https://uk.buymeonce.com/pages/blog-feed BuyMeOnce UK - Articles & Tips 2019-04-15T21:47:00+0100 BuyMeOnce UK https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-04-15T21:47:00+0100 2019-04-15T21:47:00+0100 Ten Easy Habits to Help Save the Planet Jana Pleyto


The Earth. Our one and only home. More than 7.7 billion people live in this one place, yet we’re slowly depleting its resources and polluting our only habitat. While we may think we can’t do anything, we definitely can make a difference with this list of ten simple habits that we can integrate into our daily lives.    1.   BYO container, bottle, bag Make it a habit to bring your own coffee cup, water bottle or even shopping bag with you on a daily basis. This simple step will ensure that you’re not going to say yes to a single use plastic bag, a plastic bottle or to a takeaway coffee cup that will just end in landfill. Single use plastics clog up landfills and potentially can end up in oceans, where they will stay for centuries to come, thanks to their non-biodegradable properties. 2.  Reusable and energy efficient alternatives Replace single use items in your life with reusable options. Here at BuyMeOnce, we stock items from period pads, cups, straws and even food wraps. Consider energy efficient alternatives such as  this LED lighting by Plumen, which consume up to 90% less power than normal light bulbs. 3. Buy Local Why buy local products? Not only will it save the planet by requiring less transportation,...]]>

The Earth. Our one and only home. More than 7.7 billion people live in this one place, yet we’re slowly depleting its resources and polluting our only habitat. While we may think we can’t do anything, we definitely can make a difference with this list of ten simple habits that we can integrate into our daily lives. 

  1.   BYO container, bottle, bag

Make it a habit to bring your own coffee cupwater bottle or even shopping bag with you on a daily basis. This simple step will ensure that you’re not going to say yes to a single use plastic bag, a plastic bottle or to a takeaway coffee cup that will just end in landfill. Single use plastics clog up landfills and potentially can end up in oceans, where they will stay for centuries to come, thanks to their non-biodegradable properties.

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2.  Reusable and energy efficient alternatives

Replace single use items in your life with reusable options. Here at BuyMeOnce, we stock items from period padscupsstraws and even food wraps. Consider energy efficient alternatives such as  this LED lighting by Plumen, which consume up to 90% less power than normal light bulbs.

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3. Buy Local

Why buy local products? Not only will it save the planet by requiring less transportation, but buying local will ensure that you’re supporting small, independent businesses that give back to the community by providing local jobs and boosting the local economy.

4. Go paperless

Opt out of unnecessary printouts by going paperless and choosing electronic options. From bills, receipts, to boarding passes, choose to save them on your phone or have them sent to your email address instead of mail or printouts. Also opt out of unnecessary junk mail and catalogues by posting a no junk mail or post no bill sign above your mailbox, or you can do so electronically through these databases.

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5. Recycle, recycle, recycle

Cardboard boxes, paper, metal cans, plastic bottles – instead of throwing them away with your trash, make sure to segregate them and recycle. Read up on what you can recycle in your local facility, and make sure that your recyclables are rinsed and devoid of any food particles which could contaminate other items.

6. Consider secondhand

We’re firm believers in purchasing durable, long lasting items that can be patched up and repaired if they ever break apart. We’re also big believers in keeping an eye out for these tried and trusted brands in secondhand in thrift shops and online auction sites. Purchasing secondhand gives old products a new lease in life, and diverts items that are otherwise still usable from the landfill.

7. Use rechargeable batteries

Remote controls, toys, even your computer mouse – some still require batteries. Make the switch to rechargeable batteries for your household or office, such as this range by Eneloop.

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8. Turn it off

We’ve all heard our parents saying it growing up. Turn off lights that we’re not using, turn off running water while brushing your teeth, and unplug appliances if they’re not being used, or if you’re going away on vacation. Appliances still draw power even when they’re plugged in and not turned on, and that includes chargers without devices attached to them. A Schneider Electric survey estimates that 77 million appliances are left on or on standby in UK households, and families could save up to £100 a year if they address these ‘phantom loads’. Combatting this scary factor can be as easy as purchasing a strip switch and turning it off at the source when you’re going away or leaving the room.

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9. Save your leftovers

WRAP estimated that in 2015 alone, British households threw away more than 7 million tonnes of food waste. Food waste costs consumers and businesses money, not to mention the valuable wasted resources in a world where nearly one billion people are starving. With the right amount of preparation though, food waste can be a thing of the past. Plan ahead before going grocery shopping, store food properly, utilise your freezer and make sure you use up what you already have before going out to shop. Unused items in your fridge can be used for casseroles, stir-fries and salads, and the internet can be your trustworthy resource in finding creative ways to cook them. Know the difference as well between the terms ‘use-by’, ‘sell-by’ and ‘best-before’, and if you’re in restaurants, don’t be shy to ask for your leftovers to be packed for you to take home. Even better, make sure you get them to pack it in your reusable container.

10. Use that solar power

We’ve worshipped this star full of hot gas for millenniums. Without the sun, life on earth wouldn’t be possible. This infinite energy resource will always be around, yet we often take it for granted and forget to tap on its many uses. Harness the power of the sun and use it for drying clothes instead of using a dryer, which is one of the most wasteful appliances in a household after dishwashers and refrigerators. Look at purchasing outdoor equipment that uses solar power such as portable chargers or outdoor lamps. Consider making the switch to solar panels for your household, which can save you thousands of dollars in the long term.

 

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Be a leader and encourage and inspire others to do so as well. Share your thoughts and other tips with everyone around you. Collectively, we can help save our Mother Earth and prevent further damage.

Jana Pleyto now calls New York home, but before that, she grew up in minimalistic, sustainable households in Melbourne and London. 'Mindful curation' may not have been a phrase then but it turns out she’s been living it all her life! She loves her KeepCup, GIR tools and Swedish Stockings, and she is Head of Brand Operations for BuyMeOnce USA.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-04-02T05:00:00+0100 2019-04-02T05:00:00+0100 Introducing Loop: The grocery delivery service of the future BuyMeOnce UK


Loop, the grocery delivery service of the future is launching in the US and France this year and plans to redesign the way we shop with their reusable packaging. It’s a revolution with some big names on board, including Unilever and Nestle, shipping your everyday products to your door in packaging designed to last 100 uses. Once you’re finished with the container you put it back in a delivery bag on your doorstep where it’s picked up and the same products are sent to you again automatically. It’s the first subscription model that manages itself whilst also making big steps in reducing the amount of packaging in landfill. We chatted exclusively to Loop’s founder Tom Szaky about the ins and outs of the business model and their future plans. How long has this idea been in the pipeline and how did it come about? Tom Szaky: The conversation began at the World Economic Forum in 2017 between myself and several of the Loop founding partners. It took quite a bit of effort to get the founding partners on board: (PG, Unilever, Nestle, Mars and PepsiCo) as the model requires a major investment of money, time and other resources. Once these companies...]]>
Loop, the grocery delivery service of the future is launching in the US and France this year and plans to redesign the way we shop with their reusable packaging. It’s a revolution with some big names on board, including Unilever and Nestle, shipping your everyday products to your door in packaging designed to last 100 uses. Once you’re finished with the container you put it back in a delivery bag on your doorstep where it’s picked up and the same products are sent to you again automatically. It’s the first subscription model that manages itself whilst also making big steps in reducing the amount of packaging in landfill. We chatted exclusively to Loop’s founder Tom Szaky about the ins and outs of the business model and their future plans.

How long has this idea been in the pipeline and how did it come about?

Tom Szaky: The conversation began at the World Economic Forum in 2017 between myself and several of the Loop founding partners. It took quite a bit of effort to get the founding partners on board: (PG, Unilever, Nestle, Mars and PepsiCo) as the model requires a major investment of money, time and other resources. Once these companies joined, they set the stage, and since then it has been surprisingly easy to bring partners on board.

What does success look like?

TS: Success is that consumers like Loop and stay with it, which in turn means the brand partners stay with it.

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Loop's model

What’s the biggest challenge with your model? 

TS: The biggest challenge with this model is getting consumers to change the way they access the products they love. They need to act, think and buy differently

Do you have any sense of the scale of impact you could have on waste/emissions if you’re successful?

TS: Various Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) prove that a reuse model via Loop is more environmentally friendly than current disposable models. Creating a durable (or ‘reusable’) container uses more energy and resources than creating a disposable (or ‘single-use’) container. However, over time, the reusable container has a lower environmental and economic cost as it does not need to be remanufactured on every use; instead, it is transported and cleaned (a much lower environmental and economic cost).

What will you do with the metal containers if they become dented and too battered to be reused?

TS: Durability varies by package and it is determined by the brand when the package is taken out of circulation and recycled. The exact number of times is dependent on specific packaging.

What is the delivery time between ordering products and their arrival at your door?

TS: The target for turnaround is two days.

Can you easily change your order? For example, if you have used your shampoo up but don’t want a replenished pot straight away, would it be easy to cancel its redelivery?

TS: Loop brings to the market a new subscription model – subscription based on consumption. Since the empty packages are returned to Loop, we are aware of consumers’ consumption rates and replenish only when they have finished the product. However, a consumer can easily manually change an order to either add a delivery or cancel one. When ordering a product, the customer will have the option to request that the product is fulfilled only one time instead of automatically replenished. This would be the case if the consumer sets the product as “Don’t auto-refill when returned”.

When do you launch in the UK?

TS: We expect Loop to launch in the UK late Q3 in 2019

It’s the small things that make a big difference to the environment, and getting weekly products in reusable packaging has the potential to have huge positive effects in the fight against climate change.

We want to know: will you be signing up to Loop?

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-04-01T08:36:00+0100 2019-04-01T08:36:00+0100 Apple plans eco "Everlasting" iPhone Tara Button


Leaks from the usually highly secretive tech giant have the environmental community excited! The new iPhone tipped to launch in 2020/21 is a complete overhaul of traditional design. No longer will we have to replace our phones every couple of years as Apple has something truly future-proof up its sleeve. Could this be the first iPhone worthy of the BuyMeOnce badge? The Everlasting Phone Features Space to Spare In the past, phones have slowed down as we are forced to upload new operating systems. The new “iPhone Hydra”, named apparently after an immortal aquatic animal which constantly regenerates, will be different. The modular design allows for easy upgrades of both space and processing speed. You can even upgrade the camera, meaning no need for a whole new phone. They may have got inspiration from the Fairphone who pioneered this approach.   Batteries Included The battery in an iPhone is usually the first thing to cause trouble. At the moment, a battery upgrade at an Apple shop costs a whopping £65, meaning that many are tempted simply to trade their phone in for the next model. Hydra’s batteries are not only far more resistant to deterioration it will be easily changeable...]]>
Leaks from the usually highly secretive tech giant have the environmental community excited! The new iPhone tipped to launch in 2020/21 is a complete overhaul of traditional design.

No longer will we have to replace our phones every couple of years as Apple has something truly future-proof up its sleeve. Could this be the first iPhone worthy of the BuyMeOnce badge?

The Everlasting Phone Features

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Space to Spare

In the past, phones have slowed down as we are forced to upload new operating systems. The new “iPhone Hydra”, named apparently after an immortal aquatic animal which constantly regenerates, will be different. The modular design allows for easy upgrades of both space and processing speed. You can even upgrade the camera, meaning no need for a whole new phone. They may have got inspiration from the Fairphone who pioneered this approach.

 

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Batteries Included

The battery in an iPhone is usually the first thing to cause trouble. At the moment, a battery upgrade at an Apple shop costs a whopping £65, meaning that many are tempted simply to trade their phone in for the next model. Hydra’s batteries are not only far more resistant to deterioration it will be easily changeable and recyclable with a free-post envelope to recycle your old battery arriving with the purchase of any new one.  

 

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Waterproof and Shatterproof (unlike last time)

Apple made some bold claims about their latest phones, iPhone X and X Max being “The strongest glass ever” but customers soon complained that the glass was still very susceptible to breaking and the price for repairs for both back and front glass was astronomical!

With Hydra, the protective accessories we are usually forced to buy separately and change with every new phone are inbuilt in the frame design. Shock absorption, a protective screen coating and easy home repair come as standard.

The phone is also Waterproof to “oops I scuba dived with my iPhone” level.


