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

Filed under: Clothes,Shopping — ecoemails @ 11:18 am

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

Filed under: Clothes,Events,Shopping,TThackney,Waste — ecoemails @ 9:10 am

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



Swap Shop Sunday 7th June Dalston June 2, 2009

Filed under: Clothes,Shopping,TThackney — ecoemails @ 5:33 pm

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.


Valentines Day Flowers February 4, 2009

Filed under: Shopping — ecoemails @ 3:12 pm

Getting flowers for Valentines day? Go for Snowdrops

Snowdrops are grown wild in the Scottish woodlands with no chemicals and the roots are wrapped in moss and sent to you… and you can plant them and they will flower every year.

You can buy them from Cambo Estate.

£15.50 including delivery for a posy of gift-wrapped Snowdrops with a handwritten message of your choice in a card, and instructions for re-planting

£11.00 including delivery (without giftwrap)
To Order

Phone 01333 450054. Or email

(This info I stole from the nag website )


Souvenirs January 16, 2009

When on holiday don’t buy products made from endangered plants or wild animals: including
hardwoods, corals, shells, starfish, ivory, fur, skins, teeth, reptiles and turtles.

Below is a list of top destinations and what to avoid buying

* Greece: Tortoiseshell, ivory, coats made from spotted cat furs and other wildlife trinkets
* Turkey: Stuffed native birds, corals, sponges and shells
* Spain: On Spanish beaches, there are often opportunities to have photos taken with baby chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are an endangered species and paying to have your picture taken with them means that you are supporting their illegal capture for this trade
* USA: Native wild birds are protected in the US and even possessing a feather is illegal. Walruses and other marine mammals, as well as products derived from American black bears and polar bears have import and export restrictions. Reptile skin products may also need a permit
* Kenya: Shells, corals and orchids have import and export restrictions. These are to be avoided, as are products made from lizards, tortoises, birds of prey, ivory and crocodile skin. Carvings made from native timber make excellent souvenirs as they support the local economy. Just ensure that they are not carved from overexploited timbers. ‘Good woods’ to buy include neem, jacaranda, mango and grevillea
* Mexico: Cacti and native birds such as parrots are illegal to import into the UK, unless you have the correct permit. Also ensure that any leather products you purchase are not made from endangered species
* Thailand: Some species of orchids growing in tropical rainforests are so rare, they are protected by international law. Orchids taken from the wild are likely to require permits
* Australia: Most of Australia’s wildlife is protected and violators of the law can expect heavy penalties. Avoid purchasing live native animals, insects and marine shells
* Hong Kong: Ivory is widely available but is illegal to import into the UK. Some Chinese medicines are manufactured from endangered species, such as turtle, bear, rhino and tiger, and their purchase should also be avoided
* The Carribean: The rich marine environment here is tempting to many souvenir hunters. Tortoiseshell jewellery, turtle oil, black coral jewellery and other products made from marine species are for sale, but due to their protected status you risk paying heavy fines if you try to import them into the UK


Swishing January 7, 2009

Filed under: Clothes,Shopping — ecoemails @ 12:48 am
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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.


Coke and Forests December 1, 2008

Filed under: Food,Shopping,Travel — ecoemails @ 9:52 pm
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Some 2.2 million hectares of rainforest has been lost to cocaine production over the last 20 years.

Columbia is the second most biodiverse country in the world and cocaine is fuelling environmental damage.

The drug barons devastate the country’s soils and water sources by using harmful or banned pesticides.
toxicAnd just for some celebrety gossip – apparently we can blame a lot of this on:
mishaAs a friend went to a party with her and said she is a complete addict….