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Gillian Smellie

I am an eco printer using only the natural pigments in leaves to create permanent prints on cloth.  I work exclusively with second hand clothing (mainly silk, wool and cashmere) to create unique items of clothing. 

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Second hand mens jumper

Should we all buy second hand?

This second hand mens jumper arrived in the post today for my husband.  Its arrival did cause a little angst between us.  Although I do have to agree it is a gorgeous jumper did he need it and was it a better buy than a new jumper? Our first instinct is to say “Of course it is! Aren’t we all being encouraged to buy second hand?”  Spend more than a few minutes online or watching

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A simple guide to greenwashing

Is it Green or has it been washed?

Greenwashing – the act of spending more time telling people how environmentally friendly you are than actually changing your business methods to become more environmentally friendly. I think we all can pull half a dozen obvious examples of greenwashing out of the hat.   McDonalds introducing paper only straws – that turned out to be non-recyclable.   Or Innocent Drinks (owned by Coca Cola – one of the largest plastic polluters in the world) producing

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Do you have a death plan for your clothes?

I am deadly (no pun intended) serious. When you bought your last item of clothing did you think about what would happen to it when you no longer wanted or needed it? If you did then I salute you because you are in such a minute minority I doubt it is even measurable. Most of us do think about what we buy. We probably buy a lot of second hand clothes, we may even have

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Second hand mens jumper

Should we all buy second hand?

This second hand mens jumper arrived in the post today for my husband.  Its arrival did cause a little angst between us.  Although I do have to agree it is a gorgeous jumper did he need it and was it a better buy than a new jumper? Our first instinct is to say “Of course it is! Aren’t we all being encouraged to buy second hand?”  Spend more than a few minutes online or watching

Read More »
A simple guide to greenwashing

Is it Green or has it been washed?

Greenwashing – the act of spending more time telling people how environmentally friendly you are than actually changing your business methods to become more environmentally friendly. I think we all can pull half a dozen obvious examples of greenwashing out of the hat.   McDonalds introducing paper only straws – that turned out to be non-recyclable.   Or Innocent Drinks (owned by Coca Cola – one of the largest plastic polluters in the world) producing

Read More »

Do you have a death plan for your clothes?

I am deadly (no pun intended) serious. When you bought your last item of clothing did you think about what would happen to it when you no longer wanted or needed it? If you did then I salute you because you are in such a minute minority I doubt it is even measurable. Most of us do think about what we buy. We probably buy a lot of second hand clothes, we may even have

Read More »