What I did last week: Sustainable sportswear, organic beauty & a food waste feast

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As I’ve had a particularly good week of sustainability and wellbeing events, I thought I’d share a little summary with you. I can’t guarantee this will be the first of a new series of posts as my average weeks aren’t quite so eventful, and quite frankly because I’m not sure anyone wants to know what I’ve done all 52 weeks of the year, but I hope this one will be of interest and may inform you of companies or events you wouldn’t have otherwise have heard of. Here goes… Continue reading “What I did last week: Sustainable sportswear, organic beauty & a food waste feast”

Vintage shopping & veggie dining in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

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On a trip up to Derbyshire for my Granny’s 90th, Ollie and I spent half a day mooching around Manchester city centre. After searching online for independent shops, we found there is a great vintage scene with lots of shops on Oldham Street. Our favourite was We are Cow, who have another shop in Leeds and are on ASOS Marketplace. They sell vintage clothing as it is or reworked by their in-house seamstresses. Continue reading “Vintage shopping & veggie dining in Manchester’s Northern Quarter”

Get fit for free with Sweaty Betty

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When thinking about sustainable brands, Sweaty Betty may not immediately spring to mind, but they are really great when it comes to social sustainability. They provide quick, easy and free access to top trainers and class instructors through their collection of online fitness videos and in-store classes. And, this January they’ve created a 31-day fitness programme for anyone to download for free, just click here. Continue reading “Get fit for free with Sweaty Betty”

Maximising your outfit choices whilst minimising your wardrobe

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During the sales more than ever it’s important to focus on sustainable shopping practices. There may be many ‘bargains’ on offer, but more unnecessary clutter not only fills your home with things you don’t need, but your mind too. It takes women an average of 17 minutes every day to decide what they’re going to wear – that is 4 whole days a year! And 1 in 10 of us are late for work because of morning outfit stress. Plus, studies have found that having less stuff generally makes us happier. Not to mention the fact that we only wear 44% of the items sitting in our wardrobe regularly (Oxfam), leaving 3.6 million clothes unworn in Britain alone.

So what can you do to avoid buying things you won’t wear very often that ultimately make you more stressed? Think about how you can style items to create numerous different outfits. This will ensure you get the most out of your wardrobe and will encourage you to pick pieces that you know will work with what you’ve got. The 1 item 5 ways challenge is a great way to get you to style one of your favourite items to create a number of looks. Continue reading “Maximising your outfit choices whilst minimising your wardrobe”

Top tips for more sustainable shopping practices

1. Less is always more

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We all have far too much stuff.

UCLA have named contemporary society the most materially rich society in global history (BBC). Even in the smallest house they studied (980 sq ft), they found 2,260 items in just the 2 bedrooms and living room – and this doesn’t include anything found in cupboards or drawers! They also found that 3 out of every 4 families no longer have space for a car in their garage because it’s filled with all of their stuff! James Wallman cleverly coined our obsession with material goods “Stuffocation”, and we truly are stuffed.

We’re especially bad when it comes to clothing. The average British woman buys 59 items of clothing a year and has double the amount she had in 1980. This is a waste of our money, our resources and our time.

A study by M&S found we only wear 44% of the items sitting in our wardrobe regularly (Oxfam). 3.6 million clothes are left unworn in Britain alone, an average of 57 items per person with 16 only ever being worn once and 11 still with tags. They also found 1 in 20 has 50 items with the tags still firmly attached – think what you could buy with 50 items worth!

And all this wardrobe cramming is also causing us unnecessary stress in the morning. Women spend on average 17 minutes a day choosing their outfit – that’s 4 whole days a year! And this morning madness sees 1 in 10 of us arriving late for work because we were struggling with what to wear that morning!

So when you’re out shopping, really take the time to think about whether you need that item. Do you already have one similar? How much use will you really get out of it? This leads me on to my next tip… Continue reading “Top tips for more sustainable shopping practices”

Wool week: the benefits of wool

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Through my writing for the ethical fashion brand BIBICO‘s blog, I’ve discovered many benefits of wool I hadn’t previously known; and what better time to share these with you than national wool week?!

Now of course there are some issues surrounding the raising of sheep for wool, and much of the wool we use comes from sheep reared for meat which has ethical implications, but there are also many sustainability-related benefits of the natural fibre which are worth exploring. Continue reading “Wool week: the benefits of wool”

How to look stylish and be sustainable this wedding season

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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… Continue reading “How to look stylish and be sustainable this wedding season”