https://buymeonce.com/pages/blog-feed BuyMeOnce - Articles & Tips 2019-12-24T11:07:00-0500 BuyMeOnce 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


                  December is upon us and Christmas is fast-approaching! 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 Infinity Dress, $168 This Infinity Dress is a...]]>
                  December is upon us and Christmas is fast-approaching! 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

                  Infinity Dress, $168

                  This Infinity Dress is a perfect dress to reach for during party season. With five clever ways to create a new dress style, the lucky recipient will get to reinvent the one dress for separate occasions, making it great for minimalistic wardrobes. The dress also cinches at the waist, making it perfect for women of different body shapes and sizes. 

                  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

                  Flight Jacket, $525

                  Made out of the finest materials such as super durable Pendleton melton wool body, this Flight Jacket will keep him warm during his weekend adventures in the city and can be handed down to future generations.

                  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 Christmas 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 Zero Waste Warrior

                  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.

                   

                  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 2019-12-04T04:41:00-0500 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.]]>
                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-10-15T10:00:00-0400 2019-10-15T10:00:00-0400 Decluttering the Things I Didn’t Need: Tara’s Minimalist Year James Bates-Prince


                  Last year, our ever-inspired founder and leader Tara Button decided to cut the crap. Living for a year without extraneous items, this list was to be her own minimalist bible. I think it’s about time we discovered how she got on. Was it way too easy? Was it a little too tough? Can anything be too difficult for a female entrepreneur who’s disrupting an industry obsessed with excess? Luckily, we’re all realists here. Each step that someone takes toward lowering their impact on the planet is one to be commended, even if all it involves is cutting a little spending here and there or taking a pile of unworn clothes to the local charity shop. You lived with one and two other people at times last year. How hard has it been to drag the non-believers with you on your clutter-free quest? Tara Button: It is always a compromise – it has to be. People are different, and there’s no point imposing your will on other people. For the most part I’ve been really lucky to be living with a natural minimalist – my fiancé really couldn’t really give a crap about actual stuff. He’s at home in the living room -...]]>

                  Last year, our ever-inspired founder and leader Tara Button decided to cut the crap. Living for a year without extraneous items, this list was to be her own minimalist bible. I think it’s about time we discovered how she got on. Was it way too easy? Was it a little too tough? Can anything be too difficult for a female entrepreneur who’s disrupting an industry obsessed with excess?

                  Luckily, we’re all realists here. Each step that someone takes toward lowering their impact on the planet is one to be commended, even if all it involves is cutting a little spending here and there or taking a pile of unworn clothes to the local charity shop.

                  You lived with one and two other people at times last year. How hard has it been to drag the non-believers with you on your clutter-free quest?

                  Tara Button: It is always a compromise – it has to be. People are different, and there’s no point imposing your will on other people. For the most part I’ve been really lucky to be living with a natural minimalist – my fiancé really couldn’t really give a crap about actual stuff. He’s at home in the living room - living for stories, comedy and culture. If it was just up to me, maybe I’d have thrown out the widescreen TV… but then he might have thrown me out! The only slight struggle we still have is with his little sort of clutter – you know, like dead pens, stationery, other little nick-knacks. 

                  I’m also aware that it can be more difficult to declutter when your household isn’t just a couple. It can be pretty tough just to work out whose stuff is whose, and I’m not keen on moving stuff around I don’t own. I’d never want to feel like I’m imposing something upon an unwilling participant. A great time to approach decluttering is actually when a housemate leaves or when you move house yourself. It’s a great opportunity to spend time thinking about what matters and what doesn’t.

                  buymeonce.com tara's minimalist year

                  How has running a business made it more difficult to keep your pledge?

                  TB: Well, the nature of the business means that, luckily, it’s constantly on my mind. I do find myself having less and less time and that can definitely lead to more impulse-driven shopping. I think it’s a lot like grocery shopping when you’re hungry – you go in for a tin of soup and come out with a Twix multi-pack and a great big bag of Doritos. When there is something that I think I do need to add into my life, for the business or at home, I really try and carve out some time to make a focused decision about it. Get it right now and I’m saving myself time further down the road.

                  So you’ve managed to avoid impulse shopping all year?

                  TB: [Looks to the ceiling, laughs furtively]. Well, the other day I did buy this kneeling chair. It basically shares the weight of sitting between my knees and bum. I was in pain; the chair in my writing room is crazy uncomfortable, and I was just thinking of my poor back. I might not have looked into it as much as I should have, but I wanted to make the pain go away. I mean, it’s arriving in a few days so I can update you, but usually I’d have put more time into it.

                  I think we can let you off. How about at Christmas – did you manage to avoid giving throwaway stuff?

                  TB: Hmm. Well, that’s a downside of running a business, writing a book and planning a wedding at the same time. My time is so squeezed that even with the best will in the world things do get left to the last minute. I have to really fight that. I now set up birthday alerts to make sure I have enough time to really think about what I want to give them. I would say I did well on the whole, but as it got closer to Christmas I was left with whatever delivered soonest, what shops were local. So maybe there were a couple of things that were sub-par.

                  You’ve also got to be wary of pushing your minimalist life on other people. When I was looking for a present for my little niece, I found something I knew she’d absolutely love. I know her really well and she’s always been obsessed with dressing her toy dolls, so when I found this sweet fashion designer set I had to get it. It was filled with fairly disposable little bits of plastic, most likely won’t be remembered in five years and definitely wouldn’t be classed as BuyMeOnce. But I was right to go for it – it turned out to be her favourite present. And no, I didn’t ask her myself! If she gets lots of joy and use out of it then it’s worth it. 

                  That’s cute. How about the other way around – did you manage to prevent friends and family from piling on things you don’t need?

                  TB: Luckily, my family are quite aware of my opinions… now. I think it does give them a certain bit of stress – I’m definitely harder to buy for. Having said that, this year everyone did well – stuff off our site is a safe bet! In the future I might make a point of saying that I’d be super happy to be taken out for dinner, receiving experiences over objects. Actually, something I’m especially excited about is the gift from my parents. They’ve given me money to put towards building the perfect BuyMeOnce bike.

                  Has there been anything that you were ready to discard that’s managed to make its way back into your life?

                  TB: No, I don’t think so. Well, actually – there was a denim jacket that I bought… well, a long time ago. I stopped wearing it because I felt it was too casual; something about it didn’t feel like me any more. I just put it on one day a few months back – I was cold and it was close – and my fiancé really liked it. It was surprising, after creating my minimalist capsule, to see it in a new light. It’s perfect when it’s too warm to have a proper jacket and too cold for a tee. It took someone else’s opinion to make me realise that.

