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[Cross over with the Rubbish Walks blog]

Every so often a company catches my attention with its fantastic eco ethos and makes me want to shout about it from the rooftops.  This past weekend during my visit to Top Drawer London I came across not one but two such companies.

The first is Weaver Green, a company that weaves rugs, blankets, and handbags out of plastic bottles. This is a great way to recycle waste, and the designs they’ve developed are stylish and stunning. Not only is the material recycled, the company also keeps an eye on their carbon footprint and will soon be switching to vegan leather for their handbags. If the provenance of your homewares is important to you, this company is certainly worth checking out.

The other product is more whimsical in nature, asking the question “What if socks could change the world?”  The appropriately named Stand4 Socks creates fun sock designs, each of which supports a United Nations Global Goal. These include topics like education, gender equality, planting trees and supporting vaccines.  If you’re like my brother-in-law (hi, Ben!) and have developed an addiction to socks in funky colours and designs, these are for you.

When it comes to purchases and products, everyone knows the 3 Rs—Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle—and I would argue that there’s another that should be included: Rethink. Do you even need it? Is it hard wearing and of decent quality—or will it need to be replaced soon? Can it be repaired if it breaks? The battle to reduce waste shouldn’t be about depriving ourselves, but rather reconsidering how we go about our lives and making choices that help us live a little more lightly on the planet.

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