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Attempts to help save the planet!

in a very small way...but it's better than nothing!

In my search for Companies to produce my range of printed clothing, I came across a company called Teemill, based in the UK. Who just happened, to only deal with Certified Organic clothing.Which is a nice idea, if you can afford it! But the more I read about the 'fashion' industry, the more I realized how potentially bad it is for our planet. Just some of the facts presented by Teemill;

The fashion industry is now worth more than 2.5 trillion dollars and employs over 75 million people around the world. It's also responsible for 10% of humanity's carbon emissions (World Economic Forum) and one of the world's larger polluters.

According to the World Economic Forum, this is enough for one person to drink at least eight cups per day for three-and-a-half years. Teemill t-shirts are special because the fields that grow the organic cotton for your products are in the North of India. There, the monsoons fill reservoirs that supply almost all the water needed, rather than drawing on water that could be used for drinking.

The fashion industry is responsible for 20% of all industrial water pollution -enough to fill 2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools a year! Textile dyeing is the world’s second-largest polluter of water since waste from the dyeing process is often dumped into ditches, streams and rivers. With Teemill, when the fabrics are dyed, the water is recovered, cleaned and recirculated. It's even clean enough to drink.

Fashion is responsible for 10% of humanity's carbon emmissions.That’s not just the air freight emissions from rushing stock into stores for fast fashion seasons, it’s the pesticide and fertilisers that go into conventional farming, or the oil that’s extracted to make polyester and other plastic fibres. These emissions equal more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. TeeMilll uses natural materials in your products which means no fossil fuels, only super soft organic cotton. And print on demand means no unnecessary stock is made, shipped, stored or wasted!

These are just some of the facts I read about and there are many more which I will share in future blogs....I don't know about you but there is only so much bad news I can take in one day!

But now! Back to my life! ..........

My days are still taken up with Pet Portraits, never ending social media and dog walking.

And we managed to get away for a few days down to Combe Martin in Devon! I managed to find a lovely holiday rental complete with a lovely balcony. Out in the middle of nowhere which is our idea of heaven! It was wonderful, , sat out, listening to the birds tweeting, sat with a coffee...or wine! Well, we were on holiday!

And Granville enjoyed his run on Woolacombe beach and he had his first Doggy Icecream. Apple and Camomile flavour I think it was!!!!??

If you love beaches and you've never been to Woolacombe...Go! you won't regret it!

The good weather that day did help of course!

But now, we are back to reality!

My most recent commissions have been a terrier cross called Rascal and a pair of Pointers. Both portraits were in pastel and both had different challenges.

Rascal was a black and white dog so getting photos with detail was a challenge!

And the 2 rescue English Pointers, Abi and Jazz were sat on a settee with a fluffy blanket!

I think I've bored you enough this month so I will get back to the Horse portrait I'm currently working on!

Take Care !

Lynda x

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