weekend links

weekend links

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bicycle against brick wall

bicycle against brick wall

Hello hello!

I’ve been galavanting this week – I’ve spent most of this week on the south-west coast of Scotland, visiting my family.

Whilst we were away we talked a lot about cycling, so when I got back I loaded up the car and donated my daughter’s old outgrown bike to our local bike recycling centre (find yours here).  In its place, I bought a lovely refurbished Cannondale bike in the right size for her, for not much money.  My daughter is delighted with her new bike, meanwhile, I’m pleased that another kid can get as much joy as she did out of her old bike.  Recycling for the win!

This week’s links!

1.  In very good news, scientists have reported that the number of plastic bags found on our seabeds has plummeted thanks in part to the plastic bag tax.  The bad news is that other types of plastic pollution are increasing, so we’re not out of the water just yet.

2.  Why we must fight for the right to repair our electronics.  I am on board with this – my six-year-old washing machine broke the other month – the bearings failed – and the repairman quoted me £350 to fix it.  He explained that in new machines the bearings are sealed away where they cannot be accessed easily.  Why should fixing appliances be more costly than buying a brand new appliance?

3.  Prince Charles talks sustainable fashion, and how he mends his own clothes.  Although I can’t quite imagine Charles sitting there trying to thread a needle…!

4.  A look at London’s community kitchens – what a lovely way to get to know your neighbours.  “It’s not often you find yourself overseeing the production of a banquet of vegan sushi rolls with ten complete strangers in a lime green community hall on a Friday night. But oddly, it turns out to be the best way to kick off your weekend. This is the mad and marvellous world of community cooking – doing away with the avoid-eye-contact-on-the-tube mentality and getting people who’d never usually interact sitting down together to a great big meal – for free“.

5.  In a disposable age, luxury is something old, worn and beautiful – “As humans, we tend to prize objects we see as beautiful and meaningful, and we often recognize both of those qualities in cared-for items that wear the marks of time passing. It takes time and effort to imbue the things we love with those qualities“.

6.  This retailer has created a “living wage wardrobe”, where every item costs £7.50 or less, but I would love to know if the people who make the clothes are also paid a living wage.

7.  Speaking of who made my clothes: Fashion Revolution Week is coming.  It will run from 23rd to 29th April – it might be a good time to ask Miss Pap who made their clothes?

8.  Sochi in Russia turned orange thanks to windborne dust from the Sahara, and it looks stunning.

9.  I’m not a massive listener of Radio 4, so I have only just discovered the Costing the Earth series.  First on the listening list – the microfibre detectives.

10.  I’ve got summer holidays on my mind.  This amazing place, in Aviemore, is on my list of places I want to stay!  Here’s my list of things to do in Aviemore if you’re inspired to visit.

Have a lovely weekend!


ps: I updated the is their plastic in your tea article to reflect some recent changes and developments.  A huge thanks to everyone who has tweeted/emailed/signed petitions to lobby tea companies to remove plastic from their teabags: there have been some major positive developments!  As you will see there is also still some work to do too, but we’ve come a long way since last June when I originally wrote the article!

weekend links

Ten Things

easter nests

easter nests

Hello!  And happy Easter!  Are you having a busy one or a quiet one?  We have gone on some family outings over the past couple of days, and my partner and I even managed a trip to the cinema, without children, to see Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, which was wonderful.   And, as always, lots of reading!

Here are this week’s links – and there are no cheeky April Fool’s hidden in here, promise!

1.  In rather huge news this week, anti-pipeline campaigners in Boston who were arrested for protesting the West Roxbury Mass Lateral Pipeline were found not guilty in court because the judge ruled their protest against the climate change crisis was a “legal necessity”.

2.  Why is farmers’ market bread so ridiculously expensive? – “Accusations of posh, arugula-eating liberalism are used to frame good-food advocates as feudalist-romanticists or worse, out-of-touch elitists“.

3.  This was a positive read – what’s gone right this year, so far.  From microbead bans to deposit return schemes, there are many reasons to be cheerful!

4.  Is telling litterers to stop littering a waste of time, or is there a better way?

5.  How to buy slow fashion on a stay-at-home mum budget.

6.  Nine essential ethical fashion podcasts for your listening pleasure.

7.  Would you cycle to work if your boss paid you to?  This New Zealand company is doing just that and I think it’s genius.

8.  About 12 years ago a colleague and I used to sit and wonder why gyms couldn’t be powered by the power you generate whilst pedalling on the exercise bikes.  Finally, a gym in Fulham, London has finally realised our lunchtime ponderings, and it looks beautiful.

9.  Next time you’re slicing up a pineapple make sure you keep the skin and core to make zero waste pineapple gin!

10.  Finally, hemp still gets a bad rap but this small house, built using hempcrete, is a thing of beauty.

Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend!


ps: as a heads up, there is 40% off in the flash Sugru sale with the voucher code SHINE.  I love this stuff – you can use it to repair practically anything.  I wrote about our experience with it here and have stocked up for future repairs!