What keeps me from knitting these days is working for the Department of Sociology green team for the NUS Green Impact awards. It's a lot of extra work on top of daily business. We gained Platinum this year after entering the competition for the first time only last year; happily skipping bronze last year to gain silver, and skipping gold this year. Okay boasting over. But I think I can endulge in some self-praise here. The whole team worked their socks off this year on top of all the work we had to do for moves to two different buildings due to building works in our old premises and on top of our usual work, of course.
The funny heads you see in the picture are face cards of team members who coudn't attend the awards ceremony last Thursday. We had fun sticking them up in various pictures.
For the awards ceremony last I made a special sustainable outfit. The skirt I sewed from an old curtain my mother had stored away for decades. It's a canvas cotton fabric. It was just light enough to make a skirt. The scarf was a charity shop find as well as the shoes (below).
Only the t-shirt I had bought from Marks & Spencer. They claim it's sustainble cotton. When I got home with it, it occured to me that there was no information why it would constitute sustainable cotton or where it came from. I hadn't bothered to try to find out when I was in the shop. On their website there is also no further information to be had other than that they want to offer 70% of their cotton clothing from sustainable sources by 2020. I find that very disapointing. Some more information would be nice and, honestly, should be possible, if it is in fact sustainble cotton.
Anyway, I felt suitably low impact at the ceremony in my otherwise wasteful, white middleclass Western life.