weekend links

weekend links

Ten Things



Hello hello!  How you doing?  We had a beautiful day of sunshine here in Edinburgh, and now my head is awash with thoughts of spring.  Snow is forecast for next weekend so best make the most of the sunshine whilst it’s here!

This weekend’s links:

1.  It takes how much water to make one t-shirt?  Holy moly.

2.  The lazy girl’s guide to being sustainable.  Big ups to Harpers Bazaar for this piece.

3.  Celebrating Easter next week?  I found some delicious sounding plastic-free Easter eggs.  If you want all Easter egg manufacturers to go plastic-free then Friends of the Earth have a petition for that.

4.  Got 15 minutes?  Listen to one of my favourites, Adam Buxton, talk about environmentalism in this thought-provoking piece for BBC Radio 4.  George Monbiot even pops up in there too.  Here’s the blurb – “Modern environmentalism is well-meaning but horribly muddled.  We diligently wipe out yoghurt pots and despair over plastic bottles…. yet jet off on holidays, buy new cars and pop out another kid, or three.  We install solar panels but eat imported guava.  Replace our lightbulbs, but bin our batteries.   Do we have any idea which strategies are actually effective? Does anything work?  Adam Buxton digs down into our approach to saving the planet to see if anything makes sense”.

5.  Friendship goals.

6.  An interesting read on why we shouldn’t overlook the needs of disabled people when trying to phase out plastic.

7.  Not sure what to do with your old tights?  I’ve found a recycling service just for tights.  Downside: you have to post them to Sweden, but on the upside, your holey tights get a new lease of life.

8.  These extinct bird costumes are stunning.

9.  Whilst on the topic of birds: chickens!

10.  This Instagram account is such a ray of sunshine.

Have a lovely Sunday!


weekend links

Ten Things

fresh clean home fabric refresher spray

fresh clean home fabric refresher spray

Hello!  Had a relaxing weekend so far?  Ours has so far involved snow, rugby, comfort food and making up batches of homemade cleaning products – like some of this fabric refresher spray, the recipe of which is in Fresh Clean Home.  Speaking of Fresh Clean Home, Juliet of the blog Creative Colour wrote a lovely review of the book that left me grinning from ear to ear.

On to this weekend’s links:

1.  If you are looking for the feel-good read of the week then look no further than this – the city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems.  Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favourite trees.  “Case in point: Dear 1037148,” wrote one admirer to a golden elm in May. “You deserve to be known by more than a number. I love you. Always and forever.”

2.  Is plastic pollution really that bad?

3.  Related: could the war on plastic do more harm than good?  Some interesting viewpoints here on plastics.

4.  What you need to know about the newer, nastier fast fashion brands.

5.  You know time’s up on oil when one of the oldest oil companies in the world doesn’t want the word oil in its name.

6.  A long, but great read into what happens when bitcoin miners take over your town – “the region is watching uneasily as one of its biggest natural resources—a gigantic surplus of hydroelectric power—is inhaled by a sector that barely existed five years ago and which is routinely derided as the next dot-com bust”.

7.  In a sea of bad news – this piece on 12 emerging global trends that bring hope for 2018 – makes for a positive read.

8.  One for fellow map lovers – this literal world map is fascinating.  Some of my favourite literal translations of country names include Spain – “Land of Many Rabbits” and Nauru – “I Go To The Beach”.

9.  Aurora borealis enthusiasts: meet Steve.

10.  Finally, one reality show I’d love to watch, out of sheer intrigue more than anything else!

Have a lovely Sunday!  I am currently working on a very exciting video (!) with a very special guest – so it will be winging it’s way to you shortly!