https://buymeonce.com/pages/blog-feed Buy Me Once - Articles & Tips 2020-08-27T16:42:00-0400 Buy Me Once https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2020-08-27T16:42:00-0400 2020-08-27T16:42:00-0400 Four Solid Reasons why we love Duluth Pack Jana Pleyto


Here at Buy Me Once, we’ve been in love with Duluth Pack ever since we laid our eyes on one of their durable backpacks, in this case the Large Standard Backpack in Olive Drab. Not only was this bag perfect for outdoor adventures such as hiking and camping but they were also suitable for urban ones, whether that’s a bag for the daily commute to work or to classes. You can practically find Duluth Pack’s bags and packs right at home in the woods or the streets of Williamsburg, and its versatility isn’t the only reason why Duluth Pack is a Buy Me Once brand. Our research team looked at our criteria checklist and compared it against Duluth Pack’s products. While we were blown away by its lifetime guarantee and quality, we've uncovered a couple more reasons why we think everyone should invest in a Duluth Pack:  A brief history  Did you know… … that Duluth Pack’s origins can be traced back to 1882? Duluth Pack’s rich history dates back to more than a century, with humble origins starting with French-Canadian immigrant, Camille Poirer, who arrived in Duluth in 1870. With his small collection of leather and tools of the trade, he...]]>
Here at Buy Me Once, we’ve been in love with Duluth Pack ever since we laid our eyes on one of their durable backpacks, in this case the Large Standard Backpack in Olive Drab. Not only was this bag perfect for outdoor adventures such as hiking and camping but they were also suitable for urban ones, whether that’s a bag for the daily commute to work or to classes.

You can practically find Duluth Pack’s bags and packs right at home in the woods or the streets of Williamsburg, and its versatility isn’t the only reason why Duluth Pack is a Buy Me Once brand.

Our research team looked at our criteria checklist and compared it against Duluth Pack’s products. While we were blown away by its lifetime guarantee and quality, we've uncovered a couple more reasons why we think everyone should invest in a Duluth Pack: 

A brief history 

Did you know…

… that Duluth Pack’s origins can be traced back to 1882? Duluth Pack’s rich history dates back to more than a century, with humble origins starting with French-Canadian immigrant, Camille Poirer, who arrived in Duluth in 1870. With his small collection of leather and tools of the trade, he built a shoe store to service the early American settlers of a booming frontier town on the shores of Lake Superior.

He later identified a need for a durable pack that would survive the harsh Minnesota winters, and after rigorous designing and testing, the C. Poirier Pack Sack was born. The pack was a specialized outdoor pack with a tumpline, sternum strap, and multiple carry options. 

It was perfect for the trappers, traders and timber workers who carried their wares up and down the rugged terrain and crossed the numerous rivers and lakes that dotted the Northwoods. The C. Poirier Pack Sack was officially patented in 1882 and its design is still sold today as the #2 Original Pack. 

In 1911, Poirier sold his business to the Duluth Tent & Awning Company, which later became known as Duluth Pack. From the pack’s humble beginnings as a canoe bag for the early explorers, the line soon expanded to accommodate the changes in transportation modes that came with the turn of the century. 

The company also added hunting and shooting sports products to their outdoor range, as well as a lifestyle range to meet the demands of globetrotting travelers. Duluth Pack prides itself with their ability to adapt to a consumer’s changing tastes, yet somehow sticking to the old school values and techniques they have built their company on. From durable backpacks, heavy duty scout packs and other canvas and leather goods, there’s pretty much a Duluth Pack for everyone.

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Made in the USA

More than 138 years on and Duluth Pack still produces quality backpacks and outdoor packs that are just as versatile, sturdy and reliable as its original pack. Duluth Pack uses the highest quality cotton canvas and leather materials, with many of their raw materials sourced locally. 

Duluth Pack is headquartered and manufactured in Duluth, MN, in the same building it’s been in over a century in Lake Superior. Having their factory, distribution center, offices, and retail store all based in one place means that their carbon footprint is small. 

Owning a Duluth Pack is also the result of American workers standing behind it, when most of its contemporaries have moved their operations overseas. 


Quality, quality quality

What we love about Duluth Pack is its durability and quality, in a world where fast fashion and mass production rules. Dismissing line work and focusing on time-tested craftsmanship and quality, the craftspeople of Duluth Pack still cut every canvas and leather product by hand. Pride sits on the very foundation of the company, and each and every bag is still hand-signed by the craftsperson that manufactured it.

For many of Duluth Pack’s products, production starts in the canvas cutting department, with each canvas pattern hand traced and hand cut, before moving on to the leather department.

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Leather is carefully inspected, before the leather patterns are also hand traced and hand cut. These patterns make their way to individual sewers, where they are stitched together by sewing machines.

Following this, many of the bags go to the riveting department where rivets are either hand pounded or by foot machine. The final process that every Duluth Pack goes through is quality control, where each bag is hand inspected before receiving final approval. 


Guaranteed for Life

Owning a Duluth Pack is for life, and we’d be remiss not to mention as well Duluth Pack’s exceptional lifetime guarantee against manufacturer faults. Many of Duluth Pack’s customers wear their used bags and packs with pride, with bags even being passed down through numerous generations. While the colors may fade over time and the canvas and leather may scuff and tear through decades of outdoor activity, each of these imperfections add to a bag that’s definitely seen numerous adventures and experiences!

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Duluth Pack’s exceptional lifetime guarantee covers manufacturing defects which includes hardware such as zippers, buckles, snaps, rivets, d-rings, fabric tears along a seam, or a stitching defect that prevents the product from being used. Whilst the Lifetime Guarantee does not cover normal wear and tear, Duluth Pack has a stellar repair program that can patch, mend and fix anything for a nominal fee.


This is one brand we absolutely stand behind in and we’d love our customers to experience the Duluth Pack quality. 

For a limited time only we are offering our customers 15% off all Duluth Pack products on Buy Me Once USA. 

Shop Duluth Pack here.







 
 





 



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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2020-07-23T04:58:00-0400 2020-07-23T04:58:00-0400 Teracube: a smartphone to outlive the rest Jasmine Vorley


  The problem You may have noticed we spend a lot of time talking about planned obsolescence. Put simply, it’s the shady manufacturing practice of making short-lived products. And perhaps nothing encapsulates the issue more infamously than the smartphone. Many of us are familiar with the experience of your device slowing as soon as the warranty is up - if it makes it that far. Smartphones can be infuriatingly fragile, and repairs hair-raisingly expensive. Combined with shiny new devices being presented to us every year, it feels like we’re being strong-armed into upgrading at uncannily regular intervals.    Stacks upon stacks of discarded phones   At best, phones aren’t designed for durability - and there’s a strong case to say they’re purposefully made to fail. With cell phone owners changing up their devices about every two years on average, it’s no wonder that e-waste is fast becoming an environmental issue of staggering proportions. Globally, 350,000 cell phones are thrown away every day.    A new approach Back in March, we stumbled upon a snappy little Kickstarter video offering an alternative to this madness. Enter the Teracube. Teracube's award-winning Kickstarter video   Pitched as "the world's most reliable smartphone", the Teracube is...]]>
 

The problem


You may have noticed we spend a lot of time talking about planned obsolescence. Put simply, it’s the shady manufacturing practice of making short-lived products.


And perhaps nothing encapsulates the issue more infamously than the smartphone. Many of us are familiar with the experience of your device slowing as soon as the warranty is up - if it makes it that far. Smartphones can be infuriatingly fragile, and repairs hair-raisingly expensive. Combined with shiny new devices being presented to us every year, it feels like we’re being strong-armed into upgrading at uncannily regular intervals. 

 

Smartphones e-waste

Stacks upon stacks of discarded phones

 

At best, phones aren’t designed for durability - and there’s a strong case to say they’re purposefully made to fail. With cell phone owners changing up their devices about every two years on average, it’s no wonder that e-waste is fast becoming an environmental issue of staggering proportions. Globally, 350,000 cell phones are thrown away every day. 

 

A new approach


Back in March, we stumbled upon a snappy little Kickstarter video offering an alternative to this madness. Enter the Teracube.


Teracube's award-winning Kickstarter video

 

Pitched as "the world's most reliable smartphone", the Teracube is covered by an unheard-of four year warranty. Not only is this way longer than most manufacturers will offer (usually just one or two years), Teracube’s smartphone warranty really goes overboard when it comes to great service. Free shipping and express replacement means you’ll never be left without a device, and the deal even includes a free battery change.


Within the warranty, any other repairs for accidental damage come at a flat rate of just $39 - regardless of whether you’ve dropped it onto concrete or down the toilet. That’s a far cry from $200 screen replacements on flagship phones. By keeping repairs cheap and convenient, Teracube encourages users to actually get their phones fixed instead of retiring them for new models.


Having smashed its Kickstarter goal fivefold, this elegant Android device is now a fully funded product and available to buy. And how much is it going to set you back? Incredibly, it costs just 300 dollars.


Teracube

The specs

If that low price is making you a little cautious, we don’t blame you. With new mid-range phones setting you back around twice that amount (and flagship devices costing upwards of 1000 dollars), you’ll be wondering exactly where the Teracube phone cuts corners. It stands to reason that if you’re going to keep using a phone for four years and beyond, you’ll want it to be good. Never fear.


Teracube has the sleek look and feel of a contemporary smartphone, with all the features you’d expect from a great mid-range model - plus a little more. Thanks to its Octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM, it has no trouble keeping up with heavy use, breezing through demanding multitasking and games. Its ultra-durable gorilla glass display looks beautifully crisp even in bright sunlight, and the battery can easily handle a full day of use without charging.


It keeps all the little extras we’ve become accustomed to, such as a fingerprint sensor and facial unlocking. Oh, and Teracube love to gleefully point out that their phone has an actual headphone jack (looking at you, Apple). If you’re someone who uses their phone heavily for photography, the dual rear cameras (12 and 5 megapixels) and front camera (8) may not cut it. But if you’re just taking occasional photos and selfies to view on a phone screen, it’s very decent.

 

Teracube camera

Teracube camera

A couple of real, unedited photos taken with the Teracube.

 

If you want a closer look, here’s the full lowdown on Teracube’s specs:

  • Operating system - Android 9.0 (Android 10 coming later this year)
  • Processor - MediaTek Helio P60 2.0GHz Octa-core processor
  • RAM - 6GB
  • Memory - 128GB internal with microSD/dual SIM tray
  • Screen - 6.2" Full HD+ IPS Gorilla Glass display (1080 x 2280)
  • Rear camera - 12 and 5 megapixel dual rear cameras
  • Front camera - 8 megapixels
  • Battery - 3,400 mAh
  • Charger - 5V/2A quick charger
  • Security - PIN, pattern, fingerprint, face unlock
  • Connectivity - WiFi A/B/G/N/AC, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Ports - Headphone jack, USB-C port, Hybrid Dual SIM and Micro SD slots
  • Size - 157 x 75.5 x 7.7mm
  • Weight - 176g
  • Carriers - AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket, Lyca, and more LTE Bands - 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 GSM Bands - 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900. Teracube doesn’t currently support the Sprint or Verizon networks.


Overall, the Teracube punches far above its price point. Having used it for several weeks, we can confidently say that most will find it an outstanding mid-range device. If you’re accustomed to having the latest iPhone, Google or Samsung models, you’re likely to miss things like wireless charging or a cutting-edge camera. But if you’re a casual phone user looking for incredible value for money and a more environmentally responsible choice, the Teracube is a real standout option.


 

The Teracube community


One of the great unexpected benefits we found from using the Teracube was the community of other users, in the form of an online forum. Here you can get swift technical support, as well as give feedback and suggestions straight to Teracube’s founders (who are actually active posters). What other smartphone can give you a direct line to the person who developed it?


By working together with long-term users and listening to their suggestions, Teracube are demonstrating their commitment to a user experience people will want to stick with. Catching a project like this at an early stage is not only exciting, it affords the opportunity to see it grow, and even influence the direction it takes. Supporting the little guy offers a totally unique smartphone experience, very different to having a device made by some faraway tech giant.


Teracube

The future of sustainable phones


When people talk about a ‘sustainable smartphone’, or any eco friendly product, usually what comes to mind is green materials and production. What Teracube acknowledges is that the best step forward towards a sustainable smartphone industry is actually to extend the life of devices.


Nathan Proctor, director of the U.S. PIRG's Campaign for the Right to Repair, has pointed out the benefits of simply keeping our phones in use for longer. "The rate at which we're replacing those phones [...] is a really urgent environmental concern, so the most important thing that we can do is use our phones for a lot longer," Proctor says. "That has not been a real, principal objective of some of the major cell phone manufacturers."


