Hello!  How’s it going?  I have been caught up in a whirlwind of building works and also trying to keep up with my daughter’s school’s festive programme.  if you are a parent of a primary school-aged child then I’m sure you can relate to this

1. Are we approaching climate change all wrong?

I was surprised when violence crept into my speech three years ago when I started working as a journalist covering climate change.  Some ancient spirit took hold of me, and I found myself deploying the narrative of war.  Carbon tax proposals were “battles” to be fought.  Greenhouse gas emissions had to be “slashed.”  As for climate change itself?  Well, that was an issue to “fight” — and “eco-warriors” and “climate hawks” were leading the charge…  The whole “fighting climate change” frame rests on the assumption that opposition is the best way to get things done. 

2.  2018 wasn’t all bad – here are 99 good news stories you probably didn’t hear about.  

3.  You can now buy £1 boxes of soon to expire fruit and vegetables from Morrisons.  The 1 kg boxes, called Too Good To Waste, are filled with short-date produce still in good condition, in a bid to reduce food waste.

4.  Good news beer lovers – Corona is going plastic-free.

5.  Waitrose is also banning glitter.  

6.  Scary stuff – it’s been alleged that Johnson and Johnson baby powder contained asbestosIts usage has also been linked to ovarian cancer.

7.  Proof that tough measures work – Australia banned plastic bags and has cut plastic bag usage by 80% in just 3 months – preventing as many as 1.5 billion bags from polluting the environment.

8.  Supermarket vegan Christmas dishes reviewedFavourite quote: “do be careful with jackfruit as its laxative properties are never going to win the vegan public relations war“.

9.  According to Pinterest, sustainability is dominating.  

10.  Finally, I’ve been on the hunt for plastic-free Christmas crackers because my kids insist that it’s not Christmas without crackers to pull.  I was about to go down the DIY route, but before I had to call upon my limited crafting skills, good old Oxfam came to the rescue when I found these plastic-free crackers* in their online shop.  I checked my local Oxfam before ordering and they didn’t carry them but they may be available in larger Oxfam shops.  If not, there’s currently free delivery on all online orders.

The box I ordered arrived this week, and whilst I haven’t pulled them yet to be able to report on the contents (paper hanging tree decorations) the box itself is also pretty much plastic-free, aside for two small bits of sellotape, and the crackers look great.  I’m looking forward to my Christmas dinner going with a plastic-free bang!

I’m signing off now until after Christmas and New Year, so have a really lovely one.  Thanks for all your support in 2018 and I look forward to catching up in 2019!  


ps: Catch up on the last week’s Ten Things post here.

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