Greener Living

05
JUN
2019
Tara Button

INTERVIEW: Tara Button founder of Buy Me Once

Tara Button is an author, eco-campaigner and entrepreneur. In 2016, she founded Buy Me Once, a website selling high quality products that are built to stand the test of time and stay out of landfill. Buy Me Once aims to change our shopping habits for good by promoting brands who... Read More →
28
JAN
2018
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10 plastic reducing essentials for zero waste living

The war on plastic may finally be gaining traction after the EU announced an official plastics strategy earlier this month. Their target is to make all plastics reusable or recyclable by 2030. Buying your food from bulk bins using your own containers is far from mainstream, but... Read More →
28
MAR
2017
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Brilliant ideas for natural and eco-friendly wedding decorations

Depending on the scale and theme of your wedding, decorations are usually one of the biggest things to tick off the to do list. Pinterest gives us ample inspiration for the dreamiest of wedding settings – which usually means losing several hours of the day. With so much... Read More →
10
JAN
2017
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An introduction to Minimalist living

You may have noticed that Minimalism, Minimalist living or Minimalist lifestyle are now frequently used phrases by the online community. For many, the term Minimalism conjures up images of sparse, clinical white living rooms containing nothing much at all. But this is a rebrand... Read More →
18
DEC
2016
Gifts wrapped in magazine pages with twine and berries

Eco and alternative gift wrapping ideas

We hear a lot about the amount of waste that’s generated around Christmas, with one of the biggest problems being the vast amounts of wrapping paper that ends up straight in the trash. During the festive period, enough wrapping paper is thrown away to go around the equator... Read More →
17
NOV
2016
Centre Stage at Web Summit 2016

Sustainable fashion at Web Summit Lisbon 2016

Exhausted and buzzing. That’s how I would describe my digital hangover after recently returning from Lisbon for Web Summit 2016. One of the world’s biggest technology conferences, Web Summit is now in it’s 8th year and saw 53,000 people descend on the Portuguese... Read More →
23
OCT
2016
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Creative and plastic free Halloween party ideas for kids

If you’ve just arrived here out of nowhere, first of all – WELCOME! and second of all, I should mention that this post actually follows on from a previous one on ‘grown up’ Halloween party inspiration, and you can read that here. If you’re a little... Read More →
19
OCT
2016
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Hauntingly crafty and elegant Halloween party ideas

The run up to the 31st October is that splendid time of year when our supermarket shelves suddenly fill up with a LOT of black and orange plastic. With Halloween paraphernalia, there is a multitude of choice – and it no longer stops at witches hats and freaky masks.... Read More →
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02
JUN
2016
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INTERVIEW: Mat Dusting, founder of M-24

When 27-year-old Mat Dusting graduated from university, he was on the look out for a durable bag that would transport his skiing and snowboarding gear without ripping. Inspired by some of the materials lying around on the family farm, he began experimenting. Fast forward four... Read More →
06
DEC
2015
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Upcycled billiard table cloth headwear by Valorisation Lab

Valorisation Lab. is a Ukrainian brand run by Denis Chernyavskyy, specialising in headwear made from unconventional and reused materials. Over the summer, they launched their first collection of baseball caps made from vintage scarves. Chernyavskyy has now launched a Kickstarter... Read More →
13
NOV
2015

INTERVIEW: Patricio Abreu, founder of Vaho

The Vaho project was founded in 2001 by Patricio Abreu, starting out from a small multidisciplinary design studio in Barcelona. Vaho make handmade bags, belts, wallets and tech cases that are crafted from upcycled advertisement flags hung from street lamps in Barcelona and... Read More →
12
OCT
2015

Bags made from upcycled banners by Vaho

With the new 5p charge on supermarket carrier bags in the UK, it might be time to shop for the perfect tote bag to cart those groceries around. Vaho are a small multidisciplinary design studio in Barcelona. They create handmade bags from upcycled banners which in their first life... Read More →
11
SEP
2015

AW15 collection made from upcycled silk by Kitty Ferreira

Founded in 2013, Kitty Ferreira is the brainchild of Valerie Goode. Whilst working as a Senior Designer in China, her firsthand experience of the terrible air pollution became the catalyst for her new line of clothing. Manufactured in London, the Pomonion range is mad... Read More →
20
JUL
2015
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Topshop Reclaim upcycled clothing line

With the success of Orsola de Castro’s Reclaim to Wear collaboration, Topshop have now launched their own ethical line of clothing made of surplus fabric from previous collections and production offcuts. Launched this month, the new Topshop Reclaim range boasts upcycled... Read More →
06
NOV
2014
Maharishi

Upcycled military clothing by Maharishi

Founded by Hardy Blechman in the UK, Maharishi has been recycling military clothing in their collections since they began in 1994. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, upcycled remains a permanent feature of their mainline collection. Before being refashioned, the fabrics are... Read More →
14
OCT
2014
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Rag weaving by Hana Mitsui

