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Warm Clothing for Winter

warm clothing for winter

Warm Clothing for winter,

I am sitting here in front of my fire, and am glad I have plenty of warm clothing for winter.

It is cold out there, the wind is howling and the hail is drumming against my window.

Winter on Achill Island,   and plenty of warm clothing is needed. It’s not so much frost that we get, the gulf stream passing by prevents that, but it is the biting wind and damp cold.warm jacket

So for me wrapping up is the order of the day, and plenty of fuel on the fire, tea of course not to be forgotten.  Browse Shop

I love listening to the radio, while I work or really anytime. This week it has been more than annoying with all the black friday ads and the christmas commerce on overdrive. So annoying…..

It lead me to listen to internet radio, at the moment I am listening to Smoothe Jazz from London

Most enjoyable and ad free, love it.

I am in business and want to sell my clothing, but I wouldn’t push my products down people’s throats. My customers have some sense, they buy a great quality, original product, pass it on when they get tired of it and then purchase something new. 

Let me tell you this story. Not so long ago I spoke to a customer of mine and she showed me some photos of her now grown daughter at a festival during the autumn. Guess what the daughter was wearing? A jacket I made about 15 years ago.  The lady told me, she had worn it got tired of it, then her sister wore it for a while, and one of her other daughters had it then. In between she would wear it and now her youngest daughter had discovered it and was wearing it non stop. 

warm cape sweaterWashed many a times, quality clothing in classic styling won’t wear out and will always appeal to somebody.  In my eyes that is responsible shopping, protecting the environment and the future.

Yes, we do get tired of our wardrobe and fancy something new, but then just pass it on, quality is alway appreciated.

Not this senseless buying of products that we don’t need and often the quality is questionable.

Creating waste mountains that the world can do without.   More on the subject you can find here

      Have a great weekend,     All the very best Sabine   Browse Shop                                              Best Baby Gift               fleece accessories

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Cosy fleece sweater for the autumn

Cosy fleece Sweater

Cosy fleece sweater needed

I hear the wind howl, and my cosy fleece sweater keeps me nice and warm. Autumn has come, but this year I don’t like the change of season.       Shop Now

Ladies Sweater PoloWe really had no summer here on Achill Island, it just rained a lot and there was no heat to speak of. The land is so wet, it can’t take anymore water. We didn’t have much growth this summer, my summer flowers are only having a nice showing now.

Is this the result of climate change, and the way future summers will be? Will it always be so cold? The statistics say,  that the temperatures are rising, but this summer there were only very few days that I was comfortable without my cosy fleece  sweater. 

It seems here along the Wild Atlantic Way, I will be in my Fleeces all year round. A quality fleece jacket always a good investment.Womens Fleece Hoodie

Since the scientists and thinkers have as of yet not come up with a definite pattern, we will just have to wait and see what the future brings.

I live here on Achill Island for 30 years now  and I can say the weather has changed. There has always been rain and bad weather, a bad year here and there, but when was the last good summer?

We had a beautiful winter last year, to make up for the  no show summer.  I can’t remember a nice spring and more than a couple of weeks of summer weather in a while.Big Sweater

Yes, there are definitely changes afoot. I suppose we just have to let go of the idea of seasons, like they used to be, and avail of the sun when it is out. Take a break at the drop of a hat? Weather nice next week, let’s go ?  Restructure our lives to avail of the good days?   A crazy thought? or go and get a few weeks of guaranteed sunshine and heat somewhere?

Musings on a windy evening,  have a great week       Sabine                  Shop Now


Fleece Clothing and the Environment

Fleece Clothing and the Environment

Fleece Clothing and the Environment

I have become acutely aware of the damage that washing Fleece Clothing and all synthetic clothing does to the environment about 8 month ago.

Since then I have been watching developments worldwide, and I am delighted to have found an answer.

All synthetic clothing, Fleece Clothing included, shed microfibres in the wash. These microfibres are not, or only over a long period of time, biodegradable.

They are absorbed by fish and plants, and this way make their way into our food chain. It is a very alarming state of affairs that needs to be addressed now.

This is a problem that is happening now, and we can do something about it.Mens Fleeces

The solution

Two guys, in Berlin Germany, saw the problem, and felt the urgency to act for a healthier environment.

Alexander Nolte and Oliver Spies researched and brainstormed the situation and came up with the idea of the ‘Guppy Friend’.

A bag that you put your washing into, before you put it into the washing machine. This bag will filter out the micro fibres.

After the wash you pick the fibres out of the bag and dispose of them in a responsible manner. Check with your local recycling policies.

The development of the bag was partly crowdfunded and partly funded by Patagonia.  The whole project is Non Profit, it is for the well being of the planet. You can now order the Guppy Friend here, to do your bit to protect the sea from polyester micro fibres.

Fleece clothing, a responsible approach Shop now

Warm Beret Hat and wristwarmersWhen I read about the negative effect of fleece clothing on the environment, I felt devastated.

A lot of my fleeces are used by children and babies, and as a mother, the thought of damaging their present and future environment was not a pleasant one.

But it is not just for them, it is for all of us. These micro fibres are now getting  into our food chain. Neither Washing machine manufactures nor sewerage plant designers seem to have come up with a proper filtration method.

My waste water goes, via a sewerage treatment plant at the end of the village, into the sea. As far as I am aware, microfibres are not caught in the filters.

All this is relatively new, and I know it takes time to develop new filtration systems. I hope that all responsible washing machine companies will take these findings into consideration in their development programs.

In addition, I hope that sewerage plants will update their filtration.

A healthy Environment is up to us

It is up to us, that enjoy the comfort and convenience of  fleece clothing, to take care of the side effects. Therefore the ‘Guppy Friend’ is the immediate solution.

Due to overwhelming demand of the initial production run, the distribution is not great as of yet. I have been in touch with the guys, and they will let me know when we can buy ‘Guppy Friends’ online. A link to purchase is there but not working yet.   Please remember this is a not for profit project, it is a big project, it will take a little time.

In the meantime please wash your synthetic clothing, fleeces included, in a 30 degree wash, some machines call it eco wash. I recommend that on my wash care labels.

An extensive research program earlier this year by Patagonia has shown that the lower temperature wash causes less shedding. Modern washing powders are designed to work well in low temperature washes.

Our Planet        

It is our planet, and therefore we have to take care of it in our daily lives.  We can not trust the governments and the big corporations, their goal unfortunately a lot of the time is money or power at all costs.

Most of them don’t care, it baffles me since their lives and children are just as affected by environmental destruction as ours.

Or maybe they think they will clear off to Mars or something to create another mess? I really don’t get the thinking.

Maybe it is the same thinking irresponsible farmers had/have, they inject the animals for sale with all sorts of stuff, and keep the animals for their own consumption apart?

It’s hard to do on our ever shrinking the planet isn’t it?

Our choices

We will have to continue/start from the bottom up, maybe we can teach them. We can change a lot  by the choices we make as consumers. What brands we buy, whether we buy quality that lasts and won’t land on landfill, or the opposite. Whether we recycle or not, demand less packaging or not etc, etc.

If you think about it, if we don’t buy low quality foods, clothes etc, they won’t make them, since there is no demand, they make no money.  Very simple.

Our health and wellbeing is symbiotic with the health and well being of the planet.

Our health and happiness as well as that of future generation depends our choices.

A very empowering thought don’t you think?    We can make a difference!


On that note I will sign off for today, I will keep you updated on all matters ‘Guppy Friend’.

Chose wisely for your health and happiness, have a nice summer holiday  Shop now

All the very best       Sabine

Fleece Clothing and the environment