The Rebel Diary - Our New Podcast is Out Now

We are excited to announce The Rebel Diary! Our new podcast is a place where we discuss ideas and have meaningful conversations with guests who are working to make this world a better place.

We would like you to join us on this journey of discovery while we dive into different topics and explore solutions to current issues. In each episode, we interview a person that inspires us to create the change we need and that rebels against the current set of values that is taking a toll on both human rights and the rights of nature. Not matter how big or small, every action counts.

In our first episode we have a chat with Feng Ho, an intersectional environmentalist, fashion designer and sustainability advocate. We talk about her journey into activism, Extinction Rebellion, Parents for Future and the importance of taking to the streets as a way of creating meaningful change. We learn tips on how to live more sustainably and the importance of small actions to create a better future for us and future generations. 

You can listen now on Spotify!  

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Impact Progress Report 2020

It has been a really difficult year, but despite the odds and challenges we have achieved positive results.

We are grateful to everyone who supported us.

Click here to read our IMPACT REPORT 2020 

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Offsetting Carbon Emissions

Being human means releasing planet-warming carbon emissions into the atmosphere. It happens when we take a shower, charge our phones, or let out a yawn after a long day. Just like humans release carbon pollution, so do businesses - and Lost in Samsara is no exception.

We’re on a Mission

As Lost in Samsara continues to grow, we have an increasing responsibility to commit additional resources toward our values in order to maximise the positive impact of our products.

Social responsibility is cemented in Lost in Samsara’s DNA because our people believe deeply in making the world a better place.

What Lost in Samsara is Doing

The climate crisis is massive, complicated, and overwhelming. So, it’s often hard to know what we can do about our carbon footprint. 

Starting today, we’re taking a stand and doing something about. We’re partnering with EcoCart to empower the Lost in Samsara community to make their orders 100% carbon neutral. 

For every one of our amazing items that ships, you can now offset the specific carbon footprint with a positive environmental impact! This means the full carbon emissions from producing, manufacturing, and shipping your favourite Lost in Samsara products to your door would be neutralised.

So now you’ll know when a Lost in Samsara package arrives at your door, you’ll get something you love and you’ll be proud of the fact that you’re taking a small step towards making a big change in the world.

Huh?

What does it mean to offset emissions?

It means that for any carbon emissions released into our atmosphere as a result of manufacturing and shipping items at Lost in Samsara, we invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions by the same amount. 

How does it work?

Now, each time someone checks the carbon neutral box at Lost in Samsara, we will automatically purchase verified emissions reductions, more commonly known as “offsets” through our friends at EcoCart. These purchases support environmental projects, like wind and solar farms that create clean energy, or protecting trees that would otherwise be cut down so that they can continue to absorb carbon from the air. On top of it, we make sure that these projects are doing some extra good like protecting animals or supporting underserved communities.

Why is this important?

We have always been conscious of our impact and actively worked to lighten our carbon footprint. We believe that if we all work together towards positive change, we can make the world a cleaner, healthier place.

What do you mean carbon neutral?

When we say your orders will be “carbon neutral” (“net zero” is another term you’ll hear), that means that we will eliminate, capture, or otherwise mitigate all of the carbon emissions created from making Lost in Samsara products and shipping them to your door. 

We’ll even give you information about the project your specific donation is supporting, so you know your money is going to the right place. 


Just the Beginning

At Lost in Samsara, we are committed to slowing the effects of climate change, one order at a time.

Carbon offsets are a starting point—an immediate way to reduce our impact. Even though this is a moment to celebrate, we think that it’d be even better if we didn’t emit any carbon in the first place. To achieve this, we’re working to develop projects in our own supply chain that will reduce our emissions directly.


The Power of Us

Our work isn’t done for another important reason. No matter how much progress we continue to make on our own footprint, Lost in Samsara’s footprint is actually quite small. The effects of climate change are magnified far beyond Lost in Samsara itself. 

The only way we can truly begin to reverse the effects of climate change are if everyone does their part. 


What can you do?

  1. First, focus on the energy efficiency of your home. Efficiency is also the easiest way to save money. Program your thermostat. Check in with your own utility and see if they offer rebates on LED light bulbs, efficient appliances, upgraded insulation or other cost-effective upgrades like efficient water fixtures. Ask your utility if they offer a home energy audit. You can also switch to a green energy supplier!
  2. If you own a house, installing solar might make financial sense for you. In some cases, you can install solar with no upfront cost while lowering your energy bill each month. In a few areas, you can buy into a community solar array that isn’t even on your property. If solar doesn’t work for your house or you live in an apartment or condo, check with your council if they offer a residential green power program. 
  3. Find brands with legitimate sustainability initiatives. Whether it’s with carbon neutral products, a sustainable supply chain, recycled materials, or eco-friendly packaging, we should all do our best to limit the carbon footprint of the products we buy. 
  4. Challenge yourself to drive less and bike more. Riding your bike forces you to utilise your own muscle power. You’ll get a workout all while helping the environment. Plus, it requires much less energy to produce a bike than it does to manufacture a car. If you can’t bike to work for whatever reason, take public transportation. It puts less cars on the road, which reduces the amount of exhaust filling the air at once.
  5. Opt for reusable bottles, bags, and anything else that you usually use once then throw away. If that’s not an option, make sure to properly recycle any plastic, paper, glass or metal that comes into your life. 

If we all do our part by changing our daily habits and making sustainable swaps, supporting companies that care about their impact on the Earth, and advocate for the future we deserve, we can effect real change in the world.

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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?

 

READ AND SIGN THE DECLARATION

 

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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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