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Hello there! This week I have been enjoying the video of the lady in the red raincoat in 1977. So fascinating! I’ve also been enjoying this Facebook group – terrible art in charity shops – so good in every way! But without further ado, on to this week’s environmental news.

This week’s links:

1. It’s official, July was the hottest month in human history.

In cities and towns around the world, record high temperatures outpaced record low temperatures on nearly a 3-to-1 basis during July, underscoring the fact that this crisis is being felt almost everywhere, by almost everyone.

But there’s an added madness to this crisis. In its annual Statistical Review of World Energy released a few weeks ago, the global oil giant BP confirmed that in 2018 the world burned the most fossil fuels of any year in history. In short: Our addiction to fossil fuels is getting worse and worse even as the planet gets hotter and hotter”.

2. This week Greenland lost 11 billion tons of surface ice. In one day. This caused sea levels to rise by 0.5mm. In one day. Temperatures are currently up to 9C above the 1981 to 2010 average, and it may be the second-largest melt event – in terms of surface area of melt – since records began in the 1950s.

3. Ethiopians planted 350 million trees. In 12 hours.

4. Government intervention works – plastic bag sales fell by 90% in the four years since the 5p plastic bag charge was introduced in England.

5. Fossil fuels are becoming a toxic market – BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager and the single largest investor in the global coal industry, has lost $90bn investing in fossil fuel companies. What a crying shame. Let’s get the violins out for them, shall we?

6. Three steps to a more diverse green movement.

In 2015, Craig Bennett (Chief of Friends of the Earth) referred to the green movement as a “white, middle class ghetto”. This condemnation of the green movement was widely acknowledged, however, 4 years later, little has changed in the movement to make it more inclusive and relevant to a broader and more diverse variety of people“.

7. “This is the beginning of the end of the beef industry” – alternative meats aren’t going to stay alternative for long, and cattle are looking more and more like stranded assets,

8. “Zero waste swaps I’m not making“. Seconded on the dental and sun care products. See also medication.

9. “It’s grown-ups who are doing this and other grown-ups who are letting it happen” – on why if you want to change the world then talk to kids.

10. I’ll end this week’s post with this article on a vampire tree stump. It’s undead and feasting on other trees. Trees. Infinitely fascinating. Seriously – see also exhibit b and exhibit c and tell me trees don’t fascinate you either.

Wendy.x

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Plastic-Free Makeup Remover Tips, Techniques and Products

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A little while ago I wrote about zero-wate and plastic-free makeup, but today let’s chat plastic-free makeup remover.  My tips, techniques and favourite products.  I use the word ‘products’ loosely – you’ll soon see why!   

Sometimes making a plastic-free swap involves swapping from something cheap and single-use to something that’s more durable, but in turn a lot more expensive.  This irks me because this means plastic-free swaps can be out of reach for many, but today we’re keeping things simple and accessible.  

Plastic-Free Makeup Remover Options

1. Soap & A Flannel

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Capitalism and consumerism have brainwashed us into believing that we need complex laboratory engineered solutions to simple things, such as removing makeup, when really we don’t. We need to push back against the expensive glossy marketing campaigns and embrace simpler solutions. And when it comes to taking off your makeup at the end of the day then, really soap, it’s where it’s at, I promise you.

I don’t wear a lot of makeup (not my skillset!) but I do wear some from time to time. Since my teens, I’ve always sworn by the fact that soap and a simple flannel ( or facecloth, washcloth, or whatever you want to call it) does the job at removing makeup superbly and I mostly would not use anything else.

I’m not fussy about which soap I use – I just use the same bar that I use to wash my hands and my body. If you have sensitive skin then you might want something extra gentle, but you do what works for you.

My facecloths aren’t fancy either, just your run of the mill ones I’ve had for years. Using a facecloth is slightly exfoliating, so you don’t even need to buy an exfoliator. Win! I then just pop these cloths in the wash once I’m done. Easy!

2. Natural Oils for Removing Makeup

Most of the time, for my needs, soap does the job. However, if I’ve used mascara then I often find I need a little something else to shift it. Particularly I find that I need something that can gently remove mascara without having to rub hard on my poor eyes. This is when I raid the kitchen cupboard for some natural oil. I promise I’ve not gone crazy – most natural oils do a great job at removing makeup.

Here are just some of them – some of which you probably have to hand in your kitchen cupboard:

Avocado oil

Coconut oil

Jojoba oil

Olive oil

Sweet Almond oil

Carbon footprint wise, if you’re in the UK then olive oil made in the EU (Spain, Italy or Greece are big producers of olive oil) probably has the lowest of the carbon footprints because it travels the least distance to get to us, compared to avocado, coconut or almonds which are all grown much further afield. Something to bear in mind that can’t be repeated enough – just because something is plastic-free doesn’t make it better if it has to travel thousands of miles to reach us – local is almost always better (even if it comes in plastic).

How do you remove makeup with oil? I find massaging in some oil with my fingers removes even the most stubborn of eye makeup.

I then run a flannel/facecloth under warm water, before wringing it out a little so it’s not soaking wet. Next, I place the warm flannel on my face, leaving it for a few seconds before I wipe the oil off with the flannel. I then dry my face and moisturise as usual.

If your skin feels too oily after using the oil, you can use rosewater in a glass bottle as a toner.

3. Solid Plastic-Free Makeup Remover Bars

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If using oil from your kitchen as a plastic-free makeup remover doesn’t do it for you then Lush sell completely packaging-free solid makeup remover bars for around £5. These bars are still oily but aren’t as slippy to use as a glass bottle of oil in your bathroom. Safety first!

To use rub the bar in your hands to release the oils (or swipe it directly on to your face). Then rub the oil into your skin and then remove the oils with a wipe or flannel.

My lovely reusable makeup removal pads were kindly gifted to me by Helen Round, a Cornish maker. Helen and her team make the super-soft pads by hand in her Cornwall studio and are a great buy if you are looking to swap from single-use wipes or pads.

You can also make your own makeup removal pads using this free crochet pattern. If that’s too tricky (I can’t crochet either!) then if you (or a crafty friend) have an old towel (maybe one that’s got a few holes and you were thinking about binning) then you can cut it up into squares to make your own pads. You might want to hem the sides to prevent fraying.

If these options are out of reach then you can 100% just use a facecloth. Let’s not overcomplicate matters or make something simple inaccessible.

What about DIYing Makeup Remover?

I’m a big fan of DIYing – I love making my own products and messing around in my kitchen. For the last little while, I have tried making my own makeup remover solution with a range of different ingredients. In the end, I found nothing as simple, effective, low waste and as low cost at removing makeup as either soap or natural oil, which served as a good reminder to me that not everything has to be complex to work!

Do you have a good plastic-free makeup remover solution? Are you a soap or oil fan? Maybe not convinced to make the switch?