weekend links

Ten Things

Hello!  Keeping it brief this week!  I had website problems yesterday which took a lot of time, and eventually money to resolve, which was fun.  Back to normal now though!

This week’s links:

1 One of the biggest stories of the week is that Iceland, the supermarket, has been blocked from showing their Christmas advert on UK TV.  The advert, showing the destruction of the orangutan’s rainforest habitat to make space for palm oil plantations, has been blocked by Clearcast over accusations it is ‘too political’.  The supermarket was hoping to showcase its decision to stop using palm oil in its products while raising awareness of the controversial commodity’s environmental impacts.  Where the politics is in this is beyond me, and this tweet summed it all up for me.

2.  In very positive news, more UK electricity was produced by wind and solar sources last year than by nuclear power stations, for the first time.  As a result, greenhouse gas emissions also reduced by 3%.  Go go renewables!

3.  David Attenborough is voicing a Netflix’s Our Planet series – about the beauty and fragility of our natural world.  Controversially though, George Monbiot has said that David Attenborough has betrayed the natural world by deliberately downplaying our impact on nature.  What do you think?

4.  Let’s all move to Finland!

5.  This year’s word of the year was a surprise, competing against words like ‘Gammon’ and ‘Floss’.  Change is a-coming! 

6.  I want to read this book*, but it doesn’t seem to be widely available in the UK.  Looks like I might have to get with the 21st century and try it on Kindle. 

7.  Hallowe’en might have passed, but did you know that two ‘ghost moons’ were discovered orbiting the earth?  Fascinating!

8.  I’m hugely into the idea of re-wilding lynx and wolves and other such animals into their native landscapes, but not everyone, including farmers, has met the idea with the same enthusiasm.  These moves to help farmers get on board with re-wilding are a huge step forward.  

9.  Planning on going vegan?  Turns out there’s an app for that!

10.  Finally, to celebrate the launch of Steamer Trading’s new Reuse and Reduce category, I am hosting a really amazing giveaway over on Instagram.  One lucky person will win a huge zero-waste kit, packed full of fantastic reusables to help you cut your plastic waste.  Moral Fibres readers can also take 10% off along with free delivery at Steamer Trading with the code: WENDY10.  You’ve got until Tuesday to enter!

See you soon!

Wendy.x

Babies, Children, Families

Eco-Friendly Toys to Adore

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I recently came across the eco-friendly and ethical toy shop, For First Steps, and fell in love with their range of environmentally conscious toys that are incredibly kid-friendly.

For First Steps was set up in response to the founder’s, Jana, frustrations with the toy industry – which in general sees a lot of non-recyclable plastic products produced under exploitative working conditions.  As an alternative to this, For First Steps only sell products that are earth- and people-friendly.  Here you’ll find sustainably and ethically produced toys made from renewable sources that are designed to last.

And on top of these high ethical standards, For First Steps have also partnered with two charities – Best Beginnings, who work with vulnerable families in the UK, and Women & Children First, who fight unacceptably high levels of maternal and newborn mortality around the world – with £1 from every order placed going to these good causes to give back to those that need help the most.  

I’ve picked out a selection of six of my favourite eco friendly toys from the online shop, but could honestly pick out heaps more items that both of my kids would adore.

eco friendly toys

Eco-friendly toys, from top left clockwise:

Zoe Rabbit (£39.00) – this incredibly cute rabbit, destined to become a forever friend for a special small person, is handmade ethically from organic materials.

Woodland Puzzle (£14.90) – this beautiful 24 piece puzzle has been ethically made with recycled paper, and has been printed with vegetable inks for eco-friendly fun.

Whale Body (£14) – ok, not a toy, but I couldn’t resist this funky vest!  Made from organic cotton, and printed with azo-free water inks (azo dyes are suspected carcinogens), it’s ethically produced AND a proportion of the sale price goes to support the work of SOS (a joint initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank).  That’s a whole lot of ethics!

Bamboo Dinosaur Dinner Set (£20) – want to avoid traditional plastic dinner sets?  This fun dinner set is ethically made from bamboo and is PA-free, PVC-free, formaldehyde and phthalate-free.

Tool Belt (£22.90) – This fun Plan Toys tool belt is ethically made using sustainable rubber wood and natural non-toxic colours and is sure to provide hours of fun for your little one.  I’m thinking about getting one of these for my Little Miss Fix-It.  

Stacking Tree (£16.90) – Finally, for little ones this stacking tree, again made from sustainable rubberwood, looks like great fun to play with whilst helping to develop motor skills.

IF you’re looking to treat the little person in your life then For First Steps are generously offering 10% off for Moral Fibres readers – simply use the code MoralFibres at the checkout.  The code is valid from 5th November 2018 to 24th December 2018 . 

Visit the For First Steps online shop, and you can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.