Having started out with the world’s most reliable smartphone, Teracube eventually wants to do it all. That means making a phone that’s made of cutting-edge sustainable materials, rigorously sourced from ethical suppliers, that users can easily repair themselves. But for a small company, this has to be worked towards in steps - and the first step is Teracube, a great phone with a super-long warranty.


Teracube phone


If just a small proportion of consumers start looking for reliability, this plucky tech startup is on a strong path towards rocking the boat of the entire cell phone industry. This is why Teracube’s incredibly attractive price - for both the device and future repairs - is no accident. They want to provide an accessible offering that’s open to as many people as possible, and grow a community who are in it for the long term.


A long-lasting cell phone is better for your pocket, and better for the planet. It’s a practical choice for practical people. This little startup is daring to do things differently to the big tech companies, by putting customers and the planet first - and we reckon that’s worth buying into.



Order the Teracube today at an introductory price of just $269.

 

 

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2020-07-21T06:56:00-0400 2020-07-21T06:56:00-0400 What is planned obsolescence, and what can you do about it? Jasmine Vorley


Whether you're new to the buy-for-life movement, or have been following the BuyMeOnce journey for a couple of years, you may have come across the term 'planned obsolescence'. It’s a concept we reference often, so we thought we'd break it down in a little more detail.  What exactly is it? Put simply, planned obsolescence is when products are designed to break (i.e. become obsolete), so that you buy them more often. This can take many forms. It can be in a software update that inexplicably slows your device. It can also be in a shoddy part in your appliance that, once broken, sends the whole unit to landfill. It can even be in the instantly-bobbly material of a cheap fast fashion garment. It's sometimes called premature or built-in obsolescence, but they all essentially mean the same thing. The idea of planned obsolescence was first conceived in 1928 by marketing pioneer Justus George Frederick. According to this article by the Guardian:  “[Frederick] stated that it was necessary to induce people to buy an ever-increasing variety of things, not in order to use them, but to activate commerce and discard them after a short period of time."   Today this concept has been legitimised and is built heavily into manufacturing and marketing cycles. Planned obsolescence drives profitability,...]]>

Whether you're new to the buy-for-life movement, or have been following the BuyMeOnce journey for a couple of years, you may have come across the term 'planned obsolescence'. It’s a concept we reference often, so we thought we'd break it down in a little more detail. 

What exactly is it?

Put simply, planned obsolescence is when products are designed to break (i.e. become obsolete), so that you buy them more often.

This can take many forms. It can be in a software update that inexplicably slows your device. It can also be in a shoddy part in your appliance that, once broken, sends the whole unit to landfill. It can even be in the instantly-bobbly material of a cheap fast fashion garment. It's sometimes called premature or built-in obsolescence, but they all essentially mean the same thing.

The idea of planned obsolescence was first conceived in 1928 by marketing pioneer Justus George Frederick. According to this article by the Guardian: 

“[Frederick] stated that it was necessary to induce people to buy an ever-increasing variety of things, not in order to use them, but to activate commerce and discard them after a short period of time."

 

Today this concept has been legitimised and is built heavily into manufacturing and marketing cycles. Planned obsolescence drives profitability, and has been largely accepted by the business world and consumers alike.

Our founder Tara Button wrote the book on living a life less throwaway - sign up to the buy-for-life movement and we'll send you the chapter on planned obsolescence, for free!

 

Notable examples

 

Planned Obsolescence Phoebus Cartel

 

One of the most famous examples of planned obsolescence is the light bulb. In 1924, light bulbs were improving in quality; some were lasting up to 2,500 hours. Concerned for their profits, a group of major light bulb manufacturers formed the Phoebus Cartel, which colluded to reduce the average light bulb lifespan to 1025 hours. How did they get away with it? Many of the changes were sold to consumers as efficiencies and improvements in brightness. 

A more recent example is Apple's slowing down of older iPhone models using compulsory software updates. In France, where planned obsolescence is illegal, Apple were slapped with a 24 million euro fine for "deceptive commercial practice[s] by omission".

 

What is psychological obsolescence?

Whereas planned obsolescence involves giving products an artificial end-date or reduced lifespan, psychological obsolescence makes consumers dissatisfied with products that still work perfectly well.

This usually takes the form of releasing a fresh new model, that makes the product we have seem old and inadequate in comparison. This prompts us to purchase the new model, even if the old one hasn't yet reached the end of its useful life. One of the big proponents of psychological obsolescence is fast fashion, which drives faster and more frequent trend cycles, whilst simultaneously driving the price of clothing down. 

  

What can be done about planned obsolescence?

When it comes to fighting planned obsolescence, our greatest power lies in the everyday purchasing choices we make. We can and should campaign for laws that empower consumers and combat waste, such as the Right to Repair. However, if buyers keep demanding cheap goods whilst accepting their short lifespans, we won't see change any time soon.

We want consumers to think about product longevity when they choose what to buy. Good value doesn't mean finding the most low-cost option, and conversely, a high price doesn't always denote quality! Our aim is to empower consumers to buy less, and buy better.

Products with long lifespans often work out cheaper, stay out of landfill and provide a better experience. When we buy for life, we are investing in an item that could even outlive us! 

 

Finex skillet

USA-made Finex skillets are guaranteed for life. That’s not just 100 uses, or 1000 uses - but the last one you will ever have to buy. 

 

What should you look for when buying long-lasting products?

Whilst some brands have a solid reputation for making high-quality items, often it's not obvious whether a product will stand the test of time.

It always pays to do a little research into what you're buying. What materials is it made from? Which parts could break? Is this a timeless design you'll love forever?

A great indicator of longevity can be a fixed-period or lifetime warranty. This indicates that the manufacturer has confidence in their product and stands by their quality promise. For some items, like shoes and clothing, guarantees are very rare - but some companies will repair or refurbish your item for a fair fee, sometimes even for free! 

Another interesting consideration is to look for products with modular parts. Modular designs acknowledge that there are some parts of the product that are likely to wear out, which you can easily change up instead of buying a whole new unit. 

You can read more about our own in-depth research process here.

 

Wishbone bike

These kids' bikes by Wishbone have a modular build, so they can be adjusted and changed as a child grows. This combined with easy repairs keeps them in use for longer.

 

What is BuyMeOnce’s role?

BuyMeOnce research and sell the longest lasting products in the world. We're tackling planned obsolescence by championing manufacturers who buck the trend, and go the extra mile in quality.

By carrying out thorough, independent research into product longevity, we want to facilitate smart shopping choices for the long term. We’re demanding well-made products, more watertight guarantees and responsible manufacturing. Our aim is to be the trusted destination for finding fantastically reliable items. 

We know people are sick of badly-made stuff. That’s why we exist, and we want you to know you can expect better.

 

Love things that last. 

 

Join the our movement. 

Shop our Bestsellers range here.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2020-06-24T16:50:00-0400 2020-06-24T16:50:00-0400 Why we're wearing Panda Sunglasses all year long Jana Pleyto


Panda Sunglasses is our brand spotlight for this month of June, and we have oodles of reasons why. Durable, sustainable, and stylish - they’re not just for looks alone.  The Origins of Panda Back in 2012, the founders of Panda realized that there’s a market for stylish sunglasses that are not harmful to the planet. Sick of cheaply made shades, they launched a Kickstarter campaign which soon reached legendary status, raising more than six times what they have initially asked. It paved the way for a durable, sustainable sunglasses brand to be introduced to the market.  The Benefits of Bamboo Enter bamboo, a great eco friendly alternative to hazardous plastic and metal sunglasses. Bamboo not only grows quickly, but does so without the need for harmful pesticides, fertilizers or much water. Plus it’s also more moisture resistant than other traditional woods, making it ideal to use around water. Other brands soon started copying the Panda model yet they lacked the high quality and exceptional aftercare that Panda brings to the table.  What makes Panda different is their wooden frames, which are made with 11 interwoven layers of FSC certified bamboo, coated with beeswax to help waterproof the bamboo. The lenses...]]>
Panda Sunglasses is our brand spotlight for this month of June, and we have oodles of reasons why. Durable, sustainable, and stylish - they’re not just for looks alone. 

The Origins of Panda

Back in 2012, the founders of Panda realized that there’s a market for stylish sunglasses that are not harmful to the planet. Sick of cheaply made shades, they launched a Kickstarter campaign which soon reached legendary status, raising more than six times what they have initially asked. It paved the way for a durable, sustainable sunglasses brand to be introduced to the market. 

The Benefits of Bamboo

Enter bamboo, a great eco friendly alternative to hazardous plastic and metal sunglasses. Bamboo not only grows quickly, but does so without the need for harmful pesticides, fertilizers or much water. Plus it’s also more moisture resistant than other traditional woods, making it ideal to use around water. Other brands soon started copying the Panda model yet they lacked the high quality and exceptional aftercare that Panda brings to the table. 

What makes Panda different is their wooden frames, which are made with 11 interwoven layers of FSC certified bamboo, coated with beeswax to help waterproof the bamboo. The lenses are made from recycled polycarbonates and are polarized at filter level 3. In layman’s terms, this basically means that the lenses are suitable for bright sun and reflected light from snow or water. 

The American Optometric Association recommends wearing sunglasses all year long whenever outdoors. Spending just two or three hours in bright sunlight can affect the eyes’ ability to adapt to nighttime or indoor light levels, which in turn can affect nighttime driving. The AOA recommends polarized sunglasses that can block 99-100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation, and all Panda Sunglasses are 100% UVA/UVB Polarized Lenses.

Individually handcrafted, these are wooden sunglasses that are light enough to float on water and to wear all day long and in different seasons. The Panda Originals weigh around 22 grams on average, and the Ultralights around 17 grams, with each frame weight depending on the style.

The one thing we absolutely love about Panda is that they stand behind their glasses and offer a 100% lifetime warranty. They will replace any pair of glasses with defects caused by materials and workmanship. Accessories brands that do this are few and far between, and finding one that’s also socially responsible even rarer.

Their Partnerships 

Even from the very beginning of their Kickstarter campaign, Panda has been transparent with their commitment in helping someone in need. As a partner for 1% for the Planet, every purchase of their sunglasses goes back to a charity dedicated to helping the planet. 

They also partner with Optometry Giving Sight, a global fundraising initiative that gives someone in need a life-changing eye exam and a pair of prescription glasses. Founded in 2003, this organization has screened nearly 4 million people and delivered more than 27,000 pairs of glasses. They have also trained 116 optometry students in 39 countries.

Panda also supported 12 microloans in 10 countries through Kiva, and have changed the lives of nearly 100,000 students through Pencils of Promise. More close to home, they’ve also helped the Washington National Parks fund to protect some of the most beautiful forests in the Pacific Northwest and also partner with One Tree Planted. 

How they fared up

Coming from someone who used to purchase cheap sunglasses every season, these durable sunglasses have really held up to my rough handling. I’ve thrown them in my tote bag without its case, and it came out with nary a scratch to the lens or frame. 

I’ve kept it on during bike rides, and have lifted it up, like a headband, for prolonged periods of time. The hinges continue to remain tight and have not loosened, and the lenses certainly block the strongest sunlight whilst riding. 

The Monroe style that I have feels secure on my face, without the feeling of flying off when a huge gust of wind comes by. I was initially worried that the style may not suit me, but Panda also offers a comprehensive guide on which styles suit different face shapes.

I have used these durable sunglasses through bike rides, beach trips and running errands around town. The polarized lenses are certainly strong enough for snow and winter sports. These eco friendly sunglasses come in an upright sturdy bamboo case that easily slides into a bag. For those who love versatile accessories as much as I do, they also come with a microfiber pouch that can double up as a cleaning cloth.

Recently, I have been gifted a pair of luxe sunglasses, the type that has an eye watering price tag and a big, purple case that takes up half my bag. Whilst beautiful, it definitely did not have the sturdiness of these Panda bamboo sunglasses.

Within a week of using it, this other well-known brand had one loose hinge. I’ve sadly had to return this pair for repairs, only relegated to occasions where looks (not function) matter. Suffice to say I have gone back happily to my trusty pair of Panda polarized sunglasses to wear all year long. 

