botanic gardens edinburgh

Hello!  Good week?  My eldest daughter and I spent Monday at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh spotting squirrels, getting cosy in the tropical glasshouses (above) and looking at beautiful plants, before warming ourselves back up again with hot chocolate.    The rest of the week wasn’t quite so relaxed but you can’t win them all!

This week’s links:

1.  “I’ve decided: fur is the eco-friendly choice, and you won’t change my mind” – a compelling read from Alden Wicker.

2.  An Irish environmental group is taking it’s government to court over inaction on climate change.  I think we will see more and more of this type of action in the coming years.

3.  Ways to live more ethically without getting too overwhelmed.  A useful read!

4.  Community fridges can help the most in need and help prevent food waste.

5.  The dark side of the internet.  I found this a fascinating read.  Take away message?  Not all bloggers or companies are entirely ethical or transparent.

6.  Could hemp fashion be the key to fixing India’s cotton economy?  Do you associate hemp with dodgy 1990’s music festival fashion?  You’ll be pleased to hear it’s moved on since the 90’s.  See exhibit A* and exhibit B*.

7.  A case for “borrow not buy”.  This fashion-sharing community has launched in 9 universities across Ireland and the UK and are hoping to expand to more campuses and workplaces around the globe.

8.  Why do we suck so much?

9.  The eco guide to radical materials – “how, for example, do you take the cow (with its thunderous footprint) out of a pair of leather shoes? Researchers for US startup Modern Meadows have discovered a way of biofabricating leather by brewing collagen (a protein found in cows’ skin) in a liquid form“.  Yum.

10.  Nestle, Hershey and Mars break promises over palm oil use – “this year’s Halloween confectionery will contain palm oil grown on land that should lawfully be habitat to orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, despite commitment to clean up supply chains“.  If you’re looking for more sustainable options here’s a handy guide to the most (and least) ethical chocolate brands.

Have a lovely week and the happiest of Hallowe’ens!  I’m about to watch Stranger Things 2 – so excited!


PS: If you missed it, do catch up on the 22nd October Ten Things post.

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