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Ten Things – 4th March 2018

glasgow in the snow

glasgow in the snow

Hello hello!  It’s nice to be back – life threw me an unplanned hiatus!

Child 2 caught a flu type virus, which was heavy going.  Just as she was getting over it, and life started to return to some normality, both my partner and I came down with the same virus, completely knocking us for six.  And then, just as we got over that, we found ourselves slap bang in the middle of a red snow alert area!  We ended up being snowed in for a few days.  Thankfully we had plenty of advance warning, so were able to stock up on supplies before the storm hit.  It also helped that we had no place to be during the red and amber alert periods, so we just hunkered down and tried to make the best of it.

Thanks to the snow days I have read some really interesting articles, so here are 10 good reads brought to you courtesy of The Beast From the East!

1.  Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food – I found myself nodding my head so vigorously whilst reading this article.  “Food supply chains are now often so complicated and opaque that consumers are rarely — if ever – presented with a comprehensive picture of the journey their food has been on. Instead, we have to rely on businesses and individuals at each stage to act ethically – and on supermarkets to provide the information necessary for us to make sustainable choices.  But our trust is tempered by the opposing pulls of supermarkets’ interests. To satisfy customers, they need to make sure that their food is safe to eat and has been produced in a sustainable way – but their first responsibility is to turn a profit for shareholders“.

2.  See also: Europe’s dirty little secret.

3.  Not another ethical fashion brand, please.  An interesting article that makes some really great points.

4.  Does anyone know just how natural their natural beauty products are?  It turns out perhaps not.

5.  Lego, a favourite in our house, is to start producing ‘sustainable’ lego made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugar cane, and it will go on sale later this year.  I’m not 100% certain that bioplastic is the answer – I personally worry that demands on agriculture to grow crops for bioplastics has the potential to conflict with land requirements for food – but I think this is a great start on Lego’s behalf.

6.  In related news, Asda will pay you £10,000 if you can find a scalable and workable solution to the main plastic challenges the supermarket faces.  Time to get your thinking hats on!

7.  Hippie food – how back-to-the-landers, longhairs, and revolutionaries in 1960s America changed the way we eat was a great read – “Hippie foods may have been absorbed into the mainstream (…) but the big hippie idea about food — that our eating has moral, ethical and political implications — has lost none of its power, and continues to feed a movement.”

8.  Something to think about – 64% of bottled water comes from a tap.  Maybe this will help us get over our collective embarrassment over asking for tap water?

9.  Zoo animals now have their own version of Tinder!

10.  Finally, this animation of a protein moving a molecule around a cell is utterly mesmerising.  Also, for anyone intrigued, here is the source.

Have a good week, and keep warm everyone!  And if you are currently snowbound this tweet, in particular, made me laugh so much!


PS: catch up on my last Ten Things post, from 11th February, in case you missed it.

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Ten Things – 11th February 2018

link roundup blog

link roundup blog

Hello!  Nice to see you today!  Did you catch Friday’s post?  Moral Fibres is a whole five years old!  This was the first ever post if you’re curious – I like to think we’ve come a long way since then!  To celebrate the five-year milestone I’m running a fantastic giveaway with Green People and People Tree, so do head over and enter!

This week’s links:

1. Patagonia has launched a “dating tool” to set you up with activism.  It only has a limited UK focus at the moment, but I hope it will grow.

2.  Second life – a lovely look at the joy of secondhand and buying from estate sales.  Estate sales aren’t a thing in the UK and truth be told, I used to think they sounded a bit creepy, but I have just changed my mind thanks to the writer’s words.  “I walk out of each home reminded that our time to cook, to write, to live is limited. I’ll always think about the people whose things are bringing me joy and pray that they’re at peace, wherever that may be“.

3.   How amazing does this Swedish shopping centre dedicated to repaired and recycled goods sound?

4.  I downloaded this water bottle refill app this week and it’s pretty useful.  I haven’t had many, if any, problems filling up my water bottle, to be honest, but it’s always helpful to know if somewhere water bottle friendly is nearby.

5.  How to eat homemade lunch every day at work (and only cook once).  I’d love to set up a work lunch club!

6.  Huge respect to Riverford.

7.  I really related to this account of a week of living plastic-free.

8.   Inside Aberporth, the first plastic-free community, whilst the Shetland Islands vow to be plastic free by the end of this year!

9.  This insect ‘art’ is stunning.

10.  Finally, some non-consumerist Valentine’s Day ideas if you want to ditch the roses and do something a little less commercial this year.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  One of my kids has been under the weather, so we’ve been holed up indoors so far.  I have my fingers crossed we can get out for some restorative fresh air today!


PS: catch up on 4th February’s post here, in case you missed it.