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July 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

July 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

July 2019

video tba here

 

This July I edited my interview with Alex Schmidt and

Marie Louise of Valy Export Madagascar.

Participated in Plastic Free July 2019 and

completed a MOOC with Future Learn titled

Fashion's Future: Sustainable Development Goals Fashion Revolution 

 

 

Interview with Alex Schmidt and Marie Louise of Valy Export Madagascar

I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Alex Schmidt from Valy Export Madagascar mid April. 

I invited him and his wife Marie Louise for lunch to learn more about their fair trade business.

During the visit I politely asked if the couple would like to participate in an interview, they agreed.

Although, a little camera shy I hope the interviews below provide consumers with an insight about their fairtrade activities and information about their products and future plans.

 

Interviews

Introduction Interview in English and Malagasy

 

What inspired you to start Valy Export?

 

What's the most rewarding part of your job?

 

Is there a fairtrade movement in Madagascar?

 To watch more of their interview click here.

 

 

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free Badge

 

What is Plastic Free July?

Plastic Free July was started by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and a small team of local government in Western Australia, it is now one of the most influential environmental campaigns in the world.

Millions of people across the globe take part every year, with many committing to reducing plastic pollution far beyond the month of July.

Source: Plastic Free July

 

My Plastic Free July Pledge

This year I am determined to reduce my plastic consumption and try to educate others in the process.

 

My Plastic Free July video - Join Me!

Credit: Plastic Free July Official YouTube Channel

 

 

My Plastic Free July- Week 1 

Plastic Free July - Plastic Free July UK

 Credit: Plastic Free July

 

David Attenborough quote - Plastic Free July

 Credit: Earth Changers

 

Plastic Free July Gallery - Week 1

Day 1

So I began Plastic Free July with a Plastic Free Teabags.

 Plastic Free July 2019 - Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE

 Clipper Plastic Free Tea Bags

 

Plastic Free July - Clipper Plastic Free Tea Bags, Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE

 Clipper Plastic Free Tea Bags

 

 

Day 2

I was so happy to receive my reusable tea cup!

Traidcraft 40th Anniversary reusable cup - Plastic Free July, break free from plastic Dubai

Traidcraft 40th Anniversary reusable cup 

 

Traidcraft 40th Anniversary reusable cup and packaging - Plastic Free July, break free from plastic Dubai

Traidcraft 40th Anniversary reusable cup and sustainable packaging,

a thumbs up from me!

 

 

Day 3

This jute bag holds precious memories of my beloved Mum and our visit to Edinburgh during her struggle with metastatic breast cancer.

Mum has returned to her maker but her precious memories remain...

My Edinburgh jute bag - Plastic Free July, break free from plastic Dxb

My Edinburgh jute bag

 

My Edinburgh jute bag with label - Plastic Free July, break free from plastic Dubai

My Edinburgh jute bag with label 

 

 

Day 4

For the past 3 years I've replaced my hand wash with

organic hand made soap.

Hand made soap - Plastic Free July, break free from plastic Dubai

Organic hand made soap

 

 

 Day 5

As a fairtrade campaigner and educator with sensitive skin and eyes I'm so pleased to advocate and promote Odylique.

Odylique fairtrade organic vegan and cruelty black eye liner pencil used by a poorly flu ridden Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop

Odylique - fairtrade, organic, vegan and cruelty black eye liner pencil 

 

Odylique fairtrade organic vegan and cruelty black eye liner pencil used by a poorly flu ridden Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop

Odylique - fairtrade, organic, vegan and cruelty black eye liner pencil 

 

 Odylique fairtrade organic vegan and cruelty black eye liner pencil used by a poorly flu ridden Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop

 Odylique - fairtrade, organic, vegan and cruelty black eye liner pencil used by a poorly flu ridden Sabeena 

 

Day 6

I love herbal teas and purchased this gorgeous robot diffuser to reduce my teabag

and sugar intake.