Hana Mitsui is a Royal College of Art student who recently received a visionary award at the SustainRCA Show & Awards. For her graduation project, Mitsui developed a technique based on the traditional Japanese art of rag weaving, sakiori which allowed her to transform dead... Read More →
19
SEP
2014
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Knitwear made from reclaimed textiles by Katie Jones

Graduating from Central Saint Martins last year, Katie Jones is another hot new designer to showcase their work at London Fashion Week’s Estethica SS15. Jones is a knitwear designer who takes a modern approach to traditional crafts. Using a high percentage of British... Read More →
15
SEP
2014
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Designer t-shirts from reclaimed fabric by Alex Noble

In July, visual artist Alex Noble set up EMG (Everything Must Go) ‘an ethical and creative initiative pioneering inventive sustainability in the higher end of the creative cultural market.’ Cycle 1 was a collaboration with 15 London designers whereby leftover fabric... Read More →
18
AUG
2014

Bottletop SS14 collaboration with Narciso Rodriguez

British fashion label Bottletop have come a long way since we last blogged about them. Not only have they brought out some fabulous new pieces for Spring/Summer 2014, this year they also collaborated with Narciso Rodriguez who has designed handbags using the brand’s... Read More →
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27
APR
2014
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Upcycled 1950s textile for Christopher Raeburn SS14

The British designer Christopher Raeburn is renowned for creating designer clothes from re-appropriated military fabrics. His spring/summer 2014 collection ‘Sandstorm’ is inspired by the uniform of World War II Commandos of the Long Range Desert Group. As well as... Read More →
19
FEB
2014
Babybrandy From Somewhere

Upcycled cropped jumper by From Somewhere

All clothes made by the UK’s From Somewhere label are made from pre-consumer off-cuts rescued from textile mills that work with the luxury fashion industry. Babybrandy is the latest addition to the From Somewhere rail. This is a fun 1990s inspired cropped jumper made with... Read More →
24
OCT
2013

Upcycled t-shirts and sweaters from Antiform

UK brand Antiform have just launched their latest clothing range, the 7th collection since they began making clothes from reclaimed fabrics in 2007. The collection includes plaid leggings, oversized t-shirts as well as some great new unisex sweaters.  Here are some of our... Read More →
20
SEP
2013

The Green Room ethical fashion at ASOS

Online fashion giants ASOS have created The Green Room – a section of the website dedicated exclusively to ethically produced fashion.  As well as sustainable and Fairtrade clothing, here they showcase pieces which are made in the UK and the US.  Also included is an eco... Read More →
30
AUG
2013
Kempton & Co

Bags made from reclaimed fabrics by Kempton & Co

New York based Kempton & Co was started by British designer Fiona Kempton.  Daughter of a racehorse  trainer and jockey who won the Grand National in 1967, many of her designs are inspired by equestrian accessories such as saddles, straps, riding boots and wax canvas rain... Read More →
11
AUG
2013

Upcycled sailcloth bags by Lost Property of London

Lost Property of London by Katie Bell continues its trademark ‘Rough Luxe’ aesthetic with their SS13 collection.  We love the colours chosen for the Envelope pictured above which is made from vegetable tanned leather and upcycled sailcloth, also available in... Read More →
10
JUL
2013

Reet Aus upcycled clothing from pre-consumer waste textile

Reet Aus is an Estonian fashion designer who has carried out doctoral research in creating upcycled clothing on an industrial scale.  Not only has she founded Trash to Trend, a community-cum-digital-platform that seeks to extend the lives of production offcuts, she has also... Read More →
24
JUN
2013

Sustainable fashion at Brighton Fashion Week 2013

This month I attended ‘Sustain’ – Brighton Fashion Week‘s first ever show dedicated to eco fashion design.  As expected, there was an exciting concoction of upcycled pieces from the elegant to the extraordinary demonstrating that making use of reclaimed... Read More →
21
JUN
2013

Reclaim to Wear upcycled clothing at Topshop

Reclaim to Wear has once again partnered up with Topshop for another fantastic upcycled capsule collection which launched yesterday at the Oxford Circus store.  Reclaim To Wear was launched in 1997 by Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci to find design solutions to the problem of... Read More →
05
JUN
2013

Upcycled fashion by Globe Hope

Globe Hope is a 10-year-old Finnish company that designs and manufactures a huge range of upcycled products, from bags made of used advert banners to earrings made from computer keys.  There are some fantastic clothes made from deadstock and reclaimed fabrics too, including items... Read More →
09
MAY
2013

SS13 upcycled fashion from Antiform

Another bold collection from the Leeds based upcycled fashion label Antiform for spring/summer.  This season boasts the Clash Cardigan – a cross between a cardigan and shrug made from reclaimed Yorkshire-knitted cotton with super-soft reclaimed grey stripe jersey lining. ... Read More →
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26
APR
2013

