Is sunscreen harmful?

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Coral bleaching, cancer, skin absorption of certain ingredients vs sun damage to our skin increasing the risk of cancer, and the health message drilled into us for many years that we need to protect ourselves against UVA & UVB. Very confusing.

Aside from the health and environmental impact, have you ever noticed the oil slick covering water near our beaches and pools, mainly in the summer when everbody applies sun cream regularly, as is advised? Well, I wouldn’t suggest sunbathing without sunscreen, getting burned instead but there are other options. It really isn’t very appetizing to dive into such an oil slick, be it in a pool, or river, or the sea. Continue reading “Is sunscreen harmful?”

Why eat seaweed?

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Seaweed is a superfood, it’s widely available, doesn’t cause environmental damage due to intensive farming but still, it’s frowned upon and not available in most mainstream shops. Why is there not more demand for this nutrient rich, protein and fibre rich super vegetable? Is there a misconception that it has a strong unpleasant taste or is it because we simply don’t know what to do with it (and where to buy it)? Even aside from being a culinary ingredient, seaweeds somehow kept a very low profile even though they are omnipresent – from their use as fertilizer in farming to all sort of beauty products. Continue reading “Why eat seaweed?”

Dawn chorus – and our declining bird population

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If you haven’t woken up to the dawn chorus, do it, get out there, camp outside, or try to sleep with the window wide open in the countryside (even if it means to wrap up extra warm). I spent the last weekend camping wild and very gladly swapped the comfort of my bed for my Thermarest and sleeping bag. And I’m not a birdwatcher and admittedly am terrible in distinguishing anything other than the most common birds and bird songs. Continue reading “Dawn chorus – and our declining bird population”

Hidden plastics – is recycling still a personal choice?

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I’m just back from a lovely sea kayaking weekend including plenty of off-shore island hopping (highly recommended!). While beach combing wonderfully secluded beaches on small uninhabited islands, I saw surprisingly little plastic litter. That’s good news! However we saw quite a bit of discarded fisheries plastic waste: nets, ropes, floats etc. Continue reading “Hidden plastics – is recycling still a personal choice?”

Gardening: Plants that slugs don’t like

Gardening - plants slugs don't like

…the lazy gardener’s way to banish slugs. For years I’ve been fighting an uphill battle to reduce and limit the damage slugs and snails cause in my garden. I don’t want to use slug pellets, and my city garden is walled and too small for a pond. So frogs and hedgehogs can’t make their home, and I only get a very occasional toad that finds a way in. I do though want to make my garden more wildlife friendlyContinue reading “Gardening: Plants that slugs don’t like”