                  Is there an argument to just hold back a little when you’re doing a big Marie Kondo-style clear out?

                  TB: No – still be ruthless. I kept that jacket through a cull or two so there was always something in it. I got rid of over half of my clothing last year, and I don’t miss any of it. I don’t know if I can even picture those pieces any more.

                  Does it help to have someone on your side when you’re having that one big declutter?

                  TB: I made most of the decisions myself, but if I was in a quandary it was nice to have my fiancé to call on. The other way around – maybe I was more involved when we culled his wardrobe. He knew he wanted to cull but needed a little push. We decided he’d have five vetoes on clothes he really ought to be chucking but had an attachment to. He was happy with that and looks a lot better for it.

                  If we all weren’t being judged every day, I think we might all end up dressing in the same casual outfit all the time. When you love someone, you might have to accept that they come with a beaten-up Goonies t-shirt, over having room in your home. If I was giving advice on how to cull, I’d say bring someone over who’s supportive without being overbearing – you need to be in charge, but having someone emotionally comforting to have a break and a drink with.

                  Do you feel like it’s all paid off? Has your mind felt that bit clearer without so much stuff around?

                  TB: Definitely. It’s such a joy to open a drawer that has stayed decluttered. It saves you time and helps you to become organised. If you have 85 bits of Tupperware, matching the lids is nigh impossible. If it’s 5 then you stand a chance. Having space on the surfaces and finding a home for everything gives you more of a rhythm in your domestic life, and you’re stopped from going into a spiral of messiness.

                  Stuck for a gift idea for the minimalist in your life? Read our gifting guide or check out Tara’s line by line efforts to get rid of her clutter

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-10-15T07:00:00-0400 2019-10-15T07:00:00-0400 The Checklist of Things I Didn’t Need Tara Button


                  Last year I wrote a list of things I didn’t need. This year I want to see whether I stuck to it or not. My approach to minimalism isn’t just a toolkit to decluttering, but it is also about ensuring I’m not buying crap I don’t want or need. This list was the most powerful tool to stop those impulse buys. The Kitchen I do not need a bread machine I do not need a waffle maker I do not need more than four pots I do not need more than one frying pan I do not need matching mugs I do not need a smoothie maker I actually discovered more things I didn’t need in the kitchen. My fiancé and I had a glorious cutlery declutter, and now every time I open my cutlery drawer I feel a little rush of happiness. We got rid of all the wobbly stuff and the pieces with dodgy rust spots – all of the stuff that just got left in the drawer. We’d also managed to accumulate a distressing amount of disposable cutlery from the takeaway. I’ve since resolved to specifically ask for no cutlery or chopsticks to be put in the...]]>
                  Last year I wrote a list of things I didn’t need. This year I want to see whether I stuck to it or not. My approach to minimalism isn’t just a toolkit to decluttering, but it is also about ensuring I’m not buying crap I don’t want or need. This list was the most powerful tool to stop those impulse buys.

                  The Kitchen

                  • I do not need a bread machine
                  • I do not need a waffle maker
                  • I do not need more than four pots
                  • I do not need more than one frying pan
                  • I do not need matching mugs
                  • I do not need a smoothie maker

                  I actually discovered more things I didn’t need in the kitchen. My fiancé and I had a glorious cutlery declutter, and now every time I open my cutlery drawer I feel a little rush of happiness. We got rid of all the wobbly stuff and the pieces with dodgy rust spots – all of the stuff that just got left in the drawer. We’d also managed to accumulate a distressing amount of disposable cutlery from the takeaway. I’ve since resolved to specifically ask for no cutlery or chopsticks to be put in the bag and it has kept my kitchen clutter free. 

                  I cut down hugely on the amount of baking items I had, which cleared out half a cupboard. I still have everything I need to make a decent cake; I just don’t have everything I would need to launch my own bakery.

                  Sometimes when you get into a hobby such as cake baking, you can go overboard with the gadgets and gizmos that go with it. Similar to buying an expensive set of golf clubs before the first lesson. To get around this, if at all possible, borrow the equipment you need for the first few months of your hobby. Only then make the expensive commitment.

                  We’ve recently had a coffee maker crisis. Our Tassimo takes these really non eco-friendly plastic pods that can’t even be recycled. I’ve decided to hold the coffee maker ransom until the company comes up with a better solution.

                  After saying I wouldn’t buy a smoothie maker, my flatmate was given a NutriBullet and we all got hooked on morning smoothies. When we moved out, my fiancé bought us our own. We know that we will use it because we have used it for several months now, so it’ll be a good investment going forward. When looking back on this list, I laughed because just last week I was thinking it would be nice to have matching mugs. Sometimes it can be tempting to buy things for a life you don’t really have. I might have friends over to dinner, but rarely for coffee. 

                  Clothes and Accessories

                  • I do not need a watch
                  • I do not need any more than eight pairs of shoes (trainers, summer flats, winter flats, flip flops, heeled, winter boots, hiking boots, wellies, slippers)
                  • I do not need more than a capsule wardrobe

                  I’ve gained a ring (an engagement ring) and bracelet since writing this piece. My friends and family know better than to buy me bits of jewellery now, but when my sister-in-law saw a bracelet with the symbol of my new start-up on it, she rightly thought I’d love it.

                  These extra pieces add a little bit more stress (when I thought I’d misplaced the ring) and extra thought to my day. However, they represent my love and purpose, and they complete the button necklace I wear everyday which symbolises my identity. To have them on my person reminds me of what’s important.

                  I’ve been wearing my delicious winter boots every day since it started to get cold, and I’m so grateful for them. They go well with everything, have a heel high enough to give my short frame a boost, but I can walk for miles in them without getting sore. I used to have a real shoe fetish, so it might surprise some people to know that I’m not interested in having one in every style and colour; I just don’t feel that impulse anymore.

                  Technology

                  • I do not need a games console
                  • I do not need a desktop computer
                  • I do not need a landline
                  • I do not need any dvds
                  • I do not need a sat nav

                  My technology use hasn’t changed at all in the last year, although my iPhone screen broke twice. Once was my fault, the next time it just died. My fiancé and I started debating about whether our future kids would be allowed a games console. I never had one growing up, but he did and he sees it as a bonding experience as much as an anti-social, brain-rotting escape. I’ll let you know what we decided in eight or nine years’ time.