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Here Comes the Sun

Solar panels on the back mean you never have to deal with battery anxiety or buy another soon-frayed charging cable ever again. Half an hour on a windowsill or just two minutes in Donald Trump’s sunbed is enough for a full charge.

 

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My Precious Metals

Most impressively, this phone will use precious metals and materials that have been reclaimed from old iPhones.

Tim Cook himself will come to your house and collect your old iPhone 4 from your bedside drawer and Tim Apple, the fictional Apple CEO that Donald Trump has made up, will have the job of going to all the trash heaps of the world and rescuing the discarded phones (One billion sold since 2007) from the potato peelings and dirty diapers.

 

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If only this could happen! Sadly we are still in the world of £65 battery upgrades and planned obsolescence.  

We are all the April Fools if we don’t demand change in the way companies make products and dispose of them.

Share this article if you believe that Apple and other tech companies need to do more to tackle the millions of tons of waste (over 1000 Titanic’s worth) they produce every year.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-03-29T19:18:00+0000 2019-03-29T19:18:00+0000 How to Throw a Zero Waste Easter Gathering Jana Pleyto


Easter conjures up thoughts of Easter bunnies, mounds of chocolate, plastic eggs filled with plastic toys, and social gatherings. We love Easter and the celebrations that come with it, whether rooted in religion or just a chance to hang out with loved ones in the spring sunshine. However, Easter is now also associated with over consumption of the material kind. Children are linking Easter with excess consumption of chocolate and toys, and as written by our founder Tara Button, companies are turning children into new consumers with the advertising industry spending $17 billion to target them alone. Yet we still love to take a break this Easter and reflect on the upcoming year and enjoy the company of loved ones, albeit in a less wasteful setting. Whether you’re celebrating Easter this year with family, friends, or both, we have some handy solutions in ensuring that your Easter gathering is as zero waste as possible. For the children A zero waste Easter egg hunt is completely doable! Search local thrift shops or ask friends or family members for baskets that can be borrowed or reused after the festivities. Instead of buying plastic grass to line the baskets, opt for shredded paper...]]>
Easter conjures up thoughts of Easter bunnies, mounds of chocolate, plastic eggs filled with plastic toys, and social gatherings. We love Easter and the celebrations that come with it, whether rooted in religion or just a chance to hang out with loved ones in the spring sunshine. However, Easter is now also associated with over consumption of the material kind. Children are linking Easter with excess consumption of chocolate and toys, and as written by our founder Tara Button, companies are turning children into new consumers with the advertising industry spending $17 billion to target them alone.

Yet we still love to take a break this Easter and reflect on the upcoming year and enjoy the company of loved ones, albeit in a less wasteful setting. Whether you’re celebrating Easter this year with family, friends, or both, we have some handy solutions in ensuring that your Easter gathering is as zero waste as possible.

For the children

A zero waste Easter egg hunt is completely doable! Search local thrift shops or ask friends or family members for baskets that can be borrowed or reused after the festivities. Instead of buying plastic grass to line the baskets, opt for shredded paper or tissue paper that can be reused again. We’re also huge advocates of ditching the plastic eggs and going for real hard boiled eggs or responsibly sourced wooden eggs that will see you through future Easter festivities. With a little planning and researching, dyeing eggs using natural vegetable dye is a better alternative than paint kits, which may contain harmful toxins and fumes. Fill your wooden eggs up with non-plastic presents or even edibles such as trail mixes or candy purchased in bulk.  

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If you’re giving out chocolate eggs, opt for chocolates wrapped in foil instead of plastic packaging, as aluminum foil is recyclable. Just make sure to shake off any residual chocolate crumbs and wrap them all up in a ball before including them in your weekly recycling!  

If giving presents is part of your Easter tradition, we have a selection of tried and tested items that won’t break anytime soon. Small items such as Sprout Growing pencils tie in well with the idea of spring and new beginnings, or if you’re going big, this bike by Wishbone Design will see them throughout their formative years.

For the adults

Holding a gathering? We’re all up for ditching the single-use plastic cups and plates and using real glassware, cutlery and crockery. Duralex wine glasses and tumblers are a BuyMeOnce brand through and through, as they’re smash-resistant, making them great for entertaining.  If they do meet their end, they shatter safely, leaving no jagged edges that will endanger children and pets.

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Using real cutlery such as Robert Welch is a better alternative than plastic forks and knives, and if possible, use cloth napkins instead of disposable ones. There are even tutorials on how to fold a bunny napkin online. Go for reusable straws such as this silicone one and this aluminum one, or just skip them altogether!

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Serve your spread out on washable plates and dishes and forgo the tin trays if possible. Our range of tableware here has all our tried and tested brands such as Denby, Duralex and Schott Zwiesel. If you do eventually end up with yummy leftovers and would like your guests to bring them home, look for containers you may have lying around the house or do ask your guests beforehand to bring one. Move away from unnecessary cling wrap and use beeswax wraps instead, which are reusable and even smell great!  

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Decorations

Look no further than your backyard for Easter decorations! Spring foliage and fresh flowers make a nice addition to any Easter setting. Just make sure to compost them afterwards. If you’re using hard boiled eggs for your Easter egg hunt or just as decorations, their shells are fully compostable too!

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If you’re travelling out of town this Easter, we have written a zero waste guide on how to avoid the most common travelling pitfalls. We also have a myriad of zero waste articles for you to check for every single occasion you can think of!

 

Jana Pleyto now calls New York home, but before that, she grew up in minimalistic, sustainable households in Melbourne and London. 'Mindful curation' may not have been a phrase then but it turns out she’s been living it all her life! She loves her KeepCup, GIR tools and Swedish Stockings, and she is Head of Brand Operations for BuyMeOnce USA.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-03-15T18:26:00+0000 2019-03-15T18:26:00+0000 The Best Gifts for Babies: 10 High Quality, Ethical Ideas Georgie Crosswell


It can be difficult to know where to start looking for high quality baby gifts, especially as a conscious consumer. At BuyMeOnce we believe in purchasing durable, beautifully crafted products that will last a lifetime, and babies - even though they will outgrow their adorable tiny clothes, toys and accessories at a mind-boggling rate - are no exception. Considering the long-term life an item will have beyond one child is crucial because, after all, it’s the kids of today who will be growing up to face the consequences of overconsumption. You can read more about protecting your kids from consumerism and why it’s important here. The great news is that heirlooms make incredible gifts. Items that have been previously owned and loved carry a weight that money just can’t buy, so if a toy, teddy bear or piece of jewellery is truly timeless, of good quality and in good condition, it will be sure to make an amazing gift again and again. The list below contains ideas that are BuyMeOnce approved and guaranteed to last long enough for lots of little ones to enjoy. Think beautifully crafted accessories that can be passed down, gender neutral organic clothing that can survive...]]>
It can be difficult to know where to start looking for high quality baby gifts, especially as a conscious consumer. At BuyMeOnce we believe in purchasing durable, beautifully crafted products that will last a lifetime, and babies - even though they will outgrow their adorable tiny clothes, toys and accessories at a mind-boggling rate - are no exception.

Considering the long-term life an item will have beyond one child is crucial because, after all, it’s the kids of today who will be growing up to face the consequences of overconsumption. You can read more about protecting your kids from consumerism and why it’s important here.

The great news is that heirlooms make incredible gifts. Items that have been previously owned and loved carry a weight that money just can’t buy, so if a toy, teddy bear or piece of jewellery is truly timeless, of good quality and in good condition, it will be sure to make an amazing gift again and again.

The list below contains ideas that are BuyMeOnce approved and guaranteed to last long enough for lots of little ones to enjoy. Think beautifully crafted accessories that can be passed down, gender neutral organic clothing that can survive growth spurts and multiple siblings, gorgeous, tiny occasion wear crafted from repurposed vintage fabrics, and super soft baby blankets stylish enough to be used around the home when baby is all grown up.

  • 1. Sheepskin Bear Comforter, £63

  • Sheepskin has long been a traditional gift for babies, and for good reason. It’s durable, natural and tactile as well as soft and comforting, keeping them warm in winter and cool in summer. This flatout bear is perfect for newborns, crafted with sheepskin that is a natural by-product of the UK farming industry and shorn to baby-safe length. 

    2. ‘Growth-Spurt’ Organic Cotton Baby Leggings, £21

    These baby leggings are made from super soft organic cotton, with cuffs that can easily be folded over to keep them in use for longer. They’re gender neutral and come with an exceptional ten year guarantee exclusively for BuyMeOnce customers, so you can be sure they will last and be reused by lots of little ones.

    3. Wishbone Design Studio Flip, £119

    This one might have to wait until their first birthday, but it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Flip converts from a gentle rocker to a ride-on with the addition of wheels meaning it can grow along with the child, and is carefully designed to be repairable and refurbishable. A classic and timeless toy that can be enjoyed by generations.

    4.  Eco Splash All-In-One, £45

    It’s great to get little tots out adventuring in nature, as long as they’re safe, cosy and protected from the elements. This all in one suit is beautifully and consciously crafted using recycled plastic bottles and waterproof zips, with the addition of reflective prints to ensure full visibility.

    5. Baby Sun Protection Swimsuit, £42

    Encourage a budding baby adventurer with this sun protection swimsuit. Crafted from durable fabric that repurposes waste fishing nets and marine waste, the swimsuit offers factor 50+ sun protection to let little ones splash around in safety.

    6. Luxury Sheepskin Pushchair Liner, £86

    A truly timeless and luxurious gift, this pushchair liner provides the ultimate warmth and comfort for babies when they’re out and about. This piece is crafted in the UK with beautiful, sustainably sourced sheepskin shorn to baby-safe length.

    7. Handwoven Organic Cotton Baby Blanket, £39

    This beautiful blanket is a guaranteed hit with both baby and parents. With a classic yet contemporary design, the blanket is handwoven from GOTS certified organic cotton that will be beautifully soft and comforting on young skin.

    8. Mulberry Darling Dress, £55

    Investing in clothing for young children can be made a nightmare by growth spurts, and occasionwear gets worn even less frequently. This stunning dress is crafted from vintage repurposed cloth and comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you can be sure it will be looking as good as new for its next young wearer.

    9. Organic Baby Leggings and Crew Set, £49

    Gender neutral, super soft and eco-friendly from the ground up, this set of bottoms and crew neck top by Olen Organic is sure to keep them cosy. The whimsical print is a unique illustration by British artist Nick Fusedale, printed on using gentle, water-based inks.

    10. Sheepskin Baby Pram Shoes, £21

    These tiny, adorable booties are made from super soft and snuggly sheepskin.

     

    Head to the BuyMeOnce kids and babies gift section for more ideas.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-03-01T04:00:00+0000 2019-03-01T04:00:00+0000 Waste and Wages Top the Concerns of Conscious Consumers BuyMeOnce UK


    Data from a recent study shows that conscious consumers care almost equally about social and environmental issues. Findings show that these consumers want to see businesses making an effort to be both socially and environmentally responsible. Out of a list of 25 things they’d “like to see businesses do”, the group chose the following five actions as most the important: Reduce packaging waste – 71% Offer products that minimise environmental impact across life-cycle – 68% Offer products made without slave or child labour – 65% Reduce general waste – 64% Pay staff the Living Wage – 62% With the top five issues spanning social and environmental concerns, it suggests that consumers want to see businesses taking action in more than one way, reinforcing that the ethical and sustainable community is multi-dimensional and brands need to respond accordingly. Quite simply, banning plastic straws but making no further progress to eliminate plastic from elsewhere in your business is not going to satisfy values-led consumer groups.  The high-profile media attention on certain issues – including palm-oil in food, single-use plastics such as straws in the food and drink sector and sweatshops in fashion – might explain why some of these issues rank so...]]>
    Data from a recent study shows that conscious consumers care almost equally about social and environmental issues. Findings show that these consumers want to see businesses making an effort to be both socially and environmentally responsible.

    Out of a list of 25 things they’d “like to see businesses do”, the group chose the following five actions as most the important:

    • Reduce packaging waste – 71%
    • Offer products that minimise environmental impact across life-cycle – 68%
    • Offer products made without slave or child labour – 65%
    • Reduce general waste – 64%
    • Pay staff the Living Wage – 62%

    With the top five issues spanning social and environmental concerns, it suggests that consumers want to see businesses taking action in more than one way, reinforcing that the ethical and sustainable community is multi-dimensional and brands need to respond accordingly.