Upcycled fashion at Vancouver Eco Fashion Week

Wednesday marked the end of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week (6th edition), a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating the growth and development of sustainable practices in the fashion and clothing industries. “The clothing, textile and fashion industry... Read More →
23
APR
2013

Orsola de Castro speaks at The School of Life

On Monday 29th April, internationally recognized opinion leader in sustainable fashion Orsola de Castro will be speaking at Alain de Botton’s The School of Life in London. Orsola is founder of Reclaim to Wear, upcycled fashion label From Somewhere and co-founder of Estethica, the... Read More →
08
APR
2013

Accessories made from tarpaulin scraps by Real Deal Brazil

The lived-in ruggedness of pieces by Real Deal Brazil are what make them so appealing. The original Real Deal tarp heat (as seen on actor Woody Harrelson in the film Zombieland) is described as “sort of like a fedora, sort of like an Aussie Outback hat after a full day... Read More →
05
MAR
2013

Upcycled umbrella accessories by Recycling Zychal

When rainfall hits the streets of London (basically most of the time), crumpled and dejected umbrellas can be found on virtually every street corner.  It’s time someone either made an umbrella that doesn’t break so easily – or found an innovative way to upcycle... Read More →
22
FEB
2013

Hetty Rose reclaimed kimono shoes

Here’s something to brighten your mood on this cold wintery day…  Hetty Rose transforms vintage Japanese kimono fabric into fabulous footwear from her workshop in Essex.  She describes the material as “relics of a disappearing world, saturated in significance... Read More →
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21
FEB
2013

Forage bow ties made from reclaimed fabrics

Great to discover Something’s Hiding in Here on Etsy – an awesome Philadelphia based design duo.  Their beautifully presented products include this paper chain kit which is cut from recycled letterpress printed paper with interlocking tabs so they’r... Read More →
17
FEB
2013

Estethica AW13 London Fashion Week

This weekend I had a sneak preview of the best of next season’s ethical fashion at Estethica, London Fashion Week.  As always, innovative use of upcycled materials is high on the agenda for many of the designers who have been specially chosen for their ethical credentials. ... Read More →
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10
FEB
2013

Eqo Optics reclaimed skateboard sunglasses

There is a distinct lack of sunshine over London right now so UK readers will have to use some imagination here! Over in Colorado Springs, skateboarding enthusiasts Jon Winfrey and Ryan Vecchiarelli have created Eqo Optics, a company that turns unwanted broken skateboards into... Read More →
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31
JAN
2013

Cardboard jewellery by N-Product

These rings are made from laser-cut cardboard.  Each consists of multiple layers of paperboard, glued together and lacquered with a polymer epoxy to make them water, chemical and ultraviolet resistant.  Dominic Coballe and his wife Chrystale Ladouceur are the brains behind the... Read More →
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25
JAN
2013

Jewellery made from t-shirts by Julia Vasic

Julia Vasic is a San Francisco based luxury eco brand with a clean, sporty and feminine aesthetic.  Jewellery is made from discarded materials, such as unwanted t-shirts destined for landfill.  After studying fashion at Central St. Martins in London, Vasic went on to design for... Read More →
20
JAN
2013

Jewellery crafted from Cambodian landmines

Jewellery company Saught works with Cambodian artisans to make earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets from scrap metal left by landmines.  The Singapore-based business works in partnership with Italian NGO Fileo Development Organisation, offering three lines of socially... Read More →
17
JAN
2013

Feng Ho ethical fashion

Feng Ho is an award-winning ethical fashion designer based in Oxford, England.  As well as using fabrics such as Tencel, soy, organic cotton and hemp, she uses end-of-line textiles from British fabric merchants in many of her designs.  Pictured is the Tessellate collection is... Read More →
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02
JAN
2013

Antiform upcycled fabric purses and scarves

Upcycled fashion brand Antiform are making purses and scarves from upcycled textiles.  Pictured above is  their Copper Penny Mixed Knit Scarf which is knitted from recycled fibres on a vintage 1920s machine – the last running in the country.  If you’re in the Leeds area... Read More →
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30
DEC
2012

Mnmur bags made from tyres

If anyone knows how to make bags, it’s the Italians.  I’m very excited to discover Mnmur, despite not being able to pronounce it.  The brand behind these brilliant bags made from tyres also make a range of wallets and accessories such as belts and jewellery.  Pictured... Read More →
30
NOV
2012

The Unknitting Machine that unravels clothes

The Unknitting Machine is a genius device that unravels old knitted clothes so the yarn can be reused.  Designed by Kingston University Product and Furniture Design student Imogen Hedges, the starting point for the project was the discovery that charity shops devote hours to... Read More →
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27
NOV
2012