                  Furniture, Leisure and Beauty

                  • I do not need any more cushions
                  • I do not need to change my interior “look” constantly
                  • I do not need friends’ freebies that don’t fit in my home
                  • I do not need decorative tat that has no meaning to me
                  • I do not need any “seasonal” decor (e.g. Halloween cushions)
                  • I do not need more musical instruments than my guitar and piano
                  • I do not need any more gym equipment
                  • I do not need any magazines (unless work related)
                  • I do not need any massage, exfoliation or pampering gadgets
                  • I do not need any makeup other than my staple five: mascara, eyeshadow, concealer, lipstick and perfume
                  • I do not need any hair products other than shampoo, conditioner and serum
                  • I do not need any nail care other than clippers, file, varnish remover and my favourite colour

                  I haven’t broken any of my vows on my furniture, beauty or leisure list other than borrowing a medicine ball from my sister-in-law. I have gone on to use it every week since so it’s a keeper. I’ve tried to go one step further and become more zero waste with my beauty regime. My deodorant, shower gel, face wash and conditioner are all unpackaged in solid form, and I now use bamboo flannel rounds to remove my makeup which work wonderfully. One side exfoliates while the other is silky soft.

                  So overall, not bad we reckon. Perhaps one or two slip ups at a push, and plenty of new things to add to the minimalist cart going forward. 

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-07-12T04:00:00-0400 2019-07-12T04:00:00-0400 The Inspirationals: Antonia Edwards, Founder of Upcyclist BuyMeOnce USA


                  Imagine the furniture in your home. Chances are you have pieces that you're proud to use and show off to guests – perhaps it's the vintage sofa in your living room that you lovingly refurbished yourself or your grandmother's rocking chair in the nursery. But we're willing to bet there are also some bits that you'd rather toss in the tip. (We're looking at you, flat-packed, Gumtree entertainment unit.) Now imagine if all the furniture in your home sparked joy every time you look at it, didn't cost you a small fortune to own, and helped save the planet? This is the vision Antonia Edwards saw when she launched Upcyclist in 2011. Upcyclist promotes green ideas and consciously made products for the modern interior and provides inspiration for interior designers and homeowners alike. Antonia believes that reducing the need for raw materials is fundamental to our planet's survival but that reusing waste to create something beautiful and luxurious is often overlooked. We spoke with Antonia about the environmental benefits of upcycling and her best tips for sourcing genuine upcycled goods and how to get started as a beginner! How has your attitude towards sustainability changed since you started Upcyclist? When I first decided to start a blog...]]>
                  Imagine the furniture in your home. Chances are you have pieces that you're proud to use and show off to guests – perhaps it's the vintage sofa in your living room that you lovingly refurbished yourself or your grandmother's rocking chair in the nursery. But we're willing to bet there are also some bits that you'd rather toss in the tip. (We're looking at you, flat-packed, Gumtree entertainment unit.)

                  Now imagine if all the furniture in your home sparked joy every time you look at it, didn't cost you a small fortune to own, and helped save the planet? This is the vision Antonia Edwards saw when she launched Upcyclist in 2011.

                  Upcyclist promotes green ideas and consciously made products for the modern interior and provides inspiration for interior designers and homeowners alike. Antonia believes that reducing the need for raw materials is fundamental to our planet's survival but that reusing waste to create something beautiful and luxurious is often overlooked.

                  We spoke with Antonia about the environmental benefits of upcycling and her best tips for sourcing genuine upcycled goods and how to get started as a beginner!

                  Upcycled mill home living room of Elvis & Kresse

                  How has your attitude towards sustainability changed since you started Upcyclist?

                  When I first decided to start a blog on re-purposed art and design, it was the creative aspect that I found most interesting – giving new life to something unwanted and making it beautiful.

                  I came across many creatives who were using old objects for aesthetic reasons and not necessarily because of any environmental motive. But once I delved into the subject of waste, the reality of just how much we are throwing away was horrifying. To think that plastic toys we had in the 80's are still somewhere on the planet is hard to get your head around.

                  I sometimes wonder why we are still making products out of new materials at all when there is so much man-made matter just sitting there with nowhere to go.

                  Sustainability is still quite a complex subject for consumers. I am hoping that one day they might implement a simple scoring system that allows us to easily understand just how sustainable a company, brand or product is.

                  Which brand/artist/designer do you find most inspiring?

                  I love the work of Stefaan de Croock, who makes artworks from re-purposed materials, recycled cardboard art by Warren King and Yukiko Nagai who revives furniture with mosaic.

                  What piece of art or furniture have you kept in your home the longest and why?

                  I have an old chaise lounge that belonged to my grandmother. It's completely impractical and we've always struggled to squeeze it into the tiny London flats we've lived in, but it's a lovely piece of furniture and I don't imagine I'll ever give it away.

                  Discarded CD art installation in France

                  Upcycling is an amazing way of making a product last longer. From your experience, do you think people realise the environmental benefits?

                  I think they do, but only if the upcycled item is as desirable (if not more) than the new equivalent. Good design is crucial to keeping products out of landfill. It's important to remember that a badly upcycled product that no one wants is not eco-friendly.

                  The impact of upcycling on the health of the planet is small compared to government initiatives that ban single use plastics, for example. But I believe that beautifully upcycled pieces do change the way we perceive waste and are symbolic of a cultural shift in consciousness regarding consumption.

                  I believe that when something really is considered a work of art, we treat it with respect and wouldn't dream of throwing it in the trash.

                  What do you think are the main barriers that prevent people from upcycling?

                  Sometimes a lot of technical knowledge is needed to work with old materials. Even if you're not particularly good at making things, there are really easy ways to transform furniture items with paint or by replacing the handles. Repainting furniture is also extremely therapeutic.

                  Blue flower desk lamp made from washi paper

                  Where are the best places to find upcycled goods?

                  There are plenty of hobbyists selling their upcycled work online. The trouble is, there are a lot of undesirable makeshift pieces that will come up on Google images, dubiously labelled as 'upcycled', and it can take some time to get to the good stuff.

                  This is one of the reasons why I started Upcyclist – to showcase well-made upcycled pieces by expert artists and makers. I search for designs that have a contemporary aesthetic, whereby even the wildest designs have some beauty and interest to them.

                  Upcycled works are usually one-of-a-kind, which also makes them harder to find. People can always come to me for advice on where to find beautiful upcycled works.

                  What are your top three tips for someone who wants to try upcycling for the first time?

