As we are all aware Christmas is right around the corner. We hope you are readying yourself for the festivities. If you still haven’t got to the shops yet because you are very busy, or like us avoiding them like the plague, or maybe you just want to add the final touches to a gift but are not quite sure what with. You might even be sitting in your kitchen stressing about what to give your nearest and dearest over a nice piece of toast?
Then a thought comes into your head, “Jam!” you cry! “Yes, I will buy them all a pot of jam.”
No, that’s no good. Make it! Twice as fun and twice as thoughtful, AND cheaper. Better still you can finally use all those old jars. Maybe we are just hoarders of old jars, but we have loads, so were very glad to put them all to good use.
The saying goes that when you start to care about something, say, an environmental issue, such as global warming, you become more aware about other issues that you previously had not considered. I think it is hard not to, because deciding to care about a cause requires us to learn new things with an open mind.
We believe that when we all open our minds up to new ideas amazing things can happen! Usually the best thing to happen is we learn much more than we first set out to, and once we care about something bigger than ourselves there is often no going back.
This is very true for me. My passion for starting Into The Eco began with taking an interest in slow fashion, human rights within the garment sector and talking openly about what I thought was wrong with the fashion industry. Over the years my passion moved away from ranting to my family and friends, and frankly wearing myself out, to wanting to take action. These actions have manifested so far in the small ways I have felt possible.
Through this interest in fashion I have found it almost impossible to stop this passion spilling over into other areas of modern day life. Leading me to think about how I can have a positive impact through my wardrobe choices, but also how we can have a more positive impact through our home lives too. There are so many layers to the sustainable revolution. This has lead us to cutting meat out of our diets as much as possible, recycling religiously, cycling to work when the weather allows, wearing our clothes for longer, and moving away from single use plastics when given a choice. All good places to start I am sure you will agree.
Today we are starting to discuss slow fashion and offer you some pointers on how to start the slow journey for yourself, right now. The good news is we are on the journey with you every step of the way and so are many others. So you are definitely not alone in this learning process. Yay.
We know how hard it is to make a conscious effort to slow down our buying habits. We are all surrounded by advertisements on a daily basis specifically designed to make us want more, even if we don’t need it. The slow fashion movement is about resisting these overly tempting traps, ending our fast fashion habits and making the most out of our clothes. Most importantly choosing our clothes for love over lust and quality over quantity. Within this article we are featuring some our most loved clothes, as always photographed Josh.
What Do We Want?
When Do We Want It?
Enter EcoStardust. A brilliant new business bringing us biodegradable eco glitter, with one mission, to raise awareness of environmental issues through their fabulous glitter. Encouraging the mindset that small purchasing changes can mean a lot when thought about collectively.
One sunny bank holiday weekend, my lovely friend Ruby invited us to join her at her allotment, which we have Nicknamed Rosie. We chose the name Rosie as there are some lovely white roses growing on her patch and who doesn’t love a nickname. Ruby picked us up in her car in the morning, then just a short car ride away we arrived at our destination, ready to get our hands dirty. Walking through through the old rusty gate and into the area filled with people’s home grown goodies, we felt transported from the hustle and bustle of London life, to a peaceful sanctuary for urban growers.
Those who know me, know that I don’t go many places without a pair of a trusty Dr Martens on my little feet. This pair in particular! They look very different now from when I first bought them. Fresh out of the store they were shiny silver, almost mirror like, but over time they have cracked and scuffed, the laces have become frayed and threadbare and the soles are wearing thin.
Those age lines only make me love them more. I love that they look well worn, like they have been on a journey, they tell more of a story than the fresh shiny pair they once were, and they have come to represent me. So I would like to show them to you, my most loved and most worn item, probably ever.
If you are reading then, welcome. we are very grateful to have you here and thank you for taking the time to search for new information and read. You could say I am currently out of my comfort zone, but as the phrase goes, “life begins outside of your comfort zone” so here we are.
One thing in life I truly believe is that you can never stop learning, so by no means am I even close to being the finished article, but I want to continue the learning process and I would like to share that process with you, so stick with me.