https://uk.buymeonce.com/pages/blog-feed BuyMeOnce UK - Articles & Tips 2019-11-19T13:45:00+0000 BuyMeOnce UK https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-11-19T13:45:00+0000 2019-11-19T13:45:00+0000 Green Friday Friends: How BuyMeOnce is Fighting the Black Friday Frenzy Georgie Crosswell


Use our hashtag #GreenFridayFriends to get involved on 22 November. What's wrong with Black Friday? Okay let's talk about it.  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.  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? We won't be pushing any sales across the weekend, and instead will be using the day to spread a message of calm, conscious consumerism. We're encouraging other brands like ourselves who want shoppers to buy well and buy mindfully and banded together to become Green Friday Friends. We’d love for you to join us on the 22nd 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...]]>
Use our hashtag #GreenFridayFriends to get involved on 22 November.

What's wrong with Black Friday?

Okay let's talk about it. 

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. 

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?

We won't be pushing any sales across the weekend, and instead will be using the day to spread a message of calm, conscious consumerism. We're encouraging other brands like ourselves who want shoppers to buy well and buy mindfully and banded together to become Green Friday Friends.

We’d love for you to join us on the 22nd 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 sometimes has hidden costs.

 

 

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-11-15T16:08:00+0000 2019-11-15T16:08:00+0000 12 Tips of Christmas Gifting Tara Button


I completely empathise with Christmas panic buying because that has been my default for years… By October certain members of my family (everyone has them) have wrapped up all their presents and I’m like – “Christmas is ages away. I have loads of time.  I always mean to give myself time to get really personal presents. But the next time I look up it’s mid December and that’s all gone out the window. I then start to make some half-hearted moved towards present buying in my lunch breaks, buy two presents and feel like I’m half-way there and relax.  Then suddenly it’s Christmas week and I’m totally panicking and can’t believe that I’ve left it to the last minute again, even though I promised myself last year that it was far too stressful. I’ll literally run through the local shopping centre in desperate hope that inspiration will strike and I’d find myself picking up random objects and asking myself “will this do”? Will I get away with this. Everyone loves a scented candle? Right?  RIGHT? Because I’ve left no time to think or look properly, I end up buying something generic. But because it feel a little bit crap, I...]]>
I completely empathise with Christmas panic buying because that has been my default for years…

By October certain members of my family (everyone has them) have wrapped up all their presents and I’m like – “Christmas is ages away. I have loads of time. 

I always mean to give myself time to get really personal presents. But the next time I look up it’s mid December and that’s all gone out the window. I then start to make some half-hearted moved towards present buying in my lunch breaks, buy two presents and feel like I’m half-way there and relax. 

Then suddenly it’s Christmas week and I’m totally panicking and can’t believe that I’ve left it to the last minute again, even though I promised myself last year that it was far too stressful.

I’ll literally run through the local shopping centre in desperate hope that inspiration will strike and I’d find myself picking up random objects and asking myself “will this do”? Will I get away with this. Everyone loves a scented candle? Right?


 RIGHT?

Because I’ve left no time to think or look properly, I end up buying something generic. But because it feel a little bit crap, I end up “topping up” this gift with another present. So my loved one ends up with two generic things. And suddenly I’m spending way more than I meant to out of guilt!

I end up leaving myself open the novelty gift trap because at least if it’s not meaningful, we can laugh about how crap it is. No matter if they’ll never use it. It’s funny, Right?


Right??

It gets to Christmas eve and I realise that a cousin I didn’t know would be coming is now going to be popping by and I have nothing to give them! I end up looking at my own possessions, feverishly wondering what I can wrap up. 

This has been my reality for years. It means I end up spending more, buying wastefully, buying things that people may not want to keep and the products may be inferior in quality and sustainability because I’m limited by what can be found in the shopping centre or next day delivery. 


But this year, it will be different. 


Inspired by my book, A Life Less Throwaway, I have my mindful curation plan for gifting. This is to ensure that I buy gifts that will be truly appreciated and used in the long term rather than simply another product in someone’s house.
 

Here are my 12 rules of Christmas,
   

 

1) “On-the first week of November....” write a list of everyone who needs to be recognised this Christmas in some way.


2) Try to get that list down - lots of people coming over over xmas week - suggest a secret santa!


3) What do you get someone who has everything? NOT another thing - with these types of people, plan an experience. If you think you might want to make a present, now is the time to get knitting / designing / carving or filming. 


 4) Ask your list for the area they might need something new.  Craft items, tools for a particular hobby, household goods, or clothing. If they don’t give you an area, choose an area that you feel confident buying in – write down the area you’re planning on going for next to each person. Aim to have an area written down by 2nd week of November. 


5) In the 2nd week of November - get nosey to get a sense of their taste in that area. This might involve quick calls to spouses, or inviting yourself over. By the next week you should have 1-2 present ideas for each person. Think particularly about things that they might use or keep well into the long term. 


6) List your budget per person - this will help you choose which shops you go to. Shops like BuyMeOnce work well for this because we cover many product categories, but you can still shop for individual values and personalities. By the end of the week you should have something that looks like this:

Person  Area Idea Budget Bought Wrapped?
Husband Decor Personalised movie poster  Yes
Mum Experience Golf + Tea
Dad Experience Flying lesson Yes
Granny Clothing Make cashmere handwarmers
…..


 7)  On 3rd week of Nov, check delivery times from those shops and order anything personalised. 


8)  Block out shopping time. Put it in the calendar. If the weekends are busy, consider taking a half day off to get it all done at once. Remember to shop by the values that you hold dear, whether its sustainability, ethical production, exquisite quality or local goods. 


9) While you’re shopping, pick up some nice local edible gifts to give to people who turn up unexpectedly or you suddenly remember.


10) Don’t forget to pick up wrapping while you shop. We suggest reusable wrapping like Wrag Wrap, pretty fabric, or scarfs. If you must use paper, us recycled and recyclable paper. You can tell if it’s recyclable paper because it’s usually not shiny.


11)  By the 2nd week of December you should be all wrapped up. Time to crack out the mince pies and watch Elf again!


12)  Always include the gift receipt if you can. £700 million of unwanted gifts are given each year – you don’t want yours to be one of them.


So those are my 12 rules of Christmas Gift Buying and they come from the belief that a gift should be for life, not just for Christmas. We’re here to help people buy mindfully and find lovely, sustainable things that people can love for a lifetime. 

Good luck and have and awesome Christmas. You can shop at the BuyMeOnce Conscious Christmas shop here.


X Tara

 

 

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-11-11T14:14:00+0000 2019-11-11T14:14:00+0000 Lily's Guide to Christmas Giving Lily Courtauld


It’s that time of year again. Christmas and all that comes with it is drawing ever closer: cosy (if perhaps a tad high octane?) festive fun with loved ones, all manner of celebrations including those office parties, indulgence in delicious seasonal treats, ice skating, winter fairs and of course – deep breath now – gift buying.  Think about how you buy, as much as you think about what you need to buy.  There’s no denying it; gifting can at times be scary and incredibly unfun. The anxiety of battling crowds with a list as long as your arm and absolutely no idea what they want or where to start can be overwhelming. Fear not, this year things are going to be different.  The best place to start your thinking is our Christmas Shop, but we’d also recommend keeping an eye out on our social media for lots of other help and hints. We wrote this guide way back in 2017, but we think the method still stands. Here is our guide to help you shop for gifts the BuyMeOnce way.  Think beyond Christmas Shops heavily promote seasonal gadgetry and novelty items aplenty this time of year. Try to resist. These...]]>
It’s that time of year again. Christmas and all that comes with it is drawing ever closer: cosy (if perhaps a tad high octane?) festive fun with loved ones, all manner of celebrations including those office parties, indulgence in delicious seasonal treats, ice skating, winter fairs and of course – deep breath now – gift buying. 

Think about how you buy, as much as you think about what you need to buy. 

There’s no denying it; gifting can at times be scary and incredibly unfun. The anxiety of battling crowds with a list as long as your arm and absolutely no idea what they want or where to start can be overwhelming. Fear not, this year things are going to be different. 

The best place to start your thinking is our Christmas Shop, but we’d also recommend keeping an eye out on our social media for lots of other help and hints. We wrote this guide way back in 2017, but we think the method still stands. Here is our guide to help you shop for gifts the BuyMeOnce way. 

Think beyond Christmas

Shops heavily promote seasonal gadgetry and novelty items aplenty this time of year. Try to resist. These items have a limited lifespan and are by and large pretty generic. Think beyond festive celebrations, and invest in gifts that are beautifully crafted and made to last. These are much more likely to be lovingly appreciated and add meaningful value to everyday life for generations to come.

 

Don’t Panic

Don’t wait until Christmas Eve to start your shopping. This is sure-fire shortcut to a spiral of anxiety. Give yourself time, avoid the panic and enjoy what you’re doing. Giving a great gift can be a joyous experience – try not to lose sight of that! Small or large, the best gifts mean something to the recipient. These are the ones that will stand the test of time and will not immediately appear in the local charity shop. As stress levels heighten, the danger of the panic purchase increases. We spend money on things we’re not sure about and haven’t thoughtfully considered, so we have something to gift wrap and offer. This, BuyMeOnce-ers, does not a good gift make. A little calm preparation will help you avoid disastrous panic shopping. 

 

Be thoughtful

List things that your gift recipients are interested in and jot down ideas ahead of your shopping excursion. Think about what they might need. Have they just moved house? Maybe they’ve recently started school/college/university? Do they have a new job? Even if you don’t have a detailed picture of their day-to-day life, asking yourself these questions will help you build a list of items that could offer great value and happiness. Opt for something that you yourself would be happy to receive. If you are buying something for a child – try to tap into the child you! As I said at the top, what you buy is only part of the challenge, it’s about how you buy for them.

 

Create a budget

Remember that list – the one as long as your arm? Give yourself a budget and you’ll avoid the anxiety of extreme costs and seasonal gift recipient resentment. To help you with this task, we’ve selected a great range of gifts under £20 on our website, so you can shop happily with the knowledge that you’re being mindful of your budget.

 


 

 

From me and the rest of the BuyMeOnce team, I hope you have a safe and gorgeous Christmas.

Still looking for more ideas of how to approach your gift giving? The wonderful Tara Button has also shared some tips of her own below. 

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-11-05T10:22:00+0000 2019-11-05T10:22:00+0000 Pop-up season is almost upon us Ben Manassah


It’s Christmas season. Have you started your shopping and stuck for ideas? Come and meet Tara and the rest of the BuyMeOnce team in the flesh.  This year we are really excited to be doing three pop-ups across London, where we will be curating some of our favourite Christmas treats. Put a couple in your diary and come down and say hello.  Don’t live in London? Shop our Christmas collection.  Trinity Hospice Christmas Fair 2019 Celebrate Christmas at St Luke's Church with more than 40 stallholders selling jewellery, toys, gadgets, Christmas cards and decorations, fashion items, beauty products, books, gifts, food and more. Do all your shopping under one roof and support Trinity Hospice. Date: Wednesday 13th November Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm Price: £5 at the door About: Stallholders Instagram  pebblefestive Join over 45 ethical brands for festive cheer - with vegan hot choc, a secondhand Christmas jumper rail and zero waste Christmas craft workshops. And free vegan ice cream from Oatly!   Date: Saturday 30th November Time: 11am - 5:30pm Where: Flat Iron Square, Southwark St, London SE1 1RU Price: £5-7.50 + VAT + BF/ Under 12s free About: About  Instagram  Zero Waste Christmas Market The Zero Waste Christmas Market bringing together...]]>
It’s Christmas season. Have you started your shopping and stuck for ideas? Come and meet Tara and the rest of the BuyMeOnce team in the flesh. 

This year we are really excited to be doing three pop-ups across London, where we will be curating some of our favourite Christmas treats. Put a couple in your diary and come down and say hello. 

Don’t live in London? Shop our Christmas collection


Trinity Hospice Christmas Fair 2019

Celebrate Christmas at St Luke's Church with more than 40 stallholders selling jewellery, toys, gadgets, Christmas cards and decorations, fashion items, beauty products, books, gifts, food and more. Do all your shopping under one roof and support Trinity Hospice.

Date: Wednesday 13th November

Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Price: £5 at the door

About: Stallholders Instagram 


pebblefestive

Join over 45 ethical brands for festive cheer - with vegan hot choc, a secondhand Christmas jumper rail and zero waste Christmas craft workshops. And free vegan ice cream from Oatly!

pebblefestive

 

Date: Saturday 30th November

Time: 11am - 5:30pm

Where: Flat Iron Square, Southwark St, London SE1 1RU

Price: £5-7.50 + VAT + BF/ Under 12s free

About: About  Instagram 



Zero Waste Christmas Market

The Zero Waste Christmas Market bringing together the best of London's sustainability scene for greener gifting this festive season. With mulled wine, vegan food, festive workshops, entertainment, music and more this is how Christmas should be done. With both planet and people in mind.

