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Gillian Smellie

I love clothes, I genuinely love getting dressed in the morning and choosing what to wear.  But I also hate what fashion has done and continues to do to our planet.  We can do better.  

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You cannot make a revolution with silk gloves

My reading went through a Russian period when I was about 16.  Pre-revolutionary authors, dissidents (I read all of Solzhenitsyn), and biographies, several of Stalin.  His quote, you cannot make a revolution with silk gloves references Lenin’s earlier  quote that you cannot make a revolution with white gloves.  In other words you  have to get your hands dirty.  Whilst that may be true for political upheavals and both Lenin and Stalin had rather filthy hands,

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Was the Oscars red carpet recycled

Did they just bin 50,000 square feet of red carpet after the Oscars?

So the Oscars are over for this year and everyone can go home and prop their newly acquired statue in the downstairs loo, the bedside table or wherever the gold chap looks best.  The barriers are taken down, the streets re-opened and  the carpet rolled up. Oh the carpet.  During a conversation with somebody about lack of sustainability on the red carpet they mentioned that they had heard that at the end of the event

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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

Read More »

You cannot make a revolution with silk gloves

My reading went through a Russian period when I was about 16.  Pre-revolutionary authors, dissidents (I read all of Solzhenitsyn), and biographies, several of Stalin.  His quote, you cannot make a revolution with silk gloves references Lenin’s earlier  quote that you cannot make a revolution with white gloves.  In other words you  have to get your hands dirty.  Whilst that may be true for political upheavals and both Lenin and Stalin had rather filthy hands,

Read More »
Was the Oscars red carpet recycled

Did they just bin 50,000 square feet of red carpet after the Oscars?

So the Oscars are over for this year and everyone can go home and prop their newly acquired statue in the downstairs loo, the bedside table or wherever the gold chap looks best.  The barriers are taken down, the streets re-opened and  the carpet rolled up. Oh the carpet.  During a conversation with somebody about lack of sustainability on the red carpet they mentioned that they had heard that at the end of the event

Read More »
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 »
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