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Those of you who know me well and even for those who have only just visited the ecospot, will know my obsession with all things eco.
Well, I have a new obsession – swishing.
This has all originated from the current BBC 2 programme – ‘Twiggy’s Frock Exchange’. The clue is in the title really – frocks and outfits are exchanged between visiting women, thus getting rid of that fashion disaster yourself, and swapping it for something more fitting…
Anything truly awful has the opportunity to be customised by a team from TRAID remade, and every week a designer give away is fought over by the ravening fashion hordes.
The idea is that we can all arrange parties to swap our clothes that we no longer like, get a new look for free, and help the environment to boot.
Call me cynical, but when I was younger, this was just called charity shopping, and yes, not free, but then the money was going to needy causes. And we ripped things up, painted things, and sewed them back together (badly) but hey – I was not going to see anyone else in the same outfit (sometimes a good thing)
Now, if we have to sexy up eco for the fashionistas – fine – every little helps, and better that we all swap or buy secondhand than new, but itself swishing is not new. We’ve been doing it for years. It’s just that now it’s fashionable – so my new obsession is not new, it’s just got another label.
I suppose ‘swishing’ is infinitely more sexy than ‘thrifty’…
thank you to all those who visited the garden during it’s life (including some celebrities…). another drawing has just leapt off my board and into a submission for next year – will keep you posted on its progress…
Ha Ha Ha…
welcome to rant #1. the do something please rant.
Now, we are all told to ‘be greener’ ‘save the planet’ ‘be responsible’ and even though I do preach these things myself (and practice them as far as possible) it can be tricky.
I have caught myself with a takeaway coffee cup and really battled with myself whether to throw it in the street bin after I have finished it. Is this a bit mental? I suppose what is more mental is that most of the time I transport the frothy, leaking mass back home, to rinse it out and put the cardboard cup in my recycling. and yes, it has leaked in my bag, which I then have to clean out, and wipe brown froth off everything.
I’m an environmental mentalist.
I even pick up rubbish outside of my house and put it in my recycling bin.
But, being responsible comes in many guises, and we should not beat ourselves up about not having a solar panel on our roof or wind farm in our back garden. Little things add up.
And, to my delight I have found a fantastic website by the people who brought you ‘change the world 9-5’ a lovely little book should you ever find it. http://www.wearewhatwedo.org/ is a fantastic list of stuff we can all do to get things happening. Sign up, create your own list, and tick the wee boxes everytime you do something. very satisfying – just like that sheet with stars on you had at school for when you did a good thing…
Yes, there are the usual green actions you can track, like turning down your thermostat (couldn’t do this one, as our house has no heating anyway – we just put on more jumpers…), recycle everything and support small and local businesses, but what I LOVE is that there are other good things that you can do easily but we JUST DON’T DO MUCH ANYMORE.
#101 – make someone smile, #97 – say thanks, #77 – show empathy, #73 – leave work at least one a week on time, #60 – remember peoples names. You get the picture. Easy stuff that we were brought up to do and yet some of us have forgotten.
But, the one I love is #82 – ‘aspire not to have more, but to be more’.
Food for thought. So – visit the lovely people at http://www.wearewhatwedo.org/, and see what you can do to get things moving.
Oh, and #98 – spread the word.
well. welcome to my new little blog…hopefully this will be a space where you can follow what the practice is up to, going to do or just done. It will also be an area for eco discussion – new stuff we’ve found, good stuff, bad stuff and everything in between. I’m known for my rants, and I’m sure there will be a few on here… comments welcome.
more stuff to follow when I understand what the hell I am doing…
laters all – cj