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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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HatsOff BootsOn: Milliner and Shoemaker

Hi, I am Rositta Priestley. My creative business is HatsOff BootsOn. I am an innovative designer-maker milliner and shoemaker in London SE25. I have been an avid upcycler all of my life. When I look at anything, rather than seeing what it is, I visualise how I could use it to shape a hat or boot. My inspiration comes from 1920s to 1950s and beyond, with my own unique and effervescent style coming through. My millinery and shoemaking skills are combined with [...]

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Mrs Leather Creates: Handmade Homewares and Textile Art Created from Natural Fibres

Hand made homewares and textile art created from natural fibres printed with handmade natural dyes, botanical prints and cyanotype photograms. The maker: Helen Lunn. Born, raised and continue to live in Sale, a residential suburb south of Manchester UK. Making has been a constant in my life along with an interest in the environment. Looking at the everyday with a fresh eye, sometimes to the surprise of others. My dining table for a while was a “ Black and Decker” work [...]

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Biohm: Research and Development Led Company That Allows Nature to Lead Innovation in the Construction Industry

Biohm is a research and development led company that allows nature to lead innovation in the construction industry to create a healthier and more sustainable built environment. Placing biological systems at the heart of their inspiration, they combine ideologies of the circular economy and human-centred design with future-tech to create a step-change in building technologies, materials and manufacturing methods. They are driven by a continuous stream of interdisciplinary ground-breaking research. Through collaborations with industrial and academic partners they aim [...]

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Bryn Pratt-Boyden: Textile and Costume Designer

Bryn Pratt-Boyden is starting out as a freelance Fashion, textile and costume designer/maker living in London. His work is very experimental but sustainable and ethical at the same time. Using a vast array of fabrics, from vintage Japanese denim scraps, to fish skin leather, he sustainably produces his work on his narrowboat in London, making interesting yet wearable and durable clothing. ​His textiles are all eco friendly, such as patchwork from old scraps of fabric, knitting with sustainable and fair [...]

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Hushwing Watercolors: Producing Watercolour Paint by Returning to a Rich History of Paint Making

As an artist, materials are what allow you to bring your vision to life; the medium acts as a language for your art. Your ideas deserve to be communicated with care and elegance. Here at Hushwing watercolors, we strive to offer you a tool which will breathe life into your unique concepts. Our handcrafted watercolor paints are made with the same precision and artistry you put into your work. Hushwing offers a unique approach to the production of watercolor paint by [...]

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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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