Mimi Joung: Maker of Vessels of Wonder

Do you ever think about how things are made?

There are so many things that we use every single day, we probably don’t even give them any thought, they’re just there waiting to be used, yet again. But how are they made? Where do they come from? What’s their journey from being raw material to being a staple of our everyday life?

 

When thinking of environmental sustainability, I think that knowing about how things are made puts things in a better perspective and allows us to realise just how much work, energy and effort there is in making something we take for granted.

I care a lot about the things I have. It’s not because I love owning them, but rather because I have gradually acquired more knowledge and insight into how things are produced, the process they go through and how it affects the environment; from the sourcing of materials to the processing stage to packaging, transportation, sale and use.
Caring for something is part of respecting all this work, I appreciate they’re there.

Just because something is imperfect, used, stained or has a fault doesn’t really matter to me, as long as something can be used or has the potential to be upcycled I feel like it’s precious in some way, it has a purpose and can be useful for someone. If not, it can be recycled or disposed of in the most eco-friendly way possible.
I don’t even like using the verb to “throw” or “chuck” as it gives me a sense of inexorable end and waste.

 

My friend Mimi is a ceramist and artist.

She has had exhibitions within the U.K. and internationally and after visiting studios in Copenhagen where makers offered sustainable, locally made and affordable work, she was inspired to do something similar herself.

She started learning how to work and create with clay in her late teens in Korea and then trained more in Canada.

Many people asked her to make something for them and at the end of last year she moved and set up her ceramics studio.
After being commissioned to write about British Craft for the Korea Craft and Design Foundation she was able to fund her studio equipment: a kiln, a potter’s wheel and some clay.

“I wanted to produce a small line of simple but well made hand thrown everyday porcelain objects that are available directly to public rather than using conventional retail areas (gallery, craft shops, internet) where their margin could be up to 60%.”

 

I went to her studio with my friend R and Mimi talked to us about the whole process of making one of her cups.

 

Meet Mimi

Meet Mimi

 

Let me take you on a cup-making journey.

 

After the clay is delivered to Mimi’s studio in 15-20kg bags, Mimi starts by taking the amount of clay she needs and wedging it for 20 minutes.
It’s as if she were kneading bread dough: this technique helps mixing the clay, getting rid of air bubbles and “warming up” the clay, which is made of different materials and minerals, and making it elastic and ready to be worked after being so still and stiff in bags for so long.

For big portions of clay this wedging movement needs to be repeated about 100 times, for smaller lumps about 50-60 times.

Wedging Clay

Wedging clay

 

Once the clay is ready, Mimi puts it at the centre of her potter’s wheel and she throws the clay on it, making it into a workable shape.
If she has a special commission request to make various cups of the same size she weighs the clay, otherwise her experience and knowledge allow her to know how much she needs.

The potter’s wheel starts turning clockwise and Mimi shapes the clay into a beautiful cup: she makes it look delightfully effortless but this ease comes with years of experience. The whirring is like a comforting sound: something lovely is in the making.

 

The Making

The Making

 

The Making

 

The making

 

After making the cup, she cuts it off the wheel and lets it dry for the afternoon or overnight until it is leather-hard or cheese-hard, that is until the clay is pretty hard but still scratchable and at a stage where it can be etched or stamped: it’s soft but its shape doesn’t change.

During the drying process Mimi turns the cups upside down to ensure the drying is even.

The total waiting time for the cup to dry depends on the shape, size…  for a cup it’s usually a total of 8-10 hours, also depending on how hard or wet it is.
It is a delicate time, she has to be careful about the environment the cups are in, for example the heating being on alters the drying process and time.

 

When the cup is dry enough to make the bottom, it’s time to put it back on the potter’s wheel. Using a mother clay body to centre and balance the cups makes it easier to make or clean the bottom of the cup.

 

Centring the clay

Centring the clay

 

Using the potter’s wheel, this time turning anti-clockwise, it takes around 10-15 minutes to make the bottom / cup heel for each cup.

At this point Mimi makes the handle for the cup. It’s also the ideal time to stamp the cup or etch it with a needle to personalise it with an image or writing.

Mimi then puts the handle on the cup after the decoration or stamp is made and leaves the whole cup to dry 2-3 days.

After that, she fires the cup in the kiln for what is called biscuit firing because after this the cup is brittle. This takes around 8 hours at a temperature of 800°C.
She then takes it out of the kiln and prepares it for the glaze, does the glazing and cleans the bottom of the cup, puts it back into the kiln and fires it for around 8-9 hours at a temperature that reaches 1,260°C.