Zero waste market

Date: Saturday 7 December 2019

Time: 10:30am - 5:30pm 

Where: The Boiler Room, 152 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU

Price: £7.59

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-10-30T09:41:00+0000 2019-10-30T09:41:00+0000 25 Sustainable Homeware Gifts that Last Ben Manassah


If you’re buying something for a new homeowner this Christmas, or even someone who just loves to nest, our list of sustainable homeware gifts will be your go-to guide. When purchasing someone a present for their home, you want to ensure that it’s a gift that will bring them joy for years to come. You want a unique piece of homeware they can be proud to show off to relatives and friends – a gift that’s guaranteed not to fade, unravel, rip, or break. At BuyMeOnce, we only stock homeware gifts that last. From organic Turkish cotton throws, to sturdy linen bed sheets, to (nearly) everlasting designer light bulbs and ethically made rugs, you’re sure to find the perfect sustainable homeware piece for everyone on your list.  Sustainable Blankets and Throws Throws and blankets are the ultimate cosy homeware gift – perfect for movie marathons and for some much needed couch snuggling! Add an artisan touch to your home with the luxurious woven Pom Pom throw, hand finished with a twisted, knotted fringe and black tassel detail. In earthy tones of warm grey and ecru this natural, heavyweight cotton blanket will complement any neutral scheme. The versatile and stylish Nil...]]>
If you’re buying something for a new homeowner this Christmas, or even someone who just loves to nest, our list of sustainable homeware gifts will be your go-to guide. When purchasing someone a present for their home, you want to ensure that it’s a gift that will bring them joy for years to come. You want a unique piece of homeware they can be proud to show off to relatives and friends – a gift that’s guaranteed not to fade, unravel, rip, or break.

At BuyMeOnce, we only stock homeware gifts that last. From organic Turkish cotton throws, to sturdy linen bed sheets, to (nearly) everlasting designer light bulbs and ethically made rugs, you’re sure to find the perfect sustainable homeware piece for everyone on your list.

 Sustainable Blankets and Throws

Luks Linen Cotton and Bamboo Peshtemal

Throws and blankets are the ultimate cosy homeware gift – perfect for movie marathons and for some much needed couch snuggling!

Add an artisan touch to your home with the luxurious woven Pom Pom throw, hand finished with a twisted, knotted fringe and black tassel detail.

In earthy tones of warm grey and ecru this natural, heavyweight cotton blanket will complement any neutral scheme.

The versatile and stylish Nil peshtemal can be used as a throw, scarf, wrap, sarong, or even as a towel or knotted bag!

The Ela is a beautiful, slightly thicker mustard throw woven in a jacquard pattern. It’s perfect for winter.

This unique baby blanket is called Piha, which means garden or farmyard in Finnish; it features original illustrations by British artist Nick Fusedale.

The Idil peshtemal featured above a blend of bamboo and cotton for a truly soft snuggle.

Long Lasting Bed Linens & Cushions

Finlayson Jesus Single Duvet & Pillowcase Set

While they may not seem like a flashy homeware gift, you shouldn’t overlook long lasting, ethical bed linens and cushions. Linens are a wonderful gift that show you care about the quality of your recipient’s sleep.

The double duvet and pillowcase set shown above is made from strong, soft linen and is guaranteed for 50 years. While you’re at it, deck them out with the matching pillows!

The Damla is our most popular throw – handwoven in the Turkish style using 100% organic cotton, this is the softest blanket they will ever receive.

The kids deserve a little homeware flair too – they’ll love one of these adorable pillows featuring fun animal prints!

This beautiful handmade wool cushion cover comes in a variety of designs, so you can match it to their taste.

 Long Lasting Lighting & Audio

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These lasting lighting and audio products are perhaps slightly more practical, but they’re also some of the most talked about homeware gifts on our site. We bet the recipient can’t guess how long our light bulbs last!

Wanda may look like your regular incandescent bulb, but she comes packing 25,000 hours of life thanks to her dimmable LED filament technology.

This LED light bulb is the world's first designer low energy bulb and promises a lifetime of 20,000 hours. Why not pick up a beautiful pendant fitting to go along with it?

The unique design of the Plumen 003 light bulb cleverly simulates the warm, flattering glow of candlelight with the practical benefits of a spotlight, with the added benefit of being able to run for 10,000 hours. 

Are they an audiophile or a frequent festival goer? They’ll fall for this portable bluetooth speaker boasting 80 hours of battery life.

Handwoven, Ethical Rugs

Muna Home - Marinara Due Handwoven Geometric Rug

Rugs can liven up any dull space with a touch of elegance and really show off the homeowner’s individuality. Our handwoven rugs make a unique and ethical homeware gift and are the perfect housewarming treat.

This unique leather rug is made using interlocking offcuts of top-quality upcycled materials and can be built to accommodate any size room.

The Felce is inspired by nature. Its contemporary design is made with a nuno-felting technique – a mix of traditional wet felting and needle felting.

One of our most popular homeware gifts, this ethical rug features simple horizontal stripes.

This handwoven rug is made from 100% wool with a simple, yet elegant geometric design that would suit any space.

Bird lovers will adore the delicate design of the Passero rug, which features a sparrow and blossoming branches. 

Built-for-life Furniture

Family W Shaker Stool Solid Oak

The holidays got you feeling extra generous? Help them avoid the frustration of flat-pack furniture and get them a classic, well-made piece that will last their entire life.

This minimal and elegant bookcase is handcrafted from solid oak – the perfect homeware gift for a bookworm.

Recipient a bit of a DIY-er? Never fear! This DIY version of the Shaker Stool allows them to assemble their own furniture at home.

If their home is on the smaller side, they’ll love the space-saving design of this slim cabinet.

The beautiful stool pictured above is handmade from solid oak wood and comes in a variety of colours to suit any homeowner’s personality.

Didn’t find anything you love here? 

Be sure to check out our home furnishers gifting section for even more long-lasting gift inspiration!

Not sure what they’d like? Think about a BuyMeOnce gift card.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-10-18T16:00:00+0100 2019-10-18T16:00:00+0100 40 Best Gifts for Him (2019) Amanda Saxby


Wondering what to buy for those men in your life? You know the ones – particular yet unspecific or forthcoming in their requests? They might even say there’s nothing at all they want for Christmas, which is often entirely untrue. All of this makes a tricky task all the more troublesome.Generally, the best gifts for men will tend to be products based on a combination of form, function and durability. They’re less likely to be pleased with general trinketry or purely pretty objects. A man’s stuff needs to really perform.Our smart selection of thoughtfully ­­curated gifts are sure to surprise and delight even the most discerning and, dare we say it, demanding male gift recipients. Here are 40 of the best gifts for men this holiday season. The Best Gifts for His Wardrobe By the time Christmas rolls around, bits and pieces of our wardrobes start to look a little shabby. This year, treat him to some stylish new threads and accessories that will last more than just 365 days.   We can’t predict the future, but we know the best gift you’ll give him is this pair of jeans that will last his whole life.Is the man on your...]]>
Wondering what to buy for those men in your life? You know the ones – particular yet unspecific or forthcoming in their requests? They might even say there’s nothing at all they want for Christmas, which is often entirely untrue. All of this makes a tricky task all the more troublesome.

Generally, the best gifts for men will tend to be products based on a combination of form, function and durability. They’re less likely to be pleased with general trinketry or purely pretty objects. A man’s stuff needs to really perform.

Our smart selection of thoughtfully ­­curated gifts are sure to surprise and delight even the most discerning and, dare we say it, demanding male gift recipients. Here are 40 of the best gifts for men this holiday season.

The Best Gifts for His Wardrobe

By the time Christmas rolls around, bits and pieces of our wardrobes start to look a little shabby. This year, treat him to some stylish new threads and accessories that will last more than just 365 days.

 

We can’t predict the future, but we know the best gift you’ll give him is this pair of jeans that will last his whole life.

Is the man on your list always busting through belts? Present him with this lifetime warrantied, upcycled fire hose belt. Problem solved.

This original Finnish wool hat with an impressive lifetime warranty will keep him warm and cosy.

This deliciously soft shawl collar sweater would make an excellent Christmas gift for any man.

If you’re looking for a unique gift, this super soft, sustainable hoodie is made from recycled polyester and comes with a lifetime of free repairs!

A Christmas classic: every man needs a new pair of socks in their stocking. And these ones are guaranteed to last a lifetime.

If his sleepwear is looking a little funky, gift him a pair of these organic cotton shorts – they come with a BuyMeOnce exclusive guarantee!

Are his kicks looking a little rough? Grab him a pair of these swish sustainable sneakers.

The design of this parka is taken from Everest explorer Edmund Hillary’s original mountaineering jacket. Winter wear can’t get much more authentic than this!

This 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton t-shirt features a neat front pocket and makes a great gift for him year-round.

These truly unique cufflinks are made from 100% upcycled materials, including firehose!

You can’t do much better than this strong and sustainable linen shirt that comes with a lifetime of free repairs.

40 Best Gifts for Him (2019)

The Best Gifts for His Travels

Whether he’s travelling the world or just commuting to the office, gift him something that will make his journey a little bit easier. Because when you can guarantee your travel accessories won’t fail, delays and layovers don’t seem quite as stressful.



A gift for him and a gift for the environment: this stainless steel lunch box is stylish and sustainable.

He’ll never need to worry about a ripped wallet with one of these lifetime guaranteed fire hose wallets!

Is he always soaring overseas? He’ll love this natural, scratch resistant and super stylish cork passport holder.


Heading on a sunny vacation? Pop a pair of these bamboo sunnies in his bag for a little treat.

Any man would be proud to tote this Italian made soft leather briefcase to the office and back.

A unique gift for a man who loves the beach: this wooden bellyboard is handmade and sustainably sourced.

Stainless steel straws always come in handy – a fabulous gift for his stocking.

This unique backpack is perfect for the avid traveller. The personalised badges keep holiday memories alive.

40 Best Gifts for Him (2019) | BuyMeOnce.com

The Best Gifts for His Meals

If you’re looking for perfect foodie gifts for men, look no further! It doesn’t matter if he’s a barbecue wizard or a culinary genius in the making, these kitchen tools will help him up his game for life.



Help him set up his new kitchen with the only multi-century guaranteed skillet on the market. He’ll never need another one.

And while you’re at it, might as well pair it with this flaming skillet – perfect for BBQ masters!

Every chef needs the staples, so gift him this beautiful wooden cutting board that doubles as a serving platter.

Not only is this durable apron perfect for cooking and barbecuing, it’s also great for yard work, painting or DIY.

Whiskey connoisseur? We recommend only the best unbreakable whiskey tumblers for the gent on your list.

These will be the only pint glasses he’ll ever need. A great gift for a man curating a new home.

 

40 Best Gifts for Him (2019) | BuyMeOnce.com

 

The Best Gifts for His Gym Kit

Looking for the best gifts for men that spend more time at the gym than their own home? We’ve got you covered. He’ll love any of these high-impact, long-lasting products.

 


Need a unique gift for the man on your list this Christmas? Go for this upcycled fire hose weekend bag and ask him to guess the material. (He won’t.)


Practicing his yoga will be so much easier with the ‘Rolls Royce’ of yoga mats.

If he loves going to the gym, gift him these comfy organic cotton joggers that will see him through endless treadmill minutes.

This stunning backpack will fit all of his gym kit and more; it also effortlessly moves from gym to morning commute to weekend trip.

Keep him hydrated and help save the oceans with this lightweight reusable water bottle.

Wash bags don’t come any tougher than ones made from ballistic nylon.

40 Best Gifts for Him (2019) | BuyMeOnce.com

The Best Gifts for His Morning Routine

Every man wakes and whether he likes to admit it or not, he likely has a set routine in the morning. These functional and durable gifts will help him achieve all of his daily goals.


This handwoven Turkish linen lounge gown is a luxurious gift for the man who likes to keep it cosy.

Start his morning off right with an inspiring soundtrack, which is even better coming out of this portable speaker packing an incredible 100 hours of battery life.

This lifetime guaranteed, adjustable safety razor is the only razor he will ever need. Period.

And you might as well grab him some extra blade refills. They make a great stocking stuffer!

How cool would you be if your coffee aficionado opened this manual espresso maker on Christmas day?

Keep him relaxed for over 20,000 hours with the knowledge that he’ll never need to change this light bulb.

And if his style swings to the hipster side of the scale, this whirly bulb would be a real pleaser.

This shaving kit, fitted with safety razor, shaving brush and bowl, handmade soap, organic shave oil, and organic cotton flannel, makes the perfect gift for any man.

40 Best Gifts for Him (2019) | BuyMeOnce.com



Didn’t find anything you love here? Be sure to check out our men’s gifting section for even more long-lasting gift inspiration! 

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-10-15T16:47:00+0100 2019-10-15T16:47:00+0100 Tara Button: How it felt to meet The Minimalists Tara Button


I sat down with Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus - founders of The Minimalists podcast, to talk all things minimalism and the inception story of BuyMeOnce. As soon as they bounded through the door of the studio, I was enveloped by two huge bear hugs (which they are famous for). The guys are full of energy, humour and natural warmth which they bring to their podcast.  Their origin story mirrors mine in many ways, but rather than beginning with a spark of joy from a Le Creuset pot, theirs began with a feeling of discontent. They had acquired everything that you supposedly need to be happy: six-figure careers, luxury cars and oversized houses; stuff, lots of it, cluttering every corner of their lives.  That discontent lingered, and the harder they worked the more they realised they were just plugging a void of debt, stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness, guilt, overwhelm and depression. Their central beliefs on minimalism start with ridding yourself of the excess stuff - but doesn’t end there. It’s about taking back control of your time and your life.  Since taking the plunge and quitting their corporate careers in 2011, they have prolifically built an audience through their website, podcasts, films and...]]>

I sat down with Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus - founders of The Minimalists podcast, to talk all things minimalism and the inception story of BuyMeOnce. As soon as they bounded through the door of the studio, I was enveloped by two huge bear hugs (which they are famous for). The guys are full of energy, humour and natural warmth which they bring to their podcast. 

Their origin story mirrors mine in many ways, but rather than beginning with a spark of joy from a Le Creuset pot, theirs began with a feeling of discontent. They had acquired everything that you supposedly need to be happy: six-figure careers, luxury cars and oversized houses; stuff, lots of it, cluttering every corner of their lives. 

