I like to think that I live quite ethically, I’m vegetarian and eat organic and local produce when I can. All of my beauty, shower and house cleaning products are green and plastic and cruelty free. My baby wears biodegradable nappies and I buy all the families clothes from ethical companies or second hand.
But one thing I’ve never thought about is the stuff that I use when on my period, I generally just go for the same brands of tampons or pads over and over at the supermarket without thinking that there might be alternatives that are better for me AND cheaper.
When looking to buy new ethical clothes people tend to go for organic cotton, but did you ever stop to think about whether the pads and tampons you are using are organic cotton?
70% of women in America use tampons, and over a lifetime that can be as many as 11,000 tampons or pads*, now that’s a lot of cotton. But what kind of cotton goes into these pads and tampons?
In California it is now illegal to feed the leaves, stems, and short fibers of cotton known as ‘gin trash’ to livestock, because of the concentrated levels of pesticide residue. Instead, this gin trash is used to make furniture, mattresses, tampons, swabs, and cotton balls.** So you are essential putting pesticides into your body. How awful is that!
Then there is the price, don’t even get me started on the Tampon Tax!
New research has revealed that British women spend as much as £18,450 on their periods over the course of their lifetime.*** That is absolutely insane!
Since tampons and disposable pads are so expensive and bad for you there must be an alternative right?
I am a relatively recent convert to the Mooncup menstrual cup and cloth pads, I was as I expect most people are, dubious at first, a cup that you have to empty? Big bulky, smelly cloth pads? But this isn’t the dark ages and cloth pads have come a long way since homemade rags pinned into victorian womens undergarments.
Available in bright cheerful colours and patterns as well as various sizes and absorbencies and made from natural and organic materials I only wish that I had found them sooner!
Although the initial outlay may seem like a lot overall it is a lot cheaper with the pads and cups lasting years rather than 1 use.
Another great item for your period is ‘period pads’ available from Thinx they act as both pant and pad, are supremely comfortable, come in different styles, colours and absorbencies and are my favourite thing ever!
Many cloth pad companies and Thinx work on a buy one, donate one scheme where for every purchase you make they provide a girl in the developing world with a pack of pads.
With Period poverty in the UK rising and many girls from low income families missing school because they cannot afford sanitary products**** some companies have now started to do the same here. Cloth pads and cups may be able to provide a solution to this problem if introduced to period education and invested in by the Government.
A bill is already going through in Scottish parliament making it a requirement for schools to provide pads and tampons and we hope that the UK government will follow suit.
For more information check out the following!
Posh & Co, Eco Dreams, Honour your Flow, Earthwise Girls, Feminine Wear, Luxury Moon and Lady Days Cloth Pads.
There are many facets to the diamond that is parenthood, some of them rough, some of them smooth, but all of them as complicated and beautiful as the last.
Your world changes in every way possible, but how do you carry over your personal morals and ethics to this new part of your life, how do you keep living ethically and sustainably when the bin is filling up with dirty nappies and it seems like it would be so much easier to order takeaway every night than to ever cook again? Then there is how do you pass on your morals and ideals without forcing them upon your children?
Rather than dwelling on whether it was even morally ethical to bring a child into this world due to the uncertain future that our world faces, environmentally, politically and socially I prefer to focus on how I can minimise the negative impact on the planet of having a child, make the world a better place for her and teach her how to make it a better place by leading by example.
One of the biggest environmental problems with having a child is the impact of the amount of waste from dirty nappies to leftover food, broken plastic toys and old clothes. Sometimes there is not a lot you can do if you have to throw away smashed up toys, chewed to pieces biscuits and clothes so soiled they are a lost cause but there are definitely ways to minimise the amount of rubbish!
Firstly clothes, all the clothes I have bought her until now have been second hand from charity shops, ebay and depop or hand me downs from friends and family. She will get new clothes as presents from time to time but I endeavour not to buy new clothes myself. It makes absolutely no sense to me to buy her new clothes when she grows out of them every few months and there is some stuff that doesn’t even get worn once before it gets resold, passed on to friends with younger babies or given to the charity shop. She will be turning one soon and I have bought her a Little Green Radicals dress to wear not just on her birthday but until she can no longer squeeze into it and when she is a bit bigger and has slowed down with her growing then there are so many awesome organic and fairtrade childrens clothing brands out there to choose from including but not limited to Little Green Radicals, Frugi, Piccalilly, Tootsa, Where does it come from? and Tommy & Lottie to name but a few!
