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Ten Things – 29th October 2017

botanic gardens edinburgh

botanic gardens edinburgh

Hello!  Good week?  My eldest daughter and I spent Monday at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh spotting squirrels, getting cosy in the tropical glasshouses (above) and looking at beautiful plants, before warming ourselves back up again with hot chocolate.    The rest of the week wasn’t quite so relaxed but you can’t win them all!

This week’s links:

1.  “I’ve decided: fur is the eco-friendly choice, and you won’t change my mind” – a compelling read from Alden Wicker.

2.  An Irish environmental group is taking it’s government to court over inaction on climate change.  I think we will see more and more of this type of action in the coming years.

3.  Ways to live more ethically without getting too overwhelmed.  A useful read!

4.  Community fridges can help the most in need and help prevent food waste.

5.  The dark side of the internet.  I found this a fascinating read.  Take away message?  Not all bloggers or companies are entirely ethical or transparent.

6.  Could hemp fashion be the key to fixing India’s cotton economy?  Do you associate hemp with dodgy 1990’s music festival fashion?  You’ll be pleased to hear it’s moved on since the 90’s.  See exhibit A* and exhibit B*.

7.  A case for “borrow not buy”.  This fashion-sharing community has launched in 9 universities across Ireland and the UK and are hoping to expand to more campuses and workplaces around the globe.

8.  Why do we suck so much?

9.  The eco guide to radical materials – “how, for example, do you take the cow (with its thunderous footprint) out of a pair of leather shoes? Researchers for US startup Modern Meadows have discovered a way of biofabricating leather by brewing collagen (a protein found in cows’ skin) in a liquid form“.  Yum.

10.  Nestle, Hershey and Mars break promises over palm oil use – “this year’s Halloween confectionery will contain palm oil grown on land that should lawfully be habitat to orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, despite commitment to clean up supply chains“.  If you’re looking for more sustainable options here’s a handy guide to the most (and least) ethical chocolate brands.

Have a lovely week and the happiest of Hallowe’ens!  I’m about to watch Stranger Things 2 – so excited!


PS: If you missed it, do catch up on the 22nd October Ten Things post.

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Ten Things – 22nd October 2017



Hiya!  It’s October holidays so I’ve taken a week off to build cardboard igloos, bake fridge cakes, go swimming and other fun stuff.  It’s been a busy week but I’m feeling refreshed from a week off writing and have some great post ideas I’m currently working on!

Here are this week’s links for you:

1.  How to overcome environmental guilt (in a productive way).  An article I contributed to on mindbodygreen on something I’m no stranger to!

2.  East Africa is trying to stop the flow of secondhand hands clothes from the West because they are trying to manufacture their own clothes, but it’s proved to be complicated.

3.  How ethical trainers won the fashion seal of approval – An interesting look at the rise of Veja, ad their business model.  “One reason many brands find it difficult to switch to a more sustainable process and sourcing is because it impacts on margins too much. But for Veja it’s not about being the biggest, the cheapest or the most profitable“.

4.  Satsumas and clementines go green in the name of reducing food waste.

5.  Iceland is trying to reverse the environmental problems caused by the Vikings more than 1000 years ago.

6.  Does your jewellery box contain broken, unwanted or mismatched jewellery?  The Alzheimer’s Society are appealing for your unwanted jewellery so that they can recycle them in order to raise funds for their important work on dementia.

7.  This is the second best solution to dealing with plastic bags I’ve come across.  The best solution would be of course to ban plastic bags but you know, small steps!

8.  China bans foreign waste – what’s going to happen to the world’s recycling?  China is the dominant market for the UK’s recycled plastic so I’m thinking perhaps this will help drive down the use of single use plastic?

9.  There are lots of good uses for cucumbers.  This is not one of them.  Truly horrifying!

10.  This is the best thing I watched this week.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and – stay safe from Hurricane Brian if you’re in it’s path.


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up on 15th October’s Ten Things post.