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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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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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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Reducing Waste: Room by Room: Kitchen

Reducing Waste: Room by Room: Kitchen

Kitchen   Our kitchen is the engine of the household, and it’s here we can make the biggest impact on our waste output. It’s in the kitchen where we usually have the household’s main general waste bin: the go-to place to bring general waste from around the house.   So if we want to reduce our waste we should start – and stop! – here. 1. Consumer Power The best way to reduce your waste is simply not to buy it in the first place: try to choose a similar product with less packaging, even if it costs a bit more: larger tins & packets products without individually wrapped food but best of all, waste-free shopping where you can fill your own containers - click the link for your local zero waste shops 2. Plan Don’t cook more than you need, or if you do make sure you cook double so you can save it for another meal. Plan your shopping to...
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Reducing Waste: Room by Room

Reducing Waste: Room by Room

If you're reading this, you're probably aware of the problem that our waste - plastic in particular - is causing our planet; and chances are you want to make a change in your waste habits.  As an average we don't spend so much active waking time at home, but it's here that a small change can make a big impact. Here's some top tips on how to reduce your waste output at home - room by room! Reducing Waste: Room by Room: Kitchen Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Bathroom Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Office or Studio Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Workshop, Garage and Shed   If you have any further suggestions to add to the list, please get in touch or comment below and we'll add them to the list!...
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