Why Buying Pre-loved Clothing is the more Ethical Choice

Why Buying Pre-loved Clothing is the more Ethical Choice

The average person will own a staggering 2,500 kilos of clothing in their lifetime. 'Clothing the Loop' art installation by Von Wong and Laura Francois, is an astonishing visual of how the fashion industry impacts our environment. François told Southeast Asia Globe she wanted to show people the “hidden cost of clothing”. “The fashion industry is extremely wasteful and we wanted to shed some light on that and highlight the three resources that we overuse from our planet to support our shopping habits: water, air and trees,” . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4zhdQPP6DQ&feature=youtu.be Clothing is the 4th largest contributor to environmental pollution; after housing, transport and food. On average, an article of clothing has a 3½ year lifespan – from purchase to being discarded. This is an absurdly small lifespan when you consider the resources and  processes that it takes to make an article of clothing, not to mention the washing, tumble drying and ironing that it takes to maintain over the years.  27,000 litres of water are used to produce...
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Zero Waste Heroes: Encore Dress Agency

Zero Waste Heroes: Encore Dress Agency

As part of our Plastic Free Communities Campaign with Surfers Against Sewage, we are working with local businesses to fight plastic waste and the pollution it causesby eliminating single-use plastic from their business and asking them to commit to green alternatives.  You can find out more about the Campaign here. Encore; Dress Agency and Vintage Boutique Carrie Murdoch; Owner of Encore Dress Agency This week saw a visit to Fettercairn to Encore; Dress Agency and Vintage Boutique. I met with owner, Carolyne Murdoch on a wet and windy Scottish morning.  The shop is an Aladdin's Cave of Designer dresses, high-end High Street and Vintage wears -  accessories, jewellery and more.  Carrie started her venture with Encore in 1997, when a drive with her then toddler turned from a shopping trip into a business opportunity.  Her previous training and career as a nurse gave way to her passion for vintage and pre-loved fashion, sealing the deal to join forces with the small business and eventually becoming the...
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Plastic Free Communities with Surfers Against Sewage

Plastic Free Communities with Surfers Against Sewage

LET’S FREE WHERE WE LIVE FROM SINGLE-USE We are so happy to be signed up as Community Leaders with Surfers Against Sewage latest campaign; Plastic Free Communities. As many of you may know, John and I help organise a spring beach clean every year and SAS have been a huge aid in making these events a success. When we read about their latest campaign it seemed to fit exactly with our own reasons for starting a community group about living a more sustainable and zero waste lifestyle, so it made perfect sense to join forces!   The Plastic Free Communities Manifesto We live in a plastic world. It’s an extraordinarily useful, versatile, cheap material. And it’s everywhere. And it’s a growth industry, with one in every ten barrels of oil now used to create new plastic. But together, we can make sure we kick our addiction to avoidable single-use plastic, and change the system that produces it. We can make sure we don’t choke our streets, parks and playgrounds with it. Because...
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Spiced Pickled Beetroot

Spiced Pickled Beetroot

A quick and easy recipe inspired by a trip to the local Spud Hut, Laurencekirk     Last week we discovered a local farmers hut just outside of Laurencekirk/Auchenblae called the Spud Hut. The Spud hut at Cairnton Farm is a family run farm who sell their own veg (beetroot, cabbage, tatties, sprouts, neeps, leeks) locally sourced eggs and carrots, logs and our home grown flowers in the spring. All items are loose or packed in recyclable packaging but of course, you are welcome to bring your own bags. The hut runs on an 'honesty box' basis and prices are very reasonable and clear. I was delighted to see that they had beetroot as our own garden harvest had not achieved the bounty that we had hoped for and I was keen to add pickled beetroot to my larder stock. I also loved that the owners had put up some recipe suggestions on their wall - including a most delicious Beetroot Brownie that went down very...
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Put a Stop to Junk Mail

Put a Stop to Junk Mail

I don't think I am alone in despairing about the amount of Junk Mail that comes through our letterbox. Every month we receive a countless stream of unwanted adverts that go straight into the recycling bin without so much as a glance. It seems an absurd waste of paper and trees and this week I am on a mission to cut out the junk mail that filters through the door.     Quick facts - (Sourced from Stopjunkmail.org.uk) If you're looking for some quick facts and figures, here are the headlines (all relating to 2009): An estimated 12 billion pieces of junk mail are distributed to UK households and businesses annually. This is equivalent to between 4,6 and 6,1m trees. The average (adult) person gets 65 pieces of addressed junk mail per year. The average household gets 326 pieces of unaddressed junk mail per year. The average household gets 453 pieces of junk mail (including addressed and unaddressed advertisements). Over 90% of all advertising...
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Easy Natural Modge Podge Alernative

Easy Natural Modge Podge Alernative

5 Ingredient All Natural Glaze For Crafting - Made From The Kitchen Cupboard What you need: 2 tsp Cornstarch 2 tsp Sugar 2 tbs White Vinegar 1 tsp Gelatin Water Jam Jar Turn your stove on low heat and add 1/4 cup of water and sugar.  Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved and lower the heat. In the meantime mix Cornstarch with 1/2 cup of water. Add cornstarch solution to the pot and stir until your mixture thickens and begins to turn translucent. Remove from heat. Add Gelatin to 1/4 cup of water in your jam jar and stir until dissolved. Add the Cornstarch solution to the jar while it is still hot and stir. Allow to Cool before adding vinegar, this acts as a preservative. This solution will keep well if stored lidded and will dry clear....
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5 Quick and Easy Recycled Home-made Christmas Decorations

5 Quick and Easy Recycled Home-made Christmas Decorations

I'm starting to get into the Festive Spirit! The Christmas lights have just gone up in our wee village and the nights are drawing in. For me, the winters cold nights are the perfect excuse for wrapping up beside the fire, drinking hot cocoa and delighting in crafts. With Christmas fastly approaching get cosy and crafty with these DIY  recycled decorations. 1. Christmas Stars I made these charming folded stars from old Weleda Catalogues but they can be made from any waste paper that you have; newspaper, magazines, sheet music, junk mail etc. This 5 pointed origami star is wonderfully easy to make and is really effective! Add a bit of string or ribbon to hang from the tree, or several together make a great bunting reel. Last year I also attached them to folded card for unique Christmas cards. Fancy giving it a go? Check out the tutorial from homemade-gifts-made-easy.com     2. Bottle Cork Elves Super cute and easy to make - these bottle cork elves are also...
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Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Workshop, Garage and Shed

Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Workshop, Garage and Shed

Although DIY projects can be few and far between, they can almost fill a wheelie bin or a car boot load with the left-over waste generated. When planning a DIY project, first consider what materials you already have at your disposal, e.g. old used timber such as pallets and fencing panels can add a great touch of 'shabby chic' to your project if used the right way. Buy Smart Always consider buying second hand from Gumtree or Facebay for the materials you will need, from whole bathrooms to flooring to screws and nails.  It will be a fraction of the price of buying new, and although used is often still in great condition.  We once went to see a kitchen on Gumtree which, at £500 was about 1/10th the price of new; the owners had just moved in, and didn't like the kitchen which had been fitted a few weeks previous to sell the house, it was immaculate and the listing included all...
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Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Office or Studio

Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Office or Studio

The main culprit here is paper - the pulp and paper industry is one of the biggest drivers of deforestation in Indonesia, accounting for roughly 20 percent of deforestation in the 2000s, and endangering rainforest species such as the Sumatran Tiger.  Recycling should be a last resort and certainly don't throw any paper waste in your general waste bin! Reduce Ask for paperless bills - most service providers will give you an option to receive your invoices and bills by email rather than through the post - it saves them money too! Don't print off your emails unless you absolutely have to, and if you do print on both sides. Re-use Any correspondence or old paperwork which is just printed on one side can be re-used as blank paper - I make notepads for ideas and to-do lists by stapling 30 or 40 of these together. Other paper waste is pulped and made into paper briquettes for our wood burning stove. If possible, re-fill your ink cartridges at...
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Reducing Waste Room by Room: Bathroom

Reducing Waste Room by Room: Bathroom

Recycle The majority of our bathroom waste can be widely recycled - toilet roll tubes, shampoo & cleaning products bottles etc. Have a recycling bin in the bathroom. Reduce If you have a zero waste shop in your area you can take your empty shampoo bottles and cleaning products containers to be refilled - often cheaper than buying new!  Alternatively try shampoo bars like this one available from Big Green Smile   Consumer Power Consider the products you're buying and if the packaging can be recycled Weleda toothpaste tubes are made from aluminium rather than unrecyclable soft plastic. Buy environmentally friendly cotton buds Buy bamboo tooth brushes Make up routine Use your own homemade cotton pads instead of disposable wipes, or buy environmentally-friendly bamboo alternatives . When it comes to make-up and other cosmetics its worth taking the Natrue certification into consideration. The NATRUE Label sets a high standard when it comes to defining the naturalness of cosmetic products. It helps consumers identify Natural and Organic Cosmetics truly worthy of that...
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