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Energy is at the centre of everything we do. Nothing can live without it, and we as individuals have important choices to make about what energy we use and where we source it from, whether we’re lighting our homes or fuelling our cars. But today, let’s start things off by fuelling ourselves…

Little balls of energy

Energy Balls

Passed on to us by a caterer who travelled the world with various musicians (no, we will not be name dropping, but you probably have heard of some of them), this Powerball recipe will definitely give you the energy you need to get up and go in the morning. They also work great as a healthy snack and are super simple to make!

You will need:

  • 1 cup of dried figs
  • 1 cup of sultanas
  • Zest 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2 x tbsp. cacao powder
  • Optional extras:
  • Dried blueberries
  • Cashews Dried Cranberries

Method: simply blitz altogether in food processor and add more ground almonds if too sticky. Enjoy!

Zero is on the rise

Zero Waste Shop

Despite the difficulties faced by retail businesses across the country this year, there is one type of shop that’s definitely on the up. Zero waste shops have been going strong throughout lockdown (as essential retailers, they were permitted to remain open) and have been turning more and more shoppers towards going green with their groceries.

If you’re keen to try your hand at the zero waste lifestyle, or even just fancy dipping a toe in the waters to see if it’s for you, we have plenty of zero waste shops across Devon.

Take a look at Devon Live’s helpful round-up: Devon Live Zero Waste Article

Great Greta reads

Greta

Love her or hate her (but let’s be honest, how could anyone hate her), Greta Thunberg has had a huge impact on the world in her short 17-year stint on this planet. Proof that no -one is too small to make a difference, Greta has become the poster child for the younger generation’s war on climate change.

Take a look on Overdrive for our top pick books about Greta and other eco-heroes who are fighting to save out planet: Greta Books

The power behind Iceland

Iceland

Iceland is a remarkable place. Renowned for its natural beauty, it’s also becoming increasingly well known for its success at harnessing the power of sustainable energy. The country does this so effectively, in fact, that it is 99.96% powered by sustainable sources, thanks largely to its remarkable geography and geology that provides both hydro- and geothermal resources. Its capital city, Reykjavík, has the largest district heating system in the world and its famous Blue Lagoon is entirely powered by geothermal energy. As a country with over 600 hot springs and 200 volcanoes, it’s not difficult to see why Iceland has become a world leader in sustainable energy technology.

Find out more about Iceland’s incredible clean energy achievements: Visit Iceland Link

A podcast for the confused!

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Sustainababble is a weekly podcast about the environment, for and by the confused.

Your hosts Ol and Dave are supposed to be experts in how to save the planet. But why’s everything got to be so confusing? Each week they try to get a little bit closer to enlightenment. They may fail.

They sift through the most egregious eco-guff out there, exposing the real eco-villains vs. the hapless incompetents. It’s topical, funny and hopefully more than a little cathartic.

Website: SUSTAINABABBLE