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Digital Subscriptions > Be Kind > Mar/Apr 2019 > Make do and mend

Make do and mend

Fast-fashion is destroying the planet, so Selkie Patterns are helping to get us all sewing our own

Best friends Caroline and Alexandra, and co-founders of sewing pattern and textiles company Selkie Patterns, chat to us about sustainability, combatting fast-fashion, and why making and patching up your own clothes is better than buying new garments, for you and for the planet.

Tell us the Selkie Story.

Alexandra: We both have a different sewing story, but we met at university doing costume degrees. Caroline learnt to sew on her grandmother’s lap from the age of five and is a costume maker by trade, whereas I took the route of making my own clothing as an adult, as a way of increasing my own happiness. Sewing can be so therapeutic, and many people have this experience when they first start learning – it calms and focuses the mind, whilst allowing you to make something that is entirely yours.

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About Be Kind

Hello, Welcome to the new issue. We had an overwhelming response to our first edition – we’re so glad we reached so many like-minded people who want to make the world a better place. This month we’re looking at the huge topic of food and, in particular, why so much of this precious resource ends up in the bin. I was astonished to learn that around one third of all food produced for humans gets wasted each year – that’s around 1.3 billion tonnes of perfectly edible food ending up lost or wasted. It’s time to redress the balance and start taking responsibility for our own contribution to these scary statistics, and this issue is packed with ways to reduce your food footprint, make more sustainable choices and fight back against waste. So many times this month I have found myself referring back to how our grandparents used to live – buying items built to last, repairing and reusing, being creative with food scraps and living, where possible, within their means. Sharing this ethos, we spoke to the inspirational social enterprise Emmaus, who are encouraging us all to ditch the flat pack and buy second-hand furniture and the lovely Selkie Patterns who want to get us all sewing our own clothes. With these small steps, together we can start making a difference. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor