Food For Thought

"No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides"  - Spinoza

The following articles aim to do just that, give you both sides to a debate.

Whether you agree or disagree, I ask you.. nay.. implore you to leave your thoughts and comments on each article.


Sunday, 26 July 2020  |  Nicola Wood & Ken Shaw
Why Natural Toothpaste is Good for You and the Environment

Why Natural Toothpaste is Good for You and the Environment

Brushing your teeth is a mundane but essential daily task. So mundane that, beyond choosing a toothbrush and toothpaste that meet your needs, you probably don't give the task much thought. When you're running late because your teenager's hogging the bathroom, there isn't really time for a toothpaste-related existential crisis.

However, if your health is a priority, and you want to live more mindfully, you should take a long, hard look at your choice of oral care products.

READ: Why Natural Toothpaste is Good for You and the Environment

 

11 CommentsMonday, 13 July 2020  |  Nicola Wood & Ken Shaw
Are Monkeys Picking Coconuts: Myths & Truths

Are Monkeys Picking Coconuts: Myths & Truths

Just when you thought you had your ethical lifestyle down to a tee, along comes another source of anxiety and debate: monkeys picking coconuts. Recent media reports claim that in Thailand, pigtailed macaques are being taken from the wild. Made to pick around 1,000 coconuts a day, they are mistreated by farmers who want a piece of the global coconut market.

But is there any truth to the claims of abuse and forced labour? Is it just sensationalist reporting? Did a monkey really pick your coconuts?

READ: Are Monkeys Picking Coconuts: Myths & Truths

 

Thursday, 2 July 2020  |  Nicola Wood & Ken Shaw
Is Plastic Bad for the Environment? The Myths and Truths

Is Plastic Bad for the Environment? The Myths and Truths

The word "plastic" has become something of a profanity in the 21st century. We're constantly bombarded with information about how plastic is killing the planet. We're urged to do our bit to help the environment by choosing sustainable alternatives, get rid of plastic or to at least recycle the plastic we do use. And we've all seen the heartbreaking videos of sea turtles with plastic straws up their noses and huge rafts of plastic bags floating across the Pacific ocean.

But - and here's a controversial question - is plastic bad? Is it really the scourge of the modern age and the bringer of environmental doom?

READ: Is Plastic Bad for the Environment? The Myths and Truths

 

2 CommentsWednesday, 29 April 2020  |  Ken Shaw
Does Bar Soap Carry Germs?

Does Bar Soap Carry Germs?

Do you want to return to using 'old fashioned natural soap bars' as your parents did? Perhaps you want to cast aside chemical-ridden liquid soaps and shower gels. Or simply do your bit for the environment by using less plastic bottles?

Whatever the reason, one concern that continually pops up in one form or another, through emails or at live events is this: Does Bar Soap Carry Germs?

 

3 CommentsTuesday, 1 October 2019  |  Ken Shaw
Is Palm Oil Bad For The Environment?

Is Palm Oil Bad For The Environment?

I heard a smart and amusing saying years ago, which compares every situation to a slice of bread:

"No matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides!"

My approach to writing this article is just that. I will try to address both the good and the bad, albeit simplified, and offer my personal opinion at the end. But is just my opinion :) READ: Is Palm Oil Bad For The Environment?