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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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BOTANICAL INKS Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects

Author: Babs Behan Photography: Kim Lightbody Each section opens with an evocative two-page photograph. Photos of nature, including close ups of leaves and flowers, images of collecting plants along country roads, detail of materials, containers, and the studio and work table, run through the book. Together with the expansive, articulate, and well-researched text, they create a narrative. This book was conceived of as a guide, but also a travel and experimentation companion for those who wish to try dyeing at home. And experimentation [...]

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Huskup: The Reusable, Rice Husk Cup

Huskup is a new reusable and biodegradable coffee cup that utilises an abundant waste material – the humble rice husk – to make each takeaway tea, coffee or hot chocolate that little bit greener. Durable and dishwasher safe, but entirely free from plastic, trees, BPA and melamine, this unassuming little cup is setting a new bar for the eco-friendly caffeine fix in the UK. The development of this product is in response to the 7 million disposable coffee cups we [...]

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The Green House Hotel: The Eco-friendly Hotel Alternative

Olivia O’Sullivan – General Manager of the leading Eco-hotel The Green House Hotel Back when The Green House Hotel opened in 2010, we had a vision to create the most sustainable and eco-friendly hotel in the UK. The values and ethos of the hotel reflect my own personal values, and as a team we consider the ethical value of everything we do. Eight years on we are an award-winning destination venue, striving to remain at the forefront of sustainability and ethical hospitality [...]

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Joumana Medlej a.k.a. Majnouna – Calligraphy Artist

‘I am a calligraphy artist with an unexpected output: I create symbols, or mandalas, out of words in the Kufic script. I learned this ancient Arabic style from a master calligrapher in my native Lebanon; since relocating to London, I have dedicated myself to bringing it back to life in a form that would speak to our times. My subject matter is infused with Sufi philosophy and informed by my explorations of the inner world. The concentric geometry of [...]

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Hatch, Burn, Carve: The Stone Carver

Martin Wilson is an artist, crafter and writer based in the Scottish Borders. He works with slate and stone, creating finely carved pieces from materials that would otherwise end up as landfill. As well as using reclaimed stone as a medium, many of Martin’s pieces are made from natural materials carefully and respectfully sourced from his journeys around the country. He makes a wide range of pieces, from slate coasters to garden stones and works of art. Using his knowledge [...]

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