We were delighted to launch the new title Small Steps to Less Waste with author Claudi Williams and some of the book contributors discussing how we can all make small but important changes that reduce our impact on the environment.
If you missed the online launch, you can watch it again here.
Claudi and Judit had some great tips for those of us just starting out on reducing our waste. The easiest one is to get rid of the plastic sponges from your sink and use compostable or reusable alternatives. We’re quite taken by the loofah we’re trying out and we’re making our own toothpaste too, which is easier and tastier than you might think.
We’re delighted to be publishing Small Steps to Less Waste, a community project in association with Action on Plastic. The book contains 12 stories of personal enlightenment and the practical changes people made to live more sustainably.
Our impact on the environment demands behavioural change on a global scale and the power of individual action should not be underestimated as we wait for governing institutions and industry to catch up.
The book asks: what are the tipping points that lead people to make significant changes to their behaviour? Whether it is seeing plastic on the beach or watching David Attenborough on TV, once moved, we are all able to do small things that together have the power to create a huge impact.
We hope this book will encourage people to choose simple alternatives to mass-produced, highly packaged goods and be inspired by the Stroud community who are finding the time and courage to make, create and look after what they have, rather than throw away and create waste.
‘While it is true that the challenges of our time require systems change and large-scale actions, they also demand that we all do what we can in our own lives and our communities. Stroud has long been a kind of hothouse for new ideas, led by people with the courage of their convictions and support of those around them. This practical and inspiring book draws together the stories of ordinary people who decided to “be the change,” and who will be your guides into a more sustainable way of living. The main takeaway from this book? That all of these changes, rather than diminishing us, actually make our lives fuller, richer, better connected and more purposeful. Wave farewell to plastic and discover a world of ingenuity and creativity!’ Rob Hopkins: founder of the Transition movement
For many of us, Christmas will be quieter than usual this year, with fewer friends and family members around us. But there is still plenty we can do to embrace this atmospheric time of year and plenty of fun to be had.
Short days bring cosy nights, which are perfect for storytelling. For seasonal stories, Advent and Christmas Stories includes a treasury of verses, stories and songs.
Interested in telling nature stories? ThenThe Natural Storytellerhas stories for telling orally. Using the story maps, you can easily tell the stories without reading and become a family storyteller.
Books such asThe Children’s Forest offer stories and songs, wild food, recipes, crafts and celebrations for all the year round. Families can enjoy these, with seasonal things to look out for while out walking.
If you have ever wanted to try a new craft but never seem to find the time, now is your moment. Crafting is a great way to either spend time with family or to lose yourself in to counter feelings of anxiety or loneliness.
As we spend more time at home again, make the most of chilly days and early evenings by taking up a new craft project.
Darn it! As discussed in a recent article by Rosanna Dodds, visible mending is about more than thrift – it is a process by which we can save favourite garments and make them unique to us. It is also a craft that can fit into the time you have available. As Hikaru Noguchi, author of Darning: Repair, Make, Mend says,
“Most projects are finished within a few minutes to an hour. There’s no need to take out a sewing machine; the tools are as simple as a darning mushroom, needle and scissors. You can darn just as quickly as sewing on a button. If you’re set on darning a larger area, you can continue to enjoy the pleasures of sewing and working methodically, giving you a great sense of satisfaction in a job well done.”
Whether you are new to darning, or already an enthusiast, join us for a new season of Meet Make Mend with Katy Bevan and Kath Child from Atelier Stroud. The mending and darning circle meets on the first Wednesday of each month, starting on Wednesday 4th November at 7 p.m. Register here to join us online.
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