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Ten Things – 7th January 2018

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Hello!  Nice to see you again!  Did you have a good festive season?

We pretty much went into hibernation from the 24th December to the 2nd January, and it was just what we all needed.  We barely left the house, ate lots, watched TV in front of a roaring fire, read books, baked, and slept as much as we could.  I’m kind of a little sad to back in the real work after our week long hibernation, but boy, we were so happy to have some good and proper rest.

Some links for you now:

1.  Some great news to start with – meet the animal species discovered in 2017, including species scientists had previously presumed extinct.

2.  A good read.  The $10 t-shirt is not the problem.  It’s just a symptom of the problem.

3.  Could the world become uninsurable?

4.  Apparently men won’t help save the planet because it’s too girly, and products should be marketed as more, and I quote, “men-vironmentally friendly”.  Give me strength.

5.  A new rule for 2018 for when you visit any beach.  Imagine if we all did this what a difference it would make.

6.  Controversial.  Quartz say being vegan isn’t as good for humanity as you might think.

7.  Donald Trump worryingly can’t tell the difference between weather and climate.

8.  An interesting account of a year of no shopping – “The things we buy and buy and buy are like a thick coat of Vaseline smeared on glass: We can see some shapes out there, light and dark, but in our constant craving for what weel may still want, we miss life’s details“.

9.  I love Ellen.

10.  Why fashion is a feminist issue.  A great piece by Mel Wiggins.

Finally, in something new for 2018, I’ve put together a preview video for my upcoming YouTube channel!  It was a family affair – I did the filming and my partner (who is a graphic designer and musician) recorded the music, animated my logo for me and did the initial video editing.  He’s since taught me basic video editing so I am looking forward to sharing my new found skills with you!

The Moral Fibres YouTube Channel invites you to brew a cup of tea and sit down and have a chat about green stuff with me.  Like here on the blog, I’ll be discussing all sorts of aspects of green living, tackling one theme per video, and I’m looking forward to sharing the first video with you soon!  I’ll share the first video here, but you can also subscribe to the channel in YouTube so you can always catch each episode.

If there is anything in particular you’d like to see discussed on the channel then do let me know!


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up on the 17th December Ten Things post.

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Ten Things – 17th December 2017

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green blog uk

Hello!  How are you?  Feeling festive yet?  I’m not entirely, but give it time and I’ll be there. I have a chunk of air drying clay that I want to sit down with tonight and make some festive bits and bobs for around the house, which I think will help.  A bit of Christmas crafting never fails to help get you into the spirit, I always think.  I’ve never worked with air drying clay before but how hard can it be?!

This week’s links:

1.  Some good news to start with: ethical shopping in Britain continues to grow.  The sales of ethical products have grown faster than those of ordinary products for the 14th year in a row.  Good work!

2.  Liam Gallagher has voiced a climate change Christmas advert and it’s as brilliant as it sounds.

3.  I missed this at the time: last month pleas for help were found sewn into Zara clothing labels, claiming they haven’t been paid for making the merchandise .  “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it,” the notes reportedly read.

4.  What extinction looks like.

5.  The world’s first flushable, biodegradable pregnancy test will launch next year, which is great news for the environment (no more single use plastic) and great news for women (greater discretion).  I love this.

6.  A fascinating book* for kids all about the words being lost from children’s lives.  Who knew that such beautiful words, such as dandelion, otter, bramble and acorn are all being lost from childrens vernacular.

7.  Jen shows you how to create a sustainable wardrobe without spending a penny.

8.  Why older women will rule the world.

9.  Santa, if you’re reading, I’ve been super good this year and would very very much like this absolute beauty.

10.  Finally, it’s been incredibly icy this week (and only a smattering of snow, which promptly melted and created more ice) and this  has been me trying to walk on the ice (it’s also perhaps the best sound I’ve ever heard, so make sure your volume is up!).

That’s it for this week, and indeed the year.  I am taking a little break over the Christmas holidays to spend time with my family.  It’s been a busy old year and I am hoping to recharge my batteries.  I heard that Port and mince pies can help with that so I will have to test that theory out…!

Christmas also marks birthday season in our house – having one baby at Christmas time was bad timing, but to have two babies at Christmas was pretty darned foolish!  My oldest turns six, and the littlest, well let’s just say the terrible twos await us.  Fingers crossed it’s not so terrible – she already has a bit of an attitude.  Everything is “nooooo” right now!

Do have a lovely Christmas and New Year, and thank you for reading Moral Fibres in 2017.  It really does mean the world to me.  And also, thank you so much for all your support over my forthcoming book – I can’t wait to share it with you in February!   I also have some plans afoot for the blog in 2018 that I think you might like!

See you in the New Year!


PS: If you missed it, do catch up on my last Ten Things post from 10th December.