https://buymeonce.com/pages/blog-feed BuyMeOnce - Articles & Tips 2018-08-13T14:14:00-0400 BuyMeOnce https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-08-13T14:14:00-0400 2018-08-13T14:14:00-0400 Memories to Last a Lifetime: Amazing Last Minute Travel Experiences Georgie Crosswell


Part of the BuyMeOnce philosophy is that carefully buying things to last a lifetime will leave you with more time, more money and more mental energy to focus on the things that really matter. Instead of finding transitory happiness in buying and hoarding endless stuff (that often gets quickly forgotten about anyway), we can instead collect experiences, spend more time with family and friends, try new activities or immerse ourselves in new cultures. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some incredible last minute travel experiences that we think are sure to make 2018 a year to remember. Intrepid Travel is a great company for packing a range of incredible travel experiences into as much or little time as you have; we love that they're a certified B Corp and that all their trips are carbon offset. (For more tips on traveling mindfully check out our travel resources article and our long-haul travel essentials edit.) So without further ado here are our top travel picks; whether you’re after a whirlwind weekend, an exotic odyssey or a once in a lifetime trip with the family, there’s something for you here.  Wild Mongolia  If you want to forget the madness of city life and escape to a land of rugged scenery, crumbling mountain-top edifices, and wandering...]]>
Part of the BuyMeOnce philosophy is that carefully buying things to last a lifetime will leave you with more time, more money and more mental energy to focus on the things that really matter. Instead of finding transitory happiness in buying and hoarding endless stuff (that often gets quickly forgotten about anyway), we can instead collect experiences, spend more time with family and friends, try new activities or immerse ourselves in new cultures. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some incredible last minute travel experiences that we think are sure to make 2018 a year to remember.

Intrepid Travel is a great company for packing a range of incredible travel experiences into as much or little time as you have; we love that they're a certified B Corp and that all their trips are carbon offset. (For more tips on traveling mindfully check out our travel resources article and our long-haul travel essentials edit.)

So without further ado here are our top travel picks; whether you’re after a whirlwind weekend, an exotic odyssey or a once in a lifetime trip with the family, there’s something for you here. 

Wild Mongolia 

If you want to forget the madness of city life and escape to a land of rugged scenery, crumbling mountain-top edifices, and wandering nomads then this trip to Wild Mongolia is for you. In 15 days you will get a taste for a simpler life. Live close to the land in traditional Mongolian tents, visit stunning monasteries and volcanic crater lakes, and learn all about a fascinating country that was once one of the largest empires in the world.Memories to Last a Lifetime: Amazing Last Minute Travel Experiences | BuyMeOnce.com

Sail Italy: Procida to Amalfi

Lasting just four days, this whirlwind yacht trip along the Amalfi Coast is perfect for those looking for a little taste of adventure within a luxurious, relaxed setting. Casting off from the Bay of Naples and stopping at historic Pompeii, with plenty of time for relaxation and sampling exquisite seafood, this will be one atmospheric escape that won't be forgetten.

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The Inca Trail Express

The Inca Trail is on many people's bucket list for a reason. This trip is the perfect balance of culture and adventure; in 7 days you will explore the ancient city of Cusco, wander the Sacred Valley, explore the Ollantaytambo ruins and feel tantalisingly close to ancient civilizations at majestic Machu Picchu. 

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Unforgettable India

As travel experiences go there aren’t many countries more explosive, immersive and exciting than India. On this once in a lifetime trip you will see the highlights in 15 days, from bustling, chaotic Delhi, to Agra for the Taj Mahal, all the way to Varanasi and the spiritual ghats of the Ganges. The intoxicating sights, sounds and smells of this fascinating country will linger in your memory long after you leave. 

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Borneo Family Adventure

If you and your family have a taste for the wild life, this unforgettable 11 day adventure in Borneowill entrance adults and kids alike. Swim and snorkel with tropical fish at Pulau Tiga or kick back in the Poring Hot Springs, spot wildlife in the steamy jungle and have magical up-close encounters with Orangutans at conservation centers. The kids will be talking about this trip for years to come. 

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-08-07T13:23:00-0400 2018-08-07T13:23:00-0400 7 Reasons Why a Maxwell Scott Bag is a Great Lifetime Investment Georgie Crosswell


There are many tough, durable bags out there with outstanding warranties - the Saddleback Leather Co. offer a 100 year warranty for example, alongside the slogan ‘they’ll fight over it when you’re dead’ - but for many people a bag is far more than just a vessel for dragging around daily essentials. A good handbag or briefcase can make you feel instantly put together and ready to take on the world. Whilst we don’t encourage disposable fashion, we do believe in carefully choosing good pieces and investing in personal style. Rather than pouring hundreds of pounds into designer bags that might be on trend for a year or two, we think a timeless Maxwell Scott bag - warrantied for 25 years - is worth every penny. Here’s a few reasons why. 1. They’re Fighting Disposable Fashion Maxwell Scott are working hard against disposable fashion culture by making quality and longevity a backbone of their brand. Whilst high fashion is sadly no longer necessarily associated with high quality as it once was in the past, here is a brand offering both strong style and peace of mind that you’ve made a good investment. 2. They’re super practical Unlike some designer bags for...]]>
There are many tough, durable bags out there with outstanding warranties - the Saddleback Leather Co. offer a 100 year warranty for example, alongside the slogan ‘they’ll fight over it when you’re dead’ - but for many people a bag is far more than just a vessel for dragging around daily essentials.

A good handbag or briefcase can make you feel instantly put together and ready to take on the world. Whilst we don’t encourage disposable fashion, we do believe in carefully choosing good pieces and investing in personal style. Rather than pouring hundreds of pounds into designer bags that might be on trend for a year or two, we think a timeless Maxwell Scott bag - warrantied for 25 years - is worth every penny. Here’s a few reasons why.

1. They’re Fighting Disposable Fashion

Maxwell Scott are working hard against disposable fashion culture by making quality and longevity a backbone of their brand. Whilst high fashion is sadly no longer necessarily associated with high quality as it once was in the past, here is a brand offering both strong style and peace of mind that you’ve made a good investment.

2. They’re super practical

Unlike some designer bags for twice the price, Maxwell Scott items are carefully designed to be as practical as possible, making them a useful companion for modern working life. The Carli backpack, for example, is an elegant bag you can pair with a sharp work outfit to make an impression at work, but is equally suitable for throwing over your body to cycle home with.

3. They will never go out of style

Impeccable, timeless design is the foundation of the Maxwell Scott brand. All their bags and briefcases walk the line between classic and minimalist styling in a way that means it’s hard to imagine them ever going out of style. Whether for men or for women the rich quality of the leather speaks for itself, offering elegance that can transcend years of fleeting fashion.

4. They’re wonderful for work

It’s hard to underestimate how important work apparel can be; a well put together outfit topped with a great bag is like a suit of armour, helping you to make a strong impression, feel confident and be as prepared as you can be. Maxwell Scott briefcases and work bags are designed to hold anything you might need with a classic, elegant and streamlined exterior to elevate any outfit.

5. They’re great capsule wardrobe pieces

Maxwell Scott bags are the perfect investment for a capsule wardrobe. Their classic designs in natural, neutral colours will go with just about anything, and versatility is built right into the designs. The Lucca bag is a perfect example; this minimal, compact bag has a strap that can be worn on the shoulder, across the body or removed entirely, taking you from brunch, to wandering round town, to evening glamour with ease.

6. They're Easy to Care For

Maxwell Scott products are made using full-grain vegetable-tanned leather which is renowned for being incredibly durable and easy to care for. Any scratches or marks can be buffed or polished out easily, and dirt can be washed off by gently dabbing with a cloth and a mild soap and water solution. The brand also recommends conditioning your bag with Skidmore’s leather cream to keep it in tip top condition for decades to come.

7. Transparent Manufacturing

Maxwell Scott products are all handcrafted in their factory in Tuscany by 14 skilled leather artisans, many of them family passing their skills down the generations. Whilst some machines from the 1970s are still in use, the whole factory is powered by solar panels, combining the best elements of traditional craftsmanship and forward-thinking modernity that we love to see.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-08-03T04:00:00-0400 2018-08-03T04:00:00-0400 How to Care for Iron Pans Amanda Saxby


If you’ve already jumped on the iron pan train, then this article is for you. I’m going to lay down how to care for iron pans and how to avoid some common problems. And if you’ve been thinking about purchasing an iron pan, but still have some reservations, we’re going to address those as well. I firmly believe that a good iron pan is an essential kitchen kit investment that will last your (and likely your whole family’s) entire life. Ready? Let’s get to it! Some Common Cast Iron Pan Misconceptions First, let’s delve into the three major reasons why people shy away from iron pans and attempt to alleviate some of that worry. 1. They’re so heavy! Yes, iron pans can be quite heavy, but no one said you had to wrist-flip a stir-fry in them! In fact, once you plop it on your stove, you don’t even have to move it if you don’t want to. Grab your favourite lifetime guaranteed spatula or flipper and go to town. Most of them are so lovely once cleaned that you can even leave them on your stove top, ready for your next meal. Bonus: a few bicep curls with an iron pan can be...]]>
If you’ve already jumped on the iron pan train, then this article is for you. I’m going to lay down how to care for iron pans and how to avoid some common problems. And if you’ve been thinking about purchasing an iron pan, but still have some reservations, we’re going to address those as well. I firmly believe that a good iron pan is an essential kitchen kit investment that will last your (and likely your whole family’s) entire life. Ready? Let’s get to it!

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Some Common Cast Iron Pan Misconceptions

First, let’s delve into the three major reasons why people shy away from iron pans and attempt to alleviate some of that worry.

1. They’re so heavy!

Yes, iron pans can be quite heavy, but no one said you had to wrist-flip a stir-fry in them! In fact, once you plop it on your stove, you don’t even have to move it if you don’t want to. Grab your favourite lifetime guaranteed spatula or flipper and go to town. Most of them are so lovely once cleaned that you can even leave them on your stove top, ready for your next meal. Bonus: a few bicep curls with an iron pan can be a great workout, and you don’t even need to leave the kitchen. #winning

2. But don’t they rust easily?

Yes, they rust, but not easily. We’re going to show you how you can avoid this in just a few simple steps. No rust, no problem.

3. Okay, well, they’re too much work!

So is a puppy, but you aren’t going to shove him in the cupboard and forget about him simply because little Fido watered the carpet again, are you? Iron pans may require a little extra love in the beginning, but if you put in the time and effort, the subsequent tasks will take all of five minutes and you’ll have a well-behaved pan for the rest of your life.

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A Few More Reasons to Swap to Cast Iron

Durability. Iron and iron alloys account for over 90 percent of worldwide metal production and have been used for centuries to craft objects we needed to last – everything from weapons to ship hulls to engines to railway tracks to building structures have been made from iron. So if this metal is trusted to keep a building upright, I think we can trust it to survive a few Christmas dinners.

Health properties. Iron is an essential mineral in the human diet; without it, we are at risk of iron deficiency and anaemia, irregular heartbeat, pregnancy complications and delayed growth (in children). It might sound impossible, but cooking in an iron pan can actually increase your iron absorption. The Journal of the American Dietetic Association published an article that found “the iron content in 100 grams of spaghetti sauce jumped from 0.6mg to 5.7mg after being cooked in a cast iron pot” (source). Furthermore, iron pans are seasoned with natural cooking oils to create their non-stick surface. This removes the danger of releasing harmful fumes into the air while cooking.

Versatility. An iron pan can move easily from hob to oven to grill to open fire pit, serving up endless possibilities for all your foodie needs.

Heat retention. Have you ever cooked something, forgot to keep it in the oven on the warm setting and then ended up serving lukewarm (read: cold) food to your family or guests? You won’t have that problem with an iron pan. Not only does it conduct heat better while you’re cooking – providing you with more evenly cooked food – it also retains heat better than most cookware, meaning your food should arrive on the table piping hot.

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How to Take Care of Your Cast Iron Pan

Step one: Season it

Most iron skillets will come lightly pre-seasoned, but for best results you should always season your pan two to three times more before cooking with it the first time. This will provide a solid non-stick foundation going forward and make cleaning a lot easier.

Unless you have an extremely well-ventilated kitchen, we recommend seasoning your pan in the oven. While stove-top seasoning is slightly faster, it also creates a lot of smoke. To perform a seasoning cycle:

  • Preheat your oven to its maximum temperature (250°C, gas mark 9) and open all your windows.
  • Using a food grade oil (rice bran or flaxseed are best), rub a couple tablespoons of oil all over the pan.
  • Wipe this oil clean using a lint-free cloth until only a very thin layer of oil remains.
  • Place your pan upside-down on the middle oven rack for 1-2 hours.
  • Switch off the oven and allow the pan to cool in the oven for 1 hour.
  • Remove the pan and swipe on a second layer of seasoning while the pan is still warm.

You will want to repeat this cycle two to three times before you use it. After that, this cycle will only be required once a month or so to maintain the non-stick.

Step two: Clean it

People tend to panic when it comes to cleaning their iron pans. Do I use soap? Am I allowed to let it air dry? I think I read somewhere not to put it in the dishwasher…? But it’s actually very easy to clean your pan.

  • Once you’re done cooking, wipe out the pan with a lint-free cloth. Most of the food and oil should come free if you’ve kept the seasoning up to date.
  • If your pan requires a little more elbow grease, wash it under hot running water using a medium bristle brush or sponge. Try not to scrub too much and do not use soap as this can strip the seasoning.
  • Once the pan is squeaky clean, wipe it dry and place it back on a medium heat to fully dry and avoid rusting.
  • Never put your iron pan in the dishwasher or allow it to air dry as this can cause rust.

Step three: Maintain it

Contrary to what people believe, this is the easiest step. Once you’ve cleaned your iron pan and it’s dry, rub a very light layer of oil inside the bowl of the pan to prevent corrosion. Sort of like you would apply a layer of moisturiser after a shower. After that, just keep an eye on the non-stick ability of your pan. If you find your food starting to stick more readily, perform a couple rounds of oven seasoning to get it back up to scratch.

