Ecological concern · Ethical living

What’s the cost?

I watched The Story of Stuff recently. I was struck by Annie Leonard’s example of a $4.99 radio and how its production couldn’t possible be that cheap. She therefore wasn’t paying its true cost. So who was?

In the spring, I switched to getting our milk from a local milkman rather than from the supermarket. I liked the community aspect of this and now I know which farms our milk comes from.

This week, I trialled glass bottles. It is more expensive but in reality milk in plastic bottles costs more – but I am not the one paying the price.

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Milk in a glass bottle tastes better and the bottle looks and feels amazing. I’m definitely sticking with environmentally-friendly, reusable glass.

Mr Pilgrim and I are looking forward to seeing Paddington 2. We might even make it to the cinema! Here’s a great article by an immigration lawyer on the first Paddington film.


This week’s top Consuming Better purchase is a fair trade wooden nativity set from Embrace the Middle East (a charity tackling poverty and injustice in the Middle East). I’ve been searching for a nativity set for several years in which the people look more Middle Eastern rather than Caucasian and I’m really pleased with this beautiful set. FullSizeRender (28)

Small Boy and I have already had fun playing with it and using the figures to tell the story of Jesus’ birth.

Mr Pilgrim and I enjoyed Blue Planet 2 last week. Hopefully, it will start conversations about plastics and ocean conservation.


Maybe it’s time for a milkman revival!

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