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Ten Things – 7th October 2018

coffee cup and plants

Hello!  How are you on this fine Sunday?  It’s been a busy week and weekend so I’m in need of ALL the coffee! 

I also fitted in a bit of cycling (some autumn cycling tips this way) – cycling is by far my favourite way to clear my head and relax. after a long week.  So if you’re at a loose end today then I totally recommend getting out on your bike!  

1. I added a new phrase to my environmental lexicon this week – “carbon unicorns”.  Pulling it out when I want to sound fancy.  You’re welcome to do the same.  Also, the article makes some very valid points.

2.  Related: climate scientists are struggling to find the right words to convey the scale and immensity of climate change.

3.  Tesco trials paying UK customers to return plastic bottles.

4.  Finally, a realistic fashion column in mainstream media – with the mainstay being wear what you already have.  

5.  Something I’ve oft pondered – why does so much ethical fashion look the same?

A friend of mine, who shares my love for ethical and sustainable fashion, turned and asked: “Do we really need another ethical brand making neutral-colored basics?

6.  Although I personally think wasps are flying b*stards (wasp allergy person here), scientists are urging us to stop demonising wasps, pointing out they are as ecologically important – and endangered – as bees.  Making a mental note to try harder to at least learn to tolerate the buggers.

7.  This was a really interesting read –  a secret weapon for combating climate change may be the comfort of conformity.

8.  Why the “made in Italy” label on your clothes isn’t always a by-word for ethically made.

9.  Did you catch Drowning In Plastic on the BBC this week?  It’s on iPlayer for the next 26 days if not.

10.  Finally, if you are on the lookout for new uplifting podcasts then try out Mothers of Invention –  all about amazing women from all over the world who are innovating ways to tackle climate change.  Flipping awesome.

Have a great day!


PS: catch up on last week’s post from 30th September, if you missed it.

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Ten Things – 30th September 2018

squash in colander

Hiya!  Who else is in denial that it’s the last day of September?  I keep asking myself where September, nay, this year, went.  I’m an autumn girl through and through (naps in the day without feeling guilty, fires, good telly, fairy lights!) but I still feel a little sad when summer leaves us for another year.

1. Everything you’ve been told about plastic is wrong.

If we all just get a few containers and separate out our waste, it will be taken by some nice people who will magically make it go away without any negative consequences. Recycling is the grown-up version of squeezing our eyes shut, sticking our fingers in our ears and shouting “lalalalalala!”.

2.  Fashion might finally be ready to say goodbye to fur.

3.  Here’s proof that if we stop buying crap, companies will stop making crap.

4.  The news about the Orca apocalypse is heartbreaking.  There is hope if we can get our act together.  

5.  It’s not all doom and gloom though.  Go tigers!

6.  I’m looking forward to Jen’s new book!

7.  Body wash is a scam and you fell for it.

8.  The teenager on track to plant a TRILLION trees.  This makes me wish I had spent my teenage years a bit more productively!

9.  “I’m an environmentalist”.  Err.  Right you are then.  

10. Finally, this article on what older generations can teach us about plastic-free living was a good read. 

We didn’t always have a plastic pollution problem. Before the mid-20th century, people made do without it and, presumably, as Mark Blackburn put it descriptively in an article for One Brown Planet, they were not lying “in the streets, malnourished and dehydrated, like a scene from some apocalyptic war,” for lack of plastic water bottles. They managed just fine because their lifestyle habits were different.

Enjoy your Sunday!


PS: catch up on last week’s post here, if you missed it.