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November 25 · Issue #17 · View online

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Hello friends,
The Woman’s Hour radio programme broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 has dedicated its annual power list to women campaigning for the planet this year. It’s a very interesting list that I invite you to read here.
Some women, such as environmental lawyer & co-founder of Think and Do cafe in Camden Farhana Yamin, have been campaigning for decades. Others, like plastic free period campaigner Ella Daish, are relatively new to the cause.
Highlighting individuals is a useful way to get people’s attention on a particular subject but I presume that all of these women are part of wider coalitions.
Campaigning takes up a lot of time and elicit a lot of emotions - discouragement is definitely one of them. We can’t all be campaigners - at least, not throughout our lives - but if you feel strongly about something I encourage you to zero in on it, find people who care just as you about this cause and build a coalition.
You will learn so much in the process and will become gradually more confident talking about this subject - and you will change things for the better.
Without further ado, on the menu of this newsletter :
  • a kids clothing library made of preloved clothes,
  • Camden Think & Do Cafe celebrates its first anniversary,
  • make your own low costs products online event & more

The News 🔔
I am taking you to Brighton where Jenny Barrett launched SuperLooper a month ago after a career in fashion and marketing.
SuperLooper is one of a kind. It’s a clothing library for babies and toddlers that doesn’t break the bank, nor the planet.
Although there is an increasing number of businesses renting baby clothes in the UK, SuperLooper is the only online preloved baby clothes library. 
Almost all the pieces in the clothes library have been donated by parents and carefully selected by Jenny for quality and style. The rest of the clothes has been given by organic brand Little Green Radicals - which is eye-wateringly expensive to buy brand new.
‘SuperLooper is first and foremost an online preloved baby clothing library, where parents pick and choose the clothes they want and rent them for as long as they need, before returning them for another baby to enjoy. We charge our customers £20 a month which is a fraction of what a lot of UK parents spend on baby clothes’, Jenny told me.
It also saves you from the hassle of clearing out outgrown clothes on a regular basis. It is chore that I hugely underestimated before I became a parent but I am not sure that there was a clothing library in the UK in 2017.
Find out more about SuperLooper here.
Movers & Builders
A year ago, a pop-up Think & Do cafe opened in Kentish Town.
The temporary community space was inaugurated in response to a recommendation made by Camden Climate crisis Citizens’ Assembly to do more to bring existing community groups together to work on tackling the climate crisis.
The pop-up ran for 6 weeks, reopened in February 2020 and has been running mainly online ever since - the Think & Do team has hosted 40 webinars attended by 800 people.
Judging by the number of events organised and the community projects launched as a result, Think & Do cafe has been a resounding success and one that could be replicated in other London boroughs.
Think & Do has established a partnership with UCL to see what can be done to enable more climate action by the UCL community, in collaboration with local residents.
You can read Think & Do latest newsletter here.
Online events
The plethora of online events is definitely the silver lining of this Covid crisis.
Plastic Free Hackney are running one of their most popular zero waste workshops this Thursday evening - Make Your Own Lost Cost and Plastic Free Toiletries.
Buy a ticket online here. It’s only £3 and will be refunded on attendance. Priority will be given to Hackney Homes residents.
Real nappies for London also have an online event this week. Learn about the main types of reusable nappies and how to use, wash and dry them on Saturday morning at 10.30am. Sign up here for free.
The Christmas bonus
Lockdown can do strange things to you. Maybe you fancy wearing a Christmas jumper even though it’s still November and you are under no pressure to take part in the Crimbo jumper day this year.
Although charity shops are still closed at the moment, you can source the Christmas jumper of your dreams (or your nightmares, it’s up to you ; )) online.
TRAID has a few Christmas jumpers in its online Depop and eBay shops.
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