Sunday 26 September 2010

Graduate Fashion Show and After Party hosted by Fashion Babylon!

When: Friday 1 October 2010, 7pm

Where: Vendome Mayfair, 85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB

How: Book online and quote the code “ECONEWS20”.

Tickets: £10 including party:

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Save Your Wallet and the World...Literally!

Drink, Shop & Do Review

Drink, Shop & Do is a new establishment near King’s Cross station, where you can indeed drink, shop and do! Some of the things you can ‘Do’ are free or very cheap, as well as good for the environment, hence saving your wallet and the world! As if the metaphor isn’t literal enough already, I went along to one of their ‘Do’ evenings, and learnt how to divert an OJ carton from landfill and turn it into a wallet! My sewing skills haven’t improved since primary school, but other attendees were clearly talented.

Next class is on Thursday 7 October 2010:

Ethical and Safe Belts

Josyflo belts contain hidden pockets for the wearer’s valuables, allowing you to stay safe and look fabulous! Instead of using plastic packaging materials, the producers make special bags, which are used to send the belts to the UK. These double up as re-useable shopping carriers!

Top 2 Eco Entertainment Links
You and I Films were screening some inspiring short films in the solar tent at the recent Urban Green Fair in Brixton. Check out their website for new films and videos.
Ecotube is a similar format to Youtube, but focuses on environmental content.

Edition 19 and counting....

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Interview: Tania from Oria Jewellery

Tania, what are the main environmentally friendly aspects of Oria Jewellery?
Oria sources our silver from Bolivia and gold from Argentina. The miners still use traditional methods, which do not involve the use of cyanide and mercury in their extraction, which are highly toxic to the environment, animals and people.

Do you think ethical jewellery and ethical clothing have different challenges?
Yes. Currently there is an extremely limited supply chain for ethical jewellery. There are a very small number of mines that produce ethically, therefore there is a limited quantity of metals and gems available to the jewellery industry.

What do you think the future holds for ethical jewellery?
Public awareness and demand is on the increase. This is pressurising jewellery manufacturers and retailers to look at how they produce and who they stock. Next year we will see the launch of Fairtrade Gold, which is extremely exciting and marks a significant milestone in acknowledging the importance of ethical sourcing. For more information and to see our full range of jewellery please visit:

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Thursday 2 September 2010

Atul Srivastava - Showreel

Food for people on low incomes - Plan Zheroes project launched

I was delighted to present the launch of Plan Zheroes at The Hub, on behalf of London Citizens Greener Planet Action Team (GPAT). The presentation included 3 live interviews with key members of GPAT, and was followed by a screening of the film Food Inc.

This was a great way of raising awareness about the campaign and attracted new volunteers to support the cause. Plan Zheroes aims to direct food waste from shops and supermarkets, and give it to homeless people or those on low incomes, rather than it going to landfill. If you would like to get involved, or just find out more contact me at

Affordable Eco Fashion - Interview with the Environmental Justice Foundation

Following my report from the Clothes Show 2010, readers asked to see the transcript of the interview with the Environmental Justice Foundation. Here it is...

So you’re from the Environmental Justice Foundation, what’s your name and position?

My name is Valerie, I’m an intern on EJF’s Marketing and PR team and I’m working on the cotton campaign mainly.

Ok, so what is the cotton campaign?

The cotton campaign is an EJF campaign to raise awareness of the environmental and human right abuse linked with cotton production, especially in Uzbekistan. Non organic cotton production uses very harmful and toxic chemicals and in Uzbekistan the government has taken control of the production and farmers do not get fair prices for their work.

Can I ask for those who don’t know, cotton grown isn’t grown in the UK is that right?

No it’s not.

So people talk about locally grown material as being good because it reduces the miles that the goods have to travel. What do you think about the balance between having locally grown materials in the UK, and organic cotton from other countries?

