allotment bounty

Hiya!  I had a bit of an impromptu break last week – schools went back here on Tuesday so we had one last hurrah and ticket off the last items on our summer bucket list, which meant no time to check in here.  What we did instead was take a trip to a seaside fun fair; picked the fruits of our allotment hard labour (see above – so many apples and plums and the few peas we didn’t manage to eat whilst picking them!); took a trip to softplay and all the other things that are exciting for little ones.  Whilst it was a little bit sad for summer to be officially over for us, I have to say it is nice to have a bit of time to myself in the day (well, when my 19 month takes a nap!).

On to the links!

1. My favourite read of the week was this one, which shows the amazing potential that food waste can have.  I wanted a bit more information as to how the land was left untouched for so long, and I found this which elaborates more on this fascinating story.

2.  Sweatshops exist in the UK, and they are worse than factories in Asia, according to the CEOs of both ASOS and New Look.

3.  I found out this week that dung beetles navigate using the milky way (the milky flipping way!) and it blew my mind.

4.  My internet friend Mel is launching a course on eco family living and it looks incredibly practical and useful.

5.  In one of the strangest questions I’ve ever asked, can miniature avocados help tackle food waste?

6.  Should vegetarians bend their own rules to encourage people to eat less meat?  I don’t know about this – if a friend served me up a piece of meat I wouldn’t eat it out of politeness, so does that make me a bad vegetarian?

7.  What would you expect a forty year old discarded yoghurt pot to look like?  Not like this, that’s for sure, and it’s a stark reminder of why the plastic we throw away goes nowhere.

8.  I know some people may deride green cleaning and green beauty as superfluous nonsense, but this week it has finally been settled that conventional products can be so very harmful.

9.  It’s not all doom and gloom – environmental overlord David Attenborough sees signs of hope for the environment.  I’ve also started following a parody Attenborough account on Twitter.  This tweet in particular made me laugh out loud.

10. And a practical guide on buying kids’ toys and clothes that don’t gender-stereotype.  Gender stereotyping drives me nuts and I felt I spent most of my daughter’s third year of life explaining that girls can be anything that they want to be, and that it’s not just boys that can doctors or scientists or astronauts.  I’d also add Lost Shapes* to the list – sellers of such lovely ethically made gender neutral kids tees.

And three things from Moral Fibres you might have missed:

1. How to save £96 a year just by adjusting your TV.

2. How to wash striped clothes.

3. Handy to keep to hand: what to plant in the autumn.

As always, enjoy the rest of your weekend!  And thanks so much for your lovely comments on my last post – I really really appreciate them!  I worried that many of you would think it was terrible and I was a total hypocrite, but it’s reassuring to hear that so many of you are in the same boat.


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up on 13th August’s Ten Things post here.

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