Consumerism – fighting against the tide

This morning, I read an interesting article about the increasing number of toys owned by children. It really struck a chord with me, as I face yet another clear-out of the toy box, battling to get rid of all the things the children never play with. And yet my children – as all children do – are still asking me for more toys, more things, more possessions. And it got me thinking. If toddlers are already materialistic, where does it go from there? They get a little older and they NEED the latest clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. They need…

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To the decision makers of 2015 from the children of 2045

The date is 26 May 2045 and I am 15 years old. I was born in 2030, 15 years from the time you are in now. The end of my time in school is in sight and soon I will have to think about where to go to university and what job I want to do. My choices are very different to yours.  This morning at school, we had double science. I think that physics lessons were different when you were in school. People of your time knew that Einstein’s theory of relativity opened up the possibility of time travel. …

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Making a stand against palm oil

A few weeks ago, I wrote this blog post about palm oil, and what would happen if we stopped using it.  When I published it, I had just started to reduce the amount of palm oil I used myself and found it so, so difficult. It really is in virtually everything.  From margarine to cosmetics to shampoo, to biscuits, chocolate, crisps, lip balm, sun cream, washing products. You name it, it’s in there.  With a very small number of exceptions, big corporations have very little interest in the ethical issues associated with palm oil use.  They don’t seem to care…

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