Tag Archives: reuse

When buying clothing

1 Jul

SimplyRainer and I have this little household rule that we devised for the Kitchen Kingdom: If we wish to buy a new, electric kitchen appliance, we must give up of an old one. That way we try to curb increasing energy needs in the home galley. So, last time, instead of getting an electric meat-cheese-bread-whathaveyou cutter, we got a manual one. That means, instead of plug-and-play, you have to master the art of the manual slicer … at least a little bit. Actually, we also apply that rule to cookbooks, but more to curb our rapacious recipebook hunger (and, more to the point, our limited space for the books in the kitchen). Anyway, I had to think of our Little Rules when I saw this ragbag idea today: It s a shopping bag which you get with new clothing purchases, turn it inside out and put old, unneeded clothing in, close and send by pre-paid post to a charity of your choice.

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Uniforms for the Dedicated , which is where this initiative comes from, started off as a Swedish artsy collective and is now or includes a fashion label under the same name and a store in Stockholm. Currently their 2014 collection runs with silver fox (or Smoking Fox, as UftD calls it) Aiden Shaw. My, what an interesting character…

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Packaging grows veggies

25 Mar

vegetables1_kleinGrow vegetables. Harvest vegetables. Clean, sort and pack vegetables in consumer-sized portions. Wrap in packaging and label vegetables. But Sustainability! Reduce packaging: check. Re-use packaging: check. Recycle packaging: check. UK-based Bachelor-of-Arts student Ben Huttly came up with a method to 3R the packaging of veggies: a biodegradable tag afixed with biodegradable twine. Not that I’m convinced by the biodegradable packaging on the market but this one is at least different as follows: After use you take the tag and plant it. Being full of veggie seeds it will grow into your next serving. Ben’s self-imposed brief was how to inspire people to start growing fruit & veggies. Yes, the critics will be saying, “But why should veggies be packaged at all?”, “Laser-etching (used to save on inks & dyes) needs energy too?” but guys, this is still a step better for all the packaged veggies that you do find in retail.