The Time is Now

The Covid-19 crisis has laid bare the inequalities and injustices we face everyday under the current economical system and the increase damage we are doing to our planet. We believe The Time Is Now for a world that works for everyone and that’s why we’ve joined The Climate Coalition to call for a cleaner, greener future. 

The Climate Coalition, along with their sister organisations Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, is a collective of over 140 organisations — including the National Trust, Women’s Institute, Oxfam, and RSPB — and 22 million voices strong.

Lost in Samsara is supporting the launch of a Declaration addressed directly to the Prime Minister that brings together businesses, community groups and people from all walks of life to send a strong and unified message that we want to see the UK forge a resilient recovery for a healthy and safer world, and inspire other countries to follow.

The Time Is Now, as we are at a turning point. The Time Is Now to have our voice heard ahead of the UN Climate Summit - also known as COP26 - which will be held here in the UK in 2021. Will you join us in telling the government that it must lead the world by ensuring our recovery gets us on track to net-zero emissions and limits the rise in the global temperature to 1.5 degrees C?




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5 Zero Waste Solutions That Made a Comeback

Recent years have seen the exponential growth of zero waste stores and supermarket chains following plastic-free trend. 

The zero waste lifestyle is clearly gaining a widespread momentum among consumers and each year more and more sustainable products are hitting the market.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines progress as "the movement to an improved or more developed state, or to a forward position". We often think of progress as having something to do with technology, with something that we have now and wasn't available before. 

In the case of the zero waste and plastic free movement we are making progress, but by looking and by getting inspiration from what was already existing. In fact, it seems, we are going back to solutions that were already available in the past and had little or no impact on our planet.

1) The Menstrual Cup

The first modern menstrual cups, similar to the cups we know today, were invented in 1937 by American actress Leona Chalmers. She patented a design of menstrual cup which was made from latex rubber. 

While numerous companies all over the world offer them they were still not well known in around 2010. 

In 2018, the global menstrual cup market size accounted for around $632 million in  and is expected to reach $963 million by 2026.

2) Piñatex

Piña is a traditional Philippine fibres made from pineapple leaves. Pineapples were widely cultivated in the Philippines since the 17th century for weaving lustrous lace-like luxury textiles known as nipis fabric.

The use of pineapple fibres for cloth was already fashionable in France in the early 1840. 

Today London-based company Ananas Anam, created Piñatex using pineapple leaves and it is regarded as the most affordable, plant-based leather option and has appeared in hundreds of products.

3) Luffa Sponge

Luffa has been used for millennia for everything from food, to sponges, to engine filters. The plant is a relative of the cucumber family and has been grown for thousands of years in many tropical areas of the world. 

Journalist Nell Cusack wrote in 1893 that they were in great demand as young ladies began using it to scrub their faces. 

4) Beeswax Wrap

Beeswax wraps are a modern take off on an old method of food preservation. Waxed cloths were in fact used to preserve food and cover the odours probably since the Middle Ages.

Beeswax was among the first plastics to be used and for thousands of years, beeswax has had a wide variety of applications including strengthen and preserve sewing thread, cordage, shoe laces and an ancient form of dental tooth filling!

5) Reusable Straws

While plastic and disposable straws are a recent invention, humans have been using hollow, cylindrical tubes to bring liquid to their lips for centuries.

Ancient Sumerians, one of the first societies known to brew beer—5,000 years ago—submerged long, thin tubes made from precious metals into large jars to reach the liquid sitting below fermentation byproducts. 

While these are just a few examples, it seems clear that we need to reevaluate our lifestyle, our convenience in using plastic and disposable products. Maybe we don't need to look for new solutions, but look back to the past where we as humans were more connected to nature and we used its resources in a more sensible way, knowing that they were finite. 





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Where to Buy Ethical Face Masks in the UK

From 24th July it will be mandatory to wear a mask when entering a shop in England. Wearing a mask is also mandatory when using public transports, including Uber.

In Scotland it is already compulsory to wear a face mask on public transports and shops and in Wales, face coverings will be mandatory on public transport from 27 July.

The Welsh Government is also advising people to wear masks in crowded places where social distancing is not possible. Face coverings are also compulsory on public transport in Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland.

It seems that after all the initial confusion everybody now agrees that wearing a mask helps reducing the spread of the virus. As reported on The Independent, Professor Trish Greenhalgh, of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, said: “My mask protects you; yours protects me".

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the UK's national science academy, said everyone should carry a face covering when out and about. "Not wearing a face covering should be regarded as 'anti-social' in the same way as drink driving or failing to wear a seatbelt," he said.

