Sustainable Ethical Clothing – Updated 21st April 2017

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Is it just me or do clothes wear out way to quickly? Maybe I’m just hard on them. I dread having to replace them because sourcing ethical sustainable clothing on a budget is no easy thing. Throw in wanting to try things on before you buy and it’s impossible! I continually scoure charity shops for clothing but for some reason I never seem to find anything I like that fits.

I appreciate that everyone’s definition of ‘sustainable’ and ‘ethical’ differs. For most of us it includes no fur! For others it means no animal derived products like wool, silk or leather but even if you’re okay with using animal derived fabric you may balk at mainstream silk which typically involves boiling the silk worms alive when the fibre is harvested.

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Natural and Recycled Rugs made in Scotland

standard green braided rugs

Being a former Interior Architect I always have my eye out for beautiful planet-positive interior products. I love the colour and texture of these braided rugs from the aptly named Braided Rug Company. Small factories have been making braided rugs in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains for the last 100 years.  The yarns are spun, dyed into a rainbow of colours, and then woven into braids. Sewn by artisans who often sign their work, the rugs are then ready to send out.

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Sonic Birthday Cake

sonic cake

I was thrilled with how my son’s birthday cake turned out this year. I’ve been making cakes for my kids birthdays for the past 5 years and I think I’m beginning to get the hang of it now. I adore the How to Cook that videos by Ann Reardon, who is a complete cake and desert making genius and I’ve learned a lot from her tutorials.

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Six Weeks towards Zero Waste

Zero Waste Shopping

Becoming a Zero Waster can seem like a daunting task but breaking it down into steps and just tackling a few a week can get you where you want to be relatively painlessly. Here is a short list of steps inspired by my journey towards Zero Waste. Every Zero Waster’s list will be different so don’t take this as gospel; it’s meant to help, if you really don’t want to do one of the steps that’s cool, everyone’s journey is different, don’t worry and carry on!

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Why Recycling isn’t the Answer

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Moving towards a Zero Waste Lifestyle has been a real eye-opener for me. I mistakenly thought that recycling was the answer to our global waste problem but having researched this area I’ve learned that this is very far from the truth.

Recycling Leads to MORE Waste!
The report ‘The Effect of Recycling versus Trashing on Consumption: Theory and Experimental Evidence‘ which was published by Monic Sun, Remi Trudel from Boston University in May 2016 indicates that ‘the positive emotions associated with recycling can overpower the negative emotions associated with wasting’ and that this can lead to people being more wasteful than if recycling was not an option.

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My Last Minute Christmas Crafts

DIY bauble wreath

I’m chuffed to bits with my homemade bauble wreath, which I finished yesterday. I’ve coveted one since I saw them in a shop a few years ago but couldn’t justify putting more plastic into the world. So I set about scouring charity shops for plastic baubles and this year I managed to collect enough. It’s not perfect but it’s good enough for me and the great thing about the way it’s made is that you can continue tweaking it until you’re satisfied with how it looks. I followed the instructions given in this tutorial on how to make a bauble wreath and all I used were plastic baubles, one wire coat hanger, a pliers and some ribbon.

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Stunning Sustainable (and easy) Christmas Decorations

paper Christmas decoration

I have a simpler white version of this decoration hanging over my dining table. I made them in about 30 minutes before Christmas dinner one year when, in a fit of madness, I decided that the room looked bare. They’re so simple to make, especially if you staple them instead of using an eyelet as show in the this full tutorial from Curbly.

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