https://buymeonce.com/pages/blog-feed BuyMeOnce - Articles & Tips 2018-10-19T07:03:00-0400 BuyMeOnce https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-10-19T07:03:00-0400 2018-10-19T07:03:00-0400 7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter Jana Pleyto


Here at BuyMeOnce we believe in taking brilliant care of your possessions so that they serve you well for a lifetime, and your skin is no exception. Harsh winter weather can be damaging, uncomfortable and downright painful on your skin. Whilst there are some brilliant skincare brands out there (our favorite is Neal’s Yard by a mile) many products are superfluous, and can even do more harm than good. Hard as it might be, resist that urge to panic-buy cupboard-fulls of lotions and potions following that first gust of bitterly cold winter wind! This mix of hydrating, natural products, home remedies and top tips to live by will keep your skin healthy, happy and glowing through the whole winter. 1. Drink lots of water. When it’s cold outside we often forget to drink enough water throughout the day, but this is just when low humidity is most likely to strip our poor skin of its moisture. Remember to sip slowly through the day rather than gulp and to use a reusable bottle - our favourite is this one by Klean Kanteen. Indulging in warming winter teas such as natural ginger and lemon is a wonderful way to keep hydrated in winter...]]>
Here at BuyMeOnce we believe in taking brilliant care of your possessions so that they serve you well for a lifetime, and your skin is no exception. Harsh winter weather can be damaging, uncomfortable and downright painful on your skin. Whilst there are some brilliant skincare brands out there (our favorite is Neal’s Yard by a mile) many products are superfluous, and can even do more harm than good.

Hard as it might be, resist that urge to panic-buy cupboard-fulls of lotions and potions following that first gust of bitterly cold winter wind! This mix of hydrating, natural products, home remedies and top tips to live by will keep your skin healthy, happy and glowing through the whole winter.

1. Drink lots of water.

When it’s cold outside we often forget to drink enough water throughout the day, but this is just when low humidity is most likely to strip our poor skin of its moisture. Remember to sip slowly through the day rather than gulp and to use a reusable bottle - our favourite is this one by Klean Kanteen. Indulging in warming winter teas such as natural ginger and lemon is a wonderful way to keep hydrated in winter - you will feel healthy, hydrated and cozy at the same time. It’s a win-win situation!

7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter | BuyMeOnce.com

2. Choose a cleanser carefully.

Many high street cleansers actually contain harsh chemicals which can be damaging rather than nourishing. Ingredients such as alcohol and any added fragrances won’t do any favors for dry, cracked skin, as they strip away natural oils. Cream-based cleansers such as this Neal's Yard Frankincense one will help keep the moisture in, while still takingoff the day’s dirt and make-up.

7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter | BuyMeOnce.com

3. Exfoliate for excellent skin.

It may be the last thing on your mind when you have dry, itchy skin, but there are benefits to exfoliating your skin during winter. Not only will it take off the dry, dead skin cells, but it also helps you regenerate new ones. Your skin will thank you for using natural, exfoliating scrubs like this yummy-smelling geranium and orange scrub, or even check out this list of five homemade recipes that are easy to make using just ingredients from your kitchen pantry!

7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter | BuyMeOnce.com

4. Keep those showers short and sweet.

It’s tempting to reach for that dial and turn up the heat and have a long, hot shower or a bath when it’s cold outside. However, hot showers and long baths are a big no-no. Not only will excessively hot water dehydrate you, but it will also strip away those necessary oils from your body. If you come out of the shower and your skin is irritatingly red and itchy, it’s a sign that you’ve overdone it. All is not lost though. We’ve got you covered in the next step.

5. Use a natural moisturizer and apply immediately after washing.

Choose your facial moisturizer and body lotion carefully. We recommend oil based products rather than water based to keep important hydrating oils in your skin. Apply moisturizer or lotion immediately after washing to lock in as much moisture as possible, and don’t forget to include your hands and your feet, the most hardworking parts of your body! Our favorite for your body? This heavenly body butter is a blend of organic butters and oils, topped up with a therapeutic blend of aromatic essential oils. If you recently ran out of body lotion, look inside your pantry for a tub of coconut oil; beauty editors swear by this versatile pantry essential!

7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter | BuyMeOnce.com

 

6. Protect from the elements.

Winter is undoubtedly harsher on your skin than summer. Out in the open, we may have the pocket essential lip balm to take care of dry, chapped lips, but we need more than that. The combination of low humidity plus those strong, blistering winds can lead to uncomfortably dry skin, so remember to wrap up. A scarf and gloves are essential to protect your hands and the delicate skin on your neck; we love these scarf and gloves by Ally Bee that are made out of super soft alpaca and sheeps wool for minimal irritation.


On the topic of skin irritation, a lot of cold-weather clothing can be uncomfortable when worn in direct contact with your skin. We recommend using natural, breathable base layers, such as the ones offered by The White T-Shirt Company, to protect you from any rough or scratchy winter fabrics that are aggravating to your skin when worn alone.

7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter | BuyMeOnce.com

7. Sunscreen is not just for summer.

We may reach for the sunscreen automatically during the warmer months, but sunscreen is just as important during winter to shield from those harmful UVs. Make sure to cover your face, neck and hands (if they are exposed), and opt for a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection. If you’re up on the slopes, the Skin Cancer Institute recommends reapplying your sunscreen every two hours and immediately after heavy sweating. Don’t forget the spots that are easily missed such as the back of the neck, lips, ears and under the chin!

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-10-12T06:28:00-0400 2018-10-12T06:28:00-0400 Why Parents Love Wishbone Design Toys Jana Pleyto


Here at BuyMeOnce, we love Wishbone Design Studio because their ethos is aligned with the BuyMeOnce way of slowing down consumption by choosing durable, quality products that last a long time. But why do parents in more than 135 countries love Wishbone products? Wishbone Design Studio is a small, family-owned New Zealand-based company founded by parents Richard and Jennifer, who were living in New York during its inception. Richard wished for his children to have the same outdoor experiences he had when he was growing up – a rarity in the concrete streets of the Big Apple – and so he set out to build a bike for their son Noah. During their rides in Central Park, other parents often came up to ask where the bike was from, so Richard set about creating ten more bikes. When they returned back to their native New Zealand, Wishbone was officially born and is now shipped globally.   Heirloom Quality Parents love Wishbone products because they’re designed to grow with the child and help them conquer developmental milestones, from crawling, to pushing themselves up, to walking and finally riding independently. Designing ride-on toys and bikes that grow with the child means that these...]]>
Here at BuyMeOnce, we love Wishbone Design Studio because their ethos is aligned with the BuyMeOnce way of slowing down consumption by choosing durable, quality products that last a long time. But why do parents in more than 135 countries love Wishbone products?