That discontent lingered, and the harder they worked the more they realised they were just plugging a void of debt, stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness, guilt, overwhelm and depression. Their central beliefs on minimalism start with ridding yourself of the excess stuff - but doesn’t end there. It’s about taking back control of your time and your life. 

Since taking the plunge and quitting their corporate careers in 2011, they have prolifically built an audience through their website, podcasts, films and books. I believe there is a lot of overlap in our approaches to minimalism as a tool to be used in everyday life. Even though I’ve been on this journey for a number of years, I felt like I was able to absorb a number of tips and rules.  

Our shared philosophy can be summarised as: “Don’t buy anything you don’t need. If you do need something, buy once and buy well.” 

 

Our chat traversed buying new and used material possessions with intention, purchasing products that last a lifetime, and being responsible with time and money when shopping for necessities. Josh and Ryan also pull out some of the key concepts in my book A Life Less Throwaway on living mindfully. 

It was also pleasing to be able to help answer people’s tricky fundamental questions about implementing minimalism in their lives. Even though I’ve been on this journey for a number of years - I felt like I was able to absorb a number of tips, tricks and little rules. 

One of our callers - Elizabeth from Denmark, was only 17 years old and yet already committing to a minimalist lifestyle. She was finding it hard, and we gave her our best advice, however the mere fact that she was trying was so exciting and encouraging. 

We know that our planet has limited resources and limited time to solve climate change. We also know that it’s young people especially who are under constant pressure to consume, and that it can be damaging to their mental health. It’s vital to make the message of minimalism accessible and inclusive. Only then will it reach the people that it needs to, the shapers of the future. And it’s only then that a real shift in behaviour will be possible.

It’s vitally important to make the distinction between necessary consumption and consumerism.

 

Just owning lots of material objects will not bring us the fulfilment we need. But owning a small number of prized possessions can bring joy.

BuyMeOnce does this by helping people buy things intentionally for the long term. The confirmation of the importance of the work we do here at BuyMeOnce had me heading home with renewed enthusiasm and determination. 

Watch the podcast with The Minimalists here and learn more about them here.]]>
https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-10-15T11:00:00+0100 2019-10-15T11:00:00+0100 Decluttering the Things I Didn’t Need: Tara’s Minimalist Year James Bates-Prince


Last year, our ever-inspired founder and leader Tara Button decided to cut the crap. Living for a year without extraneous items, this list was to be her own minimalist bible. I think it’s about time we discovered how she got on. Was it way too easy? Was it a little too tough? Can anything be too difficult for a female entrepreneur who’s disrupting an industry obsessed with excess? Luckily, we’re all realists here. Each step that someone takes toward lowering their impact on the planet is one to be commended, even if all it involves is cutting a little spending here and there or taking a pile of unworn clothes to the local charity shop. You lived with one and two other people at times last year. How hard has it been to drag the non-believers with you on your clutter-free quest? Tara Button: It is always a compromise – it has to be. People are different, and there’s no point imposing your will on other people. For the most part I’ve been really lucky to be living with a natural minimalist – my fiancé really couldn’t really give a crap about actual stuff. He’s at home in the living...]]>

Last year, our ever-inspired founder and leader Tara Button decided to cut the crap. Living for a year without extraneous items, this list was to be her own minimalist bible. I think it’s about time we discovered how she got on. Was it way too easy? Was it a little too tough? Can anything be too difficult for a female entrepreneur who’s disrupting an industry obsessed with excess?

Luckily, we’re all realists here. Each step that someone takes toward lowering their impact on the planet is one to be commended, even if all it involves is cutting a little spending here and there or taking a pile of unworn clothes to the local charity shop.

You lived with one and two other people at times last year. How hard has it been to drag the non-believers with you on your clutter-free quest?

Tara Button: It is always a compromise – it has to be. People are different, and there’s no point imposing your will on other people. For the most part I’ve been really lucky to be living with a natural minimalist – my fiancé really couldn’t really give a crap about actual stuff. He’s at home in the living room - living for stories, comedy and culture. If it was just up to me, maybe I’d have thrown out the widescreen TV… but then he might have thrown me out! The only slight struggle we still have is with his little sort of clutter – you know, like dead pens, stationery, other little nick-knacks. 

I’m also aware that it can be more difficult to declutter when your household isn’t just a couple. It can be pretty tough just to work out whose stuff is whose, and I’m not keen on moving stuff around I don’t own. I’d never want to feel like I’m imposing something upon an unwilling participant. A great time to approach decluttering is actually when a housemate leaves or when you move house yourself. It’s a great opportunity to spend time thinking about what matters and what doesn’t.

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How has running a business made it more difficult to keep your pledge?

TB: Well, the nature of the business means that, luckily, it’s constantly on my mind. I do find myself having less and less time and that can definitely lead to more impulse-driven shopping. I think it’s a lot like grocery shopping when you’re hungry – you go in for a tin of soup and come out with a Twix multi-pack and a great big bag of Doritos. When there is something that I think I do need to add into my life, for the business or at home, I really try and carve out some time to make a focused decision about it. Get it right now and I’m saving myself time further down the road.

So you’ve managed to avoid impulse shopping all year?

TB: [Looks to the ceiling, laughs furtively]. Well, the other day I did buy this kneeling chair. It basically shares the weight of sitting between my knees and bum. I was in pain; the chair in my writing room is crazy uncomfortable, and I was just thinking of my poor back. I might not have looked into it as much as I should have, but I wanted to make the pain go away. I mean, it’s arriving in a few days so I can update you, but usually I’d have put more time into it.

I think we can let you off. How about at Christmas – did you manage to avoid giving throwaway stuff?

TB: Hmm. Well, that’s a downside of running a business, writing a book and planning a wedding at the same time. My time is so squeezed that even with the best will in the world things do get left to the last minute. I have to really fight that. I now set up birthday alerts to make sure I have enough time to really think about what I want to give them. I would say I did well on the whole, but as it got closer to Christmas I was left with whatever delivered soonest, what shops were local. So maybe there were a couple of things that were sub-par.

You’ve also got to be wary of pushing your minimalist life on other people. When I was looking for a present for my little niece, I found something I knew she’d absolutely love. I know her really well and she’s always been obsessed with dressing her toy dolls, so when I found this sweet fashion designer set I had to get it. It was filled with fairly disposable little bits of plastic, most likely won’t be remembered in five years and definitely wouldn’t be classed as BuyMeOnce. But I was right to go for it – it turned out to be her favourite present. And no, I didn’t ask her myself! If she gets lots of joy and use out of it then it’s worth it. 

That’s cute. How about the other way around – did you manage to prevent friends and family from piling on things you don’t need?

TB: Luckily, my family are quite aware of my opinions… now. I think it does give them a certain bit of stress – I’m definitely harder to buy for. Having said that, this year everyone did well – stuff off our site is a safe bet! In the future I might make a point of saying that I’d be super happy to be taken out for dinner, receiving experiences over objects. Actually, something I’m especially excited about is the gift from my parents. They’ve given me money to put towards building the perfect BuyMeOnce bike.

Has there been anything that you were ready to discard that’s managed to make its way back into your life?

TB: No, I don’t think so. Well, actually – there was a denim jacket that I bought… well, a long time ago. I stopped wearing it because I felt it was too casual; something about it didn’t feel like me any more. I just put it on one day a few months back – I was cold and it was close – and my fiancé really liked it. It was surprising, after creating my minimalist capsule, to see it in a new light. It’s perfect when it’s too warm to have a proper jacket and too cold for a tee. It took someone else’s opinion to make me realise that.

Is there an argument to just hold back a little when you’re doing a big Marie Kondo-style clear out?

TB: No – still be ruthless. I kept that jacket through a cull or two so there was always something in it. I got rid of over half of my clothing last year, and I don’t miss any of it. I don’t know if I can even picture those pieces any more.

Does it help to have someone on your side when you’re having that one big declutter?

TB: I made most of the decisions myself, but if I was in a quandary it was nice to have my fiancé to call on. The other way around – maybe I was more involved when we culled his wardrobe. He knew he wanted to cull but needed a little push. We decided he’d have five vetoes on clothes he really ought to be chucking but had an attachment to. He was happy with that and looks a lot better for it.

If we all weren’t being judged every day, I think we might all end up dressing in the same casual outfit all the time. When you love someone, you might have to accept that they come with a beaten-up Goonies t-shirt, over having room in your home. If I was giving advice on how to cull, I’d say bring someone over who’s supportive without being overbearing – you need to be in charge, but having someone emotionally comforting to have a break and a drink with.

Do you feel like it’s all paid off? Has your mind felt that bit clearer without so much stuff around?

TB: Definitely. It’s such a joy to open a drawer that has stayed decluttered. It saves you time and helps you to become organised. If you have 85 bits of Tupperware, matching the lids is nigh impossible. If it’s 5 then you stand a chance. Having space on the surfaces and finding a home for everything gives you more of a rhythm in your domestic life, and you’re stopped from going into a spiral of messiness.

Stuck for a gift idea for the minimalist in your life? Read our gifting guide or check out Tara’s line by line efforts to get rid of her clutter

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-10-15T07:00:00+0100 2019-10-15T07:00:00+0100 The checklist of Things I Didn’t Need Tara Button


Last year I wrote a list of things I didn’t need. This year I want to see whether I stuck to it or not. My approach to minimalism isn’t just a toolkit to decluttering, but it is also about ensuring I’m not buying crap I don’t want or need. This list was the most powerful tool to stop those impulse buys. The Kitchen I do not need a bread machine I do not need a waffle maker I do not need more than four pots I do not need more than one frying pan I do not need matching mugs I do not need a smoothie maker I actually discovered more things I didn’t need in the kitchen. My fiancé and I had a glorious cutlery declutter, and now every time I open my cutlery drawer I feel a little rush of happiness. We got rid of all the wobbly stuff and the pieces with dodgy rust spots – all of the stuff that just got left in the drawer. We’d also managed to accumulate a distressing amount of disposable cutlery from the takeaway. I’ve since resolved to specifically ask for no cutlery or chopsticks to be put in the...]]>

Last year I wrote a list of things I didn’t need. This year I want to see whether I stuck to it or not. My approach to minimalism isn’t just a toolkit to decluttering, but it is also about ensuring I’m not buying crap I don’t want or need. This list was the most powerful tool to stop those impulse buys.

The Kitchen

  • I do not need a bread machine
  • I do not need a waffle maker
  • I do not need more than four pots
  • I do not need more than one frying pan
  • I do not need matching mugs
  • I do not need a smoothie maker

I actually discovered more things I didn’t need in the kitchen. My fiancé and I had a glorious cutlery declutter, and now every time I open my cutlery drawer I feel a little rush of happiness. We got rid of all the wobbly stuff and the pieces with dodgy rust spots – all of the stuff that just got left in the drawer. We’d also managed to accumulate a distressing amount of disposable cutlery from the takeaway. I’ve since resolved to specifically ask for no cutlery or chopsticks to be put in the bag and it has kept my kitchen clutter free. 

I cut down hugely on the amount of baking items I had, which cleared out half a cupboard. I still have everything I need to make a decent cake; I just don’t have everything I would need to launch my own bakery.

Sometimes when you get into a hobby such as cake baking, you can go overboard with the gadgets and gizmos that go with it. Similar to buying an expensive set of golf clubs before the first lesson. To get around this, if at all possible, borrow the equipment you need for the first few months of your hobby. Only then make the expensive commitment.

We’ve recently had a coffee maker crisis. Our Tassimo takes these really non eco-friendly plastic pods that can’t even be recycled. I’ve decided to hold the coffee maker ransom until the company comes up with a better solution.

After saying I wouldn’t buy a smoothie maker, my flatmate was given a NutriBullet and we all got hooked on morning smoothies. When we moved out, my fiancé bought us our own. We know that we will use it because we have used it for several months now, so it’ll be a good investment going forward. When looking back on this list, I laughed because just last week I was thinking it would be nice to have matching mugs. Sometimes it can be tempting to buy things for a life you don’t really have. I might have friends over to dinner, but rarely for coffee. 

Clothes and Accessories

  • I do not need a watch
  • I do not need any more than eight pairs of shoes (trainers, summer flats, winter flats, flip flops, heeled, winter boots, hiking boots, wellies, slippers)
  • I do not need more than a capsule wardrobe

I’ve gained a ring (an engagement ring) and bracelet since writing this piece. My friends and family know better than to buy me bits of jewellery now, but when my sister-in-law saw a bracelet with the symbol of my new start-up on it, she rightly thought I’d love it.

These extra pieces add a little bit more stress (when I thought I’d misplaced the ring) and extra thought to my day. However, they represent my love and purpose, and they complete the button necklace I wear everyday which symbolises my identity. To have them on my person reminds me of what’s important.

I’ve been wearing my delicious winter boots every day since it started to get cold, and I’m so grateful for them. They go well with everything, have a heel high enough to give my short frame a boost, but I can walk for miles in them without getting sore. I used to have a real shoe fetish, so it might surprise some people to know that I’m not interested in having one in every style and colour; I just don’t feel that impulse anymore.

Technology

  • I do not need a games console
  • I do not need a desktop computer
  • I do not need a landline
  • I do not need any dvds
  • I do not need a sat nav

My technology use hasn’t changed at all in the last year, although my iPhone screen broke twice. Once was my fault, the next time it just died. My fiancé and I started debating about whether our future kids would be allowed a games console. I never had one growing up, but he did and he sees it as a bonding experience as much as an anti-social, brain-rotting escape. I’ll let you know what we decided in eight or nine years’ time.