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Amanda Saxby hails from the frozen tundra of British Columbia, Canada, and now works as Digital Marketing Manager for BuyMeOnce in London. When she’s not analysing the latest Twitter trends or decoding the optimal time to post an Instagram, she can be found with a whisk in her hand baking up some tasty natural treats for her blog and colleagues. So far, no complaints.

Images by Marc Bates.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-07-17T04:00:00-0400 2018-07-17T04:00:00-0400 BuyMeOnce Behind the Scenes: GFX Sustainable Fashion Event BuyMeOnce USA


A recycled clothing catwalk show, a clothes swap party, a market selling sustainable clothing and accessories. Stitch that all up with a DJ and launch it in New York’s Brooklyn Mirage. The result? The sustainable fashion party of the summer. Jana Pleyto When the invitation hit my inbox, I knew I had to go. Global Fashion Exchange was holding court in this summer’s Daft Brunch – an open-air disco day party for anyone who loves prolonging the bliss of weekend brunches. Yet GFX Daft Brunch is not all about just grooving to the summer tunes. Held in the vast event space that is the Brooklyn Mirage in New York, there was a marketplace for fashion brands that are ethically made and sustainable, a catwalk show celebrating diversity and recycled clothing, the much-anticipated clothes swap and yes, perhaps a little bit of boogying too. What is Global Fashion Exchange? Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) is the brainchild of Patrick Duffy, a chirpy creative marketing executive whose expertise lies in developing networks, producing events and creating marketing campaigns. The first Global Fashion Exchange event took place in 2013 at Copenhagen Fashion Week, “a tiny event” in Duffy’s own words. Yet this first clothes...]]>
A recycled clothing catwalk show, a clothes swap party, a market selling sustainable clothing and accessories. Stitch that all up with a DJ and launch it in New York’s Brooklyn Mirage. The result? The sustainable fashion party of the summer.

Jana Pleyto

When the invitation hit my inbox, I knew I had to go. Global Fashion Exchange was holding court in this summer’s Daft Brunch – an open-air disco day party for anyone who loves prolonging the bliss of weekend brunches. Yet GFX Daft Brunch is not all about just grooving to the summer tunes. Held in the vast event space that is the Brooklyn Mirage in New York, there was a marketplace for fashion brands that are ethically made and sustainable, a catwalk show celebrating diversity and recycled clothing, the much-anticipated clothes swap and yes, perhaps a little bit of boogying too.

BuyMeOnce Behind the Scenes at Global Fashion Exchange's Daft Brunch in New York.

What is Global Fashion Exchange?

Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) is the brainchild of Patrick Duffy, a chirpy creative marketing executive whose expertise lies in developing networks, producing events and creating marketing campaigns. The first Global Fashion Exchange event took place in 2013 at Copenhagen Fashion Week, “a tiny event” in Duffy’s own words. Yet this first clothes swap was so popular it saw 1500 people swap 5.2 tons of clothes and ever since GFX has grown into something more.

Nowadays, GFX is an international platform for cultural and clothes swap events and inspirational forums around the world. The aim for their swapping events is to empower consumers to take action for a better environment, all while stylishly updating their wardrobes. GFX previously held a New York event in April to highlight Fashion Revolution’s #WhoMadeYourClothes, and its London event at the V&A Museum brought in hundreds of conscious consumers who wanted to renew their wardrobes in a fun and sustainable way.

The Marketplace

As with its April event in New York’s Soho Grand Hotel, the marketplace was situated right before the clothes swap area, perfect for browsing whilst waiting for the swapping to start. Local brands displayed their sustainable and stylish fashion items, and in the case of GFX’s Daft Brunch, the brands ranged from vegan accessories, ethically made classic white shirts, and even boys’ hats made out of end-of-mill stock. Outside by the open-air dance floor, organizations such as the Human Rights Foundation and Remake talked to attendees about their current awareness programs promoting transparency in the fashion supply chain and the damaging repercussions of fast fashion choices.

Nearby, Regeneration Magazine, a quarterly magazine about people and businesses creating a better planet, showcased their latest issue on fashion and sustainability. With actress and GFX ambassador Jamie Clayton on the cover, the pages are filled with one-on-one interviews with sustainable fashion leaders, including Brian Linton of United by Blue, a brand we absolutely respect who are committed to keeping trash from our world’s oceans and waterways with each product purchased.

BuyMeOnce Behind the Scenes at Global Fashion Exchange's Daft Brunch in New York.

The Clothes Swap

Before the swap event started, I dropped off my items where they weighed and counted my pieces. I was then given a numbered ticket that corresponded to the number of items I could swap. The cheerful but busy volunteers kept coming into the swapping area with freshly sorted drop-offs, hanging them up on railings or beautifully laying them out on the tables.

Patrick Duffy reigned supreme by the entrance to the clothes swap area, and in his pleasantly buoyant manner, checked tickets and reminded swappers to have fun. All around us were reminders of what GFX Daft Brunch was all about, an event to raise awareness about textile waste, recycling fashion and promoting sustainability. There was a poster stating that “95% of used textiles are recyclable but 85% end up in the trash” for instance, and right next to it was a poster that set out the rules of the clothes swap: “Be Nice, No Hoarding, Give A Compliment,” amongst other rules.

The clothes swap proved to be popular – a line snaked around the marketplace – and Duffy kept everyone upbeat with his running fashion commentary as he played host and stylist at the same time. Hours later, I can still hear him pumping up the crowd by encouraging them to pick up new pieces and greeting newcomers. Spotted in the rails? BuyMeOnce-approved brands like Eileen Fisher, Patagonia and LL Bean, mixed amongst high-street brands and beautiful vintage pieces.

The Catwalk

Packed with plenty of attitude and oozing with realness, this catwalk show was hosted by Runway the Real Way, an organization founded by former model Catherine Schuller in response to the marginalization of plus-size models, minorities and the LGBTQ community in the modelling industry. Wearing recycled threads and holding signs with slogans like “clothing is not garbage,” this is one show that really hammered the message home. Textile waste is prevalent in the fashion industry, but we can do something about it by choosing the right textiles, making our voices heard and diverting usable clothing from landfill through swapping.

BuyMeOnce Behind the Scenes at Global Fashion Exchange's Daft Brunch in New York.

The Result

A week later, GFX released the results of their Daft Brunch Event: 1600 people attended and a staggering 4200 lbs of clothing and accessories were swapped or collected. 22 ethical brands participated in the event, and I have nothing but huge appreciation for the 140 volunteers who made everything run smoothly. Anything that does not get picked up during the swap event is donated to I:CO, the world’s largest textile recycling company, to close the loop and raise awareness for alternatives to throwing old clothes in the trash.

As for my swapped goods? My most prized item is a beautiful floppy straw hat that I’ve been wearing every day. I’m happy it didn’t end up in the landfill.

Jana Pleyto now calls New York home, but before that, she grew up in minimalistic, sustainable households in Melbourne and London. 'Mindful curation' may not have been a phrase then, but it turns out she’s been living it all her life! She loves her KeepCup, GIR tools and Swedish Stockings, and she is Head of Brand Operations for BuyMeOnce USA.

Catwalk images courtesy of @rickdavyfwbk and @muscle_park.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-07-12T18:13:00-0400 2018-07-12T18:13:00-0400 9 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Consumption and Save Money Georgie Crosswell


Plastic-free living shouldn’t cost the earth, but unfortunately we live in a world where convenience is king. There are some brilliant brands out there doing great work to fight plastic waste - including some of our favourites Neal’s Yard, United By Blue and F.E.T.E - but they naturally come with a slightly higher price tag than their mass-produced, plastic-heavy counterparts. Whilst we would all love to invest in a more conscious lifestyle it’s not possible or feasible for everybody, and when you find your weekly shop bouncing up the more you try, it can be all too easy to give up completely. Looking at the problem of plastic waste in its entirety can be damaging and counterproductive, a bit like looking directly at the sun. If you can make reducing your plastic waste a slow, steady, thoughtful process then you’ve got much more chance of lasting success. With that in mind, here are 9 habits you can cultivate to help you on your road to a less plastic-filled life, without breaking the bank. 1. Look for less wasteful alternatives as you run out. Don’t try to radically overhaul your entire life in one go, but as you run out of things -...]]>
Plastic-free living shouldn’t cost the earth, but unfortunately we live in a world where convenience is king. There are some brilliant brands out there doing great work to fight plastic waste - including some of our favourites Neal’s Yard, United By Blue and F.E.T.E - but they naturally come with a slightly higher price tag than their mass-produced, plastic-heavy counterparts. Whilst we would all love to invest in a more conscious lifestyle it’s not possible or feasible for everybody, and when you find your weekly shop bouncing up the more you try, it can be all too easy to give up completely.

Looking at the problem of plastic waste in its entirety can be damaging and counterproductive, a bit like looking directly at the sun. If you can make reducing your plastic waste a slow, steady, thoughtful process then you’ve got much more chance of lasting success. With that in mind, here are 9 habits you can cultivate to help you on your road to a less plastic-filled life, without breaking the bank.

1. Look for less wasteful alternatives as you run out.

Don’t try to radically overhaul your entire life in one go, but as you run out of things - perhaps your toothbrush is starting to look like a dog has chewed on it or you’re out of laundry detergent - take a few minutes to research less wasteful alternatives. One small swap every month or so will be far less overwhelming than feeling guilty about all the plastics you already own, or trying to tackle your entire home at once.

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    2. Invest in a good quality spray bottle and clean with baking soda and vinegar.

    This might sound dubious before you’ve tried it, but it’s actually super easy, it really works and it’s crazy cheap! This video is a great place to start, and all you need is white vinegar, baking soda and Dr Bronner’s liquid castile soap.

    3. Practise saying ‘with no straw’ after every drinks order until it becomes an extension of ‘please.’

    Even if they don’t offer you one anyway or there are biodegradable ones on the counter, it’s better to just say it. Repeat: ‘three strawberry daiquiris with no straws please.’ Again: ‘one glass of orange juice with ice and no straw please’ (for the morning after).

    4. Pack your bag the night before.

    90% of reducing plastic consumption is simply having what you need when you need it (looking at you, reusable shopping bags). Reducing your plastic consumption is like swimming against the tide, and the most effective way to fight back is to simply be as prepared as possible by getting into the habit of packing your bag the night before and checking you have what you need. This has the added bonus of vastly reducing your stress levels each morning! Think of a mom lovingly packing her kids bag for school the next day and pack for yourself with the same level of care (because you deserve it.)

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    5. Keep a mini kit inside your main bag.

    Organisation is vital, so make life easier for yourself with a mini kit to carry round small items in your main bag. It can contain things like your reusable straw, a folded up reusable bag, reusable cutlery and wax wraps for supermarket produce, so you’re prepared with everything you need at all times. Any small pouch lying around will do, but something like this is perfect (it’s made from recycled polyester and each sale actually removes one pound of trash from the ocean!)

    6. Have a place where your reusable bag lives.

    Reusable bags are the easiest way to kick the plastic, but they’re also the main culprit of our collective forgetfulness. Within any of your main bags you usually carry around should be a special pocket where your small, scrunchable shopping bag lives. It needs to become second nature to put it back in that pocket the second you’ve unloaded your shopping, before you’ve even had a nibble on those crisps you were saving for the weekend, because simply remembering to put it back isn’t enough for most of us. We love these Bagpodz, but anything small and scrunchable will do.

    7. Think communal.

    Especially if you live in a big city and are sharing with flatmates, we can be so laser-focused on our busy lives that we don’t realise we might be carrying more of a burden than we need. Buying things in bulk with your flatmates that you will all need at some point, like laundry detergent, can ease up on packaging and might mean you can more easily afford eco alternatives. It makes sense to share the things you all need, and making the effort to share when it comes to house duties will promote a happy and supportive home environment.

    8. Save your jars and buy in bulk.

    In a similar vein, try bulk buying food for your family, your flatmates or yourself and keeping manageable amounts in your kitchen. Having beautifully organised cupboards full of daily essentials like pasta, rice and porridge oats allows you to buy in bulk and save on both pennies and packaging. Plus, there’s nothing like a row of pretty jars to make you feel like you’ve got your life sorted.

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    9. Jump on the soap and shampoo bars craze.

    There’s really just no need for endless piles of plastic bottles piled up precariously in the shower. Bar soaps like Dr. Bronner’s last for ages, come with lovely mild smells and don’t feel too ‘soapy’ on your skin. Some people find these work on your hair as well (ideal for the minimalists out there), but for those more prone to greasy hair then keep Dr Bronner’s for your body and seek out more specialist bars like those found at Lush for taking care of your locks.



    Even if you consciously try to cultivate only one or two of these habits at first, it’s a great way to start slowly working eco-friendly alternatives into your life and your budget in a way that is sustainable for you.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-07-09T17:52:00-0400 2018-07-09T17:52:00-0400 Davy J: Strong, Sustainable Swimsuits Made from Marine Waste Georgie Crosswell


    Davy J has found a unique way to tackle ocean pollution with their range of beautiful, eco friendly swimwear that is made from regenerated ghost fishing nets and designed to take a beating. Founder Helen Newcombe recently won Women of the Future Entrepreneur Award 2017 and it’s not hard to see why, especially when you look at the astonishingly fresh approach to resources, materials and environmental impact that Davy J has taken. Exceptional business model aside, we were very impressed with Davy J swimsuits. Here’s why.   How They're Made Davy J go one step further than using eco-friendly materials and processes by going right to the heart of the issue and starting there. The Waste Collection consciously looks at the way we use resources, and as well as a beautifully designed collection offers a tantalising vision of a circular future. Almost one tenth of the marine litter polluting our oceans and endangering marine comes from nylon fishing nets, with around 640,000 tons of nets being dumped each year. Davy J takes this nylon and regenerates it into long-lasting yarn. The best part? The nylon can be regenerated again and again. In fact, Davy J do their utmost to make sure this happens, encouraging you...]]>
    Davy J has found a unique way to tackle ocean pollution with their range of beautiful, eco friendly swimwear that is made from regenerated ghost fishing nets and designed to take a beating. Founder Helen Newcombe recently won Women of the Future Entrepreneur Award 2017 and it’s not hard to see why, especially when you look at the astonishingly fresh approach to resources, materials and environmental impact that Davy J has taken. Exceptional business model aside, we were very impressed with Davy J swimsuits. Here’s why.  

