Sustainable reading No.1

Let’s experiment with posting these weekly, at least when I have the time to do so.

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Maybe Your Sleep Problem Isn’t A Problem – Not really from last week, but I thought it was important and interesting. When reading the article and knowing how important sleep is for people I started wondering if the daily schedule of 9-5 is completely wrong and should we have a more relaxed daily schedule in general? I know I can’t handle 9-5 as I feel my brain going to mush, which is part of the reason why I prefer being self-employed.

Living Close To Urban Green Spaces Is Associated With A Decreased Risk Of Breast Cancer – All urban cities should be full of parks and green spaces with all the benefits the research is telling us they provide, so why aren’t they?

Research Identifies All The Different Ways The Sea Supports Human Wellbeing – There is definitely more than we might first think of.

These South African Women Are Using Menstruation Cups To Change The World – And just another proof that when women decide to do something and make others lives better they will succeed!

Migrant Children Could Be Detained Indefinitely Under Trump Administrations’ New Proposal – And they blame it on somebody else of course.

Indonesian Restaurant Law Bans Women and Men Eating Together – Really? This sounds like the government doesn’t trust their citizens nor lets them choose for themselves how well they follow their religion.

Nearly 4 Million Children In the UK Are ‘Too Poor’ To Have A Healthy Diet – A sad reality of food poverty in the UK and I think the government should think what to do about this for a better future for the children when they grow up.

UK Ban On Nuisance Calls From Claims Companies Comes Into Force – About time. These cold calls are not only using energy unnecessarily and disturbing people as well as making it difficult for people to recognise when they are scammed. But where are the instructions on how to put this into practice?

Chief Rabbi Calls On Jewish Schools To Tackle Homophobia – It is great to hear that the heads of religious groups understand that children need to be supported no matter what their sexuality is or what they like.

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Fashion

What It’s Really Like Making Locally – In Finland, locally made and locally sourced clothing is what the consumers are often looking for. Why are we not looking for that everywhere?

Burberry Says It Will No Longer Incinerate Stock – a Great example for the other brands.

 

Ocean

Water Water Everywhere – Clear explanation on how and why water is scarce on our planet and how we could manage it.

Pros and Cons Of Hydropower – Even more sustainable options can have cons.

Norway Pledges To Divest From Ocean-Polluting Companies With $1Trillion Fund – Hurray, I hope to see this from more countries!

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Environment

Environmentally Friendly Farming Practices Used By Nearly One-Third Of World’s Farms – And they are being productive, so why isn’t the rest of the farming changing to this practice as well?

Bio-Based Plastics Can Reduce Waste – If We Invest In Both Making And Getting Rid Of Them – And that is what we should be thinking of.

Ditch The Almond Milk: Why Everything You Know About Sustainable Eating Is Probably Wrong – The sustainable choices you thought you made but weren’t necessarily that sustainable.

 

With love,

Lii

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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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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.

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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

 

Sustainable New of the Month – January 2018

Bitcoin Mining Consumes More Electricity a Year Than Ireland – Many people forget that if we reduce paper it doesn’t mean we are being sustainable and there is a big need in moving to renewable energy globally!

Dell And Nikki Reed Turn Gold From Computers Into Jewellery – Finally technological companies are making some effort into sustainability and circularity. If there are precious metals that can be used again in old computers why shouldn’t it be harvested and reused for something else?

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Avangrid Signs Deal With Nike for Texas Wind Power – It is a second agreement Nike is doing to secure more renewable energy into their production.

Clean And Green: A Moss That Removes Lead (Pb) From Water – “Lead-contaminated water is a serious environmental concern that has recently proved to be disastrous when left untreated. Compounding the problem, the typical way to remove lead or other heavy metals from water requires fossil fuels and a tremendous amount of energy. As an alternative to these typical processes, phytoremediation is a method that uses photosynthesizing organisms to clean up soil or water contamination.”

A ‘Marine Motorhome For Microbes’: Oceanic Plastic Trash Conveys Disease To Coral Reefs – Yet another finding in how plastic is dangerous to our oceans.

Human Take Up Too Much Space — And It’s Affecting How Mammals Move – It comes as no surprise that human’s take too much space in the world, not only with our living but with farming and industry practices too.

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Brewing Up Sustainable Solutions For Plastic Tea-Bags, Six-Pack Rings – Sustainable production for packaging materials is finally starting to get some kind of momentum.

Plastic Packaging Takes Backseat To Seaweed, Origami-Inspired Alternatives – Both of these ideas are great and simple enough that I have no idea why nobody has come up with them before? I am especially interested in the seaweed packaging!

5 Reasons Why The Clean Energy Future Is Unstoppable – Article explaining quite clearly that the energy is going be renewable in the future as the money is there.

These 14 Businesses Are Growing Money On Trees – Is it surprising that you can make money on doing good to the planet?

Environmental Programs Grow A Better Prison System – As prisons are harsh environments that suck money there are initiatives that can make prisons more economical and keep prisoners from making further crimes.

Designer’s Choice: Biobased Textile Innovation – There are already so many alternative fibres to polyester, which are healthier options we just need to wait until they are fully developed and adapted by designers to be used in fashion and textiles!

