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This week, Greta Thunberg made a passionate and emotional speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York to world leaders. 'How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.'

Will they listen? With more protests and action planned over the coming months, we can all make sure they can't ignore the issue.

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No earth-shattering sex please, unless...

by Charlotte Cross

What's Going On Here?

Relationships can be tough and tricky to navigate. But just when you thought you’d got it nailed, did you ever stop to think about the third party (or fourth, or fifth - whatever you’re into) in your relationship? The planet?

Yep. From the contraception you use (or don’t), to the lingerie you choose to don or even your techniques for setting the mood - ALL of this has its effect on the planet.

What Does This Mean?

Well, it could mean that for some of us, our sustainable decisions haven’t been following through to the bedroom...YET. For instance:

💚 Did you know that no one actually knows how long it takes for a condom to biodegrade?
👙 Do you know who made your lingerie, where and how?
💡 Do you know your *sexy time*’s carbon footprint due to your moody lighting options?

This could call for a LOT of research, which could certainly be a mood kill. But, I have put this handy table together, making it easier for you to identify simple switches, because there should only be one thing hard in the bedroom…

Why Should We Care?
Why shouldn't our ethical, eco, sustainable decisions that we feel to passionately about, be made in the bedroom too? Did you know that solar-powered sex toys actually exist! Surely sex can feel even better when we know we have our planet's best interests in mind, as well as our own ;)

So, go and enjoy! Fight passion with passion.

Be Curious!

I have only picked a few components of someone’s average sex life above - I don’t know what you’re all into! So if I haven’t mentioned something that’s a deal-breaker for you, why not have a research yourself? 
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Recycling. It’s in our own hands

by Will Roderick

What's Going On Here?

It's in our own hands. That’s the theme of Recycling Week 2019, the annual celebration of recycling organised by WRAP, which is taking place this week between 23-29 September.

What Does This Mean?

After big Dave hit us with Blue Planet 2, 2018 was the year Britain opened its eyes to plastic pollution. After Greta inspired the world, 2019 is the year of the environmental activist. The campaign therefore calls on people to take direct action to rinse, crush, squash, sort and separate their recyclable items, with the aim of making the circular economy second nature for the UK government, businesses and residents. 

With environmental concerns firmly at the top of the agenda, more than 80 organisations from across the UK are getting involved, from Tesco to Aldi, and John Lewis to H&M. 

Why Should We Care?

Although the aftermath of Blue Planet 2 saw businesses, local authorities and national government increase their waste targets, there is evidence to suggest that the UK is trapped in a cycle that ultimately ends up with us sending the majority of our recycling waste to developing nations. 

The UK has an EU target of recycling at least 50% of waste generated by households by 2020, yet recycling rates are currently only between 43% and 46%. With only just over 60% of UK households receiving recycling guidelines from their local councils, campaigns such as the Recycling Week are ever more important for improving the nations recycling rates! 

Be Curious!

At a time where government action just isn’t cutting it, collective individual actions are ever more important. There are loads of useful resources available to get you recycling as part of Recycling Week 2019.  

Ever wondered what to do with your empty de-o can? Your batteries? It’s easier than you think...find out how to recycle your waste here
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Other news we found curious...

Greta Thunberg condemns world leaders in emotional speech at UN - Guardian
Mont Blanc: Glacier in danger of collapse, experts warn - BBC
Merkel promises €500m to revitalise German forests - The Guardian
New Zealand climate change campaign calls for less - TreeHugger
How to Buy Clothes That Are Built to Last - NYTimes
Climate change: UN panel signals red alert on 'Blue Planet' - BBC
Labour commits to 2030 net-zero target as part of Green New Deal -
Char Cross
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