glasgow in the snow

Hello hello!  It’s nice to be back – life threw me an unplanned hiatus!

Child 2 caught a flu type virus, which was heavy going.  Just as she was getting over it, and life started to return to some normality, both my partner and I came down with the same virus, completely knocking us for six.  And then, just as we got over that, we found ourselves slap bang in the middle of a red snow alert area!  We ended up being snowed in for a few days.  Thankfully we had plenty of advance warning, so were able to stock up on supplies before the storm hit.  It also helped that we had no place to be during the red and amber alert periods, so we just hunkered down and tried to make the best of it.

Thanks to the snow days I have read some really interesting articles, so here are 10 good reads brought to you courtesy of The Beast From the East!

1.  Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food – I found myself nodding my head so vigorously whilst reading this article.  “Food supply chains are now often so complicated and opaque that consumers are rarely — if ever – presented with a comprehensive picture of the journey their food has been on. Instead, we have to rely on businesses and individuals at each stage to act ethically – and on supermarkets to provide the information necessary for us to make sustainable choices.  But our trust is tempered by the opposing pulls of supermarkets’ interests. To satisfy customers, they need to make sure that their food is safe to eat and has been produced in a sustainable way – but their first responsibility is to turn a profit for shareholders“.

2.  See also: Europe’s dirty little secret.

3.  Not another ethical fashion brand, please.  An interesting article that makes some really great points.

4.  Does anyone know just how natural their natural beauty products are?  It turns out perhaps not.

5.  Lego, a favourite in our house, is to start producing ‘sustainable’ lego made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugar cane, and it will go on sale later this year.  I’m not 100% certain that bioplastic is the answer – I personally worry that demands on agriculture to grow crops for bioplastics has the potential to conflict with land requirements for food – but I think this is a great start on Lego’s behalf.

6.  In related news, Asda will pay you £10,000 if you can find a scalable and workable solution to the main plastic challenges the supermarket faces.  Time to get your thinking hats on!

7.  Hippie food – how back-to-the-landers, longhairs, and revolutionaries in 1960s America changed the way we eat was a great read – “Hippie foods may have been absorbed into the mainstream (…) but the big hippie idea about food — that our eating has moral, ethical and political implications — has lost none of its power, and continues to feed a movement.”

8.  Something to think about – 64% of bottled water comes from a tap.  Maybe this will help us get over our collective embarrassment over asking for tap water?

9.  Zoo animals now have their own version of Tinder!

10.  Finally, this animation of a protein moving a molecule around a cell is utterly mesmerising.  Also, for anyone intrigued, here is the source.

Have a good week, and keep warm everyone!  And if you are currently snowbound this tweet, in particular, made me laugh so much!


PS: catch up on my last Ten Things post, from 11th February, in case you missed it.

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