The Green Eco Box – Subscription Box That Does Good

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I was kindly sent a Beauty in the Box* by Green Eco Box to test and enjoy. I am really excited to introduce you to this box as I enjoyed exploring it and I really feel they make a difference!

The Green Eco Box is a company that offers you some wonderful artisan products from around the globe whilst promoting more environmental living and it fights against the big problems in our world today: global warming, deforestation and loss of biodiversity. It is a one of a kind product and service with a small but dedicated team behind it to make it all happen. At the heart of the company is the love for our planet and it’s inhabitants, which can be seen in every aspect the company does from their values and ethos to their products.

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The Green Eco Box has two types of boxes on offer the Beauty in the box and Bee happy box. Bee happy box is a monthly subscription box that is full of amazing sounding artisan gourmet foods like jams, biscuits and tees, whereas the Beauty in the box (which I received) is a bimonthly box full of artisan beauty products. What is really amazing is that that Green Eco Box has partnered up with amazing charities, for example for the sale of each box the organisation 1 tree will plant a tree in either Haiti or California and depending on which box you choose they gift 3-5€ to WWF or Greenpeace.

In the box I received: Shower Gel from Creamy Stuff, Shampoo bar from Sauberkunst, Soap from Les Belles de Savon, Bath melt from Autour du Bain, samples of chocolates from Valrhona, Tea from Higher Living and a sheet of seeds, which when planted will grow carrots. The seeds are untreated which is all the better for me and the soil I will plant them into! I can’t wait to try it out and see if I can grow my own carrots. My kitchen garden is growing!!

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My Experience

Shower Gel – Creamy Stuff

A pomelo scented shower gel which is not tested on animals and is paraffin, paraben and palm oil free. In addition, it is handmade and vegan.

I like the scent of the shower gel, although it is a bit sweet. The consistency was milky, but little goes a long way and it felt luxurious when showering with it. The only criticism I have for the product is that it is in a plastic bottle and therefore I don’t know if I can recycle it here.

Shampoo bar – Sauberkunst

A mango lassi scented shampoo bar that is cruelty-free approved by PETA and handmade with wonderful ingredients that will make sure your hair will only get nourishment and none of the ugly stuff.

This was definitely my favourite product from the box and one that I will probably keep buying as it became one of my favourite shampoos ever! The scent was fairly strong, thankfully I like mangoes. And the first time I used it I had to lather quite a lot to get enough product into my hair, however, it washed my hair wonderfully but still gently, as it doesn’t have any soap in the shampoo. The bar is small and would travel well, but also I have washed my hair several times using it and I don’t think it has diminished at all, so will definitely last me a long time!

Soap – Les Belles de Savon

This is a multifunction ‘soap’ that is suitable for hair, body and face, as well as due to it’s natural and perfume free nature it’s suitable for all different skin types and even for babies. It’s full of wonderful ingredients that will make your skin soft and your hair clean.

I tried this bar on my hair, which it washed well and on my skin which was left soft. The scent is fairly natural, maybe slightly peaty, but not in a bad way. The scent after the shower is wonderfully natural. The actual bar is like a balm and a pleasure to touch and use. This would be a wonderful product to take with you when travelling as you won’t need any other product in the shower with you!

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The chocolates were nice and the teas had a wonderful flavour of not being too berry, which is usually what I dislike in teas like this. I especially loved the tea with watermelon as it was flavourful but fresh, yummy!

I loved trying these different products and appreciated the uniqueness of each product and the work Green eco box does. What I also like is that if you liked any of the products you tried or if you missed a product that you would like to try you can buy them from the Green Eco Box eboutique!

I think the box is a unique way to be introduced to new brands you wouldn’t otherwise find and like me fall in love with new products. Each box contains something new and interesting and you know that the money you put into the box goes towards supporting small brands and their craft as well as great charities, which I love! I also like that many of the products were third-party certified which made me trust the work Green Eco Box is doing that much more!

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Subscriptions:

Monthly subscription of Bee Happy box is 42€ (approx. £37.5) delivery is included to EU, Switzerland and the UK, additional costs for deliveries to other countries.

Bimonthly subscription of Beauty in the Box is 33 € (approx. £29.5) delivery is included to EU, Switzerland and the UK, additional costs for deliveries to other countries.