    How They're Made

    Davy J go one step further than using eco-friendly materials and processes by going right to the heart of the issue and starting there. The Waste Collection consciously looks at the way we use resources, and as well as a beautifully designed collection offers a tantalising vision of a circular future.

    Almost one tenth of the marine litter polluting our oceans and endangering marine comes from nylon fishing nets, with around 640,000 tons of nets being dumped each year. Davy J takes this nylon and regenerates it into long-lasting yarn. The best part? The nylon can be regenerated again and again. In fact, Davy J do their utmost to make sure this happens, encouraging you to send back your suit at the end of its life to be responsibly disposed of or repurposed.

    It’s refreshing to find a brand taking such full, unwavering responsibility for the garments they’ve produced, and we hope to find many more picking up the baton in the future. But what about the suits themselves? Whilst Davy J’s manufacturing process is laudable, it’s important to focus on the feel and function of a product, because, really, it doesn’t matter how sustainably manufactured it is if you don’t love it enough to get great use out of it.

    How They Feel

    Here in the BMO office we’ve taken a look at the classic black cossie, and the first notable thing is that the fit is very snug. I personally experienced a moment of panic when pulling it on that I had the wrong size, but this lasted for only a brief moment before realising that this is just one incredibly secure feeling swimsuit.

    This is unsurprising considering the meticulous construction and materials. The regenerated nylon fabric is inherently durable anyway, but then it’s also double lined and finished off with reinforced seams. This is a suit with an extremely strong hold, one you can feel confident won’t be getting thin, sad patches wearing away at the bum or seams that unravel any time soon. Everything is held in exactly the right place and going nowhere. You feel like you could do just about anything in it including running, which, as bigger chested ladies will testify, is quite rare in a swimsuit.

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    Though the strength of the fabric feels great, this does mean you should carefully consult the Davy J sizing guide before purchasing. The black fabric has the firmest hold and is very flattering in the cossie, but for those of us with beautiful curves that are heavier either on top or below it may be better to go for the crop top and briefs combo. Ordering up or down a size could help keep your suit secure and supportive rather than uncomfortable; the waistband of the briefs is extra tight to make sure they stay on in the waves, and the crop offers a little more security than the bikini for keeping the girls in check. It’s always worth taking a little extra time to work out the fit that will best support you and your body. The reward? Swimwear you can look and feel fabulous in for years to come.

    Surprisingly for how sporty the suit feels, it’s also very elegant. The neckline is a low, square scoop that skims the top of the chest, and the cross-back sits just on the lower back, a supportive yet stylish feature that leaves your back muscles unrestricted whilst giving you a beautiful, streamlined shape. Overall, the suit makes you feel strong, supported and stylish - and what more could you really want?

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-07-05T13:43:00-0400 2018-07-05T13:43:00-0400 Declutter your life, forever: the miracle of mindful curation Tara Button


      There’s been books galore on how to declutter your life. They teach you how to let things go and organize your things into beautiful, instagramable order. But very few deal with the issue of how all that clutter came into your home in the first place, and how to prevent it from coming back. This is where my technique of mindful curation can help. The full philosophy is laid out in my book, A Life less Throwaway, but I wanted to put the techniques here in a nutshell for the BuyMeOnce community. It’s mindful because it is the opposite of mindless impulse buying, and it’s curation because, like a curator of an art gallery, you carefully choose all the individual pieces you want to bring into your gallery or life, but you also look at the big picture of what all those objects mean and what their effect is when put together.   The five steps of mindful curation are as follows. 1. Take stock of what you have Set aside some time to look through your items methodically. Gather them all together and then identify what your A-team items are in each category. These are the products that you would reach for first if given the...]]>
     

    There’s been books galore on how to declutter your life. They teach you how to let things go and organize your things into beautiful, instagramable order. But very few deal with the issue of how all that clutter came into your home in the first place, and how to prevent it from coming back.

    This is where my technique of mindful curation can help. The full philosophy is laid out in my book, A Life less Throwaway, but I wanted to put the techniques here in a nutshell for the BuyMeOnce community.

    It’s mindful because it is the opposite of mindless impulse buying, and it’s curation because, like a curator of an art gallery, you carefully choose all the individual pieces you want to bring into your gallery or life, but you also look at the big picture of what all those objects mean and what their effect is when put together.  

    The five steps of mindful curation are as follows.

    1. Take stock of what you have

    Set aside some time to look through your items methodically. Gather them all together and then identify what your A-team items are in each category. These are the products that you would reach for first if given the choice. Then make everything else justify its place in your life.

    If an object is not being useful, beautiful or meaningful, then it’s a negative object. Items that have no purpose are simply clutter, or worse, items that we feel we SHOULD like and end up making us feel guilty.

    In the past when I got a gift I didn’t like, I’d put it on a shelf or in a drawer for a couple of years, and each time I came across it I felt bad for not liking the gift. Eventually I’d decide it had “done it’s time” and give it away in a big clear out. Madness! Instead, I now recommend exchanging or giving it away the moment you get it. Less guilt, less clutter, same result.

    2. Combat the manipulations that get you buying mindlessly

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    I call these manipulations “the three monkeys of materialism”. While we try our best to live a calm, fulfilled, less wasteful life, these monkeys are hanging off our arm distracting us. 

    Monkey one: the advertising monkey

    It talks to you constantly, hundreds of times a day, in fact, about what you should be buying and how good and happy you’ll feel if you give in to it. We all think we’re good at ignoring this monkey and that it doesn’t affect us, but it knows how to whisper to the parts of us that we don’t even know are listening. Recognize that this monkey has power, then look it straight in the eye, consciously look at ads and go “no thank you, I have everything I need to be happy”.

    Monkey two – the trend monkey

    The second monkey makes fun of your shoes! It’s telling you that “you can’t possibly wear THAT again. This monkey can be silenced by taking the time to dig deep into your unique sense of style. When you consciously build a sense of your own aesthetic, you can then dismiss fads and tell the trend monkey that you don’t give hoot if “spots are in” and “stripes are out” because you’ve taken the time to find what makes you feel fabulous forever.

    Monkey three - the status monkey

    This monkey lives inside your head and is constantly pointing out to you what other people have and whether they are “above” or “below” you. This monkey is obsessed with being on top because in ancient times a human with low status might get kicked out of the tribe and starve – this is one paranoid monkey! The only way to combat it is to concentrate on getting your self-worth from who you are and what you bring to the world, rather than what you have or what you look like.

    3. Discover your purpose

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    This might sound extreme, but it’s worth taking a day to consider what we want our legacy and purpose to be in this world. Modern life is great at distracting us with shiny things when we could be concentrating on things that bring us lasting meaning and happiness, such as experiences with friends and family, creativity and community. Your spending priorities should all go on items that facilitate the purposes you’ve identified.

    Some material items can help with this. For example, a bike can help you explore, stay healthy and go on adventures with your family. A comfy sofa and cooking equipment can create space and time for building your relationships. Some material items may not be helpful towards your purpose, but only you know what those are.

    One person might consider buying a fashion item because it will give her bragging rights. This isn’t helpful. A different person may have mindfully chosen the same item but in pursuit of genuine self-expression. It’s all about being ruthlessly honest with yourself about your motives.

    4. Buy for the long term

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    Once you’ve decided what you need in your life, according to your priorities and values, try to find the longest lasting, highest quality version of that. Not only will this save you the stress of having to fix or replace it as often, you’ll save money in the long term too.

    For ideas of long lasting brands go to BuyMeOnce where we research and compare products to find the ones with the most longevity and sustainability. Since the materials and craftsmanship are better these products will generally cost more than the mainstream, but not always. If money is tight, look out for the pricier brands in charity shops or second hand. 

    5. Nurture those items that nurture you

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    If you’re buying for the long term, you’ll be bringing items into your life which are worthy of being taken care of. There are a few basic maintenance tasks which can drastically increase the longevity of items.

    For example, descale appliances which use water every three months. Condition anything made of leather. Wash gently. Put protectors on mattresses. If items are getting worn, look at ways of reinforcing or protecting them before they are beyond hope. It’s really worth doing. I know if I plump my feather sofa cushions regularly my sofa could last years and years longer than if I let them go flat, and I’m saving myself hundreds of pounds with this small action.

    Finally - get to know your local fixers. Your local cobbler, tailor, dry cleaner and ideally the old-school handy-person. The Restart Project in the UK host Repair Cafe’s where you can bring your old electronics and get them fixed for free. Plus, there’s tea and cake!

     

    For a full explanation and step by step exercises, check out my new book A Life Less Throwaway, now available in print, audio and e-book.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-06-28T12:17:00-0400 2018-06-28T12:17:00-0400 BMO behind the scenes: How sustainable are H&M? BuyMeOnce Admin


    With the marked increase in sustainable and conscious offerings from big name high street players, we wanted to take a closer look at the sustainability credentials of these brands, starting with H&M. We want to know whether there’s genuine merit in their claims and whether, beyond the hype, their conscious collections offer pieces to be proud of that are worth investing in, or whether they’re yet more of the same dressed up in a little greenery. We’re tempted to congratulate H&M for taking the need for sustainability in one of the world’s most opaque and polluting industries seriously, while bringing the cause to a wider audience and offering something eco to their voracious customers. However we’re also left wondering whether ‘conscious’ and ‘sustainable’ in this context are pure marketing strategy to drive yet more sales without due consideration to what it truly means to produce in this way. H&M was one of the first high street names to venture into the world of conscious clothing, using organic cotton in a limited range back in 2004. But it wasn’t until the brand officially launched a dedicated conscious collection in 2011 that the press or its customer base took much notice. The...]]>
    With the marked increase in sustainable and conscious offerings from big name high street players, we wanted to take a closer look at the sustainability credentials of these brands, starting with H&M. We want to know whether there’s genuine merit in their claims and whether, beyond the hype, their conscious collections offer pieces to be proud of that are worth investing in, or whether they’re yet more of the same dressed up in a little greenery.

    We’re tempted to congratulate H&M for taking the need for sustainability in one of the world’s most opaque and polluting industries seriously, while bringing the cause to a wider audience and offering something eco to their voracious customers. However we’re also left wondering whether ‘conscious’ and ‘sustainable’ in this context are pure marketing strategy to drive yet more sales without due consideration to what it truly means to produce in this way.

    H&M was one of the first high street names to venture into the world of conscious clothing, using organic cotton in a limited range back in 2004. But it wasn’t until the brand officially launched a dedicated conscious collection in 2011 that the press or its customer base took much notice. The collections perform undoubtedly well with each one selling out almost as soon as the glossy campaigns hit public consciousness; pieces often pop up across the resale space with items selling for over the RRP – an clear indicator of continued desirability.

    This year marks the seventh H&M Conscious Collection and what at first appeared to be a foray into the eco world has now emerged as core strategy for the group. The brand makes hefty claims about its sustainability agenda in the recently released Sustainability Report 2017:

    Recycled or other sustainably sourced materials made up 35% (26%) of H&M group’s total material use. The goal is to only use this kind of material in 2030.

    For a brand that produces hundreds of thousands of tonnes of material every year, this is certainly no small commitment. And it’s one that would have real environmental impact. Surely a far greater positive environmental and human impact would be to reduce production volume and thus consumer consumption – something which H&M will not do according to Sustainability Manager, Catarina Midby,

    “You could always argue that, of course, in order to be really sustainable, you should cut down on your consumption, but at the same time we are a fashion company and we don’t really want to compromise fashion for sustainability,”.

    An interesting choice of words, given the key elements which make up the term ‘sustainability’ are human and environmental resources. When push comes to shove, this statement demonstrates that sustainability remains a priority only so far as it doesn’t interfere with the group’s plans to churn out approximately 50 micro seasons per year (spring/summer, autumn/winter anyone? Don’t be absurd) driving demand for newness and, of course, rapid sales growth.

    H&M launched its first garments made from recycled shore-line waste; Bionic® within the annual H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection.

    This is an interesting initiative; H&M also partner with ECONYL® who specialise in regenerating nylon waste into new fibres. Having met the ECONYL® team at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, we are impressed and encouraged. One of our favourite new partner brands Davy J, makers of beautifully understated elegant swimwear, work with ECONYL® cloth and we are well aware of its benefits. It’s robust and supportive as well as being environmentally positive. We’d applaud the wider use of these yarns throughout H&M’s collections.

    H&M group collected almost 18,000 tonnes of textiles through its garment collecting initiative. That is the equivalent of 89 million T-shirts. 61,000 tonnes of textiles have been collected since 2013.

    The concept, is a good one; practically, what are plans for the collected items? And can the program work to make enough of a difference to offset the damage done by the relentless production of new throwaway collections? The public objective of the program, according to the marketing campaign is to give clothes “new purpose” by breaking them down and creating new garments out of old.

    In a 2016 interview with Eco Cult’s Editor in Chief Alden Wicker, Henrik Lampa, H&M’s Development Sustainability Manager, admitted that the technology wasn’t quite there to process the clothes into new garments. Two years on, has much changed? According to Claudia Marsales, Ontario's senior manager of waste and environmental management, it would take more than ten years to fully recycle the equivalent volume of a days worth of product sold. We know from H&M that their recycling operation hasn’t yet started. The donated clothes for the most part are shipped internationally to be resold as second hand (not the worst plan ever, but not what the campaign promises).