 

Shop our extensive Women's and Men's sections for other durable accessories.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2020-05-08T13:40:00-0400 2020-05-08T13:40:00-0400 Why we love Earlywood Designs Jana Pleyto


With the increase of cooking activity in households, we can’t help but turn to Earlywood Designs for their durable kitchen products. Their kitchen tools range from rolling pins to flat spatulas to servers, all beautifully made with function and form in mind.  Founded by Brad Bernhardt, an engineer by trade, Earlywood products are all handmade in Red Lodge, Montana, using high quality hardwood that can withstand daily use. So what makes Earlywood a BuyMeOnce product? Here are the reasons why. Durability Earlywood’s kitchen utensils are available in a range of different hardwoods, all chosen for their exceptional durability and density. Aesthetics-wise, the hardwoods present a range of stunning four colors that will compliment any kitchen color scheme or style. Characteristics that Brad had to consider when choosing woods were the wood’s oil content, whether the wood was porous, its density and its toxicity, even down to the odor or whether it can stain linens.  In the end, Maple wood, Bloodwood, Jatoba and Mexican Ebony were chosen as the four woods to make into Earlywood’s range of spreaders, flat spatulas, servers and stirrers. Jatoba has a wavy interlocking grain and comes in either a deep red or yellowish brown color. Known as a...]]>
With the increase of cooking activity in households, we can’t help but turn to Earlywood Designs for their durable kitchen products. Their kitchen tools range from rolling pins to flat spatulas to servers, all beautifully made with function and form in mind. 

Founded by Brad Bernhardt, an engineer by trade, Earlywood products are all handmade in Red Lodge, Montana, using high quality hardwood that can withstand daily use. So what makes Earlywood a BuyMeOnce product? Here are the reasons why.

Durability

Earlywood’s kitchen utensils are available in a range of different hardwoods, all chosen for their exceptional durability and density. Aesthetics-wise, the hardwoods present a range of stunning four colors that will compliment any kitchen color scheme or style. Characteristics that Brad had to consider when choosing woods were the wood’s oil content, whether the wood was porous, its density and its toxicity, even down to the odor or whether it can stain linens. 

In the end, Maple wood, Bloodwood, Jatoba and Mexican Ebony were chosen as the four woods to make into Earlywood’s range of spreaders, flat spatulas, servers and stirrers.

Jatoba has a wavy interlocking grain and comes in either a deep red or yellowish brown color. Known as a very strong wood with shock and rot resistant properties, Jatoba is commonly used in industrial settings such as flooring and tool handles. The hue can sometimes darken with age and as with all Earlywood products, can last for a lifetime with the right amount of care.

Hard Maple, most commonly used for products that will hold up to a lot of abuse, is one of the hardest woods in North America. With light tones ranging from buttery yellow to gold, it is commonly used for gym floors, baseball bats or butcher blocks. It can be identified with its straight grain and fine pores.

Bloodwood, with its dramatic rich hues ranging from pinkish red to reddish brown, is the densest wood out of the four and is almost as strong as stainless steel. Some of its characteristics include small pores, irregular grain patterns and a fine texture. Bloodwood also ages nicely, retaining most of its color.

Mexican Ebony is identified by its unique coloring, which is typically dark black with purple shades and a light yellow edge from time to time. Practically waterproof and unbreakable, Mexican Ebony is most commonly used in flooring and fine furniture. Its hue lightens first and darkens with age.

Why we love Earlywood Designs | buymeonce.com

Versatility and Ergonomically Designed

Earlywood’s products are designed to have the everyday cook in mind. Ergonomically friendly and versatile, the tools can be used for a variety of settings. Take for example Earlywood’s bestselling flat sauté, a thin spatula that’s made out of a single piece of wood. The beauty of its long straight edges allow it to be used with just about anything: from mixing, scraping, flipping and even tossing salads, if two sautés are used. 

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Even handles are considered, with shapes that are easy to grip and comfortable, some long enough to be used in jugs. The deep bowls in Earlywood’s ladles and serving spoons also allow them to be used with the thickest stews and soups, ready to easily dig in. 

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American Made Products

Proudly made in the USA, buying Earlywood products supports the local economy. All of Earlywood’s products are handmade in Red Lodge, a pocket of wilderness paradise located at the base of Beartooth Mountains in Montana. A small team manufactures these products and rigorously checks them before dispatching them around the country, making sure that no products have any defects such as cracks or grain orientations that can cause warping. 

Sustainability

All of Earlywood products are backed with a lifetime guarantee, saving the environment and our customers money.

Sourcing out the best hardwoods means looking past North America. While some of the hardwoods are sourced within the continent, some are sourced in Central and South America. To offset this, Earlywood donates $1 per order to plant trees in Brazil. They also use lumber efficiently, ensuring that scraps such as sawdust and even lumber pieces are repurposed. 

Scrap pieces that are big enough are sold as pen blanks, which are used to turn into lathes that would eventually end up as wooden pens. Sawdust is mixed with newspaper pulp to create recycled fire logs, all done locally and sold around Red Lodge by yet another local entrepreneur!  

 

There’s an Earlywood product for just about anyone, whether they’re a baker, a weekend cook, a cocktail enthusiast or a salad fanatic. Their kitchen utensil sets are also perfect for first home nesters, weddings and birthdays!

 

Check out Earlywood’s range here.

You can also check out our other durable kitchen gadgets here.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2020-04-09T07:08:00-0400 2020-04-09T07:08:00-0400 The BuyMeOnce Research Process Jasmine Vorley


How exactly do we choose our products? In order to ensure we are selling true long-lasting items of quality, we must be highly discerning. Our thorough, in-depth research takes us through a product’s design, construction and manufacture, so you can rest assured you’re buying something that will stand the test of time, from someone you can trust. We conduct rigorous research, question the manufacturer and test out samples, before discussing in-house the pros and cons of a product. Only once these steps have been taken do we consider launching a brand to our site.  We are a small team of researchers, whose combined knowledge spans a wide range of product expertise. Our research is always independent - no company can pay to be on BuyMeOnce. We take on products from both established heritage names and innovative new brands championing product longevity. There are six main considerations we take into account during our research process:   Quality materials If a product is claiming to last a very long time, it has to be made of quality stuff. We look for materials that are a cut above the rest: strong, functional and resistant to wear and tear. For instance, our bestselling Solidteknics pans are made from wrought iron, which offers...]]>

How exactly do we choose our products?


In order to ensure we are selling true long-lasting items of quality, we must be highly discerning. Our thorough, in-depth research takes us through a product’s design, construction and manufacture, so you can rest assured you’re buying something that will stand the test of time, from someone you can trust. We conduct rigorous research, question the manufacturer and test out samples, before discussing in-house the pros and cons of a product. Only once these steps have been taken do we consider launching a brand to our site. 


We are a small team of researchers, whose combined knowledge spans a wide range of product expertise. Our research is always independent - no company can pay to be on BuyMeOnce. We take on products from both established heritage names and innovative new brands championing product longevity.


There are six main considerations we take into account during our research process:

 

Quality materials

If a product is claiming to last a very long time, it has to be made of quality stuff. We look for materials that are a cut above the rest: strong, functional and resistant to wear and tear. For instance, our bestselling Solidteknics pans are made from wrought iron, which offers the same fantastic cooking experience as cast iron whilst being stronger and lighter.

Outstanding construction

Expert craftsmanship is essential to turning these quality materials into a great product. Our partners carefully consider all aspects of their product’s construction, excelling in durability when a lesser product would break or fail. Our Blunt umbrellas, for example, have a high-tension reinforced canopy for incredible strength in all weather.

Exceptional aftercare

We look for manufacturers who take product longevity seriously. Watertight guarantees and affordable repair services ensure your product can be fixed, replaced or refunded years down the line. Our Darn Tough socks, for instance, are covered by a no-quibble lifetime guarantee. Not all of our products come with guarantees, but because we have deemed them to be best in class, you can get in touch with BuyMeOnce about any product you’re unsatisfied with.

Timeless design

A product can be incredibly well-made, but if you fall out of love with it, it will get thrown away anyway. This is why we look for products that have timeless, classic designs, which won’t become dated and could even improve with age. Blackhorse Lane Ateliers’ raw denim jeans are a great example - this classic garment fades and shapes to your body over time, creating jeans unique to you.

Responsibly made

We love products which are made with people and the environment in mind. We require basic ethical manufacturing standards from all our partners, and celebrate those going the extra mile. For example, Elvis and Kresse accessories are made entirely in one factory from ultra-tough recycled British firehose, and 50% of all their profits are donated to charity. We also support organic and Fair Trade products, and love single-use swaps - but we look for durability first and foremost.

Innovative Design

We love finding designs which extend a product’s lifespan in innovative ways, beyond durability. Examples include kids’ shoes which can grow with a child, a cot that expands into a bed, or modular headphones that can be repaired or upgraded with ease. We know that products don’t only get thrown away because they break, and we want to approach this issue from all angles.

 

If you think you know of something that fits the bill, please get in touch! We’re always looking for new long-lasting products, from companies both big and small.

 

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-12-24T11:07:00-0500 2019-12-24T11:07:00-0500 BuyMeOnce’s 8 Reasons to be Optimistic for 2020 Jasmine Vorley


So, the decade is drawing a close. It’s been a blur of political division, raging technological advances and beloved celebrities dropping like flies. As we emerge blinking from the 2010s, a bit more mentally and physically haggard than when we went in, it may seem as if there isn’t much on the horizon to look forward to.  But just because good news doesn’t get as many views, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. You don’t have to look far to find the emerging fruits of positive change in the world, or the individual bright sparks championing their communities and the environment. Here are just a few reasons to help you step into 2020 with hope and motivation!   1. We’re fighting planned obsolescence This decade has seen a big increase in the public awareness of planned obsolescence. France in particular has been leading the cause, passing a law in 2015 making it illegal to purposefully design products with a limited lifespan - and they took Apple to court! In 2017, the EU accepted a resolution to tackle the issue, to make products more repairable, have longer warranties and to state their minimal life expectancy as a rule. This is a really...]]>

So, the decade is drawing a close. It’s been a blur of political division, raging technological advances and beloved celebrities dropping like flies. As we emerge blinking from the 2010s, a bit more mentally and physically haggard than when we went in, it may seem as if there isn’t much on the horizon to look forward to. 

But just because good news doesn’t get as many views, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. You don’t have to look far to find the emerging fruits of positive change in the world, or the individual bright sparks championing their communities and the environment. Here are just a few reasons to help you step into 2020 with hope and motivation!

 

1. We’re fighting planned obsolescence

    This decade has seen a big increase in the public awareness of planned obsolescence. France in particular has been leading the cause, passing a law in 2015 making it illegal to purposefully design products with a limited lifespan - and they took Apple to court! In 2017, the EU accepted a resolution to tackle the issue, to make products more repairable, have longer warranties and to state their minimal life expectancy as a rule. This is a really exciting time for BuyMeOnce, and tells us that people have had enough of the increasing disposability of the stuff in their lives!

    2. The rise and rise of renewables

      Renewable energy has seen incredible growth this decade, with records in the UK shattering year after year. Sunny weather in May this year caused solar power to reach all-time highs, and offshore wind hit a renewable energy record this month when it provided more than 40% of our power. Renewable energy projects receive double the amount of investment compared to fossil fuel, and what’s more, 12 out of a total 18 coal-fired power stations closed in the UK this decade.

      3. We’re turning away from stuff

        There’s no doubt about it - growing numbers of people have stopped looking towards material goods for happiness, and are spending on experiences instead. Today, 65% of adults say they would rather spend money on experiences than possessions, rising to 72% of millennials. Not only is this a departure from wasteful consumerism, this can also encourage money to stay within communities as people invest in local restaurants, theaters and other real-world activities.

        4. Single-use plastics are on the decline

          Since David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II aired in 2017, single-use plastics have been catapulted into the public consciousness. 53% of consumers report using less single-use plastics out of environmental concern, and hundreds of companies big and small have signed up to public pledges to cut their use. This is a fantastic example of public outcry making a real difference, showing what a force for change we are capable of being!

          5. Second hand is no longer second best

            The second hand clothing market is booming, with people choosing pre-loved to save money, find higher-quality items and help the planet. Studies show the stigma around second hand goods is diminishing, and a high proportion of people are even comfortable giving and receiving used items as gifts. Our growing love of vintage clothing, as well as other goods like refurbished electronics, is a great sign that we’re moving towards more conscious consumerism.

            6. Incredible eco innovations

              As we’re battered by news detailing the climate crisis we’re facing, we can find hope in the innovators taking matters into their own hands. Just one exciting example of green technology making a real difference is the development of tree-planting drone tech. By hugely speeding up the process of reforestation, ambitious planting targets could be within our reach. Trees are cheap, natural carbon-capture machines, and planting billions of them may well be the most effective way to combat climate change. It goes to show that technology doesn’t have to be at odds with nature, and that human creativity and innovation may be the key to our survival.