Furniture, Leisure and Beauty

  • I do not need any more cushions
  • I do not need to change my interior “look” constantly
  • I do not need friends’ freebies that don’t fit in my home
  • I do not need decorative tat that has no meaning to me
  • I do not need any “seasonal” decor (e.g. Halloween cushions)
  • I do not need more musical instruments than my guitar and piano
  • I do not need any more gym equipment
  • I do not need any magazines (unless work related)
  • I do not need any massage, exfoliation or pampering gadgets
  • I do not need any makeup other than my staple five: mascara, eyeshadow, concealer, lipstick and perfume
  • I do not need any hair products other than shampoo, conditioner and serum
  • I do not need any nail care other than clippers, file, varnish remover and my favourite colour

I haven’t broken any of my vows on my furniture, beauty or leisure list other than borrowing a medicine ball from my sister-in-law. I have gone on to use it every week since so it’s a keeper. I’ve tried to go one step further and become more zero waste with my beauty regime. My deodorant, shower gel, face wash and conditioner are all unpackaged in solid form, and I now use bamboo flannel rounds to remove my makeup which work wonderfully. One side exfoliates while the other is silky soft.

So overall, not bad we reckon. Perhaps one or two slip ups at a push, and plenty of new things to add to the minimalist cart going forward. 

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-08-30T17:54:00+0100 2019-08-30T17:54:00+0100 BuyMeOnce UK x Clothes Doctor: Exciting News Georgie Crosswell


Knowing how to repair your own clothes, once a very necessary and normal skill, is becoming an increasingly alien concept for many of us in the modern world. Really, it’s not a huge surprise. As fashion has gotten faster, so has our lives. The reality is that most of us are running so short on time, money and mental energy that it can be hard finding the time to even cook our own food let alone fix our own clothes. Buying new is so temptingly cheap and easy, so it’s no wonder that fast fashion reels us in again and again. However, if we and our planet are to survive we desperately need to rediscover the habit of repairing over replacing.  We’ve wanted to offer clothing repairs to BuyMeOnce customers for a long time. We wondered - how can we possibly offer a repair service with our limited resources, and a small team whose sewing skills range from passable to shocking, to non-existent? Thankfully, we’ve managed to team up with Clothes Doctor, the online service making repairing garments simple, accessible and affordable. We are incredibly excited to announce that because of this collaboration, we are now able to offer either a...]]>
Knowing how to repair your own clothes, once a very necessary and normal skill, is becoming an increasingly alien concept for many of us in the modern world. Really, it’s not a huge surprise. As fashion has gotten faster, so has our lives. The reality is that most of us are running so short on time, money and mental energy that it can be hard finding the time to even cook our own food let alone fix our own clothes. Buying new is so temptingly cheap and easy, so it’s no wonder that fast fashion reels us in again and again. However, if we and our planet are to survive we desperately need to rediscover the habit of repairing over replacing. 

We’ve wanted to offer clothing repairs to BuyMeOnce customers for a long time. We wondered - how can we possibly offer a repair service with our limited resources, and a small team whose sewing skills range from passable to shocking, to non-existent?BuyMeOnce x Clothes Doctor: Exciting News | BuyMeOnce.com

Thankfully, we’ve managed to team up with Clothes Doctor, the online service making repairing garments simple, accessible and affordable. We are incredibly excited to announce that because of this collaboration, we are now able to offer either a warranty or a repair guarantee on every single item of clothing sold directly through BuyMeOnce UK, right across our Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s sections. (Underwear and swimwear are a slightly different kettle of fish, so these sub-categories aren’t included just yet.) 

From now on, if you need to have your BuyMeOnce garment repaired and it falls within the guarantee terms, you can simply get in touch via our contact page, pop your garment in the post, and have it delivered back to your house as good as new.

BuyMeOnce x Clothes Doctor: Exciting News | BuyMeOnce.com

Make sure you check the product page thoroughly, as each guarantee will be specific to the brand. Some guarantees are for one year, whereas certain incredible brands - such as The White T-Shirt Co., Edmund Hillary, and Lemuel MC - are offering all BuyMeOnce customers free fixing for a lifetime! 

If you want to save this extra step by teaching yourself how to sew then we are 100% behind you. In fact, we’ve got an entire series dedicated to helping you - check out our ‘How to Hem Jeans’ tutorial for example. But if you’ve got enough on your plate at the moment, and becoming a clothes fixing wizard isn’t on your agenda, just know that BuyMeOnce has got your back. 

The Clothes Doctor is an award-winning online clothing maintenance service, operating nationwide with offices and workshops in London and Cornwall. Their mission is to keep as many pieces of your favourite clothing out of landfill as possible by offering a unique and easy-to-use service. Simply order online, they'll collect your clothing, alter or fix it and then they'll deliver it back to you. They never use any unnecessary packaging and your mending is guaranteed for six months.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-08-23T12:00:00+0100 2019-08-23T12:00:00+0100 Sewing Basics: How to Hem Jeans Amanda Saxby


In this penultimate edition of our Sewing Basics series, we’ll teach you how to hem jeans. Learning how to hem a pair of jeans may not seem like a useful skill, but stay with us for a moment. It’s hard to understate the joy of owning a go-to pair of perfectly fitting jeans, the ones that go with absolutely everything and make getting ready in the morning approximately 75% less stressful.  Knowing how to alter jeans also means you can tailor them to your body and not the other way around. Found the perfect pair that make your bum look incredible but they’re pooling around your ankles? No problem, just follow the instructions below and have your perfect pair of jeans in a jiffy.  Gather your materials. To hem your jeans, you will need: measuring tape, scissors, pins, a fabric marker, a safety pin, thread (usually orange), and a needle or sewing machine. Mark your hemline. The first step in learning to hem a pair of jeans is to measure and mark where the hem will go. While wearing the jeans, use a fabric marker to draw or use a safety pin to pin up the correct amount by which...]]>
In this penultimate edition of our Sewing Basics series, we’ll teach you how to hem jeans. Learning how to hem a pair of jeans may not seem like a useful skill, but stay with us for a moment. It’s hard to understate the joy of owning a go-to pair of perfectly fitting jeans, the ones that go with absolutely everything and make getting ready in the morning approximately 75% less stressful. 

Knowing how to alter jeans also means you can tailor them to your body and not the other way around. Found the perfect pair that make your bum look incredible but they’re pooling around your ankles? No problem, just follow the instructions below and have your perfect pair of jeans in a jiffy. 

Gather your materials.

To hem your jeans, you will need: measuring tape, scissors, pins, a fabric marker, a safety pin, thread (usually orange), and a needle or sewing machine.

Mark your hemline.

The first step in learning to hem a pair of jeans is to measure and mark where the hem will go. While wearing the jeans, use a fabric marker to draw or use a safety pin to pin up the correct amount by which you want to take the jeans up. Do this only on one leg to avoid confusion.

Sewing Basics: How to Hem Jeans | BuyMeOnce.com

Then, after you’ve taken the jeans off, measure the extra fabric with your tape measure and use your fabric marker to mark all around the leg of the jeans, making sure it is the same amount around both legs. 

Trim the excess fabric.

The next step is to get rid of the pesky fabric you keep treading on. To do this, turn the jeans inside out. Be sure to leave enough excess fabric to fold over twice; each of the folds should be around 1-1.5cm in thickness. If there is too much extra fabric, trim the excess.

Fold up and pin the hem.

To begin sewing your jeans hem, turn the excess fabric up inside the leg, folding on the marking lines and pin the fold in place.

Sewing Basics: How to Hem Jeans | BuyMeOnce.com

Thread your needle.

Thread your needle with a similar colour to the rest of the thread on your jeans -- this is traditionally a golden dark orange. Make a knot at the end of the thread to avoid it going straight through the fabric. For specific reference on how to thread a needle, refer to our first Sewing Basics article, How to Repair a Seam by Hand.

Begin your stitch.

To hem the jeans, stitch right around the fold -- about 0.4cm from the edge of the top of the folded fabric not the bottom (the closest bit to your feet). To create a durable backstitch, push the needle into the fabric where you want to start the seam and join the two pieces of fabric. Bring the needle back through both layers of fabric just in front of the previous stitch to create a strong backstitch. This is very similar to a machine sewn stitch. 

Sewing Basics: How to Hem Jeans | BuyMeOnce.com

Finish the stitch.

Push the needle back into the fabric between where the needle came in and out of the fabric to create the first stitch. Then, bring the needle up through the fabric, creating the same amount of distance from where you sewed the first stitch. These stitches can be as tight or as spaced out as you want, just make sure they’re all even once you decide. Remember to remove the pins as you sew and create a double stitch where the stitching starts and ends.

Repeat!

Now that you’ve successfully hemmed one side of your jeans, simply repeat steps three to five on the other leg.

Sewing Basics: How to Hem Jeans | BuyMeOnce.com

Give it a professional finish.

When you’ve completed the hem on both legs of the jeans, finish the repair like a pro. Grab yourself a warm iron and press the hems. Now slip those jeans on and go out and conquer the world.

Sewing Basics: How to Hem Jeans | BuyMeOnce.com

The Clothes Doctor is an award-winning online clothing maintenance service, operating nationwide with offices and workshops in London and Cornwall. Their mission is to keep as many pieces of your favourite clothing out of landfill as possible by offering a unique and easy-to-use service. Simply order online, they'll collect your clothing, alter or fix it and then they'll deliver it back to you. They never use any unnecessary packaging and your mending is guaranteed for six months.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-08-16T17:09:00+0100 2019-08-16T17:09:00+0100 Sewing Basics: How to Hem a Dress BuyMeOnce UK


Next in our Sewing Basics series we will be explaining how to hem a dress. Ever bought a dress and only worn it once or twice because it isn’t quite the right fit? Altering the hem of a garment to a more flattering length is a great way to make it more personal. The better the fit, the better you feel, and the more likely you are to get years of use out of it. In the UK it’s estimated we have around £30 billion worth of clothes sitting in our wardrobes unworn, with the average life of a garment only 2.2 years. The statistics might be shocking, but the good news is that simply extending the life of your garms by even nine months can reduce their impact considerably.  So if you want to get the most value for money out of your clothes, and be kinder to the planet at the same time, why not pick up a needle? Learning how to sew a hem is a simple way to breathe new life into that dress or skirt gathering dust in your wardrobe. And if that sounds intimidating, the good news is we’re here to guide you through...]]>
Next in our Sewing Basics series we will be explaining how to hem a dress. Ever bought a dress and only worn it once or twice because it isn’t quite the right fit? Altering the hem of a garment to a more flattering length is a great way to make it more personal. The better the fit, the better you feel, and the more likely you are to get years of use out of it.

In the UK it’s estimated we have around £30 billion worth of clothes sitting in our wardrobes unworn, with the average life of a garment only 2.2 years. The statistics might be shocking, but the good news is that simply extending the life of your garms by even nine months can reduce their impact considerably. 

Sewing Basics: How to Hem a Dress | BuyMeOnce.com

So if you want to get the most value for money out of your clothes, and be kinder to the planet at the same time, why not pick up a needle? Learning how to sew a hem is a simple way to breathe new life into that dress or skirt gathering dust in your wardrobe. And if that sounds intimidating, the good news is we’re here to guide you through the process, step by step. Happy sewing! 

 

Gather your materials 

To hem a dress you will need a measuring tape, a pair of scissors, pins, fabric marker or tailor’s chalk, thread (usually in a colour matching the fabric of your dress as closely as possible) and a sewing needle.

Choose your new hem length

Decide how much you would like to take your dress up by and roughly turn up and pin in place. Check that this looks right for you in a mirror. 

Prepare your hem

Once you are happy with the length, take off the dress and turn it inside out. Measure from the current hem up to where you have pinned, then unpin and lay flat. Use your fabric marker to mark out the same measurement right around the hem of your dress. Below the new hemline, measure 2-3 cm down and then mark this all the way round as well. 

Sewing Basics: How to Hem a Dress | BuyMeOnce.com

This is to leave enough excess fabric to fold in twice, so that the newly cut raw edge will be protected (each of the folds being around 1-1.5cm in thickness.) This bottom line is the line along which you shall cut.

Trim the excess fabric at this line. This fabric may be useful to save and reuse for other craft projects, but if it is not worth saving, try and get it to a textiles recycling bank. Turn up the hem twice, by 1-1.5cm each time, to meet your new hem line and pin this fold in place all the way round.

Carefully, minding the pins, try on the garment to double check that your hem is straight and that you are happy with the length. It will make your life much easier to make any amendments at this point. Press the hem of the dress so that it is neat and easy to stitch. 

Stitching the hem 

Although you could also use an invisible stitch or a running stitch, for durability, neatness and ease we would recommend sewing your hem with a backstitch. 

To begin your backstitch, push the needle into the fabric where you want to start the seam, and bring the needle back through both layers of fabric just in front of the previous stitch. The closer your stitches are, the stronger your backstitch will be. For the first stitch only, go back over this first stitch to secure the thread and make sure it doesn’t unravel. 

Sewing Basics: How to Hem a Dress | BuyMeOnce.com

Then, push the needle back into the fabric between where the needle came in and out of the fabric to create the first stitch. Bring the needle up through the fabric the same distance you came forward in creating the first stitch. Keep these stitches going, regularly checking the other side of the fabric to check they are as even as possible.

Final touches 

Make sure to do a double stitch where the stitching ends, and then knot the thread at the end of your stitching and cut away excess threads. Remove all of the pins and then lightly press the hem with your iron for a neat professional finish. Now you have a dress that is the best length for you, that you can bring out of your wardrobe more often, extending its life and therefore reducing its environmental impact. 

