Hello! How’s your week been? I’ve had a lovely week off work with my little people, holidaying at home; lamenting Brexit; and finishing up some DIY projects around our house. I’ve also been working on some DIYs for the blog – coming up next week!
I’ve also been planning what to cover on the blog in the coming months, so if there is anything in particular that you’d like to see me write about then do let me know!
This week’s links:
1. In seriously impressive news, the ‘Attenborough effect’ leads to a 53% drop in single-use plastic in 12 months.
Over half of consumers polled in a study said they have reduced the amount of disposable plastic they have been using in the last year, and 42% say products that use sustainable materials are important when it comes to their day-to-day purchases.
2. Norway is in the news again – they have refused to drill for billions of barrels of oil in the Arctic, leaving the whole oil industry surprised and disappointed. The move creates a large parliamentary majority against oil exploration in the sensitive offshore area, illustrating growing opposition to the polluting fossil fuel, which has made the country one of the world’s most affluent.
3. People with asthma are being encouraged to use “greener” inhalers by the NHS, if it is suitable for them.
Around 70% of inhalers used in the UK are the types that have high levels of greenhouse gases – “environmentally-friendly” dry powder inhalers contain 25 times fewer pollutants. If anyone is thinking about changing their inhaler or needs advice, it is recommended that they visit their GP or asthma nurse.
“Individual action is part of the collective. So, while you won’t save the world on your own, you might be part of the solution“.
“Regardless of how consumption is greenwashed, the ongoing promotion of wants over needs creates an aspirational culture, in which acquisition of the right products is the pinnacle of self-empowerment. No matter how you brand it, buying anything new – especially within the constant churn of the trend cycle – can never be sustainable“.
7. Britons throw away 720m eggs a year over best-before date fears – here’s how to test if an egg is fresh or not, regardless of it’s best before date.
8. This is really interesting – a Bristol nursery is trialing a no-toys rule for a month, to see what effect it has on the children. So far kids have been playing outside more often; playing with each other more; and there are positive reports from parents, with one saying “a box becomes a spaceship, a stick becomes a wand, they become a wizard“. This comes at a time when 1 in 4 parents have admitted to throwing away toys that are in perfect working order.
9. Flipping loved the guy in this video.
10. Finally, would you support a climate label for food?
Have a great week!