Secondly, Nappies, I had every intention of using cloth nappies, I bought some second hand had everything prepared and ready but when I got round to using them I hated them and she did too, they were bulky - none of her babygrows would do up over them and they seemed uncomfortable for her and hot too as she was really red where they were clearly rubbing on her. So I sold them on and did some research into disposable nappies that were not so bad for the environment, this is when I found Naty, made from natural, renewable and biodegradable resources including compostable Nappy Bags made from gm free corn film they are the perfect solution if like me you aren’t using cloth nappies but don’t want to buy ones with plastic in them! Baby wipes are also a big problem at the moment clogging up sewers and littering the oceans so Naty have made wipes from biodegradable wood pulp sustainably harvested from FSC certified Scandinavian Forests and any scents are natural from plants rather than chemicals.
Lastly toys! All the toys she has at the moment have been presents from family and friends or I have bought second hand from Charity Shops, Facebook Marketplace or online selling sites like Gumtree but with her first birthday coming up I didn’t want to buy her any old plastic rubbish so did some research into some lovely fairtrade and sustainable toys for her!
From Babipur she’s got some Plan musical Instruments and some Lanka Kade cars, both these companies make really lovely fair trade toys from sustainable rubberwood and we will definitely be purchasing from them again in the future!
I also got her a Puppet from The Puppet Company who manufacture in the Far East in factories that visited regularly to ensure high standards in workers conditions.
I also bought some felt vegetables, a wooden crate from Ikea and a mini metal watering can so that she can practise for helping me in the real vegetable garden and I can teach her all about her food and where it comes from. Ikea are ahead of their time in terms of sustainability and have lots of handy tips on making your home more sustainable on their website.
To me the importance of organic, fair trade and biodegradable products is obvious, why would you buy products for your child that were possibly made by someone else's children that are being forced to work in horrendous conditions? If it is not something you would want for your own children how can you spend your money on something that allows such practices. Non organic cotton not only has disastrous effects on the farmers that grow it and the bees who are being killed by the pesticides on it but it can also have effects on your child's health if there are chemicals on and in it.
Children are expensive and their cute and tiny clothes can often end up having a not so cute and tiny price tag, this is just one of the reasons why I buy second hand, the other being that with hundreds of thousands of tonnes of clothes ending up in landfill every year I am saving at least some from going to waste and by passing it on yet again I am reducing each items carbon footprint even further. If you have noone to donate your second hand items to and you can’t be bothered to sell them on (let's be honest having a child doesn’t leave much time for anything else!) then there are plenty of charities that can send them overseas to mothers who don’t have money to buy lots of clothes for their children.
That pretty much covers the material side of things, but what about emotional?
How do I make sure that I lead by example? And ensure she grows up free of prejudice whether that is race, species or gender.
I know that I can only do the best I can with the help of my partner, friends and family but I put an immense amount of pressure on myself to be a perfect example of the kind of person I would hope her to grow up to be! And I think that is probably the same for all parents and this is a very similar story for parents all over who understand the importance of bringing up the next generation to be changemakers in the world!
I love teaching her new things and seeing the wonder in her eyes and although she is still very young I try to explain things to her as if to an equal although of course in a simplified form! There are many different approaches to parenting, I know and not everyone will get where I am coming from, people are often confused about us bringing her up vegetarian until we can give her all the information at an age at which she will be able to make an informed choice and then if she wants to start eating meat she can as they say she doesn’t know so why should we care but that doesn’t make sense to me, why would I give my child something I myself wouldn’t eat, just like I make sure to use organic shampoos on her as I use for myself.
In the end there is only so much I can do and she will eventually find her own path, all I can do is guide her and help her anyway that I can!
With Glastonbury next weekend we can say that festival season is well and truly underway and while we love the camping, the music and everything else that comes with a weekend in the sun (and sometimes rain!) one thing we don't like to see is the mess that is left behind.
This is why we've put together the ultimate packing list for an ethical festival with the aim to #leavenotrace and still be good to the planet while having plenty of fun!
Fill your Neema Craft waterproof washbag with these ethical goodies! Colourful makeup from Barry M that isn't tested on animals, Plastic Free natural deodrant in Tropical from Earth Conscious, organic cotton tampons, pads and biodegradable make up remover wipes from Natracare. From Lush pick up some dry shampoo, solid shampoo and conditioner and a wash sheet that you can just tear off a piece to take to the showers with you!
