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Hiya!  How’s it going?  I have been avoiding Brexit news this week, feeling like it was the most sensible thing to do.  Never fear, I’ve been able to keep up with the latest environmental news.  Here’s this week’s bitesize roundup. 

Also, I realised I’ve been writing these Ten Things posts, rounding up the week’s environmental news and my green finds, every Sunday for a year and a half now.  A record!  I love writing these posts and I’m so glad you like reading them too!  

This week’s links:

1 The IPCC says we have 12 years to cut carbon by 45%.  What does that look like exactly? A 27 point radical list that’s certainly food for thought.  Some points I readily agree with – free bicycles for everyone, mass rewilding, and my personal favourite – no more lycra cycling gear.  Some I’m not so sure about.  No Google maps for one.  Google maps is my life!    

2.  If consumers boycott palm oil products it could lead to more deforestation.  WHAT. A. MINEFIELD.  The palm oil thing hurts my head.  

3.  Spain is de-carbonising in a big way – starting with closing most of its coal mines by the end of this year (none of this 2021 crap) in an ambitious and progressive environmental move.  

4.  IKEA wants to fix India’s pollution by reusing what farmers burn each winter.

5.  Sainsbury’s is about to stock crickets, intended for human consumption.  Crickets are highly sustainable protein source, but would you eat them?   If you do, promise to tell me what they are like!   

6.  Crickets not your thing?  Like meat too much to forsake it completely?  Reducing the amount of meat you eat, especially the amount of lamb and beef you eat, can make a big difference.

7.  “We’re getting our environmental priorities wrong – it’s about calories, not climate change“.

8.  Useful tips on avoiding activist burnout

9.  It’s been a week of lucky finds – crisps that come in a home compostable bag!  Also, plastic-free and compostable plasters!

10.  Finally, I’m loving Jen’s guide on how to have a crap free Christmas.  If you are starting your shopping soon then, in case you missed it, this week I wrote an ethical Christmas gift guide featuring lots of budget-friendly gift ideas – from plastic-free to vegan, to zero-waste and palm oil free and beyond.  

Have a great Sunday!

Wendy.x

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Ethical Christmas Gift Guide 2018

ethical christmas gift guide 2018

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It’s that time of year again – Christmas is less than 6 weeks away – and so I’ve put together my annual ethical Christmas gift guide packed full of ethical ideas for him, her and for little ones.  From vegan, to palm oil free, to plastic free, to zero waste, to organic, I hope there’s something here for everyone.

I don’t subscribe to the idea that you should spend lots of money at Christmas so all of my ideas are around the £30 mark or less, and start from just £8.  

Ethical Christmas Gift ideas for Him and Her

DIY origami paper lamp kit (£19.95) from OWL Paper Lamps.  I love this paper lamp kit that you make yourself (full instructions provided!).  Please note, this item ships from Portugal so bear this in mind with shipping times. 

Stainless Steel Lunchbox (£18) by Green Tulip.  A great gift for anyone.  I have a stainless steel lunchbox that I use for work that my partner pinches on a regular basis!  

Soap, candle and flannel gift set (£21.50) from Soapdaze.  I love Soapdaze, and this gift box packed with a vegan candle, handknitted facecloth, and vegan soap is a lovely gift for someone that deserves a good pampering.  

Beeswax Food Wraps (£15) from Abeego.  I love my beeswax wraps, and I think they made a lovely gift.  Alternatively you can make your own wraps – it’s really easy – promise!

Succulent enamel pins from Katy Pillinger Designs (£18 for 3).  A cute gift for your friends.  Split them up so you all have one each, or give them all to one lucky recipient.  

Fresh Clean Home (from £8.30). Currently reduced on Amazon but also available at other retailers.  I have it on very good authority that this book is brilliant for anyone that’s keen to give making their own cleaning products a go ;)  You could even gift it with some amber spray bottles and/or a bottle of liquid castile soap

Vegan and Palm Oil Free Pamper Gift Set (£18.70) from Bloomtown.  Vegan?  Check.  Palm oil free? Check.  This gift set is perfect for anyone looking to indulge in a bit of natural beauty.

Vegan and plastic free candle (£11) from Vegan Bunny.  After a delicious smelling soy candle from a plastic-free company?  Vegan Bunny is the place to go!  

From clockwise, top left:

The Danish Art of Whittling (RRP £9.99).  I have been ogling this in my local bookshop and it looks like a wonderful guide to whittling (my new found favourite hobby).  

Hydroflask (£23.99).  I love my Hydroflask – I wrote an ode to it here – and I promise, whoever you gift it to is sure to love it too.  

Safety Razor (£32.50) from Babi Pur.  For ladies or men looking to swap from plastic razors.  

Bamboo Multi-Tool (£15).  I  have one of those for my bike and it’s by far one of the most useful things I carry with me on a daily basis, and not just for my bike.  There’s few things you can’t mend with a multi-tool!  

Guppy Friend (£25.99) from tentree.  For ocean conscious pals that want to help stop microfibres from their laundry.  

Georganics Tooth Care Set (£19.90) – A complete oral care gift set for anyone that wants to green their dental routine.  

Ethical Gift Ideas for Kids

Pretend Play Kitchenware Set (£29.99) from Toby Tiger.  This sweet set contains enamel pans and metal utensils, and it’s so lovely to find a plastic-free set.  I could imagine this being a lovely hand me down set that will last for decades.  

The Lorax: How To Save The Planet Edition (£11.41) from Harper Collins. We have this book and my kids love it.  As well as containing the classic Lorax story from Dr Seuss, it’s also packed full of ideas on how kids can help the environment.  

Paper Bead Craft Kit (£11.95) from Ethical Superstore.  Is there a kid that doesn’t love crafting?  I certainly haven’t met one yet.  This kit allows kids to make beads from recycled paper, which can then be used to make jewellery.  Hopefully adults can get a shot too!  

Banana Pyjamas (£19.99) from Toby Tiger.  These fun GOTS certified organic cotton are sure to be a hit at bedtime.  These beauties come in lots of other fun patterns too.  

Personalised Water Bottle (£15) from Not On The High Street.  Which kid doesn’t love seeing their name printed on anything?  I know when I was little I used to get incredibly excited when I saw my name printed on anything in a gift shop.  Now some 30 years later my kids are the same.      

Recycled Fire Engine (£19.95) from Ethical Superstore.  This cute fire engine is made from recycled milk bottles and is sure to provide tons of fun.

ps: here are 10 zero-waste and plastic-free shops on Etsy if you’re looking for more low impact gift ideas, and here are some more lovely kids eco-friendly gift ideas.