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Hello!  Good week?  Our building work is finished (for now) so we are putting our house back together, slowly, and cleaning and cleaning some more (plaster dust is the worst).  The means I am making lots of cleaning products at the moment and, in procrastination, playing around with old favourite recipes and scents.  No bad thing!

This week’s links:

1. Ireland has become the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuels.  Here’s hoping other countries (*cough* the UK *cough*) won’t be far behind.

2.  In a bold move, this company has just banned meat, citing that they want to lower their carbon footprint.

3.   Apparently, according to Bloomberg, the recycling game is rigged against you.  Apparently, even if you put everything into the right blue bins, a lot of plastics will end up in landfills and the ocean, and consumers can’t solve this problem.

4.  An in-depth look into the effect the beauty industry has on the environment.

5.  Relax, sustainable fashion is easier than you think.

6.  Ethical porcelain for the bedroom, not the mantlepiece. ;)

7.  Starbucks is banning straws, but could the move see them use more plastic?  It’s an important lesson in remaining critical of any supposed eco developments.

8.  Relatedly, perhaps plastic straws aren’t the problem?

It all sounds virtuous — but in reality, it’s likely to make matters worse. Straws make up a trifling percentage of the world’s plastic products, and campaigns to eliminate them will not only be ineffective but could distract from far more useful efforts“.

9.  Could hedgerows, those wildlife and biodiversity havens that farmers removed, make a comeback?  Maybe.  Apparently, the heatwave has shown a renewed appreciation of hedgerows.

10.  Finally, a different kind of trashy beach read.

Have a good week!


PS: catch up on 8th July’s post here, if you missed it.

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