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bee keeping

bee keeping

Hello hello!

Nice week?  I’ll get straight to it – there has been a lot of good environmental news this week.  High fives all round people!

1.  Tesco is to remove the best before dates from fruit and vegetables in a bid to cut consumer food waste.

2.  Ikea and India are both to eliminate single-use plastic by 2020 and 2022 respectively.

3.  Even the Pope is putting pressure on oil companies.

4.  Let’s all move to Estonia.  I hope this works because it sounds amazing.

5.  An endangered mountain gorilla population has increased in size by 25%.  Proof that conservation measures do work!

Also from around the internet:

6.  The problem with the term “ethical fashion”.

7.  A fascinating read into the future of food, and the scientists battling climate change, water scarcity, and population growth to find new ways to feed the future

8.  On sharing food with strangers.

9.  The sea is feeding human garbage back to us.  Yum.

10.  Finally, bee saving paper (or you could just make bees a simple energy saving drink).

Have a lovely Sunday!


Eco News

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succulent garden

succulent garden

Hiya!  Good week?  Our tent arrived, and of course, this weekend it’s set to rain and thunder, so we thought maybe it’s not quite the best introduction to camping for our children!  Soon though!!

This week’s links:

1.  A really interesting read on what happened when an Indian state banned pesticides.  In short, tourism and wildlife flourished, but there have been other challenges.

2.  The quick cycle on your washing machine could be costing you more money and be less green.

3.  Plastics aren’t just an ocean problem – they’re a freshwater one too.

4.  Relatedly, here are five alternatives to plastic to watch.  From fungus foam to old milk, it turns out there are a lot of substitutes.  Now we just need a way to make fossil-fuel derived plastics more expensive and offer tax breaks and subsidies for biodegradable plastics to make them cheaper…

5.  Are climate-change skeptics more likely to behave in eco-friendly ways than those who are highly concerned about climate change?  Apparently so, according to this study.

6.  In exciting news, I chatted with Ben Fogle – did you catch it?

7.  Relatedly, on the same day that I published the video, this particularly timely article was published.

“research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife“.

8.  Tag – you’re it!

9.  France proposes a new law that would prohibit clothing brands and retailers from discarding or incinerating unsold items, and instead, require them to donate unsold textiles and clothing to recycling organisations or charities for re-use.  Two thumbs up to France!

10.  Finally, it’s hot and humid and all I want to do is eat salad.  This one, from Minimalist Baker, looks deliciously different:

vegan salad

Enjoy your weekend!