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Hello!  How are you doing?  I’ve had a lovely holiday at home this past week, in the sun.  Scotland has felt positively Mediterranean-like.  In my life, I’ve never known it to be this sunny and warm so consistently in Scotland, and while it has indeed been lovely, there has been something a little disconcerting about it.

I’ve also been making a stab at Plastic-Free July.  I say stab as I still find things like food especially difficult – it irks me that plastic-free food is often much more expensive, and difficult to get hold off when you don’t live in a major city.  That being said, I have had some wins, but also faced some conundrums.  It’s certainly a tricky old one.  You can follow along with my plastic-free ups and downs on Instagram.

This week’s links:

1.  Morrisons is switching from plastic bags to paper bags in the grocery aisle.  Which sounds like great news, until the Environment Agency stepped in and told us it’s a bad move in tackling climate change.  I think the best thing, environmentally, is ultimately to take your own produce bags*.

2.  Is it time we electrified everything?  According to Treehugger, then yes (after reducing demand).

3.  Should schools visit abbatoirs?

4.  Is it time to lighten up?

5.  My response to this article was “no $h*t, Sherlock”.

6.  Say goodbye to over-ripe or suddenly off avocados.

7.  Some petitions to sign – tell Walker’s Crisps to ditch the plastic packaging and Ben & Jerry’s want you to petition for more onshore wind power.

8.  Good to know for any bar soap skeptics out there – a communal bar of soap will not make you ill.

9.  The loneliest whale in the world?

10.  Finally, as lovely as this weather is, remember it’s not great for everyone, especially hedgehogs.  Here’s how you can help our little spiky friends.

Have a great week!


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Ten Things

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Hello!  How are you?  Things are great here – our builder is finishing up work on our house this week, marking the end of two months of us sleeping in our living room.  I’m so excited about the prospect of having a bedroom back!  School holidays start here this week too so the idea of no homework, no ironing of school uniforms, and no having to get out the house early is very well received.  Whether I’ll be saying these things in 7 weeks time is anyone’s guess though…!

This week’s links:

1.  Asos is to ban products made from/with silk, cashmere, feathers, and mohair from its website, by the end of January 2019, for ethical reasons.

2.  As a follow-up to this article, Quartz asked should silk be the next product that conscious consumers should give up?

3.  Shoppers are turning away from leather shoes, but it’s causing problems.

4.  The most interesting thing I read this week was this article on how to eat like a chef for less than £20 a week.  A great look into a sustainable yet thrifty diet Top tips?  Shop seasonally and use up every part of your food, even the scraps.

5.  MPs are to examine the environmental footprint of the UK fashion industry.  Hopefully, this means change is afoot.

6.  H&M are reopening their Paris flagship store after 18 months of renovations, and it will be the first store to permanently feature H&M’s “Take Care” service.  This service allows customers to repair their clothes in-store, buy garment-care products and get advice on how to take better care of their pieces.  Exciting.

7.  In other exciting news, residents in Graz, Austria are to be offered up to 100 euros a year to repair their items instead of binning them.

8.  The microbead ban comes into force in England and Scotland on Tuesday!  The next step is surely banning plastic based glitter.

9.  There’s a CO2 crisis, but it’s not what you think.  Instead of too much CO2, now there is too little.  You can’t make this stuff up!

10.  Hemp still gets a bad rap, but this article furthers the case for hemp.  This time, you don’t have to wear it if you don’t want to, just plant it on contaminated land.  That being said, hemp has come an incredibly long way since the festival fashions people wore in my youth, and I would totally wear this hemp beauty* in a heartbeat.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!