A big thank you to all of you who joined us at the Eco Market and Summer Fête at Loretto Gallery last weekend. Whether you were visiting or setting up your stall, it was GREAT to see you, and I hope you took away some new ideas and were inspired by ReMade. We’ll be back at the gallery in mid-November, when we’ll all be thinking about … Christmas!
Since the market, we’ve had to find a new home for Frugal Cool HQ, and today, we’re moving temporarily into a little shop in Musselburgh. So from Wednesday 8th September, you’ll be able to drop by Frugal Cool’s Pop-Up Emporium of Sustainability + Design at 147 North High Street Musselburgh. There’s lots of work to do, and needless to say, we’re all quite excited.
Before then, why not come and say hello at Portobello Organic Fair on Saturday 4 September, 10am to 2pm. This new monthly market (every first Saturday) in Brighton Park will sell local and organic fruit, veg, meat, baking and craft! We’ll also be in St Andrews Square Edinburgh on Monday 6 September from 12 noon as part of Start, an initiative to help people across the UK lead more sustainable lives.
Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Leith is looking for skilled craftspeople to work as part of Tinker Tailor, a mending service with a twist. The twist is that people don’t just drop off their broken watch, necklace or bike – they stay and learn how to fix it with you. There’s a salary of £15 an hour, applications have to be in by 31 August. More information from Rosie Lewis.
Ecological debt isn’t something I had really considered until I read that last Saturday, humanity started to live beyond its ecological means for this year. Did you know that the UK currently exports 131,000 tonnes of chewing gum to Spain, only to import 125,000 tonnes back again? And we send 3,300 tonnes of cuddly toys to New Zealand, only to bring another 2,400 tonnes back. It’s madness.
In The Great Transition, nef (new economic foundation) argues that a new kind of ecomony is crucial to local and global sustainability. Downloadable, well worth reading.
Finally, magazine of the week! Nuno Magazine is 150 pages of craft, sewing and knitting projects made from recycled and salvaged materials. Distinctly American in wholesome style and flavour, my favourite make is the sweater sleeve ankle warmers … although the leather mushrooms, also featured on the blog, are rather intriguing.