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How do we really DO sustainability?

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

Whilst our main objective is to help groups of friends and work colleagues find their creative mojo and have fun together, we have found that a welcome benefit of working with some of our creatives is that they are really passionate about helping to preserve the environment and incorporating sustainability into their sessions.

For example, Kate Turnbull (who runs our Shibori dyeing and botanical drawing workshops) is passionate about the natural world and educating people about textiles and the waste and by-products generated from making garments.

Annie Perry (co-founder of Creative Happenings) has an amazing talent for repairing and reusing 'stuff.' This is why she is currently trialling a new workshop based on the Japanese concept Wabi Sabi which celebrates imperfections and repairing broken artefacts rather than just throwing them away (more information coming soon).

Lynne Lambourne (who runs our terrarium, kokedama and upcycling workshops) however is our biggest sustainability advocate (and runs a campaign called Warriors on Waste). She has helpfully recommended the following actions so we can all play our part:

  • Change your lightbulbs to LED where you can - they use up to 80% less power.

  • Remember to turn off your lights when not in use and remind your children to do the same (teenagers are notorious for leaving their bedroom lights on for hours......)

  • Invest in a smart power strip which works to reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode. Statistics vary, but experts say standby power consumption in an average home ranges from 5% to 10% of your household energy consumption.

  • Make the switch to a renewable energy supplier if you can e.g. Bulb or Octopus (but do your research first).

  • Download the app Yoyu which provides real-time energy forecasts based on clean energy mix to help you know when to plug in.

  • Insulate your home.

  • Don't waste food, eat less meat and compost your natural food waste. Consider growing your own food if you have the space.

  • Repair, reuse, recycle and buy secondhand. Use refill shops - online magazine Pebble Magazine can help you to find these in your local area and has loads of tips on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

  • Stop using single use plastic where you can. We love what start up company Loop are doing - they clean and refill packaging that consumers are using again and again....

  • Upcycle your furniture (we can offer a workshop on this!)

  • Shop local and re-think travel - can you hold your meeting virtually instead? (something the pandemic has all forced us to do)

  • Plant trees!

Any other tips or useful resources? Let us know.........

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