Well I actually look at it the other way around. When cotton is grown in poorer countries such as India or Mali, so it can be way of generating wealth for countries and communities that needs it. It can be a very positive thing, because you buy a great product here and you’re also helping somebody at the other side of the planet.

In terms of transport our t-shirts are 100% organic cotton and are produced in India using wind turbine and are 90% carbon dioxide neutral. The company which produces the t-shirts has a no freight policy so all is shipped by boat. Ethical and ecological brands often try to reduce the amount of transport involved, so for example they might ship large amounts of items at once. In other words there are ways of reducing CO2 emissions linked with shipping if it’s not a product that is produced locally.

I find it very interesting, the similarities between food and fashion, organic food and organic cotton.

The main thing those two areas have in common is the pesticides. Any food or fibre like cotton that has been grown organically has been grown without the use of toxic chemical pesticides. People often understand the implications of pesticides in food more easily – by eating organically they avoid possibly ingesting something which is, simply, designed to kill. Clothing kind of takes it to a next step as its more down to the health of the people that grow the cotton in the first instance. But of course, when the pesticide are sprayed in the fields the wind transport these pesticides all over the planet literally and it can affect all of us.

So the Environmental Justice Foundation sells cotton bags, what other products does it sell? Does it sell clothes as well?

EJF has recently collaborated with Jade Jagger and the organic cotton bags are a limited edition. But our main range of products are the organic cotton t-shirts. EJF has developed the t-shirts collection with various fashion designers such as Betty Jackson, Giles Deacon, Christian Lacroix and many more who support our “Pick Your Cotton Carefully” campaign for environmental justice in the cotton industry. Every year we have more designers coming on board and the collection keeps growing! You can buy EJF t-shirts on our website, they are beautiful and there is a design for everyone.

So does the Environmental Justice Foundation focus on fashion, or does it do other things as well?

For nearly ten years EJF has run a number of major campaigns including action to resolve abuses and create ethical practice and environmental sustainability in cotton production, shrimp farming and fisheries. The NGO works to stop the devastating impacts of illegal fishing operators, prevent the use of unnecessary and dangerous pesticides and to secure vital international support for climate refugees.

So no, it doesn’t focus solely on fashion and cotton! We use t-shirts as a message board to raise awareness, funds and actions for all our campaigns which you can see films and read reports about on the website. You can find out more information about all EJF campaigns on the website:

Interview with Dan Bucknell, the man responsible for all those colourful elephants around central London!

Dan, can you tell us a little about Elephant Family, and how the idea for this campaign came about?

Elephant Family is the only UK charity dedicated solely and exclusively to saving the Asian elephant from extinction in the wild, while the Elephant Parade is all about raising awareness of the plight of the Asian elephant. Elephant Family has always looked for fun and novel ways of drawing people’s attention to this.

I was surprised that thousands of people had clearly made it their short term hobby to go around London locating all 258 elephants!

I have the general impression that those who have really taken the Elephant Parade to heart so enthusiastically have certainly taken on board the more important message, have signed the petition and will hopefully go on to be regular supporters of ours.

What will be done with the money and the petition?

The funds will be invested in our projects in Asia, the majority of which involve securing habitat – particularly wildlife corridors – for the endangered Asian elephant, as well as finding ways of reducing conflict between people and elephants. The petition will be used to demonstrate the level of support there is for Asian elephants around the world, making it easier for governments in particular to take the necessary action to save them. This could be anything from investing in conservation projects, designating protected areas, or changing and enforcing legislation to protect elephants etc.

How can people donate? Can they sign the petition online?

Both can be done online: and

And the question everyone wants to know the answer to....will there be more elephants visiting London or other cities again in future?

Elephant Parade is a unique event for each city in which it takes place. Therefore, while we will not be repeating the event in London, we are certainly looking to host future parades in other cities within the UK and beyond!

Affordable Organic Wine

Cono Sur organic wine benefits the environment, the consumer and the vineyards’ workers. They use geese, sheep, insects and plants to regulate the vines instead of pesticides, and all vineyard workers travel around on bikes.