Hey me again, here to tell you about the humdrum subject of what the best things to do with our old unwanted clothes. Until earlier this year I was not sure what the best advice to give was on the topic. I always wondered what happened to our old clothes after we put them in the recycling bins. Did anyone even come and collect them? Call me sad but I genuinely did think to myself, who empties these bins, where does it go, and what happens then?
Well in April this year I had the pleasure of attending a swap & style event held by Love Not Landfill. I had such a nice afternoon at LMB Textile Recyclers in East London, and all of my above questions conveniently got answered. I thought it deserved writing up because sharing is caring.
Starting off super simple – Let’s all say no to plastic bags.
That was a short article, right?
Please, humour me and allow me to expand.
Reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill every year is as easy as replacing the uncouth plastic bag of the past with a fancy tote bag. Do you have one yet? They are hard to avoid, I have about 10, even one bearing the emblem of Feltham Young Offenders Institute, courtesy of Josh. Not from a stint in there may I add, he finds himself in prison a lot with his work. I have collected some from all over the place and they come in super handy. We all have a favourite though, right? I have two.
A week ago I had the pleasure of attending a great Guardian Live event, tackling climate change, an evening with Christiana Figueres. A friend of mine Evie, owner of Atlas and Ortus couldn’t make it and kindly gave me her ticket, so I thought it is only fair to write up what was discussed for Evie and whoever else is interested to read. Let’s dive in.
The talk was with the UN’s top climate change diplomat Christiana Figueres, who helped to deliver us the groundbreaking Paris climate change deal. Now she is dedicated to getting the world on track to beat global warming before the crucial date of 2020. The challenge remains enormous, but if anyone can make the impossible feel possible, it is Christiana.
Acala is the alternative sustainable beauty online store we have been waiting for. Freshly launched this month, Acala has arrived, providing us with the natural health and beauty products we desire, all in one place. The items sold at the online boutique have been strategically selected and vetted by the founder herself so we can buy with ease and confidence. Ranging from organic soaps, sturdy safety razors, biodegradable glitter, zero waste makeup, Acala has covered all bases.
Hanna first found fame in the sustainable community by creating the popular online platform Flor & Cesta, a conscious lifestyle blog. Originally Hanna started this journey to inspire the convenience obsessed city dweller to think about the sustainable options available, instead of reaching for the quickest, often unsustainable option. Launching Acala is the next step in Hanna’s journey, continuing her influence in this field. Helping us to try new products that carry a dramatically smaller environmental footprint.
How to begin introducing someone’s whose work I admire so much? Over the last three years, I have become a big fan of Carol’s work. She has single-handedly brought us a brand with timeless style and quality. Quality, in the final products and also in the lives of the makers.
It is my great pleasure to Introduce Seek Collective, sometimes referred to as “Seek” for short, a name which inspires thoughts of searching for better, looking and learning about better practices and doing it together.
Seek Collective as a brand has become very close to my heart and of course the strong woman behind it. I have been lucky enough to meet Carol through a serious of fortunate friendships, so I know not only does she make some serious fashion waves but she is also a really great woman to hang out with.
Since posting about our travels around California last year on Into The Eco we have received a lot of questions from friends, asking us how we got around and for any tips, we learned along the way. So while we currently have no upcoming holiday plans, I am feeling like writing more about our American adventure, this time about the in-between parts of our trip. I hope it helps answer any questions people may have, or spark many more, maybe even inspire you to take a trip of your own. Please always feel free to ask away.
While Josh and I were on our travels we stopped at some great places (read about Yosemite and San Francisco) but most of our time was generally spent on the road, seeing what some might say the real America. Travelling with destinations in mind and stopping off where ever took our fancy along the way. This might be some peoples idea of hell, but we really enjoyed the feeling of freedom this enabled us and I loved stripping down to the bare basics for a while.
Today we are joined by Joey Taylor, the creator of fashion blog, Northern Magpie. I had the pleasure of working with Joey a couple of years ago, she is a fellow designer and a fellow northerner, hence the name Northern Magpie. Needless to say we clicked straight away and I am really happy to say we are still good friends. We have enjoyed many a in-depth chat about all that is good and bad about the fashion industry, and I can say that she has truly been an inspirational influence.
No one can deny that this woman has style in spades and we want to learn from her. Joey has been kind enough to agree to collaborate with us sharing some of her fashion advice. Often seen contrasting her fun and vibrant outfits against the urban background of London, I could easily spend hours scrolling through her content. Joey provides the honesty I crave from a blog. Not only giving us outfit inspiration, but also tips on how to get the most out of our purchases and even talks about the days we all have when we just don’t feel all that.
Reading up on Northern Magpie recently a couple of articles caught my attention. The first talking about “being in a style rut” the second talking about getting back to her true identity after a period of getting distracted.