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The true cost of fashion - natural fabrics vs synthetic fabrics

One of the things most lamented when the topic of the impact of the fashion industry on the environment comes up, is the contribution of the fibres used to make our clothes. Both in terms of the harmful chemicals used to make the fabrics, as well as the biodegradability, or lack thereof, of the garments once they reach end of life and potentially end up in landfills.  Natural fibres, like wool and cotton, may often be preferred over synthetic fibres like polyester that do not biodegrade, and could apparently take up to 200 years to break down (still leaving micro particles in the environment). So why then do we use these synthetic fabrics? Well, they may be relatively cheaper to...

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In conversation with Lorraine Barlow

Welcome to Coeur et Maman, thank you for joining us today. If you had an opportunity to write your own bio, how would it read? What do you want to be known for? Hi my name is Lorraine and I’ve a diverse career background which includes Market Research, Graduate Recruitment and running my own online business. Currently I am a full time mum and without a doubt this is my most rewarding job to date! My biography would probably make quite a read, it’s almost soap opera worthy but as I hit my mid 40’s I am proud of what I have achieved in my life thus far. I persevere at things, I pick myself up and carry on. On...

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In conversation with Jess McLish

Welcome to Coeur et Maman, thank you for joining us today. If you had an opportunity to write your own bio, how would it read? What do you want to be known for? Thank you so much for having me! My name is Jess, I'm a super busy mum of 2, and owner of Coventry Rocks - a website made especially for families to find things to do in Coventry and the surrounding areas. I launched the Coventry Rocks business in December 2019, just before having my second daughter, and I am so glad I did! It's my passion, I call it my third baby! :-)   What is the best part about the town you live in, and why...

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Birthing a mother

Whenever big milestones roll around, I always find myself getting introspective. Withdrawing inside myself, quietly observing, listening for clues to how I feel or what I think about things, and trying to understand what my truest and most basic hopes and dreams for the future are. I've just recently turned 36, my second birthday as a mother, and I've found myself looking back at the last year with curiosity. How did I do? How are we all doing now? How is my baby getting along this side of the womb? Am I grateful enough, am I happy? Sure, there have been some pretty testing moments, some very trying times to be sure. But I'm reminded always that bad moments don't...

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Celebrations and new traditions

With my son's first birthday fast approaching, I have been thinking a lot about how we are going to celebrate the occasion. I've found myself getting excited about the prospect of doing little things to dote on him and generally make a big fuss over him. Every opportunity I get to make a home for my son I'm reminded of how much of a homemaker I really am, and my heart swells with love from the pleasure of it all. What a lovely opportunity to create new traditions as a young family. Growing up in boarding school, I never had much chance to have little traditions around my birthday; but I am intent on making sure that the same is...

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