Swim Better

Swim wear made of recycled materials is now very much A Thing.

It makes sense – if you love the sea, the ocean and the beach, you’ll care about keeping it clean. It was a logical step to consider recycling plastics that could otherwise end up in the sea and making it into swimwear.

If you are dreaming of summer holidays or need to replace your swimmies for the local pool, consider making a purchase that helps the planet at the same time.

If you’re looking to buy from the UK then try Batoko, “a small independent swimwear brand based on the North West coast of England.” They create fun, bright swim suits with a flattering cut. Very reasonably priced at around the £40 price point.

Lilput and Felix are based in Essex and offer a range of different styles, their current collection has a ‘modern vintage’ theme. Priced around £150-£200 for a swimsuit. Also has a sale section!

London based Riz Board Shorts ” are crafted from Eco-Friendly 100% recycled and recyclable fabric”. They offer a range of designs, mostly just under £100.

If you know of any more UK based brands for recycled swimwear then do let me know!

For international shoppers, check out this page of 30 eco-friendly swimwear brands on the Conscious Fashion website.

The Odd Satisfaction of Collections

There is a fascination and compulsion in photographs of ordered collections.

Two people highlighting the environmental impact of the things we throw away:

Stuart Haygarth’s walked the length of the English South Coast and photographed the flotsam he found, organised by colour. Read an article about it in the Guardian (published April 2016) or purchase his book ‘Strand.’

I encountered a beautiful chandelier made by Stuart Haygarth at the Usher Gallery in Lincoln, made entirely of white plastic found on the beach. The picture below is from the milomade website.

Also posting about beach finds is the Lego Lost at Sea account on Twitter, who is locating some of the 5 million plastic bricks lost from a container ship in 1997.

Daniel Webb kept all of his plastic waste for a year, read about it in the Metro (published October 2018)

Life as Art:

Artist YellowYellow has developed a love for his favourite colour adn turned his life into a work of art. View his video on YouTube’s Archipel channel (posted September 2016).


Zero Waste Daniel – Brooklyn designer turns waste scrap fabric into high fashion

Daniel Silverstein looked at what was around him and used his creativity and talent to make a difference (and some nifty clothes. )  As well as being an artist and inspiration, he is reducing landfill and creating jobs, nurturing talent and creating community cohesion through his shop.

Visit Daniel’s webpage zerowastedaniel.com // Twitter @ZeroWasteDaniel // Facebook @ZeroWasteDaniel

Persilles Hjemmedyrk

This is a post that Colin Beavan put on his Facebook page on 7th July 2014:

“This story is amazing!!

A few days back, I asked friends and fans to tell me their stories of how small actions led to big changes in their lives. I reached out privately for more details to some, including Persille. She gave me permission to share her note with you:

I grow all kinds of kitchen scraps that grow entirely out again in just pots with soil in. No fertilizer or such is needed and you can do it year round.

I began regrowing the small root-part from spring onions. They grow out really fast, most of them are fully grown in about a week. My record thus far is eating the same spring onions 11 times and getting them to flower and produce seeds for further germination.

I also regrow cabbage, salad, carrots, cellery, fennel, turmeric, ginger, beets, leeks, onions and even scraps like seeds from lemon and oranges and the stones from avocados and dates are growing in my apartment, even though they can’t really produce any fruit in my neck of the Woods.

I live in Copenhagen, Denmark. My start out point is having anxiety, stress and depression. It’s kind of a long story, but in the end I ended up dumpster diving, in part because I was broke, but also because the sheer industrial waste was killing me emotionally. Also I felt like garbage myself, so dumpster diving was right up my alley.

The financial crisis hit pretty hard here in Denmark and more and more people started dumpster diving. They sometimes even fought over the trash, so I held back and often times came to a dumpster that only had really withered or rotten vegetables in them. That´s when I began experimenting with planting the root-part – and it worked.

I am still a poor person, I still have some degree of anxiety and tendencies toward depression, but the planting of garbage has become my passion and it has just grown and grown in ways I could not possibly have imagined. And it has reduced my feeling of being garbage myself.
At the moment I have almost 3000 followers on Facebook which is quite a lot for a Danish page.

I am in contact with all kinds of people all over Scandinavia, they have begun experimenting with regrowing and they are, as I was, so surprised that it actually works.

Last fall, one of the largest chain of food-stores in Denmark threw out all the seed-packets they had, even though they were still good for another year. Divers all over the country found them and sent them to me and so I hosted a homegrower-award show in my apartment and put it on Youtube. Everyone was a Winner and I sent out the seeds along with home grower-certificats that I had made. I had some musicians come over and play sustainable jazz and we had a blast!

I have tried communicating this thing of growing your own produce no matter how and where you live. And I am still at it. I’ve made music about it, paintings, Facebook posts, Powerpoint presentations and much more. Actually I am writing you from a house where I’m house sitting for a week to finish writing a book about it.”

This is the webpage for Persilles in Danish: www.persilleshjemmedyrk.dk

Or click here to see it translated through Google translate.