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Ten Things – 10th December 2017

christmas star

christmas star

Hey!  How are you?  How has your week been?  And tell me, did you get some snow?  I feel like Edinburgh has been the only place in the country that did not get any snow this week and I am disappointed!

This week’s links:

1.  Good news this week was that the Co-op (in East Anglia initially) are to sell food past their best before dates for 10p, in a bid to cut food waste.  As the daughter of greengrocers, my parents always brought home the tinned and dried food past their best before dates for us to eat, with no adverse affect on us.  I always knew when we got Ricicles (remember them?) for breakfast that they were past their best before date!

2.  Related: food labels are to be simplified to help reduce food waste too.

3.  The new Icelandic prime minister sounds like my kind of person.

4.  Been hooked on Blue Planet 2?  Me too, me too.  But did you know that’s Britain’s coral reefs and marine life are equal to anything on Blue Planet 2?  A much overlooked fact.

5. Does your clothes label say “made in Europe”?  It turns out these clothes may not be as ethical as they sound.

6.  2017 is set to be the best year yet for ‘conscious’ seasonal spending.  I personally hate the term ‘conscious’ but this is good news, and hopefully the start of an ever upward trend,

7.  Sally from the blog A Blighted Star has pulled together some useful resources on having a greener Christmas.

8.  I’d also add Anna Jones has some great ideas for edible gifts.

9. If you are in a listening mood, then I highly recommend the BBC’s Food On The Edge.  From Syrian refugee kitchens, Black Panther breakfasts to how a Danish chef is creating delicious food from “waste food”, it made for fascinating listening.

10.  Finally, plus size ethical fashion has a lot of catching up to do, but here are 11 global brands making sustainable fashion available to every woman.

Enjoy your Sunday!  I am hosting a house full of six year olds today so wish me luck (or send wine!).  If you missed last week’s Ten Things post, you can catch up with all the eco news here.


ps: I am donating to this great campaign this week to help eradicate homelessness.

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Ten Things – 3rd December 2017

green blog

green blog

Hello!  How are you on this fine Sunday?  Up to much today?  We are over on the west coast, albeit briefly, visiting my family.  I’m hoping to catch up with my lovely grandad – he’s 95 and loves to tell a story or two!

Before we head to this week’s links I just wanted to say thank you so much for your words, likes and shares of my book news.  It’s been wonderful reading your words of support, and I can’t wait for the book to be released in February so that you can see it in full!

On to this week’s links:

1.  Climate change is manifesting itself in many unforetold ways.  Beyond the effects on weather events, crops, sea levels and the other obvious examples, it turns out climate change is also responsible for creating a new generation of child brides: “Everyone has their own idea of what climate change looks like. For some, it’s the walrus struggling to find space on melting ice floes on Blue Planet II.  For others, it’s an apocalyptic vision of cities disappearing beneath the waves.  But for more and more girls across Africa, the most palpable manifestation of climate change is the baby in their arms as they sit watching their friends walk to school“.

2.  How an app is helping to stop pollution in China.

3.  I love Wool & The Gang’s “Green Gang” – a gang full of inspirational ladies to help inspire a green movement.

4  A lobster has been found with what can only be described as a Pepsi tattoo on it’s claw and it’s raising alarm over the extent of ocean pollution levels.

5.  We all know that trees can help absorb carbon dioxide levels, and help reduce flooding, but now research shows that planting trees can help reduce the occurrence of asthma attacks.  The magic of trees, yet we still cut them down.  All we have to do now is to prove that trees can boost wifi signals and we’ll be densely forested in no time, right?!

6.  Whilst we’re on the subject of trees here are ideas for eco friendly Christmas trees.

7.  Simple is always best.

8.  Could recycling at home or in a community hub catch on?

9. I stumbled across Refinery29’s Money Diaries this week and was instantly hooked.  The first one I read was about a student mum, with no maternity pay, living on her partner’s earnings.

10.  So relieved that this kid is our future.

Enjoy your Sunday!


PS: If you missed it, do catch up on the 26th November Ten Things post.