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Zero Waste London Mail

February 4 · Issue #21 · View online

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Hello friends!
I’ve decided that 2021 will be a year of mending and fixing in our house. My 3 old son is partially responsible for this resolution. He gets very elated about fixing things, literally starry-eyed! ☺️
During the first lockdown, I darned a pair of pants he had - partially out of boredom, partially out of a desire to teach him something valuable. He thought that fixing a hole with a thread and a needle was absolutely a-ma-zing.
A couple of weeks ago, we both attended virtually The Green Stitch Social Club (GSSC), a free weekly get together webinar organised by Little Hands Design, a charity teaching kids and adults how sewing and darning help fight climate change.
Barnaby was very interested in Georgie’s darning demonstration and promptly declared that we needed to find ‘something with a hole to fix it’. And we did! Next on our list is making a macrame plant hanger out of recycled cotton yarn as demonstrated by Ana during last Friday’s GSSC.
Learning how to mend clothes and upcycle textile appeals to a very profound human need - a craving for autonomy and a desire to leave a mark on something, even if it’s just a stitch.
Mending is all-encompassing, fun and, above all, feasible. You don’t need much. Nobody can stop you from giving a new lease of life to your clothes. Fixing electronics, however, is a different ball game entirely because manufacturers want us to buy more instead of repairing existing devices.
A lot of people around the world are fighting back - the Restart Project in London has been at the forefront of this battle since 2013 - and I do believe that ‘The Right to Repair Movement is Poised to Explode in 2021’.
In other news, in this edition :
  • a big UK campaign against food waste 🍞🍌🍗,
  • a petition against plastic toys in magazine📝,
  • the Thrift festival and other online events 💻,
  • a BBC programme in praise of craftivism (& some waste reduction news stories) 📰
I hope you’ll find something of interest in this edition of Zero Waste Mail London. If you do, please share it on social media and consider buying me a Ko-fi.

The News 🔔
A campaign spearheaded by Too Good To Go
A campaign spearheaded by Too Good To Go
Too Good To Go, the anti-waste app that has rescued 3 million meals from going to waste in the UK in less than 5 years, has launched a big anti waste campaign on January 26th in partnership with 25 consumer brands such as Arla, Nestlé, Danone, Saint Agur etc.
The campaign is encouraging consumers to ‘look, smell and taste’ before binning any food that is gone its ‘use by’ date. Brands are also playing their part in encouraging their customers to be less wasteful. To show their commitment to the campaign, where appropriate, they have switched ‘Use By’ dates for ‘Best Before’ dates.
Research conducted by Too Good To Go suggests that in the UK, 45% of adults are confused about the true meaning of ‘Best Before’ labels on food. When it comes to checking whether food is good to eat or not, 39% of Brits do not use their senses to make a decision about food that is past its best, leading to food being thrown away unnecessarily.
Have you come across the ‘Past my date’ campaign yet? Please let me know what you think and whether that has influenced your behaviour.
To find out more about the campaign, click here.
If you are looking 🔍 for a job in the UK, the US, Spain, Danemark, France etc., you may want to have a look at their job section here.
The Campaign 🙅
Help Skye get his message across.
Help Skye get his message across.
Another week and another anti plastic petition launched by a child…
I feel quite sad about it, if I am honest. Surely, we don’t need kids to keep telling us, the adults, not to create more crapy plastic that will end up in oceans? In 2021? When we can spend all day long reading about plastic pollution and its impact across the globe?! Come oooon. 😤
Unfortunately, some people need telling to stop producing those useless bits of plastic. So let’s amplify the voice of children by signing and sharing their petitions.
This petition was launched by Skye, 10 years old. He just want magazines. Not plastic toys. Easy.
The Online events 👀
Free Friday night craft get together
Free Friday night craft get together
This is the Green Stitch Social Club (GSSC) that I’ve mentioned in the introduction of the newsletter.
Little Hands Design have designed those 1-hour sessions to make our lives more sustainable through sewing.
Each week, between 6 and 7pm, charity staff members show participants from across the world how to mend clothes or upcycle textile. Nice way to kick start the weekend and commit to a weekly hands on activity.
Whilst in lockdown the sessions are running for free.
Register here on Eventbrite.
The Festival of Thrift (until February 14th)
The Little Inventors Maker challenge is part of the Festival of Thrift
The Little Inventors Maker challenge is part of the Festival of Thrift
The Festival of Thrift is organising an online ‘Fix it fortnight’. It has started on Monday and finishes on Sunday 14th February.
‘Fix It Fortnight is as much about fixing our mindset and attitude, as fixing broken ‘stuff’ and saving things from landfill. A thought provoking, interactive campaign which will provide an essential virtual toolbox of events and resources from household names to household objects to kick start a mindset of mending in the widest possible sense of the word.’
If you don’t fancy attending any virtual events, you may be interested in creating your avatar assistant out of cardboard. You can download the step-by-step guide here. It could be a nice activity for children (&adults) during the half-term break.
In the press and elsewhere
Craftivism : Making a Difference (BBC 1 hour programme)
Writer, comedian and art lover Jenny Eclair meets people doing extraordinary things with knitting, cross-stitch, banners and felt to change hearts and minds. Entertaining and thought provoking. I recommend watching this programme that proves textile is not just a fashion material.
Inspiring article by Peter Chapman mainly centred on an exhibition in Singapore called ‘R for Repair’. ‘The young Asian professional classes have begun to reassess the objects they have and what goes into them, says Hunn Wai, of designers Lanzavecchia+Wai’, the journalist writes. Repair is truly a global movement. 😍
If you still are unconvinced that people across the globe are asking the right to repair, have a look at this Vice article by Karl Bode about US legislation: ‘Consumer rights organizations like US PIRG state that fourteen states are now in the process of introducing and debating new right to repair laws’. Pretty awesome! ☺️
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