Finally, I have time to start including my handmade creations on the site. Produced under the name Pickled Green, I will be adding to this site the recycled and up-cycled items made by my own fair hand! The first of these items are two cute little summer dresses for toddlers made from an old pink organic cotton t-shirt and a vibrant patterned cotton fabric. The additional rosette details are made from left over fabrics and ribbon.
Sadly, I have made the hard decision to close Pickled Green Clothing in the short term, as it has been a bit of a struggle over the past year to keep things going and on personal note we are planning on leaving England this year. I do hope to resurrect PGC at some point in the, not too distant, future and will keep you all informed of my plans.
Thank you to everyone who I have worked with and to all the people I have met over the last four years. It has been an exceptional experience and one that I hope to relive again very soon.
Meanwhile, I’m having a huge clearance sale and all the stock must go, so please take a look around.
All the very best,
Ethical Christmas markets expand across London
Despite an economic downturn, shoppers can continue to choose from an array of ethical gifts at a number of Fair Christmas Fayres.
The first Fair Christmas Fayre was held on Oxford Street five years ago, as a way of bringing ethical Christmas gifts to the crowds of shoppers.
Each year increasing numbers of Fairtrade, handmade, eco and vintage traders have participated, and each year thousands of shoppers flock through the doors.
For 2012, Fair Christmas Fayre have added another venue and another weekend – the Fayre will be held in the stunning location of the Horniman Museum in South London as part of a whole festive family festival including carol singing and a Santa’s grotto.
Organiser Lucy AitkenRead says “We want to make ethical shopping as simple as possible. By having a huge selection of gifts to chose from, in accessible and family friendly spots, we hope more people will opt for a Santa’s sack that is easy on the planet and the conscience!”
Fair Christmas Fayre Saturday 1st December 11-6pm Regent Hall, 275 Oxford St, Nearest Tube Oxford Circus
Fair Christmas Fayre Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December, 10:30 – 5:30 Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Nearest train is Forest Hill
More information here: www.fairchristmasfayre.wordpress.com
Organic September is the Soil Association’s month long celebration of all things organic and I thought this would be a good time to focus on why buying organic is the right decision;
There are several reasons why organic textiles are kinder, cleaner and better:
- Organic fibres are grown without the use of harmful pesticides or genetically modified organisms so promote a healthier farm and environment
- We don’t allow harmful manufacturing chemicals in organic textile production, so its better for local wildlife, animals and people
- Social conditions are high in organic textile factories, and organic cotton production can help farmers find a way out of poverty
- Animal welfare is at the heart of organic systems, so is better for animals growing our fibres
- Our organic textiles don’t contain allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemicals
Find out what is happening and how to get involved here: http://www.soilassociation.org/organicseptember.
Well our first festival has been and gone and despite the wet weather we had a great time and met some lovely people. The Southwell folk festival is small and friendly, just outside the small village of Southwell, near Newark. The rain did prove a challenge and when the stall started to flood on Monday, it was a mission to protect all the stock. Thankfully the helpful stewards were on hand and found us some straw and wood chip to cover up the puddles!
Hopefully the weather will dry up in time for our next event this weekend in London. The London Green Fair looks to be the best yet, with a wide range of offerings from entertainment, workshops, markets and talks. This free ethically minded festival is on for two days, 9-10 June in Regents Park. If you are around then come by and visit us in the markets area, right in the middle of the festival.
Following on after this weekend we will be returning to Leamington Peace festival on the 16-17 June, in Leamington Spa and then back to the wonderful free festival Godiva, in Coventry on the 30 Jun – 1 Jul.
Check out our events page for more details on each of these events.
Today is the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day and the aim of the 2012 campaign is to provide people with the opportunity to unite their voices in a call for a sustainable future and direct them toward quantifiable outcomes, using vehicles such as petitions, the Billion Acts of Green; campaign, and events.
Earth Day 2012 will act as a launch pad for growing the environmental movement and will put forth a bold declaration demanding immediate action to secure Renewable Energy for All and a sustainable future for our planet. The movement will be comprised of individuals of every age from all corners of the Earth, and will call upon local, national, and international leaders to put an end to fossil fuel subsidies, embrace renewable energy technology, improve energy efficiency, and make energy universally accessible.
To celebrate WED 2012 we are offering a 10% discount off all online orders. Simply use the code ‘WED1012′ at the checkout.
Britain’s Biggest Climate Change Campaign – 12 to 18 March 2012
Climate Week is a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates with thousands of events and activities taking place throughout the week of 12 to 18 March 2012, planned by organisations from every part of society. Showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change, the campaign aims to renew our ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future.
