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Word up

We have piloted our zero waste hopes and dreams with the local population. The people of Bexhill, St Leonards and Hastings welcomed us with open arms, well mostly! Our stall has proved an excellent platform when gauging what you guys want and if you’re ready to embrace the zero waste lifestyle, or perhaps give your current efforts a bit of a boost.

It was incredibly encouraging to find so many of you felt the same as us! Fed up of everything being smothered in plastic and being offered little or no choice about it. Well we are here, local people, for our local community, to offer you a local choice!

We have used our stall as a vehicle to spread our message, through offering our zero waste alternatives such as bamboo toothbrushes and shampoo bars, with the ambition for the future of being able to offer unpackaged food supplies.

We started off in Bexhill at the Shining lights Christmas event. Despite our positioning not being the best, on the edge of the market and it being a very brisk dark evening, you still came! You came, you bought, you chatted and you inspired us. Many of you stocked up on a Joco Cup for loved ones at Christmas, bamboo toothbrushes were also a massive hit. The shampoo bar was so popular we ordered a further two variations for our next stall.

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Our stall all set up at the Shinning Lights event

From there we headed up the coast to Hastings Old Town, where we were hosted by the wonderful Lisa at The Clockwork Crow. For any of you that haven’t been, you must! The Crow is full to the brim with weird and wonderful eclectic home-wares, from embroidered Hungarian linen to brightly coloured chapati rollers! We participated in the Cave market, situated at the rear of the shop. The quirky space really worked for us, and you! We again had an incredibly successful day – most importantly engaging with you, hearing your zero waste wants and needs and absorbing them.

We are also loving networking with local people and business’, it was at the cave market where we met the lovely Deborah Latter and bought a piece of artwork by her daughter @watercolourquotes_ , who has used art as a form of therapy whilst going through difficult times. The larger than life Amanda Mackay from Stargazy also made our day, in between selling her stunning handmade jewels and playing DJ!

 

This lead us to our most recent event, our pop up shop over 2 days in the vibrant SAMLI. A newly established coffee and cuts venue in St Leonards. Once again the conversations with the local people filled us with joy, busy people stopped in and engaged with us, for which we are truly grateful, (rest assured we definitely did a little jig after each of you left). Our coffee samples were an absolute winner, loads of people loving the try before you buy.

After spending this time amongst the community we are invigorated to continue our journey and help support you with yours. In the words of the wise one, Sir David Attenborough “Real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics.”

Please continue to follow our journey and share it with us. Be part of the change.

You have a choice.

George

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Only Smarties have the answer

We seem to have established a love / hate relationship with beach waste.

Obviously we wholeheartedly hate the massive and many negative effects of all types or water pollution. But when we have our beach combing ‘hats’ on, rather than our ‘environmentalist’ / decent human being one, we actually love some of the junk we find too.

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As a family we have turned beachcombing into a fun activity, something we look forward to doing, together. There is a thrill that goes with not knowing what strange and obscure items we may find today. Not only are we doing a good deed but we are surrounded by such beautiful and diverse beaches throughout our East Sussex coastline. The fresh, often brisk sea air has magical effects upon the soul and often the only tool for waring out small people, full of energy and intrigue.

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One thing that we do love to find are Smarties lids.

We are nerds. We’re not ashamed to say it! We actually research our Smarties lids. Interestingly, from the features of a tiny Smarties lid you can with some minimal effort pinpoint the era it was produced and even where it may have come from.

In recent months we have found 2 lids.

‘m’ lid : Definitely produced before 90’s due to the take over of smarties, from Rowntrees to Nestle. Due to the ‘m’ being lower case, the font used and the shape and positioning of the tab we believe this lid was from between 1960 and 1980. Which means it’s been on the beach or floating around in the sea for at least 30 years possibly up to 60 years!

‘E’ lid : We have been unable to date, due to the fact that on the ‘upside’ of the lid there is no branding – This suggests it’s not from the UK, but elsewhere in Europe. Another distinguishing feature is that the ‘E’ is not in-line with the tab. Well traveled! …..guess only Smarties have the answer on that one.

On reflecting about why we find something so trivial so interesting I think perhaps the correlation between the effects of marketing and packaging upon society are an interesting topic and directly relate to the zero waste movement. We’ll save that for another day.

Finally we feel it is needless to say we fully understand that water pollution is no matter to be taken lightly with studies showing that1 in 3 people on the planet don’t have a decent toilet. 1 in 9 don’t have clean water close to home (wateraid.org) We currently support an international water treatment programme through sourcing our products through eco-conscious suppliers such as Hydrophil and hopefully more soon.

Our mission to reduce the plastic consumption of our local towns is true and real. We hope you will support us in our endeavours.

Warmest of regards

George