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Earth Overshoot Day!

 
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What is earth overshoot day?

All the natural resources that the earth can provide us for the year have already been used up this year today on the 1st August 5 months earlier this is disgraceful. All the resources we use from now on are taken from the earth.

Read more about it here:

www.overshootday.org

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www.overshootday.org

 

Tips on how you can you reduce your ecological footprint

 

 Vegan lifestyle

This is the single biggest change you can make to instantly reduce your ecological footprint.

 

 Reducing your meat, fish, dairy and egg intake will help lower your ecological footprint and impact on the earth.

 

We tested this on the ecological calendar and if I ate meat my ecological footprint would be huge and my overshoot date would be 7 months earlier than me being vegan, even with having the same lifestyle of unprocessed food, using renewable energy, and having hardly any waste it made the biggest difference.

 

Try it for yourself on the ecological calculator

http://www.footprintcalculator.org

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Zero waste

 

+ Make less trash to avoid it going to landfill.

 

+ Recycle all you can.

 

+ Avoid single use plastics and invest in reusable bottles, cups, cutlery, straws, tote bags.

 

+ Grown your own vegetables, or buy local unpackaged produce.

 

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https://lifehack.media/4-easy-ways-you-can-live-a-zero-waste-lifestyle 

 

Home Energy Saving

 

+ Switch your energy provider to someone like Bulb who use renewable energy.

www.bulb.co.uk/energy

 

+ Use energy saving lightbulbs and turn off the plugs when electricity is not in use.

 

Environmental

 

+ Switch your search engine to Ecosia whilst you are searching the web, it raises money through adverts, which funds people to help plant trees all around the world.

www.ecosia.org

 

Raise awareness

 

+ One of the best things you can do to help is raise awareness.

 

+ Share videos, images, facts or tips on how to change on social media. Use the hashtag #MoveTheDate

 

+ Talk to your friends about the benefits of what you are doing.

 

Measure your ecological footprint 👣

www.footprintcalculator.org

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Plastic Pollution

 

The ban on plastic micro beads has eventually happened in the UK. This is a massive step forward in the right direction, we are now hoping the same ban will be happening soon for single use plastics!

 

What are microbeads? 

Micro beads are small beads of plastic usually found in products like face scrubs and toothpastes.  They are not degradable, once these plastic beads are made they last forever, so you can imagine how many are already in circulation today. 

 

What is wrong with microbeads, why are they harmful? 

When using products with mircobeads in them, such as a face scrub, they are then washed away with water so these micro beads enter the water system. This then ends up in the sea, all sea life are eating these micro beads thinking it’s food,  when in fact it is harmfull plastics which they cannot digest. Then humans who choose to eat fish are actually ingesting plastic contaminated fish.   

 

The great thing is they are now banned to be used in products, but this doesn’t solve the problem of the thousands of microbeads already in the world, harming nature and the wildlife. 

 

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Image from https://inhabitat.com/tag/plastic-pollution/ 

 

The other main problem with plastics are single-use plastics. 

 

What are single-use plastics ? 

These are plastics that are made to only use once then thrown away.  Items such as: bottles of water, coffee cups, plastic straws, plastic cutlery, shopping bags, takaway containers and packaging.

 

Why are single-use plastics bad to use?.

There is quiet a few reasons Single-use Plastics are bad for the environment. They are not biodegradable the life span of a plastic bottle is 450 years. All the plastics that were ever made are still around today. Most people don’t recycle them correctly and they end up as landfill. It is destroying all our ecosystems, leaching toxins into the environment. Animals are eating these plastics thinking there food which is bad for their health and lifespan. 

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Image from http://www.spotusa.org/recycle.html

 

The most heartbreaking thing is this can all be avoided! 

 

What you can do to use less plastic? 

 

- Invest in a reusable water bottle & coffee cup (some coffee shops give you discount if you bring your own cup)

 

- Be aware of packaging when purchasing food, you can get the same fruit and veg without the excess plastic.

 

- Take a reusable shopping bag with you everywhere, to save buying a plastic bag.

