This week I’m having to practice what I preached last week. Neither of my kids are getting second-hand or ethical this Christmas. Although they’re not buying a lot and the items have been well considered they’re still big brand, or 100% virgin plastic, or 100% brand new. Normally I try to intervene earlier in the year to direct people towards less damaging options but with college I just haven’t had the time. To say I’m bitterly disappointed at the lack of influence I’ve had on my family’s choices is an understatement, but it is what it is. I’ve learned to let go of other people’s actions for the benefit of my own mental health. I can only do me and this year everything I’m buying is made in Ireland, or second-hand, or organic.
Now on a more positive note here’s some sunny sustainable news
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The world’s largest diamond company, De Beers, has committed to reaching carbon-neutrality across all global operations, full traceability of all diamonds, achieving gender parity in its workforce, supporting 10,000 female entrepreneurs, engaging 10,000 girls in STEM, and halving its water footprint by 2030.
Contractors of all new large-scale road projects in England are now obliged to create conditions for native wildflower meadows to thrive on all new verges
Swedish iron-ore giant, LKAB, is investing €39bn to decarbonize most important energy st
Singapore has become the first country in the world to give the go-ahead to meat created without slaughtering any animals, after approving the sale of lab-grown chicken nuggets.
Portlaoise to get Ireland’s first ‘bottle-to-bottle’ plastic-recycling plant
A new study has shown that air quality in Europe has improved dramatically in the past decade
After ten years of restoration, Monserrate Hill, on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia, has been transformed from a deforested eyesore to a bird sanctuary. It now offers an oasis of calm amidst the city of 8 million people, and is home to over 115 species of birds, including 18 types of hummingbirds
250 years after they were stripped of their ancestral homelands, a 1,200 acre ranch has been returned to the Esselen tribe of northern California, a deal that will conserve old-growth redwoods and the California condor and red-legged frog
Since 2008 Pristine Seas have inspired the creation of 23 marine reserves, covering an area of than five million square kilometers
A new UK Agriculture Bill: how farming and forestry could co-exist happily
Going backwards to go forward; wind-powered shipping
Want to get a jump start on propagation next year? Here’s some kit to put on your Xmas list.
Financial Times feature video on zero waste restaurants
Research finds that greening front gardens reduce physiological and psychological stress
Plan for next year with this guide on how to set up a fruit garden