13 Tips on How to Stay Sustainable During This Christmas Holiday Season

Manage Your Waste 1. Just do not over-buy when it comes to food and other consumables or perishable items, the shops are only shut for a couple of days! Choose Alternative Gifts 2. We’re buying experience/skills presents this year. Upholstery, blacksmithing, felting and pottery! Might manage an artisan bakery course for my OH he’s ace at… Read More 13 Tips on How to Stay Sustainable During This Christmas Holiday Season

Two Questions You Should Ask at an Arts and Crafts Fair

In my work at No Serial Number magazine as a general rule, I always aim to provide really positive examples to follow, rather than spending time criticising practises that I don’t find particularly eco-friendly. However, on this occasion, I will slightly break this rule because I realised that not everything that looks natural or “eco” always is.… Read More Two Questions You Should Ask at an Arts and Crafts Fair

Eliana’s Tree: the bed & 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… Read More Eliana’s Tree: the bed & breakfast with a sustainable twist!

Wool, knitting needles and plant impressions (eco print) combine to create a unique garment

Today I shall tell you a tale which has only just ended. It is the tale of a cardigan knitted from undyed wool taken from the sheep of the Abruzzo. It is a long story because I only knit during the afternoon, once I have switched off my computer for the day. At that point,… Read More Wool, knitting needles and plant impressions (eco print) combine to create a unique garment

Dresses like blooming gardens: Bio Atmosfere Studio

When a passion for the natural world meets craftsmanship, great things can happen. One of the many stories we will tell is set in Piedmont, Italy: situated in the middle of the Susa Valley mountains, not far from the spectacular Sacra di San Michele Abbey, is the “BIO ATMOSFERE” studio, which belongs to Fashion Designer… Read More Dresses like blooming gardens: Bio Atmosfere Studio

Pam de Groot’s vibrant wearable art: experimenting with materials to find one’s own voice

Vibrant colours and original shapes, these are the two characteristics that really impressed me when I came across the diverse works of Pam de Groot, who I had the pleasure to interview recently.  Hello, Pam, how would you like to introduce yourself? I am a textile and fibre maker from the Blue Mountains, west of… Read More Pam de Groot’s vibrant wearable art: experimenting with materials to find one’s own voice

Norway commits to zero deforastation

It is alway refreshing to hear great news: Norway funds forest conservation projects worldwide and also supports human rights programmes for forest communities. The Rainforest Foundation Norway has campaigned for years to secure a zero deforestation commitment from the Norwegian government. The MPs’ committee also called for the government to protect biodiversity by developing a separate… Read More Norway commits to zero deforastation