Materials and products

This principle is about using materials from sustainable sources and promoting products which help people reduce consumption.

One Planet Goals for materials and products:

  • Easy and accessible sharing of resources to reduce consumption of materials
  • All materials and products chosen for positive social and environmental benefit or for reducing negative impact
  • Promote materials and products that are not toxic to humans or wildlife at any stage in their lifecycle
  • Support a circular economy prioritising upcycling, reuse and recycling (Cradle to cradle)


For example: procurement, sustainable production and consumption, circular design of products and services (including safe and responsibly sourced materials, recycled content), supply chain, packaging, sharing economy

Useful apps and information (we'll keep adding to this):
Share and repair
  • Somerset Waste Partnership's share and repair guide
  • Check out the Library of Things at Frome Share Shop
  • Get mending your clothes with Repair what you Wear
  • Bruton's Facebook groups are great for sharing things, particularly:
  • Local repairers:
    • Bruton's Facebook groups are brilliant for finding people who can repair all sorts of things. Names that come up regularly include:
      • PRM Domestics in Wincanton - for domestic appliances such as washing machines, tumbledryers, cookers
      • (we'll keep adding to this)


Sustainable sourcing

  • London 2012 had a comprehensive approach to sustainable sourcing, summarised in their Sustainable Sourcing Code. It is based on four core principles and asks five key questions about products:
    • Core principles:
      • Responsible sourcing (e.g. FSC)
      • Use of secondary materials (e.g. recycled content)
      • Minimising embodied impacts (e.g. carbon emissions, water consumption, resources need to make the product)
      • Healthy materials (e.g. lists in the sustainable sourcing code)
    • 5 key questions
      1. Where does it come from?
      2. Who made it?
      3. What is it made of?
      4. What is it wrapped in?
      5. What will happen to it afterwards?
  • Ethical Consumer is a website and magazine to help consumers shop ethically, campaigners to challenge corporate power and businesses to improve their supply chain 
  • Common Objective is a great resource about sustainability issues in the fashion industry.
  • Buy Me Once is a website selling things that last, many with a lifetime guarantee. Many of the products are available elsewhere.
  • There are numerous online stores focussing on ethical, sustainably-sourced products. One that has been around for a long time is the Natural Collection which has an ethics filter for every product.
  • Three apps that can help you filter brands and products are:
    • Good on you (search a brand and Good on You will show a rating based on how they impact workers, the environment and animals
    • Buycott (scan barcodes when shopping to learn product history and make an informed decision)
    • Good Guide (scan the barcode and find detailed ratings of the nutritional value of products as well as potential concerns about ingredients)

Construction materials

  • Don't move, Improve, Green Directory (A guide from From Town Council full of suppliers and businesses to help you improve your home and make it more comfortable and environmentally-friendly - Maybe we could adapt it for Bruton?)

Circular economy (the techy bit)

  • Ultimately we're aiming for a circular economy where everything can be reused or recycled. More information about this can be found at:
    • Wrap (Waste Resources and Action Programme working with businesses, individuals and communities to achieve a circular economy by helping them reduce waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way)
    • Ellen Macarthur Foundation (Accelerating the transition to a circular economy)
    • Cradle to cradle
    • Future-Fit Business 
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  • Other resources for Sustainable Fashion (from The Sunday Times Style Section, Kate Spicer)

    • Hurr Collective, New British peer-to peer lending site
    • Depop, Mobile app, apparently 'famous as being the home of teenage entrepreneurs selling on charity-shop clothing finds. Prices are fair, and direct communication with the sellers makes it as much social media as anything-goes  marketplace'
    • Hewi, Hardly ever worn it. Secondhand designer buys. 
    • My Wardrobe HQ, Rents, resells and offers styling advice and wardrobe consulting
    • HireStreetUK, Cheaper rentals of high-street brands
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  • Local Resources for Sustainable Fashion 

    Buying, selling, swapping and donating clothes

    • Swan Vintage, 35 High Street, Bruton, BA10 0AH. 07779 174890 - Buys & sells selected vintage clothing. See Facebook page and Instagram
    • Mrs Moore, 3 Catherine Hill, Frome, BA11 1BY - Buys & sells selected women’s clothing. Weds & Thurs: 10-3, Fri & Sat 10-4.
    • The Changing Room, 7 Queen Street, Wells BA5 2DP. 01749 674896 - Buys & sells pre-owned modern, vintage and retro fashion for men & women.
    • Second Hand Rose, 33 Market Street, Bradford-on Avon, BA15 1LN. 01225 867707 - Buys & sells nearly new high street & designer ladies and children’s clothes & accessories
    • Alfreds, 37 Silver Street, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1JX. 012225 684688 - Buys & sells preloved men’s wear and accessories
    • Frome Wardrobe Collective: clothes swapping events. - See Facebook page for further info.

     And of course, there are charity shops in every town where you can donate and buy good quality pre-loved clothing and clothing for upcycling, including:

    • Brainwave, 24 High Street, Bruton, BA10 0AA, 9am-5pm Monday – Saturday. 01749 812995

    Local Seamsters

    • Rosie Spraggs 01749 812462 or via Facebook: Rosina Spraggs - Alterations to make your garment fit, plus repairs, hems, zips, turning collars, etc.
    • Bien Goverd 01749 812878 or 07766 138960 - Alterations, repairs, dressmaking, curtains, cushion covers etc. 10% proceeds donated to charity.
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