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Hello! Nice to see you again! In this week’s 10 Things post I’ve shoe-horned more than 10 things in because SO MUCH has happened this week, particularly with regards to the clothing industry (sadly not in a good way). Whilst some countries *cough* the UK *cough* aren’t stepping up to the challenge, it good to see others stepping up to the fore, maybe shaming the UK into action. Have I ever mentioned I’m an eternal optimist?!

This week’s links:

1. New York is set to approve one of the world’s most ambitious climate plans. It’s ambitious, but whether it acts fast enough is up for debate.

2. What climate emergency? Last year MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee looked at clothing consumption and sustainability and put forward a series of recommendations to clean up the industry. Among the moves proposed were the banning the incinerating or landfilling of unsold stock; a tax on clothing made from plastic (pretty much all synthetic fabrics); a target for clothing manufacturers to reduce CO2 levels to 1990s levels; a 1p per garment levy to tackle fast fashion; and more. This week MPs shamefully rejected these plans. Lucy Siegle wrote a great article on this.

3. Also this week: online retailer Miss Guided launched a £1 bikini made from plastic, which depressingly sold out. It comes to something when even the Daily Mail brands the stunt as unsustainable, exploitative and bound for landfill.

BooHoo, another fast fashion online retailer, launched a 34 piece “sustainable collection”. This is the same company that adds 100 new items to it’s website A DAY. Three days in and BooHoo had already discounted the collection, with 20% off, showing that they’re in a hurry to sell it.

Meanwhile, H&M has been called out on “illegal” sustainability marketing.

What a week!

4. Feeling down? This article on “Fast fashion is f#cking the planet: here’s what you can do to stop it“, by Dazed is just perfect They give really practical advice that anyone can do, such as contacting your MP; contacting the offending brand, publicly; keeping your clothes for longer; buying fewer clothes; voting for change; and always asking questions.

5. Vanuatu is to ban disposable nappies by December this year, in a world first. This small island nation has been suffering disproportionately from the climate emergency, and they plan to phase in the ban. Parents are unhappy about the move, but the Government has said they have no choice, saying that “eventually, plastics find their way into the water and the food chain and at the end of the day, the people of Vanuatu end up consuming [them]“.

6. Plants are going extinct at 500 times faster than the ‘natural’ rate.

7. The “Sheffield of Sweden” has reinvented itself by recycling, and it’s an inspiring read.

8. What would life be like in a zero-carbon country?

9. The actor, Mark Rylance, has resigned from the Royal Shakespeare Company over its sponsorship deal with oil company BP. More of this, please.

10. Finally, I bought this book* for my 7-year-old daughter as an introduction to climate change – I could only find it secondhand through a third party seller on Amazon. We’re exploring more books, which I plan to put into a future blog post, but so far this one seems to be an accessible hit.

School holidays are almost upon us here in Scotland. There will be no Ten Things for the next fortnight whilst I take some very much needed time off. See you then!


ps: I’m running a great giveway over on Instagram to win £75 to spend on groceries and household goods from ethical retailers Good Club. Check it out here – it ends at 5pm (GMT) today!

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Hiya!  How’s it going? 

My dear 97-year-old grandad moved into a nursing home last year, and earlier this year I inherited the three old chipped Belfast sinks that him and my gran – both keen growers and gardeners – used to grow flowers in. 

We’ve repurposed them for similar ends – this week we finally got them into position (they’re incredibly heavy!) and have planted some radish and kale seeds in two of them, and another sink is destined to grow herbs in.  I’m sure my grandad would appreciate their new life.  He’s a little confused, and won’t remember the sinks, but I’m looking forward to telling him what vegetables we’re growing when I see him next.  That will give him joy.

This week’s links

1.  Scientists studying climate change expected layers of permafrost in the Canadian Arctic to melt by the year 2090.  Instead, it’s happening now.  

2.  You can’t make this up: the CEO of one of the world’s biggest polluters – Shell – has urged consumers to eat more seasonal food and work harder on their recycling. Shell, the same company that knew in the 1980s the climate damage they were doing and fully understood the consequences and chose to accept those risks on our behalf, at our expense, and without our knowledge.  But yes, WE need to work harder on our recycling. Brilliant.

3.  What the sustainable movement is missing about privilege.

4.  The problem with “sustainable” palm oil: the labeling and certification hide the fact that indigenous peoples find themselves dispossessed or displaced by agribusiness.

5.  “Extinction Rebellion tactics are working: it has pierced the bubble of denial“.

Instead of flatly explaining that sea levels will rise, diseases will spread and crops will fail, it has made it clear this is about our children and us. It has expressed grief for our kids, for wildlife, for nature and fear at the degrading of the systems that keep us alive. Paradoxically, by stating the terrible truth, it has created authentic hope for the first time“.

6.  Understanding climate change deniers.

7.  These portraits of rescued farm animals allowed to grow old are incredibly touching.

It’s a profound thing to see these creatures living out their lives, as every animal should have the right to do. Some human animals may want to eat non-human animals, but factory farming is a barbaric way to go about it. Allowed to Grow Old opens a window into possibilities that most of don’t think to imagine: What would that cheap, supermarket chicken have become if given the chance?

8.  What happens to our recycling.

9.  Related: have you been misled by the green dot?

10. Finally, a shop in Vancouver is trying to embarrass customers into remembering their reusable bags.  The only thing is, it’s backfired.    


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