Its important to stay hydrated so take a Chillys hot or cold bottle with you, perfect for water AND coffee and keep it close by with the cute hand crocheted bottle carrier from Etsy Seller Crocheted by Paris.
Other essentials include this Fair trade Kikoy towel from Bushbells, a biodegradable bamboo spork from Boobalou, Who Gives a Crap paper towels, this Neema Crafts blanket, A solar charger and powerbank in case the charging points have massive queues from Ethical Superstore and a Shewee in cases theres a line for the portaloos and you really, really, really need to go!
When it comes to dressing for a festival it's best to be prepared for any eventuality! That's why we've packed this awesome Lost Shapes unisex jumper for chilly evenings, this waterproof poncho from Thought but also these super cool recycled denim sunglasses from Mosevic!
Make a statement in this People Tree equality tee, paired with vintage denim Levi 501 shorts from Asos Marketplace vendor YourTotesVintage and handmade in Europe from natural rubber Gumleaf Wellies. These Thought Bamboo Socks will keep your foot cool and welly rub free as well as having natural anti bacterial properties.
The most versatile piece of your festival wardrobe by far will be this Where does it come from? Scarf which can be worn not just as a scarf but also a headband, headscarf, belt top or skirt, just get creative!
This beautiful tropical print rayon dress from Komodo is a sure fire winner in our books, light and airy in the most gorgeous pattern and this cute pineapple bumbag from Ethical.Market can hold your phone & solar charger, some tissues, your spork and money! All the better to keep your hands free for dancing.
And what better way to carry it all there with you than in our Budapest Backpack, upcycled from military canvas, vegan, hardwearing and water resistant!
We know how hard it is to keep on top of eating healthy, nutritious meals so why not invest in some Huel? With every thing you need to keep healthy and keep partying all night long in one drink!
When it comes to accomodation, unless you are Glamping it up in something like these Podpads above then you're going to need to bring a tent. You might already own one or be able to borrow someone elses but if not there are a few options out there.
1. Invest £200+ for a beautiful canvas bell tent ( definitely not a feasible option unless you have a lot of money to invest in a tent and are going to be using it enough times to justify the expense!)
2. Buy second hand from Gumtree or online retailers like Outdoors4you or Recycle Outdoor Gear.
3. Buy a tent that can be left behind because it is 100% compostable! Just pull it down and give it in to a recycling point where it will be composted for you, head to http://comp-a-tent.com/ for a mattress you could take your yoga mat, a second hand mat or airbed or this self inflating one from Mountain Equipment which at 10/20 is the highest scoring outdoor gear supplier rated on Ethical Consumer.
Recycling points like this one at Reading Festival are handy places to go for recycling tips and free recycling bags so that the festival site doesn't end up looking like this......!
SO MANY BROKEN CHAIRS!!
If you're getting a coach or train don't forget your tickets, bikes and lift shares from sites like Go Car Share are all also more ethical transport alternatives than driving!
Last but not least don't forget to pack your festival tickets and your good vibes! Peace and Love, Daisy <3
When you say to people 'who is in your wardrobe?' they might think about the designers or brands you have hidden away in their closet but with the arrival of Fashion Revolution week it is time for a different perspective and to ask ‘Who Made my Clothes?’ Which tailor or artisan created this piece of art work that you are wearing? Were they paid fairly? Were they old enough to be working? Were they working in safe conditions? We ask some Ethical Fashion pioneers their favourite ethical piece and explore the lives of the people who made them.
Owner of What Daisy Did - ethical and sustainable slow fashion accessories brand
Favourite Ethical item in my wardrobe - People Tree Equality t shirt
Why? - What’s not to love? Fairtrade - check! Organic - check! Great fit - check! Cool slogan - check!
Owner and Designer at Lost Shapes - organic and ethically produced clothing
Favourite ethical item in my wardrobe - I wear Lost Shapes sweatshirts and jeans most days, but also have a nice collection of People Tree dresses - I think the favourite is the Zandra Rhodes star print fitted dress from a couple of years ago.
Why? It's covered in red and blue stars so it has a really fun, bright comic-book feel. I wear it when I want to make an effort and wear a dress but feel fun rather than frumpy and respectable! It's tight fitting but surprisingly flattering on a curvy body. And I love to be comfy, so organic cotton is always my preference.