                  1. Sometimes less is more. If you find a beautiful vintage piece of furniture, it might be better to restore it rather than paint it fluorescent pink. With interiors, even just juxtaposing old and new pieces, e.g. placing a vintage dresser in front of a contemporary wallpaper, is a form of upcycling. It can give a tired looking object a new lease of life.

                  2. If you plan to sell your work, always think about the setting the item is intended for. Some upcycled pieces can seem quite quirky and niche but might work perfectly in a shop or cafe interior.

                  3. Consult experts. There are lots of upcycling workshops out there. Just like every art form, learn from the masters – the same applies to upcycling.

                  inspirationals-antonia-edwards-upcyclistAntonia Edwards is the author of Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors (Prestel Publishing, 2015) and Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes (Prestel Publishing, 2017). In 2015, she was selected for the The Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 list of influential Londoners.

                   

                  Image credits from top: James French | Yannick Fradin, Martin Eliard, Marc Sirvin | Sachie Muramatsu | Upcyclist

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-06-27T08:57:00-0400 2019-06-27T08:57:00-0400 Made in the UK: The new home of fast fashion? BuyMeOnce USA


                  “You can’t take fast fashion away from the people now it’s here.” So says Peter Williams, previous chairman to both Boohoo and Asos, British fast fashion brands that are killing it. Their performance is staggering. In a retail landscape where seemingly steadfast, familiar high street fashion brands are shrinking into the background and in some cases close to failing (Monsoon/Accessorize and Arcadia are both in the midst of rescue plans), Boohoo recently reported year-on-year sales growth of 38%. But Boohoo are killing it in another much more alarming way. By producing clothing at ridiculously low prices, not only are they dangerously squeezing manufacturers, they are also driving a damaging ‘wear it once’ mindset in consumers that is devastating our planet through excessive waste, pollution and landfill fodder. Fast fashion consumers too are not immune from the impact – relentless churning through piles of clothes will ultimately clutter up space both physical and mental, adding stress and costing them more financially than if they purchased fewer items of higher quality over time. Cost-per-wear of a cheap item that is discarded or fails in a matter of weeks will always be higher than that of clothing that lasts. When the news broke earlier this week...]]>

                  “You can’t take fast fashion away from the people now it’s here.”

                  So says Peter Williams, previous chairman to both Boohoo and Asos, British fast fashion brands that are killing it. Their performance is staggering. In a retail landscape where seemingly steadfast, familiar high street fashion brands are shrinking into the background and in some cases close to failing (Monsoon/Accessorize and Arcadia are both in the midst of rescue plans), Boohoo recently reported year-on-year sales growth of 38%. But Boohoo are killing it in another much more alarming way. By producing clothing at ridiculously low prices, not only are they dangerously squeezing manufacturers, they are also driving a damaging ‘wear it once’ mindset in consumers that is devastating our planet through excessive waste, pollution and landfill fodder.

                  Fast fashion consumers too are not immune from the impact – relentless churning through piles of clothes will ultimately clutter up space both physical and mental, adding stress and costing them more financially than if they purchased fewer items of higher quality over time. Cost-per-wear of a cheap item that is discarded or fails in a matter of weeks will always be higher than that of clothing that lasts.

                  Girl walking by the beach in a flowery fast fashion dress

                  When the news broke earlier this week that the UK government rejected proposals put forward by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) to clean up the fashion industry, those of us engaged in the fight for quality over shoddiness and planet over profit collectively raged. The proposals in Fixing Fashion: Clothing consumption and sustainability could have gone further (direct legislation on volume production would represent a major step change, for example); however, they would have been a start. A start to solid legislation in an industry where no official regulator exists – can there be another industry of comparable size that operates so free of regulation? The government states it's playing its part through a scheme to boost textile and packaging recycling as well as consulting on extended producer responsibility for higher quality textiles. If that sounds a little vague and non-committal, that’s because it is.

                  A high street shop selling clothing and accessories

                  Back to Boohoo. The Guardian’s Sandra Laville this week delved deeper into the brand and their production practices. It’s emerged that the brand produce one of their hero pieces, a bandeau dress coming in at a whopping £5, at a factory in the UK. ‘Made in England’ has always been a badge of honour and carries with it an association of quality and craftsmanship, expertise and trust. But we have to wonder: when a dress costs the consumer £5, who’s left paying the rest of the bill? According to Boohoo, there has been no evidence of foul play relating to garment workers’ pay. However, the brand has repeatedly refused to engage with USDAW (Union for Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers), and there is evidence of workers in Leicester and Manchester (where Boohoo’s factories are located) receiving just £3 per hour, which is well under half the national living wage.

                  Boohoo drive demand and sales through canny celebrity endorsement onsocial media and by positioning themselves as ‘fashion for everyone’ (they now offer a size range from 6 to 26). This method of preaching consumption without conscience is resulting in 1.3m tonnes of waste each year.

                  “You can’t take fast fashion away from the people now it’s here.” I’m curious about ‘the people’ in this context. Who, exactly, is fast fashion benefiting save the brands themselves? The people who are poorly paid and endure terrible working conditions? The people that live on a planet that is increasingly polluted and stuffed to the brim with needless waste? Or the people that repeatedly spend cash on poorly made clothes?

                  Cheap clothes equate to more crap in your closet not more fashion.

                  A man in a couture jumper staring wistfully into the distance on the high street

                  Fashion at its best is a celebration of expression, individuality and culture. Its power is transformative and empowering. The industry is jam-packed with creative talent, innovators and design brilliance. With creativity and innovation come new ideas, and as we evolve, so too does the way we present ourselves to the world. The alarming pace of fast fashion is the issue not newness. When we attended the Copenhagen Fashion Summit last year, we were told by a speaker opening the conference that “we don’t want to go back to slow fashion – that would not be right.” A kindred spirit of Peter Williams, no doubt. How about simply fair fashion?

                  The everyday consumer is not a sustainability expert, and neither are the influencers that promote the vast array of fast fashion, that much is clear. The majority would be shocked if they truly considered the harm that it does. We saw a glimmer of this in Stacey Dooley’s Fashion’s Dirty Secrets when she confronted a group of influencers with the truth behind the products they promoted. Their reaction illustrated the blind trust we place in brands, but it’s clear we need to continue questioning.

                  Fast fashion shop fronts with mannequins on the high street

                  To end on a positive note, Sandra Laville rounded off her piece with some practical advice on how to participate in fashion while remaining planet conscious. First up, we were thrilled to see:

                  “Commit to wearing every piece 30 times. If we doubled the amount of time we kept clothes for, we would cut our fashion emissions by 44%.”

