Next time you’re thinking about what to get a friend for their birthday or a partner for Christmas, go for an experience the two of you can enjoy together. Research shows that experiences make us happier than material goods, and let’s face it, who needs any more “stuff” in there life?! So unless there’s something they deeply desire, an experience should be your first choice. Here’s more on why experiences trump things: Read more
On Sunday, I did my weekly fruit and veg shop at the little market down by Shoreditch High Street station. Not only can you get great bargains, like bowls of pointed peppers and peaches for £1, but you can also avoid the plastic packaging you get in supermarkets. I simply filled up a reusable woven shopper bag with my favourite fruit and veg (above). You may also want to bring a separate cloth bag or reusable container if you’re buying more delicate items like berries.
Around 40% of plastic is used in packaging and the UK generates around 2.4 million tonnes per year of packaging waste (WRAP). The largest source of plastic packaging is the grocery retail sector, accounting for almost 1 million tonnes (or 43%) of plastic packaging (WRAP, 2016). Read more
This Saturday Ollie and I took a little trip down to Greenwich to check out Farmopolis, wander the streets, and fill up on food from the market.
Farmopolis is a garden jetty on Greenwich Peninsula. Phase I is the Great Plant Rescue, housing leftover plants and trees from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. There are several events and creative workshops over the coming months, as well as a farm-to-table cafe combining local suppliers with home-grown foods from their own polytunnels. You can also apply to adopt one of the plants found on the floating garden! Read more
Now I know how tempting it is to splash out in the sales, but you have to be cautious not get carried away by the marked down price tag. Think carefully before you whack out your wallet- do you really need the item? How often will you wear/use it? Is it good quality? What conditions was it made in? Do you agree with the company’s ethos and operating processes? Even if it’s made by a sustainability-conscious company, having items you don’t use is a waste of your money, as well as the materials and labour that went into producing the product. So take your time and really think about it. Read more
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The key to a stylish and sustainable wardrobe is careful and considered investment. Follow Livia Firth’s #30wears rule; if you won’t wear it 30 times, don’t get it! Now for wedding outfits, 30 wears may seem like a lot. Say you went to 3 weddings a year, that’s 10 years of weddings. So am I telling you to make sure you stay the same dress size for 10 years and wear the same outfit to every wedding you go to? No, of course not! I’m saying you should try to find items you can wear for multiple occasions. Can you wear any of the pieces to work, for a night out, or on holiday? Here are a few tips to help you find items this wedding season that you’ll wear over and over again… Read more
Louisa Slade repurposes and revives precious jewellery to sustain sentimental value and give your piece a new life. She masterfully adapts old-fashioned, damaged or disliked jewellery into unique items you’ll love. Repurposing jewellery is a great way to avoid neglecting gifts and create something personal. It also helps to reduce unnecessary waste by making use of pre-produced materials. Read more