              7. Rewilding is go

                At times a controversial topic, worldwide rewilding projects - where biodiversity is encouraged back into habitats where it has been lost - have been hugely successful in recent years. Though more well-known for the reintroduction of lost species such as bison, wolves and beavers, rewilding focuses more broadly on restoring the balance of nature so that ecosystems can thrive by themselves. The UK has seen a plethora of rewilding projects both big and small achieving great success, demonstrating clearly that given half a chance, nature can bounce back!

                8. The success of social enterprises

                  Social enterprises - businesses which put people and planet before profit - are on the rise in this country, with over 100,000 now operating in the UK, and 42% of them less than five years old. These innovative, ambitious groups are tackling issues such as homelessness and structural inequality, by creating jobs for those most marginalized. New research shows social enterprises are even outperforming traditional businesses on turnover growth!




                  So, we hope we’ve inspired you to keep your chin up and see the good still flourishing in the world. Make 2020 your year to do more for your community and the planet. The world is full of positive people with a passion for change - after all, sinking into despair never made a difference!

                  And of course, whilst it’s important never to give up, we realize that we all need to take a rest once in a while. The BuyMeOnce team have been off thoroughly recharging and getting inspired over the holidays - have a look at what books we’ve been reading here. You can also see which were some of our most viewed articles of 2019 here

                   

                   

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-12-24T11:07:00-0500 2019-12-24T11:07:00-0500 What's BuyMeOnce reading right now? Jasmine Vorley


                  Following the weeks of Christmas craziness, the BuyMeOnce team are all allowing themselves a collective exhale. The holidays are the perfect time to take stock, reflect and take on inspiration for the new year ahead. And what better way than to get stuck into a good book?  If you’re anything like me, you may struggle to make the time to read when online distractions are so abundant. So together, the team have pledged to take a bit of offline respite this season with some new year reads. Here’s what we’ve got our noses in right now: Ben Learn to Code Now by SUPERHi I bought this book earlier this year, as part of an active pursuit into teaching myself to code at the time, but I’m sure we all know the familiar story - I have barely got past the first couple of pages. SUPERHi is a coding platform and school, with the book covering HTML, CSS and Javascript in a way I haven’t had done at a foundational level. Wish me luck.  Lily The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power Memoir is generally a genre that fascinates me, but I specifically found myself drawn to this book after hearing...]]>
                  Following the weeks of Christmas craziness, the BuyMeOnce team are all allowing themselves a collective exhale. The holidays are the perfect time to take stock, reflect and take on inspiration for the new year ahead. And what better way than to get stuck into a good book? 

                  If you’re anything like me, you may struggle to make the time to read when online distractions are so abundant. So together, the team have pledged to take a bit of offline respite this season with some new year reads. Here’s what we’ve got our noses in right now:

                  Ben

                  Learn to Code Now by SUPERHi

                  I bought this book earlier this year, as part of an active pursuit into teaching myself to code at the time, but I’m sure we all know the familiar story - I have barely got past the first couple of pages. SUPERHi is a coding platform and school, with the book covering HTML, CSS and Javascript in a way I haven’t had done at a foundational level. Wish me luck. 

                  Lily

                  The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power

                  Memoir is generally a genre that fascinates me, but I specifically found myself drawn to this book after hearing the author speak so eloquently and candidly about her work both as a war correspondent and as the US Ambassador to the UN in the Obama administration.

                  I’m also inspired by Power’s ability to combine a career of this magnitude with the demands of a growing family; as a mother of two little ones, I’m intrigued to learn how she balanced life and what sacrifices were made. 

                  Admittedly not the most Christmassy of reads, but given the issues of our time, I feel that trying to make sense of, and understand, how those in positions of influence navigate the political landscape is so important. 

                  Tara

                  The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide by Jen Gale

                  For someone passionate about the environment it's been a bumpy year, which is why I'm so excited about this book hitting bookstores. This satisfyingly chunky book shows you "how to change your impact without radically changing your life”. I'm also honoured that the author, Jen, came to me to ask for my expert solutions around impulse buying, which you can find on page 16! 

                  Jen offers practical solutions and points you to organisations that can help you. And that's the key thing, we can't do this on our own! We need businesses to make it easier for us to do the right thing.

                  This truth really focusses my mind for 2020. How can I make BuyMeOnce more useful so more people will want to take part in long-term buying? Spreading the truth that this is the best thing we can do for the environment is my personal mission, and the reason that BuyMeOnce exists. If I'm ever tired at work, I can take strength from the power of this mission, the importance that it succeeds, and what it will mean for us all if we do not. 

                  Jana

                  Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

                  Self reflection this time of the year is very important to me. 

                  I believe in the power of positive manifestations and this book, a classic in its heyday, is a how-to book on how to use mental imagery and affirmation to produce positive changes into my life. I love occasionally dabbling into motivational books written by Tony Robbins, Esther and Jerry Hicks or Deepak Chopra for inspiration and motivation, especially when faced with a New Year ahead and a desire to be better in all the things I do.

                  The late Shaki Gawain’s writing style has been heralded as simple and easy to follow, which is perfect for that week, when I’ll no doubt be distracted by friends who have stayed back in the city and want to catch up. Her book will be savored at home, on the subway, whilst waiting for friends, in the mornings after meditation and at night before I turn over to sleep.                                                                                

                  Jasmine

                  Cool It - The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming by Bjørn Lomborg

                  I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now, and the holidays are the perfect opportunity to get into some meaty non-fiction. Bjørn Lomborg is a Danish statistician putting forward the idea that the disaster-and-doom language of the media has resulted in a collective hysteria over the climate change issue. Taking a practical and humanist view, he suggests that tackling issues such as HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and the provision of clean water are cheaper, more achievable and would save more lives. 

                  At a time when 'climate anxiety' is peaking, and I often feel resigned to the world’s demise, this is a very attractive notion. However, Lomborg has been accused of cherry-picking facts, belittling environmentalists and swinging too far the other way, to suggest there isn't much to worry about. I'll keep my critical hat on during the journey.

                  Georgie

                  Becoming by Michelle Obama

                  This year over the Christmas period I’ll be picking up Michelle Obama’s “Becoming.” As a literature graduate it’s always been my natural tendency to devour fiction, so in 2020 I’m making a conscious effort to expand my non-fiction horizons - however, I also want something warm, inspiring and easy to read over Christmas. It’s hard to deny things in the world are, right now, erring on the bleak and scary side.

                  When it was first published it was impossible to make a journey in London without seeing “Becoming” hovering in front of two or three people’s faces (not to even mention instagram), so I’m hopeful that it’s going to be a page turner. Mostly, however, I want to read this book because I’m conscious that next year is going to require some serious energy and motivation. This first year of the new decade is going to be a crucial one, not just for me and for BuyMeOnce but for the planet as well. Hopefully this lauded memoir written by a strong, powerful, warm and humble woman will be just what’s needed to reassure me that our small individual actions can really matter. No pressure, Michelle, but I’m counting on you.

                  James

                  Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

                  The thrill of starting anything new is hard to escape, and for me books are the ultimate problem. I start books by the dozen, make good progress, and then get excited by a newer, more freshly recommended book. This Christmas I want to tie up all remaining loose threads.

                  Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing is the driving force behind that personal quest. I managed to get 100 pages in, enthralled by its effortless blend of history and fiction. And then I put it down.

                  It’s a book about China old and new, of desperation and hope. Like many great novels, it’s also at its heart a book about books. The most vivid passages take place as our young narrator is read a story by their student house-guest - a post-Tiananmen refugee in Canada.

                  The spellbinding novel she’s reading is unfinished - it stops halfway through a sentence. They would have ached to know how that story ended. I owe it to those characters to finish theirs.

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-12-23T16:43:00-0500 2019-12-23T16:43:00-0500 A Wrap of the Most Durable Articles of 2019 Ben Manassah


                  No prizes for guessing what topics were the most popular with our readers and followers in 2019. Buying long lasting products. We believe if more of us can think about buying durable products, we can use it as an accessible entry point to sustainability and save you money.  End of an Era: Dr Martens scrap their lifetime guaranteed “For Life” range Interestingly, a lot of people revisited around the same time as the Guardian broke a piece about the declining quality standards in Dr Martens. In the early days of BuyMeOnce we were strong advocates of Dr Martens as a British-made product for life, but this is when we shifted that position.  Verdict: The Most Durable Pair of Jeans Brand in the World Written a while ago, but still as popular as ever. We set out on a search to find the most durable jeans in the world. We were looking for them to last a lifetime rather than a year, jeans with a low cost-per-use, and to give a feeling of ownership and individuality. The Only Shoes You’ll Ever Need to Buy This one is pretty self explanatory. A roundup of the features to think about when shopping for...]]>

                  No prizes for guessing what topics were the most popular with our readers and followers in 2019. Buying long lasting products. We believe if more of us can think about buying durable products, we can use it as an accessible entry point to sustainability and save you money. 


                  End of an Era: Dr Martens scrap their lifetime guaranteed “For Life” range

                  Interestingly, a lot of people revisited around the same time as the Guardian broke a piece about the declining quality standards in Dr Martens. In the early days of BuyMeOnce we were strong advocates of Dr Martens as a British-made product for life, but this is when we shifted that position. 

                  Verdict: The Most Durable Pair of Jeans Brand in the World

                  Written a while ago, but still as popular as ever. We set out on a search to find the most durable jeans in the world. We were looking for them to last a lifetime rather than a year, jeans with a low cost-per-use, and to give a feeling of ownership and individuality.

                  The Only Shoes You’ll Ever Need to Buy

                  This one is pretty self explanatory. A roundup of the features to think about when shopping for your next pair, and brands to keep front of mind.  Keep an eye out for an updated version of this article in early 2020. 

                  Tara Button: How it felt to meet The Minimalists

                  On a visit to the US this year, Tara was fortunate enough to meet Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus - founders of The Minimalists podcast. Despite being on the decluttering journey for a number of years Tara felt as though there were a lot of overlap in their approaches to minimalism as a tool to be used in everyday life.

                  What makes a BuyMeOnce product

                  This is a great place to start if you’ve only just recently discovered us. Lily runs through three of the most asked questions we get about what we do, why we do it and what makes a BuyMeOnce product, unpacking some of our jargon. 

                  5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Investing in Activewear

                  This feels like a good time to revisit this one. We wrote it at the start of the year, with exercise and new year resolutions in mind. It’s about thinking about how you might invest in high quality gym gear that is going to last, there is more to consider than pure durability. A drawer full of beautiful, expensive but unworn fitness gear is just as bad a guilt-trip as the unused gym membership eroding your bank balance each month. In both cases the key to success is trying to figure out what will work best for you before you splash any cash. 

                   

                   

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-12-23T16:37:00-0500 2019-12-23T16:37:00-0500 Tara Button: 2019 in Review Tara Button


                  Oh what a year it has been! Startup life is full of learning curves and curveballs, bringing fun, frustration and fizzing excitement. This year began on a high! After a great first Christmas on our new website, we felt ready to join the big-girl companies and approach professional investors for funding. There was a lot to learn, and pitching BuyMeOnce in front of 50 environmental investors perhaps still counts as one of  my most exhilarating and terrifying moments ever. It paid off though, with the Green Angel Syndicate coming in to fund our enterprise. As a company with a mission to help us as consumers, it made sense to open ownership to customer champions. We offered our community a chance to own a part of BuyMeOnce and help it prosper, with a crowdfunding raise on Crowdcube. Summertime was crunch time, with the raise closing and the launch of the BuyMeOnce awards. The night was a wonderful success, and it was brilliant to be able to bring together some of the most extraordinary brands in the world in one space, recognizing the amazing work they do. We planted a tree, to symbolize their long-term commitment to the planet. With summer on the...]]>

                  Oh what a year it has been!

                  Startup life is full of learning curves and curveballs, bringing fun, frustration and fizzing excitement.

                  This year began on a high! After a great first Christmas on our new website, we felt ready to join the big-girl companies and approach professional investors for funding.

                  There was a lot to learn, and pitching BuyMeOnce in front of 50 environmental investors perhaps still counts as one of  my most exhilarating and terrifying moments ever. It paid off though, with the Green Angel Syndicate coming in to fund our enterprise.

                  As a company with a mission to help us as consumers, it made sense to open ownership to customer champions. We offered our community a chance to own a part of BuyMeOnce and help it prosper, with a crowdfunding raise on Crowdcube.

