weekend links

weekend links

Ten Things



Hello!  Good week?  I personally was more than a little disappointed this week at the Government’s decision to reject the 25p ‘latte levy’.  The Government have said that consumers respond better to discounts than tax, yet the 5p plastic bag charge has resulted in an 85% drop in plastic bag usage since the charge was introduced.  All in all, it’s a poor response to the massive coffee cup problem.  One to keep battling, friends!

Whilst we fight the good fight, there are a few cafes abound that will give you a discount if you bring your own cup.  Pret a Manger offers a 50p discount if you bring your own cup – meaning you can get a cup of filter coffee for just 49p.  Costa Coffee and Starbucks offer a 25p discount, and Greggs offers you a 20p discount.

On to this week’s links:

1.  Why ethical fashion brands need to ditch the guilt.

2.  Recycling rates are probably exaggerated, by up to as much as a third.

3.  Hey, let’s just reduce emissions rather than relying on ever more increasingly crazy schemes.

4.  Would you drink ‘kind milk‘?

5.  Sali Hughes speaks the truth.  Nobody really cares how many times you wear that dress.

6.  Seed saving for the win.

7.  Climate change may mean many things, but apparently, we don’t need to worry about chocolate going extinct.  Collective sighs of relief all round.

8.  I want this for me* my kids,

9.  Something I have oft-pondered – is shopping online more eco-friendly than shopping locally?

10.  Finally, is that gum on your shoe?  The many surprising uses for chewed gum.

Have a lovely Sunday!


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Ten Things

glasgow in the snow

glasgow in the snow

Hello hello!  It’s nice to be back – life threw me an unplanned hiatus!

Child 2 caught a flu type virus, which was heavy going.  Just as she was getting over it, and life started to return to some normality, both my partner and I came down with the same virus, completely knocking us for six.  And then, just as we got over that, we found ourselves slap bang in the middle of a red snow alert area!  We ended up being snowed in for a few days.  Thankfully we had plenty of advance warning, so were able to stock up on supplies before the storm hit.  It also helped that we had no place to be during the red and amber alert periods, so we just hunkered down and tried to make the best of it.

Thanks to the snow days I have read some really interesting articles, so here are 10 good reads brought to you courtesy of The Beast From the East!

1.  Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food – I found myself nodding my head so vigorously whilst reading this article.  “Food supply chains are now often so complicated and opaque that consumers are rarely — if ever – presented with a comprehensive picture of the journey their food has been on. Instead, we have to rely on businesses and individuals at each stage to act ethically – and on supermarkets to provide the information necessary for us to make sustainable choices.  But our trust is tempered by the opposing pulls of supermarkets’ interests. To satisfy customers, they need to make sure that their food is safe to eat and has been produced in a sustainable way – but their first responsibility is to turn a profit for shareholders“.

2.  See also: Europe’s dirty little secret.

3.  Not another ethical fashion brand, please.  An interesting article that makes some really great points.

4.  Does anyone know just how natural their natural beauty products are?  It turns out perhaps not.

5.  Lego, a favourite in our house, is to start producing ‘sustainable’ lego made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugar cane, and it will go on sale later this year.  I’m not 100% certain that bioplastic is the answer – I personally worry that demands on agriculture to grow crops for bioplastics has the potential to conflict with land requirements for food – but I think this is a great start on Lego’s behalf.

6.  In related news, Asda will pay you £10,000 if you can find a scalable and workable solution to the main plastic challenges the supermarket faces.  Time to get your thinking hats on!

7.  Hippie food – how back-to-the-landers, longhairs, and revolutionaries in 1960s America changed the way we eat was a great read – “Hippie foods may have been absorbed into the mainstream (…) but the big hippie idea about food — that our eating has moral, ethical and political implications — has lost none of its power, and continues to feed a movement.”

8.  Something to think about – 64% of bottled water comes from a tap.  Maybe this will help us get over our collective embarrassment over asking for tap water?

9.  Zoo animals now have their own version of Tinder!

10.  Finally, this animation of a protein moving a molecule around a cell is utterly mesmerising.  Also, for anyone intrigued, here is the source.

Have a good week, and keep warm everyone!  And if you are currently snowbound this tweet, in particular, made me laugh so much!