Upsobags: Now why didn’t I think of that?!

I’ve never met David Chadwick of Upsobags but I’m sure we’d get on. If we had no common ground other  than our hatred of throwing things away then we then we’d have the foundations for a bonding session right there. He is a man after my own heart and when my friend Heather sent me a link to his site Upsobags I clicked on it and was duly filled with a sense of ‘Ah drat, why didn’t I think of that?!’

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Well, why didn’t I?! I have recently learned how to use a sewing machine and was racking my brain for a great recycle project/business that I could get stuck into. It never happened, but if it had, I would’ve liked something similar to  Upsobags to have been it. A great recycled range of products made in a sustainable way and retailing at incredibly competitive prices.

David Chadwick, founder of Upsobags is a bag manufacturer. Like myself, he hates throwing things away and coupled with a need to maximise resources and minimise waste he discovered that the old tarpaulins used for Lorries made great bags. They are waterproof, durable and unique. Old fire hoses and seat belts are also re-used as leather and webbing substitutes as other components of the bags. Based in Lancashire in the North of England, this business is not just about recycling materials into great products. They are about running a business in as sustainable manner as they can manage. The sewing machines in their factory are solar powered and every bag is hand cut sewn, bears a unique reference number and is signed by the maker. Because each bag is unique it created a challenge for online orders but they got around this by setting up a photo booth on the production line so that when a customer clicks on the photo of the bag they want to order, that very item is the item you will get. When the item is sold, the photo goes offline.

 

pannierThey remind me of the ‘Courier’ Bags that were so popular particularly in London in the 1990’s. They are hard wearing and practical and no one bag is ever quite the same.They now produce a large range of bags from ‘bum’ bags or ‘fanny packs’ as our American cousin’s hilariously call them to back packs, dispatch bags and panniers for bikes. I love this approach to waste and recycling and well just business in general.

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Bum Bag (Fanny Pack)

Visit their website HERE for more information and online ordering.

 

 

 

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A special thanks to Caitlin from Flat Rate Cleaners for this post and Info-graphic on the dangers of PERC and the benefits of using an eco-friendly alternative.

The Dangers of PERC in Dry Cleaning

We strive to create a healthier, greener, more ‘pure’ life for ourselves, eliminating processed food, buying organic, and recycling as much as we can, but few people stop to think about the negative impact products that are supposed to help make our lives ‘cleaner’ actually have. We have begun to make the shift toward greener businesses and products for environmental reasons, but have you ever considered the impact that conventional cleaning products have on your own safety?

In dry cleaning we have come to associate a certain smell with a ‘clean’ shirt. Bring a soiled shirt to the dry cleaners and they will make it sparkly clean and smelling ‘fresh,’ but that ‘fresh’ scent is actually the byproduct of chemicals used in dry cleaning that are absolutely toxic, not only to people who have direct working contact with them, but also to you as a customer for breathing it in and wearing it in close contact with your skin.

One of the most toxic chemicals in conventional dry cleaning is PERC. Our friends at Flat Rate Cleaners have made an infographic explaining the dangers of PERC in dry cleaning. So if you haven’t made the switch to green dry cleaning for environmental reasons, perhaps this infographic can convince you to make the switch…

The Dangers of PERC in Dry Cleaning Infographic

As provided by FlatRateCleaners.com

Irish company produce a water filter that removes 98% of fluoride

Living in Ireland, after years of living in London, I have become increasingly concerned about the quality of the water that is running through our taps. Physically it took myself and my family a few years to adjust to the levels of chemicals that are present. For the record I haven’t done research into the quality of the water in London but I think your body doesn’t lie and when it’s telling you something isn’t right, you should listen. Myself & my husband both suffered badly with dermatitis particularly on our hands and my eldest child’s eczema was no longer manageable with over the counter remedies. But the truth is in the pudding and it was the highly chlorinated taste that got us! Despite living in a beautiful seaside village with plenty of fresh air, our water tasted, well, bad, to be quite frank and I longed for a glass of Thames Water.

Asides all of that, the mandatory fluoridation of water in this country appalls me. While other countries are removing it from their water supply due to health concerns over the effects of fluoridation on the body, the Irish Government don’t think the subject even warrants a debate.

Until that debate occurs, an Irish company called Aqua-nu have run tests which prove their water filtration system removes 98% of Fluoride from water along with a host of other chemicals. Check out their Facebook page for more details

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H&M introduces Conscious Denim

Reblogging this post from the Wonderful Citizens of Fashion blog. Great to see a big International business such as H&M embracing this. Hopefully more companies will be inspired to follow suit if you’ll pardon the pun.

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On October 2, H&M introduces Conscious Denim, a collection with clean styling and contemporary fits, that not only uses more sustainable materials, but also more conscious processes. In a first for H&M, the washes used on its denim have been graded to assess their environmental impact, including energy and water use. The collection includes pieces for women, men and children, and will be available worldwide in around 1,000 stores for women and 700 stores for men, as well as online.

“We’re so excited about Conscious Denim at H&M. We’ve worked hard to reduce the environmental impact from the washing processes alongside using materials that are more sustainable. The collection is full of great pieces, and proves how sustainability can equal great style,” says Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability H&M.

The result is a full collection with modern cuts in deep indigo tones. For women…

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Introducing the “Ecos Powercube” , my gadget of the month!

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It a portable solar power station. This thing can deliver up to 15kw of energy but it doesn’t stop there . It can be shipped to remote location or anywhere basically by sea, air, or truck, or railroad. The reason for this easy shipping is because it is contained inside a shipping containers(10,20, and 40 footers). Energy being it’s primary purpose for hospitals, schools, and other areas around the world as needed, it also contains water a treatmenet/distrubuion systems inside it and can deliver internent up to 30 miles away along with satellite communications to boot! This thing is amazing and is my gadget of the month!

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‘Old School’ paper lunch bags

I love this throw back to a pre-Tupperware, pre-plastic bag era. This Irish business, The Paper lunch Bag Co.,(http://www.littleandmcclean.ie http://purchase.ie/paper-lunch-bags) make such a simple product that is not only odour free and non contaminating but also suitable for home freezing. All the packaging is fully recycleable and made from 80% recycled material. They make the perfect Eco friendly children’s party bags. Fill with treats & tie with a ribbon. image

‘Green’ Tea

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I just wanted to shout about an Irish company http://www.javarepublic.com that not only has a genuine ethical approach to producing Tea & Coffee but has  some of the finest products on the market. Their coffee is up there with Illy and Lavazza and their Peppermint Tea is the best I’ve had anywhere. The quality of the leaf for sure is partly responsible but the ‘silky handcrafted bio-degradable tea bag’ (their description, not mine) just enhance the flavour.

How good would it be to see some of the larger producers worldwide following suit?