I started a new job in Woking this week, a contract job, and moved to local accommodation to skip the whole train/bus commute thing to have a zero-carbon trek to work and back. So, my first Saturday off came as quite a treat. I managed to sleep a whole 20 minutes later before waking up.Continue reading “Life versus death”
As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed this morning, I came across a post by someone who I have only been following for a short while. In the post, she describes the contents of her pantry, and it is accompanied by a photo of jars and jars of supplies. She also provides a great exposition of how pantries, as in the days of yore, were the culmination of a sacred process – which has sadly over the decades been replaced by trips to the supermarket. You can read the post here (and you should, it’s really lovely).Continue reading “What is sacred?”
I’ve spent roughly the first six months of this year wading through the clutter I have amassed over the years, including the contents of my parents’ storage facility (which they gave up a few years ago), and think it’s a topic worth writing about.
Despite being an amateur ‘economist’, and a fledgling professional environmentalist, I have a keen, personal interest in the continued future of our planet. (I’m guessing you do too.) I therefore spend a lot of time reading up on this topic and debating above my weight to make sure I don’t get side-tracked by trivialities and tempted by quick fixes.
Earlier this week, I noticed an article that someone posted on LinkedIn about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on parts of the clothing (and fashion) industry. Since we all wear clothes, I thought I’d write about the clothing industry, but specifically the fashion industry and its environmental impact. And then see what we can do about it. Only a few talented of us make our own clothes – the rest of us buy our clothing in shops. Whichever way we do acquire our clothes though, our collective individual choices have a huge, global impact. Continue reading “Lockdown diaries 10: Fast fashion 101”
I’ve been keeping a positive tone in my posts because we’re all going through a confusing time and feeling some distressful emotions, albeit in our own ways. Many people now find themselves unemployed or on a reduced wage, most (if not all) of us are facing uncertainty to some degree, and well… It’s all quite a mess!
I had planned a post on toilet paper (you’ll just have to deal with the disappointment, ha ha), but this morning I overheard someone on the radio lamenting that their grey hair roots were starting to show through their pre-lockdown dye job in the most visible way due to hairdressing services not being allowed during the lockdown. Earlier in the week, there was a professional stylist on the show giving tips on how to look like you’ve lost up to 3kg of the lockdown lard layer you may have acquired, simply using a few styling tricks. Continue reading “Lockdown diaries 8: Thoughts on beauty”
In my post, Lockdown diaries 4: Introspectacles, I featured a few quotes, but I would like to write a bit more about this one by Dave Hollis today: “In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.” I even trawled his Twitter feed to get his original quote to make sure it’s the correct one! Continue reading “Lockdown diaries 7: A new kind of normal”
I’ve been meaning to give a long fast a go for quite some time, so finally decided that the lockdown period might be a good opportunity to try it, since I’m not working or studying full-time at the moment. Little did I know that a separate hunger-related drama would play out during my 48-hour fast.