This originated with me sending regular emails to my close friends and family on environmental issues and changes which could ‘green’ their lifestyle. The group has unintentionally grown quickly as friends of friends ask to join. The EcoEmails don’t always give people an easy solution to a problem but try to make them aware that every decision they make has environmental and sustainability consequences. If you would like to join pls email me at

Primark is the new Prada… but June 10, 2011

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Because clothes are so cheap & because Primark is the new Prada, we have started buying more clothes than ever before. Women’s clothes in Britain rose by 21% between 2001 & 2005 alone, to about £24 billion, spurred by lower prices, and the fact that stores now bring new stock to the shop floor every month rather than every season.

We love the fact that we can now buy armfuls of clothes – several outfits – for the same price we used to pay for a single item.

It’s no coincidence that the minimum wage of garment workers in Bangladesh halved in real terms during  the 1990s. Machinists in Bangladesh are receiving as little as £8 per month to produce cheap clothes for British consumers – that’s a third of the minimum living wage.

How to get the most out of your wardrobe

1. Give you’re wardrobe an airing, swap the things you wear most frequently for ones you’ve forgotten about, and wait for the compliments.

2. Face up to the fact that there are items you are never, ever going to wear again.

3. If you find clothes that you really don’t want, but that you think someone else you know might like, organise a clothes swapping – or swishing – party. It is important to invite friends who you know might like your cast-offs but also remember to invite friends whose style you admire. You never know what they might bring!

4. Divide your cast-offs into separate piles for charity, customising, alterations and repairs.

5. If you have good clothes that you would like to sell, you can’t put them on eBay or there are some really good clothes exchanges that will give you a good price for them.

6. Old clothes that aren’t good enough to sell can be given to your favourite charity (although we are getting rid of so many clothes now that charity shops are getting very picky).

7. Alternatively, put your discarded clothes in a bag & post them in a textile recycling bin like Traid’s.

8. And if you want some fun (and a lovely warm feeling inside) it’s worth joining your local freecycle community or whatismineisyours. You never know what your neighboughs might like, or what they might give away.

This article was taken from Green is the New Black by Tamsin Blanchard.


Swap Shop August 1, 2009

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July 5th (3 to 5pm) – Swap Shop

bring any men’s women’s or kids clothes, toys, DVDs, books seeds and plants to swap

at Arcola Theatre, 27 Arcola st, Dalston, Hackney



Transition Town Hackney Events June 21, 2009

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Swap Shop Sunday 7th June Dalston June 2, 2009

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Time: Sunday 07 June 2009, 03:00PM to 05:00PM

Place: Arcola Theatre, 27 Arcola Street, Dalston, London, E8 2DJ, United Kingdom


The Art of Swishing involves getting you a group of people together to swap clothes. Everyone must bring at least one good quality, clean item of clothing, or an accessory…and may bring as many as they’d like… It is great fun and its all free.


Swishing January 7, 2009

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The clothes industry is also very destructive using high levels of water, pesticides and energy… and then 74% of clothes end up in landfills….
So what about new clothes for free….
Good for the environment and good for your wallets (which I am sure are considerably emptier since xmas)

Swishing is a swap party – you bring clothes and swap them with others…
One man’s rags is another man’s riches and all that.


To find swishing near you go to:

Switch N Ditch Swap 2009!

First Sunday of every month
Venue: Ryan’s Bar basement, Stoke Newington

Doors will open at 2.00pm to swapees as usual, swish kicking off at 2.30pm.


Clothes June 6, 2008

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How GREEN and ethical are clothes shops?


Here is a list of who are the best and worst for different qualities:

Ethical trading and employee welfare

Best: Gap
Worst: Topshop

Best: Marks & Spencer

Worst: Supermarkets

Organic cotton
Best: H&M
However, the figures are still relatively small with around 160,000 T-shirts – a fraction of the clothing empire’s output.
Worst: Supermarkets

Best: Marks and Spencer
Worst: Supermarkets

The Environment
Best: Marks & Spencer

Worst: Supermarkets

But admittedly when we say they are the best… doesn’t mean they are good… just means they are doing a little more than the rest… best of a bad bunch… their impact is still pretty drastic…. but they just be credited for their efforts to encourage more to do good.

If you want to know more all this information was from:


Recycle Clothes January 18, 2008

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Textiles that can’t be reused can be shredded and made into fillings for cushions, toys etc….
Make sure the items are clean

Go to…

Then type in you postcode and it will tell you if your kerbside collection will take clothes…
It will also tell you everything else they will and won’t take and where you can take it if they won’t collect it….

Often the take lots of things you wouldn’t think of like

  • aluminium foil
  • car batteries
  • cardboard
  • aerosols
  • compost
  • household batteries
  • motor oil
  • shoes
  • textiles