bicycle against brick wall

Hello hello!

I’ve been galavanting this week – I’ve spent most of this week on the south-west coast of Scotland, visiting my family.

Whilst we were away we talked a lot about cycling, so when I got back I loaded up the car and donated my daughter’s old outgrown bike to our local bike recycling centre (find yours here).  In its place, I bought a lovely refurbished Cannondale bike in the right size for her, for not much money.  My daughter is delighted with her new bike, meanwhile, I’m pleased that another kid can get as much joy as she did out of her old bike.  Recycling for the win!

This week’s links!

1.  In very good news, scientists have reported that the number of plastic bags found on our seabeds has plummeted thanks in part to the plastic bag tax.  The bad news is that other types of plastic pollution are increasing, so we’re not out of the water just yet.

2.  Why we must fight for the right to repair our electronics.  I am on board with this – my six-year-old washing machine broke the other month – the bearings failed – and the repairman quoted me £350 to fix it.  He explained that in new machines the bearings are sealed away where they cannot be accessed easily.  Why should fixing appliances be more costly than buying a brand new appliance?

3.  Prince Charles talks sustainable fashion, and how he mends his own clothes.  Although I can’t quite imagine Charles sitting there trying to thread a needle…!

4.  A look at London’s community kitchens – what a lovely way to get to know your neighbours.  “It’s not often you find yourself overseeing the production of a banquet of vegan sushi rolls with ten complete strangers in a lime green community hall on a Friday night. But oddly, it turns out to be the best way to kick off your weekend. This is the mad and marvellous world of community cooking – doing away with the avoid-eye-contact-on-the-tube mentality and getting people who’d never usually interact sitting down together to a great big meal – for free“.

5.  In a disposable age, luxury is something old, worn and beautiful – “As humans, we tend to prize objects we see as beautiful and meaningful, and we often recognize both of those qualities in cared-for items that wear the marks of time passing. It takes time and effort to imbue the things we love with those qualities“.

6.  This retailer has created a “living wage wardrobe”, where every item costs £7.50 or less, but I would love to know if the people who make the clothes are also paid a living wage.

7.  Speaking of who made my clothes: Fashion Revolution Week is coming.  It will run from 23rd to 29th April – it might be a good time to ask Miss Pap who made their clothes?

8.  Sochi in Russia turned orange thanks to windborne dust from the Sahara, and it looks stunning.

9.  I’m not a massive listener of Radio 4, so I have only just discovered the Costing the Earth series.  First on the listening list – the microfibre detectives.

10.  I’ve got summer holidays on my mind.  This amazing place, in Aviemore, is on my list of places I want to stay!  Here’s my list of things to do in Aviemore if you’re inspired to visit.

Have a lovely weekend! Don’t forget, if you missed it, you can catch up on the 1st April Ten Things post.


ps: I updated the is their plastic in your tea article to reflect some recent changes and developments.  A huge thanks to everyone who has tweeted/emailed/signed petitions to lobby tea companies to remove plastic from their teabags: there have been some major positive developments!  As you will see there is also still some work to do too, but we’ve come a long way since last June when I originally wrote the article!

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