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Cassandra Tondro: Living in the beauty of WOW!

Who said that beautiful art can’t be eco-friendly? Cassandra Tondro explores ways to bring fascinating art using the most eco-friendly materials available. Her abstract paintings are created by using leftover house paint that she rescues from recycling centres before it goes to waste. What about her amazing and colourful leaf prints? These are made by steaming leaves against paper. A truly creator of natural colours, Cassandra does not employ inks, dyes or paints. By visiting these recycling centres regularly, the [...]

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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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The Countryside Carpenter: hand-crafted with love and conscience

Bespoke garden birdhouses, window boxes, window shutters, beds and tables are just some of the beautiful crafts The Countryside Carpenter offers for your home and garden. Based in Appledore, North Devon (UK), Ruthie Harvey, the shop owner, is passionate about the environment. As such, the wood and materials used by her shop are recycled, upcycled and repurposed, wherever possible. The Countryside Carpenter’s products are designed and hand-crafted in their tiny workshop, based on the individual requirements of each client. And [...]

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Po-Zu, Ethical Footwear

“Some of the greatest technology solutions on earth are found in the natural world.” As Po-Zu’s website states, modern footwear is surprisingly damaging. As the pace of fashion has quickened we’ve begun buying more shoes, and throwing them away more easily. Traditional shoe-crafting has given way to mass-production, eating up resources and sending an average of three pairs of shoes per person to landfill every year. The quest for cheaper and faster production has also encouraged the exploitation of vulnerable [...]

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Maria Voto: The Importance of Keeping Traditional Handicrafts Alive

Words from the only weaver from Vico del Gargano, Italy. Once upon a time looms were constantly working at Vico del Gargano. And women had a fundamental role in the development of handicrafts, particularly woven fabrics for everyday use and special occasions, for furnishing, and for the house in general. Looms where then an essential aspect of the domestic economy which also involved the cultivation of hemp. But this scenario is impossible to find nowadays in the region, and actually Maria [...]

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Stella Harding: Manual Work beyond the Boundaries of Tradition

“Basketry deserves to be appreciated as a living, evolving tradition that develops with each new generation.” She went for the visual arts when studying, but suddenly realised she should veer to sculpture. And then, in an attempt to fix her own vintage baskets, Stella enrolled in a basketry course. These two points in the life of this Sheffield born, now London based, artists where defining for her engagement to contemporary basketry. Stella Harding weaves three-dimensional, mixed media structures: including large-scale wall [...]

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Silkworm Yarn Shop: a small sewing shop, with a bit of everything

As a hyperactive child, what is now known as ADHD, Roxana Milby drove her mother nuts. After a while, her mom found out that crafts helped her focus – even if she had 3 projects going at once! Her mom signed Roxana up for classes in crafts she didn’t know and taught her what she could. That is how in the 1980’s, Roxana began helping her mother to teach her classes. While her mom hated to teach, she loved [...]

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Rosso di Robbia: A Career out of Natural Dyes

“Maple is my favourite leaf” Michela Pasini’s is one of those cases in which the brand and the artist’s personality can’t be separated. They share the same values. So when speaking about Michela or Rosso di Robbia, we are talking about the same: passion for sustainable designs. Rosso di Robbia is Michela’s natural dyeing workshop where she works with natural yarns and fabrics to create hand-made clothing, accessories and home textiles with the exclusive use of colours coming from plant extracts. [...]

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Elina Airikkala: When Weaving Becomes Art

“When I find that the colours are in tune with the weaving draft I feel as though I am creating music or poetry.” Elina Airikkala is a Finnish textile artist who started her career in the field when she was 18. She wasn’t sure what to do at that moment of her life, and so a friend of her suggested she should enrol in a course. Elina chose a weaving one. Since then a long-standing set of experiences make Elina [...]

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