Owner of ethical.market the online marketplace
Pick your favourite ethical fashion piece from your wardrobe
Ooh… I’m finding it really hard to narrow down to one item. It’s got to be a mix of my t-shirts that I wear every day and a dress that I wear to practically every special occasion.
Why are they your favourites?
I love the practicality of my tshirts, I can wear them to work every day and throw a tailored blazer over the top for meetings. I design my own tees, my favourite is the Be Brave and Be Kind design, I have worn that to a lot of marches over the last couple of years too! But I also have a second hand dress I love, I make sure I wear it to every special occasion, from weddings and christenings to special birthdays or nights out, I just accessorise it with different items to make it a little different on the day. In the photo I’m wearing a fascinator by a talented maker from Greenwich Market. My t-shirts are all printed onto Continental Clothing Earth Positive base garments so they’re also all organic cotton. My dress was second hand and is by David Meister.
Co-Founder of ethical fashion brand Little Lotus Boutique and Founder of Ethical Hour
Favourite ethical item in my wardrobe - My favourite item is my black organic cotton t-shirt from Innerstand London.
Why? it’s so versatile I can wear it to work or dress it up with some jewellery and a skirt and head out at the weekend in it. And because it’s organic cotton it’s super soft and comfy too!
Ethical Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger at www.theecoedit.co.uk
Pick your favourite ethical fashion piece from your wardrobe(please include a pic of you wearing it)
My favourite ethical piece.. Its difficult to choose! Can I do an item of clothing and an accessory? Clothing wise, possibly this summer dress from People Tree, accessory wise - this tassle and chain bag from Stella McCartney. It is faux suede, made with recycled fibres, and the lining is 100% recycled plastic bottles.
Why is it your favourite?
You can’t go wrong with a white summer dress, and I love the broderie anglaise detailing on this one. It was also a wardrobe staple on a magical holiday we went on last year, so it will always remind me of those wonderful days we spent exploring Le Cap Feret in France.
The bag is a definite favourite because of the innovation and originality of the materials, plus I love the style, you can never have too many tassels and chains!
Teen Ethical Fashion Blogger on www.eleanorclaudie.com
Pick your favourite ethical fashion piece from your wardrobe
My wardrobe is brimming with brightly coloured t-shirts that I can style with almost anything but my favourite ethical fashion piece has to be my second hand coat from Depop, I wear it so much!
Why is it your favourite?
The memories that the coat carries are so precious and I think it's that's why it's my favourite piece in my wardrobe. With a limited number of clothes, it's hard not to become attached to them but it's the ones that evoke good memories are that I will wear for a long time - there's a real sentimental element.
Who is it by? It's by Next however I found it on Depop.
Owner of ethical fashion brand Where does it come from? Traceable fairtrade clothes and accessories for the whole family.
Pick your favourite ethical fashion piece from your wardrobe (please include a pic of you wearing it)
My most worn item of clothing is a plain, black bamboo top
Why is it your favourite? I wear it with jeans or when wanting to look smarter under a jacket. It's really soft and comfortable. Being black it can be a bit dull so I tend to liven it up with one of our Where Does It Come From? Scarves - black goes with everything and is so versatile!
Who is it by? BAM clothing.
So apart from the fact that its a total coincidence that so many of us picked People Tree its no coincidence at all when you consider they are one of the pioneers of the slow fashion industry with completely transparent supply chains, fair trade and organic.
Most of their clothes are made by Assisi Garments, a social business in South India that transforms the lives of deaf, mute and economically disadvantaged women by providing training and employment in a safe environment as well as reinvesting profits into various community projects including a cancer hospital.
Innerstand London and Bam Clothing are both great brands for basics as Sian and Jo have pointed out and both practise fair trade with regards to the treatment of their workers from the Bam site we found this quote "
As people we have the power to make these amazing brands the norm and the ugliness of fast fashion the past! Its time to open your wardrobe doors, look at the labels and start asking who made it!
As you may or may not know we previously worked in collaboration with the Woodland Trust Carbon Scheme in an effort to offset our carbon footprint and while this is definitely a worthwhile cause we have decided this year to use the money to support a different cause.
With Stand for Trees you can purchase a certificate equating to the prevention of 1 tonne of carbon reaching our atmosphere, depending on which certificate you pick depends on where your money goes and there are a few different projects, each as worthy as the next making it very hard to choose! But all of the projects have a universal goal, to protect the worlds forest and the wildlife and communities that inhabit them. They do this in various ways including supporting local communities and working in partnership with conservationists and other non profit organisations in the area.
