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Rescue, repair and Redress

In September we published our very first 'how-to', which featured a step-by-step guide to show you how to mend a hole in the knee of your favourite jeans or trousers.

Sew it: mending your trousers

This month we've teamed up with Redress, a Hong Kong based NGO with an ethical fashion mission, to offer some top tips on repairing clothes. Redress founder Christina Dean is in month nine of her 365 challenge: every day she wears an outfit sourced from the warehouse of Friends of the Earth Hong Kong or from Traid in London.

What to do with old undies

Most of us know what to do with our second-hand clothes. If they are in good condition we either give them to a friend, take them to a charity shop, or sell them on to a grateful new owner. If they are not in good condition we may take them to a recycling bank or, if we’re feeling creative, upcycle them into something else. (Some people throw them in the bin, though I of course am not advocating that!)

My style story

My Mum asked me a few weeks ago if I would be posting my Observer Ethical Award entry - I said I thought not. Bizarrely, I felt a little shy about it, perhaps because the winners hadn't at that time been announced. But since then a few more people have asked me about the outfit that got me shortlisted, so I thought I would tell it's story after all. It also gives me the opportunity to acknowledge some of the lovely brands who helped me achieve my runner-up status in the 'The Green Oscars'.

We're celebrating!

We have been doing quite a lot of celebrating over the last two weeks. Wednesday this week marked the six month anniversary of our launch, and on Thursday we went to collect our first award!

The Future 50 Awards recognise the "achievements of the young entrepreneurs who have demonstrated an innovative approach to advancing a socially responsible business venture. These candidates are the pipeline to a brighter future and a better tomorrow."

See you in May!

Launching a new website at the same time as planning my wedding has at times been a challenge. I haven't been able to dedicate as much time as I would like to either as over the past couple of months, but on the whole I have stayed fairly calm. It does help that my search for dresses, suits and other wedding accessories has also served as useful research for the site. 

Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations

Our recent Sew It Forward event at Divine Chocolate’s pop-up shop was, if we do say so ourselves, a huge success. The evening, a celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight and International Women’s Day, was also a collaboration with Oxfam who came along to talk about their Get Together campaign.

Divine hosts...Sew It Foward

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Divine Chocolate to run a Sew It Forward event at their Covent Garden pop-up shop. It's going to be held on Thursday 7th March in celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight and Oxfam’s Get Together for International Women’s Day.

Making of the Sew It Forward banner

Sew It Forward is an initiative that we launched recently to encourage people to share their sewing, mending and knitting skills with their friends, family, neighbours, or anyone else who is keen to learn or willing to listen. It is about grabbing these skills while we can, before they are lost forever, and passing them on.

Sew It Forward gift voucher

Last Thursday saw the launch of our Sew It Forward campaign - whilst many Londoners frantically geared up for the biggest shopping day of the year, we were celebrating a project which aims to slow consumption.

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