 

- Change your hand-wash, body wash and shampoo to solid bars of soap.

 

- Purchase a bamboo toothbrush.

 

- Refuse to use straws when you’re out, you can also buy reusable metal straws. 

 

- If you still have some plastic at least recycle them correctly.

 

There is so much you can do you reduce your plastic usage and help the planet.

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ZARAMIA AVA now available at The Veg Out Cafe

 
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A vegetarian & vegan pop up cafe and art space displaying local artists, this is a great idea!

Situated at 33a Lands Lane Leeds ( where the Candy Heroes Shop used to be )

The pop up is running for 6 weeks from 3rd July to 13th August.

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The food is by the Grub and Grog shop all Vegan and vegetarian, you can also purchase local produce vegetables, herbs and plants.

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There are workshops, exhibitions and visuals throughout the 6 weeks. All available to view and book, on the Veg Out cafe event on Facebook.

Their Ethos is Constantly evolving promoting sustainability and zero waste which is in line with the ZARAMIA AVA Ethos.

Showcasing local artists with some amazing products. You can find all sorts from ceramics to hanging plants, beautifully illustrated designs to geometric jewellery & fashion.

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ZARAMIA AVA IDENTITY unisex products such as:

+ Versatile oversized t-shirts locally screen printed, they can be worn in many ways, they come in white, black and grey. Packaged in ZARAMIA AVA branded, biodegradable brown paper bags.

+ Laser cut geometric jewellery in a variety of sizes and lengths. Made with hemptique cord which is naturally dyed with no chemicals, all zero waste and locally produced. Available in gold, black, mirrored gold and walnut wood. Choose from small, medium or a large size logo in 2 different lengths. Packaged in ZARAMIA AVA branded biodegradable cardboard boxes.

+Locally made metallic pocket mirrors with a variety of geometric designs to choose from. Packaged in ZARAMIA AVA branded 100% ethical linen drawstring bags.

+ Locally Handmade Crocheted Pom Pom beanie hats with vegan acrylic yarn available in black and gold & black. Packaged in ZARAMIA AVA branded biodegradable brown paper bags.

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All also available online at www.ZaraMiaAva.com/identity

Links

www.facebook.com/vegoutleeds

 

www.twitter.com/vegoutleeds

 

http://www.grubandgrog.co.uk/events/vegout

 

http://www.leedsinspired.co.uk/events/veg-out-cafe

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The Minimalist Documentary

 

One of the most inspiring documentaries I have seen in a while. Definitely worth a watch.

 

For the authors to have been in well paid business jobs but yet not completely happy was unusual, as your first thoughts are if you have money you are happy.

This was not the case, leaving their high profile jobs and living a minimal lifestyle has made them happy and appreciate life. They are now touring around the world with their book, spreading the word of minimalism.

It is a revolutionary new movement that is becoming more and more apt for our busy lives. People are wanting to live a simpler life, a life more than material objects.

 

‘With shopping habits people have a gaping void they feel like they need to fill with stuff to make them feel better, which is where consumer purchases come in. But after all their shopping sprees they are still longing for more.’

 

If you think about it with all the stuff you have hoarded in your life how much do you actually use? The point the guys were saying is does it have a value to you? does it mean something to you? is it functional?

If not then you don't need it! Get rid of it sell it, recycle it, give it to a charity. Free yourself of clutter for a happier life. 

Project 33.3

This is such a great concept, to prove you do not need fast fashion. Fast fashion does not pay true ecological costs, this and lack of paid labour is harming the planet and the people that make the fabrics and garments. Slow fashion is the way forward. Be sustainable. Being able to produce a capsule wardrobe wearing 33 interchangeable pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories to wear for 3 months. And repeat.

'Just don't buy anything! '

Not only is this an ethical way of dressing, this is great for creative, busy people. By having more time in the morning, not thinking about how to put together outfits and what accessories they can put them with. It's already thought out and you can easily grab a few items and know whatever you pick up they will automatically go together within your capsule wardrobe. Who wouldn't want more time!