                  Purchasing products of a higher quality that will last enables us to do this. This is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to act as a conscious consumer. Until the fashion industry is fully supported and regulated by government, the power to act as individuals holds even more importance.

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

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-05-20T06:14:00-0400 2019-05-20T06:14:00-0400 The BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards 2019 BuyMeOnce USA


                  For the past four years, BuyMeOnce has been meticulously researching brands to discover the very best in their commitment to sustainability, durability, exceptional aftercare and eco-innovation. Now we’re sharing our findings with the world with the BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards. In these throwaway times, these awards are celebrating those brands and organizations who are bucking the trends of obsolescence and disposability. These are the people putting the planet first, rejecting the throwaway retail culture and making the very best products they can to help their customers keep them for longer. The Award Categories Our excellence awards include Most Durable, Most Repairable, Most Sustainable, Most Innovative, Best Waste Reduction and Best Aftercare across nine sectors: Womenswear Menswear Kidswear Shoes & Accessories Toys Electricals & Appliances Furniture & Homeware Kitchenware Health & Beauty 2019 marks the first year of the BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards. We will run the awards annually with the aim that they will eventually become known as a kitemark of longevity and sustainability. The winners of the inaugural BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards will be celebrated at a special event on May 30, 2019, in London. Each winning brand or organization will have an evergreen oak tree planted in their honor. Oak trees are one...]]>
                  For the past four years, BuyMeOnce has been meticulously researching brands to discover the very best in their commitment to sustainability, durability, exceptional aftercare and eco-innovation.

                  Now we’re sharing our findings with the world with the BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards.

                  In these throwaway times, these awards are celebrating those brands and organizations who are bucking the trends of obsolescence and disposability. These are the people putting the planet first, rejecting the throwaway retail culture and making the very best products they can to help their customers keep them for longer.

                  The Award Categories

                  Our excellence awards include Most Durable, Most Repairable, Most Sustainable, Most Innovative, Best Waste Reduction and Best Aftercare across nine sectors:

                  2019 marks the first year of the BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards. We will run the awards annually with the aim that they will eventually become known as a kitemark of longevity and sustainability.

                  The winners of the inaugural BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards will be celebrated at a special event on May 30, 2019, in London. Each winning brand or organization will have an evergreen oak tree planted in their honor. Oak trees are one of the longest living species with some living over 1000 years and will be our way of congratulating and supporting those brands who are doing the most to secure the future of our planet.

                  Womenswear

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                  Most Durable: Lemuel MC

                  Linen is one of the longest-lasting textiles in the world, only improving with washes and wear. Each Lemuel MC piece is designed to be an heirloom, handcrafted in London using Lithuanian dead stock linen with a simplicity and tactility that appeals to multiple generations. It’s for this emotional as well as physical durability that we award Lemuel MC the Most Durable award in Womenswear.

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                  Best Aftercare: Lowie

                  We awarded Lowie the Best Aftercare award in Womenswear for their highly impressive free repairs for life policy on all Lowie branded clothing. No conditions, no questions, no hoops to jump through – this friendly, sustainable clothing boutique simply want to keep their garments out of landfill for as long as possible.

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                  Most Sustainable: Ally Bee

                  Ally Bee craft conscious knitwear that meet the highest standards of ethics and animal welfare. Some of their superfine merino and cashmere yarns carry a rare Cradle to Cradle certification meaning that the whole process, including the end of life have been designed to ensure minimal disruption to the planet. Their mill uses renewable energy and British Alpaca are one of their preferred yarn as the grazing of these animals cause the least disturbance to the soil. Their beautiful pieces are made using traditional techniques and each one comes with a 3-year repair policy.

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                  Most Innovative: Riley Studio

                  Riley Studio are at the cutting edge of eco-fabric use including rPET, made from recycled plastic bottles, ECONYL®, which is infinitely recyclable, and Q-NOVA®, made from otherwise non recyclable waste. Combining recycled cotton with their organic stock, they are able to further reduce their footprint. So far they have saved nearly 1 million liters of water. The clothes themselves are impeccably constructed, unisex and seasonless – bucking all the trends of fast fashion.

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                  Waste Reduction: The Clothes Doctor

                  This organization promotes the repair rather than replacement of clothing and most importantly makes the entire process as easy as possible. Transparent pricing and convenient delivery and postage makes this company a disruptive force that we hope will encourage ever more consumers to repair their favorite clothing.

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                  Menswear

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                  Most Durable: Filson

                  Filson have their legacy in designing clothes and blankets to protect gold-rush pioneers in Alaska. Their material choices ensure durability across the range, and while they have an excellent reputation for their garment construction, they also guarantee their products against defects or damage in normal usage and encourage repair over replacement.

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                  Best Aftercare: Blackhorse Lane Ateliers

                  It’s not often a denim brand comes along offering a free repair service on their products, and it’s even less common for this to extend to the lifetime of the garment. But this is what Blackhorse Lane Ateliers have chosen to do because they believe in a circular economy and the durability of their own products. They also run denim masterclasses and workshops to help customers who may want to make or repair their own products.

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                  Most Sustainable: White T-Shirt Company

                  There are many brands making T-shirts, but The White T-Shirt Company is the gold standard of transparency and sustainability. With a zero compromise approach towards quality, ethics, and style, their wardrobe essentials are all GOTS-certified, Oeko-Tex 100 and Green Cotton approved, and ethically manufactured from field to door. The extra durability due to the quality of fabric and finish further enhances their eco-credentials, as it ensures less waste and pollution associated with repurchasing of shoddy alternatives.

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                  Most Innovative: Patagonia

                  Patagonia have been working in this area for decades, but we feel they deserve the innovation award for their tireless pursuit of better options for their clothing. Not only are they at the forefront of the latest ethical and sustainable material use, but they have taken an active role in uncovering the impact of garment production and use. Their funding of research into microplastics for example has driven awareness and change across the whole industry.

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                  Waste Reduction: The Clothes Doctor

                  This organization promotes the repair rather than replacement of clothing and most importantly makes the entire process as easy as possible. Transparent pricing and convenient delivery and postage makes this company a disruptive force that we hope will encourage ever more consumers to repair their favorite clothing.

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                  Shoes & Accessories

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                  Most Durable: Elvis & Kresse

                  Fire hose: one of the most durable materials on the planet and the backbone of Elvis & Kresse’s hard wearing luxury accessories. Nearly impossible to destroy, this brand further supports all its products with a lifetime guarantee giving Elvis & Kresse’s incredible upcycled products the title of Most Durable in Shoes and Accessories.

