weekend links

weekend links

Ten Things

green blog uk

green blog uk

Hiya!  How are you?  I have to admit – I am really struggling with January this year.  Anyone else really fighting the urge to just curl up and hibernate for the rest of the month?

Writing fell by the wayside, but I did do a fair bit of reading by the fireside, and there were heaps of good environmental news this week worth sharing in case you missed any of it:

1. Theresa May wants to introduce a plastic free aisle in supermarkets.  She also plans to expand the 5 p carrier bag charge to all shops in England and Wales (in Scotland the charge already covers all shops), and she is looking to extend this charge to single use plastic containers, such as takeaway boxes.  Additionally she is looking to ban all avoidable waste by 2042.

I think these are great steps forward, but the time frame is far too long.  We need action now.  Plastic as we know it has only really existed for the past 60 years or so (these diagrams are pretty useful if you’re struggling to get your head around it all), and we’ve gotten in to so much of a mess in such a short time frame, that adding another 25 years on top of that is crazy.

2.  The Government is also planning a 25p latte levy on takeaway coffee cups.  Again, I think this is great – the carrier bag charge reduced plastic bag use by a huge percentage – but a tax on the consumer puts little onus on the cup manufacturers to switch to greener manufacturing materials.  But this happened so it’s not all bad.

3. Scotland is set to ban plastic cotton buds AND the microbead ban came into force on Tuesday!

4.  Finally, in what I think is THE biggest environmental news of the week is that the city of New York is to divest $5 billion in pension funds from fossil fuels and sue oil companies over their contribution to climate change.  Other cities are predicted to follow suit in what could be a devastating blow to the fossil fuel industry.  Bring it on!

5.  All news-ed out?  Don’t worry, Ten Things isn’t going to turn into the week in review!  This last news based story is the good news that BBC is following the success and impact of Blue Planet 2 with more hard hitting nature documentaries.  Thank you David Attenborough!

6.  Fitting for the 6th item of Ten Things, could you wear just six items of clothing for 6 weeks?  Labour Behind The Label are challenging you to do so, to challenge our increasing reliance on fast fashion, and to raise funds for garment workers worldwide.

7.  Food for thought.

8.  Snow in the Sahara?  Crazy talk!

9.  “Things I’ve learned in a year of ethical shopping“.

10.  Finally, if you have 10 minutes I would heartily recommend watching this lovely video.  It’s the beautiful story of one man’s mission to restore North America’s redwood forests and will really help restore your faith in humanity.  My partner and I watched it the other evening, and it’s one of the best things I’ve watched in a long time.  What an inspiring man and a helpful reminder of what one person can achieve.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I will be hibernating, that’s for sure!


weekend links

Ten Things

uk eco blog

uk eco blog

Hello!  Nice to see you again!  Did you have a good festive season?

We pretty much went into hibernation from the 24th December to the 2nd January, and it was just what we all needed.  We barely left the house, ate lots, watched TV in front of a roaring fire, read books, baked, and slept as much as we could.  I’m kind of a little sad to back in the real work after our week long hibernation, but boy, we were so happy to have some good and proper rest.

Some links for you now:

1.  Some great news to start with – meet the animal species discovered in 2017, including species scientists had previously presumed extinct.

2.  A good read.  The $10 t-shirt is not the problem.  It’s just a symptom of the problem.

3.  Could the world become uninsurable?

4.  Apparently men won’t help save the planet because it’s too girly, and products should be marketed as more, and I quote, “men-vironmentally friendly”.  Give me strength.

5.  A new rule for 2018 for when you visit any beach.  Imagine if we all did this what a difference it would make.

6.  Controversial.  Quartz say being vegan isn’t as good for humanity as you might think.

7.  Donald Trump worryingly can’t tell the difference between weather and climate.

8.  An interesting account of a year of no shopping – “The things we buy and buy and buy are like a thick coat of Vaseline smeared on glass: We can see some shapes out there, light and dark, but in our constant craving for what weel may still want, we miss life’s details“.

9.  I love Ellen.

10.  Why fashion is a feminist issue.  A great piece by Mel Wiggins.

Finally, in something new for 2018, I’ve put together a preview video for my upcoming YouTube channel!  It was a family affair – I did the filming and my partner (who is a graphic designer and musician) recorded the music, animated my logo for me and did the initial video editing.  He’s since taught me basic video editing so I am looking forward to sharing my new found skills with you!

The Moral Fibres YouTube Channel invites you to brew a cup of tea and sit down and have a chat about green stuff with me.  Like here on the blog, I’ll be discussing all sorts of aspects of green living, tackling one theme per video, and I’m looking forward to sharing the first video with you soon!  I’ll share the first video here, but you can also subscribe to the channel in YouTube so you can always catch each episode.

If there is anything in particular you’d like to see discussed on the channel then do let me know!