The temperature is so high that it takes a long time for the kiln to slowly cool down.

Mimi says the glazing is an exciting stage.
She can open the kiln once it reaches 200°C, the same as an oven when baking, but sometimes – if she’s really excited – she’ll open it at 300°C to have a peep.

Done.

 

Time for tea

Time for tea

 

Mimi's Creations

Mimi’s Creations

 

Mimi's Business Cards

Mimi’s Business Cards

 

In the pot you can see Mimi’s business cards, made by her using pieces of paper her friend was no longer using for an art installation. Creative upcycling at its best :)

 

Learning about the whole making process made me feel even more in awe of Mimi’s skills. It’s easy to appreciate something when you know how much goes into it.

In our society it appears that people’s attitude is of hyper-consumerism, the need to keep up with trends goes along with an utter nonchalance for everyday objects’ disposal: things can be replaced, they’re just things after all, right? Never mind about bashing cups around, they were free with a cheap Easter egg… :| there is so much carelessness that becomes needless waste.

 

Well, I invested in a cup, named after me as I fell in love with its shape! :D
It’s the most precious piece of crockery I own (and I am a sucker for crockery :O ) and will make drinking tea even more exciting!

Mimi said that if the cup gets stained with coffee or tea I can take it back to get it re-fired and blast off the stains. Where would you get this sort of care?

 

Sophie's Cup

Sophie’s Cup

 

If we knew more about how things are made maybe we would take a little more care in looking after them and we would therefore need to replace them less often, produce less, use lower quantities of materials, less energy and pollute less.

Sometimes, resources permitting, it’s worth spending a bit more for something that is going to last longer when given the appropriate care.

 

 

Mimi’s studio is having an open day this weekend if you fancy having a look and getting yourself or someone a present… her lovely bowls and plates are available as well as her beautiful simple cups.

 

Mimi's Poterry Menu

Mimi’s Pottery Menu

 

Mi Studio is located in Camberwell, just off Coldharbour Lane at Unit 15E, 26-34 Southwell Road, London, SE5 9PG. 11am-6pm.

Tel: 07778435351
info@mimijoung.com

 

The Kiln

 

Were you aware of all the steps needed to make a cup?

How much do you know about what you use on a daily basis? How does knowing about its production make you feel about it?

22nd April: Earth Day and Asbestos Awareness

Tomorrow, Wednesday 22nd April, is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, an annual event that took place for the first time in 1970. On this day, there are events going on globally to support the protection of the environment.

Yes, ideally I would like to live somewhere that doesn’t need protecting, especially protecting from humans. I am a human: so why would others like me do something to harm the environment we all live in? Well, no need to add much to that…

I’d like to think that Earth Day is known enough for most people to give the whole concept and idea of having a day dedicated to protecting the environment a proper thought. Then again, shouldn’t every day be Earth day?

…What is the Earth going through? What are these changes causing and bringing? What can we do about harmful changes that are going on right now and are giving us, and are going to give future generations, a very hard time?

There are so many things we can do, every little something can be the start of changes that can really make a positive impact on a big scale.

You can pledge to take actions such as eating less meat, reducing energy consumption, using less plastic, buying local produce

 

On Earth Day’s website you can take action, there are petitions you can sign to raise awareness and educate on environmental topics that concern all of us (though the ones addressing the U.S. Congress are reserved for U.S. zip codes inhabitants).

 

 

From the plane

 

One thing I find with choosing to protect the environment is that usually you can fairly easily get into a virtuous circle: there are many positive, sustainable actions that make each other easier or bring about other benefits, rather than obstacles.

For example, eating less meat is better for the environment, when done right it is also healthier and can be cheaper too. Great!

 

Recently I have also been trying something new: to really reduce the waste I produce, the rubbish that is made as a result of my actions, habits and lifestyle, in order to pollute less and use fewer resources.
Using less paper and plastic has been the main way for me to try to attain this.

So this makes me think of all the really extra polluting materials and substances used everyday, elements and substances that are far more toxic and dangerous than a tissue, paper napkin or plastic fork or styrofoam cup (yuk)…

My attention was brought to the dangers of asbestos.
I welcome extra awareness so I thought I’d share.

I had heard of asbestos before of course, but only generically and within the context of buildings – especially old buildings – as something “bad”. I didn’t know much more than that.