                  Summertime was crunch time, with the raise closing and the launch of the BuyMeOnce awards. The night was a wonderful success, and it was brilliant to be able to bring together some of the most extraordinary brands in the world in one space, recognizing the amazing work they do. We planted a tree, to symbolize their long-term commitment to the planet.

                  With summer on the turn, we were able to claim victory on the funding front, smashing through our target of £300k on Crowdcube and finally achieving £600k of investment.

                  Autumn threw us a couple of curve balls in the form of an unforeseen office move. As luck would have it, a new office with Sustainable Workspaces opened up just in time to prevent disaster!

                  The second curve ball was the departure of our lovely long-term marketing champion Amanda. Having worked miracles doing the job of 25 people as our marketing manager, she has left to pursue her passion for all things cake! We will miss her and all the yummy recipes she brought in every Monday. If you’re interested in sugar-free baking check out her flourishing blog Naturally Sweet Kitchen.

                  As the clocks went back and we all started to wonder where the sun had gone, we were joined by two fantastic new members of staff. Ben is our new super Marketing Manager, who brings Aussie charisma and suitcases packed full of experience. And Jasmine, our new Researcher who jumped right in to using her expert design eye to find you guys the best products on the planet.

                  And finally, as Christmas approached we put on a show with three pop-up shops in London. Thank you so much to everyone who came down! 

                  Hopes for the new year

                  2019 may have been tumultuous in many ways, but there are reasons to be cheerful. Never before has climate change gathered so much momentum - this is the year that the message reached a tipping point with the general population. We will continue to help those who want to make a change in how they consume by recognizing that people need things in their lives - the difference is that we encourage people to buy once and buy well. 

                  As always - help us spread the word about buying for life. 

                  Thank you. 

                   

                  Love,

                  Tara

                   

                   Photo: @marrbel pebblefestive 2019

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-12-04T16:30:00-0500 2019-12-04T16:30:00-0500 7 Made in America Gift Ideas Jana Pleyto


                  When picking out lasting gifts, do you often wonder if where the products were made should be a priority? We believe it should. There are so many reasons to support locally-made manufacturers; here are just a few: The Economy. Buying locally-made supports the national economy; think of it as recycling your hard-earned cash back into your own community, where it can then support other local businesses and governments in turn. Jobs. If demand for a certain product grows past the current capacity, the only solution for companies is to hire more people to help supply it, creating more local jobs! Human rights. With local manufacturers, it’s far easier to be sure that you’re supporting a company that is well-versed in the laws and codes promoting safe, ethical working conditions. The Environment. Buying within your own country not only helps reduce oil and gas emissions but greatly reduces excess packaging such as cartons, containers and plastics that are often used during long transportation. If you’re thinking of purchasing some locally-made gifts this year, we’ve curated a little list of American-made built-to-last buys just for you! For Her Capsule Wardrobe Jennifer Bamboo Dress, $98 This Jennifer Dress is a perfect dress to reach for during the warmer seasons. Made...]]>
                  When picking out lasting gifts, do you often wonder if where the products were made should be a priority? We believe it should. There are so many reasons to support locally-made manufacturers; here are just a few:

                  The Economy. Buying locally-made supports the national economy; think of it as recycling your hard-earned cash back into your own community, where it can then support other local businesses and governments in turn.

                  Jobs. If demand for a certain product grows past the current capacity, the only solution for companies is to hire more people to help supply it, creating more local jobs!

                  Human rights. With local manufacturers, it’s far easier to be sure that you’re supporting a company that is well-versed in the laws and codes promoting safe, ethical working conditions.

                  The Environment. Buying within your own country not only helps reduce oil and gas emissions but greatly reduces excess packaging such as cartons, containers and plastics that are often used during long transportation.

                  If you’re thinking of purchasing some locally-made gifts this year, we’ve curated a little list of American-made built-to-last buys just for you!

                  For Her Capsule Wardrobe

                  BuyMeOnce | The New Blak

                  Jennifer Bamboo Dress, $98

                  This Jennifer Dress is a perfect dress to reach for during the warmer seasons. Made from moisture-wicking bamboo, it will keep you cool in the summer and holds its shape and softness throughout the years.

                  We love this American-made brand for not making us choose between style and sustainability. The New Blak is a woman-owned brand founded in Louisville, Kentucky focusing on slow fashion and using breathable and durable natural fabrics. We also love their zero waste approach to their business model, repurposing off cuts and producing cutting patterns that minimize fabric waste.

                  For Their New Home

                  Classic Rim, 45 Piece Set, $189.95

                  This classic rim flatware set is the perfect gift for new home nesters. The pieces are not just beautiful to look at - they have excellent balance and weight, and are polished to a beautiful mirror finish. For added peace of mind, they come with a 25 year guarantee.

                  Liberty Tabletop’s entire operation is based in the United States. They are one of the only remaining flatware companies to still employ local craftsmen while using high quality, 18/10 stainless steel from US steel mills.

                  For His City Adventures

                  Heavy Duty Tee, $58

                  Made from cotton jersey fabric knit, this heavy duty t-shirt is versatile and looks good all year round. 

                  A family-run business based in Portland, Oregon, Dehen 1920 chose durable workmanship over cheap, mass production by keeping their factory in the same city in which it was founded despite pressure to move production overseas. 

                  For the Food Network Junkie

                  5 Quart Dutch Oven, $300

                  For the foodie in your life, you can’t go wrong with this incredibly durable Finex 5 Quart Dutch Oven. It comes with thick walls and a solid bottom to ensure even-cooking heat retention and distribution, making it the perfect pot to use for a lifetime of stews, soups and even bread!

                  Proudly American-made, Finex was also founded in Portland, Oregon, and each pan is still polished, seasoned and assembled by hand in the City of Roses. They’ve successfully merged the durable qualities of antique cast iron pans with modern touches such as easy-to-pour shapes and ergonomic handles. 

                  For the Wandering Adventurer

                  Wanderer, $280

                  The Wanderer is a medium-sized travel bag great for carrying all the essentials, made out of durable burly canvas with high stress seams. With a lifetime guarantee that covers craftsmanship and hardware, you’ll be certain that this bag will withstand the rigors of traveling, may it be hiking, canoeing or a weekend city break.

                  Born in the late 1800s, Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and backpack making company in America, providing premium handcrafted wares meticulously handcrafted by dedicated artisans who individually work on each piece.

                  For the Little One to Cuddle

                  15 inch Buddy Plush Teddy Bear, $39.99

                  Is there a newborn or cuddly toddler on your list this year? If so, we couldn’t suggest a more perfect lifetime gift than a teddy bear. Lots of us have kept our childhood teddies, and it’s always such a joy to pass them down a generation. Teddies are friends with whom we grow up and grow old.

                  The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is unique in that it guarantees all its bears for life and will fix them in their “Bear Hospital” if they have a mishap. This gorgeous cuddly bear with short, plush fur is handmade in Vermont, USA, using the softest fur they could get their paws on and 100% recycled stuffing.

                  For the Meal Prep Planner

                  Variety Pack, Reusable Bags, $64

                  The Vejibag is made out of 100% unbleached organic cotton grown and milled in the USA and sewn by a worker-owned factory in Valdese, North Carolina. This pack of three will not only keep produce fresh thanks to their innovative breathable material, but will also eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic bags ending in landfill.

                  The Vejibag is founded by a greenhouse owner looking for a plastic-free alternative in keeping her newly purchased produce fresh, and she took inspiration from the age-old trick of wrapping vegetables in moistened tea towels or burlap.

                   

                  Still not sure? A Gift for Life Card is always a thoughtful idea. 

                   

                   

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-12-04T04:41:00-0500 2019-12-04T04:41:00-0500 9 Reasons Why a Gift Card is the Ultimate Christmas Present Jasmine Vorley


                  Here at BuyMeOnce, we know that even with our staggering range of high-quality products on offer this holiday season, you’re never guaranteed to get it right when it comes to gifting. In fact, for a truly conscious Christmas, should you even buy presents at all? We believe you can banish unnecessary, wasteful consumption - without being a total Scrooge! The answer? Gift cards. With the launch of our new Gift for Life Card, we want to champion the idea that the humble gift voucher is the pinnacle of conscious gifting. Here’s why:   1. No more unwanted gifts Did you know it’s been estimated that in the US we will spend close to $10 billion on unwanted gifts this Christmas? Buying things that aren’t wanted is not just awkward - it’s an offensive waste of money, time and stuff. By giving the gift of choice, a gift card eliminates the chance of a disappointing present, and empowers your loved one to choose something they actually need. 2. It’s kinder to the environment It’s not just unwanted gifts that might find their way to landfill. If you’re on a budget, choosing cheaply-made options for Christmas does no one any favors, as planned obsolescence...]]>

                  Here at BuyMeOnce, we know that even with our staggering range of high-quality products on offer this holiday season, you’re never guaranteed to get it right when it comes to gifting. In fact, for a truly conscious Christmas, should you even buy presents at all? We believe you can banish unnecessary, wasteful consumption - without being a total Scrooge! The answer? Gift cards. With the launch of our new Gift for Life Card, we want to champion the idea that the humble gift voucher is the pinnacle of conscious gifting. Here’s why:

                   

                  1. No more unwanted gifts

                  Did you know it’s been estimated that in the US we will spend close to $10 billion on unwanted gifts this Christmas? Buying things that aren’t wanted is not just awkward - it’s an offensive waste of money, time and stuff. By giving the gift of choice, a gift card eliminates the chance of a disappointing present, and empowers your loved one to choose something they actually need.

                  2. It’s kinder to the environment

                  It’s not just unwanted gifts that might find their way to landfill. If you’re on a budget, choosing cheaply-made options for Christmas does no one any favors, as planned obsolescence means many items won’t last until January. A Gift for Life card can be put towards the purchase of sustainably-made, eco friendly item that could last a lifetime. And no wasteful wrapping paper required! 

                  3. Don’t rush into a bad purchase

                  We’ve all been there - that anxiety-fuelled power walk around the high street in late December, buying a ‘that’ll do’ gift you know isn’t right just before the shops close. Purchasing a Gift for Life Card is not only stress-free and instantaneous, it allows the recipient to carefully select their own gift, without any rush.

                  4. Contribute to something bigger

                  Would you rather have one amazing present, or ten rubbish ones? It may be that what your loved one really wants for Christmas is a dream item, that neither of you can afford alone. With a gift card, you can contribute to the purchase of the ultimate present, whilst working within a budget that works for you. 

                  5. It forces them to treat themselves!

                  To truly give the gift of choice, why wouldn’t you just give cash? As we all know, life gets in the way, and it can be difficult to put money aside into making a dedicated ‘treat’ purchase for ourselves, even when instructed to. A gift card is a conscious Christmas present that means your giftee will pick out something they love, instead of the weekly shop.

                  6. Money well spent

                  The festive gift-giving expectations we place upon ourselves are so strong, we easily forget our money is hard-earned, and shouldn’t be thrown away thoughtlessly! Gift cards ensure that gift purchases are productive, thought-through and wanted. This is a way to respect your money, and the time you spent earning it.

                  7. There’s no accounting for taste

                  Clothing and accessories consistently top the list of gifts that miss the mark. This is because taste and style are so personal, even if you think you know what someone likes, it’s fairly likely you don’t. Even worse, now they have to wear it every time they see you! Let them choose something they actually love, avoiding any awkward unwrapping moments.

                  8. Perfect for Secret Santa

                  Is Steve that guy from accounting? Or the HR manager who made the email blunder that one time? What color socks does he like? Secret Santa purchases are often difficult, but they don’t have to result in thoughtless, random gifts. Instead, let your colleague or friend pick a quality item they truly love with a Gift for Life Card!

                  9. Loved for life

                  ‘Emotional durability’ means an item’s ability to stand the test of time as a loved object. Maybe you’ll buy your dad that wallet with the lifetime warranty on it - but what if he hates the design? You can’t always guarantee a gift will stay in someone’s life forever, but by letting them choose, it’s far more likely to happen!



                  So, do you think gift cards get a bad rep? If you’re ready to pare down your Christmas and give the gift of choice, check out the new Gift for Life Card by BuyMeOnce.

                  Or are you wedded to the idea of buying physical gifts?  If you want to find sustainable gifts of quality, take a look at our Conscious Christmas page, where you can find gift guides by values such as Zero Waste or Made in the USA. 

                   


                  From all of us at BuyMeOnce, we’d like to wish you a happy and conscious Christmas. 