The window of opportunity for action on climate change is rapidly closing. The UK is far from where it needs to be, but in every sector solutions are being pioneered, adopted and refined. The campaign aims to accelerate and enhance this process by inspiring more action through real examples – both the small improvements and the big innovations.
Climate Week’s Headline Partner is Tesco, which aims to become a zero-carbon business by 2050 – without purchasing offsets. In addition it has committed to work with its suppliers to reduce emissions from products in its supply chain by 30% by 2020, and to find ways to help its customers halve their own carbon footprints by 2020. Climate Week’s Supporting Partners are EDF Energy, H&M, Nissan and SodaStream. EDF Energy is Britain’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, H&M is for a more sustainable fashion future, the 100% electric Nissan LEAF is driving change for a sustainable future, and SodaStream is the smarter way to enjoy sparkling drinks.
You can register now for the Climate Week Challenge, judged by celebrities including Kate Humble, Bruce Parry, and Liz Bonnin. The Climate Week Challenge in 2011 was Britain’s biggest ever environmental competition, with over 145,000 people participating in the one day and one-hour versions. This year teams from schools, workplaces, and community groups will again be challenged to come up with creative solutions to a problem that is only revealed on the Monday morning Climate Week.
The prestigious Climate Week Awards recognise the most inspirational and impressive actions taking place in every sector of society. The judging panel contains figures such as the human rights activist, Bianca Jagger, the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, and the Bishop of London. Winners from 2011 included a community-run hydroelectric project in Settle, North Yorkshire, a virtually waterless new washing machine that uses polymer beads to clean clothes, and a schools project in the North East of England that has resulted in over 18,000 hours of pupil-led activities.
Climate Week Cuisine is a new part of the campaign for 2012, encouraging people to make the food that they eat a part of the solution to climate change. They can do this by joining in the call to action of eating a low carbon meal during Climate Week. This can be done easily by eating less meat or dairy, eating local, seasonal ingredients, or eating leftovers. Inspiration and ideas are being provided by a number of celebrity chefs including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Angela Hartnett, and Levi Roots.
There are a number of other elements to the campaign. The Climate Week Pub Quiz will be run in hundreds of pubs and workplaces. The Climate Week Play in a Day at the Arcola Theatre in London features award-winning writers and celebrity performers putting together five 15 minute plays in just 24 hours.
There were over 1,000 pieces of media coverage about the last Climate Week, with national articles ranging from the business pages of The Telegraph to the fashion pages of the Daily Mail. Television coverage included a feature on BBC Breakfast, an entire episode of children’s show Blue Peter, and comedian Marcus Brigstocke discussing the campaign on the One Show.
Organisations can get involved right now by starting to plan an event for Climate Week. This provides a unique opportunity to profile their own initiatives and innovations to stakeholders and staff, customers and the community, members and the media. They can also spread the word in advance, so that others find out about Climate Week in time to plan their own activities.
Individuals can help right now by asking the organisations they know – such as their workplace or local school – to plan an event or activity for Climate Week. They can also register to take part in the Climate Week Cuisine call to action and plan to eat a low carbon meal during Climate Week.
A bit confused with all the various ethical certifications and memberships out there? Check out this concise resource from the Ethical Fashion Forum, which covers 50 key organisations and lables here: source.ethicalfashionforum.com/article/key-to-ethical-certifications-and-standards-2012
Everything Must Go follows the journeys of worn clothing as it is sold for reuse and recycling across the world. This exhibition brings invisible global waste economies into public view, explores the people involved and the impact these businesses have upon their lives, and questions our ability to control, contain and curtail waste.
The weekend event aims to be an eye-opening insight into ethical and sustainability issues that surround clothing, and what happens to it when we are ‘finished’ with it. Experts will be on hand to assist practical workshops being run by the Remade in Leeds team, including repair and upcycling, rag rugging and needle punch flocking, each day from 12-6pm. There will also be several interesting and informative talks around the subject.
For the events programme and further information please visit www.thewasteoftheworld.org
Dates – 20th – 22nd January 2012
Location – Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
Time – 11am – 6pm
Festive greetings everyone!
To get us into the Christmas spirit we are offering a special 10% discount off online orders!
It’s that time of year again and if you are looking for an ethical present for someone, take a look at our excellent range of clothing, jewellery and accessories for inspiration. With gift ideas from recycled plastic bag jewellery to hemp and bamboo pashminas, we have a great selection of sustainable and ethically sourced ideas for you to choose from.
To top it off you can get 10% off your order by simply using ‘XMAS11′ at the checkout.
Please note: All online orders must be placed on or before the 18th December to ensure receipt before Christmas and that we will be closed from the 20th December until the 29th December.