sheep selfie

We’re six days into our big renovation, and so far we have discovered two rotten flat roofs that need to be replaced.  If that wasn’t bad enough news, we had a fun visit from Building Standards on Thursday and found out that the existing staircase in the house doesn’t comply with building regulations and needs to be ripped out and replaced.  Excuse me while I softly weep in the corner.

Yesterday we spent the day at our local country park and I decided that I want to have some sheep, goats and chickens as pets.  Maybe some pigs too.  As this point in the renovations I’ve realised it’s basically just too tempting to put our house on the market as it is and move to an off-grid smallholding!  Fingers crossed next week runs a bit smoother!

This week’s links:

1.  Hawaii has become the first US state to ban the sale of sunscreen containing chemicals believed to harm coral reefs.

2.  Time to ditch the wet wipes.

3.  The case for imperfect veganism.

Perhaps the idea of veganism as a philosophy, as opposed to a practice, is what’s working against it. A practice is something that you will occasionally screw up, but that’s fine, because you’re working on it every day. If you screw up a philosophy — like a religion — you have exhibited some form of moral failing. A slip-up becomes a sin. And if one has to be perfect in veganism, why try it at all? Perfect, after all, is impossible“.

4.  Related, this story about vegan-shaming made me angry.

5.  Finding zero-waste balance.  Some sage advice from Erin on fitting some zero-waste actions into busy family life.

6.  Would you like pasta with that?  One solution to soggy paper straws.

7.  The complex privilege of shopping ethically.

8.  At 43, I became a vegetarian (and honestly, it wasn’t even hard).  Some lovely words from Sali Hughes:

I had no desire to join a gang that would have clean-eating charlatans and Morrissey for members. I could have it all ways – the occasional juicy steak or hearty pie, and still feel moral, moderate and zestful.

And so it happened while I wasn’t looking. Not so much a moment of clarity as a gradual falling away of scales. There simply came a point when there were so many conditions and disclaimers attached to my diet – no pork, no veal, no intensively farmed, only organic, sustainable and incredibly expensive – that it just seemed easier and more honest to step up and stop altogether“.

9.  Why the ethical fashion movement can’t progress if it ignores plus-size shoppers.

10.  Finally, this article on seven things we’ve learned about Earth in the last 365 days is incredible.

Have a lovely Sunday!


PS: If you missed it, you can catch up on the 29th April Ten things post.

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