weekend links

weekend links

Ten Things

eco friendly shopping bag

eco friendly shopping bag

Hello!  Good week? We haven’t had much sleep around here lately (thanks kids!), but yesterday the sun was shining so we headed straight to the beach for a bit of rock pooling, paddling and sandcastle building.  Nothing like a bit of sea air to refresh and revive, and tire out the nippers!

Whilst plastic-free food shopping is something I find tricky in our area, I did also manage to do a bit of plastic-free vegetable shopping this week, at a local pop-up event.  It would be lovely to have something like that running locally on a permanent basis – I bought some delicious plastic-free locally grown fruit and vegetables – getting a lovely bag of vegetables for less than £5.  Some vegan wine and vegan cakes also fell into my shopping basket *ahem*!

On to this week’s links:

1.  Firstly, a really thoughtful article on how vegans and farmers can be allies, which makes for a refreshing change from the vegans vs. farmers articles you normally find.

National media coverage this year has included headlines such as ‘vegans go nuts with threats to farmers’ and ‘farmers speak out about “militant” vegans’.  It seems the media is intent on exacerbating the natural differences that exist between the two groups and latching on to any opportunities to divide us.  The fact that is missing from all this hyperbole is that vegans eat food too.  And we’d like our food to be produced by British farmers and for those farmers to have sustainable and fair employment“.

2.  You couldn’t make this one up – oil companies in Texas are asking for US taxpayers money to protect their refineries from the impacts of climate change, that they had an inordinately large share in contributing to, so that we can keep consuming oil.  Err.  Pass.

3.  One-third of all fruit and veg in the UK are binned for being too ugly.  As an aside, I recently came across Rubies In The Rubble who are trying to reduce this by selling chutneys and relishes using fruit and veg destined for the bin – what a great idea!

4.  Related: instead of binning black bananas make a butterfly banquet.

5.  The impact of climate change on mental health is impossible to ignore.

6.  Reasons to be cheerful: the planet has more trees than it did 35 years ago!

7.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: never underestimate the power of one person’s actions.

8.  Doctors are advising us all to treat a cough with honey before requesting a doctors appointment, in a bid to halt antibiotic resistance.

9.  The rise of alternative pollinators.

10.  Finally, these $35 (£27) flip-flops are made from sugar, and the company behind them are making the technology freely available to other companies.  Could all shoes soon be made from sugar?

Have a great Sunday!


weekend links

Ten Things

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Hello!  How’s your Sunday going?  We have had a lazy weekend so far, dinner with friends on Friday night and then doing nothing more yesterday than popping out to pick up some food.  We’ve been trying hard not to let the kids get too bored this summer, but sometimes lazy weekends are just what you all need!

This week’s links:

1.  Good news!  This Autumn Budget might just see the introduction of the latte levy and other environmental taxes, similar to the 5p plastic bag levy, which has had a massive impact on plastic bag usage.

2.  Meanwhile, France is to set penalties on goods packaged with non-recycled plastic in 2019.  Under the new plan, products with recycled plastic packaging could cost up to 10 percent less, while those containing non-recycled plastic up to 10 percent more.

3.  Science alone won’t save the earth, people have to do that.

The question is not whether two degrees of warming is riskier than 1.5 degrees… The real question is how we better negotiate among ourselves, across all our many diverse peoples and cultures, so that we can navigate together toward the better futures we wish for, in our different ways“.

4.  Brexit could be a once in a lifetime chance to ditch glyphosate from our food?

5.  Last week it was Adidas ditching the plastic – this week Reebok (also owned by Adidas) announced they are making plastic-free trainers, with the sole made from corn and the upper from cotton.  And they look good too.

6.  Clothes hangers are just as bad for the environment as plastic straws.  My best tips for avoiding plastic hangers – leave them at the shop when you buy clothes and dry clean at home.

7.  Actual sized Lego houses made from recycled plastic.  Pretty cool!

8.  Peer pressure and meat consumption.

“Psychologists have found a simple trick to reduce meat consumption in restaurants. Tell a customer that other people are increasingly choosing the menu’s meatless options, and the customer becomes more likely to order a vegetarian meal”.

9.  This takes pigeon fancying to a whole new level.

10.  Finally, this time-lapse of a rainstorm in Austria is a must-see.  I’ve watched it five times over already!

Have a great Sunday!  Schools go back here on Tuesday – woo hoo – we made it through the long seven-week stretch.  With a bit more time on my hands I am going to restart the Moral Fibres monthly newsletter very shortly, which has been on hiatus over the summer holidays.  If you haven’t signed up for it – sign up here!