Here is a round up of some of the things I have enjoyed reading this week via social media.
I write green lifestyle pieces as part of my day job and I’ve found that if you talk the talk, you also need to walk the walk. As a result I have always attempted to do my best by not flying in the last few years, walking as much as possible, reusing and reducing before recycling and all the million other little things which, if everyone did them, would add up. Then I had a baby and many of my grand ideas about limiting her impact on the already overburdened planet went out of the window as we just attempted to get through each day. I’m getting back into the swing of things now (check out the pre-loved outfits I got from the charity shop) but it was interesting to read this from Dad Blog UK that other parents also struggle with a greener way of life.
I will admit that in my first pregnancy, I went in to Boots and specifically asked for a Bounty Pack because, even though I was only a few weeks in, it made me feel pregnant. After I lost that pregnancy and a further one, even the sight of a Bounty Pack used to upset me, which is obviously not the fault of the women carrying them or Bounty but for my third pregnancy I just put my notes in a red folder. I refused the pack from the hospital because you can just download the form needed to claim child benefit – not that they tell you that unless you ask. I strongly agree with this article and believe that Bounty reps should not be allowed on hospital wards.
I could go on for pages about nasty commenters and trolls. Over the years working as a journalist I have seen this phenomena develop. Back in the day we used to call them “green inkers” – in truth, I still call them that – because, inevitably, when they wrote you nasty letters they were always in green pen. However, because they actually had to find (green) pen and paper, write it, find an envelope, stamp and then post it, these letters were few and far between. The advent of the internet and anonymous comments have taken this to an entirely new level. It is fine for people to disagree with what you have said and to have them tell you so but often it’s more of a personal attack about the writer than the story itself – mainly, I think, because they don’t have a leg to stand on. I love this post by 2 Boys 1 Mum.
I posted this from Brummy Mummy Of 2 earlier in the week but I think it’s worth another read – although, no offence to Mr Bloom, who I think is a fantastic character, but I still can’t see the attraction 🙂
Have a great weekend.