    There’s also the question of timing; H&M launched this initiative at the same time as the Fashion Revolution campaign (a well known awareness campaign in response to the Rana Plaza disaster). H&M maintain that this clash was unintentional but we’re skeptical. Fashion Revolution is a global movement fighting for the same things that H&M claim to be. Is it possible for a brand worth its sustainability salt (not to mention as marketing savvy as H&M) that this could have escaped their consciousness?

    Turning to the conscious collections themselves, it’s clear that sustainability is delivered through materials; Tencel, organic cotton and recycled polyester. This is a step in the right direction, for sure. But what of craftsmanship? Unlike the majority of H&M’s collection, will these pieces last longer than a couple of seasons? If the clothes aren’t made to last, then surely, won’t these garments potentially be yet more landfill fodder along with the majority of the half a billion items produced by H&M each year? To answer these questions fully Instead of offering just our thoughts, we want to bring you fact; stay tuned as we work with some expert tailors to deconstruct the craftsmanship of these garments. More on this soon!

    At BuyMeOnce we’re frequently challenged by our customers on price and asked about how to shop sustainably on a budget; as a high street brand, could H&M be a contender for those who wish to invest in only conscious clothing? It’s true that H&M are trying; they are by far leading the way in the context of fast fashion but still only 8% of their collections are made from sustainable resources according to the Common Objective Report. They are investing in new programs and technologies more and more, so it would not be accurate to say that they are not serious about sustainability. But I do think that we can confidently say that, until there are dramatic changes to their volume production approach, no amount of recycled materials can make a fast fashion brand authentically sustainable.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-06-26T09:54:00-0400 2018-06-26T09:54:00-0400 Cotopaxi Backpacks: Alleviating Poverty with Adventure Georgie Crosswell


    Cotopaxi are an ethical outdoor gear brand with a difference. A remarkable social mission might be the beating heart of the company but innovative, considered and durable design is the backbone. Read on to find out more about this brand and what we think sets their gear apart. Cotopaxi founder Davis Smith grew up in Latin America, an adventurous upbringing that inspired a deep love for the great outdoors (the company is named after Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador), but also offered an up-close insight into communities of hardworking people across the world living in extreme poverty. A desire for ergonomic adventure gear and the desire to do social good are the two core pillars of the Cotopaxi brand. THE MISSION Whilst hitting our BuyMeOnce product criteria comes first, Cotopaxi’s social mission is well worth shouting about. Everything the brand does aims to build a bridge between people who love to explore and global communities in need of aid and awareness. Cotopaxi products are guaranteed for 61 years. Why? Because that is the average lifespan of a person living in the developing world. Cotopaxi is a certified B Corporation, and 2% of their revenue goes towards a range of charities...]]>
    Cotopaxi are an ethical outdoor gear brand with a difference. A remarkable social mission might be the beating heart of the company but innovative, considered and durable design is the backbone. Read on to find out more about this brand and what we think sets their gear apart.

    Cotopaxi founder Davis Smith grew up in Latin America, an adventurous upbringing that inspired a deep love for the great outdoors (the company is named after Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador), but also offered an up-close insight into communities of hardworking people across the world living in extreme poverty. A desire for ergonomic adventure gear and the desire to do social good are the two core pillars of the Cotopaxi brand.Cotopaxi Backpacks: Alleviating Poverty with Adventure | BuyMeOnce.com

    THE MISSION

    Whilst hitting our BuyMeOnce product criteria comes first, Cotopaxi’s social mission is well worth shouting about. Everything the brand does aims to build a bridge between people who love to explore and global communities in need of aid and awareness.

    Cotopaxi products are guaranteed for 61 years. Why? Because that is the average lifespan of a person living in the developing world. Cotopaxi is a certified B Corporation, and 2% of their revenue goes towards a range of charities such as International Rescue Committee and Educate Girls, aiming to provide health, education and livelihoods in developing countries and in the US. It makes a difference to know your purchase is doing some good at home and abroad.

    THE DEL DÍA COLLECTION

    Cotopaxi’s Del Día range is an intriguing waste-saving concept that has been beautifully executed. This entire collection of durable backpacks and travel accessories, ranging from the Dopp Del Día Washbag to the Tarak Del Día Climbing Pack for serious adventurers, is manufactured using small batches of leftover fabric and components, resulting in unique products and some beautifully crazy colorways. (It was described as "artistic in its scrappiness” by Gear Junkie).

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    A green zip here, a yellow strap there; this is extreme waste-saving turned into distinctive and exciting design, an effect that can only be achieved by handing complete creative control over to the maker of each bag. This is one of the ways Cotopaxi is trying hard to shine a spotlight on the making process as part of their commitment to transparency and global connection.

    A “made proudly in the Philippines” tag also sits inside each product, intentionally big and bright rather than hidden away, incorporating the national flag and language. It was designed alongside Cotopaxi’s Filipino employees as a way to recognize the value and importance of their work and to help people feel a more tangible connection with their production process and country of manufacture.

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    THE PRODUCTS

    The products themselves are made from repurposed ripstop nylon, a fabric widely used in outdoor gear due to being extremely durable yet ultra lightweight. It’s noticeable that a no-frills, streamlined approach has been used during the design process. Certain products in particular,  most notably the backpacks, have been mindfully designed to be versatile and multi-purpose.

    A lightweight daypack called the Luzon Del Día is one of the most popular products in the range, understandable considering the tough construction coupled with real versatility. With sturdy, solid stitching all the way round, its unstructured body and lightweight fabric means it can be easily compressed and stowed away. Perfect for commuting, for cycling round the city or for stowing in a larger pack on your travels ready to bring out for mini adventures.

    This same principle is applied to their more technical gear. Whilst on many climbing packs it’s usual to see toggles, straps and buckles galore, the Tarak Del Día is as streamlined as it can possibly be whilst providing ample lash points for comfortably arranging your gear. Less to catch, snag and break, and easy to operate whilst out in the elements, even if wearing gloves.

    Ergonomic, durable design coupled with an innovative approach to reducing waste would be enough for us to shout this brand’s name from the rooftops, but their commitment to transparent manufacture as well as an admirable social mission makes it easy to feel great about supporting Cotopaxi.

    A product from the Del Día range in particular is one you can be proud to show off on your travels, camping trips and on the subway. We only hope that more brands catch on to this method, and that a jazzy mix of colors and components comes to signal a product manufactured with minimal waste; a bright bold patchwork as a sustainable badge of honor. Who knows? It might happen.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-06-19T10:10:00-0400 2018-06-19T10:10:00-0400 How to Create the Best Sustainable Summer Capsule Wardrobe BuyMeOnce Admin


    In principle, capsule wardrobes seem simple; adopting the concept and knowing where to begin, however, less so. The summer capsule wardrobe presents its own set of challenges thanks to the demands on us from work, travel and weather. Let BuyMeOnce be your guide to the sartorial challenge of how to create a summer capsule wardrobe. Lily Courtauld Why go with the capsule approach? Our wardrobes can start to resemble caves of doom that stress us out leaving us exclaiming, “Why do I have so many clothes but nothing to wear!” It’s too easy to shop every time we have a slight urge, an event invite comes in or even when the weather changes. As the items steadily build up, our visibility of what we actually own fades away. Embracing the capsule wardrobe approach will help: Save time – freeing up brain space previously spent on figuring out what to wear for other things in your life Save effort – when you have less, you can see what you have and put looks together with ease making getting ready simple and easy Save stress – when you’re confident that everything in your wardrobe serves you for the life you lead, you...]]>
    In principle, capsule wardrobes seem simple; adopting the concept and knowing where to begin, however, less so. The summer capsule wardrobe presents its own set of challenges thanks to the demands on us from work, travel and weather. Let BuyMeOnce be your guide to the sartorial challenge of how to create a summer capsule wardrobe.

    Lily Courtauld

    Why go with the capsule approach?

    Our wardrobes can start to resemble caves of doom that stress us out leaving us exclaiming, “Why do I have so many clothes but nothing to wear!” It’s too easy to shop every time we have a slight urge, an event invite comes in or even when the weather changes. As the items steadily build up, our visibility of what we actually own fades away. Embracing the capsule wardrobe approach will help:

    Save time – freeing up brain space previously spent on figuring out what to wear for other things in your life

    Save effort – when you have less, you can see what you have and put looks together with ease making getting ready simple and easy

    Save stress – when you’re confident that everything in your wardrobe serves you for the life you lead, you can wave goodbye to frantic mornings trying on outfits before eventually running out the door feeling less than happy.

    How to create the best sustainable summer capsule wardrobe | BuyMeOnce.com

    The Guiding Principles

    For a capsule wardrobe to really work, quality matters. You’ll be wearing your pieces multiple times in different ways, so shoddy products will not suffice. Root out or invest in well-made pieces that can take the strain. Versatility is key. Pieces should be interchangeable for you to make the most of your capsule. An item that only works with or for something specific has no place in a capsule.

    We suggest aiming for between 30-40 pieces (including shoes and accessories) but use this as a guide, not a harsh rule. The important thing is to make your wardrobe work for your lifestyle and that space isn’t taken up by things you don’t wear or use, not sticking to an arbitrary number.

    5 Steps to Take

    Before you start to create your summer capsule wardrobe, consider the following:

    1. Check your diary. What do you have planned this summer? Travels? Weddings? Adventuring? Work?

    2. Location, location, location. Consider where your plans will be taking you and try to be firm with yourself. Ask (answer truthfully), “when and where will I wear this”? If you can’t give yourself an answer, put the garment to one side.

    3. Start with your heroes. Pick out the go-to pieces that you already wear a lot. They’ve already proven their worth and their place in your wardrobe.

    4. Create looks. Try things on in different combinations thinking again about your diary and what you’ll be needing from your summer capsule wardrobe. If you’re pleased with your outfits, snap them on your phone to help you remember what works well

    5. Create space. If, like me, you don’t have a ton of space in your wardrobe, consider storing your autumn/winter wardrobe away. Before you carefully pack it all up, make sure to wash or clean what you can so it’s ready for you when you need it again.

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    The Basic Building Blocks

    I wanted to share my summer capsule wardrobe pieces that could work as a starting point to get you thinking about yours. I’m not suggesting that your capsule should consist of just fifteen pieces (but if you can manage it, please share your wisdom!) – this isn’t my full capsule, it’s a list of the basic building blocks that I need for the months ahead. I’ve based my summer capsule wardrobe around a premise of living and working in London, a city with unpredictable weather and punishing commutes on the Underground. I’ve also considered holidays in Europe, weddings and running around after a toddler in the playground.

    • Summer dress: floral belted dress for London day to day and holiday
    • Long-lasting, durable sunglasses: Sungod Sierras
    • Go-with-everything sandals: Birkenstocks, Arizona sandals that are comfortable as well as sturdy
    • Summer jacket: vintage white, lightweight leather
    • Flattering, robust swimwear: Seraphine, black halter neck; originally a maternity swimsuit that also works bumpless
    • Lightweight trousers: Whistles slouchy printed trousers for work and play
    • Denim skirt: vintage Levis black denim – perfect for my toddler days
    • Work and travel appropriate bag: Fjallraven backpack, lightweight and the perfect size for laptop or travel essentials
    • Oversized shirt: vintage oversized men’s shirt, great with skinny trousers in London or as a holiday cover-up
    • Silky jumpsuit: Whistles Tiger print jumpsuit – layered with a t-shirt for work or worn on its own for weddings and holidays
    • White t-shirt: White T-Shirt Co scoop neck, which I wear with everything
    • Comfortable heels: nude block heels for weddings, summer events or work
    • Printed jumpsuit: Lowie Tiger print jumpsuit – layered with a white t-shirt for the city or worn on its own on holiday
    • White sneakers: Veja sneakers which go with everything from skirts to jumpsuits
    • Proper shoes: silver, backless mules that work for the office and any summer event

    Lily Courtauld is the Content Director at BuyMeOnce. After ten years in the luxury fashion industry, Lily now dedicates her time to finding innovative, long-lasting brands for the site and brings her penchant for neoprene capes, jazzy prints and peanut butter into BuyMeOnce HQ.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-06-15T04:00:00-0400 2018-06-15T04:00:00-0400 How to Care for Your Wooden Cutting Board Amanda Saxby


    Whether you’ve received your wooden cutting board as a gift or treated yourself, you want to take the necessary steps to protect your investment. Here are our best tips for protecting and caring for wooden cutting boards. Amanda Saxby Why Wood? So why wooden cutting boards over plastic, glass, marble or ceramic? I admit that I find marble and ceramic cutting boards aesthetically very pleasing – in fact, I own two or three of them for serving desserts and cheese plates. The neutral tones and gentle blueish-grey grain make food pop and look more appetising. But I would never use these to prepare my food. Marble, ceramic and glass cutting boards can do extensive damage to your knives by dulling and chipping the blades. Dull knives are far more dangerous than sharp knives because they require more force to use than a sharp knife. More force = accidents.  Dull knives happen for two main reasons: One – When the edge of the blade becomes bent or rolled to one side caused by physical pressure to the edge of the blade, such as when it is used on a chopping material with little to no give. Two – When the edge...]]>
    Whether you’ve received your wooden cutting board as a gift or treated yourself, you want to take the necessary steps to protect your investment. Here are our best tips for protecting and caring for wooden cutting boards.

    Amanda Saxby

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    Why Wood?

    So why wooden cutting boards over plastic, glass, marble or ceramic? I admit that I find marble and ceramic cutting boards aesthetically very pleasing – in fact, I own two or three of them for serving desserts and cheese plates. The neutral tones and gentle blueish-grey grain make food pop and look more appetising. But I would never use these to prepare my food.

    Marble, ceramic and glass cutting boards can do extensive damage to your knives by dulling and chipping the blades. Dull knives are far more dangerous than sharp knives because they require more force to use than a sharp knife. More force = accidents. 

    Dull knives happen for two main reasons:

    One – When the edge of the blade becomes bent or rolled to one side caused by physical pressure to the edge of the blade, such as when it is used on a chopping material with little to no give.

