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Hello hello!  Are you well?  We are fully recovered after last weeks lurgy thank goodness, and with good timing, as I had a crazy busy week of work, with evening meetings in the Scottish Parliament and what not.  As such we’ve had a quiet weekend, and have been kicking back with movies, pizza and family.  Also known as my favourite type of weekend.

This week’s links!

1.  An accidental discovery could wipe out one of the bees’ worst enemies.  Sadly it’s not Monsanto, but hey, it’s the next best thing!

2.  The hard truth: no one wants your used clothes anymore.

3.  What do tennis balls, cigarette butts and laundry and dishwasher pods/tablets have in common?  Yup, you guessed it, yet more sources of microplastic.

4.  The disastrous state of British fair trade and what we can learn from it.

5.  The truth about beauty products and packaging – is a good read, even if the products they suggest at the end are a bit too spendy for my liking.  £45 for a cleanser?  No thanks – I’ll stick to my bar of soap!

6.  Some food for thought about plastic: “Perhaps we are having the wrong conversation. Plastic is the symptom. Our centralized food system is the disease“.

7.  Related: why it’s important to reduce our plastic usage rather than just recycling – two-thirds of the plastic we put in our recycling bin gets sent abroad.  When it gets there some of it ends up in landfill, some of it pollutes the local environment.

8.  Looking forward to this network of water refill sites across England.  I tried out a similar idea a few years ago, but for me, there were too few refill points to make it useful.

9.  I want this vegan shepherd’s pie for my dinner tonight.

10.  And finally, Edinburgh readers – I recently came across this lovely article about the “Book Wumman”, aka Rachel, who gives away books to homeless readers.  Why books?  Because a book is a place of escape and solace in a hard world.  Her charity, Street Reads, is based on 45 West Nicholson Street (underneath Lighthouse/Word Power Books), and you can donate your old books to her.  She seems most short on books in Polish and sadly seems short on volunteers too.  You can follow along on Facebook and Twitter too.

Have a lovely week!  Fresh Clean Home comes out on Thursday and I am a mix of really excited to share it with you but also slightly scared in case no-one likes it!  If you buy a copy be sure to use the hashtag #freshcleanhome so we can see your makes/results!


1 comment

  1. I recently emailed The Body Shop about their packaging. Specifically I wanted to know why they didn’t offer larger bottles of shampoo as they used to (less plastic than 2 small bottles) and could they consider a refilling scheme. They came back with

    ‘Due to declining customer demand, The Body Shop® ceased its in-store refill service globally in January 2003. During 2002 around 1% of our customers globally used the service. Over the years, customer interest in refilling has increasingly declined which has led to some of our markets ceasing to offer the service at all. With such a small number of customers refilling at The Body Shop® we believe that the environmental benefit of continuing to offer the programme is limited.

    The Body Shop® is undertaking a new global approach to reducing its use of virgin plastic by introducing post-consumer recyclate, recycled plastic, into its PET plastic bottles. It is estimated that this initiative will save 70 tonnes of virgin plastic in the first year alone and is the most effective solution, so far, to minimise packaging in the history of The Body Shop®. PET represents 70% of all our plastic bottles. All PET bottles will contain 30% recycled plastic.
    We would like to thank you for taking the time to share with us your idea that you have for larger bottle sizes.’

    What I find infuriating is that they are basing this on a scheme which was run over 10 years ago and that they do make larger bottles but only for some ranges. They appear to be making a move towards the recycling but again I find that rather disappointing. I’m now on the look out for alternatives that work for me. Your links above gave me some ideas.


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