Wishbone Design Studio is a small, family-owned New Zealand-based company founded by parents Richard and Jennifer, who were living in New York during its inception. Richard wished for his children to have the same outdoor experiences he had when he was growing up – a rarity in the concrete streets of the Big Apple – and so he set out to build a bike for their son Noah. During their rides in Central Park, other parents often came up to ask where the bike was from, so Richard set about creating ten more bikes. When they returned back to their native New Zealand, Wishbone was officially born and is now shipped globally.  

Why Do Parents Love Wishbone Design Toys? | BuyMeOnce.com

Heirloom Quality

Parents love Wishbone products because they’re designed to grow with the child and help them conquer developmental milestones, from crawling, to pushing themselves up, to walking and finally riding independently. Designing ride-on toys and bikes that grow with the child means that these products will last far longer than their traditional counterparts; even longer if you pass them down to younger siblings, or even the next generation.

They’re also beautifully and classically designed. The clean, minimal frames can be fully customized, encouraging creativity. Fun stickers, bells, nameplates, colorful handlebars and seat covers can all be easily swapped over as the bike gets handed down to future riders.

Why Do Parents Love Wishbone Design Toys? | BuyMeOnce.com

Safe for kids to use

Parents can rest assured there’s nothing nasty lurking in Wishbone toys. All their products are completely free from lead, phthalates, BPA, PVC or formaldehyde. Their tires and handgrips are PAH free, and the glues and finishes used are all non-toxic and water-based.

The wooden bikes, wagon and flips are made from solid laminated wood, layered birch and eucalyptus plywood, a welcome move away from flimsy particle board.

Easy to use

Transforming a Wishbone product is so easy that absolutely anyone can do it using the appropriate kit and a few simple tools. A pull-push wagon can be turned into a go-cart, a trike can be turned into a bike, and even a rocker can be turned into a ride-on with one simple toggle of a switch. Even the frame and seat height are easily fully adjustable, making this an ideal toy for growing kids.

 

Kind to the environment

We all know that the toy industry is one of the most harmful to the environment with 90% of all toys on the market made out of plastic, most breaking easily and ending up in landfill within a few years. Environmentally conscious parents love that Wishbone Design moves away from this model. Their circular thinking starts at the very beginning of the design process, from reducing their use of raw materials, through to encouraging repair and refurbishment, right down to shipping their products out to customers using strictly plastic-free and recycled packaging.

Their new range of recycled bikes are prime examples, with the 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 recycled bike frames made out of post-consumer carpets. Nylon and polypropylene are derived from house carpets and recycled to create sturdy glass fiber frames.

In line with their carbon zero goals, all their products are easily repairable and refurbished, with replacement parts readily available. Wishbone pride themselves in the rarity of customer returns, and in case of warranty issues, their customer service is impeccable; they can easily diagnose and send new parts as needed, and it’s hardly ever necessary to replace the whole unit.

It’s easy to see why Wishbone Design Studio is the recipient of numerous design and sustainability awards from around the world. This homegrown brand is not only leading the way with their beautifully designed, timeless and heirloom-quality products, but is also tackling a supremely wasteful toy industry along the way. For environmentally conscious parents and growing kids, Wishbone is a brand to watch out for.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-10-03T13:14:00-0400 2018-10-03T13:14:00-0400 How to find the best winter coat BuyMeOnce USA


The best winter coat should make you feel great, pulled together and, most importantly, it should last years. A winter coat is likely to be among the most expensive wardrobe purchases you make, so it’s worth being considered and taking your time. Paying more than you’re used to might feel a tad unnerving, but for the right coat, it’s well worth it. I still have my grandmother's from the 1940s – it is just as beautiful, warm and functional as it was when she wore it; a testament to its unfailing quality and proof that investing in real craftsmanship is worthwhile. With so many options hurled at our inboxes the instant the trees turn, knowing how to find your perfect coat is tricky. It’s hard to know where even to start. To get you on the way, we’ve pulled together a guide to help you with your quest to find the best winter coat. 1. What are you made of? The first thing to explore is the cloth your coat of choice is cut from. Unless you need a coat for real extreme weather conditions, natural fibres have our vote; good old-fashioned wool really cannot be beaten for longevity. Wool...]]>
The best winter coat should make you feel great, pulled together and, most importantly, it should last years. A winter coat is likely to be among the most expensive wardrobe purchases you make, so it’s worth being considered and taking your time. Paying more than you’re used to might feel a tad unnerving, but for the right coat, it’s well worth it. I still have my grandmother's from the 1940s – it is just as beautiful, warm and functional as it was when she wore it; a testament to its unfailing quality and proof that investing in real craftsmanship is worthwhile.

With so many options hurled at our inboxes the instant the trees turn, knowing how to find your perfect coat is tricky. It’s hard to know where even to start. To get you on the way, we’ve pulled together a guide to help you with your quest to find the best winter coat.

1. What are you made of?

The first thing to explore is the cloth your coat of choice is cut from. Unless you need a coat for real extreme weather conditions, natural fibres have our vote; good old-fashioned wool really cannot be beaten for longevity. Wool is breathable, durable and crucially, cosy and warm. It comes in so many forms and weights – alpacas, blends, tweeds and, a personal favourite, shearlings. Each offers something a little different, and most can be waterproofed for maximum practicality. The luxurious cashmere, alpaca and vicuna wools are dubbed ‘noble fibres’ thanks to their natural performance qualities and unbeatable softness; while they are fantastic materials to wear, they will drive up the price – if you’ve got your heart set on one of these, be prepared to pay extra. Sheep and lambswool are excellent value choices.

2. It’s what’s inside that counts

Always look inside a coat that’s caught your eye. A subtle mark of distinction on a high-quality coat is the attention paid to the internals. On a well made product, you’ll find a properly placed lining, edges meeting plush. The stitching will be dense, but not messy, providing real strength. If you were to unpick the seams of a coat from H&M or Zara, you’d meet a mess of thin thread and sketchy sewing. They only focus on the outside; on what the average customer sees in the shop. We’re not suggesting you hack away at the lining of every coat you try on (this would be time-consuming. And slightly illegal.) We would, however, advocate a close inspection. Look at the lining, check for loose thread. A fabric in a twill (diagonal) weave will last the longest – this is generally the lining of choice for bespoke tailors. The density and the tightly woven yarn construction will stand up against daily wear and should hold up in high-stress areas like elbows and pockets. A holey pocket is a friend to no one.