    Two – When the edge of the blade becomes rounded from friction, tearing or abrasion (usual wear and tear), such as when the knife is used on a material that is too hard and resists scoring. This will cause the edge to round from the increased abrasion on the knife.

    Marble, ceramic and glass are too hard of materials to protect knife blades from rolling or rounding, resulting in a dull blade and danger to your fingers. And don’t ever drop them on a tiled floor, or you can say buh-bye to your pretty board.

    While plastic boards generally have more give to them, they are a nuisance on the environment, suck up stains and melt if brought too close to a gas hob or sometimes a dishwasher drying cycle (yes, it’s happened; don’t judge). They should also be replaced every two years because they harbour bacteria more than any other material due to their porous nature. Ew.

    Wood is the best choice. It is a material that has a natural give to protect your blade for longer and is exceptionally durable and nigh-on impossible to break. Plus, if you take proper care of it, it shouldn’t stain, crack or harbour oodles of bacteria.

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    Taking Care of Your Wooden Cutting Board

    Once you’ve chosen your wooden board, it’s important that you take care of it. Regular maintenance can protect your board from cracking, warping, mould and naturally-occurring bacteria that can seep into the material and make you ill. Thankfully, this is rather easy to do and only requires about 30 minutes of your time once a month.

    Every time you use the board

    Make sure that when you’re finished with it for the day, you wash the cutting board with hot, soapy water. Do not submerge the board into a sink full of water though, as this will encourage cracking and warping. Scrub the board well and then leave it to dry on its side, propped up against the drying rack or a wall. Do not let it dry flat or directly on one side as this will cause water seepage and potential warping and mould.

    Once a month

    Give your wooden board the spa treatment. Everyone enjoys a little pampering, and your board works hard for you to eat fresh, delicious food every day, so it deserves it.

    First, give your cutting board a salt and lemon scrub down. Grab a small handful of coarse sea salt and sprinkle it across the board, then use half a lemon to rub the salt around the surface of the board in little circles. You’re basically giving your board a good facial exfoliation treatment here. By sanding down the board slightly, you’re removing a very thin layer of the board that has become porous from use and may be harbouring bacteria. The lemon juice will also kill any bacteria and reduce any lingering food smells (like smelly onion or garlic).

    Second, rinse your board off in the sink, giving it a little wipe down with a wet cloth, then leave it to dry completely (as above) before performing the next step.

    Finally, treat your board with a little oil. If you own an iron pan, you’ll be very familiar with this technique. Essentially, the oil creates a thin barrier between the wood and your food, protecting the board and keeping your food from any bacteria. The oil also helps treat the wood, keeping it from drying out and cracking.

    The best oil to use here is a non-vegetable oil. Olive, almond, canola, avocado and other types of vegetable or nut-based oils can become rancid very quickly if exposed to the air. Use a food-grade mineral oil or coconut oil. Personally, I use coconut oil as it has a more stable shelf life and is highly resistant to rancidity.

    Condition your board by taking a teaspoon to half tablespoon sized amount of oil (depending on the size of your board) and rubbing it all over the board in circular motions, making sure to get every side, corner, nook and cranny. Much like you would rub moisturizer into your face. Allow the oil to dry for a couple of hours and then repeat this process a second time. Leave the board to dry overnight and resume using it as usual.

    Although it may require a bit of maintenance once in a while, a wooden cutting board will keep you going right through to a ripe old age. And really, don’t the best things in life often need a little love?

    Amanda Saxby hails from the frozen tundra of British Columbia, Canada, and now works as Digital Marketing Manager for BuyMeOnce in London. When she’s not analysing the latest Twitter trends or decoding the optimal time to post an Instagram, she can be found with a whisk in her hand baking up some tasty natural treats for her blog, Naturally Sweet Kitchen, and her colleagues. So far, no complaints. 

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-06-12T12:12:00-0400 2018-06-12T12:12:00-0400 Uniquely Durable, UK-Made and Just Plain Loud: Minirig Portable Speakers BuyMeOnce Admin


    When it comes to electrical devices, particularly portable ones, we’re extremely cautious. But the made in the UK Minirig Bluetooth speaker had a remarkable billing – they call it the best – and we think it lives up to its reputation. Ask any self-respecting audiophile to recommend you a set of portable speakers and the Minirig will come up time and again. They say that these speakers are built by music-lovers, and that comes through in the speaker's loud and proud sound. More importantly for us, a Minirig is designed with durability in its bones and with functionality and long battery life at its heart. It’s no surprise that Minirig emerged from Bristol, a city bathed in sound. A collision of inspiration between engineering departments at Bristol University, the entire design was conceived and constructed around common sense user-friendly principles. The Minirig is a neat 10cm in diameter, with most of that space dedicated to a gigantic 70mm driver powering the audio. The sound is delivered with remarkable clarity, and we haven't dared crank it up to full volume yet. It turned heads in the office at half power. What space there is left in the 'rig is reserved for the similarly massive battery, fit for a mind-boggling 80...]]>
    When it comes to electrical devices, particularly portable ones, we’re extremely cautious. But the made in the UK Minirig Bluetooth speaker had a remarkable billing – they call it the best – and we think it lives up to its reputation.

    Ask any self-respecting audiophile to recommend you a set of portable speakers and the Minirig will come up time and again. They say that these speakers are built by music-lovers, and that comes through in the speaker's loud and proud sound. More importantly for us, a Minirig is designed with durability in its bones and with functionality and long battery life at its heart.

    It’s no surprise that Minirig emerged from Bristol, a city bathed in sound. A collision of inspiration between engineering departments at Bristol University, the entire design was conceived and constructed around common sense user-friendly principles. The Minirig is a neat 10cm in diameter, with most of that space dedicated to a gigantic 70mm driver powering the audio. The sound is delivered with remarkable clarity, and we haven't dared crank it up to full volume yet. It turned heads in the office at half power. What space there is left in the 'rig is reserved for the similarly massive battery, fit for a mind-boggling 80 hours battery life. Other top of the range speakers offer just 15 hours at low volume.

    Encased in anodized aluminum, each Minirig is built to last. They say it can be thrown around a bit, and while we wouldn't advise it, it's clear you'll have to try extremely hard to damage it. It's worth noting that the top is vented and not water-proof  so don't leave it out in the rain. At least without a brolly. If sand gets in it at the beach, Minirig recommend leaving it to dry and vacuuming the top. The speaker can withstand it. The brushed metal exterior is also worth a mention; it makes for a refined look and gives the body a real tactility.

    A one year warranty is included, but outside of the warranty, you can have your speaker fixed for just £24. With every Minirig manufactured in the UK and assembled in Bristol, all the parts needed to repair, recycle and service older products are under one roof. It’s a small company of real people that care about their customers.

    That principle is proven by how they treat advancing technology. They actually offer the ability to upgrade your existing device – say if Bluetooth went out of fashion for a new system or some other functionality was improved – at a fraction of the cost of a replacement. It’s a real antidote to the lowest-bidder, celebrity endorsed world of audio marketing. Minirig wants you to have your Minirig, not a new one. They are dedicated to keeping everything they build in use for as long as possible.

    The features keep flowing. Along with being connectable to your phone or other device via Bluetooth, there are also two AUX ports – for those of us who like the way things used to be. We can confirm it's super easy to set up out of the box - it arrived with plenty of charge, and you can get your tunes blaring within around ten seconds of unboxing. The Minirig can even link up to other Minirigs through that connectivity; if you’re so inclined, you could create a shimmering wall of stereo sound with two, three or more speakers. According to the founder David, a frankly ridiculous 80 Minirigs have been joined up before.

    The battery capacity is so large (we have to mention it again…80 hours!) that they’ve even added the capability to charge your other devices using Minirig power. It’s no wonder that these are a festival favorite – aside from the toss-it-around durability, in a pinch it’ll save your mobile phone from an early death.

    We highly recommend you check them out and if you need one, consider buying one.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-06-08T06:31:00-0400 2018-06-08T06:31:00-0400 9 Ways to Protect Kids from Consumerism and Why It's Important Tara Button


    “But Mum, I need it! I NEED IT! Everyone else has one.” This familiar call of the young human to its parent is heard universally in Westernised culture. It’s a distress call. We are programmed to want social acceptance. It’s not that we simply want to be accepted but that we feel we need to be accepted. In ancient times, if you were rejected by your tribe, you starved or died. No wonder this is a powerful driver for us. In our current consumerist society, and especially as young people, social acceptance and material things have become intimately linked. Tara Button Advertisers use this knowledge to create trends and fads, but now more than ever they are targeting the young. Companies have wised up to how much they can make by turning our children into consumers. When I was a baby, companies spent just £100 million on advertising to kids globally, now it’s £17 billion. Furthermore, brands will give out free goods to pregnant mothers so that their brand gets in front of newborn eyes first. But is materialism, essentially focusing on what stuff we have, so bad? In short, yes, really bad. Materialistic people have been shown to be...]]>
    “But Mum, I need it! I NEED IT! Everyone else has one.”

    This familiar call of the young human to its parent is heard universally in Westernised culture. It’s a distress call.

    We are programmed to want social acceptance. It’s not that we simply want to be accepted but that we feel we need to be accepted. In ancient times, if you were rejected by your tribe, you starved or died. No wonder this is a powerful driver for us. In our current consumerist society, and especially as young people, social acceptance and material things have become intimately linked.

    Tara Button

    Advertisers use this knowledge to create trends and fads, but now more than ever they are targeting the young. Companies have wised up to how much they can make by turning our children into consumers. When I was a baby, companies spent just £100 million on advertising to kids globally, now it’s £17 billion. Furthermore, brands will give out free goods to pregnant mothers so that their brand gets in front of newborn eyes first. But is materialism, essentially focusing on what stuff we have, so bad?

    In short, yes, really bad.

    Materialistic people have been shown to be less generous, less agreeable, less healthy, less likely to help others, less satisfied with their lives, less satisfied with their jobs, less caring about the environment, more likely to gamble, more likely to be in debt, lonelier, worse at keeping friends and less close to the friends they do have. Materialistic kids also do less well at school.

    We know that when we think of ourselves as consumers, we become more selfish and disconnected from others and damage our positive relationships. In 1978, researchers Goldberg and Gorn studied two groups of kids. One group watched a TV show that included toy commercials and the other watched it without. Later, the kids who had watched the adverts chose to play alone with the advertised toys instead of with their friends.

    Unfortunately, the 5000 marketing messages our kids are receiving every day are “you are a consumer”, “buy this”, “eat this”, “watch this”.

    So, what can we do as parents?

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    How to Cure Not Feeling Cool

    If your child is worried about not being cool, ask them gently why they think it’s important to be cool. Often it boils down to “the cool people have more friends”. Ask your child why they like their friends. Are they kind, funny, do they like to play with them, do they share or cheer them up? Get them to write down the answers. Tell them that these are the same reasons why people will like them. Tell them also that it doesn’t matter how many friends they have, it’s how close their friendships are that matter. If only a couple of close pals want to come to their birthday, make them imagine how many people those close pals are worth. Dozens! A whole class at least.

    How to Protect Kids from Messaging

    Very young children can’t tell the difference between ads and shows – they absorb it all. It’s also easy for our kids to see the children in the ads who look so happy, excited and popular and assume they need those things to be happy too. When they are old enough to understand, sit down with your kids and watch some adverts together. Talk about them and what they are trying to do:

    • The people on TV have been paid to look like they’re having fun
    • Ads want us to buy more things
    • Ads might not always tell the exact truth
    • Ads can make things seem better than they are
    • Ads try to make us feel like the toys and things we have aren’t good enough.

    To counteract this, make some fun, silly ads for the toys your child has already, and try to encourage gratitude both by voicing gratitude for the things you have and asking your child what they’re grateful for before bedtime.

    Gender stereotypes are rife on TV too, which has the effect of making girls feel like they can’t do certain things and boys feel they can’t express their emotions constructively. Explain all of this to your kids in simple terms, and let your son know that if he wants a doll or if your daughter wants pirate Lego, that’s completely fine.

    Block Those Ads

    As much as possible, try to protect your children from ads. Reducing TV time has huge benefits, especially with young kids. They fall asleep easier, sleep longer and have less aggressive behaviour. It can feel hard to transition away from TV watching when the family is used to watching it a lot. The trick is to be ready with something to do and have the equipment ready. Some ideas could be:

    • Puzzles
    • Crafts 
    • Board games or quizzes
    • Dancing
    • Singing
    • Gymnastics
    • Playing instruments
    • Making up stories or writing
    • Building dens
    • Inventing things
    • Cooking or baking
    • Gardening
    • Science “experiments”
    • Reading
    • Martial arts
    • Meditation or yoga
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Imaginary games or dress-up
    • Lego 
    • Talking about your day

    If they watch TV where ads can’t be skipped, teach them where the mute button is and make a game of trying to hit it quickly when ads come on. Then teach them that this is the time to go to the loo or see how much of a puzzle they can do.

    But it’s not just TV: 87 percent of the most popular kids websites contain advertising. If you have young children, make a list of sites you’re happy for them to visit and bookmark them. Be aware of what older kids are looking at and where messaging might be getting to them. Try to find ad-free alternatives to their news and media sources and install a good ad blocker, but also be prepared to pay for quality ad-free content.

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    The Smartphone Solution

    Smartphones are the perfect device to spread consumerism and discontent. Instagram, in particular, is causing depression because it parades covetable lifestyles in front of your children making them feel inferior, anxious and unhappy with their own “real” lives.

    In America, there is now a pledge to hold off buying kids a smartphone until the 8th grade (around 13 years old), which is working well in some communities. Try to get a consensus of parents to hold off together; the pressure will be much less for the kids to get them.

    But banning tech altogether may not be the answer. It’s important to teach your kids to be responsible with tech in the same way as we teach them to be responsible with alcohol. Both are addictive after all. Teach them by example. Don’t spend hours on your phone and make family time sacred. Don’t let your child go to bed with their phone – put all phones in a basket or drawer to be used again in the morning.

