Quick links and long reads

Happy Sunday folks.


Noticing nature, even in small doses, improves one’s “willingness to share resources and the value placed on community” says a new study out of UBC. Here’s more from different research into the relationship between wellbeing and indoor plants. As if I needed another excuse.

Did you hear about the surfer who built a surfboard with 10,000 cigarette butts? Here’s a video if you want to see how he did it. 

Paris has been making other cities look bad since way back, and now again by putting sparkling water fountains around the city. It’s part of an initiative to encourage Parisians to choose tap water over bottled. Sydney, let’s do this!

A good example of the value of tapping into existing motivations, rather than trying to change a person’s motivations, or ‘motivate’ them.

Return and Earn – the container deposit scheme for NSW kicks off next week!

It’s been a year since California kicked the plastic grocery bag habit and here’s what’s happened since.  And here’s what changed in Canberra in the five years after the ACT banned plastic bags.

A few things

mortar and pestle

A few things that both pleased me and didn’t create any waste


First mulberries of the season. I’m pleased to be able to recognize the trees from afar now that I know what to look for – there’s something about the way the branches sway in the wind and all those shimmeringnleaves.

Remember these shorts? Well I soiled them as an experiment. I buried them some time ago (I’ll have to check exactly when) and the worms have been munching through the denim.

compost fabric

Scored a mortar and pestle at Salvos this weekend. It’s been on my thrift list for a long time. Thank you, previous owner, for passing this one along. It will be treasured and heavily used.

mortar and pestle

A few things

A few things that both pleased me and didn’t create any waste


This Thursday I’ll be leading a discussion after a screening of the documentary Recipes for Disaster, in which the filmmaker and his family give up oil products for a year. The exercise explores how his decision affects his family, and his relationships. Things gets a bit tense. Admittedly, the filmmaker goes way further than I generally do, but all the same, it’s great topic to crack open – how will the changes you make in your life impact on those around you?

Some unpackaged soap I like to call ‘Weekend in Bondi’. Also, the coconut scrubby it’s sitting on makes an excellent soap dish.

A recent market haul that was waste free, even if the goods don’t appear to be hyperlocal (although Aussie seasonality continues to confuse me). The egg man traded me for my empty carton, the bread man gave me a discount for having my own bag, and the fruit man gave me the bananas for free. I picked the rosemary on the way home, roadside.

 

Quick links and long reads

A bunch of stuff I read or watched lately.