    Quite simply, banning plastic straws but making no further progress to eliminate plastic from elsewhere in your business is not going to satisfy values-led consumer groups. 

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    The high-profile media attention on certain issues – including palm-oil in food, single-use plastics such as straws in the food and drink sector and sweatshops in fashion – might explain why some of these issues rank so highly.

    Although the data comes from a small group, it undoubtedly shows the strong link between rising public awareness and understanding of issues to an increased demand for businesses to take action.

    Interestingly, Fairtrade, which has been in the public consciousness for much longer than plastic straws or the Living Wage, ranks down at ninth in the list with 56% of users saying it is one of the things they most want to see from businesses.

    Waste and Wages Top Concerns of Conscious Consumers

     

    To reflect the increasing consciousness, the team at CoGo are developing a mobile app that matches shoppers with brands by their shared ethical and sustainability priority areas. Businesses can be accredited for both good operational practice as well as for offering ethical and sustainable products. The vision is that eventually, convenience will no longer be a barrier to shopping ethically and sustainably, as the app will do the research for the consumer.

    Co-founder and CEO of CoGo, Ben Gleisner said;

    “Our app is the first of its kind to help people find businesses nearby that are taking action on a whole range of issues they care about. Whether you’re looking for a quick vegan bite, a cup of Fairtrade coffee or an upcycled handbag that will last a lifetime, you can search for it on CoGo – and feel good about the decision you’ve made.”

    The data on consumers priorities is not only used to match users with businesses that are already taking action, but it is also used to help businesses on the platform decide which new sustainable and ethical practice changes to prioritise.

    When users of the platform add their payment cards to their CoGo accounts, their technology is able to collate actual (anonymised) spending data and pair this against consumers values – making a compelling business case for why businesses should adopt more ethical and sustainable practices.

    CoGo is one of a number of tech solutions aiming to make it easier for the ethical community to live by their values. Let's hope that’s an indication that ethics and sustainability will only continue to creep up the agenda for both consumers and businesses.

    CoGo is a purpose-driven organisation with a unique technology platform and app that connects consumers and businesses based on their values. They believe in a new impact economy where all businesses are a force for good and all consumers can see the results of their decisions and the difference they make.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-02-18T10:18:00+0000 2019-02-18T10:18:00+0000 Care 101: Easy Tips For Keeping your Jewellery Heirloom Georgie Crosswell


    When it comes to tackling throwaway culture, bringing high quality, long lasting items into your life is only half the battle. Looking after those items properly is just as important, and that bit is entirely up to you. It seems like on average people are becoming less and less aware of basic ways to properly repair and maintain their possessions, but we believe that the key to a less throwaway world - and to a happier, healthier relationship with “stuff” - is to promote a culture of caring, both about the environment and the things we own. This article is all about jewellery. Whilst fine jewellery can be a wonderful investment to pass down to your grandchildren, it will only make it that far if you take basic steps to care and maintain it in the meantime. Below is a roundup of some basic ways to care for fine jewellery, from cleaning and storing to avoiding loss (because nobody wants to have to break it to grandma that you lost her mother’s necklace.) Avoid Chemicals like the Plague Life is too short to remove jewellery every time you clean the house or get ready to go out, but try to...]]>
    When it comes to tackling throwaway culture, bringing high quality, long lasting items into your life is only half the battle. Looking after those items properly is just as important, and that bit is entirely up to you. It seems like on average people are becoming less and less aware of basic ways to properly repair and maintain their possessions, but we believe that the key to a less throwaway world - and to a happier, healthier relationship with “stuff” - is to promote a culture of caring, both about the environment and the things we own.

    This article is all about jewellery. Whilst fine jewellery can be a wonderful investment to pass down to your grandchildren, it will only make it that far if you take basic steps to care and maintain it in the meantime. Below is a roundup of some basic ways to care for fine jewellery, from cleaning and storing to avoiding loss (because nobody wants to have to break it to grandma that you lost her mother’s necklace.)

    Avoid Chemicals like the Plague

    Life is too short to remove jewellery every time you clean the house or get ready to go out, but try to be hyper aware of where you’re spraying the lotions and potions you use in daily life. Any chemical product will reduce the surface appearance of precious metals over time, so aim sprays and perfumes away from necklaces, take rings off for hand or body lotion application, and invest in some decent gloves for cleaning (something your skin will thank you for as well.)

    Chlorine is one of the biggest jewellery killers, so try not to take your jewels swimming with you. Pop them inside a small, zipped purse compartment to avoid the obligatory panic attack later on.

    Care 101: Easy Tips For Keeping your Jewellery Heirloom | BuyMeOnce.com

    Keep Cleaning Simple

    As stated above your jewels do not like harsh chemicals, but they do like gentle love and care. The best way to clean fine jewellery is to mix a few drops of mild soap, like our favourite organic and super gentle Dr Bronner’s castile soap, with warm water in a bowl. The bowl is crucial - cleaning delicate jewellery anywhere near a plug hole is just begging for trouble.

    Leave your pieces to soak for five to ten minutes to loosen any dirt clogging up the holes, and then use a soft cloth to wipe the surfaces. For getting into all the cracks and crevices a soft bristled toothbrush like this one by Georganics does the job admirably. Finally, gently buff the surfaces with a dry cloth to improve the appearance of any dull or tarnished looking pieces. This process can be done every few weeks, but taking your jewellery to be professionally cleaned about once a year will ensure it stays in best condition for as long as possible.

    Care 101: Easy Tips For Keeping your Jewellery Heirloom | BuyMeOnce.com

    Take Steps to Avoid Loss, Now

    Beating yourself up too much once something is lost is pointless, but you’ll feel much better if you know you did all you could to prevent it. If a ring feels loose, get it resized immediately. If a clasp feels weak, look into getting it replaced before the damage is done. For earrings, we’ve recently fallen in love with Chrysmela patented earring backs which carefully lock your earrings in place and prevent them sliding off if one gets caught on your jumper. 

    Tossing and turning all night with jewellery still on increases your chances of loss or damage caused by snagging, so make it part of your evening ritual to take your precious pieces off and put them back on in the morning. This also means you can deal with all perfumes, lotions and creams while your jewellery is safely off your body.

    Make sure you have a few dedicated spots for putting jewellery when it’s not on your body, because taking things off and putting them somewhere “just for a second” can lead to disaster. This could be a pretty bowl next to the nightstand, or a secure compartment in your wallet for when you’re out and about.

    Care 101: Easy Tips For Keeping your Jewellery Heirloom | BuyMeOnce.com

    Don’t Let Them Rot in a Drawer

    After you’ve taken as many steps as you can to avoid loss, take them out into the world and let them shine. For silver items, like our gorgeous Mosami recycled silver collection, the best way to keep them in good condition is actually to wear them as much as possible, as the friction from handling prevents oxidation. That’s the kind of easy maintenance we like!

    For pieces you do need to store, make sure they are kept as separately as possible and away from damp, direct sunlight, and extreme heat or cold. You could wrap precious items in small pieces of soft cotton to help keep them away from damaging dust and moisture particles.

    Whilst arguably jewellery is more likely to get damaged the more you wear it, if you can’t wear and enjoy the beautiful items in your life what’s the point? Plus, the more you’ve worn and loved an heirloom piece, the more personal and beautiful a gift it will be when you get to pass it down one day.

    Care 101: Easy Tips For Keeping your Jewellery Heirloom | BuyMeOnce.com

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-02-08T18:34:00+0000 2019-02-08T18:34:00+0000 Sustainable Sleepwear and Cosy Bedtime Products Georgie Crosswell


    We spend half our lives in bed, so why neglect the night when it comes to bringing beautiful, well-made products into our lives? In today’s fast paced world it’s more important than ever to make sure we are taking the time to properly wind down, relax and recharge our brains in order to tackle the busy waking hours. Things you can do to promote a good night’s sleep include ditching screens and electronics at least an hour before bed, trying to wake at the same time every morning to help regulate your body clock, and making sure the days worries and to-do lists are mentally filed away before hitting the hay. We think it’s also incredibly important to make sure your bedroom is a cosy, clean and uncluttered space that your brain can associate with relaxation (that means no checking emails in bed!) full of quality bedding and pyjamas. This article contains the most sustainable and long lasting products we’ve found to help promote a cosy, comfortable bedtime. Whether that is super soft and sustainable sleepwear, or items to making your bedroom a cosy nest, you won’t be able to wait to crawl into bed. Sleepwear White T-Shirt Co. Organic...]]>
    We spend half our lives in bed, so why neglect the night when it comes to bringing beautiful, well-made products into our lives? In today’s fast paced world it’s more important than ever to make sure we are taking the time to properly wind down, relax and recharge our brains in order to tackle the busy waking hours.

    Things you can do to promote a good night’s sleep include ditching screens and electronics at least an hour before bed, trying to wake at the same time every morning to help regulate your body clock, and making sure the days worries and to-do lists are mentally filed away before hitting the hay. We think it’s also incredibly important to make sure your bedroom is a cosy, clean and uncluttered space that your brain can associate with relaxation (that means no checking emails in bed!) full of quality bedding and pyjamas.

    This article contains the most sustainable and long lasting products we’ve found to help promote a cosy, comfortable bedtime. Whether that is super soft and sustainable sleepwear, or items to making your bedroom a cosy nest, you won’t be able to wait to crawl into bed.

    Sleepwear

    1. White T-Shirt Co. Organic Cotton Nightie

     


    What better fabric to snuggle down in than breathable and super soft organic cotton? The White T-Shirt Co. began with the ethos of creating basics that were the best they could be in terms of ethics and construction, so we were delighted to discover this super soft, slouchy and minimal nightie.

    1.  White T-Shirt Co. Organic Cotton Sleep Shorts


    These sleep shorts for men are just as beautiful quality as their nightie. Pair with a round neck, relaxed tee for a pyjama set you won’t want to take off.

    1.  Ama Ella Pyjama Set


    For pyjamas that are a bit more fun and flirty, we love this set from sustainable lingerie brand AmaElla. Made with an organic cotton voile fabric enhanced with navy velvet and lace detailing, we think you’ll be hard pressed to find prettier pjs.

    1. Organic Basics Boxers and Briefs

    If sleeping in underwear is more your thing, look no further than Organic Basics. This brand make beautiful and ethical organic cotton underwear that is designed to last longer. Check out these men’s boxers and ladies briefs.


    Accessories

    1. Celtic & Co. Sheepskin Slippers

    These cosy slippers are made using sheepskin that is a by-product of the farming industry that would otherwise go to landfill. Beautifully durable and luxuriously soft, these are slippers that won’t fall apart after a year. They’re available in a wide range of gorgeous, soft tone colours for both men and women. They also come with a tough sole so you can take them outside if need be.

    1. Tengri Ribbed Bed Socks


    This brand is possibly the most sustainable model that exists and is also incredibly luxurious. The brand sustains the ancient tradition of Mongolian yak farming, exquisitely crafted using a practice perfected over thousands of years. Undyed, supersoft, ultra natural.

    1.  Coyuchi Cloud Loom Bath Robe


    It’s hard to find a company more ethical and sustainable than Coyuchi. The Cloud Loom bathrobe is as good as its name; a super soft and cosy robe that you can feel great about owning.

    1.  Luks Linen Organic Cotton Robe


    These unisex robes by Luks Linen come with a twenty year guarantee and are handwoven from soft organic Turkish cotton. We love the timeless colours and patterns too - you won’t be embarrassed taking the bins out wearing one of these.



    For a Cosy Bedroom

    1.  Finlayson Jesus Bed Linen


    This bed linen is made from beautiful linen flax and comes with an astounding 50 year warranty. Even the care labels are embroidered onto the fabric so they can never fade! You’ll never need to buy bedding again, and the soft neutral colours of natural linen are perfect for a bedroom.

    1. Celtic & Co. Sheepskin Rug


    Mornings might not be so bad if the first thing your toes touched was this luxurious, fluffy sheepskin rug. All Celtic & Co. products are by-products of the farming industry, ethically and exquisitely crafted in the UK and designed to last.

    11.  Neal’s Yard Lavender Shower Gel


    Lavender is a scent associated with restful sleep and a perfect way to wind down whether you’re having a luxurious bath or quick shower. We love Neal’s Yard for their commitment to recycling and their gorgeous, natural ingredients that promote wellbeing.

