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Getting Started with Reusable Wipes

As busy parents we use baby wipes for everything don’t we? Wiping down mucky high chairs, cleaning sticky face and hands, mopping up spills and perhaps even keeping a pack in our cars for emergencies. The list is endless. Right now, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, you might find it difficult to get hold of baby wipes as well as other family essentials. I can’t help you with making pasta or sourcing toilet rolls but I can help you with baby wipes. If you have little ones at home and you are struggling to find baby wipes in the shop then please do not panic. Washable wipes are a really easy solution and don’t have to be expensive...

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How Small Batch Production Creates Less Textile Waste Than Mass Production

Are you surprised to hear that the fashion industry is one of the most wasteful industries in the world?  If you are reading this then you are probably interested in how you can make a difference buy buying or wearing clothes that are made differently and perhaps don’t have the negative impact on the planet that fast fashion has. One way to do this is to look for smaller retailers, smaller garment makers and perhaps even handmade clothing.  I believe that smaller brands can better control the waste they produce and in particular working in small batches creates far less waste than working in larger quantities.  In the summer of last year, I moved away from making to order to...

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How Repairing Your Clothes Can Help Save the Planet

Put your hand up if you have a pile of clothes with missing buttons, broken zips or loose hems waiting to be fixed? Keep that hand up if you know that you will never really get around to mending them. My hand is still in the air….how about yours? There is a huge environmental cost to our clothes. The way we make, use and throw away our clothes is unsustainable. After all, it is often easier and cheaper to buy something new to replace the broken garment than it is to get it repaired. Globally we consume 80 billion pieces of clothing every year. One bin lorry full of clothing is landfilled or burned every second. Those figures are pretty...

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7 Ways to Stop Your Colourful Baby Leggings Fading in the Wash

We’ve all been there, haven't we? After a few washes those black leggings have faded to grey. Or your red top looks a little lighter, and more pinky than red. It's not so bad when it's cheaper clothes, or clothes designated for messy play or nursery.  But what about when it happens to your child's favourite leggings? You know, the ones they cry for when they are wet in the washing machine. The ones you saved up for and look so lovely you aren't even sure you want your baby to actually wear them... Perhaps you love brightly coloured baby leggings but are worried those lovely bright colours will fade quickly? Do not fear! With just a little bit of tweaking...

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