3. Button up

As soon as you walk out of a shop with a badly made coat, the countdown begins to your first lost button. Usually, they’re tacked on with minimal care and no backing. For a winter coat proper button attachment is crucial; they’ll need to pull together heavier fabrics, buttoned and unbuttoned every day. It’s a quick job to take a moment to wobble the buttons on the coat you’re trying on and see how secure they are. Button and unbutton the coat several times to see if anything feels loose. If the coat has a reinforced button (a smaller button or backing on the inside of the coat) you can be pretty confident that you’re looking at a quality, well made and considered garment.

4. Capsule consideration

To get the most out of your coat, it needs to work well with your existing wardrobe. When you’re trying on coats, put looks together and make sure they work. Shop online and you can do this in your own home with your own clothes; if you’re in a shop, take the time to use your imagination. Think about the clothes you spend most of your time in – will this coat work with those? Will you feel good putting them together?

5. Take care of your investment

Everything needs a bit of love. Take care of your coat and it will last. If you have the time, hang it up on a clothes hanger at the end of the day instead of on a hook or on the back of a door; this will help protect the construction of the garment. At the end of the winter clean it and store it in a coat cover or carefully fold it away into a box or case.

6. And finally...

Go for designs you love. If a coat makes you feel great, you’re more likely to put it on time and time again, rather than being tempted to buy something new each time autumn rolls around. Yes, it’s important to consider functionality and practical details, but no amount of box ticking will make your coat less ugly. Remember, you’ll be wearing it every day for several months.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-09-27T08:51:00-0400 2018-09-27T08:51:00-0400 Love Beer, Hate Plastic? Introducing the In the Drink Scheme BuyMeOnce USA


Love drinking beer in the sunshine, but hate the mountain of throwaway plastic cups you’ve been served this summer? The number of disposable cups being served by the leisure industry is staggering. Each year 100 million single use plastic cups are served up at UK music festivals, that’s not even counting the number given out by pubs, party boats and small riverside events. Estimates on the recycling of the UK’s throwaway cups ranges from 0% - 34%. The prevailing ideology of disposability has reached new heights of stupidity. But this single-use plastic tide of plastic cups from pubs may just be able to turn. Alison Baker, founder of Ally Bee Knitwear In the Drink is a new scheme aimed at encouraging bars and events in cities to ditch throwaway cups. This not-for-profit scheme rides on the changing public mood about the use of disposable plastic. Many pubs have thankfully removed plastic straws from their bars, a move that has been welcomed by many and barely noticed by most drinkers. Removing throwaway plastic cups is the next obvious step forward for bars. In the Drink hopes that joining this scheme will be a no-brainer for many bar-owners, and that the more reluctant bars will follow suit...]]>
Love drinking beer in the sunshine, but hate the mountain of throwaway plastic cups you’ve been served this summer? The number of disposable cups being served by the leisure industry is staggering. Each year 100 million single use plastic cups are served up at UK music festivals, that’s not even counting the number given out by pubs, party boats and small riverside events.

Estimates on the recycling of the UK’s throwaway cups ranges from 0% - 34%. The prevailing ideology of disposability has reached new heights of stupidity. But this single-use plastic tide of plastic cups from pubs may just be able to turn.

Alison Baker, founder of Ally Bee Knitwear

In the Drink is a new scheme aimed at encouraging bars and events in cities to ditch throwaway cups. This not-for-profit scheme rides on the changing public mood about the use of disposable plastic. Many pubs have thankfully removed plastic straws from their bars, a move that has been welcomed by many and barely noticed by most drinkers. Removing throwaway plastic cups is the next obvious step forward for bars. In the Drink hopes that joining this scheme will be a no-brainer for many bar-owners, and that the more reluctant bars will follow suit when they realise their competition is coping perfectly well, even saving money, by ditching single-use cups.

 

How big is the problem of plastic cup pollution ‘in the drink’? Huge. London’s River Thames - the initial focus of the In the Drink scheme - turned into a plastic soup this long hot summer. As a regular stand-up-paddleboarder and kayaker on the Thames - catching the tide with plastic cups floating past - I’m keenly aware of the volume of plastic trash, and I am also involved in many cleanups in my community on the river foreshore in leafy South West London.

Love Beer, Hate Plastic? Introducing the In the Drink Scheme | BuyMeOnce.com

One day in July, myself and 2 other volunteers picked up a staggering 1000 cups in just under 2 hours from a small stretch of Thames foreshore. Washed up on the foreshore, in just one tide, this was a shocking snapshot of just how many of these flimsy, single-use cups are in the Thames. Cups that will soon break up into small pieces and end up polluting our seas as micro-plastics.

 

In the Drink will be contacting Thames riverside pubs, breweries, sporting events, party boat operators and riverside festivals and giving advice and support on better ways to serve beer without relying on disposables. If a pub feels compelled to use a non-glass receptacle then it is time to start using a robust reusable plastic cups (NOT problematic bioplastic throwaways by the way) that can be washed and reused 100’s of times. An initial upfront investment has a quick return on investment for a pub and saves on their rubbish disposal - making them look good too as they become part of the solution to a big problem.

Reducing our river’s plastic trash is a far cry from the business of luxury fashion, but I feel the issues are interconnected. Fashion - whether fast and cheap or premium and luxury - can be a wasteful, filthy business. It is part of a wider culture of accepting disposability and convenience as a god-given lifestyle and commercial right, without equal weight being placed on responsibility for the externalised costs of cleaning up after it.

The food and drink industry can be just as culpable, and in that respect a paradigm change in the way businesses operate is urgently needed. I own the sustainable fashion label, Ally Bee Knitwear, and am pleased to have Ally Bee as one of the founding partners and supporters of In the Drink. My business is in fashion, and the mission of the business is inextricably linked to the wider concern of promoting lifestyle shifts away from short-term use and disposability.

Love Beer, Hate Plastic? Introducing the In the Drink Scheme | BuyMeOnce.com

In the Drink also receives support from the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and river advocacy group Thames21, and fellow partner founders Active 360 and Anti-Plastic People. The scheme has only recently launched, so we’d love you to spread the friendly word to your local pub to look at ditching their single-use plastics, and letting them know about In the Drink. The initial focus of In the Drink is riverside London, but we see this voluntary scheme as immediately transferrable to any city situated on a river, anywhere in the world. We’ve all got an interest in improving what goes ‘in the drink’!