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-11-23T19:26:00-0500 2019-11-23T19:26:00-0500 25 Lasting Personal Gifts for Everyone Jana Pleyto


                  Buying for life doesn’t mean buying generic. Sure, there’s the allure of novelty presents for stocking fillers, but most often these products are cheaply made and won't last to ring in the new year. Buying a personal gift for someone isn’t a challenge, and the key is taste and meaning – pick carefully the items that warrant a touch of the extraordinary. Here’s our guide to the BuyMeOnce personal gifts that are all exceptionally made to last.  We’re certain that you’ll make any recipient, may it be your loved ones or yourself dear reader, feel extra special. No novelty mugs here. Womens For the sustainable fashionista, Mantari offers fair trade certified cold weather alpaca wool scarves and sweaters such as this gorgeously soft tie sweater and this warm scarf.  You can’t go wrong with classic pieces from The New Blak, another American brand that has the softest dresses made from bamboo, such as this versatile infinity party dress. For the professional woman, this Citizen’s Mark blazer is not only sleek and smart, but also a leader in sustainability, using factories that champion water conservation and solar power. Mens The man in your life will get a lot of wear from...]]>
                  Buying for life doesn’t mean buying generic. Sure, there’s the allure of novelty presents for stocking fillers, but most often these products are cheaply made and won't last to ring in the new year.

                  Buying a personal gift for someone isn’t a challenge, and the key is taste and meaning – pick carefully the items that warrant a touch of the extraordinary. Here’s our guide to the BuyMeOnce personal gifts that are all exceptionally made to last. 

                  We’re certain that you’ll make any recipient, may it be your loved ones or yourself dear reader, feel extra special. No novelty mugs here.

                  Womens

                  For the sustainable fashionista, Mantari offers fair trade certified cold weather alpaca wool scarves and sweaters such as this gorgeously soft tie sweater and this warm scarf. 

                  You can’t go wrong with classic pieces from The New Blak, another American brand that has the softest dresses made from bamboo, such as this versatile infinity party dress.

                  For the professional woman, this Citizen’s Mark blazer is not only sleek and smart, but also a leader in sustainability, using factories that champion water conservation and solar power.

                  25 LASTING PERSONAL GIFTS | buymeonce.com

                  Mens

                  The man in your life will get a lot of wear from Dehen 1920’s exceptional cold-weather pieces. Knitted on vintage post-war machines, this classic cardigan is made out of durable, worsted wool and backed by an exclusive lifetime guarantee.  

                  Men’s grooming products that have our vote include the Rockwell safety razor range, which all come with a lifetime guarantee.

                  Why not couple it with an upcycled Elvis and Kresse travel bag, made out of sturdy, decommissioned fire hose saved from the landfill?

                  Speaking of toiletries, this facial wash by Plaine Products is infused with Vitamin C and does not contain any harmful chemicals. Did we mention it comes in plastic free packaging and is refillable as well?

                  25 LASTING PERSONAL GIFTS FOR EVERYONE | buymeonce.com

                  Accessories

                  Feel good gifting a pair of stylish bamboo sunglasses by WearPanda, with each purchase going back to charities helping the earth and assisting those in need by giving a life-changing eye exam and a pair of prescription glasses.

                  Brave Soles’ amazing bags and wallets will delight any recipient, thanks to their artisan-made products from abandoned old tires and upcycled leather material.

                  This gorgeous Luks Linen scarf and Cano Huaraches both have traceable supply chains as well, beautifully handmade by local artisans in Turkey and Mexico respectively.

                  25 LASTING PERSONAL GIFTS - ACCESSORIES | buymeonce.com

                  Kids

                  

                  This bracelet by Sophia Faye Jewelry is made out of antimicrobial, non-toxic recycled sterling silver, and can also be used as a rattle, bangle and teether!

                  Vermont Teddy Bear’s cuddliest, softest teddy bear will be sure to delight any child and can be passed down to future generations, thanks to their amazing Bear Hospital program.

                  Little Miss Workbench’s toy camera is designed to simulate a child’s imagination and is made of sturdy wood.

                  We wish we had Wishbone ride-on toys growing up, and this modular bike made out of post-consumer recycled materials is also recyclable at the end of its life.

                  Whilst we’re on the subject of innovative products that grow with the child, team it up with a pair of expandable GroFive shoes which can grow up to five sizes! 

                  25 LASTING PERSONAL GIFTS - KIDS | buymeonce.com

                  Home

                  Santa will approve of this Ankarsrum kitchen mixer, which has an exceptional seven year guarantee and is still hand assembled and individually inspected in Sweden.

                  Kitchen tools made out of sturdy American hardwoods such as this set from Earlywood and this cheese board from Virginia Boys Kitchen will look good in any kitchen or entertainment setting.

                  When the warmer days roll around, this ergonomic ice cream scoop with a lifetime guarantee will be sure to impress and is exceptionally priced.

                  For the bar enthusiast, this Sertodo copper martini set is made to last and is visually appealing as well!

                  This plush mattress topper from sustainable bedding company Suite Sleep is a winner. Made from locally grown American Dream Wool and encased in a cotton sateen fabric, they’ll be thanking you for years to come for all the good sleep they’ll be getting!

                  25 LASTING PERSONAL GIFTS FOR EVERYONE - HOME | buymeonce.com
                  Looking for more inspiration? Shop our Conscious Christmas store here.
                  Still not sure? A Gift for Life Card is a thoughtful idea. 
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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-11-19T08:47:00-0500 2019-11-19T08:47:00-0500 Green Friday Friends: How BuyMeOnce is Fighting the Black Friday Frenzy Georgie Crosswell


                  Use our hashtag #GreenFridayFriends to get involved. What's wrong with Black Friday? Okay let's talk about it.  BuyMeOnce is all for taking advantage of sales to purchase things we really need, but Black Friday Weekend is a different beast altogether. Since it began in the early 1950’s, the weekend has marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and become synonymous with a temporary insanity.  This might be the extreme end of the scale, but at its core Black Friday is still all about exploiting consumers by encouraging people to switch off their rational shopping filters. It’s this impulsive attitude we’re fighting back against. How are we fighting back? We won't be pushing any sales across the weekend, and instead will be using the day to spread a message of calm, conscious consumerism. We're encouraging other brands like ourselves who want shoppers to buy well and buy mindfully and banded together to become Green Friday Friends. We’d love for you to join us by spreading the word on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #GreenFridayFriends. You can also take part by thinking carefully before taking advantage of any Black Friday sales – because a bargain sometimes has hidden costs.    ]]>

                  Use our hashtag #GreenFridayFriends to get involved.

                  What's wrong with Black Friday?

                  Okay let's talk about it. 

                  BuyMeOnce is all for taking advantage of sales to purchase things we really need, but Black Friday Weekend is a different beast altogether. Since it began in the early 1950’s, the weekend has marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and become synonymous with a temporary insanity. 

                  This might be the extreme end of the scale, but at its core Black Friday is still all about exploiting consumers by encouraging people to switch off their rational shopping filters. It’s this impulsive attitude we’re fighting back against.

                  How are we fighting back?

                  We won't be pushing any sales across the weekend, and instead will be using the day to spread a message of calm, conscious consumerism. We're encouraging other brands like ourselves who want shoppers to buy well and buy mindfully and banded together to become Green Friday Friends.

                  We’d love for you to join us by spreading the word on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #GreenFridayFriends. You can also take part by thinking carefully before taking advantage of any Black Friday sales – because a bargain sometimes has hidden costs.

                   

                   

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-11-15T12:52:00-0500 2019-11-15T12:52:00-0500 12 Tips of Christmas Gifting Tara Button


                  I completely empathize with Christmas panic buying because that has been my default for years… By October certain members of my family (everyone has them) have wrapped up all their presents and I’m like – “Christmas is ages away. I have loads of time.  I always mean to give myself time to get really personal presents. But the next time I look up it’s mid December and that’s all gone out the window. I then start to make some half-hearted moved towards present buying in my lunch breaks, buy two presents and feel like I’m half-way there and relax.  Then suddenly it’s Christmas week and I’m totally panicking and can’t believe that I’ve left it to the last minute again, even though I promised myself last year that it was far too stressful. I’ll literally run through the local shopping center in desperate hope that inspiration will strike and I’d find myself picking up random objects and asking myself “will this do”? Will I get away with this. Everyone loves a scented candle? Right? RIGHT? Because I’ve left no time to think or look properly, I end up buying something generic. But because it feel a little bit crap, I...]]>

                  I completely empathize with Christmas panic buying because that has been my default for years…

                  By October certain members of my family (everyone has them) have wrapped up all their presents and I’m like – “Christmas is ages away. I have loads of time. 

                  I always mean to give myself time to get really personal presents. But the next time I look up it’s mid December and that’s all gone out the window. I then start to make some half-hearted moved towards present buying in my lunch breaks, buy two presents and feel like I’m half-way there and relax. 

                  Then suddenly it’s Christmas week and I’m totally panicking and can’t believe that I’ve left it to the last minute again, even though I promised myself last year that it was far too stressful.

                  I’ll literally run through the local shopping center in desperate hope that inspiration will strike and I’d find myself picking up random objects and asking myself “will this do”? Will I get away with this. Everyone loves a scented candle? Right?

                  RIGHT?

                  Because I’ve left no time to think or look properly, I end up buying something generic. But because it feel a little bit crap, I end up “topping up” this gift with another present. So my loved one ends up with two generic things. And suddenly I’m spending way more than I meant to out of guilt!

                  I end up leaving myself open the novelty gift trap because at least if it’s not meaningful, we can laugh about how crap it is. No matter if they’ll never use it. It’s funny, Right?


                  Right??

                  It gets to Christmas Eve and I realize that a cousin I didn’t know would be coming is now going to be popping by and I have nothing to give them! I end up looking at my own possessions, feverishly wondering what I can wrap up. 

                  This has been my reality for years. It means I end up spending more, buying wastefully, buying things that people may not want to keep and the products may be inferior in quality and sustainability because I’m limited by what can be found in the shopping center or next day delivery. 


                  But this year, it will be different. 


                  Inspired by my book, A Life Less Throwaway, I have my mindful curation plan for gifting. This is to ensure that I buy gifts that will be truly appreciated and used in the long term rather than simply another product in someone’s house. 
                    

                  Here are my 12 rules of Christmas, 
                     

                   

                  1) “On-the first week of November....” write a list of everyone who needs to be recognised this Christmas in some way.


                  2) Try to get that list down - lots of people coming over over xmas week - suggest a secret santa!


                  3) What do you get someone who has everything? NOT another thing - with these types of people, plan an experience. If you think you might want to make a present, now is the time to get knitting / designing / carving or filming. 


                   4) Ask your list for the area they might need something new.  Craft items, tools for a particular hobby, household goods, or clothing. If they don’t give you an area, choose an area that you feel confident buying in – write down the area you’re planning on going for next to each person. Aim to have an area written down by 2nd week of November. 


                  5) In the 2nd week of November - get nosey to get a sense of their taste in that area. This might involve quick calls to spouses, or inviting yourself over. By the next week you should have 1-2 present ideas for each person. Think particularly about things that they might use or keep well into the long term. 


                  6) List your budget per person - this will help you choose which shops you go to. Shops like BuyMeOnce work well for this because we cover many product categories, but you can still shop for individual values and personalities. By the end of the week you should have something that looks like this:

                  Person  Area Idea Budget Bought Wrapped?
                  Husband Decor Personalized movie poster  Yes
                  Mum Experience Golf + Tea
                  Dad Experience Flying lesson Yes
                  Granny Clothing Make cashmere handwarmers
                  …..


                   7)  On 3rd week of Nov, check delivery times from those shops and order anything personalised. 


                  8)  Block out shopping time. Put it in the calendar. If the weekends are busy, consider taking a half day off to get it all done at once. Remember to shop by the values that you hold dear, whether its sustainability, ethical production, exquisite quality or local goods. 


                  9) While you’re shopping, pick up some nice local edible gifts to give to people who turn up unexpectedly or you suddenly remember.


                  10) Don’t forget to pick up wrapping while you shop. We suggest reusable wrapping like pretty fabric, or scarfs. If you must use paper, us recycled and recyclable paper. You can tell if it’s recyclable paper because it’s usually not shiny.


                  11)  By the 2nd week of December you should be all wrapped up. Time to crack out the mince pies and watch Elf again!


                  12)  Always include the gift receipt if you can. $900 million of unwanted gifts are given each year – you don’t want yours to be one of them.


                  So those are my 12 rules of Christmas Gift Buying and they come from the belief that a gift should be for life, not just for Christmas. We’re here to help people buy mindfully and find lovely, sustainable things that people can love for a lifetime. 

