Environment round-up: A short one

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I’ve been a bit distracted for the last month as I started a new job, which is also full time for the first time since my eldest was born seven years ago. So I’m afraid I haven’t spent as much time looking for posts as I usually do, meaning it is a little shorter than normal.

For the first time since leaving university, I am no longer working in the environment field. This change is taking a bit of getting used to so I was thrilled to be asked to talk to some undergraduate students about what it is like being an environmental consultant. I think it is important to encourage and educate future generations about the environment, and many of you agree. Larabee explains how she used a storybook about polar bears to introduce discussions about the North Pole and global warming in |FAMILY FUN|polar bear and global warming study, and Luschka makes suggestions for activities to tie in with Earth Day in April in Earth Day Books, Movies, Activities And Games For Children.

The post Pineapple as a leather alternative? introduces shoes produced from Pinatex made from pineapple leaves normally considered a waste product. In addition, as the shoes are stitched instead of glued they can be disassembled meaning they are easier to repair than most shoes, potentially reducing waste further.

To help improve the air quality in our homes polluted by items such as paint, carpets and cleaning products Liz Burton has written a list of the Top 10 Houseplants to clean the air in your home.

Thank you to everyone who sent me posts, it really helped me out this month. If you’d like to be included in a future round-up please send me links via my blog or tweet me @katedavis. Alternatively, let me know if you have any questions about the environment and I’ll try and answer them in future posts.

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About Kate Davis

Kate’s first environmental action was picking cans out of the bins at school for recycling, leading to a green Blue Peter badge, and developing in to a career as an environmental consultant. At home she spends her time trying to convince her two children to turn off lights and tap and her husband to consider eco features as they turn an old care home into their family home. Kate is originally from Yorkshire, but now lives in Oxfordshire. She blogs at darktea www.darktea.co.uk/blog and is on Twitter @katedavis.