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Ten Things – 27th May 2018

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Hello hello!  I missed writing Ten Things last week – I took a trip west to visit my family and escape the building site that is our house right now (still…).  I spent the time soaking up the sun in my parent’s sun trap of a garden, and it’s got me excited for summer.  So much so, that yesterday we upgraded our old tent, that we had when it was just two of us, and purchased a family sized tent (with two bedrooms!).

We’ve been saving for this family sized beauty for a little while, so it good to hit the purchase button.  Now we can start planning all our summertime adventures, of which I hope we have many!  School holidays are just four weeks away so hit me up with all your favourite campsites in Scotland or the north of England – my girls don’t cope with more than two hours in the car!

This week’s links:

1.  Well, this is exciting – food shopping might just get that little bit easier!

2.  In more worrying news, scientists suspect that someone, somewhere, is making a banned chemical that destroys the ozone layer.

3.  Will shoppers ever really care about sustainability?  An interesting read from Alden Wicker:

If your marketing plan is to place your product in front of the customer and list all the ways it’s sustainable, you’ll fail.  We’ve found that the more data you give, the more you alienate and overwhelm“.

4. Are you crafty? If so, this reusable kitchen roll project might be up your street.

5.  How baby wipes became a moral conundrum.  Another top read from Sali Hughes, about poverty and the upcoming baby wipe ban.

There is no justifiable reason why biodegradable wipes are made almost exclusively by niche brands and sold in specialist health stores and websites, usually at a much higher price point, when the technology – allowing wipes to be made from 100 per cent renewable, compostable, chlorine-free, plant-based material – is already established and available to any big brand that cares to place ethics higher in its priorities than greedy shareholders“.

6.  Livia Firth says it’s not realistic to think we’re going to be in a world without leather or wool.

7.  I loved this read from Ashlee Piper – “You are ‘wishcycling’ and you need to stop right now“.

8.  Why are we all drinking almond milk?  Side note: I prefer oat milk because it doesn’t curdle.

9.  In more off-beat news, could psychedelic drugs encourage people to look after the environment?  I have a lot of love for Michael Pollan but this one has left me scratching my head a little.

10.  Finally, if you an aspiring eco-blogger or maybe you have just started out, then Leah from the must-read ethical fashion blog Style Wise has put together this amazing ebook*, which will give you all the advice you will ever need.

Have a lovely Sunday!


PS: catch up on my last Ten Things post, from 6th May, in case you missed it.

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Ten Things – 6th May 2018

sheep selfie

sheep selfie

We’re six days into our big renovation, and so far we have discovered two rotten flat roofs that need to be replaced.  If that wasn’t bad enough news, we had a fun visit from Building Standards on Thursday and found out that the existing staircase in the house doesn’t comply with building regulations and needs to be ripped out and replaced.  Excuse me while I softly weep in the corner.

Yesterday we spent the day at our local country park and I decided that I want to have some sheep, goats and chickens as pets.  Maybe some pigs too.  As this point in the renovations I’ve realised it’s basically just too tempting to put our house on the market as it is and move to an off-grid smallholding!  Fingers crossed next week runs a bit smoother!

This week’s links:

1.  Hawaii has become the first US state to ban the sale of sunscreen containing chemicals believed to harm coral reefs.

2.  Time to ditch the wet wipes.

3.  The case for imperfect veganism.

Perhaps the idea of veganism as a philosophy, as opposed to a practice, is what’s working against it. A practice is something that you will occasionally screw up, but that’s fine, because you’re working on it every day. If you screw up a philosophy — like a religion — you have exhibited some form of moral failing. A slip-up becomes a sin. And if one has to be perfect in veganism, why try it at all? Perfect, after all, is impossible“.

4.  Related, this story about vegan-shaming made me angry.

5.  Finding zero-waste balance.  Some sage advice from Erin on fitting some zero-waste actions into busy family life.

6.  Would you like pasta with that?  One solution to soggy paper straws.

7.  The complex privilege of shopping ethically.

8.  At 43, I became a vegetarian (and honestly, it wasn’t even hard).  Some lovely words from Sali Hughes:

I had no desire to join a gang that would have clean-eating charlatans and Morrissey for members. I could have it all ways – the occasional juicy steak or hearty pie, and still feel moral, moderate and zestful.

And so it happened while I wasn’t looking. Not so much a moment of clarity as a gradual falling away of scales. There simply came a point when there were so many conditions and disclaimers attached to my diet – no pork, no veal, no intensively farmed, only organic, sustainable and incredibly expensive – that it just seemed easier and more honest to step up and stop altogether“.

9.  Why the ethical fashion movement can’t progress if it ignores plus-size shoppers.

10.  Finally, this article on seven things we’ve learned about Earth in the last 365 days is incredible.

Have a lovely Sunday!


PS: If you missed it, you can catch up on the 29th April Ten things post.