I spent yesterday evening lying on my back in the middle of a B road, my legs steepled awkwardly to avoid the woman lying in the road behind me, squinting as I stared straight into the bright sky and wishing I'd thought to put my sunglasses on before I lay down. It was too late … Continue reading Lying down for a better world
I've had a rather bewildering week, having tested positive for covid but still having no idea whether I've actually had it or not. I'm feeling absolutely fine physically, but the whole experience has taken rather a toll on my mental health and taken me on something of an emotional whistle-stop tour of despair, guilt and … Continue reading Schrödinger’s covid: my experiences with covid testing in the UK
Back in January last year I wrote about Loop, an online grocery shopping system offering goods in reusable, refillable containers that had launched in the US and France. This week Loop launched in the UK, finally giving me a chance to try it out for myself. It does seem to me utterly perverse that we … Continue reading Out of the Loop?
As the British government continues to fumble its way through its response to the covid-19 pandemic, it is becoming increasingly apparent that if our leaders cannot provide guidance on how to protect ourselves and one another we will have to make our own judgements. We absolutely should not be in this position, with the government … Continue reading We all wear masks
I've now had a little time to process the results of December's elections, and move on a little beyond the shock, grief and very real fear (two of my disabled friends have explicitly stated that they don't believe they will survive another five years of austerity driven cuts) that were my immediate reactions. I shared … Continue reading Where do we go from here?
This year for my five year old niece's birthday I bought a lovely book by the ethnobotanist Anna Lewington, about a little boy who lives in the Amazon rainforest and the plants that form the framework of his daily life. And in the time between buying it and her birthday the fires started, and I … Continue reading The Amazon is still burning. What can we in the UK do to help?
https://youtu.be/WT8NemS6FmQ Greta Thunberg is currently crossing the Atlantic in the sailing yacht Malizia II in order to attend the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, which in addition to being an exciting adventure for her of which I am extremely envious is a CO2 neutral alternative to a flight that would have released two … Continue reading How Greta Thunberg’s Atlantic crossing is accidentally tackling period stigma
There has been a fair amount of alarm in sustainable living circles recently over an an investigation conducted into bamboo mugs by the respected German consumer testing organisation Stiftung Warentest, published here(pdf) and kindly translated into English by my father here. The report found that they were often misleadingly labelled as biodegradable when they are … Continue reading “Bamboo” mugs – not as green as we thought?
I love foraging for wild food, as a way of exploring new flavours, learning more about the natural world around me and deepening my connection to it. My walk to work across the university campus takes me past dandelions, nettles, ground ivy, jack-by-the-hedge, wild thyme, dead nettles, linden trees and a new discovery this summer … Continue reading “Let them eat weeds”: Foraging is not a solution to food poverty
Why you shouldn't leave your packaging at the supermarket checkout, and what you should do instead The growing awareness of the impact of plastic pollution is being matched by an increasing awareness that plastic recycling is not the panacea it has been sold to us as - plastic can only be recycled into a lower … Continue reading Packaging, piñatas, and punching up not down