    12.  Celtic & Co. Hot Water Bottle

    It doesn’t get much cosier than this luxurious sheepskin hot water bottle cover. This beautiful natural material is not only extremely durable and super snuggly, it will keep the heat in your hot water bottle all night long.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-02-01T04:00:00+0000 2019-02-01T04:00:00+0000 40+ Long-lasting Gift Ideas for Your Valentine Amanda Saxby


    Every year around February 14th, approximately 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged around the world, making it the second most popular greeting card holiday after Christmas. But Valentine’s Day is more than just a Hallmark holiday. Some historians believe that the day celebrates the 6th century Roman Feast of Lupercal (or Lupercalia) – a festival that involved lashing naked women with goat hide to encourage fertility. The men would then randomly draw women’s names from a jar for ritual coupling, and these couples often fell in love and were married the following year. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that February 14th became decisively associated with love. It was believed that this date marked the beginning of birds’ mating season, underlining the theme of romance; and the first recorded Valentine greeting, a love poem, was sent in 1415. By the mid-1800s, mass-produced valentines of lace and ribbon were being sold every year in America. You’ve probably received your fair share of flowers, chocolates or greeting cards over the years, but unless you’re exceptionally sentimental, you’ve probably found yourself recycling or binning these cards a few days later. Let’s skip the cards this year and instead show our devotion in...]]>
    Every year around February 14th, approximately 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged around the world, making it the second most popular greeting card holiday after Christmas.

    But Valentine’s Day is more than just a Hallmark holiday. Some historians believe that the day celebrates the 6th century Roman Feast of Lupercal (or Lupercalia) – a festival that involved lashing naked women with goat hide to encourage fertility. The men would then randomly draw women’s names from a jar for ritual coupling, and these couples often fell in love and were married the following year. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that February 14th became decisively associated with love. It was believed that this date marked the beginning of birds’ mating season, underlining the theme of romance; and the first recorded Valentine greeting, a love poem, was sent in 1415. By the mid-1800s, mass-produced valentines of lace and ribbon were being sold every year in America.

    You’ve probably received your fair share of flowers, chocolates or greeting cards over the years, but unless you’re exceptionally sentimental, you’ve probably found yourself recycling or binning these cards a few days later. Let’s skip the cards this year and instead show our devotion in more long-lasting ways. Why not share an experience with your loved one, like taking a weekend holiday or going out to a nice dinner? And if you’re going to purchase something for them, make sure your gift sends a message – get them a gift as lasting as your love. Here are 40+ long-lasting gift ideas to spoil your Valentine.

    40+ Long-lasting Gift Ideas for Your Valentine | uk.buymeonce.com

    The One Who Loves to Accessorise

    For Her

    1. Classic black snag-resistant tights from Swedish Stockings, £23.

    2. A gorgeous clutch made from reclaimed Burberry leather offcuts and decommissioned fire hose, £150. 

    3. A pair of funky herringbone tights to upgrade any outfit, £19. 

    4. Soft, ethically produced British alpaca gloves to keep her hands warm, £69.

    5. A handwoven scarf with a 20-year repair or replace guarantee, £39. 

    For Him

    6. A lifetime guaranteed belt made from the strongest decommissioned fire hose, £39. 

    7. This slim, functional wallet crafted from durable recycled materials like ballistic nylon, £28. 

    8. A traditional bobble hat inspired by the Everest vista, £50. 

    9. Perfect for daily work use, this sleek pack is constructed from durable wax cotton, ballistic nylon and leather, £230.

    10. Unique, upcycled cufflinks that make a stylish statement, £40.

    40+ Long-lasting Gift Ideas for Your Valentine | uk.buymeonce.com

    The One Who Loves to Cook

    11. A lifetime guaranteed cotton canvas apron that will stand up to any mess, £125. 

    12. A classic iron pan that can be passed on to your future grandkids, £169.90. 

    13. It changes size, it folds away, it’s the only cake pan you’ll ever need, £26.50. 

    14. During those slow, romantic mornings together, nothing beats a fresh espresso, £149.

    15. This handspun copper kettle is truly a piece of art, £225.

    The One Who Loves to Read

    16. Mindfully curate a home together that reflects your personal tastes, £9.99. 

    17. Help them break free of the clutter and organise their entire life, £10.11. 

    18. They’ve seen the Netflix show, now they can read the book, £8.83.

    19. Learn how one man spent an entire year without spending a penny, £7.99.

    20. Are they a budding minimalist? Show them the joy of less, £9.90.

    40+ Long-lasting Gift Ideas for Your Valentine | uk.buymeonce.com

    If She Loves to Sparkle

    21. A lovely floral pendant necklace made from recycled sterling silver and gold vermeil, £59.99. 

    22. Show her how big your love is with this giant heart pendant, £44.99. 

    23. Two interlocked rings inspired by the Celtic knot to symbolise love and friendship, £79.99. 

    24. Delicate snowdrop hoop earrings celebrating courage and optimism, £64.99.

    25. Make sure she doesn't lose her new earrings with these rose gold secure earring backs, £46. 

    If He Loves to Groom

    26. A long-lasting shaving set for the purists, £125. 

    27. A perfect travel case made from fire hose that will carry all his grooming essentials, £48. 

    28. This calming after shave balm is extra nourishing on dry skin, £22.50. 

    29. An indulgent shaving set featuring the iconic Mark One safety razor, £298. 

    30. Keep those stragglers at bay with this stainless steel ear and nose hair trimmer, £15.99.

    40+ Long-lasting Gift Ideas for Your Valentine | uk.buymeonce.com

    The One Who Loves to Relax

    For Her:

    31. The comfiest handmade robe around with a 20-year guarantee, £95. 

    32. Slip these ultra soft and snuggly slippers on her feet and watch her fall into comfortable bliss, £69. 

    33. A one-pot wonder beauty balm for all skin types that smells like a summer rose garden, £40. 

    34. These glass mugs are perfect for a cosy hot cocoa or cup of herbal tea, £12. 

    35. Let her sink into a soothing rose and pomegranate scented bath with this organic oil, £15. 

    For Him:

    36. The most durable portable speaker with 30 hours of battery life, £95.

    37. Unsmashable whiskey glasses for his evening tipple, £19.99. 

    38. The comfiest handmade robe around with a 20-year guarantee, £95. 

    39. These best-selling sheepskin slippers provide maximum cosiness and timeless design, £72. 

    40. This revitalising face scrub will keep him looking and smelling fresh, £18.

    40+ Long-lasting Gift Ideas for Your Valentine | uk.buymeonce.com

    The One Who Loves to Explore

    41. The original lifetime guaranteed socks – for her and for him, £18 / £20. 

    42. A beautifully crafted wooden bellyboard for all their beach adventures, £55. 

    43. Handmade in Italy from the finest leather, this durable travel wallet will keep all their documents safe, £85. 

    44. This weather-resistant overnight bag features a tough ballistic nylon base and military grade webbed handles, £250. 

    Note: Product prices are accurate and items in stock at time of publication.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-01-25T13:26:00+0000 2019-01-25T13:26:00+0000 Marie Kondo will not save us Tara Button


    To be clear: I highly recommend Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you haven’t tried it, it’s worth doing. Deciding which of your items spark joy, donating possessions that don’t and folding the ones that do into Insta-ready origami is both practical and aesthetically rewarding. Like everything in a KonMari home, the method has its place. Having used some of her techniques myself, I personally enjoy seeing my little row of regimented knickers every morning – it makes me smile. However, I would argue that using Marie Kondo to solve our chronic “stuff” problem is like putting a Band-Aid on a shark wound… while you’re still in the shark tank. It might make it look okay for a minute, but the problem is far from solved. The sharks are still circling. We’re going to get bitten again. Decluttering is just one step in curing our sick relationship with stuff, and it may be the easiest step to tackle. What the Marie Kondo method doesn’t address is the reason our homes became cluttered. And it is a serious problem – hoarding has become increasingly common. Our homes are bursting at the seams causing stress and anxiety and stopping us...]]>

    To be clear: I highly recommend Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you haven’t tried it, it’s worth doing. Deciding which of your items spark joy, donating possessions that don’t and folding the ones that do into Insta-ready origami is both practical and aesthetically rewarding. Like everything in a KonMari home, the method has its place.

    Having used some of her techniques myself, I personally enjoy seeing my little row of regimented knickers every morning – it makes me smile. However, I would argue that using Marie Kondo to solve our chronic “stuff” problem is like putting a Band-Aid on a shark wound… while you’re still in the shark tank. It might make it look okay for a minute, but the problem is far from solved.

    The sharks are still circling. We’re going to get bitten again.

    Marie Kondo will not save us | uk.buymeonce.com

    Decluttering is just one step in curing our sick relationship with stuff, and it may be the easiest step to tackle. What the Marie Kondo method doesn’t address is the reason our homes became cluttered. And it is a serious problem – hoarding has become increasingly common. Our homes are bursting at the seams causing stress and anxiety and stopping us living the lives we want.

    But the truth is that there are only a few ways stuff and clutter come into our lives. Some we have no control over, such as gifts or inheritances, but the vast majority of things that come into our homes we have bought. And 50% of what we buy is on impulse.

    And this is where Marie leaves us at sea. You could argue that we should just extend the method used in the home to shopping – asking instead “will it spark joy?”. The trouble with this is two-fold.

    Firstly, joy can be a fleeting feeling – a spark of pleasure – meaning that buying something that “sparks joy” now gives no guarantee that this object will still be sparking joy in a few months’ time. This can create an endless cycle of buying and purging where we essentially turn our homes into giant warehouses where “joyful” things pass through for a few months or years and then off to the charity shop they go.

    And if you ever get behind on the purging, you’re liable to become re-cluttered and overwhelmed again fairly quickly.

    Marie Kondo will not save us | uk.buymeonce.com

    The second problem is that we are very easily manipulated into feeling joyful about objects. The advertising and marketing industry could be called the “joy-sparking industry” - they exist to make us feel good about objects. And for those of us who think we are not affected by advertising, it’s worth noting that advertising works even better on those who think they are not affected. They would not spend billions of dollars on it if it didn’t work.

    We’re also constantly bombarded with messages designed to make us feel discontent with items we used to love. What once sparked joy is now dated or a little bit shameful and so must go.

    Marie offers a great starting point. Taking stock of the items in your life and learning more about your relationship with them is a crucial step to resetting our relationship with stuff. But KonMari is a clutter cough-drop. Any permanent cure for clutter must include strategies for overcoming marketing manipulation, finding purpose beyond purchasing, empowering ourselves to find our own style beyond trends and making long-term purchasing decisions.

    The reason Marie Kondo’s publishers wanted to publish my book is that they could see it was the next step. The second part of the treatment. It offers a ladder to help us climb out of the shark tank.

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is available in our Books section.

    If you’re ready to take the next step with me, my method is available here.

    Come with me if you want to live.

    Tara Button is on a mission to change the way the world shops forever. In 2016 her little idea went viral and BuyMeOnce was born. After working ten years in advertising, she's now using her powers for good rather than evil. Tara lives in Hertfordshire with a murderous cat and a husband she gets to laugh at every day. Her first book A Life Less Throwaway is published with Harper Collins in the UK and Penguin Random House in the USA.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-01-18T18:18:00+0000 2019-01-18T18:18:00+0000 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Investing in Activewear Georgie Crosswell


    If you’re looking to invest in high quality gym gear that is going to last, there is more to consider than pure durability. A drawer full of beautiful, expensive but unworn fitness gear is just as bad a guilt-trip as the unused gym membership eroding your bank balance each month. In both cases the key to success is trying to figure out what will work best for you before you splash any cash. This article is all about tips for picking pieces that will serve you best, pitfalls to avoid, and practical things to look out for in the pieces you choose. Here’s to a fitness routine that can last beyond January! Before you start looking 1. Are you buying as motivation? It can be tempting to buy pretty gym gear simply to get yourself moving, especially in a burst of new year enthusiasm. This can be a terrible strategy if you’re unrealistic about your goals; if you ultimately find yoga boring then, sadly, no amount of beautiful yoga tops and expensive mats will make you keep it up. Your workout of choice will also have a big impact on the type of fabric and fit you will need. Thinking...]]>
    If you’re looking to invest in high quality gym gear that is going to last, there is more to consider than pure durability. A drawer full of beautiful, expensive but unworn fitness gear is just as bad a guilt-trip as the unused gym membership eroding your bank balance each month. In both cases the key to success is trying to figure out what will work best for you before you splash any cash. This article is all about tips for picking pieces that will serve you best, pitfalls to avoid, and practical things to look out for in the pieces you choose. Here’s to a fitness routine that can last beyond January!