 

Right now if you subscribe you get 15% off, which is a great deal to try this box now. Check it out!

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Boxi joka tarjoaa sinulle mahtavia tuotteita eri nurkista maailmaa ja samalla promoaa ja tukee ympäristöystävällisiä elämäntapoja, sekä taistelee isoja ongelmia vastaan kuten: ilmaston lämpeneminen, metsä kato sekä luonnon monimuotoisuuden kato. Tämän erikoislaatuisen tuotteen ja palvelun taustalla on pieni mutta hyvinkin omistautunut tiimi joka varmistaa että jokainen boxin tuote on harvinainen ja korkea laatuinen.

Green Eco Box:illa on kahden tyyppistä boxia tarjolla: Beauty in the box ja Bee happy box. Bee happy on kuukausittainen tilaus-boxi joka sisältää artisaani herkkuja kuten gourmet hilloja, keksejä sekä erikoisempaa teetä. Beauty in the box (boxi jonka minä sain kokeiluuni) on tilaus-boxi joka tulee joka toinen kuukausi ja sisältää artisaanien tekemiä korkealaatuisia kauneus tuotteita, joita ei ole testattu eläimillä. Vielä mahtavampaa on että Green Eco Box on lyöttäytynyt yhteen hyväntekeväisyys järjestöjen kanssa ja jokaisesta boxista menee 3-5 euroa joko WWF:lle tai Greenpeace:lle, sekä 1 tree hyväntekeväisyys järjestö istuttaa yhden puun per jokainen boxi joko Haitiin taikka Kaliforniaan.

Minun boxini sisälsi: Creamy Stuff suihku geelin, Sauberkunst kiinteän shampoopalan, Les Belles de Savon saippuan, Autour du Bain kylpypallon, Valrhona suklaata, Higher Living teetä, sekä siemenpaperin jonka siemenistä kasvaa porkkanoita! En malta odottaa että saan kasvatettua itselleni porkkanoita ja levitettyä pientä keittiö puutarhaani.

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Kokemukseni

Creamy Stuff – Suihkugeeli

Tämä suihkugeeli oli pomelon tuoksuinen, sitä ei ole testattu eläimillä, se ei sisällä haitallisia kemikaaleja eikä palmuöljyä. Suihkugeeli on käsin tehty ja vegaani.

Vaikka suihkugeelin tuoksu tuntuikin hieman makealta, pidin siitä silti. Tuote tuntui luksukselta kun se oli niin maitoinen ja pieni määrä riittää pitkälle. Olisin toivonut, että tuote olisi pakattu muuhun kuin muoviin, mutta muutoin olin kovin tyytyväinen kokemukseeni.

Sauberkunst – kiinteä shampoopala

Tämä kiinteä shampoopala oli herkullisen mangolassin tuoksuinen ja yksi ehdoton lempi tuotteistani boxissa. Se on PETA:n hyväksymä ja sisältää ihania luonnollisia tuotteita jotka ravitsevat hiuksiamme.

Tämä tuote riittää todellakin pitkälle. Vaikka shampoopala onkin pieni, käytin sitä useampaan kertaan, enkä huomaa että sitä olisi kadonnut minnekään. Hiukseni tuontuivat pesun jälkeen puhtailta sekä terveiltä ja tuoksu pysyi pitkään. Tämä tuote olisi mahtava mukaan reissuun ja on ehdottomasti tuote jonka ostaisin uusiksisin!

Les Belles de Savon – saippua

Oikeastaan tämä ei ole saippua vaan pala jolla voi pestä hiukset, kropan ja kasvot, mutta joka ei sisällä saippuaa vaan muita ainesosia jotka ovat hellävaraisia mille tahansa iho tyypille atooppisesat vauvan ihoon. Se pesee hyvin ja on luonnollinen eikä sisällä parfyymeja.

Kokeilin palaa hiuksiini ja kroppaani ja olin oikein tyytyväinen tuloksiin. Tuoksu oli kevyen tervamainen, mutta pidin siitä, ja pesun jälkeen koin tuoksuvani hyvin luonnolliselle. Tuote tuntui hyvin pehmeältä ja ylelliseltä. Tämä on myös tuote joka toimisi mahtavasti matkassa mukana, kun et muuta tuotetta suihkuun tarvitsekkaan.

