Perfectly Plastic-Free Socks

Here’s an easy way to literally reduce your plastic footprint: 100% plastic-free socks! Most socks are made with artificial fibres, meaning they will shed plastic microfibres every time they are worn and washed. Conventionally grown cotton also uses huge amounts of water and relies heavily on pesticides. ‘Cotton rich’ socks usually contain polyamide and elastane too. A lot of ‘eco’ companies use a blend of bamboo and recycled polyamide, which is a step in the … Read more

A Touching Gift Idea (Pun Intended)

I’m not going to use the C word. Or the other C word. Or any C word at all! But we all know the festive season is shaping up to be a bit different from usual this year…   With shops closed, and socially-distanced Post Offices queues growing longer all the time, I’ve got an idea which might just help: If you want to get a gift that gives the recipient something to look forward … Read more

Time to get a watch…

Looking for an ethical watch?

To give you some indication of how long it’s been since I regularly wore a watch, when my last watch died, I had a pager that I could use to tell the time instead. A pager. Just let that sink in for a moment. Since upgrading to a mobile phone, I’ve used them as a way of keeping track of the time. But last year something changed: I got a smartphone. Instead of checking my … Read more

Ethical Gift Guide: Supporting Artists & Makers

9 pictures of handmade gift ideas

Do you always seem to kid yourself that you don’t need to do any Christmas shopping until it’s nearly too late? It’s great to avoid the shopping frenzy and make homemade gifts instead. If you haven’t got time to make your own this year, why not support your friends with small businesses, or other local artists and makers? Just in case you are stuck for ideas, here are a few people who I know that … Read more