Tag - environment

Eliana’s Tree: The Bed and Breakfast With a Sustainable Twist!

Hidden among the narrow twisting lanes of the southern Italian ‘cave town’ of Matera, where cats sun themselves on stone walls cut into the rock and mysterious flower-shaped symbols are imbedded in the walls of the Sassi (the old town, literally ‘stones’), lies a very special bed and breakfast. Unlike many hotels and guesthouses, which make a great fanfare about their sustainability policies, such as not changing towels every day or encouraging guests to save water – just common [...]

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Ideas for Recycling the Smallest Scraps

As I get on with the work – hemming a number of Eco-Print cotton gauze scarves by hand – a pile of random strips of material in all shades of brown, from the lightest to the darkest, mounts up on my work table… I almost inadvertently find myself winding them into balls while I think about which crochet project they could be useful for. I realise that, from one moment to the next, my mind keeps coming back to one [...]

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Piracaianas: The perfect shoes for an eco-friendly path

Already as a child, Maria was interested in fashion, mannequins and craftsmanship. When the time came to make a decision, she went to study Fine Art, Fashion and Design in Ssuso Paulo and it was  during this period of her life that she got immersed in the world of shoes. After several working experiences  and continuing education in shoes and fashion, Maria decided to dedicate her time to the development of eco-friendly footwear. “I researched into the history of footwear, [...]

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The Wild Dyery: Eco-conscious and mystical natural dyes

Prior to the Industrial Revolution all clothes were coloured using only plant dyes; but in the last 150 years all this dye-craft heritage has been lost in favour of synthetic and polluting textile production methods. Worried about this situation and committed to a renaissance of pre-industrial processes is how The Wild Dyery was born, an enterprise specialising in natural colour and dye fabric using only sustainable, environmentally friendly plant dyes. According to Justine Aldersey-Williams, the initiator of The Wild Dyery, [...]

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Discover the ‘Unpaper Towels’

Our ‘Unpaper towels’ came about because we were always using paper towels to clean up everything. Spills on the counter and floor, food on faces, wetting and dusting book shelves etc. and we started really noticing how much waste we were going through when we would empty our recycling and garbage and it was full of them. My husband suggested I start sewing reusable cloths, which we would keep stacked on our knife block to use for such spills. [...]

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10 Websites Where You Can Buy Ethically, Socially and Environmentally Responsible Fashion

I have put together a list of online shops where you can buy hand-made, eco-friendly and sustainable fashion. On these website you can find some valuable, high quality products, most of which are fully traceable up to its raw materials. By buying from these websites you will definitely appreciate the effort that goes behind making each individual product and in addition get to know the people who make them. Have you got your own list? Do you own or know of any ethical, social and [...]

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Eco-friendly Olive Oil Peace Lamps

I’ve been making the Olive Oil Peace Lamps for about 25 years now. I currently wholesale them to the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Queen Creek, Arizona, as well as selling them online and at some of the local art fairs. Originally I bought one in a gift shop because I thought it was a cool idea. A few weeks later I went back to the same gift shop to buy some more to give to friends, and they didn’t [...]

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