Tykkäsin paljon suklaista ja vain harmitti ettei niitä ollut enempää. Yleensä en pidä marja teestä, mutta nämä teet olivat hyvin raikkaita ja erityisesti pidin siitä joka sisälsi vesimelonia, se oli aivan ihana!

Minusta oli ihana kokeilla näitä tuotteita, joita en varmasti olisi muuten tullut kokeilleeksi. Jokainen oli korkealaatuinen ja ihana elämys. Aloin arvostaa Green Eco Box:ia ja heidän työtään vain enemmän! Nyt heidän netti sivuiltaan löytyy myös eboutique, joten jos missasit jonkun tuotteen tai haluat ostaa lisää jotain mistä tykkäsit se onnistuu helposti.

Minusta Green Eco Box on aivan ihana uniikki palvelu joka tutustuttaa sinut brändeihin joihin et muuten luultavasti tutustuisi. Se mahdollistaa uusien tuotteiden kokemisen ja tukee pieniä artisaani tekijöitä ympäri maailmaa, sekä varmistaa että jokainen tukee myös hyväntekeväisyyksiä. Oli myös mahtava huomata kuinka monet tuotteen oli certifioitu, joka sai minut vain luottamaan tähän boxiin enemmän! Heidän nettisivuja voi toistaiseksi käyttää vain englanniksi, saksaksi ja ranskaksi, mutta toivottavasti tulevaisuudessa he laajentavat myös muille kielille.

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Tilaus jaksot:

Bee Happy box:in kuukausittainen tilaus on 42€ per boxi. Hintaan sisältyy postimaksut Eu:n sisällä mukaan lukien Sveitsi ja Iso-Britannia.

Beauty in the Box:in joka toinen kuukausittainen tilaus on 33 € per boxi. Hintaan sisältyy postimaksut Eu:n sisällä mukaan lukien Sveitsi ja Iso-Britannia.

 

Juuri nyt uudet asiakkaat kirjauduttuaan saavat 15% alennusta. Tuo on mahtava hinta kokeilla boxia ja tutustua uusiin artisaani tuotteisiin. Vieraile heidän sivuillaan täältä!

 

With love,

Lii

 

*Green Eco Box gifted me with a free box to test and write about, however, all opinions are my own / Sain boxin lahjaksi Green Eco Box:ilta, mutta kaikki mielipiteet ovat omiani.

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Sustainable News of July 2018

Climate Change

What’s Warming The World – This is an old article but explains in a clear way what really is warming the planet and explains how other factors can be taken out of the equation.

Trump Tried To Stop These Teens Suing Over Climate Change. It Didn’t Work – And the long-awaited trial is coming. I am very intrigued by how it’s going to go.

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Fashion

Colombian Students Take Home Prize For Sustainable, Eco-Friendly “Vegan Wool” – It is dubbed ‘Woocoa’ and is made out of coconut fibres, hemp and mushroom enzymes. It is a very interesting innovation and definitely something that vegans are looking for. In addition, it is biodegradable and eco-friendly. They won the challenge set by PETA and Stella McCartney.

Circular Fashion Is The Future Of Fashion – An article explaining and introducing the circular fashion movement and how the industry is heading that way.

It’s Not Just Burberry – Burning Clothes Is Fashion’s Dirty Open Secret – Although Burberry is under fire at the moment in the fashion industry it is a general practice that garments not sold are burned or disposed of in other ways, because they want to keep their exclusivity, luxury and keep others from copying their work. It is a problem in the industry that works so fast it often over produces items and because factories that make them require certain minimum orders to actually fulfil orders at a certain price.

Luxury Brands Are Snapping Up Farms To Control Their Supply Chains – A way to take control of their supply chains, but what are the consequences for economies in those countries or for monopolising certain markets?

Who The Hell Wants To Only See White Women In Sustainable Fashion – This article is actually slightly older than from July, but still very relevant! We should see more diversity within the sustainable fashion brands.

Your Messy Closet Is Costing You Money – Do you remember what is in your closet?

Allbirds Is Making Sustainable Shoe Soles Out Of Renewable Sugar Cane – I really wish this would become more widespread, but would also look into how they get their sugarcane and does it contribute to the deforestation.