The Clothes Doctor is an award-winning online clothing maintenance service, operating nationwide with offices and workshops in London and Cornwall. Their mission is to keep as many pieces of your favourite clothing out of landfill as possible by offering a unique and easy-to-use service. Simply order online, they'll collect your clothing, alter or fix it and then they'll deliver it back to you. They never use any unnecessary packaging and your mending is guaranteed for six months.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-08-09T04:30:00+0100 2019-08-09T04:30:00+0100 Sewing Basics: How to Fix a Zipper BuyMeOnce UK


We’re getting slightly more technical in this next installment of our Sewing Basics series, but put aside your fear! Taking the time to learn how to fix a zipper properly is a no brainer. Not only will it save you time, money and frustration in the long run, as well as keeping your clothes from unnecessarily heading to the landfill, it will make you feel like a superhuman in the process. All of us know the frustration of trying to force, bully and coerce a stubborn zipper back into its correct place because it’s one of the most common things to go wrong with a garment. Next time this happens, just take a deep breath, set the garment to one side and at the next chance you get follow the instructions below. Gather your materials. To fix a zipper you will need a zip, an unpicker or small scissors, pins, thread, a sewing machine with a zipper foot (or a needle to do it by hand). Find a matching zipper. The best place to look is online – Ebay usually has a good selection – or in-store at a fabric shop. Consider the length, size and chunkiness of the zip...]]>
We’re getting slightly more technical in this next installment of our Sewing Basics series, but put aside your fear! Taking the time to learn how to fix a zipper properly is a no brainer. Not only will it save you time, money and frustration in the long run, as well as keeping your clothes from unnecessarily heading to the landfill, it will make you feel like a superhuman in the process.

All of us know the frustration of trying to force, bully and coerce a stubborn zipper back into its correct place because it’s one of the most common things to go wrong with a garment. Next time this happens, just take a deep breath, set the garment to one side and at the next chance you get follow the instructions below.

A YKK zipper attached to a pair of denim jeans

Gather your materials.

To fix a zipper you will need a zip, an unpicker or small scissors, pins, thread, a sewing machine with a zipper foot (or a needle to do it by hand).

Find a matching zipper.

The best place to look is online – Ebay usually has a good selection – or in-store at a fabric shop. Consider the length, size and chunkiness of the zip when making your choice, and we would recommend choosing a YKK zip if you can. There are also loads of colour options to match or contrast colour to your garment.

Unpick the stitching.

Using your unpicker or small scissors, cut and pull out the stitching that is holding your broken zip in place. Be careful not to damage the fabric it is sewn into as you’ll be working on the same spot again to put in your new zipper.

A man zipping a jacket zipper up to his chest.

Test the zipper position.

Ensure you have the correct size of zipper for the job by placing your new zipper in place on your garment. Make sure it lines up perfectly and is facing the correct side. Now pin the zipper in place using a few pins.

Prepare your sewing method.

If you’re fixing your zipper with a machine, attach the zipper foot to your sewing machine. This is a very thin sewing foot that helps guide you as close to the zipper as possible. Thread the machine with the correct matching or contrasting colour thread of your choice.

If you’re choosing to sew the zip by hand, simply thread the needle with your coloured thread of choice. If you need a refresher on how to do this properly, check out our How to Sew a Button tutorial.

Begin mending the zipper.

To start, stitch down the side of the zipper that is already pinned. Make sure to use double stitching or reinforce where you begin to stitch and at the end of the stitch line. Once the first side is attached, check that it is secure and perfectly in place before moving on.

A person wearing a light blue jumper zipping a blue and black bag shut.

Attach the other side of the zipper.

As you did with the first side, place the other side of your new zipper in place on your garment. Again making sure it lines up perfectly and is facing the correct side. Pin the zipper in place using a few pins.

Stitch down the side of the zipper that is pinned. Make sure to use double stitching or reinforce where you begin to stitch and at the end of the stitch line.

Check you’ve fixed the zipper properly.

The best way to ensure you’ve attached the new zip well is to test it. Do the zipper up to make sure it all lines up and works properly. If the sides are uneven, you’ll have to unpick the zipper and start again.

Finish the repair.

Complete your repair by cutting away any loose threads and enjoy your handiwork!

The Clothes Doctor is an award-winning online clothing maintenance service, operating nationwide with offices and workshops in London and Cornwall. Their mission is to keep as many pieces of your favourite clothing out of landfill as possible by offering a unique and easy-to-use service. Simply order online, they'll collect your clothing, alter or fix it and then they'll deliver it back to you. They never use any unnecessary packaging and your mending is guaranteed for six months.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-07-26T15:12:00+0100 2019-07-26T15:12:00+0100 Sewing Basics: How to Sew a Button BuyMeOnce UK


This second instalment in our Sewing Basics series tackles the essential skill of how to sew a button. A 2017 survey done by the British Heart Foundation revealed that six in ten Brits are unable to sew confidently or at all. Out of those, 23% didn’t know how to properly sew on a button.Similar to last week, where we taught you the basics of repairing a seam by hand, learning to sew a popped or loose button back onto your clothing is another simple task that will prove useful throughout life. Not to mention it will save you the embarrassment of having to keep asking mum for help! Here are five easy steps to help you repair any loose buttons in a jiffy. Gather your materials. You will need a button(s), scissors, a pin, a fabric marker, thread, and a needle. The thread should be as close in colour as possible to the material of the clothing to which you’re attaching the button. Thread your needle with four to six strands of cotton thread.There are two ways to thread a needle. The first is to use a self-threading needle. This common type of needle has a slit in the eye of...]]>
This second instalment in our Sewing Basics series tackles the essential skill of how to sew a button. A 2017 survey done by the British Heart Foundation revealed that six in ten Brits are unable to sew confidently or at all. Out of those, 23% didn’t know how to properly sew on a button.

Similar to last week, where we taught you the basics of repairing a seam by hand, learning to sew a popped or loose button back onto your clothing is another simple task that will prove useful throughout life. Not to mention it will save you the embarrassment of having to keep asking mum for help! Here are five easy steps to help you repair any loose buttons in a jiffy.

Learn the basics of sewing a button back onto a shirt or skirt in this article from BuyMeOnce

Gather your materials.

You will need a button(s), scissors, a pin, a fabric marker, thread, and a needle. The thread should be as close in colour as possible to the material of the clothing to which you’re attaching the button.

Thread your needle with four to six strands of cotton thread.

There are two ways to thread a needle. The first is to use a self-threading needle. This common type of needle has a slit in the eye of the needle through which you can simply slide the thread.

The second way to thread a needle is by using a wire loop needle threader. A needle threader comes with a thin wire loop at one end. Push this loop through your needle eye first. Push the end of the thread a little through this loop. Now very carefully take out the loop out of the eye of the needle. The thread inside the loop will automatically be pulled out through the eye. The thin wire is fragile, so be careful.

Mark your button position.

A key step to repairing a button is to properly mark where the button should go. To do this, line up your button hole to where the missing button needs to be stitched on. Use the fabric marker to make a mark through the buttonhole. Use this mark as a point of reference to ensure you place the button in the right spot before sewing.

A two-holed button sewn onto a blue wooly jumper.

Attach the button.

Take a look at your button to determine which sewing style you should use. Stitch it on with either a criss-cross effect for a 4-holed button or a horizontal effect for a 2-holed button. Using the correct stitching method for the button will make the repair more durable.

Finish the repair like a pro.

Once you’ve attached the button, push your needle through to the back of the fabric. Finish off by tying a loop in the thread and pulling it tight whilst sliding it up against the fabric so that it’s secure. Finally, snip the threads, leaving a short tail so that it doesn’t unravel easily.

The Clothes Doctor is an award-winning online clothing maintenance service, operating nationwide with offices and workshops in London and Cornwall. Their mission is to keep as many pieces of your favourite clothing out of landfill as possible by offering a unique and easy-to-use service. Simply order online, they'll collect your clothing, alter or fix it and then they'll deliver it back to you. They never use any unnecessary packaging and your mending is guaranteed for six months.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-07-19T17:45:00+0100 2019-07-19T17:45:00+0100 Sewing Basics: How to Repair a Seam by Hand in 6 Easy Steps BuyMeOnce UK


We would encourage anyone to learn how to do a seam repair by hand. Repairing a seam is a super easy life skill that goes a long way, not least because repairing rather than binning clothes saves the environment and saves you money. Last year the UK threw away around 300,000 tonnes of textiles, equating to around £12.5 billion, with many of those clothes ending up in landfill sadly still perfectly wearable or salvageable.   The good news is that most clothing failures are incredibly simple to repair simply with a needle, some thread and some time. This article will help you learn how to master a durable backstitch; a well sewn backstitch shouldn’t unravel again in a hurry, and is also a great building block from which to improve your sewing skills. To make sure you never ditch a perfectly repairable item of clothing again due to a failed seam, read on! Gather your materials.  You will need some pins, a needle, an iron and some thread. The thread should preferably be as close in colour as possible to the material of your clothing to make the seam invisible. Prep the seam. Bring the seam lines together to find the...]]>
We would encourage anyone to learn how to do a seam repair by hand. Repairing a seam is a super easy life skill that goes a long way, not least because repairing rather than binning clothes saves the environment and saves you money. Last year the UK threw away around 300,000 tonnes of textiles, equating to around £12.5 billion, with many of those clothes ending up in landfill sadly still perfectly wearable or salvageable.  

The good news is that most clothing failures are incredibly simple to repair simply with a needle, some thread and some time. This article will help you learn how to master a durable backstitch; a well sewn backstitch shouldn’t unravel again in a hurry, and is also a great building block from which to improve your sewing skills. To make sure you never ditch a perfectly repairable item of clothing again due to a failed seam, read on!


Gather your materials. 

You will need some pins, a needle, an iron and some thread. The thread should preferably be as close in colour as possible to the material of your clothing to make the seam invisible.

Prep the seam.

Bring the seam lines together to find the existing seam line, then iron over it so that you can see the seam line from the side. Pin the seams together as pressed, leaving space between pins.

How to repair a seam by hand in 6 easy steps | BuyMeOnce.com

Prep your needle and thread.

When stitching by hand it is best to use double thread and use a back stitch to give strength so the seams won’t pull apart. Double up a long length of thread so you don’t run out half way through the seam, and thread your needle. Tip: If threading a needle is an art that eludes you, invest in a wire loop needle threader to cut out the frustration. 

Begin your durable backstitch.

You should clearly see the line where the seam was before and where you should follow. Firstly, push the needle into the fabric where you want to start the seam, and bring the needle back through both layers of fabric just in front of the previous stitch. The closer your stitches are, the stronger your backstitch will be. For the first stitch only, go back over this first stitch to secure the thread and make sure it doesn’t unravel. Then, push the needle back into the fabric between where the needle came in and out of the fabric to create the first stitch. 

How to repair a seam by hand in 6 easy steps | BuyMeOnce.com

Continue a line of even stitches. 

Bring the needle up through the fabric the same distance you came forward in creating the first stitch. Keep these stitches going, regularly checking the back of the seam to help you judge whether they are even. The stitches can be as tight or spaced out as you want but, but start out slowly and build up speed once you’re confident the stitches are even.

Give it a professional finish.

Once you’ve reached the end, go back over the final stitch to make sure it is secure and won’t come apart. Finally, cut off any excess threads and lightly iron over the seam to give a nice sharp finish. Et voila!

The Clothes Doctor is an award-winning online clothing maintenance service, operating nationwide with offices and workshops in London and Cornwall. Their mission is to keep as many pieces of your favourite clothing out of landfill as possible by offering a unique and easy-to-use service. Simply order online and they'll collect your clothing, alter or fix it and then they'll deliver it back to you. They never use any unnecessary packaging and your mending is guaranteed for six months.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-07-12T04:00:00+0100 2019-07-12T04:00:00+0100 The Inspirationals: Antonia Edwards, Founder of Upcyclist BuyMeOnce UK


Imagine the furniture in your home. Chances are you have pieces that you're proud to use and show off to guests – perhaps it's the vintage sofa in your living room that you lovingly refurbished yourself or your grandmother's rocking chair in the nursery. But we're willing to bet there are also some bits that you'd rather toss in the tip. (We're looking at you, flat-packed, Gumtree entertainment unit.) Now imagine if all the furniture in your home sparked joy every time you look at it, didn't cost you a small fortune to own, and helped save the planet? This is the vision Antonia Edwards saw when she launched Upcyclist in 2011. Upcyclist promotes green ideas and consciously made products for the modern interior and provides inspiration for interior designers and homeowners alike. Antonia believes that reducing the need for raw materials is fundamental to our planet's survival but that reusing waste to create something beautiful and luxurious is often overlooked. We spoke with Antonia about the environmental benefits of upcycling and her best tips for sourcing genuine upcycled goods and how to get started as a beginner! How has your attitude towards sustainability changed since you started Upcyclist? When I first decided to start...]]>
Imagine the furniture in your home. Chances are you have pieces that you're proud to use and show off to guests – perhaps it's the vintage sofa in your living room that you lovingly refurbished yourself or your grandmother's rocking chair in the nursery. But we're willing to bet there are also some bits that you'd rather toss in the tip. (We're looking at you, flat-packed, Gumtree entertainment unit.)

Now imagine if all the furniture in your home sparked joy every time you look at it, didn't cost you a small fortune to own, and helped save the planet? This is the vision Antonia Edwards saw when she launched Upcyclist in 2011.

Upcyclist promotes green ideas and consciously made products for the modern interior and provides inspiration for interior designers and homeowners alike. Antonia believes that reducing the need for raw materials is fundamental to our planet's survival but that reusing waste to create something beautiful and luxurious is often overlooked.

We spoke with Antonia about the environmental benefits of upcycling and her best tips for sourcing genuine upcycled goods and how to get started as a beginner!

Upcycled mill home living room of Elvis & Kresse

How has your attitude towards sustainability changed since you started Upcyclist?

When I first decided to start a blog on re-purposed art and design, it was the creative aspect that I found most interesting – giving new life to something unwanted and making it beautiful.

