching and celebrating the Sacraments. His famous last advice to his followers was to ‘be faithful in the little things’; advice we could all usefully take to heart.

He was a vegetarian if not a vegan, so today we can enjoy a Leek and Potato gratin in his honour, though he would not have known potatoes, and would have eaten cheese only out of politeness. He did not condemn others who ate meat and dairy, but abstained from them as an act of penance; Lent all the year round. But today is a Feast Day, a day to celebrate in his honour.

Saint David’s altar stone, St David’s Cathedral

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Eco tips for Lent, IV

Eco Tip 4

Whenever we shop fruit and veg, we normally use the plastic bags provided. However, if we bring our own reusable bag, we will be doing the planet a big favour by reducing our plastic usage.


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Eco tips for Lent, III.

Eco Tip 3

This one is for all the coffee lovers out there. You may not know this but we use 7 million disposable coffee cups every day. And that’s only in the UK! Perhaps a BYO cup discount sounds a lot better now?



Apologies that we got a bit left behind with St Dunstan’s eco-tips! I’ve found them again so will publish two a day till we catch up. Lent is about changing bad habits (among other virtues).

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