I found out that asbestos is a mineral!
A dangerous mineral that causes a rare cancer called mesothelioma, as well as asbestosis and lung cancer and guess what? It is still mined and used today which means that its awful effects do not stop when asbestos is found in a home, its carcinogenic features of doom linger around, it’s a harmful health hazard (HHH!) even once it’s been disposed of and gone to landfill, as it’s an airborne toxin.

Where can it be found?
In buildings built prior to 1980 – including homes, schools and offices.

So this a dangerous material that fits in the same category as pesticides and petroleum. Yuk. Unfortunately most of us, maybe all of us, know someone who has or had cancer or someone else who knew someone who had it. I also heard today that by 2030 the number of people who have cancer in the UK is going to increase massively.

In order to dispose of such toxic materials that are so harmful to us and the environment it has to be taken to special landfills and sealed to prevent people from being exposed to it.

 

Here are more useful links to find out more (and stay as far away as possible):

Asbestos in your home

What is asbestos

Where can asbestos be found?

Asbestos FAQ

 

To end on a good note, sights like this makes me even more passionate about protecting the planet… Have a great Earth Day!

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Had you heard of Earth Day?

Did you know about asbestos, where it can be found and how to dispose of it?

VegFest Brighton March 2015

Last week I had the pleasure of going to my second VegFest event, this time in Brighton! I first went there back in September in London and did not want to miss this one! Thanks paperbagblog for the tickets :)

My friend and I went to what were 2 days of vegan food samples, coffee, vegan pastries and buns, VBites visits, eye-opening talks and challenging walks in the outrageous coastal wind.

VegFest is a festival where you can learn more about the health benefits and ethical side of eating vegetarian vegan food and try lots of vegan treats, meet people who make and sell vegan products, learn about environmental initiatives and activities, get information on how to try out a plant-based diet and generally to show how simple and easy it can be to do all this with the products available out there!

It is a hub of animal-free, cruelty-free, no-animal-testing sustainable goods.  A very friendly gathering bustling with people of all ages, lots of children, people there because of food intolerances or allergies and curious meat-eaters alongside devoted vegans.

 

There were many healthy vegan juices stalls…

Healthy Juices

…and so many treats everywhere!

 

The lovely people from the Global Fusion Vegan Creole Bakery were there too, I don’t know how they do it, but their loaves and cakes are SO moist and have an incredibly comforting texture. They have sweet and savoury loaves and are always extremely generous with the samples they give.

Global Fusion Vegan Creole Bakery

Global Fusion Vegan Creole Bakery

There was always a queue to taste and buy the loaves, they were really popular and we saw they sold out pretty early in the day. I got a delicious savoury loaf with olives, mushrooms, peppers and herbs for £3. They are based in London and make and their delicious goodies in Stoke Newington but also sell them in other markets around London, such as Brixton’s farmers’ market.

Sweet and savoury loaves and cakes

Sweet and savoury loaves and cakes from Global Fusion

 

The savoury loaf I got was great! My flatmates liked it as well :)

 

Savoury Loaf from Global Fusion

Savoury Loaf from Global Fusion

I had some with steamed kale with garlic, chilli and lime squeezed over it. So lovely!

 

The Big Fat Vegan Bakery stall was there too, displaying their amazing array of enormous and colourfully irresistible buns, doughnuts and pastries…

Big Fat Vegan Bakery

Big Fat Vegan Bakery

They were extremely busy too, there was a constant queue and it was so manic for these people selling all this baked vegan goodness.

BFVB

BFVB

Eating vegan food clearly does not mean you miss out on anything!

Oreo Topped Doughnut

Oreo Topped Doughnut

My friend got a comparatively healthy oat cookie from the mouth-watering Ms Cupcake stall whereas I  opted for this vegan pillowy-soft chocolate, cream and Oreo topped doughnut which was too tasty to describe properly. It was £2.50 and probably the equivalent of 2 or 3 ordinary-sized pastries :O

 

I saw many people with different types of vegan beers and they were served in these biodegradable cups…

Biodegradable, compostable cup

Biodegradable, compostable cup

 

I wish these biopac cups were used at more events and gigs as they aren’t as bad and as polluting as ordinary plastic cups and packaging.

