Yesterday was International Earth Day. Why is this important? “Our planet is at a turning point. The massive global migration underway now from countryside to cities will demand huge investments in energy, water, materials, waste, food distribution, and transportation over the next 25 years. If the right investments are made now, this unique opportunity will be the catalyst for dramatic changes in the built environment and the fight against carbon emissions and climate change.”
What does this mean to me personally? To be honest this can feel truly overwhelming. I read blogs which challenge me in achievable ways, have you met Jen of makedoandmend? recently I have discovered Wendy and her blog moral fibres.
In terms of my lifestyle and business this means being mindful about the resources I use, and the amount of waste I generate. My thoughts re affordable ethical supplies are my attempt to reuse a former garments for fabric. I use as much of the former garment as possible. This carries through to my packaging, using old dress patterns as tissue paper, fabric scraps to make thank you notelets, and biodegradable postage bags.
I source my fabric from charity shops, jumble sales and occasionally car boot sales. I visit charity shops regularly, popping in often to see new stock.
Last week I had a lovely trip out with a friend to a new semi- local charity shop dedicated to sewing and crafting supplies. We enjoyed a good rummage.
I came away with lots of fabric patterns perfect for packaging up parcels, buttons for flower corsages, long zips ideal for bag making and two pieces of fabric – a grand total of £8.50. If you are norfolk england based this charity shop can be found at 4 Allenbrooks Way Wymondham and is open Monday – Friday – be warned it only takes cash!
The trick with all such bargain shopping is to remain disciplined. I have a limit on expenditure per item of £5. I wish to make recycled bags which are affordable and accessible for the average person. The best mantra when shopping is “do I need it?”!
What tips do you have for ethical supply shopping?
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