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Plastic

Starbucks Bans Plastic Straws, Ends Up Using More Plastic – What are they substituting the straws with? Does this sound like they are trying to be more sustainable or rather just jump on the zero waste hype bandwagon and greenwash their company?

10 ‘Stealth Microplastics’ To Avoid If You Want To Save The Ocean – Most of these were not surprising to me, but some were very surprising!

Scientists Created Plastic Wrap Alternative From Seashells And Plants – Excellent! Excited to see if they will bring it to the market.

Wildlife

87% Of The World’s Oceans Are Dying: Report – Due to climate change, overfishing and pollution the majority of the world’s ocean’s ecosystems have been affected. Check from the article why it is important to take action now.

90% Of World’s Largest King Penguin Population Has Vanished – It is a sad reality of Climate Change.

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Social

Google Is Giving Nigeria Free Wifi – What is becoming a third most populated country can benefit from free access to the internet through which they can access technology, increase their earning potential and increase access to health care.

Vegan, Ethically Made Condoms – Quirky Queer explains why the main brand condoms might be harming you and why it might be better to switch to other brands, with links to the better brands. Great post!

Charities Are Failing To Tackle ‘Endemic’ Sexual Abuse In The Aid Sector, Warn MPs – A problem which we hear too rarely about, however, is a big problem that should be talked more about to make a systemic change.

There Are More Statues Of Goats Than Real Women In The UK. But That’s About To Change – I don’t have anything against goats but am surprised why the UK has statues of goats? Now, there will finally be change and there will be a few more statues of women, however, they will be smaller than the gold statues Oscars winners get. Don’t know if that is a win?

There’s A Problem With Outright Banning Plastic Straws – Do we consider every person’s needs when doing this?

Brexit Could Cost Women Their ‘Fundamental Rights’, Warns Human Rights Report – Great…

Measuring The Cost Of Conservation – Conservation can be tough on the poor local economies.

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Energy

Egypt Is Building World’s Largest Solar Energy Park – Great news for renewable energy!

Wealthy Nations Are Pushing ‘Dirty Energy’ Projects Across Africa – Not so sustainable.

Other

One Million Ton Of UK Waste Carpet Diverted – Excellent! I hope this can show how recycling can work.

Watch Out For Greenwashing On Compostable Products – This article is mostly for US audience, however, I think it is fairly transferable to other nations as well and it pinpoints how the eco-industry is trying to capitalise on the hype of eco products without considering whether there is infrastructure to handle its demands.

Fern’s Sequence Genome Holds Environmental Promise – Ferns could be the answer to agriculture as insects, in general, are not fond of the plant.

 

Did you read any other interesting news? Share them with me in the comment box below.

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of July 2018

July has been the hardest month of the year. It started with grief and it didn’t get much better. Every one of us faces times that are not so easy, but finding little things that make you happy will show you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is funny to think that the beginning of July was so warm, as now it is fairly cold in Scotland. It is a relief, even though throughout winter I know I will be wishing back those warm summer days.

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New coffee shop – I don’t go out a lot for coffee or food, but cooped up in my house all day working makes me want to get out every now and again. I already have my favourite spots in my local area and am happy when a new great place opens up. Space speciality coffee has a great coffee selection, amazing cakes and beautiful and instagrammable interior!

Seagull babies – There are two seagull babies on the roof of the house I see from our window and this week we’ve been seeing them learning to fly. It is absolutely adorable seeing their clumsy tries but eventually succeeding. I could spend hours just looking at them in amazement!

The Wonder – I’ve been reading the book by Emma Donoghue, the one who also wrote ‘Room’. She is an amazing writer and I can’t seem to be able to put the book down!

Sustainable period – I finally got myself a menstrual cup and I can’t wait to have a try!

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Campaigns

A zero-waste shop into Edinburgh – The crowdfunding for a new zero-waste shop that is based on community interest and using profits to support oceanic cleanup and on the local environmental project. It sounds great and especially if you are based in Edinburgh I recommend supporting them!

Team Waveney walk for water – A team of friends and their children have decided to walk for water to raise awareness of the hardship women and children face when they do not have access for clean water easily like we do. They want to mirror the walk to understand the hardship, raise awareness and raise money for those communities. This is an amazing campaign and an important issue to be talked about. I really recommend supporting it!