Stand for Trees is unique in its model in that anyone can help to stand up for trees by purchasing as a little or as many certificates they like at $10 each it is an easy step to take. Sharing your certificate and purchase on social media and encouraging others to do the same only increases the good you are doing! It is a great idea in that anyone at anytime can take action, pledge their support and Stand for Trees!
For more information head to their website https://standfortrees.org
Sustainability is a big part of our professional and personal lives, and we hope that by sharing some of our sustainable home improvements we will inspire you to not only live a greener life, but also save yourself some money and support your local community projects.
Construction time: 25 hours
Tools: Electric plane, electric screwdriver, electric sander & jigsaw
Cost: £50 (£40 for fabric and £10 for delivery of pallets)
Money saved: £550
Our home is an end of terrace victorian house built to squeeze in next to an existing 16th century cottage. As a result the house has no square corners which makes it very difficult to optimise space. We wanted a large sofa, but could only fit a flatpacked sofa through the hallway.
I decided that rather than spending £600+ on a planned obselesence Ikea job that wouldn't be a prefect fit, or spending £1000+ on a custom built sofa to fit the size, it would be better to just build one!
I found a not for profit social enterprise called Northampton Wood Recycling who offer training and volunteering opportunties to those who are finding it hard to enter employment. Especially the long term unemployed or those with learning difficulties. They offer a commercial waste collection service for a reasonable price and then give away the materials to recycling projects such as this one. We paid a £10 delivery charge for the 18 pallets required for the sofa.
I designed the sofa to fit a very awkward space and so needed foam blocks cut to a very specific size. I contacted our local foam company who quoted £180. I brainstormed different alternatives such as baby matresses since they shouldn't be resold for safety reasons. In the end I visited my local second hand shop who gave me two king sizes memory foam mattresses for free. The shop was unable to sell them due to a law that prevents the sale of mattresses without fire labels, but there is no law preventing them from giving them away! I measured them up and cut them with a bread knife.
I have lots of fabric laying around so only purchased some offcut upholstery fabric for the underside of the cushions. We have a fabric shop in Northampton called The Millshop that sells upholstery fabric offcuts from as little as £1 per sq mtr.
Construction time: 40 hours
Tools: Electric plane, electric screwdriver, electric sander & jigsaw, cement mixer, trowl, bucket
Money saved: £100 in waste disposal + £100s compared to having a custom shed built.
Again, the pallets came from Northampton Wood Recycling who charged just £10 for delivery.
The roof is made from military surplus reinforced rubberised PVC tarpaulin, that I purchased from the same place that we get the materials for the Wayfarer Collection from (can also be found at most Army Surplus stores for about £50). The Victorian bricks were recycled from an outside toilet that was in the sheds place. The cladding was donated to me by a landscaper who had surplus wood from a job. The only raw materials I purchased was sand, ballast and cement to lay the bricks and foundation.
The real aim of this project was to renovate the garden whilst disposing of as little as possible. It would have meant moving nearly two tonne of bricks and rubble through our home. All unnecessary rubble was used in the foundation and the bricks were recycled into the base of the shed.
I already have lots of screws, but I'v found out screws can be picked up very cheaply at car boot sales.
Construction time: 4 hours
Tools: chainsaw, electric sander, sewing machine, hammer.
cost: £3 for upholster pins and chainsaw fuel!
The log was collected from a tree that had fallen, and carved with a chainsaw sanded and waxed with beeswax. The foam on top came from the same source as the sofa and leather was cut from old sofas that were left on the side of the road. Other great sources of recycled leather inlude old leather jackets or offcuts from factories.
To Celebrate Small Business Saturday today here is a special Christmas Gift Guide featuring fellow Small Biz 100 folk!
Because the Carnival Collection is made from recycled offcut leather every bag is a unique set of colours. This means that there are hundreds of colour combinations to choose from!
That is where the colour request form comes in....
Ever wondered the process we go through when you send us a Colour Request form for The Carnival Collection?
We go behind the scenes to show you what happens.
1- The Colour Request is received at our office.
2. We go through the bags in stock and pick out six bags of various colours, taking into account any specifications that have been made on the form eg bright colours, no pinks.
