A Mall for Repaired and Recycled Goods

It is quite unbelievable that I am only learning about this amazing mall, in Sweden Eskilstuna, now, when it has been open since the year 2015! As the title says there is a mall that solely sells repaired and recycled goods, in addition, they actually recycle and repair the items in the mall. How cool is that?!

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The mall takes household item donations, which they then sort into workshops to be recycled or repaired and then sold in their boutiques or if there is no use to the donations they send them to the recycling centres. They have 9 running stores and 3 small pop-up stores that sell anything from furniture, computers, clothes, building materials, toys, you name it. In addition, they have the organically focused cafe and a restaurant to feed the hungry shoppers and educational centre, conference hall and a meeting room.

The team behind the mall is aiming to “make it the best town to handle waste-management” and hope the customers will bring in their unwanted items and stay to look for what they would like from the stores available to them. This sounds so exciting I wish there would be one in every town! It creates jobs and reduces the waste burden on the local governments. This is a great effort to make a whole town more sustainable!

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I wonder whether this kind of a mall would be successful in a town where people are not as sustainably conscious and happy to buy second hand? Would you like to visit a mall like this?

You can read more about the mall from here1 and here2 and visit their (unfortunately it is all in Swedish) website, picture from here.

With love,

Lii

Overdressed and the True cost -review

I mentioned ages ago, that I read the ‘Overdressed’ book and how excited I was about it. I also watched the documentary ‘True cost’, which I thought was an excellent addition to getting the whole picture of the issues in the fashion industry. Well, close to a whole. I am sure there are still many problems that have not yet come up to the public eye. First of what I would like to say is that if you like fashion and shopping for fashion, you should read and watch these. I think everybody should know the backgrounds of items they love so much. Not so that people would stop shopping, but so they would be shopping smartly, with intention and understanding. Also, I really think these two should be read/watched together. What one leaves out the other fills in.

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Overdressed: The Shockingly high cost of cheap fashion by Elizabeth L.Cline

This book goes through very well the insane mass consumption of fashion in the USA and the history of how they got to it. She is writing this from a USA point of view, however, I think it can be somewhat transferable to the European consumer as well. Elizabeth is not really blaming the consumer or the businesses for problems in the fashion industry but rather explains how the system is intricate and has so many layers it is difficult to tackle.

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Basically, she explains how fast-fashion is a horrible problem in many ways from exploiting labour to poor fitting fashion and masses of textile waste. Unlike articles about all these problems, however, she does explain what she thinks would help to slowly resolve at least some of these problems.

I was really interested in why there is no more support for small businesses and makers and why are the conditions in developing countries not improving in spite of all the media attention.

Elizabeth’s writing is very interesting, thorough and clear. I found it very easy to read although with somewhat mixed feelings. Where the book is interesting, it is also very sad and depressing and it made me feel a bit powerless, nevertheless of her tips. Although after reading it I felt this urge to do my part in moving towards slower fashion. The only thing I would have wished to have more in the book is the sustainability and other environmental issues, as she only scratches the surface on these issues and rather sticks with the labour issues.

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True cost movie (available on Netflix)

This movie does touch some of the issues mentioned in the book but concentrates more on the environmental problems, such as toxicity and erosion, which are usually overlooked in articles and in the media when talking about the problems in the fashion industry. I really liked how in depth they took this subject without blaming the consumer but exploring the wider implications. They questioned the economy and capitalism as a part of the driving forces in this problem, which rarely is mentioned and they talked about what we could do if we shopped sustainably and ethically.

The documentary was filmed well and Andrew Morgan has done a great job directing it. It was interesting and grabbed my attention, but also made me a bit depressed. The only thing I was wishing a bit more from the documentary was showing more the problems we have with the waste resulted from the fashion industry.

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As a result of watching and reading these, I felt the need to do more and better and a little empowered to move in the right direction. Whereas previously I felt I didn’t have any options, now I feel I do. Yes, it is depressing but it is also so informative! There are so many companies and people who think they can get away with doing just about anything and this is one of the ways they can be exposed.

I definitely recommend checking out both of these and when you have please leave me a comment. I would love to discuss these issues further! And please let me know if this is something that you are interested in reading more about on my blog.

 

Pics from Take Part and Going Zero Waste. You can also read more about the topic from those resources.

 

With love,

Lii

Matt & Nat and the future IT bag

I don’t know about you, but the brand, Matt and Nat, is a new find for me. I stumbled upon it in some article about great sustainable and eco fashion brands and fell instantly in love!

