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Ten Things – 4th February 2018

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moral fibres ten things

Hello hello!  Good week?  Fresh Clean Home came out on Thursday and I have been overwhelmed by the support and kind words from all of you lovely lot.  A million thank-yous from the bottom of my heart!  To celebrate its launch I am giving away a copy over on Instagram – the competition closes on Thursday.  I have to say it has felt very un-real seeing it pop up in other people’s homes – I don’t know if the novelty will ever wear off!

This week’s links!

1.  “To change the world you have to throw a better party than the people destroying it“.  I love love love this quote (and truth be told I am intrigued by the beer too!).  Are you up for the challenge?  Yes?  Let’s get partying then! ;)

2. “The Blue Planet effect is sweeping across Westminster and it’s time for the fashion industry to take a grip of this movement” – you know things have gone mainstream when even Vogue magazine is talking about why microfibres are the new microbeads and why the fashion industry needs to take action.

3.  My mind is constantly boggled by the amazing things people can do.  Take this case in point – scientists in India have been able to transform polluted air into ink for artists.

4.  This made for an interesting read – why people conveniently ‘forget’ that child labour made their jeans.

5.  In unsurprising news, it was reported that in just four days, top fashion CEOs earn a garment worker’s lifetime pay.

6.  A zero waste kit that costs zero dollars – sometimes the zero waste movement feels a little elitist – this proves it doesn’t have to be.

7.  I love this list of 5 simple things you can do to be more ethical in 2018.

8. On both my wishlist and my daughter’s wishlist*.

9.  Food for thought this Sunday – why aren’t organic carrots just called carrots?

10.  Finally, if you know (or are) a secondary school aged Young Green Briton then head this way.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I took my daughter to see Coco yesterday and it was just perfect, even if I did have something in my eye through some of it…!


PS: In case you missed it, you can catch up on the 28th January Ten Things post.

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Ten Things – 28th January 2018

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eco blog uk

Hello hello!  Are you well?  We are fully recovered after last week’s lurgy thank goodness, and with good timing, as I had an incredibly busy week of work, with evening meetings in the Scottish Parliament and what not.  As such we’ve had a quiet weekend, and have been kicking back with movies, pizza, and family.  Also known as my favourite type of weekend.

1.  An accidental discovery could wipe out one of the bees’ worst enemies.  Sadly it’s not Monsanto, but hey, it’s the next best thing!

2.  The hard truth: no one wants your used clothes anymore.

3.  What do tennis balls, cigarette butts, and laundry and dishwasher pods/tablets have in common?  Yup, you guessed it, yet more sources of microplastic.

4.  The disastrous state of British fair trade and what we can learn from it.

5.  The truth about beauty products and packaging – is a good read, even if the products they suggest at the end are a bit too spendy for my liking.  £45 for a cleanser?  No thanks – I’ll stick to my bar of soap!

6.  Some food for thought about plastic: “Perhaps we are having the wrong conversation. Plastic is the symptom. Our centralized food system is the disease“.

7.  Related: why it’s important to reduce our plastic usage rather than just recycling – two-thirds of the plastic we put in our recycling bin gets sent abroad.  When it gets there some of it ends up in landfill, some of it pollutes the local environment.

8.  Looking forward to this network of water refill sites across England.  I tried out a similar idea a few years ago, but for me, there were too few refill points to make it useful.

9.  I want this vegan shepherd’s pie for my dinner tonight.

10.  And finally, Edinburgh readers – I recently came across this lovely article about the “Book Wumman”, aka Rachel, who gives away books to homeless readers.  Why books?  Because a book is a place of escape and solace in a hard world.  Her charity, Street Reads, is based on 45 West Nicholson Street (underneath Lighthouse/Word Power Books), and you can donate your old books to her.  She seems most short on books in Polish and sadly seems short on volunteers too.  You can follow along on Facebook and Twitter too.

Have a lovely week!  Fresh Clean Home comes out on Thursday and I am a mix of really excited to share it with you but also slightly scared in case no one likes it!  If you buy a copy be sure to use the hashtag #freshcleanhome so we can see your makes/results!


PS: catch up on last week’s post from 21st January here, in case you missed it.