C&S: 9/21 Ethique & coconut pancakes

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C&S: 9/21 Ethique & coconut pancakes

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Welcome to Climate & Style, your monthly guide to mindful spending.

If you’re feeling cooped up and bored at home in yet another lockdown, or are simply enjoying a lazy weekend in, I have just the thing for you today. Our team put together a list of five inspiring climate-themed books, as well as five virtual climate exhibits for you to peruse from the comfort of your homes.

On an unrelated note, I bet you didn’t know that Thursday (September 2) was World Coconut Day. So, in honor of that, I have a toasted coconut pancake recipe for you — trust me, they were to die for. I also have a skincare brand from New Zealand that makes soap and shampoo bars, starring coconut as one of their main ingredients.

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In case you missed last month’s Climate & Style, you can find it here.

So dive in, put on your aprons, queue up your chosen form of entertainment, and have some fun. We’ll see you next month!

Jyotika Bindra
Editor, Climate & Capital Media

In the spotlight


Vegan toasted coconut pancakes

To celebrate World Coconut Day (yes, I actually did), I tried these vegan toasted coconut pancakes from the Minimalist Baker. They were absolutely delicious, super hearty and oh-so-coconutty. Toasting the shredded coconut was key, it added the most delicious roasted nutty flavor. The recipe uses a vegan flax egg (flaxseed meal and water) as an egg replacement, and I honestly couldn’t taste the difference. The pancakes are sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup (or agave), and are just the right amount of sweet. I had them with an extra splash of maple syrup and my favorite Blue Tokai coffee with oat milk (for those of you in India, I get mine from Urban Platter), and it was the perfect brunch. Photo: Minimalist Baker




Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

If you’re looking to make the switch to solid skin and hair care products (I switched over to soap bars a few years ago and haven’t looked back since), Ethique has them all: from shampoo and conditioner bars, to bar soaps and even facial moisturizer sticks. One of their star ingredients is (you guessed it) — coconut! Their Frizz Wrangler shampoo bar is as coconutty as it gets. Perfect for those of us with dry or frizzy hair, this bar is made with fair trade Samoan coconut oil and coconut butter, and will leave your hair feeling silky-smooth and smelling divine. For first-timers, they also have a sampler pack that comes with three shampoo bars and two conditioners (shaped like the cutest little hearts), so you can choose the ones that work for you.

And of course it checks off the standard boxes: it’s a certified B-Corp brand, Leaping Bunny certified, palm oil-free and the packaging is zero plastic. Finally, while they do offset their carbon emissions (they partner with Ecologi to plant one tree for every order), they’re transparent about the fact that offsetting isn’t enough — their office is powered by 100% renewable energy, and they review their emissions every year to try and reduce them. Photo: Ethique



Virtual climate change exhibits

Whether you’re locked down again, enjoying a relaxing Labor Day weekend in, or just in the mood to browse some art, here are five innovative (and free!) online climate change exhibits that will keep you busy for a while. Our global climate editor, Blair Palese, spoke with Dr. Jenny Newell, manager of climate change projects at the Australian Museum in Sydney. These are her top picks of the five best climate change exhibits to virtually visit right now. These exhibits will amaze and inspire you. They will make you feel optimistic but at the same time convey the urgency of the need for climate action.



Climate & Capital’s climate reading list

If art is not your thing, we also came up with five climate change books that are worth adding to your reading list. This is not the regular doom-and-gloom content that you expect when you think of climate change — these books are inspiring, hopeful and thought-provoking. From outlandish geoengineering and revolutionary power shifts to how to save the planet and an extinction thriller, this list will keep you busy, entertained, and inspired. Happy reading!


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