Alison Baker is the Founder of conscious knitwear label, Ally Bee. Launched in London in 2014, Ally Bee is dedicated to using sustainable and ethically sourced natural fibre yarns. Ally Bee is a co-founder organisation of 'In the Drink.'

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-09-19T12:54:00-0400 2018-09-19T12:54:00-0400 Verdict: The Most Durable Jeans Brand in the World James Bates-Prince


We set out on a search to find the most durable jeans in the world. Jeans to last a lifetime rather than a year, jeans with a low cost-per-use, jeans to give you a feeling of ownership and individuality. In combing the world’s top brands we’ve separated the raw selvedge from the overcooked cotton and ended up back where we started: London. The British denim connoisseurs Blackhorse Lane Ateliers are our number one choice for durable men’s and women’s jeans. Here’s why. Credit: Gareth Powell, David Nolan, Graham McLoughlin The best design Blackhorse Lane Ateliers draw inspiration from a time before fashion was cynical. They care about the product and they care about people. Mass consumption, cutting corners, expanding globally; the cornerstones of fast fashion are their nemesis. Every part of their jean has been considered and reconsidered. Durability, style and comfort are at their heart not just on the day of sale, but for the next 10 years. Other jeans manufacturers will use the same top-line denims or fix their jeans for life – companies that we also love to bits – but no other manufacturer so meticulously over-engineers their jeans. For their more premium lines, all stress points are...]]>
We set out on a search to find the most durable jeans in the world. Jeans to last a lifetime rather than a year, jeans with a low cost-per-use, jeans to give you a feeling of ownership and individuality. In combing the world’s top brands we’ve separated the raw selvedge from the overcooked cotton and ended up back where we started: London.

The British denim connoisseurs Blackhorse Lane Ateliers are our number one choice for durable men’s and women’s jeans. Here’s why.

Credit: Gareth Powell, David Nolan, Graham McLoughlin

The best design

Blackhorse Lane Ateliers draw inspiration from a time before fashion was cynical. They care about the product and they care about people. Mass consumption, cutting corners, expanding globally; the cornerstones of fast fashion are their nemesis.

Every part of their jean has been considered and reconsidered. Durability, style and comfort are at their heart not just on the day of sale, but for the next 10 years. Other jeans manufacturers will use the same top-line denims or fix their jeans for life – companies that we also love to bits – but no other manufacturer so meticulously over-engineers their jeans.

For their more premium lines, all stress points are bar-tacked for extra strength, so it’s not just the stitching doing the work. The heritage-style waistbands use one piece of denim with single-needle continuous stitching keeping them flat to the jean and tougher and more aesthetically pleasing. The fly too is one piece of material, a design dug up from the old west.

Rivets reinforce the tough 12oz cotton pockets, and on the front right is printed a promise: “Made by us for life”. Quality and care are stitched into the seams, you can feel it even before putting them on.

The best materials

The words “raw Japanese selvedge” are enough to get any denimhead’s ears pricked. Meticulously created on authentic shuttle looms, it’s heavy and textured, dyed to perfection and unbeatably durable. For those new to luxury denim, there’s a nice guide here. Suffice to say Japanese is the gold standard, and it’s the star of Blackhorse Lane’s range.

It’s also bloody expensive, which is why the unpretentious Blackhorse Lane Ateliers offer a full range of denims to suit your need. They have carefully picked mills in Italy and Turkey to offer more accessibly priced jeans with a quality that matches their Japanese counterparts as near as they can. Delightfully, there’s an organic cotton option too to supercharge your ethical purchase. We like organic cotton.

Next-level transparency

Some things need to be seen to be believed. If you’re in London, it’s simple. Hop on the tube, grab the Victoria line up to Blackhorse Road station and walk about five minutes. Blackhorse Lane Ateliers’ factory sits beside the road, a humble and modestly-sized building.

Fling open the doors and find yourself in denim heaven. Reams of the stuff line the walls. Japanese, Italian, Turkish, their standards, then yet more exotic fabrics, pulled in for research and comparison. The chatter of sewing machines fills the air. Wandering inside you notice that these machines aren’t glossy and modern; like the patterns they weave they are older, mechanical and functional, beautiful in their own way.

A small team of experts fill the work area, heads down, focussed on their craft. Irons hiss and scissors clip. As the jeans take shape, the tasks become more delicate; the inseams fell-stitched plush to the leg, the embossed pockets tightly attached and vegetable-tanned patches are stitched to the waist. On the far side of the factory jeans pile high, new alongside old, long-loved pairs arriving for a free patch-up. You can watch it all unfold as what could be the finest jeans in the world are handcrafted before your eyes.

The best guarantee

A well-made jean is brilliant thing. But after you’ve invested a chunk of change and given them years of care, you want insurance. Blackhorse Lane Ateliers offer a free repair service for the lifetime of the garment; all you have to do is pay for the shipping and give ‘em a wash.

It's not a replacement guarantee, but with items of clothing we tend to think those policies are more marketing than confidence. Blackhorse Lane will fix your jeans for life, because they know they'll only need a little tlc.

Made in the UK, by people who care

It’s not easy to make things in the UK, least of all clothes. Manufacturing is seen as costly, and so for most retailers moving production abroad is a quick, obvious decision.

The creator of Blackhorse Lane Ateliers is Han Ates; his family have been in the textile industry for generations. Throughout his career he saw denim production go from Europe, to Turkey and then to China, chasing cheaper and cheaper pricing models. Eventually the exploitation, both of the workers and of the natural environment, became intolerable. If he were to return to the textiles industry, it would have to be in a situation where the excesses could be eliminated.

Blackhorse Lane manufacture in London. All of their skilled staff are paid at rates above the London Living Wage and with good reason: they are expert ateliers. Many of the factory staff have their story described in detail on Blackhorse Lane’s site, usually describing Blackhorse Lane as having the finest environment they’ve experienced in long careers.

A wide range, a fair price

At a glance these jeans look expensive. At point of purchase they can be, but for the men's range the options are there. If you don't need deluxe denim and every single feature, you can pick up a more affordable pair. For women the High-Rise N5's stand alone for now but are fantastic value, and will very soon be joined by more.

No matter which jeans you can afford up front, all durable jeans are a canny investment and any pair will be yours for life. After a few years, like the double-locked stitches, you’ll be near inseparable.