    Talk to your children about phone addiction, about how social media can make you feel, cyberbullying and sexting. Try your best to keep up to date with what technology kids are using to communicate and the issues it can cause.

    Fixing the Fashion Issue

    Once kids start to notice fashion and associate some items with being “in” and some with being “out”, it’s time to talk to them.

    Get them to critically question why people think some things are fashionable and others not. Who’s making up these rules? Why should we listen to them? Empower them to find their own style early on. Encourage them to experiment with different coloured fabrics, shapes of clothes and textures of fabric to decide what they really like. Remind them that there is no right or wrong when it comes to fashion, just like there’s no right or wrong over what is the best flavour of ice cream, it’s all a matter of taste. Most children wouldn’t change their favourite ice-cream flavour because someone else told them to, neither should they change their taste in clothing. This should give them the confidence to reject trends and fads that they don’t personally like and build a wardrobe that is uniquely them.

    Celebrity Influence

    Celebrities (and I include Winnie the Pooh and Postman Pat in this) can influence kids to want certain items. Get them to question why they like the celebrities they do. Looking up to talented performers and artists is natural and inspiring, but let’s encourage kids to use their enthusiasm to work hard on their own talents and passions, rather than consuming the work of others.

    Emphasise what these celebs do rather than what they have or what they’re endorsing. Try to move your child’s thinking away from:

    “She has lovely hair – I wish I had her hair” to
    “She works hard on her dancing – I should work hard at my piano.”

    “He has this brand of clothes – I should wear that brand” to
    “He’s discovered his own style. I should discover my style too.”

    “She’s on that cereal box, so I want that cereal” to
    “She was brave in that movie. I can be brave too.”

    When it comes to celebrity endorsements, try this fun trick to let your kids see if they really like the product the celeb is advertising or if it’s just the celebrity they like:

    Take the face of a person or celebrity they don’t like and put it over the celeb’s face in the advert. Do they still like the product? What you want is for kids to learn to buy things mindfully on their own terms and not because they are being manipulated by outside forces.

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    Set Shopping Expectations

    Decide as a family how many clothes and toys you’re comfortable with having in the house and then implement a one-in/one-out system.

    You need to be very clear about when things will be bought. If any shopping trip to the supermarket can result in a new toy, you are setting yourself up to be nagged. You might choose birthdays, Christmas and the beginning of the summer holidays for new things. It might be once a term or once a month. Choose when you think is right for your family. Then before a new item is bought, encourage your child to pick something to donate. If they decide they don’t want anything new and want to keep their old things, that’s fine too.

    Avoiding Toy Overload

    One nursery in Germany took away all their toys, and after a few minutes of bemusement, the kids came up with fun games they could play with each other. Kids need very little to be entertained, but by bringing so many toys into their lives, they are denied the opportunity to come up with their own ideas.

    It’s been shown that if kids are overloaded with toys, they can’t concentrate and it causes stress. Get in the habit of keeping toys out of sight and bringing out just a couple of things at a time. Of course, there are exceptions. If your child is creating an imaginary scene a-la Toy Story, let them run with it.

    Think About Your Own Consumption

    Finally, and this may pinch a little, ask yourself with honesty:

    • Do I compare what I have with others and feel insecure?
    • Do I buy things for my kids impulsively, or out of guilt, or ‘“just because”?
    • Do I focus on possessions over experiences or use shopping as therapy? 

    Children will pick up on your habits, so one of the foremost things you can do is learn to control the consumerist tendencies in yourself. This is easier said than done with the whole world screaming “buy buy buy” at you. Give yourself the same kindness as you plan to give your own kids.

    Shield yourself from damaging messages, empower yourself to stand by your own taste and practice gratitude for everything you have right now.

    For more tips on how to combat advertising and marketing tactics, check out A Life Less Throwaway.

    Tara Button is on a mission to change the way the world shops forever. In 2016 her little idea went viral and BuyMeOnce was born. After working ten years in advertising, she's now using her powers for good rather than evil. Tara lives in Hertfordshire with a murderous cat and a husband she gets to laugh at every day. Her first book A Life Less Throwaway is published with Harper Collins in the UK and Penguin Random House in the USA.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-06-05T12:11:00-0400 2018-06-05T12:11:00-0400 5 Amazing Brands making Summer Shoes To Last A Lifetime BuyMeOnce Admin


    Finding a pair of durable summer shoes really shouldn’t feel like a gargantuan task. All they need to be is airy enough to keep you cool, yet sturdy enough to stand up to those long summer rambles... Of course, they should also be stylish enough for you to love wearing them, versatile enough to go with everything you own, comfortable enough not to leave you hobbling home in agony and, if at all possible, ethically made. If that feels overwhelming then never fear! We’ve done some digging and come up with five  incredible brands who tick all the boxes. Think stunning craftsmanship, lifetime guarantees, thoughtful design and ethical production with designs for both men and women. Wave bye bye to flip-flops that spring apart at the toe after a single week; these sturdy summer classics will last you a lifetime. Oliberté Oliberté make beautiful, handcrafted shoes each with a lifetime warranty. As if that wasn’t enough, they are also doing amazing work supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. Each and every single pair of Oliberté shoes are handmade in their ethically run factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear factory in 2013. Oliberté...]]>
    Finding a pair of durable summer shoes really shouldn’t feel like a gargantuan task. All they need to be is airy enough to keep you cool, yet sturdy enough to stand up to those long summer rambles... Of course, they should also be stylish enough for you to love wearing them, versatile enough to go with everything you own, comfortable enough not to leave you hobbling home in agony and, if at all possible, ethically made.

    If that feels overwhelming then never fear! We’ve done some digging and come up with five  incredible brands who tick all the boxes. Think stunning craftsmanship, lifetime guarantees, thoughtful design and ethical production with designs for both men and women. Wave bye bye to flip-flops that spring apart at the toe after a single week; these sturdy summer classics will last you a lifetime.

    Oliberté

    Oliberté make beautiful, handcrafted shoes each with a lifetime warranty. As if that wasn’t enough, they are also doing amazing work supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. Each and every single pair of Oliberté shoes are handmade in their ethically run factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear factory in 2013.

    Oliberté are also a member of 1% for the Planet, an international organization dedicated to saving the planet by donating at least 1% of their annual sales, Fair Trade certified and a certified B Corporation. They’re really, really hard to fault!

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    We love the Mazowi flats for women, a sturdy yet elegant shoe that will elevate any summer outfit with style, and the Narivo suede shoes for men. These stylish beauties will keep those ankles cool when you need something a little bit more solid than sandals.

    Reef

    Flip flops are hands-down the worst culprits when it comes to throwaway footwear and a bigger problem than many people realize, especially in the developing world. (Ocean Sole is a wonderful charity in Kenya raising awareness one colorful, impactful artwork at a time!) It can be tempting to buy cheap plastic flip flops each summer, but when they’re both damaging the environment and leave you running the high risk of having to hop home across burning hot sand, we think it’s worth investing in quality.

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    We love the Voyager range by Reef. These expertly designed flip flop style sandals are guaranteed for life and crafted from genuine leather, making them beautifully durable and stylish enough to throw on and off throughout the summer. Even better, by supporting Reef you are actively helping support the ocean cleanup rather than adding to the problem. Reef are co-founders of the Better Beach Alliance which supports beach cleanups, trash removal and volunteers!

    Swedish Hasbeens

    Combining a fun and distinctive seventies style with passion for lasting quality, it’s no surprise we’re in love with Swedish Hasbeens. Their shoes are still handmade by skilled artisans in small, traditional factories in Europe using 100% vegetable leather and the best lime tree and alder wood, always crafted from one solid piece. You can feel the quality and durability just from holding them in your hand.

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    The Pearl Sky High Heeled Sandals are perfect for high summer glamour but for a more versatile shoe we love the Suzanne Debutant Clogs. Super pretty but practical, these will go with casual outfits as well as more dressy looks no problem.

    ABLE

    ABLE offer handcrafted goods with a focus on empowering women in the developing world, meaning you get a beautifully crafted product along with the knowledge your money is supporting a great cause. The styles are simple yet stylish, plus ABLE offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a lifetime guarantee on all their leather products. We love the Joselyne Double Strap Sandal in metallic (it also comes in cognac and leopard print), the perfect sandal for injecting some low-effort, high-impact glamour into summer outfits!

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    Birkenstocks

    It’s difficult to think of a more classic summer shoe than the Birkenstocks Arizona. Whilst they are known mainly for being plastered to the feet of celebrities over the years, these simple sliders have proved far more than a fleeting fashion fad. They’re cleverly constructed to support the natural shape of your foot, and are made using high-quality cork and leather that mould to your feet over time. We also love that Birkenstocks are designed to be worn-out and repaired; simply return them to the repair centre for new soles, buckles and footbeds at a reasonable repair cost. No matter what the fashionistas are saying, the iconic Birkenstocks will always be firm BuyMeOnce favourites.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-06-01T04:00:00-0400 2018-06-01T04:00:00-0400 How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding on a Budget Tara Button


    Knowing that the average wedding creates a pile of waste the size of a car and pumps 62 tonnes of COs into the air can create a bit of angst before you’ve even begun the wedmin. But never fear – there are ways of dramatically reducing your impact while increasing the meaning and not breaking the bank. Here are our top nine tips for planning an eco-friendly wedding on a budget. Tara Button 1. Location, location, location The location choice will probably have the biggest impact on both your budget and your footprint. If you choose a place local to most of your guests, the reduced air and road miles will go a long way to diminishing your impact. This also makes it cheaper for everyone to attend. When planning your eco-friendly wedding, try to use a building that already exists, such as a hall, barn or house, and doesn’t need transporting or constructing (such as marquee/marquise). Also, having your wedding in the summer can reduce the need to heat these spaces. Scout around your local village/town halls, museums, art galleries, sports clubs and hotels to see if there’s a space that speaks to you. 2. Food, glorious (local) food...]]>
    Knowing that the average wedding creates a pile of waste the size of a car and pumps 62 tonnes of COs into the air can create a bit of angst before you’ve even begun the wedmin. But never fear – there are ways of dramatically reducing your impact while increasing the meaning and not breaking the bank. Here are our top nine tips for planning an eco-friendly wedding on a budget.

    Tara Button

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    1. Location, location, location

    The location choice will probably have the biggest impact on both your budget and your footprint. If you choose a place local to most of your guests, the reduced air and road miles will go a long way to diminishing your impact. This also makes it cheaper for everyone to attend.

    When planning your eco-friendly wedding, try to use a building that already exists, such as a hall, barn or house, and doesn’t need transporting or constructing (such as marquee/marquise). Also, having your wedding in the summer can reduce the need to heat these spaces. Scout around your local village/town halls, museums, art galleries, sports clubs and hotels to see if there’s a space that speaks to you.

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    2. Food, glorious (local) food

    If the venue is catering too, then talk to them early about your values and what you’d like to achieve. Try to enthuse and inspire the people who will be catering rather than mandating certain standards. If they feel like you’re all in it together, they’re more likely to try their best for you.

    Seasonal, local food will reduce your impact the most, so get to know your local butchers and farmers or pop to your local market and chat up the store owners. Get them involved by asking their recommendations for meat and vegetables that will be cheaper, more plentiful and unpackaged around the time of your wedding.

    Simple, good-quality food done well will go down just as well as (if not better than) fiddly posh stuff. Consider serving family style or bringing in some street-style food makers and make your own mini-festival.

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    3. Great Auntie who?

    This is going to sound harsh, but you can reduce waste and expense dramatically by being pickier about who you invite. There may be pressure to increase the guest list from various angles, but there are big benefits to a smaller gathering. When you only have the people there who are particularly special to you, it can help create a wonderfully intimate atmosphere. You’ll also get a chance to speak to all the guests and you can spend more on catering per person. After close family, only invite people who you can imagine hanging out with when you’re 90. If some friends are being left out, apologise to them, say it’s going to be a tiny wedding and arrange to celebrate on a night out some time.

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    4. Get the guests involved

    Planning an eco-friendly wedding solo or as a duo can be time-consuming and stressful. If you’re only inviting your special pals then they probably won’t mind helping a bit, especially if you make it fun. Can they grow some flowers for you to decorate with, dry petals into confetti or bring candles, lanterns or plants from home?

    If you can’t afford catering, tell everyone to bring a favourite dish and create a giant potluck situation. This is a great way to get everyone involved in a friendly and informal way. Remember that a wedding is about bringing together all the people you love to witness and support the love between you two. It’s easy to get wrapped up in what other people had at their weddings or start to feel like it’s a competition. It’s not. It’s your chance to bring everyone together your way.

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    5. Day-proof your decor

    Most venues will come with their own furniture, but when you’re choosing accessories, don’t choose anything throwaway. Paper tablecloths or chair bows aren’t necessary at all. If you’re outside, a hay bale creates a handy bench or table, but this only works if the local farmer is happy to lend them to you and then use the bales afterwards.

    Use regular washable plates and cutlery, but if this is impossible, go for compostable versions. These are also much more attractive than plastic. There’s no need for fancy menus or cards on the tables. If you want to mark each table in a different way, pop a plant or a beautiful book on each one. (We put all our young cousins on the Where the Wild Things Are table.)

    Lanterns, fairy lights and fabric bunting can all be rented, borrowed, sold on and used again, whereas balloons and paper décor cannot. Making your own pretty bunting is a cheap, high-impact option and can also create a bonding experience between you and the family and friends who you ask to help.

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    6. Pass on the postman

    Paperless post and e-invites cut down the waste, but the cheapest option is to design a creative and personal invitation picture and email it to your guests. If you have a couple grannies who don’t do email and need something for their mantlepiece (like mine did), you can print the picture individually and paste it on to a nice card for them.

    This is a chance to start setting the tone for the wedding, so let your imagination go. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have an invitation video or song. There’s certainly no rule that says it has to be a lot of fancy paper that ends up in the bin.