                  Best Aftercare: Elvis & Kresse

                  For the Best Aftercare in Shoes and Accessories, we couldn’t overlook Elvis & Kresse's extraordinary lifetime repair policy. Not only will they patch up any issue that arises with your accessory over the course of its life, but they’ve also gladly fixed and tailored items just to keep them from going to landfill.

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                  Most Repairable: Solovair

                  Solovair’s range of shoes are all made out of high quality durable materials, Goodyear leather welted to withstand even the toughest use. However we were most impressed with Solovair’s sole repair offering; in the event that the soles finally meet their untimely demise, a pair of sturdy Solovair soles can be purchased for a local cobbler to replace them.

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                  Most Sustainable: Flowfold

                  The numbers speak for themselves: 1,513 sq meters of fabric was kept out of landfill last year and 5,547 meters of rope re-purposed. Flowfold has always been invested in sustainable methods from the humble beginnings of its prototype wallet made out of sailcloth scraps. Materials used are the strongest, lightest and most resilient fabrics on the market, rigorously tested to withstand years of abrasion and damage from natural elements, ensuring that these products won’t end up in landfill.

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                  Most Innovative: Ecoalf

                  It is rare for a fashion brand to take a hands-on approach to solving environmental problems, but Ecoalf is showing what’s possible. Their “Upcycling the Oceans” project has removed 330 tons of waste out of the sea since 2015 and used it to create durable, attractive footwear and clothing. They were the first to make flip-flops out of used tires and have pioneered technology allowing for their construction without the need for adhesive or chemicals. In a world of green-washing, this is exactly the kind of genuine progress we need.

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                  Kidswear

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                  Most Durable: Monty & Co.

                  Monty & Co.’s practical and utilitarian approach to kidswear makes for adorable clothing that has durability at its heart. We love how the timeless and gender-neutral looks make excellent hand-me-downs. Each piece is impeccably constructed using very hard-wearing but 100% natural fabrics that only improve with age and washing. All together this means a kids' clothing range that can really be expected to last.

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                  Best Aftercare: Mini Bili

                  Mini Bili is completely invested in a circular approach to their collections, showing the concern they have for the future of the children they are clothing. Not only do they craft their beautiful pieces from reclaimed, vintage cloth and offer a lifetime repair guarantee, the company also invites customers to return clothes they are tired of for a 30% discount off their next purchase. These returned pieces can then be given new life, closing the loop on disposable fashion.

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                  Most Sustainable: Billygoats & Raincoats

                  Billygoats & Raincoats wins the award for most sustainable kidswear with their mission of rescuing discarded festival tents destined for the landfill. Every year in the UK, festival goers abandon more than 20,000 tents; Billygoats & Raincoats salvages the usable material and re-purposes it into colorful, eco-friendly outerwear for children. Being 100% made in the UK also makes a huge difference to the overall carbon footprint.

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                  Most Innovative: Petit Pli

                  Founded by a trained aerospace engineer, this innovative company has a completely new solution to the current waste in kids clothing. While most kids clothing has to be repurchased every few months, Petit Pli’s clothing range stretches and expands to fit children from the ages of nine months to four years. Not only do they use recycled materials, but they are also reflective, ultra-lightweight, reinforced, breathable and rainproof, making them versatile and safe to use in all conditions.

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                  Toys

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                  Most Durable: little miss workbench

                  It’s very hard to be toddler-proof, but it would take a significant amount of bashing to even put a dent in little miss workbench’s range of wooden toys. Made out of the strongest and most durable American hardwoods, such as birch, maple and cherry wood, we love the imaginative simplicity and natural hardiness of the chunky designs which are finished with a natural coating.

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                  Best Aftercare: Orchard Toys

                  Three months after Christmas, half of kids toys are broken or unusable. We were really impressed by Orchard Toys' commitment to keeping spare parts for their games and sending them out for free so the game can live on. An extra nice touch is that they encourage a donation to a kids hospice to those using this free service. It’s this kind of thinking that we want to encourage.

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                  Most Sustainable: Wooden Story

                  Wooden Story has worked incredibly hard to bring sustainability into a sector dominated by plastic and shoddy design. Their wooden toys use sustainably sourced wood, natural dyes and beeswax. Refreshingly, all the packaging is also biodegradable, recyclable or reusable. The items themselves are hardy, heirloom quality with a timeless charm. We also like that they encourage imaginative play.

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                  Most Innovative: Wishbone Design Studio

                  Wishbone Design Studio toys are not only sustainable, repairable, and durable, but can cleverly adapt into new and more age appropriate toys as children grow up through simple home adjustments. The level of thought and creativity that goes into increasing the longevity of a Wishbone product, evident right from the earliest design stages, makes this brand highly deserving of our Most Innovative award.

                  Most Repairable: Wishbone Design Studio

                  Wishbone Design Studio have taken truly impressive steps towards making their collection of sustainable bikes, wagons and rockers as repairable as possible. From the earliest stages, their products are designed for disassembly with spare parts readily available alongside simple instructions and lifetime customer support. Not only this, components are carefully standardized, meaning no discontinued parts or need for specialized tools. We love how this encourages home repair, and we hope to see many more brands inspired by Wishbone Design Studio’s impressive ethos.

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                  Electricals & Appliances

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                  Most Durable: Transparent Sound (Steel Edition)

                  Transparent Sound are bucking the trend of planned obsolescence within the electronics industry by designing innovative speakers geared towards a lifetime of use. These striking products are manufactured using durable materials and parts designed to be replaced and upgraded for as long as possible. Their limited edition Steel Speaker is a 44 lb beast handcrafted by blacksmith Jonas Majors, and if this doesn’t deserve a Most Durable electronics award we don’t know what does.

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                  Best Aftercare: Miele

                  Most appliance manufacturers used to make their machine to a certain baseline standard with build quality the clear first priority. Over the years, one by one, even the most reputed companies have lowered their standards. Meanwhile, Miele are still raising their own lofty bar. Their warranties extend up to 10 years for premium appliances, while their award-winning customer service team has over a hundred dedicated engineers throughout the UK. If you need guaranteed, tried and tested quality, Miele are our number one pick.

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                  Most Repairable: AIAIAI

                  AIAIAI’s customizable TMA-2 headphone system allows users to repair, interchange and upgrade parts, from ear pads, speaker units, headbands and even cables. The end result is a personal pair of headphones unique to each user, creating a perfect set that can cater to everyone, whether they may be a professional DJ or the casual listener using it for their daily commute. They also offer a 3-year warranty in a sector that usually cuts off at one.

