Toxic Threads

Care Label

This week, Greenpeace have released a report detailing the toxic trail of the textile industry in China. I haven’t had chance to read it yet, but the accompanying pictures really put specific faces and stories to sometimes uninspiring facts and figures.  Go take a look.

A quick browse through my wardrobe and I discover that my favourite dress is made in China (and I’m sure countless other garments) so it’s easy to see that we should all be taking an interest in where our clothing comes from. It’s particularly timely as I’ve just written an article for the Bloomtrigger Project about the ecological impacts of cotton production which you can read here.

If you’re interested in finding out more about ethical fashion I’d suggest stopping by this blog, ran by a friend of mine, Katie Ledger. Her enthusiasm for all things green is catching and I must have picked up lots of interesting facts purely by osmosis over the years. She really knows her stuff, why not take a look and be inspired.


What do very hungry caterpillars turn into?

British Summertime is in full swing! Well not quite, but that didn’t stop us enjoying a tropical day out at Stratford-upon-Avon’s butterfly farm.

Although the butterflies were the main attraction, there were also some other animals roaming free. I loved the cute quails scurrying around and the iguanas casually munching on leaves.

It’s definitely worth a visit, as you wont see butterflies like this in your back garden. I’d recommend following it by lunch and a cold beer by the riverside like we did. Perfect. : )

Some of my photos can be found on the Bloomtrigger blog here.


The long term effects of oil spills

Fishermen in the Gulf are Mexico are reporting horrible deformities in the local wildlife, including shrimp with no eyes and crabs with missing limbs. Scientists believe that this is as a result of BP’s oil spill at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April 2010.

It makes me sad to think that we continue to exploit natural resources, especially when the consequences of disasters are so long lasting.

Read more…


Eyeless shrimp caught off in Barataria Bay, Louisiana (Erika Blumenfeld/Al Jazeera)

The Bloomtrigger Project

Recently, I’ve been working on a blog piece for the bloomtrigger project who are aiming to save 100 hectares of Peruvian rainforest. As part of Earth Day on April 22, they’ve made a pledge in the Billion Acts of Green campaign.

You can read my article and find out more about the project here…