I came across many creatives who were using old objects for aesthetic reasons and not necessarily because of any environmental motive. But once I delved into the subject of waste, the reality of just how much we are throwing away was horrifying. To think that plastic toys we had in the 80's are still somewhere on the planet is hard to get your head around.

I sometimes wonder why we are still making products out of new materials at all when there is so much man-made matter just sitting there with nowhere to go.

Sustainability is still quite a complex subject for consumers. I am hoping that one day they might implement a simple scoring system that allows us to easily understand just how sustainable a company, brand or product is.

Which brand/artist/designer do you find most inspiring?

I love the work of Stefaan de Croock, who makes artworks from re-purposed materials, recycled cardboard art by Warren King and Yukiko Nagai who revives furniture with mosaic.

What piece of art or furniture have you kept in your home the longest and why?

I have an old chaise lounge that belonged to my grandmother. It's completely impractical and we've always struggled to squeeze it into the tiny London flats we've lived in, but it's a lovely piece of furniture and I don't imagine I'll ever give it away.

Discarded CD art installation in France

Upcycling is an amazing way of making a product last longer. From your experience, do you think people realise the environmental benefits?

I think they do, but only if the upcycled item is as desirable (if not more) than the new equivalent. Good design is crucial to keeping products out of landfill. It's important to remember that a badly upcycled product that no one wants is not eco-friendly.

The impact of upcycling on the health of the planet is small compared to government initiatives that ban single use plastics, for example. But I believe that beautifully upcycled pieces do change the way we perceive waste and are symbolic of a cultural shift in consciousness regarding consumption.

I believe that when something really is considered a work of art, we treat it with respect and wouldn't dream of throwing it in the trash.

What do you think are the main barriers that prevent people from upcycling?

Sometimes a lot of technical knowledge is needed to work with old materials. Even if you're not particularly good at making things, there are really easy ways to transform furniture items with paint or by replacing the handles. Repainting furniture is also extremely therapeutic.

Blue flower desk lamp made from washi paper

Where are the best places to find upcycled goods?

There are plenty of hobbyists selling their upcycled work online. The trouble is, there are a lot of undesirable makeshift pieces that will come up on Google images, dubiously labelled as 'upcycled', and it can take some time to get to the good stuff.

This is one of the reasons why I started Upcyclist – to showcase well-made upcycled pieces by expert artists and makers. I search for designs that have a contemporary aesthetic, whereby even the wildest designs have some beauty and interest to them.

Upcycled works are usually one-of-a-kind, which also makes them harder to find. People can always come to me for advice on where to find beautiful upcycled works.

What are your top three tips for someone who wants to try upcycling for the first time?

1. Sometimes less is more. If you find a beautiful vintage piece of furniture, it might be better to restore it rather than paint it fluorescent pink. With interiors, even just juxtaposing old and new pieces, e.g. placing a vintage dresser in front of a contemporary wallpaper, is a form of upcycling. It can give a tired looking object a new lease of life.

2. If you plan to sell your work, always think about the setting the item is intended for. Some upcycled pieces can seem quite quirky and niche but might work perfectly in a shop or cafe interior.

3. Consult experts. There are lots of upcycling workshops out there. Just like every art form, learn from the masters – the same applies to upcycling.

inspirationals-antonia-edwards-upcyclistAntonia Edwards is the author of Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors (Prestel Publishing, 2015) and Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes (Prestel Publishing, 2017). In 2015, she was selected for the The Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 list of influential Londoners.

 

Image credits from top: James French | Yannick Fradin, Martin Eliard, Marc Sirvin | Sachie Muramatsu | Upcyclist

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-07-05T17:15:00+0100 2019-07-05T17:15:00+0100 The BuyMeOnce Start-Up Story: The people back us! Tara Button


There comes a time in every business journey where you have to decide whether to go big or go home. Whether you’re happy for a business to stay small and bring in a cosy income or to continue to set your eyes at something more ambitious. For me, this decision was made years ago. The day I set out the mission of BuyMeOnce: To change the way the world shops from short-term buying to long-term buying. Or in more flowery terms: To throw away our throwaway culture. You can’t make this type of global impact with a small “lifestyle” business. Why is our job to change the way the world shops? It’s clear now that we cannot rely on the world’s governments to help us solve the terrifying prospects of climate change. I believe businesses need to step in, and it’s the reason BuyMeOnce exists. Longer lasting products are the most overlooked solution to climate change. A huge amount of focus has been on recycling (which is important, but only deals with a symptom of the sickness). We are hoping to provide a cure to the huge wastefulness that exists in the world today. It might seem obvious, but most...]]>
There comes a time in every business journey where you have to decide whether to go big or go home. Whether you’re happy for a business to stay small and bring in a cosy income or to continue to set your eyes at something more ambitious.

For me, this decision was made years ago. The day I set out the mission of BuyMeOnce:

To change the way the world shops from short-term buying to long-term buying.

Or in more flowery terms:

To throw away our throwaway culture.

You can’t make this type of global impact with a small “lifestyle” business.

Lots of clothing trash piling up in front of bins

Why is our job to change the way the world shops?

It’s clear now that we cannot rely on the world’s governments to help us solve the terrifying prospects of climate change. I believe businesses need to step in, and it’s the reason BuyMeOnce exists.

Longer lasting products are the most overlooked solution to climate change. A huge amount of focus has been on recycling (which is important, but only deals with a symptom of the sickness). We are hoping to provide a cure to the huge wastefulness that exists in the world today.

It might seem obvious, but most people have not stopped to make the connection that when people keep their products for longer, fewer new products need to be produced and therefore fewer resources and less energy needs to be consumed.

If you extend the life of an average T-shirt by just 9 months, you save 20-30% on CO2, and that’s just a t-shirt lasting a little bit longer.

BuyMeOnce succeeding is so much bigger than having a successful business. When running the business gets tough, it is the mission that keeps me going.

What does it take to scale up?

To take a business from start-up to scale-up, you need a seed round, and we knew we needed around £500k to get to the next level. But raising this sort of money, especially when you haven’t got a background in finance is a real challenge. You have to learn a whole new set of skills – and jargon – and dedicate your time reaching out to people who would prefer you didn’t while keeping the business afloat.

Any entrepreneur will tell you it’s tough. The stakes are high, and you care so much. To fail means that you may have to make the team (your friends) that have supported you on your journey so far redundant. That was unthinkable. On the flip-side, you know there’s so much promise and so much you could do if you had the funds to try. These sticks and carrots kept me working, like so many founders before me, until the wee hours. I was kept sane by my husband, who kept me fed and enforced rest and laptop-free cat stroking time upon me.

Tara Button speaking in front of Green Angel Syndicate

The How and the Who

When you raise money for a start-up, there’s a choice of loans, venture capitalists, angels and crowdfunding. We weren’t keen on debt at this stage, so I started to reach out to venture capitalists. However, while many claimed to like the idea, I started to get some rather vague “you’re too early for us” messages back from these VCs.

Around this time, an article came out in the Financial Times, and I discovered the rather depressing stat that less than one percent of venture capitalist money goes to businesses with female founding teams.

When I heard that stat, it made me feel two things:

One, that I really wanted to fight to be that one percent, and two, the more pragmatic feeling that if I’m going to spend my time pushing on a door, pushing on the one that was pushing back might not be the best use of time. Funding is already hard without the odds stacked against you that badly. So I looked to the other options.

Angels and Dragons

I was lucky enough to meet the head of The Green Angel Syndicate, the first group of business angels to focus exclusively on backing green businesses, during an event in our offices at Sustainable Bankside.

Hundreds of companies apply to the Green Angels every year, so it was an honour to be chosen to speak at their event attended by 50 angel investors keen to support green businesses.

Many people fear public speaking, and when the stakes feel so high it can get overwhelming. Mindful breathing, multiple toilet trips and power-poses got me through. The pitch was a success, and in the weeks that followed some of the Green Angels pledged to back us.

As part of this process, they take you through due diligence, which is the bit that feels most like Dragons Den. They ask you difficult questions and you have to show you really know your stuff. It’s common knowledge that many people, women especially, feel a sort of imposter syndrome.

I think I went into that meeting with imposter syndrome – the “will I get away with this?” feeling – and left realising that there was nothing to get away with. I know my business. I know how to improve it and I have the skills to do it. It was quite a moment.

Someone holding a miniature globe in their outstretched hand

The Right Crowd

At the same time as talking to the Green Angels, we decided to see if the public would like to back us. Unlike VC funds, the crowd has demonstrated it likes to back female founders. In fact, it likes to back them more than men.

This involved a whole new set of rigorous due diligence. While this means the public can be sure they’re receiving a legitimate, evidence-based pitch, the bummer is that this tends to involve you scrambling to get references from old bosses you haven’t spoken to in years.

The day our campaign went live, we started off with a bang – family and friends came in right from the start – and we waited to see how the public would react. The waiting got tense. There were quiet days where a few hundred pounds will trickle in, followed by little flurries of activity. Every time someone invested, I’d get an email and my heart would burn with pride, whether it was £10 or £10,000. This was someone who believes. Someone who trusted us to fulfil what we set out to do.

We hit our minimum 300k target in three weeks, which was a brilliant feeling. The last few days of funding went a bit bonkers – I couldn’t believe it as these large chunks of money started to appear.

Our final tally on Crowdcube was over 500k. Just what we needed.

Tara Button leaping for joy in an English country field.

Looking to the Future

I expected to feel a great sense of relief and relaxation the minute I knew we were funded. And I did, but it was followed up around 9/10ths of a second later by the palpable responsibility that we now have. It is both utterly sobering and fantastically energising.

488 people invested their money and trust in us and we have to deliver.

This means more work, not less, more ideas, more connections, more processes, a bigger team, bigger spreadsheets, bigger headaches, bigger hopes.

Bring it on.

To my team, friends, family and cat, thank you. This couldn’t have happened without you.

For all those of you who invested, thank you. We won’t let you down.

x Tara Button, CEO of BuyMeOnce

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-06-27T13:51:00+0100 2019-06-27T13:51:00+0100 Made in the UK: The new home of fast fashion? Lily Courtauld


“You can’t take fast fashion away from the people now it’s here.” So says Peter Williams, previous chairman to both Boohoo and Asos, British fast fashion brands that are killing it. Their performance is staggering. In a retail landscape where seemingly steadfast, familiar high street fashion brands are shrinking into the background and in some cases close to failing (Monsoon/Accessorize and Arcadia are both in the midst of rescue plans), Boohoo recently reported year-on-year sales growth of 38%. But Boohoo are killing it in another much more alarming way. By producing clothing at ridiculously low prices, not only are they dangerously squeezing manufacturers, they are also driving a damaging ‘wear it once’ mindset in consumers that is devastating our planet through excessive waste, pollution and landfill fodder. Fast fashion consumers too are not immune from the impact – relentless churning through piles of clothes will ultimately clutter up space both physical and mental, adding stress and costing them more financially than if they purchased fewer items of higher quality over time. Cost-per-wear of a cheap item that is discarded or fails in a matter of weeks will always be higher than that of clothing that lasts. When the news broke...]]>

“You can’t take fast fashion away from the people now it’s here.”

So says Peter Williams, previous chairman to both Boohoo and Asos, British fast fashion brands that are killing it. Their performance is staggering. In a retail landscape where seemingly steadfast, familiar high street fashion brands are shrinking into the background and in some cases close to failing (Monsoon/Accessorize and Arcadia are both in the midst of rescue plans), Boohoo recently reported year-on-year sales growth of 38%. But Boohoo are killing it in another much more alarming way. By producing clothing at ridiculously low prices, not only are they dangerously squeezing manufacturers, they are also driving a damaging ‘wear it once’ mindset in consumers that is devastating our planet through excessive waste, pollution and landfill fodder.

Fast fashion consumers too are not immune from the impact – relentless churning through piles of clothes will ultimately clutter up space both physical and mental, adding stress and costing them more financially than if they purchased fewer items of higher quality over time. Cost-per-wear of a cheap item that is discarded or fails in a matter of weeks will always be higher than that of clothing that lasts.

Girl walking by the beach in a flowery fast fashion dress

When the news broke earlier this week that the UK government rejected proposals put forward by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) to clean up the fashion industry, those of us engaged in the fight for quality over shoddiness and planet over profit collectively raged. The proposals in Fixing Fashion: Clothing consumption and sustainability could have gone further (direct legislation on volume production would represent a major step change, for example); however, they would have been a start. A start to solid legislation in an industry where no official regulator exists – can there be another industry of comparable size that operates so free of regulation? The government states it's playing its part through a scheme to boost textile and packaging recycling as well as consulting on extended producer responsibility for higher quality textiles. If that sounds a little vague and non-committal, that’s because it is.

A high street shop selling clothing and accessories

Back to Boohoo. The Guardian’s Sandra Laville this week delved deeper into the brand and their production practices. It’s emerged that the brand produce one of their hero pieces, a bandeau dress coming in at a whopping £5, at a factory in the UK. ‘Made in England’ has always been a badge of honour and carries with it an association of quality and craftsmanship, expertise and trust. But we have to wonder: when a dress costs the consumer £5, who’s left paying the rest of the bill? According to Boohoo, there has been no evidence of foul play relating to garment workers’ pay. However, the brand has repeatedly refused to engage with USDAW (Union for Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers), and there is evidence of workers in Leicester and Manchester (where Boohoo’s factories are located) receiving just £3 per hour, which is well under half the national living wage.

Boohoo drive demand and sales through canny celebrity endorsement onsocial media and by positioning themselves as ‘fashion for everyone’ (they now offer a size range from 6 to 26). This method of preaching consumption without conscience is resulting in 1.3m tonnes of waste each year.

