There usually isn’t an aisle marked “zero waste business shirts”

In search of zero waste: 5 ways to make your wardrobe zero waste



Every time I go clothes shopping I find myself facing lots of choices – all the wrong ones. I only buy new clothes when I feel my wardrobe is genuinely short, like I don’t have enough business shirts to last the week. What I’d like to get is organic cotton, minimum. What I end up being offered is non-organic cotton, at best. Or a polyester/cotton mix. Or even pure polyester.

This is what clothing stores are saying to me:

“buy us, it’s cheaper, it’s novelty, think how big your wardrobe will be”

This is what I want them to say:

“buy us, our clothes are zero waste and won’t hurt the Earth” Continue reading “There usually isn’t an aisle marked “zero waste business shirts””

Nine eco-friendly things you can do with your broken laptop


Steve Jobs

You might not realise it, but the whole world is transitioning to a zero-waste economy, when items like laptop computers will be made from responsibly managed parts and waste will be more or less eliminated. We’re not as far from that as people think. In future we probably won’t even own the laptops, just pay for using them. It’s all here in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation website.

Meanwhile, laptops still contain many toxic ingredients including lead, cadmium, dioxins, furans, phthalates and brominated flame retardants. Many of these end up on one of the world’s e-waste mountains, like the e-waste centre of Agbogbloshie, Ghana, where electronic waste is burnt and disassembled with no safety or environmental considerations. Continue reading “Nine eco-friendly things you can do with your broken laptop”

The two most zero-waste smartphones you can buy

In Search Of Zero Waste

My mission: To find the zero waste economy

This week: Smartphones

guess which greenie?

There are two sorts of greenie: those who join co-operatives, buy all their produce at fair-trade markets and everything they own is bought second-hand, endlessly repaired or traded …

… and there’s people like me, who do some of that but still find themselves reaching for the Yellow Pages (now known as Google) and searching for “the right thing” to do. Which is zero waste. That’s what this series is about. Continue reading “The two most zero-waste smartphones you can buy”

Horsham Repair Cafe – Pam comes to the rescue

My green bag zip is fixed!

Pam saves the day

I finally paid a visit to the Horsham Repair Cafe . I nice lady called Pam, who makes all her own clothes (more or less) repaired the zip on my gym bag in approximately ten minutes. Until then I’d been dragging the bag around, hoping my gym kit and togs wouldn’t fall out. Continue reading “Horsham Repair Cafe – Pam comes to the rescue”