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Ten Things – 19th August 2018

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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.

3.  Science alone won’t save the earth, people have to do that.

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“.

4.  Brexit could be a once in a lifetime chance to ditch glyphosate from our food?

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!

8.  Peer pressure and meat consumption.

“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”.

9.  This takes pigeon fancying to a whole new level.

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!


PS: catch up on the 12th August post here, in case you missed it.

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Ten Things – 12th August 2018

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beach in scotland

Hello!  Good week?  I’ve had a busy week at work, so yesterday we packed up and headed to the nicest beach nearest our house.  One of the things that I’ve learned in my 6.5 years of being a parent is that kids don’t need much, and especially not expensive toys, to have fun.  Instead, just add sand and water and a picnic lunch (and a flask of tea for grownups) and you can while away hours and hours.  Even on a beach in Scotland on an overcast day!

This week’s ten things:

1.  If you have seen any news this week related to the environment, then you won’t have missed the vast swathes of doom and gloom articles.  I’m not going to share them here, because I feel they only lead to feelings of apathy, so I found this article on Terrified by Hothouse Earth – Don’t Despair, Do Something a really useful, practical and refreshing read.

2.  Monsanto, makers of bee-harming pesticides, have faced a huge blow after being ordered to pay $289 million as the jury ruled that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller directly caused a terminally ill man’s cancer, the first case of it’s kind.  Cancer survivors or relatives of the deceased can now also bring similar claims forward, meaning we could see many more of these cases being raised against Monsanto.

3.  Adidas is to use only recycled plastic in its products and in its offices, retail outlets, warehouses and distribution centres by 2024.  Expect more brands to follow suit shortly, especially their competitors as more and more brands realise that sustainability sells.

4.  With so many articles in the media deriding millennials for this, that and the other, it was refreshing to read a positive story for once – notably, that young people are convincing politicians to stop taking fossil fuel money.

5.  And another positive millennial story in the same week – “all change as millennial parents turn to cloth nappies“.  You go, millennials!

6.  Ever tried to buy a cucumber not wrapped in plastic and found it nigh on impossible?  Good news then – Morrisons is now selling ‘naked’ cucumbers without the plastic wrapper!

7.  One of the best things I’ve read about zero-waste in a long time.

8.  Because we can’t train humans to pick up litter, we’ve had to train crows to do it for us.  Sad times.

9.  Useful strategies for wasting less food.

10.  Finally, David Attenborough’s predictions, made in 2007, are uncannily accurate today.

Have a lovely Sunday!


PS: catch up on the 5th August post here, in case you missed it.