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eco friendly shopping bag

Hello!  Good week? We haven’t had much sleep around here lately (thanks kids!), but yesterday the sun was shining so we headed straight to the beach for a bit of rock pooling, paddling and sandcastle building.  Nothing like a bit of sea air to refresh and revive, and tire out the nippers!

Whilst plastic-free food shopping is something I find tricky in our area, I did also manage to do a bit of plastic-free vegetable shopping this week, at a local pop-up event.  It would be lovely to have something like that running locally on a permanent basis – I bought some delicious plastic-free locally grown fruit and vegetables – getting a lovely bag of vegetables for less than £5.  Some vegan wine and vegan cakes also fell into my shopping basket *ahem*!

On to this week’s links:

1.  Firstly, a really thoughtful article on how vegans and farmers can be allies, which makes for a refreshing change from the vegans vs. farmers articles you normally find.

National media coverage this year has included headlines such as ‘vegans go nuts with threats to farmers’ and ‘farmers speak out about “militant” vegans’.  It seems the media is intent on exacerbating the natural differences that exist between the two groups and latching on to any opportunities to divide us.  The fact that is missing from all this hyperbole is that vegans eat food too.  And we’d like our food to be produced by British farmers and for those farmers to have sustainable and fair employment“.

2.  You couldn’t make this one up – oil companies in Texas are asking for US taxpayers money to protect their refineries from the impacts of climate change, that they had an inordinately large share in contributing to, so that we can keep consuming oil.  Err.  Pass.

3.  One-third of all fruit and veg in the UK are binned for being too ugly.  As an aside, I recently came across Rubies In The Rubble who are trying to reduce this by selling chutneys and relishes using fruit and veg destined for the bin – what a great idea!

4.  Related: instead of binning black bananas make a butterfly banquet.

5.  The impact of climate change on mental health is impossible to ignore.

6.  Reasons to be cheerful: the planet has more trees than it did 35 years ago!

7.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: never underestimate the power of one person’s actions.

8.  Doctors are advising us all to treat a cough with honey before requesting a doctors appointment, in a bid to halt antibiotic resistance.

9.  The rise of alternative pollinators.

10.  Finally, these $35 (£27) flip-flops are made from sugar, and the company behind them are making the technology freely available to other companies.  Could all shoes soon be made from sugar?

Have a great Sunday!


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How To Recycle Inflatables, Paddling Pools & More!

Hello, let’s chat how to recycle inflatables today!

Summer has officially come to a close in Scotland.  All the schools have resumed, and the beaches are quiet, despite being filled with happy kids, fish and chips, ice-creams, buckets and spades, and lilos and rubber rings just a few weeks previously.

If you have kids, or even if you don’t have kids, you may have amassed a collection of inflatables over the summer.  From lilos to rubber rings, from paddling pools to inflatable dinghies, you may have some in your shed or garage or stuffed under the stairs.

The trouble is that these items are delicate and don’t always withstand one summer’s worth of use, or three seasons of storage.  If your inflatable has a puncture that can’t be repaired or is intended for the bin, then don’t bin it – it can be recycled rather cleverly!

The clever people at Wyatt and Jack are having an inflatables amnesty this summer, whereby you can post them your inflatables that would have otherwise gone in the bin – and they will work their magic, turning them into rather funky bags, like the one below:

how to recycle inflatables

If you are an Isle of Wight local, they will collect it from you, otherwise, you can post your inflatable to them at:

Wyatt & Jack Inflatable Amnesty

Unit 7 – Weavers Yard

Lane End


Isle Of Wight

PO35 5US

Wyatt and Jack will kindly refund your postage for you, so recycling your inflatable will cost you nothing, and taking all the hard work out of how to recycle inflatables!

They are also appealing for coastal businesses, cafes, and beach shops to act as collection points for the amnesty – if that’s you or know anyone who fits the bill, then drop Wyatt and Jack an email on hello@wyattandjack.com

Happy recycling!

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