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Ten Things – 3rd September 2017

green blog

green blog

Hiya!  It’s been a quiet week – I’ve had writer’s block and words and ideas haven’t been flowing easily.  Rather than trying to force things, I’ve instead caught up on the odd jobs around my home that often get pushed to the side when I am in full writing/photographing flow.  If anyone has any tips for overcoming writer’s block or if there is something you want me to write about on the blog then let me know!  I feel like I am need of some good inspiration!

Whilst I haven’t been writing, I have been reading!  Here are 10 good articles from this week that you might find interesting too:

1.  Here’s why Hurricane Harvey is exactly the time to talk about climate change.

2. 10 things you can do right now to shop more sustainably.

3.  What do bakers trapped by flooding do?  Bake for people affected by the flooding.

4. #greenpixiepotus

5. The businesses curbing plastics waste.

6.  The Mirror covered the zero waste shop in Totnes positively, and I can’t help but hope it’s the start of a sea-change on how the mainstream media cover people trying to do good, environment wise.

7.  Want to travel the world with Weleda?  Right this way, my friend.  I have my fingers crossed for you!

8.  A cheat sheet to living plastic free.

9. The world’s toughest plastic bag ban – four years in prison or a $41,000 fine!  This sounds like a harsh but great deterrent to our littering problem!

10.  So much love for this tiny house.  Sometimes I dream of tiny house living, but then I realise I like my things too much!

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

What to do with leftover bread.

A guide to ethical maternity clothes.

Come on elderberry season – I’m waiting on you!

Have a relaxing Sunday!


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up with the 27th August Ten Things post.

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Ten Things – 27th August 2017

allotment bounty

allotment bounty

Hiya!  I had a bit of an impromptu break last week – schools went back here on Tuesday so we had one last hurrah and ticket off the last items on our summer bucket list, which meant no time to check in here.  What we did instead was take a trip to a seaside fun fair; picked the fruits of our allotment hard labour (see above – so many apples and plums and the few peas we didn’t manage to eat whilst picking them!); took a trip to softplay and all the other things that are exciting for little ones.  Whilst it was a little bit sad for summer to be officially over for us, I have to say it is nice to have a bit of time to myself in the day (well, when my 19 month takes a nap!).

On to the links!

1. My favourite read of the week was this one, which shows the amazing potential that food waste can have.  I wanted a bit more information as to how the land was left untouched for so long, and I found this which elaborates more on this fascinating story.

2.  Sweatshops exist in the UK, and they are worse than factories in Asia, according to the CEOs of both ASOS and New Look.

3.  I found out this week that dung beetles navigate using the milky way (the milky flipping way!) and it blew my mind.

4.  My internet friend Mel is launching a course on eco family living and it looks incredibly practical and useful.

5.  In one of the strangest questions I’ve ever asked, can miniature avocados help tackle food waste?

6.  Should vegetarians bend their own rules to encourage people to eat less meat?  I don’t know about this – if a friend served me up a piece of meat I wouldn’t eat it out of politeness, so does that make me a bad vegetarian?

7.  What would you expect a forty year old discarded yoghurt pot to look like?  Not like this, that’s for sure, and it’s a stark reminder of why the plastic we throw away goes nowhere.

8.  I know some people may deride green cleaning and green beauty as superfluous nonsense, but this week it has finally been settled that conventional products can be so very harmful.

9.  It’s not all doom and gloom – environmental overlord David Attenborough sees signs of hope for the environment.  I’ve also started following a parody Attenborough account on Twitter.  This tweet in particular made me laugh out loud.

10. And a practical guide on buying kids’ toys and clothes that don’t gender-stereotype.  Gender stereotyping drives me nuts and I felt I spent most of my daughter’s third year of life explaining that girls can be anything that they want to be, and that it’s not just boys that can doctors or scientists or astronauts.  I’d also add Lost Shapes* to the list – sellers of such lovely ethically made gender neutral kids tees.

And three things from Moral Fibres you might have missed:

1. How to save £96 a year just by adjusting your TV.

2. How to wash striped clothes.

3. Handy to keep to hand: what to plant in the autumn.

As always, enjoy the rest of your weekend!  And thanks so much for your lovely comments on my last post – I really really appreciate them!  I worried that many of you would think it was terrible and I was a total hypocrite, but it’s reassuring to hear that so many of you are in the same boat.


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up on 13th August’s Ten Things post here.