April 26, 2022 3 min read 4 Comments

As we round up earth week, we’re taking time to reflect on what we can all do better. We’ve put together a list of our top 5 ideas for helping our planet, so that we can all do a little bit better than we were yesterday. Change can come from the tiniest of places and the smallest of actions so if we all decide to change something, no matter how minor, then we can have a positive impact. Now is the time to preserve and protect our planet and our people, and to take care of our families and our flock.

Reuse and recycle

This means keeping the things you’ve got and using them until you can’t anymore, then giving them a new life in another form. This can be as easy as remembering to put your reusable shopping bags in your car so that you won’t forget them and buy new ones for the 5th time this month, or making sure that your old clothes go to a recycling facility as opposed to landfill. 300,000 tonnes of unwanted garments are thrown away every year in the UK, and the majority of these will take up to 200 years to decompose. It's crazy to think that our great great great great grandchildren will grow up in a world which still has our clothes in, just buried deep under the ground. By cutting down on what we throw away we can reduce the environmental impact that our items, and then our waste, is having for the generations to come.

Choose sustainable

When you’re privileged enough to have a choice in what you buy, it's important to go for the most sustainable option available to you. This means choosing to buy from businesses which exist by sustainable principles, such as sourcing locally, or only using natural materials, or choosing recycled options. Any of these changes can be the difference between doing harm or doing good for our environment. So many fashion brands are now choosing to operate and manufacture sustainability that it is possible to shop without having a negative impact on the environment.

Shop wisely

Shopping wisely means asking questions of the companies you’re buying from - any business with certifications of their sustainability will be proud to show them off! As ‘organic’ isn’t a protected term within the fashion industry, it's very easy for brands to hoodwink their consumers into thinking they’re more sustainable than they are if they’re not actually certified by GOTS. By looking at these certifications you can avoid being greenwashed. It's important to use our purchasing power for good and choose to spend our money with companies which are really doing all they say they are to help the environment.

Plant some trees

Trees take in the CO2 which power plants, factories, and cars are pumping out into the atmosphere, helping to slow climate change. An average tree will absorb around 21kg of CO2 per year - enough to cancel out 52miles of driving. This may seem like a small statistic but if you consider that in its lifetime a tree will absorb 1 tonne of CO2, and that trees normally stand in forests, surrounded by other trees, then the impact is far more significant. We also plant a tree with Ecologi for every product we sell which means that our yarns are having an overall climate positive impact - and that's on top of offsetting over twice their carbon footprint.

Inspire others

Finally, it's important that sustainability isn’t a secret. Tell your friends and family about the sustainable businesses you love, or the new ways you’re learning to recycle your items, or just how many trees you’re planting! Being environmentally conscious is contagious and the more people who are on board, the bigger impact we will have!

Let us know what you’ve done for Earth week and inspire us in the comments below.


4 Responses

Veronica
Veronica

May 03, 2022

The Best company to buy from and the best wool too, although i don’t buy very often, it’s so nice to be informed about what you are doing to continue producing an ethical product and the best care for the animals.

Leanna
Leanna

April 26, 2022

Thank you for creating such wonderful products, and for doing good things with your business too!! I’ve made two cardigans from your No. 3 yarn and I love them — not only because the yarn is beautiful and bouncy, but because I feel good knowing every stitch is created from organic woolly goodness. Wishing you all, and your sheep, much joy!

Averi
Averi

April 26, 2022

I am so happy and elated to have found your company! I love what you are doing – using your platform to write articles such as this and have the positive online presence that you do is so hopeful and inspiring. I adore your yarn and will be spreading your name throughout every knitting circle I can. As for Earth week inspiration, my family and I recently have made a special effort to purchase groceries with no packaging through utilizing the local co-op’s bulk section. We bring our own glass jars and reusable containers to collect, transport, and store foods. It’s way easier than it seemed to be at first! Hopefully we can continue this process as much as possible.

Jonny
Jonny

April 26, 2022

I’ve cuddled my sheep and made sure they’re happy with their fields – change starts at home afterall!

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