Posts by Summer Edwards

The Ethical Activist Book Group: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

This review is part of the Ethical Activist Book Group reading list. Past books include Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour, Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything and Unbowed by Wangari Maathai. Read along and join in the conversation with us at any time.  In these dark times, how do we hold onto hope? As the prospect of irreversible climate change bears down upon us and even many of the most progressive governments dither, continuing to

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The Art of Ethical Travel

For the last ten days I have been steeped in the beautiful culture and landscape of Ubud, where I am doing my best to observe the art of ethical travel. I have long avoided Bali, for the reputation of rowdy Australian tourists drinking vast amounts of beer, and generally paying little attention to cultural etiquette and respect. Of course, Aussie tourists are not the only ones that do this, but

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A hotel booking to fund charity? Let’s Wander

The following post is a part of a sponsored collaboration between Wander (wander.io) and the Ethical Writers & Creatives coalition that I am a member of. I received payment in exchange for this review. This helps to support my activism and the costs of running this blog. I only partner with organisations uphold the values and ethos of this blog and that I think you would appreciate hearing about. My

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Regulations and Consumer Safety: The Fight for Safer Products

Today we have a guest post written by Lindsey Pasikea, who works for Consumer Safety, the peak non-profit organisation in the US that is advocating to ensure the the products available in the US market are safe for consumers to use. I am sure you will find her article interesting and informative.  Regulations and Consumer Safety: The Fight for Safer Products We all try to be careful about what goes

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How to know if your furniture is eco-friendly

Today we have a guest post written by sustainability writer Emily Folk. You can find more of her work on her blog Conservation Folks or you can connect with her on Twitter. How to Know if Your Furniture Is Eco-Friendly If you want to have an eco-friendly home, you have to put some thought into which products you bring into it. If you find the right furniture options, your couches, tables, chairs, beds

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Ethical Activist Book Group: Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

This review is part of the Ethical Activist Book Group reading list. Past books include Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. Read along with and join the conversation at any time.  What can one person’s story tell us about the problems in the global economy? Actually quite a lot. Especially when that one person has a story like Wangari Maathai. Wangari Maathai was born in the early 20th Century in the

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Finding hope in the dark

My deepest thanks goes to my readers who showed their support to me in this difficult time of burn out that I have been going through. This recent pause to my work here at tortoise & lady grey was such a necessary exercise. It gave me the time distance to reflect on what it is that I do here, and why I am driven to write and create for my

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In the depths of eco activist burn out

I have been quite silent of late and I am sure a few of my dedicated readers will have noticed. This last month I have broken my publishing record. In almost 4 years I have published an article each Monday without fail. It was dedication to the work of eco activism, and my dedication to this community that I made this commitment without fail. Until recently that is. So I

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How Mindfulness Can Support You in Ethical Living

This post is a sponsored collaboration with the Will Williams Meditation Centre in London. The post was written by Holly Ashby, a writer who works with the London meditation centre Will Williams Meditation, a meditation company which can help people achieve present moment awareness through an alternative to mindfulness – reducing their stress and providing a form of self-care. Choosing to live ethically is far from easy. Trying to fight against

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Where to buy sustainable vegan shoes and sandals

There are significant environmental benefits to choosing a vegan wardrobe (and choosing to stick with vegan shoes and sandals over leather ones), but vegan fashion is an sector that is full of greenwashing. I have seen countless examples of vegan fashion labels claiming their products as ‘sustainable’ ‘green’or ‘eco-friendly’ when they use PVC, a plastic that is so toxic that Greenpeace campaign against it’s use. So if you want to

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