Author - Kate Stuart

Buy Nothing Day 2018 – NSN Stands Against Black Friday

This year, while most of the UK gets swept up in what has been coined “Cyber Week”, with all the Black Friday deals that go along with it, here at No Serial Number Magazine we have decided to take a very different approach. As part of a growing resistance against capitalism and the “buy more stuff” growth economy that we currently live in, we have made the decision to take part in Buy Nothing Day this year. The idea [...]

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#plasticfreecraft Campaign. Join us?

The petition is now live, sign and share by clicking here!   Plastic. It’s in, or around everything. As craftspeople interested in natural materials, dyes, techniques, it is easy to fall into a belief that what we create is plastic free. I make patchwork quilts and call them plastic free, yet the needles for my sewing machine come in plastic cases, my pins are mostly tipped with a little ball of plastic (though I do have glass headed ones which are sharper and [...]

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Ethical & Eco Handbags by Women, for Women.

Lucia Jombikova, a fashion designer passionate about reducing the impact of waste fabric on landfill, has launched a range of handcrafted handbags and purses to form the core products of her ethical brand The Berry Berry. Utilizing and up-cycling off-cuts from a sofa factory in her Slovakian hometown, as well as textile remnants from recycling centres, fashion designers and  even ebay, she employs a team of skilled women, all based in Slovakia and Romania, to create this unique collection [...]

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Re-framing the Recycling Story

We’ve been telling ourselves a story that is long overdue a dramatic overhaul. A re-framing. A metamorphosis to a new, better, more truthful story. Recycling has been the be all and end all of so much in the environmental movement, leading us to fall into a false sanctuary where we believe that as long as we recycle our plastic, everything will be okay. But it isn’t. And it won’t be. Our consumer society, our economy, our very existence depends [...]

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No Serial Number Plastic Free Craft Campaign

The craft industry is overflowing with plastic. From acrylic yarn and plastic knitting needles to kids crafts supplies, there are thousands of crafting products on the market that are made from plastic, where once they were not. And that’s not even taking into account the single use plastic packaging on craft and haberdashery supplies. I’ve been a zero waste advocate for some time now, without realizing until very recently that the craft industry is full of single use plastic [...]

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Why Mending Matters with Katrina Rodabaugh

When I was 17, I went to an interview for a place on a Foundation Studies Art course at my local college. It was my first proper interview and I was terrified. Friends who were being interviewed for other courses at colleges and universities around the country were donning suits and posh frocks and I considered doing the same but somehow, just couldn’t. It wasn’t really “me”. In the end, I wore my old jeans, with the patched and [...]

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Zero Waste – Zero Cash

There is no getting away from how inhibiting cost can be to a zero waste lifestyle. The zero waste movement, like it or not, has sprung from a place as equally privileged as the place from which our society grew to believe that landfill, micro-plastics and fast fashion where acceptable, despite their impact on the planet. But what happens when you can’t afford to buy a steel water bottle to replace the cheap single use plastic water bottles, or [...]

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The Zero Waste Conversation

Zero waste. It’s the go-to phrase of everyone who is trying to reduce their impact on the planet. Those aspiring to the zero-waste lifestyle aim to create as little waste as possible, looking to re-use, recycle, or compost before allowing an item to head to landfill. Many on the journey cite Bea Johnson, author of the 2013 publication Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Your Waste as a huge inspiration, and certainly her book really has helped [...]

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Second Chance Dreams with Sea Drift Designs

Michael Limon and Sylvia Soulsby dreamed up Sea Drift Designs in 2014, after a pair of second hand pure wool tweed trousers were gifted to them by a Ghillie in Scotland. When they discovered that they didn’t fit, the couple offered them to friends and family, but to no avail, and knowing they wouldn’t use them in their current form, tried to decide what to do with them. Pairing them up with an old Harris Tweed jacket that was [...]

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The Craft of Basket Making with Rachel Evans

Rachel Evans of Wheatcroft Willow is a basket maker based in North Staffordshire, UK. No Serial Number writer Kate Stuart asked her to tell us the story of how she came to the craft, what she loves about it and what advice she would give to someone at the beginning of their basket making journey. Here is what Rachel had to say. “I started my basketmaking journey at the age of 21. After I graduated I worked in the outdoors, [...]

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