Coffee cups and waste reduction

When we think about waste reduction, disposable coffee cups are maybe not the first thing that springs to mind. But then the coffee outlets such as Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Cafe Nero etc.  became well established one after the other throughout the 1990's and early 2000's and the "paper" cups and little plastic lids to avoid …

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A tear and a smile – Sir David and the Plastic Ocean

Sir David Attenborough is always one of the best if not the best of ambassadors when it comes to giving nature's plea a human voice (how would we listen otherwise?) and in appealing to our sense of responsibility for the world we live in. In fact, living up to his knighthood, that is perhaps pretty …

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Detoxify your indoor air? Just buy some plants! Or: Is it really that easy?

The idea that houseplants can act as air purifiers has been circulating on the internet for some time. Most of this is based on a famous NASA article which was published as far back as 1989. Back then, researchers were able to suggest that there are some health benefits if you are growing indoor plants. …

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Conception, Pregnancy and Childbirth Books – a Shortlist

Why would you put something on "shortlist"? Of course, there is still always the "longlist", and lots of it on there would undeniably still be worth reading. This shortlist however contains titles which I found eye-opening and essential for every mother-to-be (and their husbands/partners/parents) to read or dip in and out of. This is for …

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The use of pesticides in agriculture

  A few years ago, I discussed this problem with my stepfather. He was adamant, as you would expect from somebody who has spent the majority of his adult life working for the German company Bayer. Bayer is now styling itself as a "Life Sciences company with core competencies in healthcare and agriculture". Just have …

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The Continuum Concept – the book that might very possibly change your life (and your baby’s)

While I was translating a very comprehensive, highly readable and basically brilliant book by Katy Elphinstone "Autism and Asperger's, Advice for Parents and Carers" into German, I also came across some other very helpful and inspiring titles. One of those is the Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff. The years in the 1970s she spent living …

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The “things” baby needs…

You hear it time and time again: “Children are just so expensive!” You need new furniture, all the clothing, a complete sterilising system for the bottles (ever heard of breastfeeding?), bucket loads of pampers (ever heard of old fashioned cloth nappies?), decorate the nursery (coupled with a lot of anxiety if it should be pink …

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