    Before you start looking

    1. Are you buying as motivation?

    It can be tempting to buy pretty gym gear simply to get yourself moving, especially in a burst of new year enthusiasm. This can be a terrible strategy if you’re unrealistic about your goals; if you ultimately find yoga boring then, sadly, no amount of beautiful yoga tops and expensive mats will make you keep it up. Your workout of choice will also have a big impact on the type of fabric and fit you will need. Thinking carefully about the routine you want - and holding off on any big, activity-specific purchases until you’ve decided - will make sure that you’re spending for the right reasons.

    5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Investing in Activewear | BuyMeOnce.com

    Above: Aeropress Leggings by Starseeds

    While you’re looking

    2. Does it make you feel good?

    Once you do have an honest idea of your routine, clothing and equipment can have a huge impact on your workout. Exercise is an incredible mood lifter, but if you’re working out in a faded, baggy Nirvana T-Shirt from 1993 you probably won’t be feeling your best. To get the most out of your time exercising, which will help ensure you keep doing it, look for pieces that are flattering and well fitting as well as comfortable.

    5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Investing in Activewear | BuyMeOnce.com

    Above: Duo-Stretch Top by Starseeds

    3. Would you wear it outside the gym?

    With the best will in the world, sometimes our exercise intentions fall through. Buying comfortable workout gear that you will also love to wear lounging around the house, meeting friends or travelling will make sure you’re getting the most out of your purchase in the long term. “Athleisure” has become a buzzword recently, but really it makes perfect sense to buy clothing that works well across multiple areas of your life, reducing clutter and overstuffed wardrobes.  

    5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Investing in Activewear

    Above: Rajas Tank Top by Starseeds

    When you’ve found a garment

    4. What kind of fabric is it?

    Fabric composition is important when considering clothing for exercise, but different types have pros and cons for different activities. Our bodies are designed to sweat, and if the fabric isn’t breathable you could be putting yourself up for unnecessary discomfort. Synthetic fibres can be fast drying and resistant to abrasion for heavier activities, but are essentially types of plastic, coming with all its inherent downsides. Natural fibres like cotton are softer, more breathable and just plain nicer - but then the high absorbency can make them become heavy and clammy if you plan to really break a sweat.

    It’s possible to find lots of workout gear made from recycled polyester these days, and chucking your synthetic gear into a Guppyfriend Bag will mean you can wash your gear without worrying about releasing harmful plastic microfibres into the environment.

    5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Investing in Activewear | BuyMeOnce.com

    Above: Shakti Tank Top by Starseeds

    5. Will it take a beating?

    Exercising doesn’t just put our muscles under strain. If you want your activewear to last a long time it’s crucial to make sure it’s constructed to last. Assessing the seams will usually tell you this very quickly; pull very gently on the seam and the stitching shouldn’t offer much resistance. Look out for reinforced stitching (a secondary line of smaller stitches supporting a primary seam) and flatlocked seams (one of the strongest seams, pictured below.)

    5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Investing in Activewear | BuyMeOnce.com

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-01-11T18:09:00+0000 2019-01-11T18:09:00+0000 6 Products and Honest Tips for a Low-Waste, Healthy Period Georgie Crosswell


    According to the Women’s Environment Network, one of the biggest problems preventing women from finding healthier, cheaper and more sustainable menstrual products is – incredibly in 2019 – a still pervasive taboo that stops us discussing the issue. Whilst menstrual cups have become increasingly popular recently, the fact remains that this option will not be for everyone, and this shouldn’t put you off exploring the many other sustainable options out there. Usually a combination of different products works best for different times during your cycle. It’s a process which can take some time to figure out – and that’s completely ok! Below is a roundup of our favourite low-waste menstrual products along with tips for how to have a slightly less icky-feeling period. Don’t be afraid to try out different combinations until you find out what works for you, and most importantly, don’t be afraid to talk about it. 1. Menstrual Cup In our view, a menstrual cup is one of the best sustainable period products out there. Our favourite by Organicup is made with medical-grade silicone and will last for years, slashing your waste and saving so much money long-term. For many women, it can take a while to...]]>
    According to the Women’s Environment Network, one of the biggest problems preventing women from finding healthier, cheaper and more sustainable menstrual products is – incredibly in 2019 – a still pervasive taboo that stops us discussing the issue.

    Whilst menstrual cups have become increasingly popular recently, the fact remains that this option will not be for everyone, and this shouldn’t put you off exploring the many other sustainable options out there. Usually a combination of different products works best for different times during your cycle. It’s a process which can take some time to figure out – and that’s completely ok!

    Below is a roundup of our favourite low-waste menstrual products along with tips for how to have a slightly less icky-feeling period. Don’t be afraid to try out different combinations until you find out what works for you, and most importantly, don’t be afraid to talk about it.

    1. Menstrual Cup

    In our view, a menstrual cup is one of the best sustainable period products out there. Our favourite by Organicup is made with medical-grade silicone and will last for years, slashing your waste and saving so much money long-term. For many women, it can take a while to get comfortable with using it, but once it’s inserted, quite often you won’t feel or even think about it all day. With all of these benefits for you and the planet, we think it’s worth giving it a go.  

    Tip: Pick up some biodegradable organic wipes to make using a menstrual cup in public bathrooms a doddle.

    6 Products and Honest Tips for a Low-Waste, Healthy Period | BuyMeOnce.com

    2. Reusable Organic Cotton Pads

    Women were happily using reusable cloth pads for centuries until certain companies began touting the idea that throwaway products were more “sanitary.” Whilst periods are many things – painful, emotional, hugely inconvenient – they’re the most natural thing in the world. Conversely, throwaway sanitary towels are often made using plastic that won’t biodegrade and nasty chemicals to make them smell nicer.

    Orethic make some of the most beautifully crafted reusable pads we’ve found using painstakingly sourced organic cotton with no additions. It’s a different experience to using throwaway pads – and yes, they do stain eventually – but not one you can’t get used to surprisingly quickly. A big bonus? No more deafening plastic rustling in public bathrooms.

    Tip: To prevent staining, rinse the pads out as soon as possible using cold water (you can even leave a premixed solution of water with a drop of washing liquid in your bathroom). They can then be thrown in the machine with your regular laundry. Easy!

    6 Products and Honest Tips for a Low-Waste, Healthy Period | BuyMeOnce.com

    3. OrganiWash and OrganiWipes 

    No matter how natural your period is it can still all feel a bit… icky. If you want to be extra certain nothing nasty is going anywhere near down there, we love this wash and set of wipes from Organicup. Made from 20% organic and 59% natural ingredients, the formula is vegan, allergy-certified and perfume-free with a carefully balanced pH value of 3.5. Designed to help you clean out your menstrual cup at home or on the go, it can also be used as an intimate wash to help you feel fresh.

    6 Products and Honest Tips for a Low-Waste, Healthy Period | BuyMeOnce.com

    4. Period Proof Underwear

    According to polls, most women’s top concern with their period is peace of mind from leakage. One of the most secure-feeling products out there is period-proof underwear, and the most popular brand around, and with good reason, is Thinx. Their offering includes a huge range of pretty, feminine styles and not just granny pants – hurrah! We’re a little dubious about the thongs, but their best-selling hip huggers can hold up to two tampons worth of blood, and with a 60-day satisfaction guarantee, it’s well worth giving them a go.

    Tip: Combine with your other products like a cup or a tampon for days when you want to feel super secure.

     6 Products and Honest Tips for a Low-Waste, Healthy Period | BuyMeOnce.com


    5. Biodegradable Tampons

    Do you want a more environmentally friendly period but you like what you like and you ain’t gonna change? Maybe try switching to biodegradable tampons like these ones from Natracare. Unlike many traditional tampons, these are made from 100% organic cotton and are completely free from chlorine, rayon, plastics and dyes. Even the smooth cardboard applicator is biodegradable and compostable (but you still should never flush applicators!)

    Tip: Combine with a thin liner like this one from Orethic if you have a heavy flow, because we all need a safety net.

    6 Products and Honest Tips for a Low-Waste, Healthy Period | BuyMeOnce.com

    6. Biodegradable Disposable Pads

    Similarly, if you just can’t get behind the idea of reusing menstrual pads why not try out biodegradable, organic cotton disposable ones? They look the same as the pads you’re used to, but they’re much kinder on both your skin and the environment. The 100% organic cotton topcoat and core is plastic-free and so much more breathable, but everything from the natural adhesive for keeping the wings secure to the plant-based waterproof backing is biodegradable.

    Tip: Even if you’re experimenting with reusable products like a cup, try keeping some of these in store as a sustainable backup while you get used to it. It’s a personal process and it’s fine if it takes you some time.

    6 Products and Honest Tips for a Low-Waste, Healthy Period | BuyMeOnce.com

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-01-03T03:00:00+0000 2019-01-03T03:00:00+0000 10 Tips for a Mindful Year: How to beat stress, anxiety and clutter in 2019 Tara Button


    As 2018 stumbled to a close, it may be that you felt a sense of chaos building. New Year is the perfect time to draw a line in the sand. It’s time to regroup so that 2019 can become your best year yet. Here are our top 10 tips for how to beat stress, anxiety and clutter and have a more mindful 2019. 1. Step back and look at the big picture. It’s so easy to be focused on a couple of elements in our lives – our jobs, our kids, the endless to-do list – that it’s easy to lose the point of it all. Are you simply surviving each day or making steps to build the life you want? Take the time to write down what you want for each of these key components in 2019 and beyond. If you don’t have time right now, book in 45 minutes later today or tomorrow to complete this one. Relationships: Who you want to spend time with? Which relationships do you want to grow? Do you want to meet new people? How can you best become part of a community? Career: Are you climbing the right ladder? Are you spending your time...]]>
    As 2018 stumbled to a close, it may be that you felt a sense of chaos building. New Year is the perfect time to draw a line in the sand. It’s time to regroup so that 2019 can become your best year yet. Here are our top 10 tips for how to beat stress, anxiety and clutter and have a more mindful 2019.


    1. Step back and look at the big picture.

    It’s so easy to be focused on a couple of elements in our lives – our jobs, our kids, the endless to-do list – that it’s easy to lose the point of it all. Are you simply surviving each day or making steps to build the life you want?

    Take the time to write down what you want for each of these key components in 2019 and beyond. If you don’t have time right now, book in 45 minutes later today or tomorrow to complete this one.

    Relationships: Who you want to spend time with? Which relationships do you want to grow? Do you want to meet new people? How can you best become part of a community?

    Career: Are you climbing the right ladder? Are you spending your time doing work that inspires you? What do you want to learn? Do you have any specific goals?

    Your output: What are you bringing to the world? How are you contributing? This can be through creativity, helping others or simply adding positivity to other’s lives?

    Your living situation: Is your home environment how you’d like it to be? What can you do to make it a place of calm, peace and inspiration?

    Your experiences: Which parts of the world do you want to see? Which cultural experiences have you always wondered about or wanted to do more? What small little things can you do to make your experience of the world a little richer?

    Your health: What delicious, healthy things can you eat? What fun active stuff can get you moving? Which habits do you feel strong enough to ditch – what’s your strategy to do this?

    2. Just one thing daily.

    Your big goals need to be connected to daily tasks, so each evening write just one thing that you’re going to do to improve or maintain something in each of the areas in tip one. Set an alarm on your phone to do this and have a notebook and pen that you keep especially for this next to your bed. Tick off what you’ve done at the same time.

    10 Tips for a Mindful Year: How to beat stress, anxiety and clutter in 2019 | uk.buymeonce.com

    3. Gratitude for a happy heart.

    After you’ve written your one thing to do, write down one thing you’re grateful for. Spend one minute focusing on this thing and feel the gratitude permeate you. So many of the messages we receive from the world tell us that we need to want more. Remembering what we have is the antidote to the frenzied treadmill of consumption this can produce.