                  Good luck and have and awesome Christmas. You can shop at the BuyMeOnce Conscious Christmas shop here.


                  X Tara

                   

                   

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-11-11T09:33:00-0500 2019-11-11T09:33:00-0500 Lily’s guide to Christmas gifting BuyMeOnce USA


                  It’s that time of year again. Christmas and all that comes with it is drawing ever closer: cosy, festive fun with loved ones, all manner of celebrations including those office parties, indulgence in delicious seasonal treats, ice skating, winter fairs and of course – deep breath now – gift buying.  Think about how you buy, as much as you think about what you need to buy.  There’s no denying it; gifting can at times be scary and incredibly unfun. The anxiety of battling crowds with a list as long as your arm and absolutely no idea what they want or where to start can be overwhelming. Fear not, this year things are going to be different.  The best place to start your thinking is our Christmas Shop, but we’d also recommend keeping an eye out on our social media for lots of other help and hints. We wrote this guide way back in 2017, but we think the method still stands. Here is our guide to help you shop for gifts the BuyMeOnce way.  Think beyond Christmas Shops heavily promote seasonal gadgetry and novelty items aplenty this time of year. Try to resist. These items have a limited lifespan and are by and large pretty...]]>

                  It’s that time of year again. Christmas and all that comes with it is drawing ever closer: cosy, festive fun with loved ones, all manner of celebrations including those office parties, indulgence in delicious seasonal treats, ice skating, winter fairs and of course – deep breath now – gift buying. 

                  Think about how you buy, as much as you think about what you need to buy. 

                  There’s no denying it; gifting can at times be scary and incredibly unfun. The anxiety of battling crowds with a list as long as your arm and absolutely no idea what they want or where to start can be overwhelming. Fear not, this year things are going to be different. 

                  The best place to start your thinking is our Christmas Shop, but we’d also recommend keeping an eye out on our social media for lots of other help and hints. We wrote this guide way back in 2017, but we think the method still stands. Here is our guide to help you shop for gifts the BuyMeOnce way. 

                  Think beyond Christmas

                  Shops heavily promote seasonal gadgetry and novelty items aplenty this time of year. Try to resist. These items have a limited lifespan and are by and large pretty generic. Think beyond festive celebrations, and invest in gifts that are beautifully crafted and made to last. These are much more likely to be lovingly appreciated and add meaningful value to everyday life for generations to come.

                   

                  Don’t Panic

                  Don’t wait until Christmas Eve to start your shopping. This is sure-fire shortcut to a spiral of anxiety. Give yourself time, avoid the panic and enjoy what you’re doing. Giving a great gift can be a joyous experience – try not to lose sight of that! Small or large, the best gifts mean something to the recipient. These are the ones that will stand the test of time and will not immediately appear in the local charity shop. As stress levels heighten, the danger of the panic purchase increases. We spend money on things we’re not sure about and haven’t thoughtfully considered, so we have something to gift wrap and offer. This, BuyMeOnce-ers, does not a good gift make. A little calm preparation will help you avoid disastrous panic shopping. 

                   

                  Be thoughtful

                  List things that your gift recipients are interested in and jot down ideas ahead of your shopping excursion. Think about what they might need. Have they just moved house? Maybe they’ve recently started school/college/university? Do they have a new job? Even if you don’t have a detailed picture of their day-to-day life, asking yourself these questions will help you build a list of items that could offer great value and happiness. Opt for something that you yourself would be happy to receive. If you are buying something for a child – try to tap into the child you! As I said at the top, what you buy is only part of the challenge, it’s about how you buy for them.

                   

                  Create a budget

                  Remember that list – the one as long as your arm? Give yourself a budget and you’ll avoid the anxiety of extreme costs and seasonal gift recipient resentment. To help you with this task, we’ve selected a great range of gifts under £20 on our website, so you can shop happily with the knowledge that you’re being mindful of your budget.

                   


                   

                   

                  From me and the rest of the BuyMeOnce team, I hope you have a safe and gorgeous Christmas.

                  Still looking for more ideas of how to approach your gift giving? The wonderful Tara Button has also shared some tips of her own below. 

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-10-30T11:17:00-0400 2019-10-30T11:17:00-0400 25 Sustainable Home Decor Gifts that Last Ben Manassah


                  If you’re buying something for a new homeowner this Christmas, or even someone who just loves to nest, our list of sustainable home decor gifts will be your go-to guide. When purchasing someone a present for their home, you want to ensure that it’s a gift that will bring them joy for years to come. You want a unique piece of home decor they can be proud to show off to relatives and friends – a gift that’s guaranteed not to fade, unravel, rip, or break. At BuyMeOnce, we only stock home decor gifts that last, from artisans around the world. From organic Turkish cotton throws, to sturdy linen bed sheets, to (nearly) everlasting designer light bulbs and ethically made rugs, you’re sure to find the perfect sustainable home decor piece for everyone on your list. Sustainable Blankets and Throws Throws and blankets are the ultimate cozy home decor gift – perfect for movie marathons and for some much needed couch snuggling! This Idil peshtemal featured above a blend of bamboo and cotton for a truly soft snuggle. The Ela is a beautiful, slightly thicker mustard throw woven in a jacquard pattern. It’s perfect for winter. This cozy 100% organic...]]>
                  If you’re buying something for a new homeowner this Christmas, or even someone who just loves to nest, our list of sustainable home decor gifts will be your go-to guide. When purchasing someone a present for their home, you want to ensure that it’s a gift that will bring them joy for years to come. You want a unique piece of home decor they can be proud to show off to relatives and friends – a gift that’s guaranteed not to fade, unravel, rip, or break.

                  At BuyMeOnce, we only stock home decor gifts that last, from artisans around the world. From organic Turkish cotton throws, to sturdy linen bed sheets, to (nearly) everlasting designer light bulbs and ethically made rugs, you’re sure to find the perfect sustainable home decor piece for everyone on your list.


                  Sustainable Blankets and Throws

                  Luks Linen Idil Peshtemal

                  Throws and blankets are the ultimate cozy home decor gift – perfect for movie marathons and for some much needed couch snuggling!

                  This Idil peshtemal featured above a blend of bamboo and cotton for a truly soft snuggle.

                  The Ela is a beautiful, slightly thicker mustard throw woven in a jacquard pattern. It’s perfect for winter.

                  This cozy 100% organic cotton throw is great year round as it can be used on its own or layered with others for superior warmth.

                  Linen blankets make great lasting gifts as linen one of the strongest fabrics on the market. This Larkspur blanket is a beautiful transitional piece.

                  The versatile and stylish Nil peshtemal can be used as a throw, scarf, wrap, sarong, or even as a towel or knotted bag!



                  Long Lasting Bed Linens

                  Finalyson Jesus Double Duvet and Pillowcase Set

                  While they may not seem like a flashy home decor gift, you shouldn’t overlook long lasting, ethical bed linens. Linens are a wonderful gift that show you care about the quality of your recipient’s sleep.

                  This double duvet and pillowcase set pictured above is made from strong, soft linen and is guaranteed for 50 years!

                  These heavenly organic sateen sheets transcend seasons – one side is supple, silky and beautifully luxurious, perfect for cooler nights, while the other side is slightly matte for warmer climes.

                  Pair your sheets with these sustainable percale pillowcases made from 100% organic cotton.

                  Does your giftee often complain about being cold at night? They’ll love these luxurious flannel sheets!

                  These wonderfully soft linen chambray sheets are breathable and absorb moisture, perfect for those who find their bed too warm.



                  Ethical Bed and Couch Cushions

                  Muna Home Black and White Cushion Cover

                  Cushions are not just decorative and built to complement other soft furnishings in the room, they also serve a functional purpose of supporting backs, necks and heads. They’re an excellent home decor gift you can personalize to each individual!

                  Muna make beautiful handmade wool cushion covers, that come in a variety of designs, so you can match it to their taste.

                  This solid-colored, chunky woven pillow is understated and timeless with a lively sense of pattern that can easily be layered within a wider color scheme.

                  The Amador pillow cover, with its bold weave and distinctive stripes, would look at home on either couch or bed.

                  Got a reader on your list? The shape of this braided pillow is designed to create visual drama on the bed and offer support whilst reading and lounging.

                  The kids deserve a little home decor flair too – they’ll love one of these adorable pillows featuring fun animal prints!

                  These chunky tasseled crocheted pillow covers are made from 100% organic cotton and feature unique coconut shell buttons.




                  Long Lasting Lighting & Audio

                  Plumen Lighting

                  These lasting lighting and audio products are perhaps slightly more practical, but they’re also some of the most talked about home decor gifts on our site. We bet the recipient can’t guess how long our light bulbs last!

                  Are they an audiophile or a frequent festival goer? They’ll fall for this portable bluetooth speaker boasting 30 hours of battery life.

                  This LED light bulb is the world's first designer low energy bulb and promises a lifetime of 20,000 hours. Why not pick up a beautiful pendant fitting to go along with it?

                  The unique design of this light bulb cleverly simulates the warm, flattering glow of candlelight with the practical benefits of a spotlight. Did we mention it lasts 10,000 hours?



                  Handwoven, Ethical Rugs

                  Muna Geometric Ethical Rug

                  Rugs can liven up any dull space with a touch of elegance and really show off the homeowner’s individuality. Our handwoven rugs make a unique and ethical home decor gift and are the perfect housewarming treat. 

                  The Felce is inspired by nature. Its contemporary design is made with a nuno-felting technique – a mix of traditional wet felting and needle felting.

                  This handwoven rug is made from 100% wool with a simple, yet elegant design that would suit any space.

                  Bird lovers will adore the delicate design of the Passero rug, which features a sparrow and blossoming branches.

                  This 100% sheep’s wool rug is handwoven with beautiful blue magnolia flowers, bringing bold color to any room.

                  One of our most popular home decor gift is pictured above - this ethical rug features simple horizontal stripes.


                  Didn’t find anything you love here? 

                  Be sure to check out our home furnishers gifting section for even more long-lasting gift inspiration!

                  Not sure what they’d like? Think about a BuyMeOnce gift card.
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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-10-25T14:05:00-0400 2019-10-25T14:05:00-0400 20 Conscious Gifts for a $20 Budget Amanda Saxby


                  Champagne gifts on a beer budget! We firmly believe that giving high quality, conscious gifts doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. These budget friendly presents are all BuyMeOnce approved, guaranteed to last longer than 365 days, and are much more thoughtful than another glittery fidget spinner. Find the perfect gift for your family member, other half or eco-conscious friend with our $20 budget guide. Budget Friendly Gifts for Him For $14, a recycled sailcloth card holder from Flowfold makes a fun and useful gift with a lifetime guarantee to boot. This nifty minimalist wallet is made from the toughest performance fabrics in the world. This White Chrome Safety Razor comes with a lifetime guarantee, and costs only $15 for luxurious and sustainable shaving experience.  And, if he’s already got a safety razor, a blade refill pack for $8 could be a great stocking filler. Do you know a quality conscious foodie? The ultimate flip balances functional design with a beautiful aesthetic, and is stronger than anything else on the market for $12.95. Or, this $14 sauté utensil is ultra versatile and beautifully crafted from American hardwoods; sustainable, beautiful, and impeccable quality. To look after their wooden utensils or boards, some Virginia Boys...]]>
                  Champagne gifts on a beer budget! We firmly believe that giving high quality, conscious gifts doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. These budget friendly presents are all BuyMeOnce approved, guaranteed to last longer than 365 days, and are much more thoughtful than another glittery fidget spinner. Find the perfect gift for your family member, other half or eco-conscious friend with our $20 budget guide.

                  Budget Friendly Gifts for Him

                  For $14, a recycled sailcloth card holder from Flowfold makes a fun and useful gift with a lifetime guarantee to boot. This nifty minimalist wallet is made from the toughest performance fabrics in the world.

                  This White Chrome Safety Razor comes with a lifetime guarantee, and costs only $15 for luxurious and sustainable shaving experience. 

                  And, if he’s already got a safety razor, a blade refill pack for $8 could be a great stocking filler.

                  Do you know a quality conscious foodie? The ultimate flip balances functional design with a beautiful aesthetic, and is stronger than anything else on the market for $12.95.

                  Or, this $14 sauté utensil is ultra versatile and beautifully crafted from American hardwoods; sustainable, beautiful, and impeccable quality.

                  To look after their wooden utensils or boards, some Virginia Boys Kitchen Wood Oil is perfect for keeping beloved tools as good as new.

