Many of us wish we knew more about sustainability, ethics and how to protect our planet, but with contradictory information, it can be difficult to know what we should do. I compiled here a number of free online courses, as you know how much I love them, which you can take to learn more about sustainability. Choose the one you like!
- Sustainability, Society and You – Join us for an introduction to the major global issue of sustainability and discover how you can have a real impact on our future.
- Introduction to Sustainability – This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.
- Making Sense of Climate Science Denial – Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial.
- The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development – Learn the science and policies that drive sustainable development and how leaders can work to achieve UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
- Food Security and Sustainability – Learn how to apply systems thinking to improve the environmental sustainability of food production systems.
- Circular Economy: An Introduction – Learn how to contribute to a sustainable economic system by implementing novel business and design approaches. Concentrated on design.
- Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation – We will debunk common assumptions around what resources are needed to begin acting as a social innovator.
- The Age of Sustainable Development – Gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
- The Meat We Eat – The Meat We Eat is a course designed to create a more informed consumer about the quality, safety, healthfulness and sustainability of muscle foods and address current issues in animal agriculture in developed and developing countries.
Do you like takin free online courses?
Sunny Day – I can’t remember how many times I’ve actually added sunny days in my happy favourites sections, but it is the one thing that makes me very happy! I left work for another day and went out for a several hour walk and a coffee outside. The sun just nourishes you from inside!
Yoga – I’ve added this into happy favourites before as well. Combined with the sunshine yoga made me feel happy and calm. I actually fell asleep in one very good class. I felt so zen and relaxed! Fortunately, I didn’t start snoring but just dozed in and out of consciousness.
Figure Skating Championship 2017 – I love watching figure skating and the championship is watching the best from the best. Always exciting!
Liquorice and Peppermint Tea – A new Lidl opened close by to our house just a couple weeks ago and I found this amazing tea from there! I love peppermint tea, but sometimes I like something different and this is just the perfect evening tea. The liquorice adds that little bit of sweetness to it as well. Yumm!
Greenery Coffee Table – I am absolutely in love with this coffee table that is easy to make yourself and it is filled with greenery! How lovely would such a coffee table be! I am filing this into my archives to make once I have a space for a coffee table!
“When the Sky Meets the Earth” At Bikini Berlin – A gorgeous installation and a video. The colours are just lovely and I am very sad that I am not visiting Berlin at this time!
What were your happy favourites this week?
I found a new beauty brand, which really sounded intriguing to me, so I wanted to share it with you as well. On their website, they say they created the brand “To make it easy to be healthy and green in everyday life”. And it shows. The products are vegan, cruelty-free and organic, made out of natural and organic oils, butters and superfoods. Evolve organic beauty is as it says organic beauty brand hand-crafting natural products for skin, body and hair.
“Evolve is an artisanal range of handmade organic beauty products for skin, body and hair”. They make their products in small batches keeping their products fresh and their production sustainable. With each product, they explain why they use certain ingredients and how they work for you. I am absolutely in love with everything I read about them!
Evolve has a studio in Hetfordshire where they craft their beauty products and they are already stocked in many natural beauty stores e.g. mypure, where I first bumped into this brand. If you are concerned whether you like their products you can try them first by ordering samples of them. This is what I did and I will definitely be writing my review on the products soon!
The only thing that I would make me even more in love with the brand is if they were more transparent about where they get their ingredients from. Other than that, I can’t wait to write to you about how I like their products!
Check more on their website, twitter and Instagram! And do check out their blog on their website with great tips, competitions and even beauty recipes.
Have you tried Evolve beauty products before?
I am absolutely in love with the Cabaret of Planets book, which I received for my birthday. It has been an excellent evening read, as it is interesting but does not make my heart pump with excitement so that I can’t sleep. The illustrations and pictures are lovely and it is so wonderful to read about the diversity of plants. The thousands of years old trees, the weird places where flowers bloom, how people are affected by plants and how they are discovered. This time I was really inspired by one of the illustrations in the book, which was part of illustration series called ‘Plants of the Coast of Coromandel’. The illustrations are stunning, so I just had to share them with you!
These pics I got from the Pinterest board Biodiversity library and I encourage those of you who loved these illustrations to go and check other ones that can be found there!
After the busy start of the year, March took its toll and I spend most of the month gathering energy until the spring sunny days arrived and I started to feel more like myself again. March did not feel very productive, I am sorry to say, but I did watch a lot of tv and read few books.
A lot of exciting things happened which cheered this month for me. My sister came for a visit and my godson was born. Now I am procrastinating with plans on how to be the best godparent ever and what presents I can buy and make for the little one. His parents should expect him to be spoiled by me!
I got inspired by the rule of the Seventh Generation and I introduced you to the sustainable lingerie brand Anekdot. I wrote 50 facts about myself and gave a recipe for the breakfast (treat) that I’ve had for the past few weeks now.
By the end of the month, I reviewed the Mossa micellar water that I have been loving and linked 5 articles for self-development.
Overall it wasn’t a busy month. I relaxed a lot and gave myself time to think and rejuvenate myself for the exciting spring and summer months. Now I can’t wait for all the sunny days to come!
What were you up to in March?
I Have 15 Ideas To Change Your Life – Very motivational and to the point. You will want to start instantly!
How To Understand Fake News and Media Bias – Great explanation of what the media can be like and tips to pick the news that you can trust.
This Technique Can Help You Remember Anything – … and fight depression. Supported by research this technique sounds so helpful!
Why Learning Is a New Procrastination – This article hits the spot and provides you with motivation and drive to go and do what you are dreaming of doing. Definitely opened my eyes!
Forget About Setting Goals. Focus On This Instead. – Although, I do not agree with everything said in this article e.g. I think setting goals is helpful, partly to understand what you are striving for and focuses you on what you are working towards. However, this still had good points and something that I think will support your goals.
And additionally here is a Ted Talk – Inside the mind of a Master Procrastinator, which made me laugh and also a bit scared of my procrastinating abilities..
Have you read recently any interesting articles on self-improvement that you would like to share with me and other readers?
I recently finished a bottle of micellar water, which I learned that was not a cruelty-free brand and went through a process of finding a new one that would be better, natural and cruelty-free. I decided to test the Mossa micellar water first. The price point off £10 for 200ml is higher than similar products on the high street, but it is much less than the luxury products.
This micellar water is made with raspberries and hyaluronic acid. It sounds very scientific and I was a bit scared to try it out, mainly because of the word ‘acid’ on it. My skin can be sensitive and although it hasn’t reacted badly to other, exfoliating acids, I am still always cautious with them. Using the product made me learn that hyaluronic acid is not actually an exfoliating ingredient, but rather a hydrating one whilst still being natural.
Since I started using this micellar water my skin hasn’t been dry and feels soft. It makes me want to use it all the time! I apply a little bit of the product on a muslin cloth and wipe my face with it thoroughly. It doesn’t get rid of my eye make-up completely, so I do need to use other products in addition to this one. On the other hand, when I don’t have make-up on this micellar water makes me feel fresh. I wish there was more of the product, as I am afraid it will finish way too quickly!
I definitely recommend the Mossa micellar water for any kind of skin type, but especially if your skin needs more hydration!
Let me know if you have tried this product and how you liked it!