Support a Not-for-profit Zero Waste Glasgow – A campaign to support a stall which raises awareness of zero-waste in Glasgow and to reduce plastic waste. An important campaign, especially for Glasgwegians!

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Reading

The Important Truths About Zero Waste – An article by Considered Life that delves into why zero waste is important and what it is we should actually be concentrated on to make our lives more sustainable. Also helps you feel more content with the progress you are doing and doesn’t blame you for getting there little bit at a time. Excellent post, which I really recommend everybody to read!

Zero Waste Near You – This post is excellent if you want to find zero waste shops in your town in the UK! I found out that there already is one such shop in Glasgow, another coming soon and one zero waste shop for paints and other products as well. I will have to check them out soon!

10 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself During Your Period – Some excellent tips that will definitely help you and make you understand your body better during your period.

Bee Saving Paper Could Bring Bee Population Back From The Brink – A new type of paper which is infused with a certain type of glucose which helps provide bees energy and with UV lights that attract their attention, could actually help the bees have food and last longer. This amazing creation is also full of seeds that will flourish into flowers that bees will want to eat. Truly a paper that you will want to through into nature!!

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Media

Excitedly expecting The Favourite – This short teaser trailer had me completely hooked!

memory: no. twothousandsevenhundredandtwentyfive – A beautiful short video by my friend that portrays grief. Made me cry and I believe would make anybody who is going through grief. It is beautiful, sad and content at the end.

 

What were your happy moments in July? Any little things you want to share?

With love,

Lii

Sustainable News of June 2018

Power

How Solar Minigrids Could Brighten Economic Prospects For Unserved Millions In Africa – A way of helping out the small communities be independent.

BP Just Bought The UK’s Biggest Electric Car Charging Network – Great job, although I hope this will also continue the development into the positive direction it’s been going.

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Animal Conservation

Improving Seabird Conservation In Patagonian Ecosystem – Only 3% of the world’s oceans are protected even though their ecosystems are crucial for the rest of the life on our planet. However, researchers have identified an area in Patagonia which if left for conservation could save 20% of the seabird population.

How Brands Can Bee Of Help In Protecting Pollinators – A list of things brands can do to support a healthy bee population. It is also a thing you can do or check if companies are doing it. Bees are an integral part of our ecosystem and the world sustainability!

Belize Praised For Saving It’s Huge Coral Reef From Utter Destruction – Amazing news and I hope to hear more of them soon!

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Nutrition

In India, Swapping Crops Could Save Water and Improve Nutrition – India’s population is expected to grow at a rapid speed whilst the country is already facing malnutrition and water scarcity.

5 Apps Helping To End Hunger And Food Waste – It’s great to hear so many companies and people are fighting this battle!

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Social

War And Climate Change Force Parents To Trade Girls For Cows In East Africa – The sad reality is that the families might not see any other solution and they think they are giving a better life for their girls as well.

South Africa Is One Major Step Closer To Health Care For All – Although it is one of the most economically stable countries on the African continent only 10% of the population can at the moment afford health care.

Corporate

Microsoft, Tiffany & Co Lead Global Agreement On Responsible Industrial Scale Mining – Many big companies have come together to change modern mining to be more responsible, only time will show what will happen.

Hiding In Plain Sight: The Carbon Cost Of Everyday Products – This article explains quite well the different aspects we wouldn’t even think go into everyday products and how they contribute to the climate change.

Nestlé Suspended From Sustainable Palm Oil Group Over Poor  ‘Conduct’ – Although the topic does not surprise me when reading the article I noticed how even such certifications can be very misleading.

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Fashion Industry

How A Practical Guide To Sourcing Sustainable Cotton Could Help Transfer The Industry – We all know it exists, but with all the different certifications it can be difficult to know what sources to trust and what not.

Innovation In Apparel: 2018 Pulse Check – Circular apparel is becoming more and more prevalent topic in discussions about the fashion industry and there are many innovations and support networks coming up to help with it. Check out what is happening at the moment.

Trending: New EMF Collaborative, G-Star Raw, Parsons Students Latest To “Make Fashion Circular” – The major players in fashion are coming together to “Make Fashion Circular” by uniting behind three principles: business models that keep clothes in use, materials that are renewable and safe, and solutions that turn used clothes into new clothes.