                  20 Conscious Gifts for a $20 Budget | BuyMeOnce.com

                  Budget Friendly Gifts for Her

                  Do you know someone who is always losing their glasses? For $20 this lifetime guaranteed glasses holder brooch will prevent them losing expensive glasses, and look beautiful in the process. 

                  If you're interested by the BuyMeOnce philosophy and want to educate your giftee as well, A Life Less Throwaway was written by our founder Tara Button. For just over $10 it's an entertaining and eye-opening read. 

                  Buying for a baker? GIR calls their silicone scraper a silicone Swiss army knife, and we have to agree. This is every baker’s secret weapon thanks to its versatility, flexibility, and precision.

                  These Ingrid Premium Socks are ultra soft, designed by a brand whose mission it is to turn around the wasteful hosiery industry. Perfect for a conscious fashion lover.

                  For someone most at home in the garden, you won’t find garden tools much better than those made by Bulldog. This elegant stainless steel scoop is guaranteed to last 25 years.

                  20 Conscious Gifts for a $20 Budget | BuyMeOnce.com

                  Budget Friendly Gifts for Kids

                  This 100% organic cotton rattle is a tactile, colourful bunny friend that will delight newborns. Even better, it’s certified by the World Fair Trade Organization and comes with a 5 year guarantee.

                  Or, if they’re still teething, this adorable koala bear is both a rattle and machine washable wooden teether made from organic cotton.

                  Who said technology was bad for them? This Chalkboard Cellphone by little miss workbench is $18 and makes a beautiful gift, since it encourages imagination and is crafted to last. Even better, there's no plastic in sight. 

                  Or, for a more traditional toy, this beautifully minimal wooden toy boat is handcrafted from American hardwood with a natural finish. Encourage imagination, and pass it down the generations.

                  20 Conscious Gifts for a $20 Budget | BuyMeOnce.com

                  Budget Friendly Zero Waste Gifts

                  This set of recycled rose gold stainless steel straws is a practical gift that looks gorgeous as well as lasting a lifetime. Not only that, a portion of NAECO’s profits go straight back into ocean conservation!

                  Reusable cotton pads are a great stocking filler. Made from beautifully sourced organic cotton, these wonderful waste-reducing pads will boost someone’s beauty routine. 

                  Introduce them to Plaine Products with this citrus-smelling, cruelty-free and hypoallergenic face cleanser. The bottle is made from earth-friendly aluminum and is designed to be reused again and again.

                  For any conscious cook, this organic produce bag is cleverly designed to prevent food waste, and keep your veggies fresh and vibrant for longer.

                  20 Conscious Gifts for a $20 Budget | BuyMeOnce.com

                  Looking for more inspiration? Shop our Conscious Christmas store here.

                  Still not sure or want to let them choose? A Gift for Life Card is a thoughtful idea.

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-10-21T16:01:00-0400 2019-10-21T16:01:00-0400 40 Best Gifts for Him (2019) Amanda Saxby


                  Wondering what to buy for those men in your life? You know the ones – particular yet unspecific or forthcoming in their requests? They might even say there’s nothing at all they want for Christmas, which is often entirely untrue. All of this makes a tricky task all the more troublesome, especially if you're also trying to have a more conscious Christmas this year. Generally, the best gifts for him will tend to be products based on a combination of form, function and durability. He’s less likely to be pleased with general trinketry or purely pretty objects. His stuff needs to really perform. Our smart selection of thoughtfully ­­curated gifts are sure to surprise and delight even the most discerning and, dare we say it, demanding male gift recipients. Here are 40 of the best gifts to get him this Christmas. The Best Gifts for His Wardrobe By the time Christmas rolls around, bits and pieces of our wardrobes start to look a little shabby. This year, treat him to some stylish new threads and accessories that will last more than just 365 days.  This 100% lambswool beanie with unique four seam construction for superb style and fit. The design of this...]]>

                  Wondering what to buy for those men in your life? You know the ones – particular yet unspecific or forthcoming in their requests? They might even say there’s nothing at all they want for Christmas, which is often entirely untrue. All of this makes a tricky task all the more troublesome, especially if you're also trying to have a more conscious Christmas this year.

                  Generally, the best gifts for him will tend to be products based on a combination of form, function and durability. He’s less likely to be pleased with general trinketry or purely pretty objects. His stuff needs to really perform.

                  Our smart selection of thoughtfully ­­curated gifts are sure to surprise and delight even the most discerning and, dare we say it, demanding male gift recipients. Here are 40 of the best gifts to get him this Christmas.

                  The Best Gifts for His Wardrobe

                  By the time Christmas rolls around, bits and pieces of our wardrobes start to look a little shabby. This year, treat him to some stylish new threads and accessories that will last more than just 365 days. 

                  This 100% lambswool beanie with unique four seam construction for superb style and fit.

                  The design of this classic parka is taken from Everest explorer Edmund Hillary’s original mountaineering jacket. Winter wear can’t get much more authentic than this!

                  Gift him one of these Stormy Kromer caps and see him wear it for the next 60+ winters. (Be sure to pick the perfect color!)

                  Not quite cool enough for a thick jacket? This navy Crissman overshirt should do the trick.

                  Pair this quilted lambswool vest with a warm long-sleeved tee for a toasty outerwear duo.

                  Are his kicks looking a little rough? Grab him a pair of these swish sustainable sneakers.

                  This original Finnish wool hat with an impressive lifetime warranty will keep him warm and cozy.

                  We can’t predict the future, but we know the best gift you’ll give him is this pair of jeans that will last his whole life.

                  This 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton t-shirt features a neat front pocket and makes a great gift for him year-round.


                  For New Year’s parties and beyond, gift him a pair of these stylish, handmade Oxfords, so he can dance the night away. 

                  A Christmas classic: every man needs a new pair of socks in their stocking. And these ones are guaranteed to last a lifetime.

                  Is the man on your list always busting through belts? Present him with this lifetime warrantied, upcycled fire hose belt. Problem solved.

                  40 Best Gifts for Him (2019) | BuyMeOnce.com

                  The Best Gifts for His Travels

                  Whether he’s travelling the world or just commuting to the office, gift him something that will make his journey a little bit easier. Because when you can guarantee your travel accessories won’t fail, delays and layovers don’t seem quite as stressful. 

                  A traveller is not complete without their hardy canvas backpack; this roll-top pack comes with a lifetime warranty

                  With a lifetime warranty and high-performance materials, this upcycled wallet will be the last one he’ll ever need.

                  Heading on a sunny vacation? Pop a pair of these bamboo sunnies in his bag for a little treat.

                  If you live in soggy climes, we know he’ll appreciate this lifetime guaranteed umbrella with wind-proof technology.

                  Keep his glasses safe and scratch-free with this Italian leather glasses case.

                  Need a unique gift for him this Christmas? Go for this upcycled fire hose messenger bag and ask him to guess the material. (He won’t.)

                  Any man would be proud to tote this Italian made soft leather briefcase to the office and back.

                  Keep him hydrated and help save the oceans with this recycled, lightweight reusable water bottle.

                  Is he always soaring overseas? He’ll love this recycled leather passport holder.

                  40 Best Gifts for Him (2019) | BuyMeOnce.com

                  The Best Gifts for His Morning Routine

                  Every man wakes and whether he likes to admit it or not, he likely has a set routine in the morning. These functional and durable gifts will help him achieve all of his daily goals.

                  Start his morning off right with an inspiring soundtrack, which is even better coming out of this portable speaker packing 30 hours of battery life.

                  Morning gym-goer? Gift him these comfy cotton track pants and bamboo fitted tee that will see him through endless treadmill minutes.

                  This lifetime guaranteed, adjustable safety razor is the only razor he will ever need. Period.

                  And you might as well grab him some extra blade refills. They make a great stocking stuffer!

                  40 Best Gifts for Him (2019) | BuyMeOnce.com

                  The Best Gifts for His Night-time Routine

                  Help him wind down with these thoughtful yet practical gifts that he can enjoy every evening. From mood lighting to lounging, we’ve selected only the best and longest-lasting for the men on your list.

                  This handwoven Turkish linen lounge gown is a luxurious gift for the man who likes to keep it cozy.

                  These organic cotton sleep shorts are incredibly breathable and knitted to combine durability and exceptional softness, and feature handy deep pockets and a tie waist.

                  Keep him relaxed for over 20,000 hours with the knowledge that he’ll never need to change this light bulb.

                  Help him wash away his daily worries with this environmentally-friendly, citrus-scented face wash.

                  This calming after shave balm is extra nourishing on dry skin during the winter months.

                  40 Best Gifts for Him (2019) | BuyMeOnce.com

                  Looking for more inspiration? Browse our Conscious Christmas store or our men's gifting category.


                  Still not sure or want to let them choose? A Gift for Life Card is a thoughtful idea.

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-10-15T12:10:00-0400 2019-10-15T12:10:00-0400 Tara Button: How it felt to meet The Minimalists Tara Button


                  I sat down with Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus - founders of The Minimalists podcast, to talk all things minimalism and the inception story of BuyMeOnce. As soon as they bounded through the door of the studio, I was enveloped by two huge bear hugs (which they are famous for). The guys are full of energy, humour and natural warmth which they bring to their podcast.  Their origin story mirrors mine in many ways, but rather than beginning with a spark of joy from a Le Creuset pot, theirs began with a feeling of discontent. They had acquired everything that you supposedly need to be happy: six-figure careers, luxury cars and oversized houses; stuff, lots of it, cluttering every corner of their lives.  That discontent lingered, and the harder they worked the more they realized they were just plugging a void of debt, stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness, guilt, overwhelm and depression. Their central beliefs on minimalism start with ridding yourself of the excess stuff - but doesn’t end there. It’s about taking back control of your time and your life.  Since taking the plunge and quitting their corporate careers in 2011, they have prolifically built an audience through their website, podcasts, films and...]]>

                  I sat down with Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus - founders of The Minimalists podcast, to talk all things minimalism and the inception story of BuyMeOnce. As soon as they bounded through the door of the studio, I was enveloped by two huge bear hugs (which they are famous for). The guys are full of energy, humour and natural warmth which they bring to their podcast. 

                  Their origin story mirrors mine in many ways, but rather than beginning with a spark of joy from a Le Creuset pot, theirs began with a feeling of discontent. They had acquired everything that you supposedly need to be happy: six-figure careers, luxury cars and oversized houses; stuff, lots of it, cluttering every corner of their lives. 

                  That discontent lingered, and the harder they worked the more they realized they were just plugging a void of debt, stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness, guilt, overwhelm and depression. Their central beliefs on minimalism start with ridding yourself of the excess stuff - but doesn’t end there. It’s about taking back control of your time and your life. 

                  Since taking the plunge and quitting their corporate careers in 2011, they have prolifically built an audience through their website, podcasts, films and books. I believe there is a lot of overlap in our approaches to minimalism as a tool to be used in everyday life. Even though I’ve been on this journey for a number of years, I felt like I was able to absorb a number of tips and rules.  

                  Our shared philosophy can be summarized as: “Don’t buy anything you don’t need. If you do need something, buy once and buy well.” 

                   

                  Our chat traversed buying new and used material possessions with intention, purchasing products that last a lifetime, and being responsible with time and money when shopping for necessities. Josh and Ryan also pull out some of the key concepts in my book A Life Less Throwaway on living mindfully. 

                  It was also pleasing to be able to help answer people’s tricky fundamental questions about implementing minimalism in their lives. Even though I’ve been on this journey for a number of years - I felt like I was able to absorb a number of tips, tricks and little rules. 

                  One of our callers - Elizabeth from Denmark, was only 17 years old and yet already committing to a minimalist lifestyle. She was finding it hard, and we gave her our best advice, however the mere fact that she was trying was so exciting and encouraging. 

                  We know that our planet has limited resources and limited time to solve climate change. We also know that it’s young people especially who are under constant pressure to consume, and that it can be damaging to their mental health. It’s vital to make the message of minimalism accessible and inclusive. Only then will it reach the people that it needs to, the shapers of the future. And it’s only then that a real shift in behaviour will be possible.

                  It’s vitally important to make the distinction between necessary consumption and consumerism.

                   

                  Just owning lots of material objects will not bring us the fulfilment we need. But owning a small number of prized possessions can bring joy.

                  BuyMeOnce does this by helping people buy things intentionally for the long term. The confirmation of the importance of the work we do here at BuyMeOnce had me heading home with renewed enthusiasm and determination. 

                  Watch the podcast with The Minimalists here and learn more about them here.]]>