 

One thing I did notice that I was disappointed about was that although the main areas were provided with recycling bins, the bins by the sellers were general waste and people were throwing leftover food along with recyclable packaging.
I e-mailed VegFest on Easter Sunday morning and was shocked to receive a reply a few minutes later! I was told that “most of the rubbish gets recycled round the back, and spare food gets
donated to food banks” – when I specified about the rubbish being the waste produced at the venue by the punters I got another response:
”We have recycling bins throughout the venue, and it is always a huge shame
that the general public ignore the instructions and put food waste in the
wrong compartments rendering the waste useless for recycling.
The general bins in the auditorium were sorted, if waste found to be food,
went into general disposal / incinerator and conversion to power. If
packaging went to recycling.
All food waste went into a designated food skip and was dealt with by Cox’s
waste solutions.
All cardboard and packaging was bailed and sent for recycling.”

I was also assured there is a meeting coming up in the coming weeks which will focus on this area for future shows.
Although not ideal, I really hope they can sort something out for future shows and make this festival even more environmentally-friendly.

 

At the venue there so many other stalls…really nice vegan cheese, a wide variety of stalls selling hot food such as curry, kebabs, Thai food, pancakes that were exactly the same as non-vegan pancakes, really thin and foldable (I asked: all they make them with is plain flour and soy milk!) :)

Hot food from the Indian stall

Hot food from the Indian stall

 

Also non-food items such as beauty products, baby skincare and bath products, make-up, clothing, bamboo socks and underwear; everything was vegan and many products were organic too.
I got a yaoh vegan lipbalm, it’s nice to know there are no animal fats in it, unlike many other lipbalms for sale – it was also buy one get one free so my flatmate can enjoy fresh spearmint-smelling lips too.

 

If you have a look at the VegFest website you can find out more, the next one will take place in Bristol on 23rd and 24th May.

We were at VegFest both Saturday and Sunday, on Sunday we went to several all really interesting, some heart-warming and some alarming talks about Local and Global Food Sustainability about which I will write about in the next post.

 

Did you go to Vegfest? What did you think of it?

Are you planning to go to the next one in Bristol in May or other similar festivals?

Climate Change March – March 2015

Last Saturday I went to London’s Climate Change march.

I like the idea of strolling down and even sitting on the normally super-busy and car-invaded streets of London to draw attention to an issue I believe needs attention NOW.
Climate change as in human-caused climate change, as analysed on the NASA website (I think it’s a pretty good source), climate change which is causing rising sea levels and extreme weather.

It was a beautiful day and I took pictures of some of the people there on our way from Lincoln’s Inn Fields to Parliament Square.

 

 

Crowds gathering - Lincoln's Inn Fields

Crowds gathering – Lincoln’s Inn Fields

 

There were all sorts of messages at the Climate Change: Time to Act! march:

political…

Capitalism Death

 

fooditical (yes, that’s definitely a word)…

 

talk-to-the-hand-cause-the-face-ain’t-listening-busters…

Wake up call

massive puppets…

Big Puppet

clean energy calls…

The Sun's power is amazing. Let's use it

The Sun’s power is amazing. Let’s use it!

 

support from creative youngsters…

the home-made banners were the best!

Hot Planet

cuuuute messages…

Make tea not global warming

 

the physical approach: let’s sit on the Strand for a bit! :P

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some paused in front of Downing Street’s gate…

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more banners and music in front of Big Ben instead of queues of traffic… and what a sky!

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there were speeches in Parliament Square…did they hear us?

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What I liked about the speeches was that the tone was overall positive.

The ones I heard were not about the damaged done to the planet and pessimistic facts, it was all about how we can still make a positive change, right now, for our planet, our home!

I understand that some prioritise profit over endangering the planet, I get it. I don’t agree with it but I know some people are like that. But then I think: so once planet Earth is sizzling, full of rubbish and shit, what is having money going to do? Will it still be worth it then?

Some had banners or wrote messages on behalf of their small children, even unborn babies, asking to please protect our planet: they have not done anything wrong: why should they live on a planet which is under threat and face all these problems?

What can we do to ensure Paris’s December 2015 summit has a clear positive outcome for the planet and for us on it?

 

Time to Act 2015‘s page has some videos of inspiring speeches that took place on Saturday, have a look!

Let’s use technology to have green energy, reduce carbon emissions and create green and sustainable jobs! :D

 

Another day another chance to rescue :D (thank you Enter Shikari)

sunset after Climate march

 

What do you think of the Climate Change march?

What do you think is the best way to make a change and act on climate change?

