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Ten Things – 30th July 2017

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Hello hello!  Good week?  Is it just me or does it feel like Sunday has rolled around especially fast this week?  After quite a busy week my plans for the day include all the exciting stuff such as tidying up, as our house looks like a total mess right now (keeping it real!), and my daughter has put in a request to bake scones.  I also plan to binge watch the new series of Top of The Lake as the last series was just so good.

Here are some interesting things I’ve read this week:

1. In case you haven’t heard, the big environmental news of the week is that Britain is to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040.  I think it’s a good step, but not the best step – I believe relying on technology to carry on business as normal is the easy road.  I think the Government has to take a more progressive stance, and invest more in providing better alternatives to car use.  So funding better and safer walking and cycle routes and facilities; reducing the cost of public transport; expanding the routes and frequency of public transport; and so many other things that I could spend the whole day listing.  But I won’t, don’t worry (I save that for my day job!).

2. The 21 kids suing the Trump administration over inaction on climate change are inspiring similar cases around the world.  And winning.

3. Millennials are encouraging retailers to commit to transparent pricing, and it’s helping to encourage those involved in the production are being paid a fair wage.  Way to go millennials!

4.  The power of habit – why we do what we do.  I’m not normally into stuff like this, but I’m listening to this TEDx talk right now and it’s pretty fascinating.  He’s written a book by the same name too* and I’m tempted!

5.  “For years we’ve able to buy gluten-free, dairy-free, and fat-free, so why not plastic-free?” – 9 out of 10 people in the UK want to see supermarkets introduce a plastic free aisle.  I am on board with this!

6.  Related: a petition to sign asking supermarkets to stop using plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables.

7.  Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals.

8.  Could paying people to stop chopping down trees be the answer to deforestation?  It may well be.

9. The three most important things to look for on a clothing label.

10. And finally, Edinburghers, get rewarded by recycling!

And from the Moral Fibres archives:

Handy tips to make fresh food last longer.

I still love this beautiful home in Bristol.

Small ideas to incorporate a green roof into your home.

Enjoy your Sunday!


PS: In case you missed it, catch up on the 23rd July Ten Things post to stay up to date!

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Ten Things – 23rd July 2017



Hello hello!  I took an unexpected two week break from Ten Things to do summer things with my kids.  They are only little once, and I didn’t want to spent the summer with the computer on my lap, so I put it down.  Instead we have done things like hang out on Millport (above) and visited the Glasgow Science Centre (both highly recommended if you are anywhere near the west coast of Scotland).

We’ve also hung out in various soft play centres (not so highly recommended!) on wet days, and played in parks on sunny days, and we have even bought a secondhand tag-along so we can do some family cycling over the rest of the summer.  We haven’t tried it out yet, but I’ll let you know how we get on!

And right now we are counting down the days until the Edinburgh Festival comes to town so we can catch some shows!  If you have any recommendations let me know!

Ok, on to the links!

1.  Firstly, there has been a lot of bad news in the press lately.  A lot.  If, like me, you’re a little fatigued from reading tomes of doom and gloom then try this – why 2017 may be the best year ever.

2.  Marie Claire launched their first ever sustainability issue.  Maybe, just maybe, this might just be the start of ethical fashion becoming more mainstream.

3.  US style mega farms have reached the UK, and they aren’t pleasant.

4.  Why food has fairtrade labels but clothing doesn’t.

5.  The strongest case against single use plastic I’ve seen – and one of those moments that makes you realise there is no “away” when you throw something away.  Just someplace else.  Like this island.

6.  “Why I think ethical fashion is a privileged white girl thing“.  An interesting read.

7.  Me, pretty much every time I catch any political news.

8.  Dirt is good?  Where do you sit on this?  I’m very much of the opinion that not all bacteria is bad bacteria, and that kids need exposure to bacteria to build up their immune systems.  But licking a dummy that’s fallen on the ground?  I’m not so sure…!

9.  Got leftovers from Sunday lunch?  Here are 30 vegan recipes for leftovers.  I’m hankering after number 12.

10.  And finally, I’m really lucky and don’t have this problem, but if you do then here are 3 things to remember if you’re eco friendly and your spouse isn’t.

And from the Moral Fibres archives that you might have missed:

1.  Want to eat organic but money is tight?  Here are the organic foods that you don’t need to buy (and those that are worth buying).

2.  How to dry clean at home.

3.  Eco clothes labels, explained.

Have a good weekend!  In a slightly more unusual sign off, I’m off to an eighties fancy dress party with a bunch of old friends.  I’m dressing up as Kevin from Dexy’s Midnight Runners!  Oh yes!  Hope you have a good one, whatever you end up doing!


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up on the 2nd July Ten Things post to stay up to date.