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    7. Future-proof your flowers

    Use locally grown, organic flowers if possible when planning your eco-friendly wedding. The British flower collective has a list of vendors. If these are too expensive or you seek a little more drama on your big day, borrow people’s pot plants or buy some which can be used as table décor and then given away as gifts to special guests at the end. Up for a gamble? You could even go for a country walk the day before and see what beauties you can find in the wild to craft your sustainable bouquet! Whatever flowers you choose, try to make sure they live on beyond the day. You could even donate them to a care home like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did!

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    8. Do them a favour

    Wedding favours for all your guests are a reasonably new tradition, and I would argue it’s one that isn’t necessary when planning an eco-friendly wedding. If you really want to do it, do something meaningful to you. Some of the nicest ideas I’ve come across is gifting a little sapling or seed packet that guests can go away and plant. Otherwise, something edible that creates no waste at all (like truffles or a personalised biscuit) is a nice option.

    On the other hand, unwanted gifts given to you can also create huge amounts of waste. Register mindfully for items that will last you a lifetime if you want to reduce the chance of wasteful giving. If you’re set up with everything you need in your home, say no to gifts completely and ask your guests to donate to a charity or towards your honeymoon.

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    9. It’s not all about the dress

    You don’t want to compromise on feeling lovely in your dress but that doesn’t mean you have to re-mortgage your home. Buying your dress second hand greatly reduces the cost and the environmental impact. Please don’t “trash the dress” afterwards as has become the fashion; ideally, pass it on so that more people can use it and have the joy that you did. If you’re buying second hand, check out Once Wed as your first stop.

    If you’re not into second hand, you could also buy a white dress in a style that you would wear again if you dyed it, or you could commission a tailor to make you a bespoke dress out of organic, sustainable materials. If you’re looking for an eco-ethical wedding dressmaker, a few of our favourites are Wear Your Love, Celia Grace and Christy Dawn.

    When it comes to the bridesmaids and groomsmen, mandating that they buy specific things just for your day is an extra expense and they are less likely to reuse them. Instead, set a broad theme such as “pastels” or “sunny colours” and ask them to find something that they love and will be sure to wear again.

    Above all, keep it simple, keep it local. Keep it you. Ask for help when you need it, and remember what the day is really about. This way you’ll make memories, not mounds of rubbish bags.

    Have a happy wedding day!

    Tara Button is on a mission to change the way the world shops forever. In 2016 her little idea went viral and BuyMeOnce was born. After working ten years in advertising, she's now using her powers for good rather than evil. Tara lives in Hertfordshire with a murderous cat and a husband she gets to laugh at every day. Her first book A Life Less Throwaway is published with Harper Collins in the UK and Penguin Random House in the USA.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-05-30T17:10:00-0400 2018-05-30T17:10:00-0400 The Jesus Range: Scandinavian Bed Linen with a 50 Year Warranty BuyMeOnce Admin


    This collection of linen bedsheets by scandinavian brand Finlayson is called the Jesus Range; it was consciously designed to be as durable as possible down to the tiniest detail. Intrigued by the name? Yes, we were too. In fact there’s a very good reason it’s called the Jesus Range and it’s linked directly to why this was an instant BuyMeOnce star product. The Jesus Range The thing that initially made our ears prick up was the 50 year warranty that comes with these pieces. A 50 year warranty is outstanding anyway, but for a textiles product, especially one that gets such heavy and constant use as your bed linen, it sounds almost inconceivable. However, as with many things in life, to see and feel it for yourself is to believe. Every piece from the Jesus Range is made from the same kind of linen material with twill binding that was used to make the Shroud of Turin, the supposed burial shroud of Christ, that has survived to the present day. If that doesn’t sound durable, then what does? If you find the idea of bedding inspired by a burial shroud a tad morbid, you’ll forget the second you snuggle into these soft,...]]>
    This collection of linen bedsheets by scandinavian brand Finlayson is called the Jesus Range; it was consciously designed to be as durable as possible down to the tiniest detail. Intrigued by the name? Yes, we were too. In fact there’s a very good reason it’s called the Jesus Range and it’s linked directly to why this was an instant BuyMeOnce star product.


    The Jesus Range

    The thing that initially made our ears prick up was the 50 year warranty that comes with these pieces. A 50 year warranty is outstanding anyway, but for a textiles product, especially one that gets such heavy and constant use as your bed linen, it sounds almost inconceivable. However, as with many things in life, to see and feel it for yourself is to believe.

    The Jesus Range: Scandinavian Bed Linen with a 50 Year Warranty | BuyMeOnce.com


    Every piece from the Jesus Range is made from the same kind of linen material with twill binding that was used to make the Shroud of Turin, the supposed burial shroud of Christ, that has survived to the present day. If that doesn’t sound durable, then what does? If you find the idea of bedding inspired by a burial shroud a tad morbid, you’ll forget the second you snuggle into these soft, sumptuous sheets.


    But the fabric is only part of the story. We love this bedding because every part of the design has been considered from a durability point of view. Every seam is reinforced. The care instructions are stitched right onto the fabric so that there is no annoying label to tear or fade and there are no fastenings at all. (Though this does mean the duvet is more likely to come out of its case, the thick fabric keeps it mostly in place during the night. The only two colours available are white and brown, classic colours that can be used interchangeably. There is simply nothing to go wrong; just metres of pure, smooth linen that gets softer with each wash.

    The Jesus Range: Scandinavian Bed Linen with a 50 Year Warranty | BuyMeOnce.com


    We love the beautiful simplicity of these sheets. Their clean, natural look works in just about any home from minimal, modern apartment to traditional farmhouse. The collection brings one of the oldest, most sustainable production methods into the present day with style and sophistication.

    Finlayson

    The company themselves have been around since the 1800s when they were one of the largest industrial enterprises in Scandinavia; they even switched on the first electric lights of Finland in their weaving hall.

    Whilst quality has always been a primary concern, Finlayson has recently completely overhauled their business - they called it “soul searching” - and have emerged as a company strongly concerned with transparency, sustainability and ethics, the kind we are always proud to work with. They’ve even brought out a range of recycled products to market, such as towels made from recycled denim jeans and clothes pins made from recycled plastic.



    We love that this company has the weight of history behind them but are also leaning into a sustainable future with relish; we’ll be keeping an eye on Finlayson’s future development - and of course, for more star products like the Jesus Range - with much interest.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-05-25T04:00:00-0400 2018-05-25T04:00:00-0400 The Gardener's Guide: How to Find and Care for Sharp Pruners BuyMeOnce Admin


    This post contains affiliate links. Whether you're a professional or a do-it-yourselfer, a pair of sharp pruners or shears is an essential tool in any gardener's arsenal. Not only can rubbish, dull blades result in a multitude of injuries, but they're often also quickly disposed of and end up in the landfill. To make sure you're buying the correct shears and caring for them right, we've asked Henrietta and Bridget of The Land Gardeners to let us in on their secrets. Henrietta Courtauld & Bridget Elworthy The professional choice for sharp pruners Sharp pruners are crucial to our work in the garden at The Land Gardeners, whether it is pruning rose bushes, trimming branches or cutting armfuls of flowers. Having tried various brands and lost several pairs in the compost pile, our favourites are pruners from Felco. They really do stand the test of time. They are sharp, tough enough to cope with sizeable branches, comfortable to use and you can send them away to be serviced. For a modest fee of £25, Felco will also service them, oil them and replace any parts in need of care. We love Felco Model 2 Original Pruners, but they offer pruners for everyone – if you are left-handed, have a smaller...]]>
    This post contains affiliate links.

    Whether you're a professional or a do-it-yourselfer, a pair of sharp pruners or shears is an essential tool in any gardener's arsenal. Not only can rubbish, dull blades result in a multitude of injuries, but they're often also quickly disposed of and end up in the landfill. To make sure you're buying the correct shears and caring for them right, we've asked Henrietta and Bridget of The Land Gardeners to let us in on their secrets.

    Henrietta Courtauld & Bridget Elworthy

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    The professional choice for sharp pruners

    Sharp pruners are crucial to our work in the garden at The Land Gardeners, whether it is pruning rose bushes, trimming branches or cutting armfuls of flowers. Having tried various brands and lost several pairs in the compost pile, our favourites are pruners from Felco. They really do stand the test of time. They are sharp, tough enough to cope with sizeable branches, comfortable to use and you can send them away to be serviced. For a modest fee of £25, Felco will also service them, oil them and replace any parts in need of care.

    We love Felco Model 2 Original Pruners, but they offer pruners for everyone – if you are left-handed, have a smaller hand and even if you have arthritis and need a pair of pruners that is easier to use. With their lifetime guarantee, we feel sure our Felcos are friends for life, as long as we don’t put them down somewhere in the undergrowth and leave them there. Thankfully, their bright red handles mean we are less likely to lose them!

    If Felco isn’t for you, our head gardener recommends his pair from Bahco. Bahco offers a great sharpening service as well, and he says they fit his hand well and finds he can easily cut stems over half an inch thick. To each his own! Both companies will provide sharp pruners that you can buy once and have by your side throughout your gardening life.

    Shears that will never need servicing

    Along with a pair of sharp pruners, there is one further tool we could not be without. Only today we have been busy chopping up green mountains of plants and weeds for our compost piles. Our pruners are useful for this job, but we love our Jakoti hand shears. Shears are perfect for trimming hedges and for slicing and dicing our way through copious greens and Jakoti is a firm favourite. In the fall, we rely on them for cutting down herbaceous borders, and in the summer, we love them for trimming smaller areas of topiary or lavender. They are the Edward Scissorhands of garden tools. We have never sharpened their blades! Jakoti blades have been designed to self-sharpen, and if a spring needed replacing, the company will replace it for free.

    As professional gardeners, we rely on equipment that does its job well and that lasts. Both Felco and Jakoti do exactly that. We have been using Felco’s pruners for the last 20 years, and they have stood the test of time using them day-in and day-out for all our pruning, cutting and trimming. Jakoti is a more recent find, but even after only three years, our hand shears are still working well daily.

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    How to keep your pruners and shears sharp

    When you’re searching for a pair of sharp pruners, always look to see how sturdy they feel and whether the company offers a lifetime guarantee or aftercare service. Once you’ve chosen a pair, it is important to look after them. Do these three important steps regularly and your pruners will last you for life:

    1. Clean your pruners and shears after each use. Use washing up liquid and hot water and wipe away any dirt using a wire brush or steel wool so that the blades are smooth. This step will also ensure they are clean and will help to unjam them if they need loosening up. Rinse them thoroughly with warm water and dry them immediately.

    2. Sharpen them on a regular basis. The best way is to use a sharpening stone or a tough diamond sharpener for rougher tools.

    3. Oil them regularly to protect them from corrosion. Use a household oil like 3-in-1 or a vegetable oil. Massage the oil around the blades and wipe off to avoid them becoming sticky.

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    Henrietta Courtauld & Bridget Elworthy established The Land Gardeners to research about plant and soil health through growing, cutting and designing. They design productive gardens – wild, romantic and joyful – and have restored walled and historic gardens in England, France, Italy, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. They provide fresh cut flowers to UK clients and run workshops that explore the health of plants and soil and biodiverse, living gardens.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-05-22T04:00:00-0400 2018-05-22T04:00:00-0400 Time to Repair: How Patagonia is encouraging you to wear worn BuyMeOnce Admin


    Can keeping our clothes for longer and fixing busted zips help reduce our impact on the planet? It’s certainly a stitch towards it. Madeleine Burbidge Scrambling into a ski lift in the Italian Dolomites last February, I noticed a fit, silver-haired man, who appeared to be in his early 70s but could have been over 80. And as the gondola ascended the mountain to drop us on its precipitous slopes, I caught myself staring at him. I was mesmerized not because he was still skiing (although, of course, that is inspiring). No. It was because he was wearing the same ski-suit he’d probably worn when he was 25. The colour of his all-in-one had clearly once been British postbox-red. Now, it was patchy pink. But other than the fading, the suit looked in excellent condition. Not that long ago, I’d have thought him old-fashioned, but now, I began to think of all the pistes and vistas that ancient ski suit had seen and all the experiences that were stored in that suit’s “memory.” The man, like most of his generation, probably had a more practical approach to keeping this suit for decades than my romantic notion. But even so, I...]]>
    Can keeping our clothes for longer and fixing busted zips help reduce our impact on the planet? It’s certainly a stitch towards it.

    Madeleine Burbidge

    Scrambling into a ski lift in the Italian Dolomites last February, I noticed a fit, silver-haired man, who appeared to be in his early 70s but could have been over 80.

    And as the gondola ascended the mountain to drop us on its precipitous slopes, I caught myself staring at him. I was mesmerized not because he was still skiing (although, of course, that is inspiring). No. It was because he was wearing the same ski-suit he’d probably worn when he was 25.

    The colour of his all-in-one had clearly once been British postbox-red. Now, it was patchy pink. But other than the fading, the suit looked in excellent condition. Not that long ago, I’d have thought him old-fashioned, but now, I began to think of all the pistes and vistas that ancient ski suit had seen and all the experiences that were stored in that suit’s “memory.” The man, like most of his generation, probably had a more practical approach to keeping this suit for decades than my romantic notion. But even so, I found him an example of how I need to value and try to better look after my stuff.

    Time to Repair: How Patagonia is encouraging you to wear worn | buymeonce.com

    Then, a day or two later, while après-skiing in Cortina, a town that appears at first glance to epitomize conspicuous consumption, I stumbled on something radical in the piazza. Near the opulent windows of Salvatore Ferragamo and Gucci sat a little wooden hut on wheels. I was charmed by its incongruous presence.

    I noticed a Patagonia (the outdoor apparel company) logo and thought: oh it’s a shop, somewhat disappointed. I peeked in through the door and was surprised to see a sewing machine and bales of cotton threads. And then I realised nothing was in fact for sale. Rather, the hut was a mini-factory, repairing anyone’s technical gear (whether Patagonia or not). As I hovered, a man came to collect, if I recall correctly, some non-Patagonia ski trousers that had a previously busted zip.

