Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday links

American ex-pat Traveling Mama was scolded by her daughter's Danish school for slipping a cookie into her lunch box. Isn't that a great message to send kids - sugary foods are for special treats only.

Speaking of sugar... "Sugar Love: A Not So Sweet Story." - National Geographic

A beautifully edited movie about the sad consequences of plastic pollution - People Should Know About This Awful Thing We Do, And Most Are Unaware on Upworthy

The Noise of Stuff. It stops me from sleeping sometimes - Ooomf

Everyone buys too many clothes... - Perth blogger Treading My Own Path

The American Edit agrees, and quotes the same Vivienne Westwood piece, "Buy less, choose well..." - The American Edit

On a similar topic, "Unseeing what's really on sale" -  Victoria Mason Jewellery

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday links

Now the federal election is over, I feel able to share some (not-too-political) reading. Most found via blogs or twitter (where I am @cerebral_e or @Elissa_Campbell).

Why Generation Y Yuppies are Unhappy. The comments on this article make me so glad to be Australian, where my Gen Y yuppiness is easier to bear (Gen Y being defined by the author as the generation born between the late 1970s and early 1990s). Wait But Why via @PearlyProductns

The future "social cost" and economic costs of carbon far outweigh any short-term financial cost of cleaner energy.  Counting the Cost of Fixing the Future - New York Times

The fascinating story of James Miranda Barry, who lived her life as a man so she could be a doctor in 19th century England. I'm glad I didn't have to resort to this. Her Courageous Life As A Man by Natascha McElhone (yes, the wonderful actress) - Intelligent Life magazine

Listen, Girlfriends has started a series of blog posts on ethical fashion.

On the same topic, some links to reads about combating the fast fashion movement - The American Edit

Why I broke up with the supermarket, by Aussie blogger Down To Earth Mother. I have to agree with her and I love that she buys her toilet paper from Who Gives a Crap.

A nice story on one of my favourite Aussie blogs about one of my favourite Perth stores, Remedy. They stock Australian-made and fair trade goods, which are invariably lovely - The Design Files.

I am terrible at making decisions and have always had FOMO. That's why, when I find a brand or business I like, I stick to it. Routines can help save your energy for the important decisions. Reducing Decisions to Focus Better - The Art of Non-Conformity

Russell Brand says some very sensible things, sometimes - The Guardian via @Monika_Dutt

A few links to stop you from buying too much stuff:

When did goods get so bad? - Raptitude

Beware, the Diderot Effect. I have fallen victim to this on more than one occasion - Treading My Own Path

5 Reasons You're Earning More But You're Still Miserable - Daily Finance