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                  Most Sustainable: Fairphone

                  It could have challenged in any category: Fairphone are the one and only company striving to make phones both ethical and durable, reducing impact from manufacture through to end of life. Their materials are meticulously sourced – the 40 different elements required to create a phone coming from, where possible, low-impact zones with a strong emphasis on worker conditions. One of the only modular phones on the market, its six pieces are easily removable and replaceable by hand. Swap out a broken screen in just one minute. If you do decide to upgrade your phone, just send the old one back to Fairphone by freepost and they’ll recycle it.

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                  Most Innovative: L’Increvable

                  The first washing machine designed to be repaired and upgraded by customers and professional repairers alike, L’increvable is designed to last for a minimum of 20 years or 10,000 hours of use. It is yet to make it to market, but if and when it does it will profoundly disrupt an industry that has planned obsolescence baked in. With a bit of luck, the advent of L’increvable will mean the decline of sealed-in, opaque appliances that cost more to repair than to replace. Great for the environment, better still for the consumer.

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                  Waste Reduction: The Restart Project

                  Started in London, The Restart Project is spreading across the UK and the world. This social enterprise brings repair enthusiasts together with people who need products repaired. The idea is not just to provide a free service, but to also empower citizens to take on simple repair tasks, allowing perfectly good products to carry on being useful. Every year they are saving thousands of pounds of waste.

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                  Furniture & Homeware

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                  Most Durable: Family W

                  We were very pleased to discover this Dutch brand who are creating furniture designed to be loved for generations. Their timeless pieces are built from solid oak without nails or screws, using wood-on-wood connections for beauty and lasting strength. Their pieces also come with an astounding 100-year warranty, earning Family W the title of Most Durable furniture brand.

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                  Best Aftercare: Finlayson

                  Finlayson’s Jesus Range duvets and pillowcases, crafted from soft and durable linen, has been awarded the Best Aftercare in Furniture and Homeware for their surprising and astounding 50-year guarantee. We’ve never seen a warranty this robust from a linens brand, and we’re excited to see if this will encourage other brands to offer similar (or better!) policies.

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                  Most Repairable: Brabantia

                  While you might think it strange that a trash can should be up for an award, we guarantee you won’t find a more repairable, functional item. Brabantia craft all of their trash cans from 40% recycled materials, and they’re designed to be taken apart and recycled at the end of their life. On top of their 10-year guarantee, their service shop stocks replacement parts and offers repair services inside and outside of the warranty.

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                  Most Sustainable: Sustainable Furniture UK

                  The clue is in the name: Sustainable Furniture UK care deeply about their impact on the planet; every part of their manufacturing process and supply chain is carefully considered. Not only are their pieces ethically sourced and built to last a lifetime, the brand actively support organisations championing reforestation and taking action against illegal tree logging, such as Trees for Trees and Perum Perhutani. We especially love their dedication to using reclaimed timber, which not only recycles otherwise defunct wood into beautiful new furniture but makes the pieces more hard-wearing as the timber is more seasoned.

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                  Most Innovative: Plumen

                  This is a category close to our hearts because planned obsolescence is so baked into the light bulb industry. Plumen are creating longer-lasting and more energy efficient light bulbs, which crucially are also beautiful enough to overcome consumer resistance to energy efficient lighting. We particularly like that they have not stopped making their products better with a reinvention on their original design using LEDs coming out last year.

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                  Waste Reduction: Rype Office

                  Rype Office are tackling waste in an industry where even lightly used products are being rejected and trashed at an alarming rate. They are diverting tonnes of waste from landfill by re-manufacturing existing furniture to bring them up to “as new” condition. By making sustainable furniture both attractive and economically sensible, they are disrupting the space. We also appreciate their commitment to hiring people with disabilities.

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                  Kitchenware

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                  Most Durable: Solidteknics

                  It’s pretty hard to beat a cast iron pan for durability, but Solidteknics goes even further by crafting theirs from one piece of seamless iron. No rivets, no broken handles, ever. Drop it, smash it, throw it in the fire, run over it with your car – these pans are indestructible. They back this with a multi-century warranty. A natural non-stick surface can be maintained indefinitely by seasoning and re-seasoning using natural oils.

                  Best Aftercare: Solidteknics

                  Solidteknics bears the best warranty on the BuyMeOnce website. On every one of their seamless iron pans, they offer a multi-century warranty, so even if your great-great-grandson manages to break it (he won’t), Solidteknics will honor their guarantee.

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                  Most Repairable: Dualit

                  With nearly 75 years of experience manufacturing long-lasting toasters (and the customer and independent reviews to back it up!), Dualit know that repairability is the future of kitchen appliances. All of their products feature a modular system, meaning each component is designed to be replaceable and recyclable, so you’ll never have to throw away the entire appliance.

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                  Most Sustainable: ROK Presso

                  Designed to be the most eco-friendly espresso maker on the market, ROK have created the perfect alternative to coffee makers that require disposable capsules, pods and filters. By using only kinetic energy to power it, the Presso cuts down your waste and provides a smooth and easy extraction. It’s mechanical nature and solid design means that planned obsolescence is not on the cards and this item can go on doing its job indefinitely.

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                  Most Innovative: Smidge

                  We’ve been waiting a long time for reusable coffee cups and picnic utensils which not only can take the place of throwaway versions, but can also biodegrade at end of life. So we were thrilled to discover Smidge, which uses natural materials derived from corn to create reusable cups and cutlery which are still dishwasher and microwave safe, but will biodegrade leaving no damaging chemical residue.

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                  Waste Reduction: Beeswax Wraps Co.

                  Reusable and biodegradable, these food wraps by Beeswax Wraps are a durable, zero waste alternative to cling wrap. The wraps are beautifully designed by local designers and printed on organic GOTS certified organic cotton with beeswax coming from within 30 miles of their workshop, further reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

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                  Most Durable: Rockwell Razors

                  Taking inspiration from the safety razors of yesteryear, Rockwell Razor merges traditional design with modern touches, such as adjustable shave settings and precision engineered blade angles that allows for a smoother, nick-free shave. The razors are either made from chromed alloy, 316L Stainless Steel, or a combination of brass, stainless steel and chromed alloy – materials that will stand the test of time and won’t get crushed or damaged with normal, daily use. Even their refillable single cartridge blades are exceptional in terms of durability, thanks to Swedish stainless steel that won’t rust.