Besides the incredible cost for use, take solace in the fact that you know exactly what you’re paying for. High-quality materials, an honest business practice, sound environmental principles and a fair working culture. You’re paying for manufacturing to return to London. You’re endorsing slow fashion and sticking it to purveyors of the throwaway. And perhaps best of all, you’re also getting some cool jeans.

We’re convinced.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-09-14T12:52:00-0400 2018-09-14T12:52:00-0400 How to Build a Work Wardrobe in 6 Easy Steps Georgie Crosswell


It’s no exaggeration to say that a killer capsule wardrobe can transform your working life. An immaculately put together work wardrobe is like a modern suit of armor; not only will it save you tons of time, money and mental energy on a daily basis, more importantly it can lend you the sense of assertiveness and well-being you need to smash your day and ultimately progress your career. It’s definitely possible to create your capsule with clothing you already own - in fact, it’s a great idea - but there’s nothing wrong with carefully investing in key pieces you’re fairly confident you will love, wear and repair to death. Read on for the steps you’ll need to create a killer capsule no matter your place of work. The Key Principles: Capsule, Comfort, Confidence, Quality Capsule. There’s a reason uniforms are a thing; work clothes don’t need to be new and exciting, they need to be fit for purpose. You’ll save so much time and decision-making capacity every morning of your life if you can reach for a small range of reliable items you know you’ll feel good in. Comfort. The last thing you need during a busy day at work is to be worrying about...]]>
It’s no exaggeration to say that a killer capsule wardrobe can transform your working life. An immaculately put together work wardrobe is like a modern suit of armor; not only will it save you tons of time, money and mental energy on a daily basis, more importantly it can lend you the sense of assertiveness and well-being you need to smash your day and ultimately progress your career.

It’s definitely possible to create your capsule with clothing you already own - in fact, it’s a great idea - but there’s nothing wrong with carefully investing in key pieces you’re fairly confident you will love, wear and repair to death. Read on for the steps you’ll need to create a killer capsule no matter your place of work.

The Key Principles: Capsule, Comfort, Confidence, Quality

  • Capsule. There’s a reason uniforms are a thing; work clothes don’t need to be new and exciting, they need to be fit for purpose. You’ll save so much time and decision-making capacity every morning of your life if you can reach for a small range of reliable items you know you’ll feel good in.
  • Comfort. The last thing you need during a busy day at work is to be worrying about your clothing or footwear. You’ve got enough on your plate! If thoughts keep flitting back to an itchy seam or a tight shirt that makes you self conscious there’s no way you can be present or focused enough to smash your day.
  • Confidence. To do our best work we all need to feel confident, and the best way to jumpstart that feeling is through clothing. One or two key items that make you instantly feel five feet taller are an amazing secret work weapon.
  • Quality. Especially when you have a capsule wardrobe, your work clothes need to stand up to rigorous daily wear whilst looking professional and put together - quality is key.

1. Identify the style you want to achieve

Window shopping for inspiration is the fun bit! Take some time to figure out the styles you really like, bearing in mind that the majority of your closet isn’t necessarily “your style.” (We stockpile clothing for lots of unfathomable emotional reasons.) Thinking about people from your place of work whose style you admire is a great place to start. Do you love strong tailored pieces or slouchy, oversized garments? Are you more drawn to sophisticated neutrals or bursts of bright colour? Make a note of your preferences.

2. Find 2-3 garments that make you feel unstoppable

Clothing that is a small step outside your comfort zone can be like a magic cloak of confidence on the days you really need it. What are the garments that make you feel on top of your game? Have you always wanted to wear a jumpsuit to work but never taken the plunge? Do heeled shoes paired with a pencil skirt give you a spring in your step? Carefully identifying items that make you feel powerful is a game changer in a work wardrobe.

How to Build a Killer Capsule Work Wardrobe in 6 Steps | BuyMeOnce.com

Above: Thought JumpsuitLemuel MC Jacket; Lemuel MC Skirt; Lemuel MC Dress

3. Identify 2 - 3 versatile hero pieces

The LBD is a classic workwear piece for a reason. It’s not just that a black dress nearly always looks amazing (although it does), but more that an LBD can be both smart and relaxed, professional and stylish in one easy-to-wear garment. Simple, good quality dresses and jumpsuits in neutral or dark colours work in exactly the same way. A work wardrobe should comprise a few of these highly versatile, hero pieces - the ones you can reach for on a rush morning and think ‘thank God that’s there!’

4. Build in basics around your key pieces

Once you have your confidence boosters and your versatile heroes, it’s time to build up from there. High quality basics will help glue your capsule together. Simple black or white t-shirts are a great investment if you’ve got any bright or patterned bottoms, and work brilliantly under strappy dresses and jumpsuits to adapt your wardrobe to different seasons. Likewise, high quality jeans or black trousers can be a morning saviour. Basically, anything that will help pull different outfits together and aid layering. These should ideally be unpatterned and neutral to increase your combination options, but if you just love your colour (and it’s appropriate for your office), stick to block colours and try to stick to a core complementary colour palette.

How to Build a Killer Capsule Work Wardrobe in 6 Steps | BuyMeOnce.com

Above: Both Barrels Backpack; Maxwell Scott Rosa Handbag; Church's Loafers; Swedish Stockings Tights

5. Add in hardworking accessories

Nothing quite elevates stress levels unnecessarily than constantly switching between multiple bags. Finding an amazing work bag that looks smart, goes with everything, is comfortable for your commute, and neatly holds your daily essentials is crucial to a well-oiled work wardrobe.

Two to three pairs of shoes should be enough; a super comfortable flat option and a smarter, dressier option should stand you in good stead no matter your workplace. Comfortable underwear is a no-brainer, and investing in a few pairs of high quality tights that won’t ladder after three wears will dramatically reduce your chances of last minute wardrobe crises on your way out the door.

6. Identify gaps that need filling

Lay out all the pieces you’ve compiled and throw yourself a bedroom fashion show, trying on as many combinations as you can. Note how you feel in each outfit and what is missing. Perhaps you need to invest in one more killer item if your capsule lacks excitement, or a couple more neutral basics will help you get more wear out of key pieces. You might want to even hold off on this step for a while - wearing a capsule over a few weeks can give you a better sense of what’s missing before you invest in anything.


