This Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and fashion is one area where better choices can have significant implications for environmental protection. & Other Stories recently launched a sustainable initiative - the With Care project - which offers two laundry products: a biodegradable detergent and a fabric spray designed to help your wardrobe last longer.
The clothes in & Other Stories' capsule selection from its LA atelier, including some dreamy dresses, have also been made from sustainably sourced materials such as organic cotton, Ecovero and Tencel Lyocell.
BUY: Dress, €89; see stories.com
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Self-taught woodworker Pat Murphy of CK53 Design uses sustainable hardwoods to create a range of items in his small workshop in Kildorrery, Co Cork, including chopping boards, cheese boards, coasters, wine displays and wooden tea lights. His wooden butter knife set - available on the Cuando website, which offers a selection of goods from Irish makers and designers - is a thing of beauty. It includes a butter knife and dish and locally sourced homemade beeswax, which will help maintain the wood's condition. Available in a choice of oak, cherry and walnut, it's a great gift for butter lovers, and knives can also be purchased separately.
BUY: Set, €44.95; see cuando.ie
As seen on screen
The role of the costume designer is explored in a new online experience on The Hunt Museum's website. 'Entwined in the Fabric' complements the 'Best Costume Goes To…' exhibition which was running when the Limerick museum had to close mid-March, and featured costumes include Helen Mirren's in 'The Queen' and Olivia Colman's from 'The Favourite'. The online content shows close details of the designs, with background stories and audio clips explaining the process and how a costume co-creates a character.
DETAILS: See huntmuseum.com
Find your piece
Rediscover the joys of jigsaw making with JigZen (above), an Irish jigsaw app designed for iPads and iPhones (the bigger the screen, the better). The makers have set the in-app purchases to zero so that as many people as possible can find some jigsaw calm during these trying times, with lots of content for kids too.
DETAILS: See jigzen.net
Social enterprise ReCreate is taking part in #TheCommunityCall with ChangeX and has moved its workshops online in the form of the Creative Shed (above). The videos shared offer plenty of ideas for families to create, make and play together. The workshops are suitable for all ages and each challenge involves repurposing everyday items found in your house.
DETAILS: See recreate.ie
A new podcast from Poetry Ireland gives listeners the chance to hear from poets, critics, curators and readers about books they would have been talking about before the cancellation of poetry festivals and book launches across Ireland. Poets John McAuliffe, Seán Hewitt and Victoria Kennefick are the hosts of Unlaunched Books, with episodes out weekly.
DETAILS: See soundcloud.com/poetryireland
The green buy
The pandemic has seen droves of us turn to yoga as a solace, and Irish company Holder Eight's mats are designed specifically to help your yoga practice. The machine-washable, biodegradable, 100pc natural rubber mats come in vibrant prints and are 4mm thick to give a comfy base with a microfibre towelling top layer to help with grip and cushioning.
BUY: Mat, €89; see holdereight.com
Appliance of science
Although its doors have shut, Science Gallery Dublin has turned its website into a daily online destination for the arts and science. There are news stories, podcasts, maker workshops, a book club and live events every day. Highlights include an updated version of the gallery's Eight Easy Pieces, a series of short videos discussing topics ranging from birds to board games.
DETAILS: See dublin.sciencegallery.com
A new free app is connecting shoppers and eaters with Irish food producers as well as restaurants, cafes and takeaways during lockdown. EatForIreland, developed by food writer Joe McNamee and WASP Technology MD Donal Moran, has two categories. Cook It Yourself links food shoppers with fine Irish fare, while Cooked For You offers food for delivery or collection. DETAILS: See eatforireland.ie
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