“You can’t take fast fashion away from the people now it’s here.” I’m curious about ‘the people’ in this context. Who, exactly, is fast fashion benefiting save the brands themselves? The people who are poorly paid and endure terrible working conditions? The people that live on a planet that is increasingly polluted and stuffed to the brim with needless waste? Or the people that repeatedly spend cash on poorly made clothes?

Cheap clothes equate to more crap in your closet not more fashion.

A man in a couture jumper staring wistfully into the distance on the high street

Fashion at its best is a celebration of expression, individuality and culture. Its power is transformative and empowering. The industry is jam-packed with creative talent, innovators and design brilliance. With creativity and innovation come new ideas, and as we evolve, so too does the way we present ourselves to the world. The alarming pace of fast fashion is the issue not newness. When we attended the Copenhagen Fashion Summit last year, we were told by a speaker opening the conference that “we don’t want to go back to slow fashion – that would not be right.” A kindred spirit of Peter Williams, no doubt. How about simply fair fashion?

The everyday consumer is not a sustainability expert, and neither are the influencers that promote the vast array of fast fashion, that much is clear. The majority would be shocked if they truly considered the harm that it does. We saw a glimmer of this in Stacey Dooley’s Fashion’s Dirty Secrets when she confronted a group of influencers with the truth behind the products they promoted. Their reaction illustrated the blind trust we place in brands, but it’s clear we need to continue questioning.

Fast fashion shop fronts with mannequins on the high street

To end on a positive note, Sandra Laville rounded off her piece with some practical advice on how to participate in fashion while remaining planet conscious. First up, we were thrilled to see:

“Commit to wearing every piece 30 times. If we doubled the amount of time we kept clothes for, we would cut our fashion emissions by 44%.”

Purchasing products of a higher quality that will last enables us to do this. This is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to act as a conscious consumer. Until the fashion industry is fully supported and regulated by government, the power to act as individuals holds even more importance.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-05-20T05:00:00+0100 2019-05-20T05:00:00+0100 The BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards 2019 BuyMeOnce UK


For the past four years, BuyMeOnce has been meticulously researching brands to discover the very best in their commitment to sustainability, durability, exceptional aftercare and eco-innovation. Now we’re sharing our findings with the world with the BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards. In these throwaway times, these awards are celebrating those brands and organisations who are bucking the trends of obsolescence and disposability. These are the people putting the planet first, rejecting the throwaway retail culture and making the very best products they can to help their customers keep them for longer. The Award Categories Our excellence awards include Most Durable, Most Repairable, Most Sustainable, Most Innovative, Best Waste Reduction and Best Aftercare across nine sectors: Womenswear Menswear Kidswear Shoes & Accessories Toys Electricals & Appliances Furniture & Homeware Kitchenware Health & Beauty 2019 marks the first year of the BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards. We will run the awards annually with the aim that they will eventually become known as a kitemark of longevity and sustainability. The winners of the inaugural BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards will be celebrated at a special event on May 30, 2019, in London. Each winning brand or organisation will have an evergreen oak tree planted in their honour. Oak trees are one...]]>
For the past four years, BuyMeOnce has been meticulously researching brands to discover the very best in their commitment to sustainability, durability, exceptional aftercare and eco-innovation.

Now we’re sharing our findings with the world with the BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards.

In these throwaway times, these awards are celebrating those brands and organisations who are bucking the trends of obsolescence and disposability. These are the people putting the planet first, rejecting the throwaway retail culture and making the very best products they can to help their customers keep them for longer.

The Award Categories

Our excellence awards include Most Durable, Most Repairable, Most Sustainable, Most Innovative, Best Waste Reduction and Best Aftercare across nine sectors:

2019 marks the first year of the BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards. We will run the awards annually with the aim that they will eventually become known as a kitemark of longevity and sustainability.

The winners of the inaugural BuyMeOnce Excellence Awards will be celebrated at a special event on May 30, 2019, in London. Each winning brand or organisation will have an evergreen oak tree planted in their honour. Oak trees are one of the longest living species with some living over 1000 years and will be our way of congratulating and supporting those brands who are doing the most to secure the future of our planet.

Womenswear

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Most Durable: Lemuel MC

Linen is one of the longest-lasting textiles in the world, only improving with washes and wear. Each Lemuel MC piece is designed to be an heirloom, handcrafted in London using Lithuanian deadstock linen with a simplicity and tactility that appeals to multiple generations. It’s for this emotional as well as physical durability that we award Lemuel MC the Most Durable award in Womenswear.

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Best Aftercare: Lowie

We awarded Lowie the Best Aftercare award in Womenswear for their highly impressive free repairs for life policy on all Lowie branded clothing. No conditions, no questions, no hoops to jump through - this friendly, sustainable clothing boutique simply want to keep their garments out of landfill for as long as possible.

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Most Sustainable: Ally Bee

Ally Bee craft conscious knitwear that meet the highest standards of ethics and animal welfare. Some of their superfine merino and cashmere yarns carry a rare Cradle to Cradle certification meaning that the whole process, including the end of life have been designed to ensure minimal disruption to the planet. Their mill uses renewable energy and British Alpaca are one of their preferred yarn as the grazing of these animals cause the least disturbance to the soil. Their beautiful pieces are made using traditional techniques and each one comes with a 3-year repair policy.

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Most Innovative: Riley Studio

Riley Studio are at the cutting edge of eco-fabric use including rPET, made from recycled plastic bottles, ECONYL®, which is infinitely recyclable, and Q-NOVA®, made from otherwise non recyclable waste. Combining recycled cotton in with their organic stock, they are able to further reduce their footprint. So far they have saved nearly 1 million litres of water. The clothes themselves are impeccably constructed, unisex and seasonless - bucking all the trends of fast fashion.

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Waste Reduction: The Clothes Doctor

This organisation promotes the repair rather than replacement of clothing and most importantly makes the entire process as easy as possible. Transparent pricing and convenient delivery and postage makes this company a disruptive force that we hope will encourage ever more consumers to repair their favourite clothing.

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Menswear

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Most Durable: Filson

Filson have their legacy in designing clothes and blankets to protect gold-rush pioneers in Alaska. Their material choices ensure durability across the range, and while they have an excellent reputation for their garment construction, they also guarantee their products against defects or damage in normal usage and encourage repair over replacement.

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Best Aftercare: Blackhorse Lane Ateliers

It’s not often a denim brand comes along offering a free repair service on their products, and it’s even less common for this to extend to the lifetime of the garment. But this is what Blackhorse Lane Ateliers have chosen to do because they believe in a circular economy and the durability of their own products. They also offer run denim masterclasses and workshops to help customers who may want to make or repair their own products.

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Most Sustainable: White T-Shirt Company

There are many brands making T-shirts, but The White T-Shirt Company is the gold standard of transparency and sustainability. With a zero compromise approach towards quality, ethics, and style, their wardrobe essentials are all GOTS-certified, Oeko-Tex 100 and Green Cotton approved, and ethically manufactured from field to door. The extra durability due to the quality of fabric and finish further enhances their eco-credentials, as it ensures less waste and pollution associated with rebuying of shoddy alternatives.

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Most Innovative: Patagonia

Patagonia have been working in this area for decades, but we feel they deserve the innovation award for their tireless pursuit of better options for their clothing. Not only are they at the forefront of the latest ethical and sustainable material use, but they have taken an active role in uncovering the impact of garment production and use. Their funding of research into microplastics for example has driven awareness and change across the whole industry.

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Waste Reduction: The Clothes Doctor

This organisation promotes the repair rather than replacement of clothing and most importantly makes the entire process as easy as possible. Transparent pricing and convenient delivery and postage makes this company a disruptive force that we hope will encourage ever more consumers to repair their favourite clothing.

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Shoes & Accessories

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Most Durable: Elvis & Kresse

Fire hose: one of the most durable materials on the planet and the backbone of Elvis & Kresse’s hard wearing luxury accessories. Nearly impossible to destroy, this brand further supports all its products with a lifetime guarantee giving Elvis & Kresse’s incredible upcycled products the title of Most Durable in Shoes and Accessories.

Best Aftercare: Elvis & Kresse

For the Best Aftercare in Shoes and Accessories, we couldn’t overlook Elvis & Kresse extraordinary lifetime repair policy. Not only will they patch up any issue that arises with your accessory over the course of its life, but they’ve also gladly fixed and tailored items just to keep them from going to landfill.

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Most Repairable: Solovair

Solovair’s range of shoes are all made out of high quality durable materials, Goodyear leather welted to withstand even the toughest use. However we were most impressed with Solovair’s sole repair offering; in the event that the soles finally meet their untimely demise, a pair of sturdy Solovair soles can be purchased for a local cobbler to replace them with.

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Most Sustainable: Flowfold

The numbers speak for themselves: 1,513 sq metres of fabric was kept out of landfill last year and 5,547 metres of rope repurposed. Flowfold has always been invested in sustainable methods, from the humble beginnings of its prototype wallet made out of sailcloth scraps. Materials used are the strongest, lightest and most resilient fabrics on the market, rigorously tested to withstand years of abrasion and damage from natural elements, ensuring that these products won’t end up in landfill.

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Most Innovative: Ecoalf

It is rare for a fashion brand to take a hands-on approach to solving environmental problems, but Ecoalf is showing what’s possible. Their “Upcycling the Oceans” project has removed 330 tonnes of waste out of the sea since 2015 and used it to create durable, attractive footwear and clothing. They were the first to make flip-flops out of used tyres and have pioneered technology allowing for their construction without the need for adhesive or chemicals. In a world of green-washing, this is exactly the kind of genuine progress we need.

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Kidswear

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Most Durable: Monty & Co.

Monty & Co.’s practical and utilitarian approach to kidswear makes for adorable clothing that has durability at its heart. We love how the timeless and gender-neutral looks make excellent hand-me-downs. Each piece is impeccably constructed using very hard-wearing but 100% natural fabrics that only improve with age and washing. All together this means a kids clothing range that can really be expected to last.

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Best Aftercare: Mini Bili

Mini Bili is completely invested in a circular approach to their collections, showing the concern they have for the future of the children they are clothing. Not only do they craft their beautiful pieces from reclaimed, vintage cloth and offer a lifetime repair guarantee, the company also invites customers to return clothes they are tired of for a 30% discount off their next purchase. These returned pieces can then be given new life, closing the loop on disposable fashion.

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Most Sustainable: Billygoats & Raincoats

Billygoats & Raincoats wins the award for most sustainable kidswear with their mission of rescuing discarded festival tents destined for the landfill. Every year in the UK, festival goers abandon more than 20,000 tents; Billygoats & Raincoats salvages the usable material and repurposes it into colourful eco-friendly outerwear for children. Being 100% made in the UK also makes a huge difference to the overall carbon footprint.

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Most Innovative: Petit Pli

Founded by a trained aerospace engineer, this innovative company has a completely new solution to the current waste in kids clothing. While most kids clothing has to be repurchased every few months, Petit Pli’s clothing range stretch and expand to fit children from the ages of 9 months to 4 years. Not only do they use recycled materials, but they are also reflective, ultra-lightweight, reinforced, breathable and rainproof, making them versatile and safe to use in all conditions.

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Toys

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Most Durable: little miss workbench

It’s very hard to be toddler-proof, but it would take a significant amount of bashing to even put a dent in little miss workbench’s range of wooden toys. Made out of the strongest and most durable American hardwoods, such as birch, maple and cherry wood, we love the imaginative simplicity and natural hardiness of the chunky designs which are finished with a natural coating.

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Best Aftercare: Orchard Toys

Three months after Christmas, half of kids toys are broken or unusable. We were really impressed by their commitment to keeping spare parts for their games and sending them out for free so the game can live on. An extra nice touch is that they encourage a donation to a kids hospice to those using this free service. It’s this kind of thinking that we want to encourage.

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Most Sustainable: Wooden Story

Wooden Story has clearly worked incredibly hard to bring sustainability into a sector dominated by plastic and shoddy design. Their wooden toys use sustainably sourced wood, natural dyes and beeswax. Refreshingly, all the packaging is also biodegradable, recyclable or reusable. The items themselves are hardy, heirloom quality with a timeless charm. We also like that they encourage imaginative play.

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Most Innovative: Wishbone Design Studio

Wishbone Design Studio toys are not only sustainable, repairable, and durable, but can cleverly adapt into new and more age appropriate toys as children grow up through simple home adjustments. The level of thought and creativity that goes into increasing the longevity of a Wishbone product, evident right from the earliest design stages, makes this brand highly deserving of our Most Innovative award.

Most Repairable: Wishbone Design Studio

Wishbone Design Studio have taken truly impressive steps towards making their collection of sustainable bikes, wagons and rockers as repairable as possible. From the earliest stages products are designed for disassembly, with spare parts readily available alongside simple instructions and lifetime customer support. Not only this, components are carefully standardised meaning no discontinued parts or need for specialised tools. We love how this encourages home repair, and we hope to see many more brands inspired by Wishbone Design Studio’s impressive ethos.

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Electricals & Appliances

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Most Durable: Transparent Sound (Steel Edition)

Transparent Sound are bucking the trend of planned obsolescence within the electronics industry by designing innovative speakers geared towards a lifetime of use. These striking products are manufactured using durable materials and parts designed to be replaced and upgraded for as long as possible. Their limited edition Steel Speaker is a 20KG beast handcrafted by blacksmith Jonas Majors, and if this doesn’t deserve a Most Durable electronics award we don’t know what does.

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Best Aftercare: Miele

Most appliance manufacturers used to make their machine to a certain baseline standard, with build quality the clear first priority. Over the years, one by one, even the most reputed companies have lowered their standards. Meanwhile, Miele are still raising their own lofty bar. Their warranties extend up to 10 years for premium appliances, while their award-winning customer service team has over a hundred dedicated engineers throughout the UK. If you need guaranteed, tried and tested quality, Miele are our number one pick.

