Tag - green

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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Living Ink: Biomaterials Company

Living Ink is a biomaterials company transforming algae into eco-friendly ink. Every year more than 4 billion kg of ink is produced around the world. Most of this ink is made using petroleum products that are toxic. Living Ink uses algae as an alternative to make ink that is renewable, biodegradable and non-toxic. The company has commercial ink formulations for printing on cardboard and paper packaging. Our interview with Living Ink is featured in the Winter Issue 2017, The Yarn [...]

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Elin de Jong: The Rooftop Dye Garden

Elin has started her own research. Passionate about natural dyes and conscious and worried about current environmental issues – many of them related to the textile or fashion industry, she decided to start her own dye garden in Amsterdam. Elin wanted to know where all the beautiful colours come from, but also wanted to check how good it is for the environment to bring exotic plant powders to produce something pretty. Acting as a laboratory for experimentation and research, the rooftop [...]

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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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The Simply Co.: Finally, an eco-friendly laundry powder

No SLS. No dyes. No 1-4 dioxane. No EDTA. No petrochemicals. No Chlorine. No Phosphates. No DEA. No formaldehyde. No optical brighteners. No synthetic preservatives. No animal testing.  – EVER! Lauren Singer lives a Zero Waste lifestyle, and since many readers of her amazing blog were writing to her saying that they loved the idea of her toxic free and sustainable cleaning products, but they didn’t have the time to make them themselves, she decided to start her own [...]

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Simple Shoemaking: Learning how to create your own eco friendly shoes

Some people sell their products, and some other teach you how to make them. This last is the case of Simple Shoemaking, an organisation offering books with patterns and directions for making the most ecological and simple shoes possible. There is definitely an alternative to buying factory-made footwear, and making your own from ecological materials is a great option! Twenty-five years ago Sharon was living with her family in a commune in the UK, where hand-made shoes were on the [...]

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Alison Faith Kay: Intuitive, honest and eco-friendly art

Alison Faith Kay’s artworks are a celebration of life. And as life does, her paints include everything: from pain and sadness to joy, peace and freedom. Her work is also intuitive, Alison doesn’t know what she is going to create when she starts. She instead stands in front of the blankness and picks the shapes and colours that her body aches for while favouring natural movements with flow – swirls, circles, and drips. But besides being intuitive and sincere, Alison’s work [...]

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Runner Handmade: Start your “plastic free” challenge

About one year ago, Meghan and her boyfriend decided to try going “plastic free” for one month. As she says in her blog, “The challenge was eye-opening”. She couldn’t find great options for going plastic free, so she started sewing more, knitting more and gardening more… and that’s how the idea of Runner Handmade came up. Meghan started by creating her own line of bulk bags. These have been tried and tested by her personally, but this is just the [...]

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Remarkably Reusable: easy, convenient, and fun ways to cut plastic use

Remarkably Reusable is the eco-friendly business created by Madisyn Stopani in North Carolina, United States, aiming at the reduction of plastic use. Once Madisyn realised what a problem plastic is fur our environment, she decided to start creating reusable mesh produce bags that would allow people to cut plastic use in easy, convenient and even fun ways. After she found out that most tea bags contain plastic, Madisyn, as an avid tea drinker, initiated her production of tea bags. [...]

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Natural dyes: experimenting with cochineal and vine leaves

My name is Nathalie Leturcq and I was born in Belgium in 1965 and living in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain since 1995. I came here first time on holidays, 30 years ago and could not believe that those smalls seven islands were paradise on earth! Since my life as mother gave me some free time, I used it to learn the traditional crafts of Canarian culture: Calado (local embroidery), weaving on traditional looms, etc. I also work on my own projects, mainly [...]

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