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Hello!  I took a wee break last week – it was my partner’s birthday, so we roped in grandparents and went on a break, just the two of us for our first child free holiday in over 7 years!

We headed west to beautiful Argyll and spent a long weekend relaxing in a beautiful and remote cottage.  I was secretly hoping for terrible weather, so we wouldn’t have to leave the cottage (three words: copper clawfoot bathtub), but the rain stayed away, so we fitted in some archaeological adventures.

I’m so glad we did manage to venture out.  My partner is big on his Neolithic history, so we explored the stone circles, cairns and other Neolithic and Bronze Age finds in the stunning Kilmartin Glen, where I took the photo above.  It’s a truly fascinating place – there are over 800 ancient monuments within a 6-mile radius – and well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.   

In my youth I used to think that a holiday was only a holiday if you went abroad but really, there are some truly stunning places here in the UK – no flying required.  

This week’s links:

1. MPs are investigating the impact of fast-fashion, and have been asking big-name retailers, such as Primark, to justify how they can sell £2 t-shirts.  

2.  The shops and the internet are full of “reindeer food” right now – usually, a mix of oats and glitter that you sprinkle on your lawn.  If that’s a tradition you take part in on Christmas Eve, then the RSPCA are warning that this is dangerous to wildlife owing to the glitter.  Try making your own this year for those hungry hardworking reindeer!  

3.  With Earth beset by conflict, climate change, pollution, and other ills, Anne Lamott asks: what better time to be hopeful?

“In the face of increased climate-related catastrophes—after I pass through the conviction that we are doomed, that these are End Times—I remember what Mister Rogers’s mother said: In times of disaster we look to the helpers.  Look to the volunteers and aid organizations clearing away the rubble, giving children vaccines; to planes and trains and ships bringing food to the starving. Look at Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai, Bill Gates and the student activists of Parkland, Florida; anyone committed to public health, teachers, and all those aging-hippie folk singer types who galvanized the early work of decontaminating the Hudson River”.

Anne Lamott has written a whole book on this: I can only find it in the UK here on Amazon*.  

4.  How the waste leftover from making metals could help reduce CO2.

5.  Britain’s first supermarket with a sizeable plastic-free zone has opened in London.   Hopefully, it can become the norm, rather than the exception.

6.  Trump’s administration finally acknowledged climate change but tried to bury it by releasing the report the day after Thanksgiving.  

7.  The shop where customers can spend hundreds, walk away with nothing and feel great about it.

8.  Germany has big plans, including taxing producers on their packaging.    Products packed in less environmentally friendly packaging will incur larger fees.  One can only hope this idea will make it’s way to the UK, where there is currently no penalty for manufacturers.   

9.  A petition to sign.

10.  Finally, this is what community means.  

Have a great Sunday!  I’m going to do some Christmas shopping for my kids.  Speaking of gifts, I’m running a fantastic fairtrade giveaway with Oxfam over on Instagram, where you can win a wonderful hamper packed full of fairtrade goodies that would make a lovely gift for a friend (or a gift to yourself!).  Hurry, it closes today at 5pm!  


Fashion, Life & Style

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Have you heard of the sustainable clothing brand called tentree?  They are a Canadian ethical clothing company now available in the UK, where, as well as making stylish ethically and sustainably produced outdoors and casual wear, they plant 10 trees for every item you purchase – hence the name!

Trees are planted in seven different countries around the world – Madagascar, Nepal, Haiti, Cambodia, Senegal, Canada and the USA – in partnership with various reforestation charities, such as Trees for the Future – in order to ensure meaningful and sustainable replanting.  For example, in Senegal, agroforests of mango, papaya and guava are being planted to provide local farmers with a sustainable source of income. Meanwhile, in Haiti, an area that has had extensive deforestation, trees such as oak, eucalyptus and pine are being planted to stabilise the soil.    

Of course, it’s not just about the trees (although it’s a good place to start).  As a certified B-Corp, tentree’s ambitious goal is to become the most environmentally progressive brand on the planet.  As such, every tentree item is ethically made using a blend of sustainable fabrics.  From organic cotton, recycled polyester sourced from plastic bottles, non-mulesed merino wool, cork, or coconut – tentree strive to do their best.

Check out their range of ethical clothing for both women and men.  I’ve picked some of my favourite pieces for you to peruse, but there are lots more great pieces over on the website:

tentree Ethical Clothing for Women

tentree clothing

From top left, clockwise:

Sapling t-shirt (£30.99) / Treescape long-sleeve top (£37.99) / Highballer Zip-Up (£71.99) / Tulita Crew Jumper (£59.99). 

It’s hard to pick a favourite from the women’s collection, right? I could quite happily see myself wearing all of these pieces.  What I like best is that tentree’s pieces aren’t too outdoorsy – you could wear them on an adventurous weekend away, but equally these pieces would fit right in on the school run or just lounging at the weekend.  

tentree Ethical Clothing for Men

It’s not just women that are well catered for at tentree, men are looked after too with the equally stylish ranges.  Again, here are some of my favourites from the men’s collection:

From clockwise, top left:

Creation T-shirt (£30.99) / Arawin Half-Zip Hoodie (£61.99) / Stone Henley (£40.99) / Space Bear T-shirt (£30.99)

I may well be slipping one of these pieces under the Christmas tree this year…!

guppyfriend washing bag

As tentree’s items are made often with a mix of recycled polyester, they recommend washing their items (and any synthetic fibres) with a Guppyfriend Washing Bag (£25.99). This clever bag helps to prevent microfibres entering our waterways, and also helps extend the life of your clothing, as well as making a great gift for an environmentally conscious friend.  

Visit tentree to look the full range, where you can also sign up to the tentree mailing list and get 10% off your first order.  You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.