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By Amandine Alexandre

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Zero Waste London Mail

November 9 · Issue #16 · View online

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Hello friends!
I’ve some good news for you.
Plastic production has gone down⬇️by 6% in Europe between 2018 and 2019, according to figures published last week by PlasticsEurope. Globally, the sector is still growing but at a slower pace.
The increasing number of zero waste shops in Europe is undoubtedly one of the positive trends driving this plastic reduction.
In France🇫🇷 alone, a report published earlier this month has revealed that the the number of package free shops has gone up from 22 in 2015 to 385 July 2019.
Considering that each shop is responsible for cutting packaging by 1 tonne per year, unpackaged shops in France solely can be credited for cutting close to 400 tonnes of packaging. Not bad!
Zero waste shops are also booming in the UK and that’s far from all!
If you have been looking for sustainable and fashionable underwear your search may well be over thanks to Pantee, a UK brand made of surplus tee-shirts👚.
British sisters Katie and Amanda McCourt dreamed up the idea a year ago. Now, the dream is about to become reality. Pantee’s crowdfunding campaign was launched last Wednesday and already more than 60% of the fundraising objective has been reached.
Read her interview below and find out about the latest London zero waste news and events.
Oh, by the way, it’s been a year since I launched this newsletter. If you want to encourage me, consider buying me a Ko-fi.
Have a great week,
Amandine

The Interview📢
Pantee came up on my radar at the start of this year. I’ve catched up with Katie McCourt, one of the founders, via email last week as the Kickstarter campaign was about to be launched.
What are Pantees?
Pantee is the first underwear brand made from dead stock tee-shirts. It takes 2,700 litres of water to produce just one cotton tee-shirt, and over 2 billions are produced each year. Yet, due to overproduction, 30% of garments are never sold. Pantee is more than just a brand, it’s a solution.
Who are you? How did you come up with the idea?
Pantee was co-founded by myself, Katie McCourt, and my sister Amanda. We have raised Pantee from different sides of the world during the pandemic (Amanda lives in London, and I currently live in Vancouver). We started working on Pantee after learning about the huge amount of unsold clothing that goes to waste each year. We knew we wanted to do something about it, and after conducting a lot of research Amanda called me with an idea — “Why not turn deadstock t-shirts into underwear? And let’s call it Pantee!”. A year later, we are about to launch our Kickstarter campaign.
How difficult was it to find a factory able to turn tee-shirts into underwear? Where are Pantees made?
Finding the right manufacturing partner was a difficult process! We had a lot of noes along the way but after nearly a year of searching, we met Erdem, owner of a buying house in Dhaka in Bangladesh. Erdem understood our vision and wanted to help us bring it to life, so he made space in his sampling room and the rest is history. Our ethical production process meets strict labour standards, ensures pay above the living wage, management positions for women and yearly bonuses.
Read the full interview on Medium.
The News
  • The Source Bulk Foods has opened a new shop☝🏾on West End lane in West Hampstead last week.
  • On the other side of London, the Topup truck - ‘the refill shop that floats to your door’ - is another welcome addition to the zero waste offer in the capital.
  • bio-bean, the London coffee ground recycling company, has become a B-certified business.
Online events👀
Calling all north Londoners! Are you looking for a sustainable way to refresh your wardrobe? North London Waste Authority (NLWA), in partnership with Love Not Landfill, is organising a series of online clothes swap events where you can exchange items you’ve fallen out of love with for new pieces.
They are also presenting a series of Instagram Live events hosted by Love Not Landfill where fashionistas and sustainable fashion advocates will be exploring how we can all reduce the impact of our clothes on the planet. 
Click here for the full schedule of events. The first Instagram Live is this Wednesday.
Attend Camden virtual energy cafe and learn more about how to cut your energy bills.
After a brief introduction from moderators and speakers, participants to this free event will break into three rooms to have the chance to learn more about their topic of interest (stay warm, access UK Green Homes grant, planning a retrofit).
The event lasts for 2 hours and you can select between 2 dates (Tuesday 10th November or Tuesday 24th November).
Click here to sign up.
In the press
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