And, you’re done! Once you’re happy, ensure your morning routine (and your laundry routine) is as stress-free as possible by keeping your work clothes visually separate - another rail or a divider within your existing wardrobe works well. If you can manage these six steps you can dramatically reduce the amount of time spent mentally battling your own clothes each morning, leaving you relaxed, put-together and confident enough to smash the day ahead.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-08-30T08:31:00-0400 2018-08-30T08:31:00-0400 Reupholstery: A Sustainable Solution for your Old Furniture BuyMeOnce USA


I’ve been learning the craft of upholstery for six months. When I set out for my first class at The School of Upholstery in Faversham, Kent, I was expecting to combine my interests in arts and crafts with some practical skills and hopefully sort out my dreadful mock-something, ‘90s dining chairs, which my darling sons had done their best to destroy following a disastrous craft afternoon. I wasn’t expecting that the class would revive my passion for environmentalism and replace my impulsive spendthrift urges with an interest in restoration and conservation. In fact, since starting this course, I have found myself retrieving old furniture from people’s front gardens on the way home from the school run (after checking with them first, of course). Unbelievably, around 8.5 million tons of furniture are thrown away each year in the United States. In 2017, spending on home and furniture was up by 4.1 percent, representing sales of around $111 billion, money that will one day simply be thrown into landfill. This article is a plea for us to pause before we dispose and to consider spending that money differently. By investing in alterations or reupholstery, our current furniture can be made to better meet our...]]>
I’ve been learning the craft of upholstery for six months. When I set out for my first class at The School of Upholstery in Faversham, Kent, I was expecting to combine my interests in arts and crafts with some practical skills and hopefully sort out my dreadful mock-something, ‘90s dining chairs, which my darling sons had done their best to destroy following a disastrous craft afternoon. I wasn’t expecting that the class would revive my passion for environmentalism and replace my impulsive spendthrift urges with an interest in restoration and conservation. In fact, since starting this course, I have found myself retrieving old furniture from people’s front gardens on the way home from the school run (after checking with them first, of course).

Unbelievably, around 8.5 million tons of furniture are thrown away each year in the United States. In 2017, spending on home and furniture was up by 4.1 percent, representing sales of around $111 billion, money that will one day simply be thrown into landfill. This article is a plea for us to pause before we dispose and to consider spending that money differently. By investing in alterations or reupholstery, our current furniture can be made to better meet our needs with minimal environmental impact.

Here are some points to consider before you oust the couch.

Emma Marsden

1) Nothing (in the furniture world) is beyond repair.

Paint, sand, wax, glue, nail, whatever it takes, it can be done. During my classes, I’ve seen an ornate French button-back sofa being stripped back to reveal an assortment of structural issues – it seems the upholstery was what was holding the whole thing together. The problematic parts were removed, and replacement wood was fitted in place to stabilise the structure. It will now go on to provide many years of useful and beautiful service.

Reupholstery: A Sustainable Solution for your Old Furniture | buymeonce.com

2) A little bit of imagination goes a long way.

You need to “see beyond what’s there” as a fellow upholstery student put it. The old ‘80s occasional chair with its unfashionable dark cherry-stained wooden arms and legs could look fabulous if sanded to reveal the true blond wood beneath.

3) Let your creativity take control.

Your old bog-standard chair can be reborn into a beautiful, unique and very personal expression of your own style. When you reupholster a piece of furniture, you are released from the constraints of the limited range of fabrics or colours a furniture retailer will have in place: you can have exactly what you like.

There are some amazing upholstery fabrics available out there from designers such as Emma Shipley for Clarke & Clarke, bespoke fabric from Spoonflower or child and pet-proof fabrics from Aqua Clean, which would improve the longevity of your items. If you prefer something simple and natural, look for hemp or wool fabrics or cotton ticking.

If you really want to push the boundaries, you could consider designing your own textiles; companies such as Woven Monkey allow you to upload designs and select which fabric you’d like to have it printed on. Whichever approach you take, you can be sure that your chair will be unique to you. And a further consequence of such a personal investment is that you are more likely to want to care for your furniture and keep it for a long time to come.

4) Traditional reupholstery is an investment worth making.

Using horse hair or coir and creating stitched hessian pads can be a time consuming and therefore expensive business, but it is an investment worth considering. As my tutor Alex Law has written, “upholstery … should stand the test of time and the rigours of use”. An appropriate top fabric of 40,000 rubs or more should last, if properly applied, for around 20 years; the traditional stitched pads underpinning the upholstery could last for centuries!

Reupholstery: A Sustainable Solution for your Old Furniture | buymeonce.com

5) You will be saving the environment.

You are minimising waste, not just of the product, but all the processes that went into making that product in the first place; you can also select materials for reupholstery which are sustainable and eco-friendly. For instance, I have used rubberised coir sheet on several occasions, which is a great substitute for foam. It is made from coir and natural latex, thus avoiding animal products and any harmful contribution to plastic pollution. The other fabrics and threads used in traditional upholstery, such as hessian, calico, linen and cotton ticking, are all naturally derived.

6) You will be supporting local craftsmanship.

I am fortunate enough to watch Alex at work every week, and it never fails to amaze me how he can manipulate and ease the fabric into exactly the shape desired and how the tools he uses seem to become an extension of his body as he works. His 27 years’ experience has surely earned him the title of Master Upholsterer.

I now have six dining chairs to be proud of. They are six of a kind – completely bespoke and original. I actually like them now, and although we got them second-hand and out of necessity, I intend for them to stay as they reflect the style of our house and I know how much work went into restoring them. They are not kid-proof, but the children are now more respectful and careful of them as they perceive their value to me. It has certainly been an investment worth making.

Emma Marsden is a self-employed polymath. A former Social Sciences teacher, she now scrabbles together a living as an occasional A-Level tutor, writer and maker of ethical jewellery and is now venturing into textile design and bespoke upholstery.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-08-24T06:35:00-0400 2018-08-24T06:35:00-0400 How to Stop Impulse Buying: The Ultimate Guide Tara Button


Hi, my name’s Tara and I’m an impulse buyer! But over the last couple of years, I’ve managed to get my spending under control (even in stationery stores!) by teaching myself how to stop impulse buying. Do you ever look around your house and wonder “how did all this stuff get here?” or get to the end of the month and wonder where all the money went? If this rings true to you, you may have an imp infestation! Yes – imps are those tricksy little creatures that get you impulse buying. But first you need to identify what type of imps you have. We’re going on an imp hunt! Where to look for clues? Scour your bank account, credit card bills and paypal purchase lists for imp trails. These are patterns of behaviour. It might be occasional massive purchases or a pitter-patter of tiny little treats that add up. It may feel a bit scary, especially if you usually try to avoid facing these figures. Block out three hours, screw up your courage and go hunting. Highlight anything you think might have been an impulse buy, whether it was a coffee or a car. Once you’ve got a clear picture, you...]]>
Hi, my name’s Tara and I’m an impulse buyer! But over the last couple of years, I’ve managed to get my spending under control (even in stationery stores!) by teaching myself how to stop impulse buying.

