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Coopita Behind one brand’s plan to save craft skills by innovating with artisans

Coopita barkcloth clutch

Secondsguru in conversation with Naomi Jacob, co-founder of Coopita. Originally posted on Coopita.com. Have you ever walked down roads lined with colonial buildings and marvelled at their grandeur? Been awed by the medieval churches and their splendour? Given yourself a neck-sprain by gazing too long at Michelangelo’s ceiling at Sistine Chapel? Had a jaw drop when face-to-face with the pristine beauty of Taj Mahal? We all have our favourite relics, and need little convincing to …[Read more]

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6 disposable plastics you can easily leave today

6 disposable plastics you can leave easily

The problem with plastic is not plastic, but us! Plastic is durable, strong, versatile. It insulates, it packs, it can be molded.  It is so stable a compound that it can last for centuries… And we use this long, long, long, long lasting material to create disposables that end up in the garbage after the 5 minutes it takes to drink soda with a straw, or the 30 minutes it takes to gobble down pasta …[Read more]

IKEAHack How to transform an old ottoman with a crochet weave

ikeahack alseda ottoman with knit

I have an Ikea ottoman which is essentially as old as my kids. It’s from the time right after my twins were born, when I was as energetic as a hibernating bear, and as grumpy too – primarily because I had given up on vital things essential to life – rest and coffee. My kids, bless their hearts, slept like babies – and I mean that literally, not in the clichéd way i.e. they woke …[Read more]

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Not quite plastic-free July My battle with clingwrap!

cling wrap alternatives

Of all single-use plastic items, clingwrap is the most frustrating. Yes, I know plastic straws are also a contender for the number 1 stop – but we have the option to refuse, or rinse and recycle. And clean plastic bags in packaging can at least be recycled as well. But clingfilm? You are literally stuck with no option but the trash can! I started my plastic-reduction journey a few years ago, and by now it …[Read more]