3. We take a photo of the front and back of the chosen bags to send to you.
4. The bags then go on a separate shelf with a note with your name on while we wait for you to choose your preferred bag.
We get lots of these requests each day and it can be very time consuming but we feel this is the best way to be able to let you, our customers choose their very own unique What Daisy Did bag!
If we don't hear back from you within 48 hours you will receive a reminder email from us that you have requested colours, we don't mean to bug you but the shelves fill up very quickly and we need to keep on top of the requests to make things run smoothly here at What Daisy Did HQ!
For our Wayfarer Collection, we teamed up with The Northampton Hope Centre to pilot a scheme offering employment to homeless and vulnerable people. In May we took on our first candidate, Angela, who is receiving background support from a liaison officer funded by The Lottery Fund. Six months down the line, we want to share our experiences and hopefully encourage other businesses to follow suit.
We live in a time of individualism and capitalism, a combined ideology that is encouraged by the media and political establishments in the name of financial pursuit. As a result of our financial drive and community detachment we often tend to value each other by financial success rather than emotional, creative and practical worth. I hope to break down the misconception that poverty and addiction are a direct result of individual failure.
Angela talks openly about most of the experiences that led to her becoming homeless. Her stories are full of emotions ranging from tears of sadness to fits of laughter. One thing that is clear to me is that for the most part, she has been a victim of circumstance which escalated from an uncontrollable tragedy in her life into addiction and incarceration.
I believe in the Rat Park theory of addiction which demonstrates that addiction is controlled by your emotional and physical environment and not by the drug itself, as demonstrated by the rats in 'Rat Park' and the tiny fraction of people to have ever become addicted to opiates in hospitals. After all nobody wants to be an addict! We fail to treat addiction as an illness due to our war on drugs. We live in a system that criminalizes people that need help and creates a public perception that the addicts are to blame for their circumstances. I cant't speak for everyone but If the worst imaginable turn of events happened in my life I think the pain would be too consuming for me to cope with it in a healthy way.
After her incarceration, Angela found it very difficult to find work and tells me she received no support to help her transition back into society. People often re-offend because they don't receive any support to resolve an existing emotional problem or to find work so that they can lead a normal life.
Our media make it harder by demonising addicts, convicts and poor people, when what they need most is support. They often highlight the drain on taxes that welfare claimants create, whilst at the same time marginalising them and reducing their chances of progression.
Inevitably Angela's past has lasting effects on her, and as an employer we have adapted to meet her needs which has been an invaluable learning curve for ourselves and our team. She is a kind compassionate person and a dedicated member of staff. She is currently working part time until she is comfortable enough to increase her hours. Her income is now less than when she was on benefits but she loves the pride she gets from her work. Angela is an example of the great things that come from a small opportunity and a little support.
The creative juices have been flowing in the studio lately. Here is what we have been up to.
There is a boat sail manufacturer over the road from our studio, and on a whim we went and visited them to see what they do with their waste. It turns out that they waste quite a bit of materials and so we took a variety of materials back with us. They told us that each boat uses 3 different materials on their sails, and so we had a nice variety of textures, colours, and thicknesses to experiment with. The materials are very durable and waterproof making it perfect for bag making. The only annoyance is the rustling sound the thinner materials make. This material is made specifically to make a noise so that the sailor can tell how much wind they have. Amazing right!? We made these camera strap prototypes for a client, which was a great way of testing the materials on our sewing machines. Depending on the availability of the material we hope to make a limited collection of colourful bags and purses, with some colourful zips incorporated.
We recently teamed up with Bala Sport, a fairtrade football manufacturer and official partners of the Homeless World Cup. Bala Sport were interested in the way we have been tackling homelessness through our unique recruitment process and asked us if we could do anything with the promotional banners left over from this years tournament. We came up with this simple sport bag design that's spacious enough to carry a football and sports kit. All proceeds will go to The Homeless World Cup; a unique, pioneering social movement which uses football to inspire homeless people to change their lives. The bags retail at £24.99 and are available to pre order directly from Bala Sport.
We have previously worked with Festival Republic making draw string bags out of tents discarded at Reading, Leeds and Latitude Festival. They recently contacted us to see if we would be up for the challenge of designing a 6ft lamp to stand 16ft tall at music festival entrances. This was the prototype we came up with. We have used polyester from discarded tents which glows when illuminated. We spaced each strip so as to create the effect of diffraction around the lamps. The circular parts of the lamp are also recycled 26" bicycle wheels.