    4. Check email in chunks.

    Emails are the nemesis of anyone who’s tried to remain focused and mindful at work. Turn off notifications and schedule two or three slots a day when you will check and answer them. The rest of the time you can focus on important things that will drive your work forward.

    5. Meditate with a candle daily.

    This helps increase your concentration levels and calms the mind at the same time. Light a candle and concentrate on it for 10 minutes a day; let thoughts come and go, refocusing on the candle each time.

    6. Cut down your advert and social media exposure.

    Your attention is precious. Guard it with ad-blockers, mute the TV and for the ads you can’t avoid, mindfully and firmly tell them “thanks but no thanks”. Like with email, set times for social media and use apps such as Freedom to block them for the rest of the day. This may seem extreme but the effect of social media on the brain is similar to gambling or drug addiction. It has a devastating effect on our ability to focus and be mindful in other areas of our lives.

    10 Tips for a Mindful Year: How to beat stress, anxiety and clutter in 2019 | uk.buymeonce.com

    7. A decluttered home for a decluttered mind.

    Set aside some weekends for home organisation. Be honest with yourself about what you may never use and donate them. Tackle one category of things at a time (not one room at a time). Start small (with your underwear or spice rack) to build up confidence.

    8. Get back into your body.

    We spend a lot of time in our heads which leaves our experience of the world clouded and frenetic. A couple of times a day – maybe while walking (or even sitting on the loo!) – come back into your own body. Feel the ground beneath your feet, the air coming into your nostrils, your lungs filling, the feel of your clothing against your skin. Allow yourself one minute to really live inside yourself.

    9. Banish impulse buying.

    Half of what we buy is on impulse and then we wonder where all the stuff cluttering up our houses comes from. Keep your home and wardrobe decluttered by only buying things you truly need; research styles you love and what really suits you before splashing out on clothes. Borrow tools and hobby equipment until you’re sure you’ll use them regularly. When you decide to buy an object, get the highest quality you can afford – you’ll save money in the long-run because you won’t be re-buying inferior items.

    10. Focus on making others happy.

    When we focus too much on ourselves, our lives, our problems or our goals and flaws it can isolate us from others, and if there is one thing we know from every scientific study of happiness ever done, it’s that it is our relationships and connections that dictate how happy and fulfilled we feel. Actively become mindful of others around you, at work, at home, even on your commute – practice imagining how others feel and what might make their day a little brighter.

    Bonus tip: Remember that New Year isn’t the only time you get to draw a line and start afresh. January is an arbitrary man-made invention. You can choose any day, any moment to be your January the first. Don’t like what just happened? Draw a line, turn over a fresh page, breathe and start again.

    Tara Button is on a mission to change the way the world shops forever. In 2016 her little idea went viral and BuyMeOnce was born. After working ten years in advertising, she's now using her powers for good rather than evil. Tara lives in Hertfordshire with a murderous cat and a husband she gets to laugh at every day. Her first book A Life Less Throwaway is published with Harper Collins in the UK and Penguin Random House in the USA.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-12-07T12:23:00+0000 2018-12-07T12:23:00+0000 7 Tips to Buy for Kids on a Budget this Christmas Lily Courtauld


    We know it’s all too easy to fall into buying badly made, overpriced, dangerously cheap and often plastic crap for children at Christmas. Deep breaths everyone...children do not need a mountain of presents to enjoy Christmas. We know Christmas is expensive, we know buying for lots of little ones presents challenges to the mind as well as the wallet and that sometimes in our haste to tick people off our list we make questionable choices. BuyMeOnce is here to be your festive elves and give you some tips on how to buy Christmas gifts for kids without breaking your wallet, your soul or the planet. Thanks to their tendency to be wonderfully direct and sometimes painfully honest, us gift givers are left in no doubt when something is not well received. That does not mean that demands for faddish items or whatever the latest craze might be should be met. The reality is that these obsessions are often fleeting, shallow and lacking in real long term gratification for the little people in our lives. ‘Within three months, 41 per cent of the toys children receive will be broken. Most will go to the tip.’  - The Independent  Why is it that we often feel the...]]>

    We know it’s all too easy to fall into buying badly made, overpriced, dangerously cheap and often plastic crap for children at Christmas. Deep breaths everyone...children do not need a mountain of presents to enjoy Christmas. We know Christmas is expensive, we know buying for lots of little ones presents challenges to the mind as well as the wallet and that sometimes in our haste to tick people off our list we make questionable choices. BuyMeOnce is here to be your festive elves and give you some tips on how to buy Christmas gifts for kids without breaking your wallet, your soul or the planet.

    Thanks to their tendency to be wonderfully direct and sometimes painfully honest, us gift givers are left in no doubt when something is not well received. That does not mean that demands for faddish items or whatever the latest craze might be should be met. The reality is that these obsessions are often fleeting, shallow and lacking in real long term gratification for the little people in our lives.

    ‘Within three months, 41 per cent of the toys children receive will be broken. Most will go to the tip.’  - The Independent 
    Why is it that we often feel the need to go for volume over quality? Countless Christmases see usually sweet little ones transformed into ravenous fiends, tearing open paper at a frightening pace to reveal said (often throwaway) item, before discarding it moments later, swiftly moving on to the next. The process is frantic, fleeting, relentless and, quite frankly, a tad disturbing.
    7 Tips to Buy for Kids on a Budget this Christmas | BuyMeOnce.com

    In The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin shares an anecdote of a little boy who had a favourite toy car. He got so much joy from this one, precious toy; it was special to him and he loved playing with it. One day a family member brought over a huge box of cars for him to play with. His reaction is fascinating; instead of delighting in his new-found multi car ownership, he became despondent and anxious as he struggled to fit them into his life – they weren’t special to him and he couldn’t love them all. He was overwhelmed.

    At BuyMeOnce we are certainly no gang of grinches, but we do truly believe that gifting joy does not lie at the bottom of a mountain of meaningless presents purchased just for the sake of it. Finding something special and meaningful that shows you understand and have thought about the person you’re gifting is the ultimate key.

    7 Tips to Buy for Kids on a Budget this Christmas | BuyMeOnce.com

    The time vs cost conundrum – it’s all very well to say buying thoughtfully is better, but how on earth is this manageable when life is so extraordinarily busy? Essentially, to achieve budget Christmas shopping success a decision needs to made upfront; either settle for shoddy items from questionable brands, or accept that you will need to dedicate some real time to hunting and gathering. This is by no means the easy option, but it’s totally worth it. Worth it for the smugness of not blowing a budget with panic buying, and worth it because the little ones in your life will love you for it.

    Our 7 Top Tips:

    Enough of the theory, let’s get down to shiny, Christmassy brass tacks.

    1. Make a list and agree a budget for each child. Don’t berate yourself if you don’t rigorously stick to it – use it as a guide to keep track
    2. Do your research ahead of time – find out what books they’re into, music – try to avoid fleeting fads, instead consider their characters and the things they truly love
    3. Consider the gift of time – a great gift does not have to be a physical object – hanging out together is so valuable and meaningful long-term. Consider taking them ice skating, to see some music or a show. Often if you book in advance, great deals can be found
    4. Get crafty and use Pinterest for inspiration – use that knowledge of what you know they love and either make them something or get together all the bits you need to create something together like a costume featuring a character from their favourite book or film
    5. Don’t forget to peruse Charity shops - it’s worth making the journey to an affluent part of town where the offering of quality, barely used items is often staggering...plus the money from your purchases will be going to a worthy cause which is a great added benefit
    6. eBay is a great resource for quality items on a budget….clearly they will often (though not always) be second hand
    7. Nearly new and vintage sales – a little bit of internet research will soon tell you what your local options are. These are a great resource for finding more interesting, even eccentric items for the more discerning older kids on your list

    Finally, remember the little boy and his toy car – chances are that kids will be getting so many presents from all sides of the extended family and friends. They do not need a mountain of stuff to be happy. Jump off the treadmill of volume buying for kids and do things a little differently this year.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-11-28T15:28:00+0000 2018-11-28T15:28:00+0000 15 Meaningful Gifts for Foodies, Cooks and Bakers Amanda Saxby


    You would think that finding gifts for a foodie would be the easiest task in the world, but when it comes down to it someone with impeccable taste can be a nightmare to buy for. But never fear! BuyMeOnce has gone scouring the earth for the crème de la crème of kitchenware and accessories, so read on for an array of food-related gifts perfect for the foodie in your life. Because let’s face it, it’s in your best interests to encourage their love of cooking. Gifts for Foodies Under £20 Duralex Versailles Mugs Has your giftee been practising their skills with the espresso maker? Get them the ideal gift to show off their expertly made cappuccinos. These nearly indestructible Versailles mugs are a Duralex bestseller and are crafted from tempered glass for extra durability. Get them a pack of six for only £10. Beeswax Cheese Wraps Does your foodie go a little overboard on wine and cheese night and often buy enough cheese for 12 (instead of four)? Help them protect their delicious investment with beeswax wrap! The cheese-sized pieces of wrap will keep all the leftover cheese fresh and contain any pungent odours. This Cheese Pack of three wraps...]]>
    You would think that finding gifts for a foodie would be the easiest task in the world, but when it comes down to it someone with impeccable taste can be a nightmare to buy for. But never fear! BuyMeOnce has gone scouring the earth for the crème de la crème of kitchenware and accessories, so read on for an array of food-related gifts perfect for the foodie in your life. Because let’s face it, it’s in your best interests to encourage their love of cooking.

    15 Meaningful Gifts for Foodies, Cooks and Bakers | uk.buymeonce.com

    Gifts for Foodies Under £20

    Duralex Versailles Mugs

    Has your giftee been practising their skills with the espresso maker? Get them the ideal gift to show off their expertly made cappuccinos. These nearly indestructible Versailles mugs are a Duralex bestseller and are crafted from tempered glass for extra durability. Get them a pack of six for only £10.

    Beeswax Cheese Wraps

    Does your foodie go a little overboard on wine and cheese night and often buy enough cheese for 12 (instead of four)? Help them protect their delicious investment with beeswax wrap! The cheese-sized pieces of wrap will keep all the leftover cheese fresh and contain any pungent odours. This Cheese Pack of three wraps is only £15.

    Duralex Glass Ramekins

    Is your foodie a soufflé or crème brûlée lover? Get them this tempered glass ramekin set! Able to withstand blistering heat up to 300°C, they’re perfect for burgeoning pastry chefs and home cooks alike. This pack of four shatter-proof ramekins is only £8.

    Starter Pack Beeswax Wraps

    If your giftee cooks often, they’re well-versed in the leftovers game and probably have a crisper full of half-eaten veg or last night’s soup sloshing around in the fridge. Give them a gift that covers all bases with this beeswax wrap pack – keep their creations fresh and the planet plastic-free. This Starter Pack of three wraps is only £20.

    Duralex Picardie Tumblers

    These classic Picardie tumblers are used in bars and cafés around the world due to their high-quality design and unsurpassable durability. Tough enough to withstand everyday use but beautiful enough for the celebration table, this is a gift your recipient will appreciate every time they pour themselves a drink. Get them a pack of six for only £13.99.

    15 Meaningful Gifts for Foodies, Cooks and Bakers | uk.buymeonce.com

    Gifts for Foodies Under £50

    Silverwood Foldaway Cake Pan

    Any baker on your list will appreciate this all-in-one foldaway cake pan. This square baking tin comes with six interlocking panels so you can create any size square or rectangular cake. It’s also easy to clean and store and guaranteed for 10 years. Gift it for only £26.50.

    Duralex Amboise Wine Glasses

    Have a wine connoisseur in your life? Impress them with these tempered wine glasses crafted from entirely one piece. The design of the glasses protects the stem, the area usually most vulnerable to breakage – the glass is thickest where the base meets the stem and where the stem meets the chalice. Perfect for bottle after bottle. Get them a set of 12 for only £46.

    Bialetti Moka Express

    Kick their espresso game up a notch or two with this Italian-made Moka Express. An iconic product that can be found in nine out of ten Italian households, it produces a rich, authentic espresso in minutes – perfect for rush-out-the-door mornings and lazy afternoons alike. Gift it for only £25.68.

    Denby Jet Serving Bowl

    For the foodie who loves to entertain, get them this gorgeous handcrafted stoneware serving bowl. The contrasting black, grey and white tones are a bold statement on any table, and it works beautifully for any dish from salads to curries and crisps to bread. Gift it for only £28.50.

