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veganuary soup recipe

Hello! How’s it going? The eagle-eyed might have noticed I took a break last week. We’re trying to make headway with the last of our home renovations. We’ve decided that 2019 is the year we finish work on our house. Seeing as we moved here 4 years ago this year then it’s about time before we go crazy living on a perpetual building site!

This week’s links:

1 A bit of meat, a lot of veg – the flexitarian diet to feed 10 billion.

Experts say cutting down on meat (rather than giving it up), as well as cutting down dairy and sugar, and upping the vegetables, nuts and legumes is proposed as a planet-friendly way to feed us all.

2. Boohoo’s sales growth says heaps about our environmental priorities – but avoiding fast fashion is easier than you think.

3. Citizens in the EU and parts of the USA will soon get a “right to repair” on large home appliances, televisions and lighting. Apparently, the shambles that is Brexit won’t stop the right to repair being implemented in the UK – UK manufacturers will almost certainly need to replicate them if UK firms are to export to Europe.

4. The green movement has a diversity problem. And it’s getting worse.

5. A better way to ‘spark joy’.

6. Good news contact lens wearers – a free contact lens recycling scheme has now launched in the UK.

7. Let’s be kind in 2019 – some great words from Sophie Benson.

Don’t tell your best mate they’re a prick for shopping at Primark. Tell the Primark bosses they’re the true pricks and then, if they ask, tell your mate all the pros about sustainability and let them make a decision in their own time, just like you did. Let’s be kind in 2019.

8. The only 10 year challenge we should really be caring about.

9. Even drug dealers are concerned about the environment.

10. Finally, a found in Aldi alert perfect for Veganuary!

I’m off to make the vegan garam masala carrot soup pictured above. You can’t beat a bowl of soup on a cold January day! Whatever you do today, stay cosy!


weekend links

Ten Things

Hello! And welcome back! I hope you had a great festive season. I spent mine eating all the things, drinking most of the things (responsibly!), and napping at every given opportunity. I liked it a lot. And whilst I disagree with Wizzard, when they sang I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, I definitely wished on more than one occasion that it could be the period between Christmas and New Year every day!

I have to admit, I always find the sharp contrast between Christmas and New Year a bit jarring. How we go from the focus of things being about keeping cosy, doing fun things, and eating comforting food to suddenly, come 1st of January the focus everywhere you turn is about going to the gym, going on diets, and basically being pretty harsh on ourselves at one of the coldest and darkest times of the year. So, if you don’t mind, you won’t find any of that here in January. I’ll be carrying on with the cosy and being kind to myself. Who’s with me? #keepingitkind

This week’s links:

1.This article on “Why should I sacrifice when big companies are to blame for climate change” is brilliant reading.

“The 100 companies that are responsible for 71 percent of emissions are the biggest fossil fuel producers in the world. The best thing that you can do to fight climate change and hold those companies responsible is to take revenge by jumping into, not out of, the climate action game “.

2. If you’re taking part in Veganuary then here is very useful advice for when half of the table goes meatless and you don’t want to cook 3 different meals for 4 people. Following along with intereest.

3. Is sustainability a class issue?

4. Following on from this, 8 simple and inexpensive ways to be a more ethical consumer in 2019.

5. H&M are looking into paying workers more, but it’s more complicated than just increasing wages.

6. Schools are being urged to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022, which couldn’t come soon enough because if you’ve spent any time in any school at lunchtime then you would know what a massive difference this would make.

7. ‘Momentum is growing’: reasons to be hopeful about the environment in 2019.

8. The world’s first no-kill eggs have gone on sale in Germany and could be coming to the rest of Europe soon.

9. A post from here that you may have missed – are biodegradable plastics good for the environment?

10. Finally, I want you to stop recycling.

Have a lovely Sunday, and remember, be kind to yourself! ;)