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┬ánot 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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A drinking straw, made out of straw. A Kickstarter project you will want to fund #sustainability

I think this project is so important that I will only mention this one today. I have a little child and he likes drinking with straws. I’d love to make this part of our lives more sustainable and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so, hence I went ahead and funded it. Projects like this need our support, because who else will make our planet more sustainable if not ourselves? If you would like to see less plastic on this planet and/ or use straws, please support.

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Litter picking, DNA, Mad Men for not-for-profits and yes, tampons #sustainability

Some interesting impact & sustainability stories that were on my radar this month. 

Creepy ads use litterbugs’ DNA to shame them publicly, brilliant campaign. Creepy or necessary? Littering in the area where I live became so unbearable recently that I joined Street Friends and now pick litter around the area each Sunday. The glamour! I wish I could identify those who throw nappies in the birch alley or those who think clearing out their car onto the street is a good idea! 

Having just left a media agency, I continue to keep an eye on the industry, and ran into this media agency, which is like no other, working only with charities. Some interesting impact stories and ideas on their blog if you are interested in impact, charities, campaigning or advertising and marketing in general. 

Finally, tampons – a product we don’t talk about often in general, here Guardian takes it a level up and looks into how unhealthy and unsustainable they are. 

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