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It’s time to carry a reusable coffee cup. Visit any town or city and you will see people drinking coffee from one of the many giant coffee retailers. Whether drinking on the premises or on the move we generate more than seven million used cups per day which adds up to 2.5 billion a year. Almost none of these cardboard cups are recycled although we are encouraged by the coffee shops to put our used cups into the recycling bin. Do not believe the “eco-friendly” hype, these cups are made from virgin paper pulp and to make them waterproof, the card is fused with polyethylene, a material that cannot be recovered in a standard recycling process.
Yours Sustainably has the answer with our new reusable cups which are available in two sizes. Made from organic bamboo fibre and corn starch, these lightweight cups have a resealable ‘no-drip’ lid making them easy to take with you when travelling, commuting, working in the office or out enjoying the fresh air. The cup together with the silicone sleeve and lid are all dishwasher proof (top shelf, please).
Most coffee shops allow customers to bring their own cups and some offer a discount or extra loyalty stamps. Our high streets and countryside are littered with used coffee cups, a reusable cups cuts waste and litter. All on sale now at www.yourssustainably.com
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Handmade crochet jewellery
Yours Sustainably are delighted to launch our new range of ethically produced handmade crochet jewellery. This is our first collaborative project with a women’s group of crafters in Sri Lanka. Made using 100% cotton and based on a flower and leaf design there are two necklaces and a charming floral headband which can be worn as an alice band or across the forehead 60’s style.
Ideal as festival or holiday jewellery the simple single strand is especially versatile, wear it as a necklace, belt, headband or wrap around your wrist. The three strand necklace has different toning coloured flowers and is finished with a loop and coconut shell button.
All of the designs are available in a range of colours and whether buying for yourself or as a gift we are sure you will love our Flower Power.
All on sale now
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2016-06-21
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Earth Day 2016
Earth day is an annual event, celebrated worldwide on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Begun over forty years ago in the US after a devastating oil spill and now involving over 190 countries, this year has special significance as the landmark Paris Agreement on climate protection is due to be signed by leaders of 160 countries including the United States and China.
Here in the UK organised Earth Day events include tree planting and beach cleaning. As individuals we may feel that our own personal actions are small fry in comparison to the changes that large corporations and government should be making to meet the desired reduction in CO2 emissions but remember small changes by a large number of committed citizens will make a difference. Here’s our top ideas for you to personally make a difference and help protect our beautiful world.
Invest in an eco-friendly shopping bag.
Cut down on meat consumption and try to have at least one veggie day a week.
Buy a reusable water bottle and fill it from the tap.
Plant a tree.
Recycle in accordance with your local authority.
Buy local seasonal produce and grow your own vegetables if possible.
Use washable wraps and eco-friendly lunch boxes instead of foil and plastic.
Cycle, walk and car share if possible.
Think how amazingly beautiful our world must look to the astronauts circling way up above us in the space station, let's all try and do our bit to keep it safe.
Visit Yours Sustainably for ethical eco-friendly 'Gifts That Matter'.
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2016-04-22
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Fashion Revolution Week - A fashion love story week.
This week is Fashion Revolution Week and Sunday 24th April,  marks the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where 1, 134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured.  Fashion Revolution is a global campaign that asks people to ‘be curious, find out, do something.’  By asking clothing manufacturers  #whomademyclothes? together we can demand greater transparency and fairer and more ethical practices within the fashion industry for both people and planet.
Fashion Revolution is offering various ways for you to get involved in the campaign, from #haulternatives, #30wears  to asking brands questions about their supply chains. You can find more information on their website www.fashionrevolution.org. Yours Sustainably was drawn to the ‘fashion love story’ project, so we got together with our local craft group, that meets every month in our local village pub, to find out a few fashion love stories to share with you, to prove that new isn’t always better! 
Heather, reversible black and red wool coat
‘I am coat….
Her eyes viewed my shoulders and sleek waist
and followed down to a soft movement and
her heart was won.
She couldn’t leave without me and, when she
found a second side to me-I was hers.
Expense didn’t come into it-a generous man
opened his wallet.
That was 28 years ago and she’s still in love.’
I hope it never wears out…that’s the beauty of having something that isn’t actually in fashion, it just keeps going. 
Mary, hand knitted wool wedding dress
When I was a student living and working in Tanzania my grandmother used to send me women’s magazines to read.  The dress pattern was in Women’s Realm as an evening dress in scarlet.  When I came back to England I was engaged but I had lost the pattern.  I phoned IPC Magazines and they sent me a replacement pattern.  The yarn was bought from Grantham, but they didn’t have enough in stock for me to finish the dress so I had to have more sent from the suppliers in Scotland.  I knitted it in 1970 for my July wedding, so it is 46 years old.  I used to wear it for Christmas for several years after my wedding.  It took about six months to make, including several hours on the train coming back from teacher training college. 
Karen, floral summer dress
I was probably about 25 when I bought this which makes it 32 years old.  It was a catalogue dress, we used to shop a lot by catalogue.  I just thought it was fun and cool, with a low back and low front, you couldn’t wear a bra.  It has that memory for me of being young and carefree.  My daughter discovered it some years ago and she wore it a lot, so it’s nice that you can hand things down. 
Marion, hand woven dogtooth check scarf
My grandfather made it probably about 55 years ago.  I can remember him weaving in the spare room and I can remember the looms; it must have been a hobby I suppose.  He had a table loom and he used to make everybody a scarf, this was my school colours if I remember correctly.  It’s just one of those things that you can’t throw away, it’s a nice thing to have. 
Anne, Kantha stitched jacket
I bought it in the mid-80s in Lewes.  I’m not sure if it was meant to be reversible but I thought if I cut the label out I can wear it both ways.  I bought it because I liked the construction, the colour combination, the simple shapes and that it was decorative as well.  It has intrinsic and sentimental value. 
Jessica, printed floral dress with smocking
I bought this dress about 11 years ago at Portobello market.  I haven’t worn it that much but I absolutely love it.  I like the 70's floaty style and the detail of the hand smocking because I love anything handcrafted, you really feel the human touch.  It doesn’t have any labels in it so I wonder if it was actually handmade by someone.  I remember wearing it once and being stopped in the street by people admiring the smocking, I think people notice things like that because fast fashion neglects handcraft.  I like buying vintage and from charity shops because in between the drab highstreet clothes, you can find amazing quality of materials and construction that is so hard to find in affordable shops these days.  I’m super nostalgic about my clothes, I feel like they represent moments in time both in my life and in the lives of people that wore them before me.  I always wonder what the story of our clothes in this time in history will say about us in years to come, it’s sad to think that it might reflect a society of people who have lost a sense of value in anything other than the fleeting, superficial moment of feeling something ‘new,’ with no consideration to the impact of over-consumption to our precious planet and each other. 
Lynn, pleated chiffon skirt
This skirt must be about twenty years old and although a little tighter around the waist it still makes a regular appearance for dinner dates and evenings out. I love everything about it, the colour and pattern, the swish of the fine chiffon pleats and the flattering length. It wasn’t the height of fashion when new but the quality of construction and the timeless design suits what I hope is my individual style. Plus, pleats are apparently ‘in’ this year!
With a combined age of approximately 250 years these are definitely well loved clothes all made well before the mad rush to wasteful #fastfashion.
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2016-04-18
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From One Woman To Another
The story of an everyday necklace

