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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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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