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 Image from https://bemorewithless.com/project-333/

Credits

https://bemorewithless.com/project-333/

 

Tiny Houses

People were living their life depending on how big their houses were, buying more and more stuff to fill their huge empty houses, there is no need to have more than what you actually need.

‘Affordability, simplicity, sustainability. Do more with less. Small spaces makes sense environmentally.’

Tammy Stroble founder of tiny houses which are social homes. ‘In the end it isn't about the size of your house or how you can move it around it's about mindful choices, it's about flexibility and freedom spending time with loved ones.’

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 Image from  http://www.rowdykittens.com/2017/10/tinyjam/

Credits

http://www.rowdykittens.com/our-tiny-house/ 

 

Exile Lifestyle 

Collin wright is a full time traveller he stated a blog to record his travels, which is now his job as a nomade traveller. He is giving homeless a different meaning. All he possesses is what he carries on him traveling from place to place. This is such an amazing concept. He owns no home but yet isn’t homeless, he is a minimalist nomade showing people how you don’t need to be stuck in one place with all your useless possessions, he is traveling the world with all he needs in his backpack.

 

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Image from https://www.theminimalists.com/exile/

Credits

 http://exilelifestyle.com

 

After watching this documentary it opened my eyes to mass consumerism. We don’t need to buy things to make us content. We can be more than happy, with a simple clutter free lifestyle. Have a think when you next go shopping, see whether any of the links listed can help you get more organised and pro active in a happy minimal lifestyle.

‘Live life with less!’

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The True Cost Documentary

 
Image from  https://truecostmovie.com/          ‘ This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?    Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes ’   Extract from  https://truecostmovie.com/  

Image from https://truecostmovie.com/

       ‘This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes’ 

Extract from https://truecostmovie.com/ 

Watching this film changed everything, from my personal life to my business. It was shocking to watch! It made me realise how much fashion plays a huge part in ruining the Earth, as well as the lives of people involved within the fashion industry. From people that live near factories, that leak out chemicals into the water supply, slave labour from children, to people working every hour of the day for little to no money, fashion has ruined people lives. Consumers should to be aware of this!

In the documentary it revisits the horror that was the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in 2013, bringing fashion factory workers health and safety to the forefront of the news around the world.  

People buy into fast fashion so easily without considering the impact. Designers & brands used to only produce 2 collections a year, now it’s 52, a collection out each week of the year, it just shows how bad fast fashion has got.

Ask yourself a few questions when you next go shopping: How can this t-shirt only cost £5?  How was the fabric grown and produced? Where was the the garment produced? Who made the garment? Are they getting paid fairly? What is the carbon footprint of this item? The most important question is Can I make a difference?

After watching the documentary it made me realise that I can make a difference, being a fashion designer. I can make changes for the better. Showing consumers that you can have luxury contemporary fashion that is also ethically made and sustainably produced. I am hoping other businesses  realise that they can make a change for the better.

 

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Is it difficult to become a fully sustainable business? Yes it is but it was the best thing we ever did. Everything is a learning curve, we are always trying new ideas and improving to make things better.

We were already using end of roll fabrics, these fabrics would otherwise end up as landfill waste, and we were producing garments in house, but we knew we could do more.

 Zero waste is also a move we wanted to do for a while, by using fabric in the most economical way. Also rather then only recycling the fabric waste, we are now recycling everything from patten paper, card, and branding materials. If we are outsourcing a product we make sure the business has the same ethics as us, and rather them then discarding the waste, we ask them to send it to us for us to reuses or recycle, we do this so we are fully knowledgeable of where the waste ends up. 

We are aiming to be be a transparent business. What we mean by that is if a customer asks where were their garments produced & where the fabric was made, we want to be able to answer that question confidently. Currently all our organic fabrics are all fully traceable. We at ZARAMIA AVA have also since gone vegan to have the least carbon footprint as we can. Going vegan as a business makes you question everything from the fabrics to the dyes, prints and packaging.

Read our Ethos here www.ZaraMiaAva.com/Ethos 

Links: 

A film by Andrew Morgan

https://truecostmovie.com/ 

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