Amazon Takes Plants In The Office To The Next Level – Although a great idea, especially for the working force of Amazon, how often would the employees be allowed to enter the plant spheres or could they work in them, or just go after work to relax in them? Or will this become just another tourist attraction that they can charge for?

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What sustainable news did you read this month I would love to hear about them!

With love,

Lii

Bee’s Wrap Sheets – a sustainable food wrapping

Striving to be sustainable I often come upon the problem of making too much waste, especially when food is involved. For this reason, I usually like to store my food in different containers, but too often I tend to go for a plastic wrap or foil wrap. When I stumbled upon Bee’s wrap on the buy me once website I got very excited and I had to share it with you as well!

 

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Bee’s wrap sheets are a reusable and sustainable alternative to plastic wrapping your food. They are made of organic cotton, bee’s wax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, which make them natural, antibacterial and ease to care for. The wax moulds from the warmth of your hands and stays in place in cold. It is easy to clean with cool water and mild soap. If you read their testimonials and how quickly they’ve built the business you can see that the product is a hit.

According to their website all their products are sourced sustainably, including the bee’s wax which is sourced from sustainably managed hives. The product lasts for about a year, but it is biodegradable and compostable so it doesn’t fill the landfills with extra produce.

 

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I am so excited about this product, and the brand, I am planning to order one for an experiment. Did you get excited? If you did, check their website here for more information! Don’t you just wish there were more innovations like this? And that they would spread their wrap so that products you buy from stores were wrapped in this?

Pics from buy me once and Bee’s wrap.

With love,

Lii

5 easy ways to be more sustainable

I find often that it is difficult to think of how to act more sustainably and had to really write down things that I want to change in my life to become more sustainable. They are really easy tips, which everybody has probably heard before, but they are a good reminder as sometimes even the best of us can forget.

1. Expand the lifecycle of your items

Do not use products/items only once, but rather try to get as much use of them as you can. If you have a plastic bag, throw your rubbish out in it, or reuse it when shopping. Wear your clothes many times, reuse your old homeware items, reuse old rags as wash cloths. There are many tutorials how to do that on Pinterest! The more you use your items the more it pays back in what it cost to you or the environment.

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2. Opt for shower instead of bath

We tend to use less water when taking a shower rather than a bath. Even if you don’t live in a country where clean water is scarce it does take energy to get us clean water.

3. Recycle

You can recycle most things you use in your everyday life! Card, paper, plastic, batteries, textiles, furniture and biowaste. When you recycle your things rather than throw them out, they will not take space in the landfills and they might actually be useful in some other ways.

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4. Eat seasonally and locally

I am planning to write a more detailed post on this, hopefully, in the near future. Although, there is a lot of information on seasonal eating all over the internet. Eating seasonally and sourcing food from local farmers is likely to reduce the amount of pesticides used to produce your food, is more likely to be organic and there are probably fewer air miles as well.

5. Opt for public transport or cycling

I know how convenient it can be to drive your own car, however, even if you drive an electric car it can be harmful to the environment. Using public transport is more efficient and can be cheaper, whereas, cycling can be great for your health!

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Do you have any great tips for being sustainable?

With love,

Lii

Inspiration of the week – inspiring women

Actually, my title is not really true. It is not an inspiration of the week, but rather one of the biggest inspirations in my life. Women. Or rather, strong women who stand for what they believe in, are brave and unapologetic. I could name here almost an endless number of women but I’ll start with few who have inspired me majorly or recently.

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  • Emma Watson and her HeforShe speech and the campaign as well as her aim to wear ethical and sustainable fashion when attending gala’s or events. Her quote: “If not me, then who? If not now, then when?” is like my mantra when even I am doubting myself. She is like my mantra when even I am doubting myself. She has inspired me to be more active with my drive for the awareness of sustainability.
  • Malala Yousafzai for having the courage to stand up for other people and in front of a danger and for continually fighting for what she believes in! Education and educating girls are truly some of the important causes of this time.
  • Diane Fossey for never giving up on something she loved no matter how tough things got. For fighting money and greed!
  • Rosa Parks for making change happen and standing for what she believes in!
  • My mum who moved to a big city with no money and then to another country without knowing the language, at a time when people rarely moved out of their towns never mind countries. Every day I think if she could do this so can I.
  • My sister, who, although, had a lot of trouble during her studies stuck with it because it was something she really wants to do and is passionate about. Hard work will pay off!
  • J.K. Rowling for writing such an amazing book series, which made my childhood so much more imaginative and inspire me to keep writing.
  • Vivienne Westwood for making ongoing campaigns for the environmental issues, so that more of us were aware of them and making the change together.
  • Sophia Amoruso for writing a super inspiring book that every woman should read and feel empowered!
  • For all the women who stuck up for what they believed in and didn’t let negativity or cultural pressure suppress their goals.

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If it wasn’t for inspiring women I never would have moved to study and live in another country. Worn lipstick and be confident wearing it. I would not have started this blog. I would not have the courage to speak publicly. I would not have been brave enough to be myself, to do what I want and love, and to care openly for causes and issues that I care about.

So an ode to women!

 

Who else finds strong women inspiring?

Pics are from Marie Claire and Fashion pearls of wisdom.

With love,

Lii