Explaining Fairtrade: videos

Fairtrade Fashion:

Unravelling the Thread: The Story of Cotton

We are excited to share our brand new film which explores where cotton comes from and some of the difficulties faced along the supply chain.

This 12 minute film helps young people understand the impacts of fast fashion and highlights the difference consumers can make to people’s lives through their buying choices

Five children from Berlin did the unthinkable: They approached international fashion brands voluntarily to ask for a job. Why? Millions of children work in the textile supply chains worldwide. What is commonplace in the developing countries of the world often seems unimaginable in our society.
Fashion Revolution Brazil set up a Fashion Experience: The Other Side in São Paulo. Shoppers went into a shipping container, expecting to find a cheap clothing store inside, but the reality was very different.
Millions of people make our clothes. Too many live in poverty, exploitation or danger. We can change that. Join the #FashionRevolution and demand a fair, safe and more transparent industry.
Inspiring us all to need less and love forever, Fashion Revolution's short film looks at mass production, consumerism and the tragedy of modern-day landfills, to remind us that small individual actions can have a lasting effect #LovedClothesLast www.fashionrevolution.org Directed by Balthazar Klarwein, produced by Feel Films, and starring Angelina Jesson.
Fashion isn't always as it seems. A few famous faces put a different perspective on a global issue.
View full post: http://www.onlinemba.com/blog/business-of-fast-fashion 'Fast Fashion' refers to clothing and accessories that are designed to reflect current industry trends, yet produced using less expensive materials to ensure a low price tag. The Fast Fashion trend has also led to environmental concerns.

Food & Soul event (free) at Green Room Sat. 10 Feb

Free drop in session provides an opportunity to explore, 
“nourishing the body, nourishing the soul", do we know the score? Bring along friends and let's share over a free cuppa - All Welcome
Venue: Sussed - Green room... upstairs cafe area
4-5 James street, Porthcawl, CF36 3BG
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University are a registered charity, providing free of charge talks, workshops, retreats and courses in meditation and related subjects. www.brahmakumaris.org/uk
Registered Charity 269971: Contact Amita 07940 953239

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SUSSED responds to the growing issue of plastic waste

A number of SUSSED's goods and gifts are made from recycled products – plastic bottles and recycled cottons - see below our NEW carpets, cushions, socks. (Biodegradable washing up and laundry liquids have been available to refill your old container for some time).

Super soft socks made from recycled plastic bottles:

 Mega fluffy!

Mega fluffy!

WOMEN’S MEGA FLUFFY SOCKS from £4.99 a pair

Recycled Polyester Socks by THOUGHT Size 4-7    

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These fluffy recycled socks were once plastic bottles! Perfect with wellies or for cosying up at home. 98% recycled polyester 2% spandex.

If all the plastic bottles that are not collected for recycling in the UK each year were placed end to end, they would go around the world 31 times.


Amazing Indoor/Outdoor Rugs - 100% PET yarn from recycled plastic bottles!

 Easy to clean

Easy to clean

When the first samples arrived of these soft and beautiful rugs, we simply could not believe that they were made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. They are indistinguishable from wool kilims. They are made by a clever process that breaks the bottles down into super-fine fibres that can then be spun into thread and yarn. Super versatile, these rugs can be used indoors or on balconies, decking or even as picnic rugs.

They are resistant to sunlight fading and can be easily washed clean with a hosepipe and dry in minutes. By helping to create a market for the recycling of plastic bottles and avoid them going into landfill or becoming litter this is a good thing for the environment. Recycling takes energy too but studies have shown that the overall environmental effect is very positive. If collecting the bottles provides some form of employment for street kids in India then that is also a positive outcome. 75cms x 135cms

 Cotton recycled

Cotton recycled

Braided cotton recycled chindi rag rugs 90cms X 150cms £28.00 (matching cushions also available)

REDUCE AND REUSE – is the mantra, let’s have a circular economy.  Our traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) isn’t working. Resources need keeping in use for as long as possible, obtaining the maximum value by recovering and regenerating into new products.

Indian Rag Rug 60cmsx 90cms £12.99

This heavyweight rag rug is thicker and heavier than our other cotton rugs and features multi-colour top stitching. It is made from 100% recycled cotton, the discarded cotton clothing is washed, dyed and woven into these colourful rugs. Available in 4 colours, blue, brown, green & red.

Sustainable Wales, our sister charity who founded SUSSED:
For regular news on these topics follow Sustainable Wales on facebook we also produce a daily round of news on our site and twitter feed.

Is the government getting it?

A plastic - free aisle in supermarkets is the government’s offer to reducing plastic waste – but serious encouragement is needed to close the loop in all processes creating long-lasting design, for maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, and then recycling.
Britain discards 2.5 BILLION coffee cups every single year, worse still just 1% end up getting recycled. And Costa gets almost half of all our spending in chain coffee shops across the UK, so its contributions to this waste are huge.

Nearly 1m tonnes every year: supermarkets shamed for plastic packaging (read the Guardian exclusive)

 Recent headlines

Recent headlines

GREENPEACE say that right now an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in our oceans each year. That’s a truck load of rubbish a minute...

The government's environmental watchdog, the EAC (Environmental Audit Committee*) have today released a report recommending that a 25p charge is added to hot drinks served in disposable takeaway cups. This is a good thing for our oceans. 

First pop up Café of 2018 - 27th Jan



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Our community-run café serves lush homemade bread, soups, cakes and savouries all at reasonable prices. Our volunteer bakers aim to use mainly fairtrade and local ingredients offering both savoury and sweet dishes for morning coffee, lunch and tea.

So please join us, and sample our rich coffee, refreshing tea, luxurious hot chocolate, chilled cola, fun fruit spritzers and taste our tantalizing cakes, soups, sarnies and snacks.

(Funds go to support Sustainable Wales).

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