3 step guide to minimising your wardrobe

Liked our piece on minimalist fashion but don’t know where to start? This guide is for you! It is the perfect time to declutter your wardrobe. As COVID-19 lockdown eases, charity shops are beginning to open and life is getting back to normal. But chances are you’re still stuck at home, slightly bored and perhaps lacking motivation. That’s why Upcycled have created a 5 step … Continue reading 3 step guide to minimising your wardrobe

Upcycled’s guide to minimalist fashion

Like the idea of simplifying your wardrobe? We do too. Fast fashion – cheap clothes made quickly – produces 10% of the worlds carbon emissions. That’s more than all air and water travel combined. This is set to increase to 26% by 2050 if we do nothing about it. So let’s do something. Minimalist fashion may just be the solution. This means only keeping the essentials and … Continue reading Upcycled’s guide to minimalist fashion

The importance of shopping locally

Out of a global pandemic, local communities are thriving Shopping locally is always important, but COVID-19 has made it even more necessary. From small ethical food shops to family-run restaurants, people are woking hard to keep Britain fed. Great food has been one of the highlights of lockdown for many. Dave and Sal from Belper in Derbyshire celebrated their 31st anniversary without leaving the house. … Continue reading The importance of shopping locally

Is the climate movement racist?

Lack of diversity in a movement that is meant to fight for everyone As the Black Lives Matter movement spreads across the world, spurred into action by the horrific brutality of certain policemen in Minnesota and around the world, everyone is trying to learn about how to be “actively anti-racist”. So it is important that we examine where systemic racism has infiltrated the climate movement. … Continue reading Is the climate movement racist?

Microplastic numbers “vastly underestimated” in previous studies

The amount of microplastic pollution in the sea is likely to be double what scientists had previously estimated. Research by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory found using fine mesh nets for filtering resulted in many more pieces of plastic being discovered. The study was carried out off the coasts of the US and Britain. The new global estimate for microplastic particles is between 12tn –125tn. Scientists … Continue reading Microplastic numbers “vastly underestimated” in previous studies

What are microplastics?

Microplastics are plastic items that have broken down but not completely disappeared. Plastic is so sturdy that it never fully breaks down, ending up in our oceans. Examples of microplastics are “microbeads” in face-scrubs, broken-down plastic bags and even fibres from clothing. But what’s the problem? The negative effects of microplastic pollution can be found everywhere: in the “deepest ocean trenches and on uninhabited islands” … Continue reading What are microplastics?

An unnatural disaster: Extinction Rebellion looks towards the decade ahead

“The people gonna rise like water/ Gonna shut this system down/In the voice of my great granddaughter/ Sing climate justice now” Several metres beneath the city, the sound of rebellion infiltrates the tube system like a warning of oncoming disaster. Some people are angry – it’s Friday and they’re late to work. Others are grinning determinedly, ready to surrender themselves into the tornado that is … Continue reading An unnatural disaster: Extinction Rebellion looks towards the decade ahead

Lockdown causing protest nostalgia?

The government tried to stop us. The police tried to stop us. Disgruntled passers-by tried to stop us. But it didn’t work. Every Friday we would march to the nearest city centre and fight for the planet. But now we have to fight for humanity in a different way. We need to stay at home. This doesn’t exactly harm our cause: less emissions are being … Continue reading Lockdown causing protest nostalgia?

Lessons from lockdown

Amid the tragedy of COVID-19, is there something to be learnt about slow living? There’s no underestimating the huge amount of work that frontline workers are putting in to control the coronavirus. From supermarket to NHS staff, essential workers are not stopping as we all wait eagerly to see one trend in the graph – a flattening of the curve. But around the world, another … Continue reading Lessons from lockdown