    According to Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario, repairing your things is a “radical act” these days, which is an extraordinary statement if you take a moment to think about it.

    “Fixing something we might otherwise throw away is almost inconceivable to many in the heyday of fast fashion and rapidly advancing technology,” says Marcario. “But the impact is enormous. As individual consumers, the single best thing we can do for the planet is keep our stuff in use longer.” For instance, if you keep a piece of clothing for just an extra nine months, Patagonia says, you’ll help reduce the related carbon, waste and water footprint by 30 percent. And remember, that means you’ve saved money too.

    Time to Repair: How Patagonia is encouraging you to wear worn | buymeonce.com

    It’s easy to be skeptical: Patagonia’s anti-consumerist drive, which has included Black Friday advertisements titled “Do not buy this jacket” with details about the ecological cost of its production, has actually led the company to increase revenue (to an estimated $207 million USD in 2017).

    But, it seems to me that Patagonia practices what it preaches and is the torchbearer for the future of successful, sustainable business. Patagonia is not green-washing their image or doing piecemeal PR stunts. The repair hut I encountered in the snowy piazza (Cortina was just one of 50 European towns and cities that the hut visited this past winter) is part of a much bigger, long-term initiative by Patagonia. The Worn Wear program includes the repair of over 40,000 items per year in Patagonia’s US repair factory (employing 45 people), the training of staff in stores to make small repairs and a partnership with iFixit with 40 free repair guides for Patagonia products on their website. And perhaps most revolutionary of all, you can earn credit on most of your unwanted Patagonia. You can earn from $10 USD for a pair of board shorts up to $100 USD for a three-layer snow shell. Patagonia then washes the trade-ins and sells them on their Worn Wear second hand clothing website.

    As for me, the man in the 1970s ski suit and the Patagonia repair hut has made me reassess my 10-year-old ski jacket. I was planning to replace it. But I’m going to keep it now. That jacket fits me, works just fine against the cold, and now, the next time I scrub it clean, I’m going to reminisce about that black piste I skied with the gentleman in the faded pink suit racing down ahead of me.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-05-18T05:53:00-0400 2018-05-18T05:53:00-0400 BMO Behind the Scenes: Copenhagen Fashion Summit BuyMeOnce Admin


    Last Tuesday, us and other punchy startups, luxury giants, manufacturers, innovators, NGOs and government representatives descended on Denmark for the sixth edition of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit to tackle sustainability in one of the dirtiest industries on the planet. The event promised to get to core issues and deliver practical solutions for businesses to take away and create meaningful, positive change; turning words into action was the buzz phrase of the week. But did the event deliver? Lily Courtauld Taking fashion’s pulse The Copenhagen Fashion Summit kicked off with a deep dive session on the recently published Pulse of the Fashion Industry Report. The report (published by the Boston Consulting Group and The Global Fashion Agenda) examines environmental and social impact areas to track and measure the industry, finally giving a score between 1 – 100. This year’s result was 36/100 which, although shows an uplift from the previous year’s score, is a weak performance. According to the report, the sustainability of a brand is driven by its size and not, as one might logically think, its operating model. So essentially a fast fashion giant (ie. H&M) has more sustainable integrity than a conscious boutique brand with embedded practices. We’re not so...]]>
    Last Tuesday, us and other punchy startups, luxury giants, manufacturers, innovators, NGOs and government representatives descended on Denmark for the sixth edition of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit to tackle sustainability in one of the dirtiest industries on the planet. The event promised to get to core issues and deliver practical solutions for businesses to take away and create meaningful, positive change; turning words into action was the buzz phrase of the week. But did the event deliver?

    Lily Courtauld

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    Taking fashion’s pulse

    The Copenhagen Fashion Summit kicked off with a deep dive session on the recently published Pulse of the Fashion Industry Report. The report (published by the Boston Consulting Group and The Global Fashion Agenda) examines environmental and social impact areas to track and measure the industry, finally giving a score between 1 – 100. This year’s result was 36/100 which, although shows an uplift from the previous year’s score, is a weak performance. According to the report, the sustainability of a brand is driven by its size and not, as one might logically think, its operating model. So essentially a fast fashion giant (ie. H&M) has more sustainable integrity than a conscious boutique brand with embedded practices. We’re not so sure…

    Consumption is critical

    According to Sebastian Boger of The Boston Consulting Group, “a return to slow fashion is not the answer….” He went on to say that the power of fashion is transformative – it’s a creative force that empowers individuality and identity. I could not agree with this more wholeheartedly. I don’t agree, however, that to enable this, we must be bombarded with thousands of new, shoddily made styles each season. Volume production and consumption must be addressed. It is not enough for the Goliaths of the industry to re-think how they power their stores and swap to LED light bulbs. A significant uplift in quality and longevity is what’s needed. Encouragingly, Boger seemed to be alone in thinking that maintaining fast fashion was the answer. The Head of Sustainability at H&M Cecilia Strömblad Brännsten asserted that product quality should and is given due consideration back at their HQ. We welcome this statement and await this commitment to quality with anticipation.

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    A coming together of like-minded souls?

    It is encouraging to hear that industry heavyweights are talking about and prioritising sustainability – particularly concerning labour practice. However, for all the talk of greater transparency (of which there was a huge amount), we couldn’t help but notice the elephant quietly curled up in the corner of the conference hall. Aren’t some of these brands guilty of destroying excess stock (we’re talking multiple container loads of the stuff here, not a handful of dodgy jumpers)? Only a couple of months back, after the furore of the ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’ campaign, we know that this was the case for H&M.

    We repeatedly tried to put our questions to the panels. Among other things, we wanted to know if any thought was being given to transparency at the end of life for fast fashion brands and which brands were destroying stock or contributing the most to landfill. Our question didn’t get through the moderators.

    Where have all the policy makers gone?

    For real change to happen, legislation needs to lead. We listened hopefully to a panel discussion on The Impacts and Opportunities of Purchasing Practices where Arne Lietz, member of the Social Democratic Party in Germany and Member of the European Parliament, agreed that transparency is paramount. He reminded the audience that the European Parliament voted for Binding Due Diligence, an EU legal framework to put in place due diligence obligations for supply chain transparency and traceability; this is legislation that would protect the human and labour rights of garment workers. It sounds promising; however, the resolution was de-prioritised and has not yet been adopted. In our view, as well as binding legislation on human and labour rights and environmental practices, hard targets to limit volume production and benchmarking for minimum quality standards are essential. This would be revolutionary in the fast fashion space and only then could fast fashion as an operating model ever truly be considered sustainable.

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    Enough talk

    Simon Collins, the founder of Fashion Culture Design, put it brilliantly in his opening remarks on day one: “Stop with the shoulds and sending thoughts and prayers… do something.” We couldn’t agree more. There were many self-congratulatory “we’re not perfect, but…” statements from big business players; however, there were also disruptors, innovators and revolutionaries to be found at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Here’s our shortlist:

    Linda Greer, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defence Council challenged big brands repeatedly to know their suppliers across the entire supply chain. She created the Clean By Design program which supports brands dramatically reduce their environmental impact at the production points where the most harm is happening.

    Jeff Denby, Co-Founder, The Renewal Workshop works with brands to repair and refurbish damaged stock at their own facility in Portland, Oregon. Products that would otherwise go to landfill are given renewed value and brands are enabled to own the re-commerce of their products.

    Paul Dillinger, Vice President Product Innovation, Levi’s spoke of the responsibility of big brands to consider product end of life and disassembly to promote circularity; The Levi’s Wellthread program creates products from single fibre cotton designed to be recycled and close the loop.

    The future is circular

    If fashion is to be truly sustainable, circularity is the way forward. For us, the panel session that made the Copenhagen Fashion Summit was The New Textiles Economy moderated by Ellen MacArthur. We know that of the 53 million tonnes of clothing produced each year, 87% is either sent to landfill or incinerated – a staggering statistic. Clothing production has more than doubled in the last 15 years and the system is still for the most part linear; this system needs a dramatic re-think. The three main ways to challenge the system are:

    1. Build an industry where materials are safe, non-toxic and renewable
    2. Keep clothing in the system for longer
    3. Consider the product’s end of life and stem the flow of needless waste to landfill

    This is where BuyMeOnce comes in – our work sits at the top of the circular economy system. As a consumer, when you buy an item that is made to last, you are actively keeping it functioning and in use in the system. It is such a simple, accessible, satisfying way to promote circularity. Buy less, choose well, make it last.

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    What are we going to do?

    Our mission is to bring our audience the best brands with products that are made to last. It’s our job to showcase the value of the brands that we work with. There’s no denying the higher prices that alienate some of our audience. Please know that we’re doing the best we can to bring a range of price points to you. Ultimately, a product will always cost more when the people who made it are fairly paid, the cloth it’s cut from is of a high quality and it’s constructed with proper attention to craftsmanship. If you’re buying a top for under £10, for the most part, you can assume that there has been a human and environmental cost.

    Lily Courtauld is the Content Director at BuyMeOnce. After ten years in the luxury fashion industry, Lily now dedicates her time to finding innovative, long-lasting brands for the site and brings her penchant for neoprene capes, jazzy prints and peanut butter into BuyMeOnce HQ.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-05-15T15:19:00-0400 2018-05-15T15:19:00-0400 Big Agnes: Camping Essentials that Can't be Beaten BuyMeOnce Admin


    It’s crucial when hunting for camping essentials to look out for the highest quality, and that’s not only because at BuyMeOnce we believe in filling your life with good stuff that will last you for years. Rarely will your comfort and safety rely so heavily on so few purchases as when you’re camping. If you’re planning to brave the great outdoors with nothing but a cleverly constructed bundle of fabric and pegs for shelter, you’re gonna want to make sure that bundle does its job really, really well. Fortunately, we think we’ve found a brand that can top the fierce competition. Big Agnes excels in three incredibly important core criteria: longevity, sustainability and outstanding aftercare. Read on to find out more about this amazing brand. Big Agnes burst onto the outdoor scene in 2001, a home-grown brand based only a stone’s throw from the beautiful Continental Divide Trail in Colorado. Since then they’ve won multiple Backpacker Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Awards, the first only three years after their inception. While they’ve since grown rapidly, the primary focus is still putting out gear of exquisite quality and durability. Big Agnes is a brand you can trust, like an older sister looking out...]]>
    It’s crucial when hunting for camping essentials to look out for the highest quality, and that’s not only because at BuyMeOnce we believe in filling your life with good stuff that will last you for years. Rarely will your comfort and safety rely so heavily on so few purchases as when you’re camping. If you’re planning to brave the great outdoors with nothing but a cleverly constructed bundle of fabric and pegs for shelter, you’re gonna want to make sure that bundle does its job really, really well.

    Fortunately, we think we’ve found a brand that can top the fierce competition. Big Agnes excels in three incredibly important core criteria: longevity, sustainability and outstanding aftercare. Read on to find out more about this amazing brand.


    Big Agnes burst onto the outdoor scene in 2001, a home-grown brand based only a stone’s throw from the beautiful Continental Divide Trail in Colorado. Since then they’ve won multiple Backpacker Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Awards, the first only three years after their inception. While they’ve since grown rapidly, the primary focus is still putting out gear of exquisite quality and durability. Big Agnes is a brand you can trust, like an older sister looking out for you on the trail.

    Big Agnes Brand Spotlight | BuyMeOnce.com

    Of course, as well as quality it’s crucial to consider the kind of experience you want to have. There’s no point having an indestructible tent if it’s so heavy you drop from exhaustion before reaching the top of the mountain, which is why we’ve chosen the Copper Spur UL tent series, which are simultaneously tough and ultra light.

    The Copper Spur UL4 won Backpacker Magazine’s Editors' Choice Gold Award in 2017, and trust us when we say this it's one of the most lightweight, durable tents you’re likely to find. Tents in this series are made from an ultra durable double rip-stop pattern nylon fabric, and the fly and floor feature a unique weave made with high tenacity yarn and high filament count. This increases the fabric tear strength by 25% whilst decreasing weight and improving water resistance, achieving maximum performance with minimum weight. Get the Copper Spur HV UL2 for a festival or backpacking solo, or invest in the Copper Spur HV UL3 for a roomier experience.

    Big Agnes Brand Spotlight | BuyMeOnce.com

    A good quality sleeping mat and bag is one of the best camping investments you can make. Whether you’re at a festival, on a six day hike or camping out with the kids, you’ll definitely be needing that beauty sleep for energy the next day. Fortunately Big Agnes offer some of the best sleeping mats and sleeping bags around, such as the Q Core SLX Sleeping Pad. This mat has garnered rave reviews for being simultaneously tough, lightweight and ultra comfortable. Cosy up on top of it with a sleeping bag like the Encampment 15, a high-tech bag made out of 97% recycled materials, and you’ll be forgetting you’re outdoors at all.

    Big Agnes are big on sustainability, partnering with numerous nonprofits including Leave No Trace, the National Forest Foundation and The Conservation Alliance. However, it’s their amazing repairs culture that we think sets them apart from the crowd.

    This brand employs a growing team of repair gurus who will do everything in their power to keep your gear going for as long as it possibly can, which means everything from patching up fabric to replacing zippers and poles.

    Big Agnes Brand Spotlight | BuyMeOnce.com

    Big Agnes encourages you to repair your own gear as much as possible, and offer a whole load of advice for patching up your tent in the field. Big Agnes recommends Tear Aid’s Type A Fabric Repair for small rips and tears, and you can watch their handy video tutorial here.

    We also love that any usable demo gear, sales samples or repaired tents are never sent to landfill but are offered in outlets at a reduced price, making good gear more affordable. Look out for reduced gear on their sister company BAP, also located in Colorado (although remember this route is a gamble since items will have been used to varying degrees!)

    If you’re looking for high quality camping essentials that will become trusty companions on adventure after adventure, you can do no better than Big Agnes. Even if you’re not looking to buy new gear, take some inspiration from this brilliant brand and see if you can give your tent a little TLC before throwing it away.

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