weekend links

weekend links

Ten Things

Hello! I have read a lot this week so it’s been hard work picking the best 10. Let’s cut the chit chat and get to it!

This week’s links:

1. Firstly, did you see Climate Change: The Facts on BBC One on Thursday evening? If not, stop what you are doing, go and watch it on iPlayer and come back and tell me what you thought of it. I watched it, and then watched it again – David Attenborough was superb, and hits the nail on the head time and time again.

And if you’re not in the UK, you can watch the programme on YouTube instead – it’s too important to only be available in the UK.

2. Greenpeace is calling on the UK Government to declare a climate emergency now and act on it. You can sign the petition here. At the time of writing, over 143,000 people had signed it, leaving it just 7000 signatures shy of the 150,000 target.

3. It was reported that half of the UK population is willing to pay more to avoid plastic packaging, with half of all respondents saying they would be happy to pay an extra £2 a week – £104 a year – for their food shopping if all the packaging used was eco-friendly and did not include any single-use plastics.

Whilst it’s great that so many people are serious about cutting back on plastic, what struck me most from this was that we’ll never solve anything if plastic reduction is only open to those that can afford to cut plastic from their lives. £2 a week extra is huge when you don’t have any money. Reducing plastic packaging on products, in theory, should be cheaper in some cases as pointless plastic packaging is removed from products – and the Government should be taking stronger steps so that it’s more expensive for manufacturers to produce items wrapped in plastic. That’s my rant for this Sunday.

4. Greta Thunberg is incredible – watch the speech she made at the EU Parliament:

You need to listen to us, we who cannot vote. You need to vote for us, for your children and grandchildren. What we are doing now can soon no longer be undone. In this election, you vote for the future living conditions for humankind. And though the politics needed do not exist today, some alternatives are certainly less worse than others“.

Something to mull over before we all head to the polls in May for the European elections.

5. Climate campaigners may sound naive. But they’re asking the right questions.

6. I had to applaud this Facebook post made to the Tesco Facebook page after one shopper got annoyed about why all their swedes were shrink-wrapped in plastic. I would have linked to the original Facebook post, but Tesco deleted the post after it was shared over 10,000 times and rising – perhaps not liking the bad publicity the post was generating. However, it’s a useful reminder to constantly call-out businesses and politicians over failure to act on plastic and climate change despite the rhetoric they spout.

7. Like a phoenix from the flames. Some serious good news.

8. As Attenborough says, we all should eat beef and lamb less, and eat more plant-based foods. Think plant-based is another word for expensive? Hopefully, these £1 vegan meals (that look so incredibly delicious) can convince you otherwise! There’s even a book: Vegan One Pound Meals that is very much on my wishlist.

9. Emma Thomson was criticised after flying from LA to London prior to taking part in Extinction Rebellion. This is a fantastic response.

10. Finally, do you feel like the polystyrene packaging that comes with large appliances is unavoidable? Hopefully, it won’t be unavoidable for much longer, thanks to the wonder that is the mushroom.

That’s it from me – have a good one!


weekend links

Ten Things

range cooker

Hello! How’s your week been? I’ve had a lovely week off work with my little people, holidaying at home; lamenting Brexit; and finishing up some DIY projects around our house. I’ve also been working on some DIYs for the blog – coming up next week!

I’ve also been planning what to cover on the blog in the coming months, so if there is anything in particular that you’d like to see me write about then do let me know!

This week’s links:

1. In seriously impressive news, the ‘Attenborough effect’ leads to a 53% drop in single-use plastic in 12 months.

Over half of consumers polled in a study said they have reduced the amount of disposable plastic they have been using in the last year, and 42% say products that use sustainable materials are important when it comes to their day-to-day purchases.

2. Norway is in the news again – they have refused to drill for billions of barrels of oil in the Arctic, leaving the whole oil industry surprised and disappointed. The move creates a large parliamentary majority against oil exploration in the sensitive offshore area, illustrating growing opposition to the polluting fossil fuel, which has made the country one of the world’s most affluent.

3. People with asthma are being encouraged to use “greener” inhalers by the NHS, if it is suitable for them.

Around 70% of inhalers used in the UK are the types that have high levels of greenhouse gases  – “environmentally-friendly” dry powder inhalers contain 25 times fewer pollutants. If anyone is thinking about changing their inhaler or needs advice, it is recommended that they visit their GP or asthma nurse.

4. Climate change: yes, your individual action does make a difference.

Individual action is part of the collective. So, while you won’t save the world on your own, you might be part of the solution“.

5. Buying new is not sustainable, not matter how you sew it.

Regardless of how consumption is greenwashed, the ongoing promotion of wants over needs creates an aspirational culture, in which acquisition of the right products is the pinnacle of self-empowerment. No matter how you brand it, buying anything new – especially within the constant churn of the trend cycle – can never be sustainable“.

6. “We can change it all if we want it all, and we do“.

7. Britons throw away 720m eggs a year over best-before date fears – here’s how to test if an egg is fresh or not, regardless of it’s best before date.

8. This is really interesting – a Bristol nursery is trialing a no-toys rule for a month, to see what effect it has on the children. So far kids have been playing outside more often; playing with each other more; and there are positive reports from parents, with one saying “a box becomes a spaceship, a stick becomes a wand, they become a wizard“. This comes at a time when 1 in 4 parents have admitted to throwing away toys that are in perfect working order.

9. Flipping loved the guy in this video.

10. Finally, would you support a climate label for food?

Have a great week!