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Most Repairable: AIAIAI

AIAIAI’s customisable TMA-2 headphone system allows users to repair, interchange and upgrade parts, from ear pads, speaker units, headbands and even cables. The end result is a personal pair of headphones unique to each user, creating a perfect set that can cater to everyone, whether they may be a professional DJ or the casual listener using it for their daily commute. They also offer a 3-year warranty in a sector that usually cuts off at one.

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Most Sustainable: Fairphone

It could have challenged in any category: Fairphone are the one and only company striving to make phones both ethical and durable, reducing impact from manufacture through to end of life. Their materials are meticulously sourced - the 40 different elements required to create a phone coming from, where possible, low-impact zones with a strong emphasis on worker conditions. One of the only modular phones on the market, its six pieces are easily removable and replaceable by hand. Swap out a broken screen in just one minute. If you do decide to upgrade your phone, just send the old one back to Fairphone by freepost - they’ll recycle it.

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Most Innovative: L’Increvable

The first washing machine designed to be repaired and upgraded by customers and professional repairers alike, L’increvable is designed to last for a minimum of 20 years or 10,000 hours of use. It is yet to make it to market, but if and when it does it will profoundly disrupt an industry that has planned obsolescence baked in. With a bit of luck, the advent of L’increvable will mean the decline of sealed-in, opaque appliances that cost more to repair than to replace. Great for the environment - better still for the consumer.

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Waste Reduction: The Restart Project

Started in London, The Restart Project is spreading across the UK and the world. This social enterprise brings repair enthusiasts together with people who need products repaired. The idea is not just to provide a free service but to empower citizens to take on simple repair tasks allowing perfectly good products to carry on being useful. Every year they are saving thousands of kilograms of waste.

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Furniture & Homeware

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Most Durable: Family W

We were very pleased to discover this dutch brand who are creating furniture designed to be loved for generations. Their timeless pieces are built from solid oak without nails or screws, using wood-on-wood connections for beauty and lasting strength. Their pieces also come with an astounding 100 year warranty, earning Family W the title of Most Durable furniture brand.

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Best Aftercare: Finlayson

Finlayson’s Jesus Range duvets and pillowcases, crafted from soft and durable linen, has been awarded the Best Aftercare in Furniture and Homeware for their surprising and astounding 50-year guarantee. We’ve never seen a warranty this robust from a linens brand, and we’re excited to see if this will encourage other brands to offer similar (or better!) policies.

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Most Repairable: Brabantia

While you might think it strange that a rubbish bin should be up for an award, we guarantee you won’t find a more repairable, functional item. Brabantia craft all of their bins from 40% recycled materials, and they’re designed to be taken apart and recycled at the end of their life. On top of their 10-year guarantee, their service shop stocks replacement parts and offers repair services inside and outside of the warranty.

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Most Sustainable: Sustainable Furniture UK

The clue is in the name: Sustainable Furniture UK care deeply about their impact on the planet; every part of their manufacturing process and supply chain is carefully considered. Not only are their pieces ethically sourced and built to last a lifetime, the brand actively support organisations championing reforestation and taking action against illegal tree logging, such as Trees for Trees and Perum Perhutani. We especially love their dedication to using reclaimed timber, which not only recycles otherwise defunct wood into beautiful new furniture but makes the pieces more hard wearing as the timber is more seasoned.

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Most Innovative: Plumen

This is a category close to our hearts because planned obsolescence is so baked into the light bulb industry. Plumen are creating longer-lasting and more energy efficient lightbulbs which crucially are also beautiful enough to overcome consumer resistance to energy efficient lighting. We particularly like that they have not stopped making their products better, with a reinvention on their original design using LEDs coming out last year.

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Waste Reduction: Rype Office

Rype Office are tackling waste in an industry where even lightly used products are being rejected and trashed at an alarming rate. They are diverting tonnes of waste from landfill by remanufacturing existing furniture to bring they up to an “as new” condition. By making sustainable furniture both attractive and economically sensible, they are disrupting the space. We also appreciate their commitment to hiring people with disabilities.

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Kitchenware

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Most Durable: Solidteknics

It’s pretty hard to beat a cast iron pan for durability, but Solidteknics goes even further by crafting theirs from one piece of seamless iron. No rivets, no broken handles, ever. Drop it, smash it, throw it in the fire, run over it with your car – these pans are indestructible. They back this with a multi-century warranty. A natural non-stick surface can be maintained indefinitely by seasoning and re-seasoning using natural oils.

Best Aftercare: Solidteknics

Solidteknics bears the best warranty on the BuyMeOnce website. On every one of their seamless iron pans, they offer a multi-century warranty, so even if your great-great-grandson manages to break it (he won’t), Solidteknics will honour their guarantee.

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Most Repairable: Dualit

With nearly 75 years of experience manufacturing long-lasting toasters (and the customer and independent reviews to back it up!), Dualit know that repairability is the future of kitchen appliances. All of their products feature a modular system, meaning each component is designed to be replaceable and recyclable, so you’ll never have to throw away the entire appliance.

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Most Sustainable: ROK Presso

Designed to be the most eco-friendly espresso maker on the market, ROK have created the perfect alternative to coffee makers that require disposable capsules, pods and filters. By using only kinetic energy to power it, the Presso cuts down your waste and provides a smooth and easy extraction. It’s mechanical nature and solid design means that planned obsolescence is not on the cards and this item can go on doing its job indefinitely.

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Most Innovative: Smidge

We’ve been waiting a long time for a reusable coffee cups and picnic utensils which not only can take the place of throwaway versions but can also biodegrade at end of life. So we were thrilled to discover Smidge which uses natural materials derived from corn to create reusable cups and cutlery which are still dishwasher and microwave safe, but will biodegrade leaving no damaging chemical residue.

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Waste Reduction: Beeswax Wraps Co.

Reusable and biodegradable, these food wraps by Beeswax Wraps are a durable, zero waste alternative to cling wrap. The wraps are beautifully designed by local designers and printed on organic GOTS certified organic cotton, with beeswax coming from within 30 miles of their workshop, further reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

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Health & Beauty

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Most Durable: Rockwell Razors

Taking inspiration from the safety razors of yesteryear, Rockwell Razor merges traditional design with modern touches such as adjustable shave settings and precision engineered blade angles that allows for a smoother, nick-free shave. The razors are either made from chromed alloy, 316L Stainless Steel, or a combination of brass, stainless steel and chromed alloy - materials that will stand the test of time and won’t get crushed or damaged with normal, daily use. Even their refillable single cartridge blades are exceptional in terms of durability, thanks to Swedish stainless steel that won’t rust.

Best Aftercare: Rockwell Razors

Rockwell Razor stand behind their razors with their exceptional lifetime guarantee, cementing their products as heirloom-quality. They will accept razors back if it’s not up to a customer’s satisfaction, and they will even cover shipping costs within the 30 days grace period. Free exchanges are standard for razors that arrive with any sort of defect, whether it’s a manufacturing flaw or cosmetic imperfection. In the event that a razor was deemed damaged due to neglect or misuse, Rockwell’s generous policy involves sending out the appropriate replacement parts for free, with the customer only covering shipping costs.

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Most Sustainable: OrganiCup

The vegan certified OrganiCup menstrual cup is the perfect alternative to wasteful tampons and sanitary pads that end up in landfill. Designed to last years, we’re adding another award to medal-clad OrganiCup, thanks to their commitment to saving the environment. Their efforts even extend to their packaging, with instructions printed on the inside of a recycled, biodegradable carton and a storage pouch made from 100% organic cotton.

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Most Innovative: Plaine Products

Plaine Products’ range is completely chemical free with ingredients checked through the Environmental Working Group’s database to ensure they are safe and non-toxic. However, it’s their dedication to reducing plastic consumption that impressed us here at BuyMeOnce; they also encourage their customers to return their reusable aluminum bottles by providing a free return label.

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Waste Reduction: Zao Organic

Zao Organic believes that beauty shouldn’t cost the earth and they do this by using sustainably harvested bamboo with their makeup products. The ingredients used for the products themselves are extracted from the bamboo plant and the elegant packaging is made from bamboo. The refillable component is a zero-waste solution to an otherwise wasteful industry with the added bonus of saving money at the same time.

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https://uk.buymeonce.com/blogs/articles-tips/interview-france-fight-planned-obsolescence 2019-05-17T05:00:00+0100 2019-05-17T05:00:00+0100 30 Long Lasting Wedding Present Ideas Amanda Saxby


Thinking of wedding present ideas for the bride and groom can be a stressful event. Do you go personalised? Do you buy separate gifts or one for the couple? What if you don’t know the couple well and they don’t have a registry? But most importantly, how do you know if the wedding present idea you have will last a lifetime?Don’t panic – this is our raison d'être! We’ve pulled together 30 of our bestselling long lasting wedding present ideas for you. You don’t even have to go scrambling through our gifting page (though you can if you want!)Furthermore, we’ve categorised these ideas based on recipient so the search is even simpler. Whether you’re on the hunt as a guest buying for the couple, the bride looking for the perfect bridesmaids’ gifts, or a groom searching for a present for your bride, we’ve got you covered. Wedding Present Ideas for the Couple This beautiful heirloom copper kettle uses the same hand-tinning techniques used during the Edwardian period and looks stunning on the hob. Any eco-friendly newlywed couple would be pleased to receive this 10-year guaranteed manual espresso maker. Set them up with bedding for their entire marriage with this soft...]]>
Thinking of wedding present ideas for the bride and groom can be a stressful event. Do you go personalised? Do you buy separate gifts or one for the couple? What if you don’t know the couple well and they don’t have a registry? But most importantly, how do you know if the wedding present idea you have will last a lifetime?

Don’t panic – this is our raison d'être! We’ve pulled together 30 of our bestselling long lasting wedding present ideas for you. You don’t even have to go scrambling through our gifting page (though you can if you want!)

Furthermore, we’ve categorised these ideas based on recipient so the search is even simpler. Whether you’re on the hunt as a guest buying for the couple, the bride looking for the perfect bridesmaids’ gifts, or a groom searching for a present for your bride, we’ve got you covered.

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Wedding Present Ideas for the Couple

This beautiful heirloom copper kettle uses the same hand-tinning techniques used during the Edwardian period and looks stunning on the hob.

Any eco-friendly newlywed couple would be pleased to receive this 10-year guaranteed manual espresso maker.

Set them up with bedding for their entire marriage with this soft linen double duvet set guaranteed for 50 years!

Mood lighting, anyone? Add a little elegance to their dining table with this long lasting LED light bulb and pendant set.

Spruce up their living area with this fabulous upcycled leather rug.

Every newlywed likes a cuddle. Help them stay cosy with this handwoven Turkish blanket with a 20-year fixing guarantee!

This natural non-stick iron skillet is the only pan they (and their future generations) will ever need.

Does the couple love an evening tipple? These nearly indestructible glass tumblers are a great wedding present idea.

Buying for a couple who loves to cook? Grab them a pair of matching lifetime guaranteed aprons.

You know there’s going to be harder days ahead, so get them this stoneware takeaway set for those nights they can’t be bothered.

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Wedding Present Ideas for the Bride

This beautiful silver linked bracelet is both delicate and refined and comes with a BuyMeOnce exclusive warranty.

This sterling silver necklace is a timeless contemporary piece; make it even more personal by choosing a special silver charm.

Are you both big into exotic holiday spots? Grab her a pair of customised unbreakable sunglasses.

This gorgeous leather rucksack handbag is an heirloom piece she can treasure and wear forever.

Does she love cuddling up in a cosy robe? Treat her to this handwoven Turkish lounge gown that comes with a 20-year repair policy.

30 long lasting wedding present ideas | uk.buymeonce.com

Wedding Present Ideas for the Groom

If he’s an audiophile, you can’t go wrong with the most durable portable bluetooth speaker on the market.

Let him lounge around in comfort and style with this soft, handwoven Turkish robe with a 20-year repair policy.

The perfect wedding present idea for the traveller: a super durable, reclaimed fire hose duffel.

Does your man like to keep groomed? He’ll love this brilliant low-waste shaving kit.

For sunny days for the rest of his life: a pair of customisable unbreakable sunglasses.

30 long lasting wedding present ideas | uk.buymeonce.com

Wedding Present Ideas for the Bridesmaids

Your ladies will love cosying up with this versatile handwoven peshtemal.

The girls will thank you for this practical yet stunning gift that will help them never lose another earring!

Treat the ladies to an at-home spa day with these sweet-smelling bath salts.

If you’re feeling super generous, we’re sure one of these upcycled fire hose purses would go over famously.

Corralling a crew of fashionistas in your bridal party? Try gifting them one of these super soft linen scarf accessories.

30 long lasting wedding present ideas | uk.buymeonce.com

Wedding Present Ideas for the Groomsmen

These cuff links are a classic wedding present idea for the groomsmen with an upcycled twist!

Get them a pen that will write for a lifetime (even if they’re underwater or in zero gravity!) They can be personalised for that extra touch.

Stylish yet heavy on sound quality, this bamboo phone speaker is a funky, planet-friendly present.

Excellent for the wedding day and every day after, they’ll love the soothing effects of this shave balm.

It’ll never rain on their parade with one of these lifetime guaranteed mini umbrellas up their sleeve.

Amanda Saxby hails from the frozen tundra of British Columbia, Canada, and now works as Digital Marketing Manager for BuyMeOnce in London. When she’s not analysing the latest Twitter trends or decoding the optimal time to post an Instagram, she can be found with a whisk in her hand baking up refined sugar free desserts for her blog and colleagues. So far, no complaints.

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