Friday, 30 January 2015

Fracking news


Fracking. Depressing, eh? Some good news then: in a vote this week Ceredigion announced their intention to became the first frack-free local authority in Wales. That is great news thanks to a lot of work by some good people. This is the statement:
"As a council which is leading on the use of renewable energy and energy conservation, we believe that Hydraulic Fracturing, Coal Bed Methane and Underground Coal Gasification (commonly referred to as 'Fracking') are incompatible with Ceredigion's energy strategy as well as arousing considerable public concern. Having received a large petition from Ceredigion residents to this effect, we are happy to declare that we will not support fracking within the county and are therefore pleased to declare Ceredigion a Frack-free Local Authority. We hope that our commitment to a cleaner energy future will show the rest of Wales how important it is to protect our environment for future generations and to allow us to stand together with other forward thinking Local Authorities."
More good news: Scotland has just voted to have a temporary ban on fracking. However, in Wales the policy is determined by Westminster, England. The Guardian article says:

Friday, 23 January 2015

Bourgeois Boheme


We mentioned Bourgeois Boheme in our footwear post. They got in touch to say:
"Beyond making lovely shoes, here at Bourgeois Boheme we are dedicated in educating our audience also that there are better, sustainable and eco-friendly ways to fashion. There are amazing, nature-kind alternatives to mainstream shoe materials available, and we show how they can be used to drop-dead-gorgeous effect, without any animal ingredients. That means no leather or animal products, no nasty glues or dyes – in fact, nothing that’s harmful to anyone, whether they have four legs or two."
Note that they have a sale on until the 2nd February 2015, with big discounts - have a look at their online shop.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Veggies.co.uk


I've just found a nice site which reviews vegetarian and vegan products (and includes other articles such as recipes). Have a look: veggies.co.uk. We've added it to our links.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Make Soap (And Candles) From Leftover Bits

Soap

Those last bits of soap which are too small/broken/soft to use? Throw them in a tub you keep under the sink. Once you have enough of them it is time to get creative.

Old bits of soap, collected over a year or so.
They'll probably still be soft, since the tub will keep a bit of moisture in.

Break them up a bit and throw them into a non-stick pan.
We have an old pan we just use for things like this.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Aber Beach Clean, Sat 10th Jan

Further details here.

Report: "Approximately 80 kilo's of rubbish were removed from Tan y Bwlch beach and nature reserve, by 5 people, over the course of yesterday. Most commonly found items during this windy but exhilarating clean were plastic bottles, fishing tackle, fishing rope, straws, lighters and balloons. Also, 5 fish crates, some tyres, a rather large lobster pot and numerous lesser spotted Dog Poo Bags.
Everything from a 100 metre stretch of the beach was collected to be identified and listed for the Marine Conservation Society's quarterly survey of Tan y Bwlch, as part of it's national data collection."

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Vivisection: A Summary


Vivisection: performing what are generally painful/agonising experiments on other beings, without their consent, and ending in their death in the lab. It's a way of trying to benefit your own group at the expense of another group, treating them in ways you would not want to be treated yourself. A form of selfish cowardice. Depending on your viewpoint it may be more about profits and self-sustaining industries than knowledge (especially in the tests for me-too drugs, cosmetics etc); results from one species also can't be relied on to give any useful information about how another species would react in the same circumstances. The industry is rife with incompetence.

Universities are one of the types of organisations happy to take money to do vivisection. This is a common occurrence, as the Licensed To Kill site shows. The universities play it down as much as possible, and there are layers of secrecy to try and prevent taxpayers from knowing what is really going on, which is often massive-scale and pointlessly cruel research. Yes, Wales is involved too.