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International Women's Day
“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” Brigham Young

International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8th and the theme for 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The gap between men and women in health, education, economy and politics needs to be narrowed and ultimately removed, the World Economic Forum estimated in 2015 that the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

Yours Sustainably source ‘Gifts That Matter’, the best ethical, well designed home and fashion accessories from around the world and as a mother and daughter business, we have a special interest in women for women businesses. Many of our products are made by women living in marginalised communities, with support and training these women are able to feed their families, pay for health care and educate their children. The chance to work means women gain skills, very often work for the first time in their lives and they achieve some status in their society. On International Women’s Day we’d like to share with you three stories of companies established by women, all striving to benefit the lives of less fortunate women.
Creative Women is a fair-trade company that believes in traditional artisan skills and works with long-term partners to produce beautiful hand woven textiles. Working mainly with women-led small businesses, family enterprises and community cooperatives their sustainable support translates into health care, education and economic stability.
Just Trade was founded in 2006 by  jewellery designer Laura Cave who collaborates with artisans throughout the developing world to produce stylish, desirable handmade jewellery. using locally sourced, environmentally sound, sustainable materials. As Naty from the Zoe Project in Peru says “I like this work, at 59 years old I learnt how to make jewellery, I never thought that I would do this. Now I can help the economy of my household, I pay for the food for myself and my husband. I feel important, I never had the opportunity to work before”.House of Wandering Silk is a social enterprise based out of New Delhi that was founded by Australian Katherine Neumann. Partnering with women’s groups, cooperatives and NCOs, beautiful hand woven natural fibres and vintage upcycled textiles are transformed into desirable scarves, bags, jewellery and clothing by female artisans using traditional skills and crafts. Designed for the socially-conscious consumer who will appreciate the exquisite quality, each purchase will help address the poverty and inequality within disadvantaged communities.
Women throughout the world are striving for equality and these three companies are facilitating change, Yours Sustainably are happy to be part of their story this International Women's Day. 
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2016-03-07
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World Book Day – a Celebration of Tara Books
Taking place on March 3rd 2016, World Book Day is a celebration of books, authors, illustrators and the joys of reading. Begun nineteen years ago and designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, this day is now marked in over 100 countries around the world.
Books make lovely gifts and Yours Sustainably are huge fans of Tara Books. Founded in 1994 and based in Chennai, South India Tata Books is an independent publisher of picture and verse books for both children and adults. Using traditional stories and art forms from different and often remote communities from all parts of India, their books are a colourful and exciting introduction to books and should encourage a lifelong love of stories and reading. We have chosen four titles to share with you, all ideal as an introduction to read-aloud stories.
Monkey Photo is the story of a monkey living in the jungle who is tired of tourists taking pictures of him. He turns the spotlight on friends and foes as he takes a camera on his swing through the jungle.
The Enduring Ark is the retelling of an ancient tale illustrated in the Bengal Patua style of scroll painting.
Mangoes and Bananas is the first of three titles featuring Kanchil the mouse deer. They are clever,much loved trickster tales in Indonesian folklore with traditional Kalamkari textile art.
Ideal for pre-school children One, two, tree is a number book, picture book, nursery rhyme and a fable about living together and has been beautifully Illustrated by traditional artists from the Gond tribe in central India.
Children love to be read to and all four of these suggestions are a delightful introduction to the joy of books. With over twenty titles for both children and adults, Yours Sustainably hope you will celebrate the beauty and pleasure of Tara Books, all great 'Gifts That Matter'.
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2016-03-01
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Fair Trade Fortnight – Beautiful ‘Gifts That Matter’.
Fairtrade is a global social movement for change, whose stated goal is to help secure better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries as well as promoting sustainability. Fairtrade primarily focuses on foodstuffs and handicrafts, helping marginalized communities and supporting traditional crafts, which is a more dignified and sustainable solution to poverty and preferable to traditional charity and aid.