    Stellar Art Deco Teapot

    This retro-inspired teapot is the perfect gift for the tea lover on your list. Made from argon welded stainless steel and featuring a lifetime guarantee, this gift will warm them from the inside out. Get them this stunning teapot for only £48.99.

    15 Meaningful Gifts for Foodies, Cooks and Bakers | uk.buymeonce.com

    Gifts for Foodies Under £150

    Risdon & Risdon Cotton Apron

    Chef, baker or carpenter? Whatever your giftee’s hobby, this classic, robust cotton canvas apron will serve them well for a lifetime. Every apron is cut by hand for a superior fit and trimmed in either full grain leather or vegan Portuguese cork with reinforced corners and riveted pockets. This is the ultimate in kitchen-wear finery. Gift it for £125.

    Solidteknics 26cm Skillet

    The perfect all-rounder gift for any foodie, this 26cm satin skillet comes with a multi-century guarantee and outperforms heavier cast iron equivalents. Built from seamless iron, this pan has no breakage points and features a natural non-stick treatment after seasoning. Gift it for £127.90.

    Denby Natural Canvas Tea Set

    This beautiful and functional tea set would make an ideal gift for anyone who enjoys serving or attending afternoon tea. The stunning neutral tones and timeless shapes will suit any other serving ware, and the handcrafted stoneware base makes it exceptionally durable. Gift this tea set for £90.

    Wusthof Classic Ikon Knives Set

    Whether your foodie is just moving out and stocking up a new kitchen or their knives are just too blunt to be of any use, this three-piece cook’s set makes a great gift. Featuring a paring knife, carving knife and 8” cook’s knife, this set is backed by a lifetime guarantee and boasts unquestionable durability, balance and beauty. Gift this set for £150.

    Solidteknics Crêpe Pan

    If you have a die-hard crêpe lover on your list, we couldn’t recommend this versatile pan enough. This low-sided formed iron skillet is perfect for flipping pancakes or flash-frying steaks and comes with a multi-century guarantee. Gift it for £127.90.

    Note: Product prices are accurate and items in stock at time of publication.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-11-15T17:19:00+0000 2018-11-15T17:19:00+0000 Green Friday Friends: How BuyMeOnce is Fighting the Black Friday Frenzy Georgie Crosswell


    Use our hashtag #GreenFridayFriends to get involved on 23 November. What's wrong with Black Friday? BuyMeOnce is all for taking advantage of sales to purchase things we really need, but Black Friday Weekend is a different beast altogether. Since it began in the early 1950’s, the weekend has marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and become synonymous with a temporary insanity. For this weekend people aren’t their usual rational selves but discount-hungry zombies, too busy stampeding supermarkets and fighting over the last flat screen TV in a picked-clean electronics aisle to think carefully about their purchases and the waste left behind. This might be the extreme end of the scale, but at its core Black Friday is still all about exploiting consumers by encouraging people to switch off their rational shopping filters. It’s this impulsive attitude we’re fighting back against. How are we fighting back? Instead of profiting from sales across the weekend, we will be using the day to spread a message of calm, conscious consumerism. We’ve rounded up lots of ethical, sustainable brands like ourselves who want shoppers to buy well and buy mindfully and banded together to become Green Friday Friends. We will be opting...]]>
    Use our hashtag #GreenFridayFriends to get involved on 23 November.

    What's wrong with Black Friday?

    BuyMeOnce is all for taking advantage of sales to purchase things we really need, but Black Friday Weekend is a different beast altogether. Since it began in the early 1950’s, the weekend has marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and become synonymous with a temporary insanity. For this weekend people aren’t their usual rational selves but discount-hungry zombies, too busy stampeding supermarkets and fighting over the last flat screen TV in a picked-clean electronics aisle to think carefully about their purchases and the waste left behind.

    This might be the extreme end of the scale, but at its core Black Friday is still all about exploiting consumers by encouraging people to switch off their rational shopping filters. It’s this impulsive attitude we’re fighting back against.

    How are we fighting back?

    Instead of profiting from sales across the weekend, we will be using the day to spread a message of calm, conscious consumerism. We’ve rounded up lots of ethical, sustainable brands like ourselves who want shoppers to buy well and buy mindfully and banded together to become Green Friday Friends.

    We will be opting out of the madness and donating 100% of our profits to a charity close to our hearts. All participating brands (you can see a full list here) will be donating a portion of their profits to either this charity or to a sustainable charity of their choice. We’d love for you to join us on the 23rd November by spreading the word on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #GreenFridayFriends. You can also take part by thinking carefully before taking advantage of any Black Friday sales – because a bargain is not a bargain if the thing brings no value to your life.

    What Charity are we donating to?

    This year we will be donating 100% of our profits to a French NGO called HOP, short for Halte L’Obsolescence Programme (Stop Planned Obsolescence). Planned obsolescence is defined as a practice where manufacturers purposefully build their products to break so that consumers are forced to replace them. This model is not only incredibly frustrating and unfair for consumers (often the victims of planned obsolescence are those with less money to begin with) but it also promotes countless environmental, social and economic problems.

    In just 3 years, HOP have managed to file the first two lawsuits ever for planned obsolescence in printers and smartphones. They’re conducting investigations into different products such as printers and tights whilst encouraging public policies for better durability and repairs. They’ve gathered a community of over 35,000 people, mobilised citizens and engaged with decision makers to extend the life cycle of products whilst promoting reusing, repairing and recycling. Thanks to HOP, the French government will enforce a repairable label which will be made mandatory on electrical and electronic products by 2020.

    We think they’re doing incredible work and that they’re the perfect partners to help spread our message of conscious shopping. We hope you’ll join us on the 23rd November to spread the #GreenFridayFriends message and help us bring a new narrative to Black Friday.

     

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-11-13T12:34:00+0000 2018-11-13T12:34:00+0000 Not Your Grandmother’s Tights: Sustainable, Eco-friendly Swedish Stockings Jana Pleyto


    The phrase ‘sustainable hosiery’ has never been in anyone’s vocabulary – until now. Swedish Stockings is leading the way with their range of beautifully designed hosiery that’s also good for the environment. So without further ado, allow us to introduce you to the world’s first sustainable hosiery brand. Our founder Tara Button lamented the loss of durable tights in her introduction for A Life Less Throwaway. The tights of today are not her grandmother’s tights, she posits. The market is awash with cheap hosiery that’s not only uncomfortable and cheaply made, but also very harmful to the environment. Each year, 2 billion pairs of hosiery are produced, worn once and then thrown away, making this one of the most environmentally harmful industries. While these may not be her grandmother’s tights, Swedish Stockings surpasses mainstream brands by producing gorgeous, durable products that are also kind to the planet. Here are a few other reasons why we love their products: Fashion-forward Swedish Stockings has everyone and every occasion in mind. From the festive Lisa Lurex socks that look great at any party to the everyday staple Olivia Premium, you’re bound to find a durable pair to wear again and again. We love...]]>
    The phrase ‘sustainable hosiery’ has never been in anyone’s vocabulary – until now. Swedish Stockings is leading the way with their range of beautifully designed hosiery that’s also good for the environment. So without further ado, allow us to introduce you to the world’s first sustainable hosiery brand.

    Our founder Tara Button lamented the loss of durable tights in her introduction for A Life Less Throwaway. The tights of today are not her grandmother’s tights, she posits. The market is awash with cheap hosiery that’s not only uncomfortable and cheaply made, but also very harmful to the environment. Each year, 2 billion pairs of hosiery are produced, worn once and then thrown away, making this one of the most environmentally harmful industries.

    While these may not be her grandmother’s tights, Swedish Stockings surpasses mainstream brands by producing gorgeous, durable products that are also kind to the planet. Here are a few other reasons why we love their products:

    Unsnaggable, Eco-friendly Tights from Swedish Stockings on uk.buymeonce.com

    Fashion-forward

    Swedish Stockings has everyone and every occasion in mind. From the festive Lisa Lurex socks that look great at any party to the everyday staple Olivia Premium, you’re bound to find a durable pair to wear again and again. We love the softness and the luxurious feel of the Alice Cashmere and the hold-in effect of the Anna Control Tights. Even the Ingrid Premium Knee High socks can be worn with a variety of outfits and for different seasons.

    Unsnaggable, Eco-friendly Tights from Swedish Stockings on uk.buymeonce.com

    Comfort and Durability-tested

    With a number of styles tried and tested by the BuyMeOnce team, we can attest to Swedish Stockings’ durability. The majority of Swedish Stockings’ products are knitted in 3D, a process that involves knitting the hosiery into a tube. The end result is a soft yet elastic fabric that conforms to every curve, which means no bunching or puckering up in the most unusual places.

    All of their hosiery is also knitted with a flat seam and includes a comfortable, broad waistband that won’t pinch or hurt by the second hour. We also love that most of their hosiery come with toe reinforcements, where fabric stress and those pesky holes often appear first.

    A Leader in Sustainability

    Nylon yarn, the backbone of most modern pantyhose, isn’t the most environmentally-friendly fabric because it is created using petroleum-based practices and processes that lead to damaging carbon emissions. The production of nylon yarn means that nitrous oxide is also produced, which is 310 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.

    All Swedish Stockings’ products are made from recycled yarns or natural fibers. This recycled nylon yarn is produced from waste material such as old fishing nets, carpet flooring, fabric scraps and pre-consumer sportswear waste.

    Even Swedish Stockings’ factories and suppliers are carefully selected, taking into consideration the environmental and employee policies that they have in place and social initiatives that help others. Their factories are also engaged in using environmentally-friendly dyes, post-dyeing water treatment and renewables such as wind and solar power.

    Unsnaggable, Eco-friendly Tights from Swedish Stockings on uk.buymeonce.com

    Recycling Club

    We’re huge fans of Swedish Stockings’ recycling club. While the technology to separate nylon from elastane doesn’t exist yet, Swedish Stockings is still committed to closing the loop. They encourage anyone to send over any used hosiery, which is then ground into filler material for fibreglass tanks. These tanks are then used as grease and oil traps in the commercial industry. While this may not be the most glamorous ending for tights that may have complimented a fashionable outfit, it’s been estimated that thousands of pairs of hosiery have been diverted from landfill.

    Swedish Stockings is a company we’re proud to partner with because they are leading the way in changing and influencing a harmful industry, just like these other brands committed to ethical fashion. We know you’ll love them as much as we do and will be adding them to your everyday wardrobe.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-10-26T12:43:00+0100 2018-10-26T12:43:00+0100 Kitchen Lighting Ideas with Plumen BuyMeOnce UK


    Looking for beautiful kitchen lighting ideas? The kitchen often doubles up as a space for eating, entertaining, working and playing, so it’s important to have beautiful lighting that balances functionality with ambience. Here, more than anywhere else in the house, versatile lighting is essential. Words by Kate MacKnight from Plumen When should I plan my kitchen lighting? It’s important to consider your kitchen lighting when you start designing your space (before the electrician does the first fit) rather than seeing it as an afterthought. Make sure you plan your decorative lighting as well as any recessed lighting at this stage as you want to make sure all your lighting is controlled from the mains. What type of light do I need in my kitchen?  The best kitchen lighting offers bright task lighting as well as atmospheric, ambient lighting. It’s important to make sure your kitchen counters, hob and sink are well lit, so that food prep areas are safe and you’re never working in shadow. The tendency is to opt for recessed task lighting and make features of ambient lighting, but with modern advances in lighting technology, it’s now possible to turn your task lighting into a feature too. If...]]>
    Looking for beautiful kitchen lighting ideas? The kitchen often doubles up as a space for eating, entertaining, working and playing, so it’s important to have beautiful lighting that balances functionality with ambience. Here, more than anywhere else in the house, versatile lighting is essential.

    Words by Kate MacKnight from Plumen

    When should I plan my kitchen lighting?

    It’s important to consider your kitchen lighting when you start designing your space (before the electrician does the first fit) rather than seeing it as an afterthought. Make sure you plan your decorative lighting as well as any recessed lighting at this stage as you want to make sure all your lighting is controlled from the mains.

    What type of light do I need in my kitchen? 