A Fabric Bank Is Trying To Turn Brazilian Fashion Accountable and Sustainable – Seeing the economic benefits of all the textiles I hope to hear more about it!

Thermore Presents 100% Recycled Blow-in Insulation – There is finally an alternative to duck down that should work as well as duck feathers but are cruelty-free, recyclable and don’t seep microplastics.

Insects Supply Chitin As Raw Material For Textiles Industry – Insects that are being used for feed industry shed their shell several times which in general is waste but has now been found to have a potential raw material for the textile industry.

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Other

4 Things The UK Government Must Do In ‘Crucial’ Year For Hitting Climate Targets – The UK is far behind their targets for 2020 and 2030 although they are doing slightly better than in 1990.

In A Warming World, Could Air Conditioning Make Things Worse? – Air conditioning worsens the air quality and as the temperatures rise they are being used more and more.

 

If you have any other news to share please share them in the comment box below!

With love,

Liisa

Happy Favourites of the Week – Pirate Women and HBO

Holiday in Finland – I can’t say it is a holiday whenever I visit Finland because the schedule is almost even busier than at home and all the energy is used on socialising with people who you haven’t seen in at least 6 months. This time was the same. Within the first 7 days, we had visited 7 different cities. There were summer parties, surprise visits and more coffee breaks than I would normally do in a month. Still, it is worth it to see all the people we love and by the end of the week, we got to spend very relaxing mid-summer without any extra hassle.

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Dry oat and seed bread – My mum made me try them and I am hooked! Too bad I only brought 3 packs with me home. They will be finished soon!

Great catsitter – When we are away for a long time I am always stressed about how the cats are doing. It is always tough going on any holidays and leaving them by themselves when they are so affectionate and like being in people’s company. So having a catsitter who reports everything about them with a bunch of pictures is calming! And coming back home to cats who are not mad at you is even better!

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Big Little Lies Theme Song – The song by Michael Kiwanuka suits the show well, but is also a pleasure to listen!

HBO – My brother loaned me his logging details for while we were in Finland and we managed to watch Big Little Lies, which I had been dying to watch for ages, and we finished the second season of the Westworld. Big Little Lies wasn’t quite as good as the hype around it, but still interesting and the ending was so satisfying!

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Pirate Women – I recently started reading a book about women who were pirates. It writes about the largely unknown women who were pirates to show the hidden information we didn’t know about the history and about the fascinating lives of pirates. I am hooked already, and I’m only in chapter two!

Friends Trivial Pursuit – I and my friends love playing various quiz games, which has probably come apparent on the blog and Trivial Pursuit is definitely one of the games we play on a regular basis. So it is quite obvious that we run out of questions (or rather have played it so many times we remember all the questions) and we’ve had to start acquiring new ones. I like buying bite size boxes of questions because they take up less space and I don’t have any need for a whole new game. We’ve had versions on Harry Potter and the Big Bang Theory for ages now, but what I’ve been looking for for years has been Friends. And you should’ve seen how happy I was when I finally found them! It’s going to be endless questioning time with these now!

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Summer Weather – It’s been very uncommon weather in Scotland this summer. We’ve had such a heat wave that the people have started to complain, which I find funny, as usually, I hear in the autumn ‘how poor the summer was’ when they’ve enjoyed two weeks of sun. Well, they can’t say that this summer!

 

How was your week?

Obviously, all of this happened in more than a week’s time and I am considering changing this topic to a Happy Favourites of the Month. Let me know what you think of the change!

With love,

Lii

Sustainable News Of The Month May 2018

What people are doing around the world

45,000 Norwegians Join Massive Beach Clean Up – Since 2011 Norwegians started a custom when they go to clean up their beaches in growing recognition of the ocean pollution. Every country should be doing this and not only have one day a year but much more often!

Fed Up With Plastic, This Man Got Kenya To Ban It – Such an inspiring story about a man who didn’t stop but worked until he got his wish and made his country better for it!

Hawaii Lawmakers OK Ban On All Sunscreens Harmful To Coral Reef – Excellent and hopefully this will make people recognise how they might harm the coral reefs!

A Team Of Female Engineers Brought Running Water To This Guatemalan Village – Instead of going to celebrate spring break they decided to help a community and making their life easier, making especially women’s lives easier. How amazing!