 

Being Vegan on a trip to Broadstairs

I started this blog exactly 3 years ago on 6th February, 3 years and 2 weeks ago, wow!
It’s changed a bit but the aim is the same: what can we do, what new things can we learn to enable us to live our everyday lives while considering how the consequences of our habits affect the environment and our future? A mix of light and heavy stuff :)

 

Despite the lack of concrete new year resolutions, I hope to be travelling more in 2015.
A monthly trip somewhere new, locally or further away, would be great… I find visiting new places makes me love this planet even more… and makes me ever more passionate about doing what I can to live in a way that is sustainable.

I started off well with the first trip of the year in January to Broadstairs, which is on the almost-most-Eastern part of Kent, to see my lovely mate C.
I hadn’t even heard about Broadstairs until she told me about it and the great time she had at Folk Week 2 years ago, so I went there in August last year.

Folk Week is an amazing week-long festival in Broadstairs where tons of talented musicians, singers and song writers perform anywhere from small pubs to bigger venues such as the Pavilion. It is a week of celebration where this small seaside town is at its fullest and liveliest.
This year is Folk Week’s 50th anniversary, I bet it’s going to be ridiculously good!

But Broadstairs is a lovely town to visit any time of the year. Charles Dickens lived there for a while, so did JMW Turner; you can go on walks which allow you to discover the exact locations where they lived, wrote and painted around the town.

 

Viking Bay

Living in a postcard: Viking Bay

 

Apart from great music I was also happy to go to a great place for vegan food: The Intolerant Wife.

It’s right on the high street towards the sea front and caters for different food intolerances: it has many gluten and dairy-free alternatives, vegetarian and vegan options. The only thing is that the service is slow, but apart from that it has a wide variety of vegan food.

Back in the summer I had a vegan English breakfast there, it was really tasty and reasonably priced too.

 

Vegan English Breakfast

Vegan English Breakfast

 

On a different occasion, I went there for lunch and had a baguette with vegetables and houmous. They have many other dishes such as chilli, pasta, salads, jacket potatoes, pies…

 

Veg and Houmous Baguette - the Intolerant Wife

Veg and Houmous Baguette – the Intolerant Wife

 

They also sell many types of tea, milkshakes, cakes, cakes to order, chocolate, snacks, afternoon tea…

 

The Intolerant Wife

The Intolerant Wife

 

This time, we went back there for a coffee – they have soy, almond milk and Rice Dream.
We wanted to eat there too but the slow service meant we had to dash out before even getting a chance to order anything, so we crossed the road over to the Albion where I had sweet potato chips – sweet potatoes are just so amazing, I could have them everyday! :D

 

Sweet potato chips :Q__

 

If you get a chance, visit the Italian restaurant Posillipo: the bruschetta and the pizza there are, well, good enough for someone who grew up in Italy with high pizza standards :D

The Botany Bay Hotel also veganised their artichoke, tomato and walnut risotto for me, it was delicious!

 

Artichoke, tomato and walnut risotto

Artichoke, tomato and walnut risotto

 

While hunting for vegan treats, one thing that was easy to notice in Broadstairs is that there are hardly any shop chains.
Except for a few supermarket chain branches, most businesses are independent and it makes the town feel even more of a gem. People support local businesses, whether it’s the bike shop, the bakery or…the trophy shop. Each is different and makes the town look diverse, rather than homogenised. There is a tiny cinema too, close to the beach …unfortunately it was showing Taken 3 when I went a few weeks ago, therefore I could not go.

Punch and Judy show on the beach

Punch and Judy show on the beach

 

Then my friend C told me that a Costa coffee is about to open in Broadstairs.
It’s odd, I felt there were quite a few places where you can get a coffee… so how come a chain shop like Costa is opening, what does that mean and what will it mean for other businesses and the general feel of the town? Is its opening due to the demand of the residents or people visiting the town?

Part of the fun of going somewhere new is also going to local shops that are typical or only present in that particular place, rather than going to a chain that is practically the same as in another town…that, together with the consciousness of supporting independent businesses, makes me think of the ways a town like Broadstairs may change with chain businesses.

Would Broadstairs be as lovely with a Costa coffee shop? Yes, probably.
Would it be as much of a different, fresh setting to enjoy for a few days away from London or indeed to live in if it was made up of a row of chains?
– I know this is not what’s happening, but the point is – I am just thinking and imagining different potential scenarios…yes, it’s what goes on all the time and town landscapes change progressively… but how do these changes shape people’s lives?

 

What experiences have you had of the opening of new businesses / closing of old businesses and their effect on their surrounding area?

What do you enjoy doing when travelling and visiting places you haven’t been to before?

