Tag - zero waste

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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5 Things to Help You on Your Zero Waste Journey

When you are at the beginning of your journey to producing less waste, it feels like a bit of a contradiction to hear that there are things you can buy that will help you along the way. We’re meant to be buying less, using less, and throwing away less, right? A lot of what we already have at home will do fine, whether it’s plastic or not, and should be used until it reaches the end of it’s natural [...]

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#EthicalHour Roundup – Packaged Free Planet

Kate Stuart is an artist, craftswoman and writer based in the North East of England. Owner of The Phoenix Green Store, she is currently in the process of transforming it into Newcastle Upon Tyne’s first zero waste shop. She handles the magazine’s Twitter account every Monday evening from 8pm GMT for #EthicalHour. Packaging is a big deal. As the world wakes up to the idea of zero waste, plastic free living and the 7 R’s of sustainability*, it’s becoming an [...]

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Quitting Plastic Isn’t Hard, It’s Almost Impossible!

By Holly by Heart I started this year thinking I’d make a few swaps in my usual food shop and I’d be able to cut out a large chunk of the plastic in my bin. I was wrong. It’s hard. Really hard. As in almost impossible! I’ve seen the zero waste tribe in articles. They seem like lovely people but unfortunately they seem unrelatable. They have to eat Weetabix for breakfast (the only cereal wrapped in paper), they buy grains in [...]

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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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‘Tis the Season to be Jolly Without Creating Waste

As the time of the year where it is most difficult keep our waste to a minimum approaches, Sharron from Losana B wants us to reflect about a seemingly small problem: sweet wrappers. We have a lot of these individually wrapped chocolates and sweets over the holidays even though the wrappers’ destiny is the general waste bin. If we don’t want to go without, can we reuse them in creative ways?   Everybody loves the sweets, chocolates and other treats that [...]

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