Did you know people in the UK have an estimated £30 billion worth of unworn clothes in their wardrobes*. Plus £140 million of unused clothing (UK) goes to landfill every year*. Landfill, not even recycled! The clothing and textile industry is the second biggest polluter on the planet behind oil. Shocking statistics, which are hard to put into context, I know!
I’ve shopped in charity shops, at car boot sales or on eBay for years for the majority of my clothes but this year I’ve been doing things different. A friend of mine organised a clothes swap at the beginning of the year, then another.
The concept is a simple one – you take along any clothes and shoes you no longer want, hang them up, then have a browse to see if there’s anything you’d like to take back with you. Perfect. The first time I came back with 5 items. The second time I came back with nothing. That was absolutely fine. The clothes that are left are then donated to a charity shop. The next meet up is in September but it’s going to be bigger as a few of us have also discovered the KonMari method so we have a few more clothes (and costume jewellery) to depart with 😂😂
Let me know if you and your friends do something similar. It’d be nice to know we can make a tiny difference 💚
I first met Claire at the school gate, when our boys went to the same school. I love the style she uses…dot work…as it’s different to the normal pyrography you see. The above was a gift for my 40th birthday a few years ago as she knows about my love for Harry Potter. Then I’ve bought the House Stark plaque, the reindeer decoration, the flower plate and the absolutely gorgeous ivy bowl.
It seemed only natural that I would ask her if she’d like to collaborate on something for my business, so last year these gorgeous little wooden decorations were finished, and they now appear on the large gift sets. The wood she used for these ones came from fallen branches and some re-purposed table legs. Perfect! Claire is still on maternity leave at the minute but if you’d like to take a look at her other work, you can find her here and here.
It’s hard work running your own little business, especially when you have a family and you make everything yourself, but it does make me incredibly proud (if a little grey-er sometimes!). The one thing that I commission someone else to make are my gorgeous soap bowls. I met Kjersti at a local craft fair a few years ago, where I’d been admiring the goodies on her stall.
She made a sample for me, we’ve tweaked it a couple of times in between, but she’s been supplying my shop ever since. I love that as self-employed business women we are able to support each other in this way. When you hear of so many small businesses struggling it is very heartening.
She makes the cutest little animals… Pop over and say hello to her on her Facebook page. She’s attends many local events in and around Hull if you’re ever about.