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Social

This App Hopes To Reduce Child Marriages In Bangladesh – A place where especially girls are still forced to marry when they are children. Let’s hope this is coming to an end with this app!

Malawi Just Made It Easier For Women To Run For Office – Malawi is striving for equality and has reduced the price women would pay to apply for office by 25%.

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Fashion

Reimagined Future For Sustainable Nanomaterials – What our future will be made of and what future designers will be working with, as long as it will be made sustainable!

Calling Into Question Ethical-Sourcing Certificates – Consumers are becoming increasingly more aware of unethical practices and therefore shopping trends are changing towards more ethical, however, can they really trust all the certificates out there?

How Apparel Sector In Vietnam Promoting ‘Business Sustainability’ Concept – As an answer to Rana Plaza Vietnam is changing their manufacturing to be more social and increasing employees wages.

Can Transparency Alone Transform the Fashion Industry – Is one of the topics discussed at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Very interesting!

Brands Take Note: Gen Z Is Putting Money Where Its Values Are – Again, not surprising, but I am so happy to see that a growing number of people is thinking about their values when shopping.

Aquafil-H&M Collaboration, Cotton-Dyeing Process Making Textiles More ‘Effective’ – A new innovation into cotton fibre making it more absorbent when dyeing, therefore, requiring fewer chemicals and water in the process.

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Food and Environment

Extend The Sugar Tax – With the UK’s introduction of sugar tax, many companies are replacing sugar with other additives which aren’t any better for us.

How Safe Is Chrolinated Chicken? – It appears that it’s not very safe, but it required research to confirm it.

Soil Pollution Is The Next Major Hurdle In Combating Climate Change, Expert Says – I am not surprised by this, but I am surprised by how long it has taken to take this seriously!

“Deforestation-free” Palm Oil Is Not As Simple As It Sounds – And when it comes to sustainability nothing seems to be, so it shouldn’t be a surprise. But check this article for why it is not so simple.

Black Rhinos Make Triumphant Return To Chad After Being Killed Off – And I wish them luck and hope they will be well protected there!!

Shocking Study Shows One Third of World’s Protected Areas Degraded By Human Activities – It is the sad reality we live in and only understanding them will we be able to change things.

Sustainable News Of The Month May 2018 - byLiiL

Other

The UK Might Ban Wet Wipes To Cut Down On Plastic Waste – As part of their 25-year plan, one of the UK governments plans is to cut down on single-use plastics.

How Michelin Is Finding A Second Life For Tires – One way when I am impressed with a company that purchases another company. Michelin bought another company not to greenwash their own but to gain the knowledge of how to recycle their tires.

Every Google Search You Do Contributes To The Climate Change – “That’s because Google relies on a vast physical infrastructure of servers, routers, and cables that all depend on electricity to operate, according to Quartz.”

 

 

If you have any other articles you might want to share, please share them in the comment box below.

With love,

Lii

 

What Was I Up To In May 2018

I spend may working very hard and working on a project that I am super excited about and can’t tell about yet, but will hopefully be able to start talking about soon. There very many late night sessions of work, asking my partners help and a couple of cries of frustration when the internet wasn’t working. It is funny to realise how dependent we are on the internet. Our lives in the western countries are based on us being able to use the internet, so it’s no surprise how helpless you can feel when that is taken away from you.

Sustainable Chania - byLiiL

When the internet actually did work I quickly did the work required to be done on my computer and wrote posts here. I finally published my experiences of sustainability in Chania. The post is a great resource if anybody ever wants to go on a holiday there! I was excited to learn, during the Organic Beauty and Wellbeing week, that the eye cream I bought from Chania was certified organic and have enjoyed using it even more since!

Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week - byLiiL

I also visited the Glasgow Coffee Festival where I got to know several new local companies making amazing products! And I shared Instagram pictures that I enjoyed in April and the most interesting sustainable news I saw in April.

Happy Favourites of the Week - Calming Candles in the Sun - byLiiL

For June I am expecting one of my busiest months but will try to come and write here on occasion. Funnily enough, my freelance work is piling up just now and I don’t seem to be able to say no. And on top of that, I still have my project that I am working on. So keep your thumbs up that I will have enough time to finish it all and still have some time off for myself!

 

How was your May? And what plans do you have for June?

With love,

Lii