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To take after

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Facebook defines our relationships with friends

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To hang out with

Companies sign up to pledge to cut down on plastic pollution

It has recently been announced by the BBC that more than 40 companies have signed up to a pact to reduce plastic pollution over the next seven years.

The companies, which include Coca-Cola and Asda, have promised to honour a number of pledges such as eliminating single-use packaging through better design. They have joined the government, trade associations and campaigners to form the UK Plastics Pact.

The companies are responsible for more than 80% of plastic packaging on products sold through UK supermarkets.

Led by the sustainability campaign group WRAP, the pact is described as a “once-in-a lifetime opportunity” to rethink plastic both to make use of its value and to stop it damaging the environment.

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Simple ways to cut back on plastic

1: Stop buying bottled water:

In the UK we use more than 35 million plastic bottles every year. A simple way of reducing that number is to carry a reusable bottle with you everyday and the added bonus is that it will save you money too. In fact, there’s an app which actually tells you where you can refill your bottle for free.

2: Refuse plastic straws:

Plastic straws are one of the top 10 items found in beach clean ups so unless it’s a paper version going in your drink, say no.

3: Use material bags:

Since the 5p charge was introduced for plastic bags in England, there’s been a 85% drop in their use.

4: Buy loose:

Whether it’s fruit, veg or tins of beans, buying them loose means you avoid the plastic packaging that keeps them all together in a multipack.

If you want to read more about how to cut down on the use of plastic, check out this BBC newsreport.

Happy International Workers´ Day

According to Wikipedia, International WorkersDay – or, Labour Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

Are you a tree hugger?

tree huggerA tree hugger is a colloquial expression often used to describe environmentalists in a negative way.  However, despite the negative connotations of this idiom, everyone should be a tree hugger. So folks, put down your gadgets and go and hug a tree, plant a tree or prune a bush.

Ironman Marbella

Seriously, you have to be a complete nutjob to do this type of endurance competition. And yet, one of my mates from the UK is competing in this body-breaking race.

He will swim 1,900m in the Mediterranean Sea, then cycle for 90k through the breathtaking scenery of inland Andalusia, and finally finish the race with a 21k run.

So, despite the fact that I think he is completely bonkers, I admire him more than I can articulate.  I can neither imagine the mental strength, nor the physical prowess that one needs to enter this competition.  I will be there, drinking beer, smoking fags, and cheering him on like the Tasmanian devil.