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Ten Things – 2nd July 2017

extreme botany

extreme botany

Hello!  Good week?  I’m still on a high because this week my partner and I had a rare night out together.  Dinner, a comedy show and a live band.  It was perfect.  One of the things no-one warns you about becoming a parent is that you’ll spend more time socialising with other people, whilst the other parent stays at home to watch the kids.  It’s good to actually spend time out together, without the kids, to remind you why you like each other!

Anyway, that has been my week, how was yours?

And here are this week’s links:

1.  France gets it right again.  Can the rest of the world take note please.  Meanwhile Germany bans diesel.

2.  Can we recycle our way to zero waste?  A thought provoking read.

3.  This is such a lovely article – can one person make a difference?

4.  Like makeup?  Bad news then as beloved brand Nars is no longer cruelty free.

5.  I’ve been enjoying Russell Brand’s podcasts lately.  Yanis Varoufakis and George Monbiot were particularly interesting.

6.  Extreme botany (see top photo).  This was the most fascinating read into a  world I had no idea existed.  My career adviser at school certainly didn’t tell me about this!  I don’t know if I would have the guts to hang from a cliff or jump from a helicopter to take samples of near extinct plants., but a job where you are a proverbial James Bond of the plant world sounds incredible, and important.

7.  The women bringing solar empowerment to Nepal.

8.  Before the internet.  I loved this so much.

9.  The problem with life.  Yes!

10.  After the mint tea article I posted, one reader said she normally makes wine from her mint.  I was intrigued, so I have found a recipe for mint wine if anyone wants to give it a go?  If that’s too much hard work, I’ve found a recipe for mint citrus white wine sangria that’s much easier and quicker to concoct!

And some posts you might have missed:

The perfect tiny house.

A small house hack.

Zero waste crisps – made with potato peelings.

The chaos has commenced, and it’s school holidays here now, so I am taking a short break to do fun things with my kids.  Think beaches, sandcastles and ice-cream – weather permitting.  There will be no Ten Things next week, but come back in two weeks time for a return to regular posting!

Have a good one!


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up on the 25th June Ten Things post to stay up to date on all your environmental news.

main image c/o Steve Perlman

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Ten Things – 18th June 2017

eco blog

eco blog

Hello!  How has your week been?  Remember I said last week that my youngest was ill?  Well, her bug has slowly worked it’s way around all of us, and gosh, are we tired.  This weekend is very much one for putting my feet up as much as you can with two little kids underfoot, drinking a lot of tea (loose leaf!), and trying not to put the washing machine on because the thing hasn’t been off all week!

Here are some links for your weekend:

1. In case you haven’t heard, Michael Gove is the new Environment Secretary.  Here’s his voting record on green issues in case you’re curious.  Spoiler – it’s grim.  He did get off to a good start though so maybe all is not lost?  Maybe??

2. Young people are the key to fighting climate change.

3.  Even if you’re not in the ‘young’ category (*sob*), here are real tangible things you can do about climate change.

4. Turns out viscose isn’t quite so sustainable as we’d hoped.

5.  Microbeads are back, but this time they are good for the environment?

6. Podcast fans – there’s a new podcast on the block from Clare Press.  Wardrobe Crisis is a fashion podcast that discusses the effects of the fashion industry on people and the planet, with a focus on ethics, sustainability, consumerism, activism, identity and creativity.  I will be all ears!

7. David Attenborough narrates a typical British night out and it’s hilarious!

8.  I’ve never been to Cornwall before, but now I’m craving a trip after seeing these beautiful photos.

9.  Oh my gosh, yes please!

10.  And last, but certainly not least by any means, here’s how you can help the residents of Grenfell Tower.   What’s happened is truly devastating, and I have no words.

And here are three posts from the Moral Fibres archive you may have missed:

Some sage advice.

How to grow your own food, the zero waste way.

Banana oat cookies – a great way to use up black bananas.

Enjoy your Sunday!


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up on the 11th June Ten Things post to stay up to date on all your environmental news.