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What I’m streaming during the lockdown

As of writing, the British government has begun easing the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions and will continue so as long as the infection rate keeps decreasing. (Fingers crossed.) Even non-essential shops are open now.

But I (Emma) am still mostly inside. There are many reasons; starting with the fact that I live with immunocompromised people and ending with the fact that the current easing still requires you to stay six foot apart from the people outside your household that you’re allowed to meet with. I don’t see how I’m supposed to have a conversation with my friends from that far apart.


I know the idea is that people can get back to playing tennis with their friends, but do I look like a tennis person to you? (I realise you can’t see me. Tamara will tell you.) Or that you take your own drinks to someone’s back garden, but how many people do you know that have separate entrances to their back garden?

So, what am I doing now that I’m stuck inside until… probably the end of summer? Well, I’m writing a- [Edited out by Tamara because she can’t bear to listen to Emma talk about her novel anymore].

I’ve also been watching a lot of eco content on streaming services, which  I wanted to share with you today, so read on for some eco streaming recommendations that should tide you over for the rest of the lockdown.

BBC iPlayer

Climate Change: The Facts

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that climate change is real and caused by humans. But in case, you’d like to have the facts ready so you can drop some knowledge on your Daily Mail reading Aunt, who’s spent too much time in Facebook groups during the quarantine, check out this David Attenborough documentary.

Also, there’s a whole host of Attenborough docs on there, including Plant Earth, Blue Planet I & II, Seven Worlds; One Planet, Life on Earth, Frozen Planet, Life, and Africa.


Apocalypse Cow: How Meat Killed the Planet

I’ll admit that as a vegetarian, I’m very happy with any documentary that exposes the environmental impact of eating animals, particularly through the use of factory farming. (I did put the Earthlings documentary on every computer in my media classroom after my lesson finished so that every single person in the next class would be subjected to it. I was insufferable at 19.)

This programme also does some research on creating more fake meats to replace all those dead animals on our plates. (I said what I said.)

Also watch: Australia on Fire: Climate Emergency



Pollution, plastic, and people are causing massive damage to oceans. Here experts will tell you what needs to be done to clean the seas and save the planet. And don’t worry, it’s not just about what the individual needs to do, but also what international governments need to do because it’s not just

Also see: Blackfish, Attenborough’s Our Planet, A Plastic Ocean, and the uplifting Born to be Free.

Disney Plus

Paris to Pittsburgh

What seems like a million years ago now, that sentient confederate flag in the White House pulled out of the already far- too-lax Paris Climate Agreement. (For no reason, considering there was no way to legislate whether countries met the 2% goal. I guess, some people don’t just want to be thought of as an asshole; they want to prove it.)

… Oh yeah, back to the blurb.

This documentary covers the efforts of people, action groups, and local governments  are taking to counteract the horrific decision to just basically abandon all efforts to combat climate change. It shows us, if we need the reminder, that people are not their governments. (I wouldn’t want anyone to mistake the Tory’s government’s policies for mine.)

Also watch: Before the Flood and Jane.

Alright, this short and liht-hearted article is done. Leave extra recommendations in the comments. (Not Prime shows though, Tamara’s husband cancelled his account.)

How to eco hack your blood donation

Donating blood is a wonderful act that doesn’t take a lot of effort and can save a life. I (Emma) have been donating blood for ten years now, when my iron counts allows, and was thankfully able to donate last on September 23.

However, as with most aspects of my life, I’m looking to make my blood donation more eco-friendly and these are the steps I’ve taken over the past couple of sessions to improve the greenness of my blood recycling. (I know, it’s technically reuse, but blood recycling sounds better.)

(This is the closest thing Shades of Green has to a Halloween post in 2019. Don’t worry, we’re not going to talk about blood.)

hands covered in blood
Except this one… Spooky

Change locations

I used to donate with a friend at Fratton Park, which would mean she’d pick me up on her way home from work or I’d have to get down there via a lift or public transport. However, given that I tend to feel really faint (or actually faint) after giving blood, getting the bus home by myself is not an option, especially when the buses from there to my house are fairly lacklustre.

After my friend got pregnant and couldn’t donate, I switched to the Mountbatten Centre, which is close enough to walk to and I take one of my parents with me.

There are blood donation locations all over Portsmouth, so there should be one close enough to you to walk/get the bus from home or work. (Just take someone with you.)

Drink up

person holding pink reusable water bottle

You’ve heard me and Tamara talk about water bottles for two years now and I’m going to encourage you to get one again. In my experience, you can fill up your water bottle with squash or water from the dispenser on the snack table before your donation and have the nurse refill it from the jug after donation. No need to use unrecyclable plastic cups.

If you like hot drinks after donating blood (you can only have them from your second donation onwards!), then take a pre-filled flask because the hot drink machines don’t look like they can accommodate a traditional or travel mug, only the disposable cups.

However, if you do want a hot drink and forget your thermos, you can always take the cup with you to be disposed of in the carton banks, at Gunwharf, or at Costa.

Chow down

half an orange

It’s highly recommended that you have a snack before and after donating blood, preferably something that’s very sugary or very salty. With that in mind, why not take some sweet fruits, like an orange, with you to enjoy and avoid packaging?

If you’ve forgotten your snack, opt for one of those provided that comes in recyclable packaging. As spotted on an earlier donation, Portsmouth’s blood donation team will take crisp packets for recycling as long as you put them in the right box or you can opt for a chocolate bar or popcorn if you plan to take the packaging home to recycle.

Two-minute recycling pick

Nurses don’t often have the time to sort out the bins for plastic bottles and other recycling that others have thrown in the bin by the pre or post-donation snack tables. While you’re waiting there, see if there’s anything in the bin that shouldn’t be and move it.

Full disclosure, my dad actually did this while I was complaining about feeling faint (weakling!) and not wanting to leave, so he should get the credit.

Recovery time

And finally, remember to compost the cotton pad that they stick over your arm. (importantly, not the plaster or the tape), rather than throwing it in the bin.

That’s it from me this month, but let me know in the comments if you have a blood donation coming up and if you have any more eco tips about it for me.