What It Really Means To Be Vegan.

greentrailsandteapottales:

I am reblogging this as I have been thinking about something very similar for a while.
Sometimes things don’t make sense but it’s best to know something about what and who we judge before making assumptions. Having a vegan life is beneficial for the environment, others and animals.

Originally posted on theveganbox:

If you are vegan, chances are you have that friend/cousin/stepbrother. The one that can’t let a family dinner or social outing go by without taunting you and your vegan ideals for the world to be amused by. You may love them to bits, you may wish they would very quietly disappear into the cracks of the floorboards, you may be used to the jabs and over the bickering, but either way- a vegan lifestyle seems to require constant defending and ongoing justification.

I guess at some point you get so used to it and just take it as part of the meaning of being vegan. But sometimes, I look at it- I really deconstruct it and look at it. And when I do, I get confused.

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Why does someone with a vegan lifestyle feel the pressure to explain and justify his or her choice to live a cruelty-free lifestyle? Why…

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Vegucation, Indieness and Filth

It’s half past January.

Happy new year!

 

2014's last sunset I captured

2014’s last sunset I captured

 

How are you finding 2015 so far?

I’m not sure I have any particular new year’s resolutions, but I do hope this year is even better than last year with more trips, new discoveries and inspiring people.

 

I keep having new ideas and thoughts in my head about how to do what I most love in a way that doesn’t directly or indirectly damage our planet’s environment, which is what I love anyway = DOUBLE LOVE!

These flying drafts “Wingardium Leviosaing” their way inside my skull may sound like heavy stuff, but they’re more like the colourful balloons allowing dear Mr. Fredricksen‘s home to reach Paradise Falls, and it’s the same thing that’s been happening since before starting this blog, almost 3 years ago.

 

I remember my best friend G, during a classroom debate about who-knows-what, when we were maybe…15? say: “The steps we can take may be small. But look at a lot of small steps put together: they become a big step”.

I have this memory clip of her saying these words saved in my real-life quotes database and it is what, in a way, I like to do in my head, in my life and share with my blog.

Small changes, embracing new knowledge and new habits to reduce the impact on our surroundings. And if people feel inspired…great!

 

On New Year’s Eve I started watching the Vegucated documentary, paused it to make a ton of guacamole and finished watching it on New Year’s Day. Well, I’ve never been so happy to be vegan!

I liked the documentary because it covers a lot of aspects of vegan life in a light-hearted yet serious way: 3 New Yorkers try going vegan for 6 weeks and “learn” how to live choosing non-animal products.

Health plays a big part in it and is covered extensively along with animal rights, intensive farming methods and their environmental impact, vegan clothing, animal and cruelty-free beauty products, vegan food shopping, eating out when you’re vegan…

Needless to say, they are very different by the end of the 6 weeks.

 

So if you’d like to expand your awareness and find out how it went by watching it, this link shows where it’s available (Netflix, iTunes, XBox, for rent on Youtube…).

Or if you want, have a look at Vegucated’s trailer first.

 

As I wrote in my last post about independent businesses, I am more and more aware of what I purchase and where, and in the process I have discovered some really good places.

Some shops encourage and promote small producers and businesses, some choose to only serve vegetarian or vegan food, others pay particular attention to avoiding food waste and running their business in an eco-friendly and fair way. There is a lot to discover and I’ll be sharing about them soon!

 

So, eating less energy-hungry (haha!!…) food, spending more wisely…but also buying less when possible.

I have another swap-trade day lined up for February, it’s the third time this is going to take place to swap and get rid of unwanted stuff and acquiring new things from others. I got so many good books last time! I look forward to the next.

 

"I'm reading Filth!"

“I’m reading Filth!”

 

It’s amazing just how amusing it was to say things like “I was on the tube reading Filth when…”

I also got many other good books from the previous swaps, including A Spot of Bother and Darkly Dreaming Daniel which was read, given to my flatmate, then I took it and now it’s up for grabs for the next set of eyes.

 

Tons of free books

Tons of free books

The swaps are good to pick books you may never read otherwise and learn about new things that can take you to new places – I am currently reading Kurt Cobain’s biography and listening to their music in a completely different way; it was only after a friend gave me her copies of the Millenium trilogy that I became interested in and then actually visited Sweden.

As you can see, (as usual!) I have a lot I want to write about.

So for now, thank you for reading :)

 

Had you heard of Vegucated? If you’ve seen it, what did you think of it?

Do you have any Planet wishes for 2015?