Yours Sustainably have sourced many home and fashion accessories from fairtrade producers and as Fairtrade Fortnight runs from February 29th to March 13th this year, we thought it a good opportunity to share with you the beautiful hand crafted skills of artisans working worldwide.

Our cute soft toys are hand crocheted in Bangladesh by a workers cooperative. By providing flexible paid employment the women are able to remain in their rural communities and are not forced to move to large cities looking for work.
An ideal gift for any budding artist, wooden printing blocks are manufactured by hand in India providing local work for local communities. They are then shipped by sea in full containers.
Clever hinged frames are made in India from recycled glass by skillful artisans who have safe working conditions and are paid a decent wage. A beautiful way to display treasured mementos.
Hand crafted macrame bags are made in Bangladesh where local communities are helped to develop high quality desirable products from readily available natural materials.
Handmade in Peru by a collaborative, innovative brand, attractive jewellery is made from subtly textured twisted ribbons of golden coloured brass which is locally sourced and environmentally sound.
All of these beautiful products are made by skillful artisans supported by committed fairtrade and fairly-traded companies.
Whatever you buy whether it's coffee, bananas or 'Gifts That Matter' from Yours Sustainably support Fairtrade Fortnight.

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‘Gifts That Matter’ for Mother’s Day.
March 6th is Mother’s Day and www.yourssustainably.com have plenty of gift ideas picked from our carefully selected range of home and fashion accessories that will delight your Mum and clearly demonstrate your love and appreciation of her.

Under £10
Our heart covered reusable sandwich wrap is a great way to encourage your Mum to ditch the plastic bags and tin foil when making her portable lunch. 
Practical and stylish an eco shopping bag is ideal to pop into a handbag when out and about, meaning your Mum will avoid paying the plastic bag charge.
Does your Mum love our countryside? Then she is sure to love her tea or coffee in a fine bone china mug decorated with charming hand drawn images of the many creatures that visit our gardens.

£10 -£20
For garden loving Mums our fair trade string tin also contains scissors, a dibber and plant labels, all the necessary equipment to bring order to her garden. 
Is your Mum a cat lover? Then she will adore our cute cat brooch, hand printed on reclaimed wood.
Our reusable drinks bottle is the perfect size to fit in a handbag and a great alternative to expensive wasteful water in harmful plastic bottles.

£20 - £30
An eye catching brooch made from upcycled colouring pencils would equally suit an art loving mum or an eco supporter.
Mother's Day is an opportunity to spoil your Mum....a hand woven fine wool scarf from Nepal is both practical and luxurious.
A striped recycled cotton duck bag is the perfect practical summer accessory for a stylish holidaying Mum.
Whatever you choose from www.yourssustainably.com a 'Gift That Matters' is a thoughtful acknowledgement of love for your special Mum and our precious planet. Remember on March 6th, phone her, hug her and kiss her, that costs nothing!
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2016-02-24
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Sustainability is the word of the moment and should impact on all aspects of our lives. The annual Sustainability Week, run by The Hospital Club in London featured workshops, art, food, foraging and panel discussions. As Bianca Jagger says in the video it's not just a matter for the politicians, it's up to all of humanity to get involved to save our planet.
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