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Matt and Nat (comes from mat(t)erial and nature) is an accessories brand, which is completely vegan. They pride in not using leather or other animal-based products, but rather use various recycled products in their designs. Of course, when thinking recycled you might not picture something as beautiful as these handbags and purses. But, the fact is, all of their lining is made off 100% recycled plastic bottles and they use recycled nylon, cork, cardboard and even bicycle tires in their production process. How cool is that! They have accessories for women and men, plus their lookbook images are so sweet!

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Their mantra is ‘Live beautifully’ and it really relates from their products. With such amazing colours and minimalistic designs, I am sold! All of their products are designed in Montreal, Quebec, where their home office is situated. Their products are produced in China, where they are in close collaboration with to ensure the factories comply with their ethos.

Matt and Nat believe their products are sustainable because they are functional, resistant, durable and strong. In addition, they support upcycling and suggest you donate your bag to dresstosuccess.org if you are not using it anymore. In this way, you can ensure the long life and love of the product.

As I said, I fell in love with their product instantly, and when trying to choose something for you to show I noticed clicking on way too many of them. I’ve noticed lately love for crossbody bags. I have a busy lifestyle and am always running somewhere (this could be because I have difficulty with leaving my house on time). Crossbody bags just provide that functionality for this lifestyle. Lately, I’ve found myself been attracted to anything that is pastel coloured (you can see it from the collage below). It is actually quite funny, as not that long ago I hated everything in pastel tones. Oh well!

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My dream bag at the moment is definitely that Phi bag in lilac, it is just gorgeous with the interesting shape and beautiful colour! The Abiko looks like a perfect upgrade for my current clutch/wallet from Kurt Geiger, which is actually falling apart. And I am completely in love with the mint green colour version of the Eeha SM bag. Matt & Nat bags offer a luxury product with an affordable price tag, with most of their products being priced between £45-130.

The only downfall I find in with this brand is their transparency. They have a separate section on this with pictures from the factories in China, however, there is no actual proof of what they say. So it is up to each customer whether to believe what they say. I like to believe the small brands and their want to make a difference, so I choose to believe it, but would like some link to the factories to have that extra reassurance.

 

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Now I will go and dream of that Phi bag in lilac. I have already placed it on my Wishlist board on Pinterest and now I just have to save money for it or wait for Christmas..

Have you heard of Matt and Nat before? How do you like their accessories?

All pictures from the Matt & Nat website.

With love,

Lii

Revive eco – the future of zero waste

Following on the World recycling week – theme, I wanted to introduce to you the company about which I read not too long ago and was so impressed with! It is just the kind of idea for entepreneurship, recycling and the use of natural resources that this planet needs, and it comes from the city where I live! So cool!

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Revive Eco is a company, started by three young people in Glasgow. The whole point of their business ethos is to find solutions for the growing food waste the UK is faced with. They collect used coffee ground from local coffee shops, restaurants and offices, which they turn into natural fertilicers for plants. Well, that was their original plan, but now that I went to research them more for this post they have come with another even greater product, by extracting oil from these used coffee grounds they are creating coffee base biofuel! How amazing is that?!

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This new start up has already won several awards for their innovation and it is not a surprise. They are reducing waste and creating new uses from it! I am so impressed and wish to hear a lot more from them. But for now go and check their facebook page with lots of new information on how their business is progressing (great inspiration) and videos where they explain their process and benefits of their business program! By googling them you will be able to find even more information and interviews of them.

Pictures are sourced from these two articles: Link 1 and Link 2.

With love,

Lii

Recycled treasures from Etsy

There was a time when I thought anything recycled would be something horrible, dainty and looked used, doesn’t sound too appealing does it? However, as we the human race is generating so much waste and depleting natural resources we are forced to make the ‘old things’ count. In the past couple of years, I’ve seen so many excellent creations which have used recycled or sustainable making technique and really want to support this craft! Here I have compiled a list of items on the Etsy which are recycled or made in a sustainable way. Have a look at each products seller as well and you might just find something even more incredible!! Link.

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I mean look at these creations, would you think even for a second that they were recycled? I wouldn’t! I am especially in love with the acrylic lamp, which is sold out, but it is just gorgeous! And the candles are on my shopping wish list just now! Also, the recycled wrapping paper made me really excited!!

 

Have you seen any beautiful recycled or sustainable creations?

With love,

Lii