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FIVE MUST-HAVES FOR A SUSTAINABLE SUMMER
REFILLABLE HAND SANITISER
Now that we’re all in the habit of using hand sanitiser regularly, it’s time to ditch the plastic bottles. This little glass bottle of hand sanitiser contains more than 350 sprays of sanitiser, which kills 99.99 percent of bacteria, and smells divine. Refills are available. Charlotte’s floral hand sanitiser spray, £5.99 Purdy and Figg at The Yorkshire Refill Company
These classic wayfarer-inspired sunglasses are made with a combination of wood (with a beautiful natural grain) and recycled ocean plastic acetate. You can choose your lens colour too – we like this gold chrome finish. O’ahu sunglasses, £49.95 Bear Essentials
This reef-safe sunscreen is water resistant and offers high protections from UVA and UVB. The recyclable aluminium container can be refilled, and it’s suitable for use on sensitive skin. Win, win. Mineral sunscreen SPF50, £15 Sett at The Bishy Weigh, York
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If you’re packing a picnic for a sunny afternoon, ditch the cling film and try a reusable beeswax wrap. They’re handmade using 100 percent cotton, local beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. Beeswax wrap sandwich pack, £12 Bumble Wrap at Jarfull, Harrogate
ECO FESTIVAL FASHION
Hitting a festival this summer? This biodegradable glitter means you can sparkle sustainably – it’s plant-based, vegan, cruelty-free and biodegrades in the natural environment. From £6 Eco Stardust
MORPETH’S NEW ECO STORE
Refill store Eco Morpeth has moved down the street into what was formerly Boots, and is now known as The Market Place Morpeth. It’s a ‘refillery and café’, so you can sit down and enjoy a superfood latte before browsing all things sustainable living, from household staples to locally-sourced gifts and goodies.
Open now, 1–2 Market Place West, Morpeth
UPGRADE YOUR WARDROBE THE SUSTAINABLE WAY
Headingley’s Trad Collective offer re-worked, vintage and pre-loved clothes, and they’ve teamed up with Made Once Creations to host some embroidery workshops so you can rework your own clothes, giving them a new lease of life. Check out their Instagram for details.
7th and 21st July at Trad Collective, Headingley
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SLOW DOWN CLOTHES SWAP
Tynemouth’s Buy the Kilo are hosting their first ‘slow fashion’ event on 24th July, helping you say no to fast fashion. There’ll be a clothes swap, vintage stalls, textiles workshops and local makers. Get your tickets from the shop.
24th July at The Exchange, North Shields, hosted by Buy the Kilo, Tynemouth