Hello! How’s your Sunday going? We have had a lazy weekend so far, dinner with friends on Friday night and then doing nothing more yesterday than popping out to pick up some food. We’ve been trying hard not to let the kids get too bored this summer, but sometimes lazy weekends are just what you all need!
This week’s links:
1. Good news! This Autumn Budget might just see the introduction of the latte levy and other environmental taxes, similar to the 5p plastic bag levy, which has had a massive impact on plastic bag usage.
2. Meanwhile, France is to set penalties on goods packaged with non-recycled plastic in 2019. Under the new plan, products with recycled plastic packaging could cost up to 10 percent less, while those containing non-recycled plastic up to 10 percent more.
“The question is not whether two degrees of warming is riskier than 1.5 degrees… The real question is how we better negotiate among ourselves, across all our many diverse peoples and cultures, so that we can navigate together toward the better futures we wish for, in our different ways“.
5. Last week it was Adidas ditching the plastic – this week Reebok (also owned by Adidas) announced they are making plastic-free trainers, with the sole made from corn and the upper from cotton. And they look good too.
6. Clothes hangers are just as bad for the environment as plastic straws. My best tips for avoiding plastic hangers – leave them at the shop when you buy clothes and dry clean at home.
7. Actual sized Lego houses made from recycled plastic. Pretty cool!
“Psychologists have found a simple trick to reduce meat consumption in restaurants. Tell a customer that other people are increasingly choosing the menu’s meatless options, and the customer becomes more likely to order a vegetarian meal”.
10. Finally, this time-lapse of a rainstorm in Austria is a must-see. I’ve watched it five times over already!
Have a great Sunday! Schools go back here on Tuesday – woo hoo – we made it through the long seven-week stretch. With a bit more time on my hands I am going to restart the Moral Fibres monthly newsletter very shortly, which has been on hiatus over the summer holidays. If you haven’t signed up for it – sign up here!