Author - FrancescaPalange

BOTANICAL INKS Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects

Author: Babs Behan Photography: Kim Lightbody Each section opens with an evocative two-page photograph. Photos of nature, including close ups of leaves and flowers, images of collecting plants along country roads, detail of materials, containers, and the studio and work table, run through the book. Together with the expansive, articulate, and well-researched text, they create a narrative. This book was conceived of as a guide, but also a travel and experimentation companion for those who wish to try dyeing at home. And experimentation [...]

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Huskup: The Reusable, Rice Husk Cup

Huskup is a new reusable and biodegradable coffee cup that utilises an abundant waste material – the humble rice husk – to make each takeaway tea, coffee or hot chocolate that little bit greener. Durable and dishwasher safe, but entirely free from plastic, trees, BPA and melamine, this unassuming little cup is setting a new bar for the eco-friendly caffeine fix in the UK. The development of this product is in response to the 7 million disposable coffee cups we [...]

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The Green House Hotel: The Eco-friendly Hotel Alternative

Olivia O’Sullivan – General Manager of the leading Eco-hotel The Green House Hotel Back when The Green House Hotel opened in 2010, we had a vision to create the most sustainable and eco-friendly hotel in the UK. The values and ethos of the hotel reflect my own personal values, and as a team we consider the ethical value of everything we do. Eight years on we are an award-winning destination venue, striving to remain at the forefront of sustainability and ethical hospitality [...]

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Joumana Medlej a.k.a. Majnouna – Calligraphy Artist

‘I am a calligraphy artist with an unexpected output: I create symbols, or mandalas, out of words in the Kufic script. I learned this ancient Arabic style from a master calligrapher in my native Lebanon; since relocating to London, I have dedicated myself to bringing it back to life in a form that would speak to our times. My subject matter is infused with Sufi philosophy and informed by my explorations of the inner world. The concentric geometry of [...]

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Hatch, Burn, Carve: The Stone Carver

Martin Wilson is an artist, crafter and writer based in the Scottish Borders. He works with slate and stone, creating finely carved pieces from materials that would otherwise end up as landfill. As well as using reclaimed stone as a medium, many of Martin’s pieces are made from natural materials carefully and respectfully sourced from his journeys around the country. He makes a wide range of pieces, from slate coasters to garden stones and works of art. Using his knowledge [...]

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Part Two: Zero Waste and Eucalyptus – A Match Made in Heaven!

Part 2 In my last blog post, I hinted that I was exploring a new development in my eco fashions. I have a small stash of felted and/or damaged knitwear which I thought had possibilities! Their original purpose was to cut them up to make ‘tattered’ key hangers.  I made a lot of these hangers over several years, but felt it was time to move on from that, even though I still had the raw materials. Having started to design a [...]

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Zero Waste and Eucalyptus – A Match Made in Heaven

Part 1 I am really excited about a new direction in my range of eco fashions!  The catalyst was some merino and alpaca blanket remnants sourced from Waverley Woollen Mills in Launceston, Tasmania (about 1 ½ hours’ drive from here; established in 1847).  I absolutely love how soft their fabrics are, but the biggest plus for me was the opportunity to use a quality waste product that is locally obtainable. It took a while for ideas to gel (a few months actually), [...]

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Renee & Burt: A Sustainable and Ethical Crochet Brand

Renee & Burt is a sustainable and ethical crochet brand who creates eco yarns from textile waste, patterns and kits. We are on a mission to reduce textile waste through our products as well as teach and inspire people on how to reduce their own textile waste, encouraging people to create and upcycle their clothing and love their clothes for longer.  We are a zero waste brand from recycling postal packaging to making fabric twine from out of damaged [...]

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Vegan Food Wrap Alternatives

I recently posted a picture on Instagram and Facebook about #PlasticFreeJuly that included beeswax wraps. I have been asked by a few of you for vegan alternatives so I thought I’d share my favourite beeswax-free food wraps from Etsy. If you already use soy-based food wraps, let us know what you think! Mixed size value pack of three vegan soy wax food wraps in pink by Rowen Still Water. Made with 100% cotton fabric, plant waxes, tree resin and organic oils these food [...]

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GreenFinder: The Green Directory

Book of nature GreenFinder is a green directory showcasing the best eco friendly products online. We are here to help you in your quest for a greener lifestyle whether you are making your first faltering steps in sustainability or you are a fully fledged environmentalist wishing to learn more about saving the planet. Here at GreenFinder we aim to provide you with all the information you need to make those all important steps (big or small) for a cleaner, greener and [...]

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