Ben & Jerry launch vegan ice cream while UK campaigns for vegan pizza

I’ve been an aspiring vegan for more than a year now, partially for health reasons, inspired by Dr Joel Fuhrman, partially for sustainability reasons. This means I eat lots of veg and fruit, avoid dairy completely (lactose intolerance helps!), eat fish and eggs occasionally, and a couple of times a month eat a bit of meat. I admire those who are 100% vegans and hope one day to be able to give up meat completely.

Being a vegan is not easy. Preparation, planning and self discipline required are for the most committed, and this is before you learn a completely different way of eating and cooking. The pros far outweigh the effort however – you feel light, healthy, you are helping the planet, you are not contributing to animal cruelty and you are tapping into a completely new world. I’ve mastered a couple of vegan dessert recipes recently and some of the ingredients I had no idea existed, the others I had no idea could be used this way! (eg cheesecake made out of raw cashew nuts or cream out of whipped coconut milk)

Every little helps so to speak. So news like Ben and Jerry’s launching vegan ice cream is amazing news. Another one worth mentioning is the UK vegan pizza campaign, these guys petition for all main UK pizza chains to offer vegan base and vegan cheese options. Not bad, eh? Who knows, perhaps soon big businesses will wake up to the virtues of healthy eating (or numbers of allergy and intolerance sufferers) and vegan eating will be finally made more affordable and accessible?

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Whatever you think, it’s happening #climatechange

A very poignant image from Greenpeace UK

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Nancy Lublin on Crisis Text Line, a not for profit helping young people via text #tedtalk

I have recently considered volunteering for Samaritans. It’s a great cause that I feel passionate supporting. However, and rightly so, getting trained to be a Samaritan takes time, it’s mostly face 2 face and requires travel and time commitment. I work full time and am a mom, so unfortunately time is not something I have a lot of. My other problem is that Samaritans provide support over the phone and I am conscious that my accent may get in a way.

I’ve recently watched Nancy Lublin’s TED talk and learned about Crisis Text Line. It felt like a eureka moment – of course! Training is done online and support is provided via texting. Perfect. I’ve got in touch and learnt that they are coming to the UK in 2016. To be honest, I don’t think there is geographical restriction – I could probably apply already (mind you, selection process is rigorous). I now follow them to learn more about the organisation, in the meantime here is Nancy’s talk! Isn’t it amazing what they do?

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What car options are there for an eco friendly person with low budget?

I have met a very interesting guy on Linkedin. His name is John Curtis and he is one of the UK’s leading low carbon transport experts, marketeers and journalists. He is a motoring columnist for the Daily Record and a regular expert on BBC Scotland. He also seems like a very nice guy – easy to connect and converse with.

I discovered him through an amazing project he is working on – converting 10 modern classics to electric. This tapped into my recent headache – which family car to get next. Continue reading

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Sustainable shaving, finally? The Skarp laser razor – 21st century shaving

Sustainable shaving has been on my radar for a while as part of my plastic reduction exercise. Solutions were not great and could hardly be called solutions (eg ‘do not shave’). The best solution I found was on the Zero Waste blog.

And now a hope of change. A potentially disruptive idea, Gillettes of the world better be watching, if this works! This laser razor looks like such a great and cool concept (sci fi razor!), if I was not broke at the moment, I’d totally get it. Laser burning through hair? Hell, yeah!

Their Kickstarter here, they are overfunded 20x but looks like still not too late to jump on the wagon. My hopes for the possibility of sustainable shaving are live again!

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UK supermarkets will charge for plastic bags from October… good riddance, use it as an opportunity to reduce plastic in your life

Has your heart not sunk when you’ve seen this image widely circulated on social media? We are destroying the world, one plastic discard at a time. I came to realise that I can not wait anymore for anyone else to start doing something – supermarkets, manufacturers, retailers, government don’t care or can’t be in the position to change things. They have large businesses which need to bring consistent profits to shareholders, so their formula of ‘spend less – extract more’ will remain. And government is too busy with more important projects, like war and dealing with the results, like the unfolding tragic refugee crisis.

It’s up to you and me and us, individuals, to do something.

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It’s important to try. Be bold, – says a 20 year old who is trying to clean up the ocean

Well done, SBS Seoul Digital Forum, for having over Boyan Slat and talking to him about his exciting project – the largest ocean cleanup in history.


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