Nevertheless, it remains paramount that the general public do not wear surgical face masks as they should be reserved for NHS staff and frontline workers only. Also, it is important to remember that wearing a face mask is not intended to replace other recommended measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, washing your hands and refraining from touching your face.

The Environmental Cost of Disposable Masks

Many shops and businesses are offering disposable masks when customers don’t have their own but the potential damage of every single person in the UK using these masks is huge.

Conservationists have warned that this pandemic could spark a surge in ocean pollution– after finding disposable masks floating like jellyfish and waterlogged rubber gloves scattered across sea beds.

If every person in the UK used one single-use face mask each day for a year, it would create 66,000 tonnes of contaminated plastic waste, the report warns, and ten times more climate change impact than using reusable masks.

It’s great to know that we don’t really need to add up more plastic that cannot be disposed. So which options do we have?

 More Environmentally Friendly Solutions

- Make your own mask

 If you want to give it a try and make a face covering on your own, there are many tutorial on Youtube and a practical guide also on the government website , but if you’re not confident in your creative abilities, there is a wide choice of face covering that are ethically made or fair trade.

- Buy Reusable Face Coverings

 Here’s a small list of places to start from ( other than us   ) 

  • Fair and Fabulous
  • The Just Shop
  • All’s Fair
  • Karakorum
  • Just Trade UK
  • Where does it Come From

And a few local shops if you’re around the area:

  • Fairtrade St Michaels (Oxford)
  • Dan’s Refill Store (Chalfont St. Peter)
  • Siesta Crafts (Canterbury)
  • RISC - Reading International Solidarity Centre (Reading)
  • Gifted (Thaxted)

Aside from the health and environmental benefits of choosing a reusable mask, purchasing an ethically made face cover can help support small businesses staying afloat during one of the worst crisis we ever faced.

Practical Tips

4 ways to keep glasses from fogging when wearing a mask

  • Put your glasses over your mask, rather than underneath

  • Get an anti-fogging spray

  • Use a nose bridge. You can get self-adhesive aluminum strips online and attach it to your mask
  • Try washing your glasses with soap and water, then letting them air dry. The soap will leave behind a film that prevents glasses from fogging, although it’s best to avoid soaps that are made with lotion.


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Ways You Can Help - Covid-19 Response



Ours is not just a shop, it supports small producers groups in the developing world as well as local businesses here in the UK. You can still help bringing our mission forward.

Our gift card is a great present to give someone you love, they can choose what they like and redeem it when it's more convenient. Your gift will not only bring a smile to the person you give it to, but it will also allow us to keep providing work and support when it matters the most. 

This collection was born with the idea of supporting causes we care about while sending out a powerful and positive message. Now more than ever we feel there is a need to overcome fear reminding ourselves that we are all in this together. Our world might not be the same again, but this doesn't mean we cannot try to build a better one.

Who we are supporting:

Our Artisans: All the proceeds from the t-shirts will be donated to them in an effort to provide them a lifeline while both us and them are in lockdown. As working becomes impossible we still want to provide them with an income that can help them go through this difficult time.

FareShare: The London We Are One t-shirt will support FareShare in their effort to redistribute surplus food to frontline charities and community groups and ensure that those most vulnerable are not put at increased risk of hunger.


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A New Collection for a New Beginning

"We’re seeing in real time that we are so much more interconnected to one another than our quite brutal economic system would have us believe." - Naomi Klein 

Indeed we are. We are all interconnected. Our actions, our lives, our sense of self are all in relation to the other. 

We have been wondering what we could do to help, how we can continue to use our platform to keep supporting causes we care about. 

To that end, we have decided to create a new t-shirt collection that will enable us, with your help, to donate to our artisans and to FareShare, a charity whose work is close to our hearts. Our idea is to send out a powerful and positive message that can keep us focused on the future. A message of hope and togetherness. Maybe our world won't be the same again, but we can try to build a better one.

Who we are supporting and why:

Our Artisans in Cambodia: All the proceeds from the t-shirts will be donated to them in an effort to provide them a lifeline while both us and them are in lockdown. They are currently leaving Phnom Penh and returning to their home towns as they have no work. As working becomes impossible we still want to provide them with an income that can help them go through this difficult time.

FareShare: The London We Are One t-shirt will support FareShare in their effort to redistribute surplus food to frontline charities and community groups and ensure that those most vulnerable are not put at increased risk of hunger. As the situation develops rapidly, they anticipate they could see increasing demand for their service and they are stepping up their operation so that nobody will fall through the gap.

FareShare work is important now more than ever and with your help we can make sure that all the 11,000 frontline charities and community groups can continue provide their services.

If you want to check out our new t-shirt collection you can do this here>> COLLECTION

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