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beach in scotland

beach in scotland

Hello!  Good week?  I’ve had a busy week at work, so yesterday we packed up and headed to the nicest beach nearest our house.  One of the things that I’ve learned in my 6.5 years of being a parent is that kids don’t need much, and especially not expensive toys, to have fun.  Instead, just add sand and water and a picnic lunch (and a flask of tea for grownups) and you can while away hours and hours.  Even on a beach in Scotland on an overcast day!

This week’s ten things:

1.  If you have seen any news this week related to the environment, then you won’t have missed the vast swathes of doom and gloom articles.  I’m not going to share them here, because I feel they only lead to feelings of apathy, so I found this article on Terrified by Hothouse Earth – Don’t Despair, Do Something a really useful, practical and refreshing read.

2.  Monsanto, makers of bee-harming pesticides, have faced a huge blow after being ordered to pay $289 million as the jury ruled that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller directly caused a terminally ill man’s cancer, the first case of it’s kind.  Cancer survivors or relatives of the deceased can now also bring similar claims forward, meaning we could see many more of these cases being raised against Monsanto.

3.  Adidas is to use only recycled plastic in its products and in its offices, retail outlets, warehouses and distribution centres by 2024.  Expect more brands to follow suit shortly, especially their competitors as more and more brands realise that sustainability sells.

4.  With so many articles in the media deriding millennials for this, that and the other, it was refreshing to read a positive story for once – notably, that young people are convincing politicians to stop taking fossil fuel money.

5.  And another positive millennial story in the same week – “all change as millennial parents turn to cloth nappies“.  You go, millennials!

6.  Ever tried to buy a cucumber not wrapped in plastic and found it nigh on impossible?  Good news then – Morrisons is now selling ‘naked’ cucumbers without the plastic wrapper!

7.  One of the best things I’ve read about zero-waste in a long time.

8.  Because we can’t train humans to pick up litter, we’ve had to train crows to do it for us.  Sad times.

9.  Useful strategies for wasting less food.

10.  Finally, David Attenborough’s predictions, made in 2007, are uncannily accurate today.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Wendy.x

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Ten Things

highland folk museum

highland folk museum

Hello!  What’s new with you?  I’ve been on my holidays – camping near Aviemore in the Highlands.  We had no electricity, and no internet, and what a great holiday it was.  Dinner on the most beautiful beach, paddling in the water, sandcastle building and visiting some of our favourite places and some places new to us, like the Highland Folk Museum, it was so refreshing to have a total break from everything.

At the Highland Folk Museum, we stumbled upon a 1700s Township (above) which was fascinating.  We had lots of fun poking around the township, which was apparently used as a set in Outlander (I’ve never seen it, so can’t comment further!).  I have lots of photos that I will be sure to share on Instagram.

This week’s ten things:

1. Lidl is to sell 5 kg wonky fruit and vegetable boxes for just £1.50.  Part of an ongoing trial called “Too Good to Waste”, the boxes will be available for a limited time across 122 stores, with anything unsold being donated to charity.

2.  Turns out only a third of plastic food packaging can be recycled.

3.  3M knew your non-stick pan was poisoning you in the 1970s.

4.  There’s no room for sustainability shaming.  Hear hear.

5.  Camping this summer too?  I really enjoyed this post on zero-waste camping – something to aim for on our next trip!

6.  Can you really be a conscious carnivore?  Although I personally don’t eat meat it was refreshing to read something that wasn’t militant about food.

I started wondering how other conscious carnivores do it.  How does one live consistently as an ethical omnivore considering the messiness of real life—at Thanksgiving dinner with our families, out to dinner with friends, at potlucks and business meetings?  How does it feel to be a human being trying to make difficult choices, navigating around industrially produced meats?  And most importantly, do the combined efforts of regular people eating around their values make any measurable impact on changing our food system for the better—and if so, which choices matter most?“.

7.  This is what your barbecue is doing to the environment (sorry if you are barbecuing today!).

8.  For anyone that’s ever been to a festival and been horrified by the amount of plastic waste, this will be music to your ears: music festivals are set to get drastic on plastic.

9.  Watch out for greenwashing on compostable products.

10.  Finally, a deleted tweet from the BBC speaks volumes about its climate change reporting.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Wendy.x