                  Best Aftercare: Rockwell Razors

                  Rockwell Razor stand behind their razors with their exceptional lifetime guarantee, cementing their products as heirloom-quality. They will accept razors back if it’s not up to a customer’s satisfaction, and they will even cover shipping costs within the 30 days grace period. Free exchanges are standard for razors that arrive with any sort of defect, whether it’s a manufacturing flaw or cosmetic imperfection. In the event that a razor was deemed damaged due to neglect or misuse, Rockwell’s generous policy involves sending out the appropriate replacement parts for free, with the customer only covering shipping costs.

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                  Most Sustainable: OrganiCup

                  The vegan certified OrganiCup menstrual cup is the perfect alternative to wasteful tampons and sanitary pads that end up in landfill. Designed to last years, we’re adding another award to medal-clad OrganiCup, thanks to their commitment to saving the environment. Their efforts even extend to their packaging with instructions printed on the inside of a recycled, biodegradable carton and a storage pouch made from 100% organic cotton.

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                  Most Innovative: Plaine Products

                  Plaine Products’ range is completely chemical free with ingredients checked through the Environmental Working Group’s database to ensure they are safe and non-toxic. However, it’s their dedication to reducing plastic consumption that impressed us here at BuyMeOnce; they also encourage their customers to return their reusable aluminum bottles by providing a free return label.

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                  Waste Reduction: Zao Organic

                  Zao Organic believes that beauty shouldn’t cost the earth and they do this by using sustainably harvested bamboo. The ingredients used for the products themselves are extracted from the bamboo plant and the elegant packaging is made from bamboo. The refillable component is a zero-waste solution to an otherwise wasteful industry with the added bonus of saving money at the same time.

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                  https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-05-17T05:00:00-0400 2019-05-17T05:00:00-0400 30 Long Lasting Wedding Gift Ideas Amanda Saxby


                  Thinking of wedding gift ideas for the bride and groom can be a stressful event. Do you go personalized? Do you buy separate gifts or one for the couple? What if you don’t know the couple well and they don’t have a registry? But most importantly, how do you know if the wedding gift you have in mind will last a lifetime? Don’t panic – this is our raison d'être! We’ve pulled together 30 of our bestselling long lasting wedding gift ideas for you. You don’t even have to go scrambling through our gifting page (though you can if you want!) Furthermore, we’ve categorized these ideas based on recipient so the search is even simpler. Whether you’re on the hunt as a guest buying for the couple, the bride looking for the perfect bridesmaids’ gifts, or a groom searching for a present for your bride, we’ve got you covered. Wedding Gift Ideas for the Couple Any eco-friendly newlywed couple would be pleased to receive this 10-year guaranteed manual espresso maker. This stunning set of hardwood utensils contains everything they need to cook up a healthy life together. Buying for a couple who loves to cook? Grab them a pair of...]]>
                  Thinking of wedding gift ideas for the bride and groom can be a stressful event. Do you go personalized? Do you buy separate gifts or one for the couple? What if you don’t know the couple well and they don’t have a registry? But most importantly, how do you know if the wedding gift you have in mind will last a lifetime?

                  Don’t panic – this is our raison d'être! We’ve pulled together 30 of our bestselling long lasting wedding gift ideas for you. You don’t even have to go scrambling through our gifting page (though you can if you want!)

                  Furthermore, we’ve categorized these ideas based on recipient so the search is even simpler. Whether you’re on the hunt as a guest buying for the couple, the bride looking for the perfect bridesmaids’ gifts, or a groom searching for a present for your bride, we’ve got you covered.

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                  Wedding Gift Ideas for the Couple

                  Any eco-friendly newlywed couple would be pleased to receive this 10-year guaranteed manual espresso maker.

                  This stunning set of hardwood utensils contains everything they need to cook up a healthy life together.

                  Buying for a couple who loves to cook? Grab them a pair of matching lifetime guaranteed aprons.

                  Wedding Gift Ideas for the BrideThis incredibly durable cast iron skillet is the only pan they (and their future generations) will ever need.

                  Is the couple big into BBQ? Get them this tough as nails stainless steel utensil set for their backyard parties.

                  Every newlywed likes a cuddle. Help them stay cozy with this super soft organic cotton throw.

                  This organic cotton braided pillow cover would add a unique boho touch to their bedroom or living space.

                  Spruce up their living area with this fabulous handwoven rug.

                  A classic wedding gift idea – the perfect set of modern and durable stainless steel cutlery.

                  Does the couple love an evening tipple? Get them these nearly indestructible glass tumblers.

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                  Wedding Gift Ideas for the Bride

                  Does she love cuddling up in a cozy robe? Treat her to this comfy organic cotton and linen lounge gown.

                  Are you both big into exotic holiday spots? Grab her a pair of customized unbreakable sunglasses.

                  If your bride is into unique fashion pieces, she’ll fall hard for this upcycled fire and hide clutch.

                  This beautiful silver linked bracelet is both delicate and refined and comes with a BuyMeOnce exclusive warranty.

                  This gorgeous leather rucksack handbag is an heirloom piece she can treasure and wear forever.

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                  Wedding Gift Ideas for the Groom

                  Let him lounge around in comfort and style with this soft, organic cotton robe.

                  For sunny days for the rest of his life: a pair of customizable unbreakable sunglasses.

                  The ideal wedding gift idea for the traveler: a lifetime guaranteed canvas backpack.

                  Is your groom the professional sort? This heirloom-quality leather briefcase will suit his modern working life.

                  Does your man like to keep groomed? He’ll love this brilliant low-waste shaving kit.

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                  Wedding Gift Ideas for the Bridesmaids

                  It’ll never rain on their parade with one of these lifetime guaranteed mini umbrellas in their bag.

                  Your ladies will love cozying up with this versatile handwoven peshtemal.

                  The girls will thank you for this practical yet stunning gift that will help them never lose another earring!

                  Treat the ladies to an at-home spa day with this planet-friendly sweet-smelling body lotion.

                  Are your girls glasses wearers? They’ll definitely appreciate this practical yet stylish gift!

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                  Wedding Gift Ideas for the Groomsmen

                  This recycled sailcloth wallet is ideal for the minimalist and makes a great gift.

                  Personalize this upcycled fire hose key ring and present one of the best affordable wedding gift ideas.

                  Is your best man always losing his glasses? Here’s a sleek and stylish solution!

                  Excellent for the wedding day and every day after, they’ll love the soothing effects of this shave balm.

                  Willing to splash out a little? This handmade leather passport wallet is perfect for the frequent traveler.

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

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