As the appetite to shop locally & support local businesses grows, we took part in the first-ever Made in UK Day on Tuesday 9 March 2021. This was something we felt was important & dear to our hearts as I had set the business up before Brexit, before Covid & before the small business movement concentrating on British manufacture as important integral part to this business & the thinking behind its sustainable ethos
Last night we took the Christmas tree down! Yes, we were a little ahead of 12th night, but it feels better for us to have cleaned up for a new week and new year before the chaos of the ‘day to day’ begins all over again!
We have also been lucky enough to have spent Christmas with our family & friends, but we have to admit that it feels nice not to feel like we’re living out of a suitcase now!
With the news breaking over the weekend about Australia, it’s a tough pill to swallow going into 2020 knowing that already so many people and animals are facing what can only be described as ‘hell on earth’. Our hearts go out to all those affected. Just as those in Sudan, the Amazon & all over the world that are still experiencing devastation.
It’s been great to see some ‘celebrities’ starting to speak out and offer help, but whilst that is fantastic, money can sadly only go so far to help the destruction & we can’t help thinking that we need more of these people, celebrities & leaders to live by example as so many of us are starting to do so.
This weekend for example is the prime time for holiday companies to promote their cheapest prices for travel. We’re not putting a downer on your summer break, but we must get out of the habit of thinking this means it’s an actual deal.
They simply make more money out of us at the other times of the year! Price doesn’t always mean quality and the bigger picture impact is much more than just a cheap holiday abroad
Morally, how can we aid further carbon emissions when we’re seeing huge destruction globally!
Short term fixes/experiences are going to cost our world much more than a few celeb handouts.
No one will help any of us when this gets out of hand
We need to take our futures seriously. Learn from each other, support one another & stop wasting.
There are many positives as we move forward, there are more people on board & there is much more consumer awareness. We could all do more to drive this further.
So that we give you some positive facts, here are some of our favourites:
• Humpback whales have come back from the brink of extinction
• Thailand is now plastic free in supermarkets and using local materials such as banana leaves
• The Netherlands are using areas such as bus stop roofs and covering them with flowers and planets
• The Neterlands have eradicated stray dogs from their country. The first in the world
• Rome now allows you to pay for the metro with plastic bottles with the current count at c350k bottles that have been recycled!
• Prince William has created an initiative to encourage others to help repair the planet. They have called it ‘The Earth shot prize’
• And much more is being done by people like you who are willing to review their way of living for the sake of the planet.
So, although it is scary, it doesn’t have to be all doom & gloom. You don’t have to feel like it’s an overwhelming wasted effort or that you’re fighting a losing battle
Do things part time, make a small change, be a flexitarian, try your best! But Try! That’s all anyone is hoping for
2020 is not just vision. It’s the future. Let’s all use these years wisely
Your choices, more than ever will leave a footprint on this planet. No one is asking you to give up anything and live in a cave, but with some conscious choices, we all have a better chance of not living in worse conditions in the future!
What are your thoughts? We’d love to hear what you think!
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Each Christmas, the UK generates the equivalent weight of 3.3million emperor penguins in plastic waste!
1 billion cards will end up in the bin/trash….
27,000 miles of wrapping paper is used every year in the U.K, most of which can’t be recycled due to glitter or metallic finishes….
AND 250,000 tonnes of food waste is generated every Christmas in the U.K alone! (Equivalent to 2 million turkeys)
On top of that, 81 million unwanted Christmas presents are given each year… with 10% of these ending up in landfill!
With these staggering figures, it’s easy to find alternatives to our current habits. Particularly with this year being so difficult to get out & about to see anyone. If you are buying this year, #buybetterfortheplanet.