Saturday, 12 April 2008

Have you heard about the one about the 14 t-shirts?

A girl going on her fortnight summer holiday bought 14 cotton t-shirts. She wore one a day while she was in the sun, got a bit of sun tan lotion on each one but didn't bring them home to wash, no, they only cost a couple of quid each so she threw them all away at the resort.
The added bonus? She had more room in her suitcase for duty free!!

I heard this story a few weeks ago and the results of numerous focus group tests on clothing and fashion at The Sustainable Clothing Roadmap Meeting.

I took my eco stylist, Lupe Castro, and got to meet lots of her young ethical designer friends who are creating their collections from reclaimed clothing from charity shops and/or fabric like hemp and organic cotton.
DEFRA who organised the event were looking for input from those involved at any stage of the supply chain to contribute their views. We heard about a number of different case studies and networked with colleagues in the sustainable fashion industry.

I thought that one day was not nearly long enough to hear all the information and air all the ideas we had and then also come up with how to move forward in the face of those cheap, throw away fashions we have grown so used to. The subject of sustainble clothing is huge. We all have to wear clothes, so this is an area where lots of progress can be made. Look to the left to find links to some gorgeous green fashion websites. I'll keep adding more as I find them.


I mentioned that Lupe is my eco stylist. Why does Eco Warrioress need a professional green fashionista to find her eco clothes? Apart from the fact that she needs to look glamourous and green at all times?
Weeeeellllll.... My profile as a Greenie is growing by the minute and I'm starting to have me photo taken and do more public speaking and oh everything.

On April 19th I will be speaking at The London Green Funeral Exhibition about my Dad's green burial last December.
You can read about it on my Last Blog of 2007.

Also, I have also just been interviewed and photographed by The Times who are doing an article in next Saturday's paper about funerals.

I'm wearing this gorgeous little jacket by Amoosi
made from reclaimed tweedy suits.

And a pair of Del Forte jeans
made from organic cotton denim. They will take back your jeans when you are done with them, give you 10% off your next purchase and recycle your old denim into another piece of fashion. That's your Cradle to Cradle working then!
I Love It!!


So despite this very odd spring weather - thunder, lightening and hail storms in April - that'll be your Global Warming then. The longer evenings and warmer temperatures does make one want to fling open the windows and blow away those cobwebs of winter.

For a long time now I have been washing at 30 degrees with my eco washing ball, so I have not spent a penny on
laundry detergent. I have to confess to missing the smell of clean washing so I dilute some essential oil in water (White Musk from the Body Shop smells like fresh air!) and add it to the fabric softener tray. Don't use fabric softener anymore by the way...very bad chemical content...VEEERY BAAAD! If you still use a tumble dryer, you can save money on softener and drying time by using drying balls which have the same effect

Ecover cleaning products led the eco cleaning field for a while but sometimes feel like they aren't quite getting the job done. I have to say I've caved in and used Harpic on the toilet bowl before now to get off the dark lime scale stains. The Ecover toilet cleaner wasn't cutting it. T
hey assure us they are improving their formulas all the time so I shall look forward to that. An newer alternative is Bio D. I picked up a large bottle of washing up liquid for 1.99 in Oxfam and it works great! They do a full range of cleaning products so give 'em a go and please let me know how you get on!!

I was sent a couple of ENJO cleaning mitts to try. One for the bathroom and one for the kitchen. They are colour co-ordinateed so you don't mix them up.
They aren't the prettiest of lookers or colours - they look like a nylon mitt you use in the bath to scrub away your cellulite - but they work with just a little bit of cold water! I stand naked after a shower having a go at my soap scum on the perspex shower door. Not a visual I'm usually happy to share with anyone the name of green....They work very well and without any of that smelly soap scum remover. It takes some getting used to that that is all you have to do. Just the circular motion of the mitt and a soft dry cloth to finish and it looks shiny and new. I just have to remember to use it on the shower door and not on my thighs!!
ENJO are sold by a consultant who trains you how to clean with them. The secret to these and other micro cleaning cloths like the E-Cloth (love them!) is that you don't need no chemicals, darlings!! You are saving money on toxic bottles of sprays and saving the planet and maybe even saving a few sneezes if anyone in your family has allergies.


In my last post I alluded to my other life which was getting a little crazy. Many of you know that as well as beating a stylish green designer drum for many years that for many more years (25 to be precise!!) I have been an actress.


On Monday I start as a new series regular on Coronation Street
I will be playing CLARISSA MASON.
Clarissa is the 3rd wife of the bookie Harry Mason. Expect a few feathers to fly across the cobbles when Clarissa gets into it with Liz MacDonald who she thinks is after her man!!
The first air date is May 19th.

Don't worry Green Readers, I will be going back and forth between London and Manchester but will still be writing my eco blog and bringing you all the green news that you need to stay stylish and green.

Right! I'm off to watch the Gorgeous and Greener by the Episode Kevin McCloud in GRAND DESIGNS....He is following a couple who are building a gorgeous contemporary house in Spain with enormous glass walls in the living room. I want to find out how they are going to deal with all that solar gain!!

Be back soon!!


Look out for Grand Designs Live at Excel 11th-3rd May 2008.

I went last year and had a great time!!

And for those looking to invest ethically check out National Ethical Investors week in Plymouth 18th - 24th May


Kay Plunkett-Hogge said...

I totally agree about dryer balls- they also save a lot of ironing which is bliss for me as I hate it!
E cloths are genius. You can use them again, and again, and again....I think there must be a mountain of Jeye cloths somewhere in the world...!
I heard recently that good old rhubarb is a great cleaning agent for pots, pans, colanders I love rhubarb and the other half doesn't I know what I shall be doing with his half of the crumble! I shall report back...

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for the great blog, I love this stuff. I don’t usually do much for Earth Day but with everyone going green these days, I thought I’d try to do my part.

I am trying to find easy, simple things I can do to help stop global warming (I don’t plan on buying a hybrid). Has anyone seen that is promoting their Earth Day (month) challenge, with the goal to get 1 million people to take their carbon footprint test in April? I took the test, it was easy and only took me about 2 minutes and I am planning on lowering my score with some of their tips.

I am looking for more easy fun stuff to do. If you know of any other sites worth my time let me know.

The Lazy Environmentalist said...

Are you going to green-up Corrie? Join forces with Roy?...I await with anticipation - good luck!

How fantastic to find another woman out there eco-blogging. I shall be dipping in for more for sure, and hope to hear more of your eco-adventures.

Green Shop said...

It’s my first time on your blog and I will be returning and subscribing!