Daring to Dream in Times of Crisis

In time of crisis it's normal to react with fear and anxiety. The current situation is unprecedented, it's depriving us of human contact, it's letting us fear others. We are all in full survival mode, stockpiling things that just now we realise being finite, when in reality they always were, but we seemed not to care.
It looks like the world is coming to an end and probably it is, but not like in these Armageddon movies. It surely is the end of the world as we know it and as we experienced it to be, but that doesn't mean that it has to be worst than before. In time of crisis, the shock to the system is so big that we have the chance of changing that system in ways that we thought couldn't be possible. 
What if we all started to find new ways to reimagining the world, new ways to protect those in need, new ways to be with each other no matter how far we are, new ways to create a society that works for all, not just for the fews? 
What if governments started providing means so that each and every citizen would feel protected despite the odds of life? What if businesses started to care about workers and regarded them as resources instead of expendable entries on the account books? 
What if we all slowed down so that our Earth can breath again? What if we could transform this crisis in an opportunity instead? 
Signs of solidarity are popping up everywhere, people are self-organising and not just self-isolating, taking matters in their own hands at the best of their abilities. And that is probably what is needed the most, a proactive attitude that overcomes fear and spread kindness. A radical change of values that boosts our morale, that doesn't let us look passively while governments reduce our rights in the name of a public health emergency, but that let us actively demand for more. 
As of today there are over 900 mutual aid groups here in the UK, born with the idea of coordinating care efforts for people who are self isolating, especially if they are part of a more at risk demographic including the elderly, disabled and people with other pre existing health issues.  You can join your closest one here COVID-19 MUTUAL AID UK  
We believe that the best way out of this will be kindness and not fear.
Our common effort, our imagination, our love for life itself can usher us out of this crisis into a world that we only dared dreaming, until now. 
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Zero Waste Christmas Market

This year will be taking part to the second edition of the Zero Waste Christmas Market, which will be on Saturday 7th December. Organised by the amazing Mel of Zero Waste Goods, the market will see over 50 unique zero waste brands, zero plastic packaging and wrapping, zero-to-landfill policy, festive workshops and sustainable seminars and a zero waste gift wrapping station among other things. Plus, profits from the event will be used to reforest our beautiful countryside.

Building on the success of last year, Zero Waste Goods will be bringing what was the first zero waste market in Europe to more cities! Manchester and Brighton will see their own zero waste market too.

On a mission to help Brits reduce their environmental impact, this year Zero Waste Christmas Market will have more brands, more variety, more space, more entertainment and, as always, festive must-haves that don't cost the Earth. They are also promoting having a sustainable festive season via their campaign "OMG" - one magical gift. Because, as they say, that's all you need to give.  

For more info visit: ZERO WASTE GOODS

For tickets to the London ZERO WASTE MARKET visit EVENTBRITE


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Buy Social For a Better World

As a social enterprise, we can only deliver our impact when customers, like you, choose to Buy Social, so thank you!

This year we are taking part in the Buy Social for a Better World campaign from 7-12th of October to celebrate the 100,000+ social enterprises in the UK and the people and organisations who support them.

It’s only because of people like you that we’ve been able to create more work for 14 artisans in Cambodia, planted almost 200 trees (and counting!) and recycled a massive half a tonne of materials! 

We would love it if you’d join us in the celebration that week by giving us a shout out on social media. (You can also follow us so you can stay in the loop)

You can even take a photo of yourself with one of our products and share a message about why you’re proud to buy from us and support social enterprises. Feel free to use the sample content below (or write your own!):

  • We’re proud to buy from @LostinSamsara and help provide meaningful employment #BuySocial #socent
  • Through buying from social enterprises like @LostinSamsara – you can help build a better world, #BuySocial #socent

You can also go to www.socialenterprise.org.uk/buysocial to find out more about the campaign. Here you can learn about what it means to be a social enterprise, discover where to buy from other social enterprises, and find out about the exciting augmented reality (AR) experience that Social Enterprise UK and The Co-op are launching on 7th October, supported by Michael Sheen, Caitlin Moran, Chris Addison, and Sali Hughes!




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Zero Waste Summer Market

On July 13th we'll be taking part to the Zero Waste Summer Market! The event is organised by Zero Waste Goods and Old Spitalfields Market and it will bring together London’s best zero waste brands, from indoor macramé hangers, backpacks, homeware items and jewellery to period pants, personal care and bamboo straws. 

The event is totally free and you can come and learn about sustainability and show your support for businesses that put people and the planet first. There is also a donation 'ticket' that can be purchased and is designed to allow you to donate to Cool Earth a charity dedicated to fighting climate change by preventing the deforestation of the rainforest and working with rainforest communities. 100% of donations will go to Cool Earth and help offset any carbon produced in the event.

You can get your free ticket and donate here>>> ZERO WASTE SUMMER MARKET


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Fashion Revolution 2019

Fashion Revolution Week, the annual global campaign calling for a fairer, safer, more transparent fashion industry, will run from Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th April 2019.

This year Fashion Revolution Week will highlight how the future fashion industry must respect both people and planet with fair and decent work, environmental protection and gender equality. From Australia to Brazil, Uruguay to Vietnam, more than 275 million people are again expected to take part in Fashion Revolution Week by asking brands #whomademyclothes.

The campaign will kick off on Earth Day, Monday 22nd April, when Fashion Revolution will announce that it has signed the UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action, signalling the start of a greater campaigning focus on educating the public about the devastating impact of the fashion industry on global warming, and offering positive actions we can all take to reduce the carbon footprint of our clothes. Fashion Revolution will also take a stand against the environmental threat to our planet by declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency.

Over 1,000 Fashion Revolution events will be held in more than 100 countries around the world, from catwalks and clothes swaps, to film screenings, panel discussions, creative stunts, open studios and workshops.

We have been invited to help celebrate Fashion Revolution Week and we'll be at Beyond Retro on Saturday 27th. In collaboration with No Planet B Community, the event will see talks, panel discussion, live music, ethical stalls, vegan food and networking!

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite and you can get a 20% off using code SAMSARA20.





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