    The best kitchen lighting offers bright task lighting as well as atmospheric, ambient lighting. It’s important to make sure your kitchen counters, hob and sink are well lit, so that food prep areas are safe and you’re never working in shadow. The tendency is to opt for recessed task lighting and make features of ambient lighting, but with modern advances in lighting technology, it’s now possible to turn your task lighting into a feature too.

    If you want (or need) to keep the two separate, make sure your ambient lighting is on a separate system to your task lighting, ideally controlled by a dimmer switch.

    Whichever combination you go for, making a feature of your lighting is a beautiful way to set your kitchen apart from the crowd. Here are some of our favourite kitchen lighting ideas.

    Kitchen Island Lighting

    Kitchen Lighting Ideas with Plumen | BuyMeOnce.com
    Often the hub of a home, a kitchen island requires top notch task lighting as well as beautiful feature lighting. Here, the warm, bright light of the Plumen 001 hung in series over the island, makes a stunning design feature while offering the brightness needed for food prep. By @archtectureforlondon, curated by Dezeen @clickclickjim

    Copper Lighting 

    Kitchen Lighting Ideas with Plumen | BuyMeOnce.com

    Copper is still one of the most popular colours in lighting and @suziemcadam has used it in style. Make a feature over your kitchen table by twisting your pendants into a beautiful display, lit by Plumen 001 or 002 bulbs.

    Exposed Filament Bulbs

    Kitchen Lighting Ideas with Plumen | BuyMeOnce.com

    If you’re a fan of exposed filament bulbs but bored of seeing them everywhere, opt for ones with a contemporary silhouette - adding a modern twist to a vintage light. Here, a row of WattNott Wilmas add ambient and decorative lighting to this modern kitchen.

    Track Lighting

    Kitchen Lighting Ideas with Plumen | BuyMeOnce.com

    Use track lighting to mix and match your spotlights and ambient lights. We love this minimal kitchen which takes on a whole new life when the spots go off - leaving the Plumen 002 to softly illuminate the space with its atmospheric glow. @jody_eechout

    Lighting a Vaulted Ceiling 

    Kitchen Lighting Ideas with Plumen | BuyMeOnce.com

    The beauty of the Plumen range is its flexibility - mix and match components to create the perfect pendant for your space. We love this kitchen by @Nor-folk which makes use of ceiling hooks and super long cable - making the problem with vaulted ceilings no problem at all.

    3D Printed Light Shades

    Kitchen Lighting Ideas with Plumen | BuyMeOnce.com

    For seriously modern and unique kitchen lighting ideas, have some 3D printed Kayan shades made to order. They come in a choice of colours and are designed to fit round our various bulb shapes. Made with recyclable PLA, they’re the perfect choice for a sustainable lighting masterpiece.

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-10-19T11:48:00+0100 2018-10-19T11:48:00+0100 7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter Jana Pleyto


    Here at BuyMeOnce we believe in taking brilliant care of your possessions so that they serve you well for a lifetime, and your skin is no exception. Harsh winter weather can be damaging, uncomfortable and downright painful on your skin. Whilst there are some brilliant skincare brands out there (our favourite is  Neal’s Yard by a mile) many products are superfluous, and can even do more harm than good. Hard as it might be, resist that urge to panic-buy cupboard-fulls of lotions and potions following that first gust of bitterly cold winter wind! This mix of hydrating, natural products, home remedies and top tips to live by will keep your skin healthy, happy and glowing through the whole winter. 1. Drink lots of water. When it’s cold outside we often forget to drink enough water throughout the day, but this is just when low humidity is most likely to strip our poor skin of its moisture. Remember to sip slowly through the day rather than gulp and to use a reusable bottle - our favourite is this one by Klean Kanteen. Indulging in warming winter teas such as natural ginger and lemon is a wonderful way to keep hydrated in winter - you...]]>
    Here at BuyMeOnce we believe in taking brilliant care of your possessions so that they serve you well for a lifetime, and your skin is no exception. Harsh winter weather can be damaging, uncomfortable and downright painful on your skin. Whilst there are some brilliant skincare brands out there (our favourite is  Neal’s Yard by a mile) many products are superfluous, and can even do more harm than good.

    Hard as it might be, resist that urge to panic-buy cupboard-fulls of lotions and potions following that first gust of bitterly cold winter wind! This mix of hydrating, natural products, home remedies and top tips to live by will keep your skin healthy, happy and glowing through the whole winter.

    1. Drink lots of water.

    When it’s cold outside we often forget to drink enough water throughout the day, but this is just when low humidity is most likely to strip our poor skin of its moisture. Remember to sip slowly through the day rather than gulp and to use a reusable bottle - our favourite is this one by Klean Kanteen. Indulging in warming winter teas such as natural ginger and lemon is a wonderful way to keep hydrated in winter - you will feel healthy, hydrated and cosy at the same time. It’s a win-win situation!

    7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter | BuyMeOnce.com

    2. Choose a cleanser carefully.

    Many high street cleansers actually contain harsh chemicals which can be damaging rather than nourishing. Ingredients such as alcohol and any added fragrances won’t do any favours for dry, cracked skin, as they strip away natural oils. Cream-based cleansers such as this  Neal's Yard Frankincense one will help keep moisture in while still taking off the day’s dirt and make-up.

    7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter | BuyMeOnce.com

    3. Exfoliate for excellent skin.

    It may be the last thing on your mind when you have dry, itchy skin, but there are benefits to exfoliating your skin during winter. Not only will it take off the dry, dead skin cells, but it also helps you regenerate new ones. Your skin will thank you for using natural, exfoliating scrubs like this yummy-smelling  geranium and orange scrub, or even check out this list of five homemade recipes that are easy to make using just ingredients from your kitchen!

    7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter | BuyMeOnce.com

    4. Keep those showers short and sweet.

    It’s tempting to reach for that dial and turn up the heat and have a long, hot shower or a bath when it’s cold outside. However, hot showers and long baths are a big no-no. Not only will excessively hot water dehydrate you, but it will also strip away necessary oils from your body. If you come out of the shower and your skin is irritatingly red and itchy, it’s a sign that you’ve overdone it. All is not lost though. We’ve got you covered in the next step.

    5. Use a natural moisturiser and apply immediately after washing.

    Choose your facial moisturiser and body lotion carefully. We recommend oil based products rather than water based to keep important hydrating oils in your skin. Apply moisturiser or lotion immediately after washing to lock in as much moisture as possible, and don’t forget to include your hands and your feet, the most hardworking parts of your body! Our favourite for your body? This heavenly body butter is a blend of organic butters and oils, topped up with a therapeutic blend of aromatic essential oils. If you recently ran out of body lotion, look inside your pantry for a tub of coconut oil; beauty editors swear by this versatile pantry essential!

    7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter | BuyMeOnce.com

     

    6. Protect from the elements.

    Winter is undoubtedly harsher on your skin than summer. Out in the open, we may have the pocket essential lip balm to take care of dry, chapped lips, but we need more than that. The combination of low humidity plus those strong, blistering winds can lead to uncomfortably dry skin, so remember to wrap up. A scarf and gloves are essential to protect your hands and the delicate skin on your neck; we love these  scarf and gloves by Ally Bee that are made out of super soft alpaca and sheeps wool for minimal irritation.


    On the topic of skin irritation, a lot of cold-weather clothing can be uncomfortable when worn in direct contact with your skin. We recommend using natural, breathable base layers, such as the ones offered by  The White T-Shirt Company, to protect you from any rough or scratchy winter fabrics that are aggravating to your skin when worn alone.

    7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter | BuyMeOnce.com

    7. Sunscreen is not just for summer.

    We may reach for the sunscreen automatically during the warmer months, but sunscreen is just as important during winter to shield from those harmful UVs. Make sure to cover your face, neck and hands (if they are exposed), and opt for a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection. If you’re up on the slopes, the Skin Cancer Institute recommends reapplying your sunscreen every two hours and immediately after heavy sweating. Don’t forget the spots that are easily missed such as the back of the neck, lips, ears and under the chin!

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    https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2018-10-12T11:28:00+0100 2018-10-12T11:28:00+0100 Why Do Parents Love Wishbone Design Toys? Jana Pleyto


    Here at BuyMeOnce, we love Wishbone Design Studio because their ethos is aligned with the BuyMeOnce way of slowing down consumption by choosing durable, quality products that last a long time. But why do parents in more than 135 countries love Wishbone products? Wishbone Design Studio is a small, family-owned New Zealand-based company founded by parents Richard and Jennifer, who were living in New York during its inception. Richard wished for his children to have the same outdoor experiences he had when he was growing up – a rarity in the concrete streets of the Big Apple – and so he set out to build a bike for their son Noah. During their rides in Central Park, other parents often came up to ask where the bike was from, so Richard set about creating ten more bikes. When they returned back to their native New Zealand, Wishbone was officially born and is now shipped globally.   Heirloom Quality Parents love Wishbone products because they’re designed to grow with the child and help them conquer developmental milestones, from crawling, to pushing themselves up, to walking and finally riding independently. Designing ride-on toys and bikes that grow with the child means that these...]]>
    Here at BuyMeOnce, we love Wishbone Design Studio because their ethos is aligned with the BuyMeOnce way of slowing down consumption by choosing durable, quality products that last a long time. But why do parents in more than 135 countries love Wishbone products?

    Wishbone Design Studio is a small, family-owned New Zealand-based company founded by parents Richard and Jennifer, who were living in New York during its inception. Richard wished for his children to have the same outdoor experiences he had when he was growing up – a rarity in the concrete streets of the Big Apple – and so he set out to build a bike for their son Noah. During their rides in Central Park, other parents often came up to ask where the bike was from, so Richard set about creating ten more bikes. When they returned back to their native New Zealand, Wishbone was officially born and is now shipped globally.  

    Why Do Parents Love Wishbone Design Toys? | BuyMeOnce.com

    Heirloom Quality

    Parents love Wishbone products because they’re designed to grow with the child and help them conquer developmental milestones, from crawling, to pushing themselves up, to walking and finally riding independently. Designing ride-on toys and bikes that grow with the child means that these products will last far longer than their traditional counterparts; even longer if you pass them down to younger siblings, or even the next generation.

    They’re also beautifully and classically designed. The clean, minimal frames can be fully customized, encouraging creativity. Fun stickers, bells, nameplates, colourful handlebars and seat covers can all be easily swapped over as the bike gets handed down to future riders.

    Why Do Parents Love Wishbone Design Toys? | BuyMeOnce.com

    Safe for kids to use

    Parents can rest assured there’s nothing nasty lurking in Wishbone toys. All their products are completely free from lead, phthalates, BPA, PVC or formaldehyde. Their tires and handgrips are PAH free, and the glues and finishes used are all non-toxic and water-based.

    The wooden bikes, wagon and flips are made from solid laminated wood, layered birch and eucalyptus plywood, a welcome move away from flimsy particle board.

    Easy to use

    Transforming a Wishbone product is so easy that absolutely anyone can do it using the appropriate kit and a few simple tools. A pull-push wagon can be turned into a go-cart, a trike can be turned into a bike, and even a rocker can be turned into a ride-on with one simple toggle of a switch. Even the frame and seat height are easily fully adjustable, making this an ideal toy for growing kids.

     

    Kind to the environment

    We all know that the toy industry is one of the most harmful to the environment with 90% of all toys on the market made out of plastic, most breaking easily and ending up in landfill within a few years. Environmentally conscious parents love that Wishbone Design moves away from this model. Their circular thinking starts at the very beginning of the design process, from reducing their use of raw materials, through to encouraging repair and refurbishment, right down to shipping their products out to customers using strictly plastic-free and recycled packaging.

    Their new range of recycled bikes are prime examples, with the 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 recycled bike frames made out of post-consumer carpets. Nylon and polypropylene are derived from house carpets and recycled to create sturdy glass fiber frames.

    In line with their carbon zero goals, all their products are easily repairable and refurbished, with replacement parts readily available. Wishbone pride themselves in the rarity of customer returns, and in case of warranty issues, their customer service is impeccable; they can easily diagnose and send new parts as needed, and it’s hardly ever necessary to replace the whole unit.

    It’s easy to see why Wishbone Design Studio is the recipient of numerous design and sustainability awards from around the world. This homegrown brand is not only leading the way with their beautifully designed, timeless and heirloom-quality products, but is also tackling a supremely wasteful toy industry along the way. For environmentally conscious parents and growing kids, Wishbone is a brand to watch out for.

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