Do you ever look around your house and wonder “how did all this stuff get here?” or get to the end of the month and wonder where all the money went?

If this rings true to you, you may have an imp infestation!

Yes – imps are those tricksy little creatures that get you impulse buying. But first you need to identify what type of imps you have. We’re going on an imp hunt!

Where to look for clues?

Scour your bank account, credit card bills and paypal purchase lists for imp trails. These are patterns of behaviour. It might be occasional massive purchases or a pitter-patter of tiny little treats that add up. It may feel a bit scary, especially if you usually try to avoid facing these figures.

Block out three hours, screw up your courage and go hunting.

Highlight anything you think might have been an impulse buy, whether it was a coffee or a car. Once you’ve got a clear picture, you should be able to identify what type of imps you have and learn how to stop impulse buying too.

The treater imp

This imp thinks any occasion needs to be celebrated or condoled with your wallet. It’s Monday, you need comfort cookies. It’s raining, you need a magazine. It’s the weekend, treat time for the kids!  

Little comforts and treats are part of the joys of life, but you need to give this imp some boundaries, otherwise it will just keep pushing for more.

Don’t eliminate all treats, but tell your imp firmly what it’s allowed. Maybe just one posh coffee a week or new toys for the kids once a term. Write down these rules, so the imp can see they are official. Allow for flexibility and spontaneity within the system, but commit that if you’ve had your treat quota for that week or month, that’s it!

Try making a list of free or cheaper treats that you can have instead. If you can, avoid the places that this little imp gets most excited or distract him when you’re close. If you can’t resist McDonalds, call a friend as you pass it by. Throw up barriers so this imp can’t have its way before you’ve even realised what’s happened. Put a 24-hour rule on all online purchases. You can add it to a wish list, but not your cart. Then you can come back to it with a cooler head later.

How to Stop Impulse Buying: The Ultimate Guide | BuyMeOnce.com

The insecurity imp

The insecurity imp is constantly trying to persuade you that you’ll feel better, look better or be better if only you had this, that or the other. If you discover that much of your spending was to cheer yourself up and make you feel better, then you’re not alone! 62% of us have used shopping as a way to elevate our mood.

The insecurity imp is a pretty powerful creature – it lives in your head, but it has the whole advertising and fashion industry supporting its cause. Disarm this imp by avoiding ads as much as possible, and whenever you see one you can’t avoid, tell it “thanks, but I’m fine the way I am.”  

This imp need firm handling. Look it in the eye and tell it daily “No material object can make me a better person. I am enough.”

The “FOMO” imp

This imp is super excitable and is terrified of missing out on a bargain or experience. If you can’t resist a sale situation or you tend to overspend on Black Friday, you may have a FOMO imp problem.

This imp freaks out when something is available for a limited time only because we’re programmed to want things when they are scarce. Be aware that this imp is pushing on a human instinct and have a big human-sized shrug ready in response. Like – “So? They have a sale three times a year!”  

You are more susceptible to the FOMO imp if you haven’t got a clear direction of where you want to be spending your time and money. Make a list of your true priorities and the stuff that’s really going to make you happy. More free time, a creative project, experiences with friends, pursuing a passion. Rank these things and make sure both the bulk of your time and money is spent on the things that matter.

Then use sales to get items you’ve carefully identified as necessary to help you live a life of passion, rather than letting sales manipulate what you want. Never buy something half price that you wouldn’t want or need at its full price.

The guilt imp

Close friend to the FOMO imp, this imp tells you you’re a bad friend/father/wife unless you’re constantly supplying the people around you with material possessions. Flowers when you come over, toys when you come back from a trip, excessive presents, “just because” treats.

Remind yourself that the people who truly love and care for you would love you just as much if you lost all your money and couldn’t buy them anything. Gift these people your time, love and thoughts, not something that will end up stuffed in their cupboard.   

How to Stop Impulse Buying: The Ultimate Guide | BuyMeOnce.com

The curiosity imp

This imp is excited by anything new; it’s a wriggly little thing that can’t handle the idea of things remaining the same. Therefore, any excuse to change it up or “freshen” your look, or buy something new is going to get this imp tapping on the inside of your head telling you that it “neeeeds you to redecorate” or “neeeeds the latest phone.”

The good news is that this imp isn’t all bad. It can be trained to become a helpful part of your life. This is a two-pronged approach.

First, you need to teach the imp to appreciate the items you already own. Spend time imagining if you didn’t have the things you do in your life. Focus on the gratitude for your current sofa, phone, computer and clothing.

Next, turn the imp’s attention to more positive and productive areas of your life. What new thing could you learn about, what new place could you go? What new people could you meet? What new goal could you aim for?

The faddy imp

This imp is pals with the curious imp but is also a massive flake. It gets excited about stuff, gets you to buy all the equipment and then promptly loses interest. The way to subdue this little guy is to give him the benefit of the doubt, but always always borrow rather than buy the equipment. That way, if you discover a true passion you can always upgrade to your own equipment as a reward.

Avoid faddy fashion and décor trends by taking the time to research your true taste. For a full step-by-step guide on how to do that, see my book A Life Less Throwaway.

You may have all these imps or just a couple. Whatever imp situation you’re dealing with, know that all imps fear “The List”.  A well thought through shopping list is your greatest shield, even if it’s just a couple of words on your phone.


But don’t just write a list of things you need to buy, write a list of things you don’t need to buy. If you’d like to see what that looks like check out mine here. In my experience, nothing else has helped as much as this to help me to go imp-free.