Upcycled bags by Katcha Bilek

Katcha Bilek is the brains behind KB, a Bristol-based sustainable fashion accessories brand.  KB make durable and waterproof bags and accessories from repurposed inner tubes, car seatbelts, and bike tyres.  The materials’ hard-wearing qualities are utilised to make products... Read More →
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21
NOV
2012

Bags made from tent textiles

Love these products by Field Aesthetic Manufacturing Co made from upcycled military tents.  The upcycled unisex bags can adjust into a shoulder strap or back pack. The handmade, water resistant apron has an adjustable leather neck and waist strap along with a bib, dual waist... Read More →
14
NOV
2012

Ethical fashion event for the Red Light Campaign

A marvellous evening was spent at Fashioned for Freedom in Marylebone on Monday.  The night hosted by the online ethical fashion platform House of Beth and the International Organisation of Migration was in aid of the fight against human trafficking.  As well as art... Read More →
11
NOV
2012

Man bags made from conveyor belts by Kazmok

Kazmok Industry is a Dutch brand that turns industrial and reused materials into a line of briefcases, trolleys, shoppers, laptop cases, Ipod covers and belts.  The bags are made from former industrial conveyor belts, strong and almost indestructible materials that still carry... Read More →
31
OCT
2012

Garments made from flour sacks by Mayer Peace Collection AW12

The Fall/Winter 2012 collection by Berlin based Mayer. Peace Collection by Christine Mayer is about polarising rough materials with feminine fits.  The company seeks out fabrics that carry a breath of the past with every garment made from recycled textiles such as flour sacks.  ... Read More →
22
OCT
2012

Cine Reportage wedding videos shot on vintage cameras

Completely blown away by the work of Will Cummock of Cine Reportage. Having started out filming award-winning short films, adverts and music videos, he now spends his time breathing life into old cameras and shooting alternative wedding videos on Super 8 or Single 8 film. Will... Read More →
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17
OCT
2012

Fashion items crafted from old t-shirts by Nunalab

  Nunalab is the brainchild of Ursula Alvarez and Mariela Bazan.  Their collection of fashion and home accessories are handmade by more than seventy Peruvian artisans using upcycled cotton jersey collected from t-shirt factories around Lima.  They work with small strips of... Read More →
16
OCT
2012

Reclaimed fireproof trousers for Christopher Raeburn AW12 collection

The Christopher Ræburn label was launched in 2008 and became known for garments made from re-appropriated military fabrics, proudly ‘Remade in England’.   For AW12 the new Scorch/Freeze collection includes hero garments made from re-appropriated fireproof fireman’s trousers... Read More →
12
OCT
2012

End-of-line fabric bags by Julia Crew

The materials used in this fabulous range of bags by Julia Crew includes pre-consumer waste such as end-of-line upholstery fabrics and off-cuts as well as post-consumer waste such as second hand leather jackets and belts.  Each unique piece is handmade and with a different... Read More →
19
SEP
2012

Estethica London Fashion Week SS13

The London Design Festival is upon us once more!  Last weekend I attended the Estethica champagne reception at London Fashion Week.  Estethica is an initiative by the British Fashion Council and is now in its thirteenth season, co-curated by Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci of... Read More →
04
SEP
2012

Upcycled fashion by TRAID

TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International development) is a fantastic charity that collects unwanted clothes from the UK public for reuse and resale in their charity shops. As well as reducing waste and energy consumption by reusing textiles that would be otherwise... Read More →
30
AUG
2012

Rubbish creates glass beach at Fort Bragg California

Due to residents using part of the beach as a dumping ground, Fort Bragg, California was once a blot on the landscape in the early part of the last century.  The North Coast Water Quality Board started cleaning it up in 1967 and over the next few decades, rolling waves... Read More →
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27
AUG
2012

Unity Dress by Speedo and From Somewhere

  This couture ball gown is the Unity dress, a one off piece created by Speedo, From Somewhere and Falmouth university graduate Rebecca Jayne Taylor.  It’s produced using surplus fabric from Speedo’s Fastskin3 Super Elite Swimsuit, incorporating the colours of... Read More →
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13
AUG
2012

Couture dresses made from upcycled materials by Dumpster Design

Daisy Harris-Burland is the British designer behind Dumpster Design. Her couture and apparel lines bring new life to everyday materials such as card, bubble wrap, jay cloths and table cloths. Pictured above is one of her couture gowns which is crafted entirely from Christmas... Read More →
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24
JUL
2012

Handbags made from upcycled textiles by Lost Property of London

When it comes to upcycled bags Lost Property of London is a personal favourite.  Katy Bell started upcycling hessian coffee sacks and other abandoned fabrics into stylish bags in 2009.  Here are some highlights of new ranges brought out for Spring/Summer 2012, ‘A new take... Read More →
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