weekend links

weekend links

Ten Things – 25th June 2017

environmental blog

environmental blog

Hiya!  Good week?  We’re in the last throes of the school year (school finishes up for summer on Friday) and I’m half looking forward to not having to be up and out the house so early each day, and half wondering how it’s all going to work with childcare and work.  Rather than sit and worry about it all, we packed up our buckets and spades and fishing nets, and spent yesterday at the beach, at my eldest daughter’s request.  It wasn’t quite beach weather, but it felt good to walk along the windswept beach and blow the cobwebs away!

Here are this week’s environmental links, that I have enjoyed, and you might like too:

1.  Positive and powerful words from Al Gore – “The fight against global warming is one of humanity’s great moral movements, alongside the abolition of slavery, the defeat of apartheid, votes for women and gay rights“.

2.  One positive to spring from the hung parliament.

3.  Cutting paper waste, one avocado barcode label at a time.  I think this is brilliant – I’ve always hated those sticky labels.

4.  Sad news for Dormice (just don’t read the comments)

5.  Is ethical fashion elitist?

6.  Could tequila be key in the battle against climate change?

7.  Sometimes I am amazed at how people’s brains work, and what they come up with.  Case in point.

8.  This was an interesting article on how one couple created their own alternative economy.

9.  Tea for hot weather.  I’ll drink to that.

10.  Beautiful cyanotypes from the 1800s.  Who knew algae could be so beautiful?

And finally, here are three things from the Moral Fibres archives you might have missed:

Some useful ethical shopping resources.

Homemade beauty products that you can make easily.

And some clever upcycled clothing ideas.

Enjoy your Sunday!


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up on the 18th June Ten Things post to stay up to date on all your environmental news.

weekend links

Weekend Photos and Links – 24th May 2014

Hello everyone!  We were officially pox free on Monday and it feels so good for my little one to be back to her old self, and for us to get back to normal.  Cabin fever had officially set in so we’ve really been making the most of being able to get outside and see people!  Here is a little about my week in photos:

allotment plot

Ogling allotments!

sycamore seeds

Sycamore seeds always remind of childhood – throwing them up in the air and watching them twirl around like little helicopters.  I’m introducing this simple pleasure to my daughter – we always get shouts for “more!”.

calendula flowers

Last year we sowed lots of wildflowers in our garden for the bees.  We thought the flowers would die off over winter, but as it was so mild they began to flower in March, and are now the calendula (and others that I’m not sure of their names) are almost in full bloom!  Needless to say, the bees love it!

swan on land

A swan came out to say hello to us on our walk!  My daughter calls swans “mingos” (I think she’s getting confused with flamingos!).

vegetarian living magazine

magazine for vegetarians

It was also a very proud week for me – Moral Fibres got its very first national press mention!   The very brilliant Vegetarian Living magazine ran an interview with me all about Moral Fibres in their June issue!  It was such a strange moment standing in the newsagent seeing my face beaming back at me!  You can find this issue (47) in all good newsagents.

I read some good stuff this week worth sharing:

The world had a huge holy moly moment last week when we reached the point of no return in West Antarctica.  It made for quite scary reading, but shows us the time to act really is now, and I’m a firm believer that every little action we do helps.

I found Westy’s post on her starting points for going plastic-free for a month really interesting and useful reading.

Wrapped In Newspaper’s recipe for sesame seed milk looks right up my street!  We switched to dairy-free milk last year.  After a wide-ranging trial last year of all different kinds of dairy-free milk substitutes (oat, soya, rice, and coconut milk) we found Alpro’s unsweetened almond milk to be the best (and it doesn’t curdle in coffee!), but I’m keen to make some myself!

These gluten-free flourless chocolate salted dark chocolate cookies look and sound amazing.

I loved this post on what I’m trying to teach my kids.

What causes the rain smell?

From the Moral Fibres archives: this point on the most ethical supermarkets has been getting lots of visitors this week (as an update to that post: I found that Real Foods sells tinned food in bulk at quite reasonable prices, and they offer free delivery, but our house/kitchen is too small to store bulk tinned purchases, so we’re back to square one!) / ethical men’s underwear has also been popular this week! / as has this post on eco-friendly disposable nappies.  It’s been a varied old week!

Enjoy your weekend everyone, and your bank holiday weekend if you get one (sadly we don’t get one in Scotland!).

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