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weekend links

Ten Things

Hello!  I took a wee break last week – it was my partner’s birthday, so we roped in grandparents and went on a break, just the two of us for our first child free holiday in over 7 years!

We headed west to beautiful Argyll and spent a long weekend relaxing in a beautiful and remote cottage.  I was secretly hoping for terrible weather, so we wouldn’t have to leave the cottage (three words: copper clawfoot bathtub), but the rain stayed away, so we fitted in some archaeological adventures.

I’m so glad we did manage to venture out.  My partner is big on his Neolithic history, so we explored the stone circles, cairns and other Neolithic and Bronze Age finds in the stunning Kilmartin Glen, where I took the photo above.  It’s a truly fascinating place – there are over 800 ancient monuments within a 6-mile radius – and well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.   

In my youth I used to think that a holiday was only a holiday if you went abroad but really, there are some truly stunning places here in the UK – no flying required.  

This week’s links:

1. MPs are investigating the impact of fast-fashion, and have been asking big-name retailers, such as Primark, to justify how they can sell £2 t-shirts.  

2.  The shops and the internet are full of “reindeer food” right now – usually, a mix of oats and glitter that you sprinkle on your lawn.  If that’s a tradition you take part in on Christmas Eve, then the RSPCA are warning that this is dangerous to wildlife owing to the glitter.  Try making your own this year for those hungry hardworking reindeer!  

3.  With Earth beset by conflict, climate change, pollution, and other ills, Anne Lamott asks: what better time to be hopeful?

“In the face of increased climate-related catastrophes—after I pass through the conviction that we are doomed, that these are End Times—I remember what Mister Rogers’s mother said: In times of disaster we look to the helpers.  Look to the volunteers and aid organizations clearing away the rubble, giving children vaccines; to planes and trains and ships bringing food to the starving. Look at Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai, Bill Gates and the student activists of Parkland, Florida; anyone committed to public health, teachers, and all those aging-hippie folk singer types who galvanized the early work of decontaminating the Hudson River”.

Anne Lamott has written a whole book on this: I can only find it in the UK here on Amazon*.  

4.  How the waste leftover from making metals could help reduce CO2.

5.  Britain’s first supermarket with a sizeable plastic-free zone has opened in London.   Hopefully, it can become the norm, rather than the exception.

6.  Trump’s administration finally acknowledged climate change but tried to bury it by releasing the report the day after Thanksgiving.  

7.  The shop where customers can spend hundreds, walk away with nothing and feel great about it.

8.  Germany has big plans, including taxing producers on their packaging.    Products packed in less environmentally friendly packaging will incur larger fees.  One can only hope this idea will make it’s way to the UK, where there is currently no penalty for manufacturers.   

9.  A petition to sign.

10.  Finally, this is what community means.  

Have a great Sunday!  I’m going to do some Christmas shopping for my kids.  Speaking of gifts, I’m running a fantastic fairtrade giveaway with Oxfam over on Instagram, where you can win a wonderful hamper packed full of fairtrade goodies that would make a lovely gift for a friend (or a gift to yourself!).  Hurry, it closes today at 5pm!  


weekend links

Ten Things

green news blog

Hiya!  How’s it going?  I have been avoiding Brexit news this week, feeling like it was the most sensible thing to do.  Never fear, I’ve been able to keep up with the latest environmental news.  Here’s this week’s bitesize roundup. 

Also, I realised I’ve been writing these Ten Things posts, rounding up the week’s environmental news and my green finds, every Sunday for a year and a half now.  A record!  I love writing these posts and I’m so glad you like reading them too!  

This week’s links:

1 The IPCC says we have 12 years to cut carbon by 45%.  What does that look like exactly? A 27 point radical list that’s certainly food for thought.  Some points I readily agree with – free bicycles for everyone, mass rewilding, and my personal favourite – no more lycra cycling gear.  Some I’m not so sure about.  No Google maps for one.  Google maps is my life!    

2.  If consumers boycott palm oil products it could lead to more deforestation.  WHAT. A. MINEFIELD.  The palm oil thing hurts my head.  

3.  Spain is de-carbonising in a big way – starting with closing most of its coal mines by the end of this year (none of this 2021 crap) in an ambitious and progressive environmental move.  

4.  IKEA wants to fix India’s pollution by reusing what farmers burn each winter.

5.  Sainsbury’s is about to stock crickets, intended for human consumption.  Crickets are highly sustainable protein source, but would you eat them?   If you do, promise to tell me what they are like!   

6.  Crickets not your thing?  Like meat too much to forsake it completely?  Reducing the amount of meat you eat, especially the amount of lamb and beef you eat, can make a big difference.

7.  “We’re getting our environmental priorities wrong – it’s about calories, not climate change“.

8.  Useful tips on avoiding activist burnout

9.  It’s been a week of lucky finds – crisps that come in a home compostable bag!  Also, plastic-free and compostable plasters!

10.  Finally, I’m loving Jen’s guide on how to have a crap free Christmas.  If you are starting your shopping soon then, in case you missed it, this week I wrote an ethical Christmas gift guide featuring lots of budget-friendly gift ideas – from plastic-free to vegan, to zero-waste and palm oil free and beyond.  

Have a great Sunday!