Five Green Footprints

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Another week has passed packed full of news about great initiatives by individuals and groups around the globe.

1.A Canadian Supermarket has created plastic bags with embarrassing captions printed on them.

Reason? To discourage customers to keep asking for them. This has backfired as these bags emblazoned with “Dr. Toews’ Wart Ointment Wholesale,” “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium” or “The Colon Care Co-op” have become a surprise hit, so people actually wanted them for the sheer fun of it.

That aside, just think about plastic bags. How weird they are. Think about these thin, crackly, horrible things. They don’t last long (you may argue that this is the whole point intended by the manufacturers), you cannot do much else with them and they are dangerous lying about in a home with small children. And even if you hide them, your toddler will find them Believe me, I know about a toddler’s capacity to find dangerous things (and only those!).

2.Think about signing this very urgent Greenpeace petition Protect Forests:Protect Life. To get a very vivid and bone-chilling insight into the situation in the Amazon, watch the series on Aruanas.tv. By supporting Greenpeace, you’ll get free access to the series. We have to stop pretending that none of this is happening and if it does, it is far away and it won’t affect us. IT WILL (and already does).

3.Single-use plastic has been banned in Mumbai, India. If anybody is caught using single-use plastics, they can be charged a fine or even end up in jail if caught repeatedly.

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Image by Pexels from Pixabay

4.160,00 people planted 3.2 million trees in just an hour. Where? In the Phillippines. Congratulations! It can all be done. If anybody keeps harping on about: You can’t change the system!” This just shows that things can be changed. Just remember the way we think about unmarried people living together, same-sex relationships, women making their own decisions and not having to ask their husbands permission to be allowed to work and so much more. Yes, “the system” can be changed.

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Image by Irina_kukuts from Pixabay

5.Unsurprisingly, I’m a big fan of wooden toys. Apart from PlanToys, Hape and Tidlo, there is also Le Toy Van Toys. Their packaging has been biodegradable since 1995. Their aim is to be 100 per cent plastic-free by 2021. Part of their pledge to sustainability is to only source wood from forests that are managed accordingly, support local farmers and their communities and to replant and replace the trees they use. And what’s more: it includes Montessori-style learning which is all based on discovery and playful learning and acquisition of skills. Play is not about distraction but a very human way to make sense of the world.

Have a good week!

Josephine x

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