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‘Setting standards for sustainable periods.’ Pads and tampons are inherently bar for the environment, they are a signal use, non recyclable material that don’t break down. The application of a tampon is more often then not made from plastic, as is its wrapping and the same goes for a pad. Periods are something a women […]

Grind is ‘The planets favourite coffee pods’. Grind have thought from top to bottom when it comes to their brand. 29,000 coffee pods end up in landfill every minute. On their website they have a stopwatch which is counting how many plastic and aluminium coffee pods are going into landfill since you clicked on their […]

Who Gives A Crap is a UK based company that sells toilet paper which is wrapped in funky, quirky wrapping paper. The company started out because a group of people found out the 2.4 billion people don’t have access to a toilet (which is now 2 billion thanks to their progress). There are roughly 289,000 […]

DASHs aim in to help fight food waste, ‘we judge on taste not looks’, who lie being healthy with no calories, sweeteners or sugar. In the UK alone up to 40% of fruit and veg go to waste. They are trying to prove that it doesn’t matter what things may look like on the outside, […]

Finisterre wanted to solve the problem of old wetsuits and what we do with them, as they are either in the corner of peoples garage or shed somewhere unused for years, or they’re in landfill not breaking down. The UK alone creates 380 tonnes of wetsuits which end up in landfill. The issue with wetsuits […]

Wood Leather or Leather Wood, is a low impact vegan alternative to real leather and looks incredibly similar. Although made from wood, it has the flexibility of fabric and is soft and very durable. It is created using thin sheets of wood, they are glued together and micro lasers etch the surface to create the […]

The meat industry is one of the biggest contributors to warming. It has had such a harmful impact on climate change ‘roughly equivalent to all the driving and flying of every car, truck and plane in the world’ – Greenpeace, which is quite a terrifying fact. It is detrimental to the forests and is a […]

Being sustainable means that something is able to be maintained at a certain rate or level. No material has an eternal life as the function it is needed to be, therefore I don’t believe it can truly be seen as a sustainable material as it doesn’t meet the criteria of being sustainable. Sustainable materials mean […]

The circular economy in theory is a great system, but only in theory. The circular economy is essentially flawed – the circular economy’s central framework is that they want to design out waste – but in life there’s always waste. You can only recycle things so many times before they end up in the ocean […]

Clay Plaster is an ubiquitous material. It is a type of plaster which uses clay, along with natural fibres as its binding element. These natural fibres include: sand, straw, wheat paste, lime, clay, pigment and water. Clay has natural earthy tones, so people who use it, often in their homes, don’t treat or paint it. […]


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