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Happy News Stories Well-being

Six Positive News Stories to make you smile this Monday – Grab your coffee and give these a read!

Happy news stories are posted on @ecowithnico and @consciouslyelle Instagram accounts every Monday morning – follow us to keep up to date with all going on in the world! This week: September 13th 2021 Happy story #1 The UK is banning all shark fin products! Campaigners have happily welcomed the UK’s formal announcement that from …

Sustainability tips

Micro-plastics are a MACRO problem

What are micro-plastics? As we know, plastic takes hundreds of years to break down. It is rather crazy to think that every plastic toothbrush that we have had since we were children, still exists somewhere in the world. How to spot micro-plastics? Well, officially they are defined as plastics less than five millimetres (0.2 inches) …

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Fast fashion & waste – how bad is it?

Firstly, lets define fast fashion: “Inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends.” (Dictionary online definition) Every year, we collectively purchase around 80 billion pieces of new clothing globally. A McKinsey and Company study found that fashion consumption increased by 60% between 2000 and 2014 alone. These statistics are staggering. This does not include production, …

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Well-being

Why is nature so good for us?

If you are a nature lover like me, you won’t find it hard to argue that nature is good for the soul. And now there is a growing number of studies showing that nature REALLY IS good for our health and happiness. A study conducted by the University of Derby and The Wildlife Trusts showed …

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Well-being

Is walking a superpower?

Do you find some of the best ideas come to you whilst out walking? Me too. “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks” – John Muir  When we walk at our own pace, with no distractions of our emails or our phone, our attention is free to wander. This kind of …