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Sustainable Swaps

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Sustainable Swaps

  We all know that the climate crisis should be pretty far up our agendas these days. What we really need is to decarbonise the global economy and enact a socially equitable transition away from fossil fuels, but that requires huge collective action, and feels a bit of an impossible dream right now.   I think it's important to acknowledge that as an individual, you can still make a difference, and not just with your vote. Every choice you make, especially purchasing choices, can make an incremental positive change.  So I've put together a little list of brands you might like...

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Waste Not Want Not: The Material Recycling Revolution

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Waste Not Want Not: The Material Recycling Revolution

Whilst dreaming about my Grand Designs house (more on that here), I've been researching furniture and materials made from waste plastic and other waste materials, and it has been fascinating!    Kitchen in 'Alba' from Smile Plastics. Designed by Indie & Co.   Since 3D printing has become more accessible in recent years, all sorts of awesome projects have been popping up around the globe, using post-industrial or post-consumer waste.     This is the "Print Your City" project by The New Raw, for Coca Cola Greece. Using waste collected from around the city of Thessaloniki, the company created an installation of...

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The "Latte Levy" - have you considered a reusable cup?

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The "Latte Levy" - have you considered a reusable cup?

 In the news this week, it has been proposed by MPs that a 25p "latte levy" should be applied on single-use coffee cups in a bid to combat waste. They're further proposing a complete ban on the cups by 2023 unless recycling improves.  Having read about this on the BBC and The Guardian, I found some of the figures involved staggering: 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away in the UK each year. Less than 1 in 400 are recycled and it is reported that half a million per day (per DAY!) are littered. I'm amazed our city centres aren't all...

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So Much Cardboard - some thoughts on sustainability when running an online store

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So Much Cardboard - some thoughts on sustainability when running an online store

When you start your own business, you have a number of goals. These vary wildly for each person of course, but some might include wanting to be your own boss, working in a field you are passionate about, improving your work/life balance (good luck with that last one)... Our main goal was to create a destination lifestyle store, somewhere that were we to stumble across it ourselves, we'd be screaming "take my money" whilst dashing about adding items to our cart like we're on Supermarket Sweep. I feel like we've achieved this goal pretty well.  Pretty high on the list...

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