 

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-08-20T12:00:00-0400 2018-08-20T12:00:00-0400 Inspiring Creativity and Imaginative Play with little miss workbench Jana Pleyto


In a world full of electronic gadgets and computer screens, it’s refreshing to encourage children to be creative and use their imaginations. Enter little miss workbench, an American-made company that encourages imaginative play with their range of beautifully handcrafted, timeless wooden toys. Jana Pleyto little miss workbench’s founder Michele Chiaramonte was previously a New York City public school teacher. From this role, she learned that thoughtful play is key to a child’s development. Motherhood soon became her second role, with the birth of her daughter Mali. For her first Mother’s Day, Chiaramonte was given a portable table saw by her husband, inspiring her to hone her woodworking skills. Her baby daughter was a deep sleeper, so she set on with her new hobby, building bookshelves, a kitchen island and an activity table during her spare time. When her daughter started playing with the offcuts, Chiaramonte was inspired to change direction and move on to toys for Mali. She observed that Mali was also curious about the world around her, often imitating her mother taking photos when they were out on walks. Spurred on by her experiences as a teacher, she set about making toys that encourage imaginative play. What became...]]>
In a world full of electronic gadgets and computer screens, it’s refreshing to encourage children to be creative and use their imaginations. Enter little miss workbench, an American-made company that encourages imaginative play with their range of beautifully handcrafted, timeless wooden toys.

Jana Pleyto


little miss workbench’s founder Michele Chiaramonte was previously a New York City public school teacher. From this role, she learned that thoughtful play is key to a child’s development. Motherhood soon became her second role, with the birth of her daughter Mali. For her first Mother’s Day, Chiaramonte was given a portable table saw by her husband, inspiring her to hone her woodworking skills. Her baby daughter was a deep sleeper, so she set on with her new hobby, building bookshelves, a kitchen island and an activity table during her spare time.

In a world full of electronic gadgets and computer screens, it’s refreshing to encourage children to be creative and use their imaginations. Enter little miss workbench, an American-made company that encourages imaginative play with their range of beautifully handcrafted, timeless wooden toys. #madeinamerica #kidstoys #heirloomtoys #buymeonce

When her daughter started playing with the offcuts, Chiaramonte was inspired to change direction and move on to toys for Mali. She observed that Mali was also curious about the world around her, often imitating her mother taking photos when they were out on walks. Spurred on by her experiences as a teacher, she set about making toys that encourage imaginative play.

What became a side project turned into a fully-fledged business when friends soon asked her to make some for their children. Bellport, a small town on the south shores of Long Island in New York, was now home to little miss workbench’s workshop.

In a world full of electronic gadgets and computer screens, it’s refreshing to encourage children to be creative and use their imaginations. Enter little miss workbench, an American-made company that encourages imaginative play with their range of beautifully handcrafted, timeless wooden toys. #madeinamerica #kidstoys #heirloomtoys #buymeonce

We love little miss workbench because their toys are not powered by batteries or extension cords but by a child’s creativity and imagination. The toys remind you of an old-fashioned era; durable and elegant, but simply made. What cleverly sets little miss workbench apart is that they are designed and handcrafted with a modern twist: think cameras and iPhones made out of hardwood but with painted chalkboard sections that kids can draw on. Old school toys are also included in the range, such as a classic yo-yo, a little jalopy and cubism wooden blocks that allow kids to develop hand-eye coordination, dexterity and fine motor skills.

In a world full of electronic gadgets and computer screens, it’s refreshing to encourage children to be creative and use their imaginations. Enter little miss workbench, an American-made company that encourages imaginative play with their range of beautifully handcrafted, timeless wooden toys. #madeinamerica #kidstoys #heirloomtoys #buymeonce

All the toys are made out of sustainable American hardwood, left in their natural finish and sealed with natural beeswax sealant. In toys that have a pop of color, plant-based dyes were used, ensuring that everything is completely child-safe.

little miss workbench also supports local and global organizations such as the
Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport area and Four Girls for Families, a locally formed charity committed to bringing clean water to Cambodian communities.

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

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


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

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

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

Wild Mongolia 

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

Sail Italy: Procida to Amalfi

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

Memories to Last a Lifetime: Amazing Last Minute Travel Experiences | BuyMeOnce.com

The Inca Trail Express

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

Memories to Last a Lifetime: Amazing Last Minute Travel Experiences | BuyMeOnce.com

Unforgettable India

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

Memories to Last a Lifetime: Amazing Last Minute Travel Experiences | BuyMeOnce.com

Borneo Family Adventure

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

Memories to Last a Lifetime: Amazing Last Minute Travel Experiences | BuyMeOnce.com

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


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

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

1. They’re Fighting Disposable Fashion

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

2. They’re super practical

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

3. They will never go out of style

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

4. They’re wonderful for work

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

5. They’re great capsule wardrobe pieces

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

6. They're Easy to Care For

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

7. Transparent Manufacturing

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

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


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

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Some Common Cast Iron Pan Misconceptions

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

1. They’re so heavy!

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

2. But don’t they rust easily?

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

3. Okay, well, they’re too much work!

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

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A Few More Reasons to Swap to Cast Iron

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

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

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

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

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How to Take Care of Your Cast Iron Pan

Step one: Season it

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

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

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

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

Step two: Clean it

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

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

Step three: Maintain it

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

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

Images by Marc Bates.

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


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

Jana Pleyto

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

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

What is Global Fashion Exchange?

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

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

The Marketplace

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

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

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

The Clothes Swap

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

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

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

The Catwalk

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

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

The Result

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

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

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

Catwalk images courtesy of @rickdavyfwbk and @muscle_park.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    4. Pack your bag the night before.

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

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    5. Keep a mini kit inside your main bag.

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

    6. Have a place where your reusable bag lives.

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

    7. Think communal.

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

    8. Save your jars and buy in bulk.

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

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    9. Jump on the soap and shampoo bars craze.

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



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

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


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

    How They're Made

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

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

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

    How They Feel

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    The five steps of mindful curation are as follows.

    1. Take stock of what you have

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

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

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

    2. Combat the manipulations that get you buying mindlessly

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

    Monkey one: the advertising monkey

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

    Monkey two – the trend monkey

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

    Monkey three - the status monkey

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

    3. Discover your purpose

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

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

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

    4. Buy for the long term

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

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

    5. Nurture those items that nurture you

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

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

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

     

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    THE MISSION

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

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

    THE DEL DÍA COLLECTION

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

    Cotopaxi Backpacks: Alleviating Poverty with Adventure | BuyMeOnce.com

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

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

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    THE PRODUCTS

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Lily Courtauld

    Why go with the capsule approach?

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

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

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

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

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

    The Guiding Principles

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

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

    5 Steps to Take

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Basic Building Blocks

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

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

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

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


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

    Amanda Saxby

    How to Care for Your Wooden Cutting Board | BuyMeOnce.com

    Why Wood?

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

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

    Dull knives happen for two main reasons:

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

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

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

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

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

    How to Care for Your Wooden Cutting Board | BuyMeOnce.com

    Taking Care of Your Wooden Cutting Board

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

    Every time you use the board

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

    Once a month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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