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Ten Things – 14th October 2018

Hiya!  How’s your week been?  There has been a lot of BIG news this week that at times has felt a little overwhelming.  I didn’t post anything in response to the IPCC report, because where to even start, but I did post in response to the brilliant Fashion’s Dirty Secrets documentary – I put together your ultimate guide to ethical fashion.  There’s still time to catch it on iPlayer – it’s a great watch, and interesting to see how brands who say they are doing good (e.g. H&M and ASOS) still refuse to talk to the media about their environmental impact.

1.  The big lie we’re told about climate change is that it’s our own fault

We left the lights on too long, didn’t close the refrigerator door, and didn’t recycle our paper. I’m here to tell you that is bullshit. If the light switch was connected to clean energy, who the hell cares if you left it on?

2.  But also, “feeling this is too big for me is no use to anyone“.

3.  What can you do?  Vote for parties with a strong environmental stance, donate and advocate for a carbon tax.

4.  Incredible.  A plastic-free shopping map of the UK.

5.  Now here’s an interesting thought for a Sunday morning – are plants conscious?

6.  Mushrooms could hold the key in saving honey bees.

7.  The definition of irony.

8.  The BBC is to show the first prime-time film on climate change since 2007.  Why an 11-year moratorium is anyone’s guess, but better late than never.  

9.  Is activism you can Instagram really going to save the planet?

10.  Finally, let’s end with an injured tortoise in its Lego wheelchair.  

Have a great Sunday!

Wendy.x

PS: catch up on last week’s post, in case you missed it.

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Plastic-Free July Ideas To Try This Summer

plastic-free July ideas
plastic free July ideas

Need some Plastic-Free July ideas? I have so many for you right here!

Hello! Happy July everyone! I’m on my holidays right now, so no Ten Things today, but I just wanted to pop in quickly as today marks the start of Plastic-Free July, an annual movement to help reduce the use of single-use plastics. I have tons of Plastic-free July ideas bursting out of my archives!

Plastic-Free July Ideas

As it’s the start of July, I thought now would be a good time to re-publish my plastic-free February post in case anyone is looking for some plastic-free July ideas.  I have amassed a few useful plastic-free July ideas over the years that may be helpful to you!

The Plastic-Free Kitchen

Eco-friendly alternatives to cling film to help you stop buying the plastic stuff.

How to make your own beeswax food wraps.

I found some eco-friendly and plastic-free dishwasher detergent!

There’s plastic in your tea – and plastic-free alternatives to teabags.

How to dry mint leaves for tea – I’m still working my way through my batch from summer.

Whilst on the tea theme – I found the world’s best reusable cup for coffee/tea on the go.

You can still have your crisps and eat them with this seriously tasty zero waste crisps recipe

Skip the bagged salad – here’s how to grow snow pea shoots indoors for the princely sum of 13p.

Finally, I wrote on how to go (almost!) plastic-free in the kitchen.

Plastic-Free Health & Beauty

How to minimise your use of plastic in the bathroom – updated for 2018!

How to make reusable cotton wool pads – say bye-bye to disposable wipes or single-use cotton wool pads!

Washing and cleansing the plastic-free way.

A guide to plastic-free make-up.

Eco-friendly alternatives to glitter if you just can’t live in a world without glitter.

How to have an eco-friendly period

Plastic-Free Bathroom Supplies & Toiletries

Plastic-Free July Cleaning Ideas

My green cleaning favourites

Or there’s this…! ;)

General Plastic-Free Living

How to use reusable nappies – they’re not as scary, difficult, or yucky as you might think!

Surprising items that contain plastic – chewing gum anyone?

How to stop junk mail – that barrage of unwanted plastic that comes through our doors every day.

Are you taking part in plastic-free July?  If so, do share with me your top plastic-free tips, or what hurdles you’ve encountered, or any other useful advice!