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Hiya!  Good week?  We’re in the last throes of the school year (school finishes up for summer on Friday) and I’m half looking forward to not having to be up and out the house so early each day, and half wondering how it’s all going to work with childcare and work.  Rather than sit and worry about it all, we packed up our buckets and spades and fishing nets, and spent yesterday at the beach, at my eldest daughter’s request.  It wasn’t quite beach weather, but it felt good to walk along the windswept beach and blow the cobwebs away!

Here are this week’s links:

1.  Positive and powerful words from Al Gore – “The fight against global warming is one of humanity’s great moral movements, alongside the abolition of slavery, the defeat of apartheid, votes for women and gay rights“.

2.  One positive to spring from the hung parliament.

3.  Cutting paper waste, one avocado barcode label at a time.  I think this is brilliant – I’ve always hated those sticky labels.

4.  Sad news for Dormice (just don’t read the comments)

5.  Is ethical fashion elitist?

6.  Could tequila be key in the battle against climate change?

7.  Sometimes I am amazed at how people’s brains work, and what they come up with.  Case in point.

8.  This was an interesting article on how one couple created their own alternative economy.

9.  Tea for hot weather.  I’ll drink to that.

10.  Beautiful cyanotypes from the 1800s.  Who knew algae could be so beautiful?

And finally, three things from the Moral Fibres archives you might have missed:

Some useful ethical shopping resources.

Homemade beauty products to make.

Upcycled clothing ideas.

Enjoy your Sunday!


donsje bags

Fun Things

For something a little different today, I wanted to share some fun things I’ve found to help spread a little cheer and happiness.  Consider it looking after our mental sustainability ;)

Cute Things

donsje bags

Dutch based Donsje win the award for world’s cutest kids shoes and accessories – all of which are fairly made in Indonesia.  I can’t pick a favourite – it’s between the deer purse and the lion shoes.  I’m currently trying to talk myself down from buying a pair for my littlest.  She does need new shoes, but does she need lion shoes…?!

Why Didn’t I Know About This Before Things

seedlip non alcoholic spirit

Did you know about alcohol free gin?  Yes, you read that correctly – alcohol free gin.  I did not until now, and I have been pregnant twice.  That’s 18.5 months (an extra 0.5 there on account of the first being so late) of my adult life pregnant and unable to drink gin, and being completely unaware of an alcohol free alternative.   I weep.

So whether you are currently pregnant, or you are the designated driver, or you just fancy something refreshing on a hot day at a time when it may be socially unacceptable to drink gin then I feel it’s my civic duty to recommend trying out Seedlip.

The nice people at 31Dover.com sent me a bottle to try out, and I have been enjoying it very much.  Distilled in the UK using botanicals, such as spearmint, rosemary and thyme, it’s crafted in a similar manner to a gin, just without the alcohol.  As well as being alcohol free, it’s also sugar and sweetener free, giving it a grown up taste rather than simply being a cordial.

It’s recommended to serve over ice, with elderflower tonic and a ribbon of cucumber.  I’d also add to those recommendations a sunny garden or balcony, bare feet and a good book or good company!

Literary Things

Frankie Magazine put this list together of books to read when you’re pissed off at the world which I found myself nodding along with.  I’ve mentally added some books to my list of things to read one day when I’ve got time and no little people asking for snacks or drinks, or for me to put CBeebies on or to put a pair of trousers on Barbie.  It’s going to happen one day, right?

Tiny Things

anonymouse_mxx sweden mouse house

Finally, a group of unknown street artists in Sweden, going by the name of AnonyMouse (I see what they did there), are building tiny hangouts for mice, including an “amousement” arcade, a fortune teller’s caravan, an Italian restaurant and more.  The mouse economy must be booming!  Follow along on Instagram for the tiniest and sweetest art installations that aren’t at all cheesy.

Got any fun things you want to share?