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Ten Things – 17th September 2017

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Hiya!  Good week?  This one went quick, don’t you think?  We lit our woodburning stove this week for the first time since spring, and have officially said bye to summer.  We’re on full on autumn mode now and I’m even contemplating buying a slow cooker* (this one is just £25 and has good reviews) as I’m currently craving hearty dinners like stews and chillis.   Do you have a slow cooker?  Do you love it?  Any recommendations for vegetarian/vegan slow cooker recipes before I make the plunge?

On to the links:

1.  Why Paris will be the first car-free metropolis. “The city’s parking spaces will become bike or scooter paths, café terraces or playgrounds” and it sounds heavenly.

2.  Scientists can calculate just how much climate change individual oil companies are responsible for – one-quarter of global warming can be traced to emissions from fewer than two-dozen companies.

3.  An important thing to remember – humans aren’t detached from nature.

4.  The problem with mason jars.  Nothing is safe.  Nothing.

5.  12 one-hour things you can do that will make the world a better place.  So many sweet ideas.  Top of my list: make a wiggly bag.

6.  Disco soup!

7.  Scientists have created cotton that glows and is magnetic, with no genetic engineering required – just sugar.  Clothes just got hi-tech!

8.  The funniest museum spat.

9.. The Festival of Thrift is on next weekend and looks pretty good!

10.  Finally, one tray vegetarian dinners.  Yes please.

PS: there is 20% off at Gudrun Sjõdén right now with code GSWEBB20 in honour of their 20th birthday.

From the Moral Fibres archives, three things you might have missed:

Zero waste crisps.

Food that magically regrows.

Handy resources to help you shop more ethically.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I’m off in search of some slow cooker recipe inspiration!


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up with 10th September’s Ten Things post.

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Ten Things – 10th September 2017

largs scotland

largs scotland

Hiya!  Can I ask you a question?  Have you seen many wasps this year?  At this time of year our garden is normally full of wasps, and every time you open the back door at this time of year, you’re guaranteed to let in at least five wasps.  Which isn’t so great because I’m really allergic to wasps (my last sting resulted in a trip to A&E) but I tolerate the buggers because of their important role in our ecosystem.

This year there are barely any wasps in our garden; we’ve had one wasp in our house, and I’ve hardly seen any when I’ve been out and about.  I’m starting to worry about the wasps, so do let me know if they are more abundant where you are.

This week’s links for you:

1. This week the uncomfortable news was announced that our tap water contains plastic particles, followed by the news that salt contains plastic.  I am slightly worried that this leads to more people drinking bottled water, which is only going to compound the plastic problem, but if this isn’t the wake up call that we need to reduce our plastic usage then I don’t know what is.

2. Related to this is 10 things you can fix in 10 minutes, rather than throwing them in the bin.

3.  Londoners have it pretty good – from the first plastic free shop, to the city’s first fully sustainable pub.  Adding these to my ever growing list of places to visit next time I’m in the big smoke.

4.  Of course, it’s not just all about London.  This week was a good week to be Scottish.  From plans to introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic and glass bottles and cans, to the plans to phase out petrol and diesel cars 8 years before the rest of the UK, and funding for walking, cycling and public transport improvements to double these are all great things for the environment.

5. I really enjoyed Leah’s eloquent piece on ‘why I quit being an ethical purist‘.   Leah says “we’re wasting our time and muddying our message by striving for perfection wrapped into an individual garment“, and couldn’t agree more with her.

6. This 16 year old makes the most stunning vegan desserts and breakfasts.

7.  I bought one of these £5.99 kits on Etsy* and am currently whiling away my evenings tying knots.  It’s pretty therapeutic!

8.  Would you wear leather grown in a lab?

9.  Origami inspired kids clothes that grow with your kids!

10.  A fascinating view of Hurricane Harvey – “I downloaded an app.  And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy“.

Finally, three things from the Moral Fibres archives you might have missed:

What to do with leftover bread.

This house.

For early birds.

Enjoy your Sunday!  We have two kids parties in a row to attend today – tonight is definitely going to involve wine!


PS: In case you missed it, catch up with the 3rd September Ten Things post.