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Zero Waste London Mail

September 28 · Issue #13 · View online

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Hello friends!
Should this newsletter be a weekly publication, a bi-monthly one or be published in another form entirely because, frankly, you’re tired of newsletters? If you have an opinion on the subject I will be very glad to hear from you (amandine.london@gmail.com).
In the meantime, let me refuel your zero waste tank with a series of good news - big and small - that I have collected over the last couple of weeks.
In this newsletter, I will tell you about (drumrolls!):
  • a device that could reduce microplastic pollution across the world 🌏,
  • how Restart parties are moving online💻,
  • and THE book to get if you want to repair and/or upcycle your clothes👚👗 but need plenty of detailed instructions and encouragement.
Enjoy!
Amandine

The BIG News 🔔
The device can collect up to 60% of airborne particles from tyres.
The device can collect up to 60% of airborne particles from tyres.
Earlier this month, a product designed by students to reduce the amount of microplastic air pollution caused by car tyres has won the 2020 UK James Dyson Award.
Globally, it is estimated that tyre-wear accounts for nearly half of road transport particulate emissions. It is also thought to be the 2nd largest microplastic pollutant in our oceans after single-use plastic.
The Tyre Collective – Siobhan Anderson, Hanson Cheng, M Deepak Mallaya, and Hugo Richardson – are students on the innovation design masters programme run jointly by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.
Together they have designed the device which fits onto each wheel of a car and collects microscopic particles created when vehicles brake, accelerate or turn.
Using a retro-fitted collection device, the team claims to be able to collect 60% of all airborne particles from tyres.
It could really be a revolutionary piece of manufacturing. Not only can the device stems pollution at the source but the design students claim that the particles collected can be used to create new tyres, 3D printing and dies, creating a close loop system.
The Tyre Collective are currently negotiating a joint development partnership with a global car manufacturer and research partnerships with two major tyre producers. 
Also, the device they have created could be used by TFL before 2030.
Repair, don't despair💡
International repair day is happening online on October 17th.
International repair day is happening online on October 17th.
The Restart Project, an organisation launched 7 years ago in London “to fix our relationship with electronics”, has created on online directory that enable people to find a reliable repair in their area of the capital.
The mapping project started in North London and has expanded to other boroughs. However, parts of London are not covered at all by the directory yet.
You can help plugging the gaps by submitting a new business for us to consider using this form or send them an email if you notice an error or omission.
Also, if you have an item that needs repairing and you would like to fix it yourself with the help of other people, you can attend an online restart party. Reading Repair Cafe have 2 events coming up. You can also attend the International Repair Day online. It’s on Saturday 17th October between 7pm and 8.30pm UK time.
The Book😍
The book is currently out of stock on Hive, which I hope means it's very popular.
The book is currently out of stock on Hive, which I hope means it's very popular.
Wear, Repair, Repurpose : A Maker’s Guide to Mending and Upcycling Clothes by Lily Fulop is a very clear, colourful and upbeat book about how to mend and upcycle clothes. The DIY book was published earlier this year in the United States.
“Most of the people I know have switched to using reusable water bottles and carry them proudly. I am waiting for the same switch to happen with fashion. I want to see people proudly wearing jeans that are ten years old, or repurposing their clothes into beautiful items they cherish”, Lily Furlop writes in her introduction.
Lily Fulop is a young American designer who has been documenting our mending and upcycling journey on Instagram (@mindful_mending). She recently judged a zero waste competition ran by London based charity Little Hands Design.
I can’t wait to implement her tips. I’ll keep you updated about my mending achievements (and failures).
Not sure I'll adopt this style for myself but I like the idea.
Not sure I'll adopt this style for myself but I like the idea.
P.S: when I was a kid in the 1980s in France I loooved watching an American sitcom about a young girl fostered by an old guy. Lily Fulop’s book aesthetic reminds me so much of Punky Brewster. ❤
In brief
Tesco is to join forces with the food sharing app Olio in a drive to stop edible surplus food from going to waste in the UK (read more about it here).
Iceland supermarkets have reported producing 32 000 tonnes of plastic last year. The chain is asking the government to make reporting on such use mandatory and to set targets for its reduction. (read more about it here)
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