Robot tea diffuser - Sabeena Ahmed for Plastic Free july

Robot tea diffuser 

 

Robot tea diffuser - Sabeena Ahmed for Plastic Free July

Robot tea diffuser - with loose Jasmine Pearl tea

 

Robot tea diffuser - Sabeena Ahmed for Plastic Free July

Robot tea diffuser 

 

Montezuma mug, Robot tea diffuser and recycled coffee cup coaster - Sabeena Ahmed for Plastic Free July

My lovely Montezuma mug, Robot tea diffuser and recycled coffee cup coaster

 

 

Day 7

I love fairtrade chocolate!

I had the privilege to learn form the best.

I spent a morning making bean to bar chocolate

with Bruce Crowther MBE.

Bruce Crowther and Sabeena Ahmed - Chocolate Master Class using fairly traded  cocoa beans - November 2016

Bruce Crowther and Sabeena Ahmed - Chocolate Master Class using

fairly traded cocoa beans 

 

 Fairly traded chocolate hand made by Sabeena Ahmed and Bruce Crowther - Chocolate Master Class November 2016

Fairly traded chocolate hand made by Sabeena Ahmed

and Bruce Crowther MBE reducing plastic consumption

 

Bruce Crowther MBE guest comments November 2016 - Sabeena Ahmed

Bruce Crowther MBE's

guest comments

 

 

Plastic Free July - Week 2

Day 8

I invited Isatou Ceesay and environmental activist and

author of 'One Plastic Bag to come and stay with me in Dubai.

Sabeena Ahmed with environmental activist and autor Isatou Ceesay visiting Dubai March/April 2019

Sabeena Ahmed with environmental activist and autor Isatou Ceesay

 

Sabeena Ahmed with environmental activist and autor Isatou Ceesay signing copies of One Plastic Bag - March April 2019

Environmental activist and autor Isatou Ceesay signing copies of

One Plastic Bag

 

Recycled Plastic Purse hand made by Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia

A recycled plastic purse hand made by Isatou Ceesay and

the Recycling Women of Gambia.

A wonderful initiative to reduce plastic bag consumption in Gambia

 

Day 9

For the past 8 years I have been participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label - a fashion fast for garment workers to receive a living wage and decent working condtions.

Six Items Challenge 2019 with Sabeena Ahmed and Labour Behind The Label - Plastic Free July

Six Items Challenge 2019 with Sabeena Ahmed and

Labour Behind The Label 

 

Labour Behind The Label - Six Items Challenge with Sabeena Ahmed - Plastic Free July

 

Labour Behind The Label 

 

Fashion Revolution - Clothes & Textiles are the No.1 source of micro plastics in the oceans - Plastic Free july

Clothes & Textiles are the No.1 source of micro plastics in the oceans

 

Sustainable Development Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production - Plastic Free July

Sustainable Development Goal 12 -

Responsible Consumption and Production

 

 

Day 10

I watched the Bag It

documentary again

Credit: ReelThingFilms 

 

Bag It DVD - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Bag It DVD

 

Bag It DVD - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Bag It DVD - Plastic Free July 

 

Bag It DVD - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Bag It DVD 

 

 

Day 11

I received my copy of Ethical Consumer Magazine and was particularly inspired by

the guide on Zero Waste Menstrual Products

Ethical Consumer Magazine July August 19 with Sabeena Ahmed and Plastic Free July

Ethical Consumer Magazine July/August 19 

 

Ethical Consumer Magazine July August 19 with Sabeena Ahmed and Plastic Free July

Ethical Consumer Magazine July/August 19 

 

Ethical Consumer Magazine July August 19 with Sabeena Ahmed and Plastic Free July

Ethical Consumer Magazine July/August 19

 

Ethical Consumer Magazine July August 19 with Sabeena Ahmed and Plastic Free July

Ethical Consumer Magazine July/August 19

 

Day 12

A Polite reminder!

Did you forget?

Its never too late to join the Plastic Free July Challenge?

Here's a practical calendar to help you get started. 

Cleanaway.com,au - 31 day Plastic Free Challenge Poster - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Courtesy of Cleanaway.com.au

 

 

Day 13

I decided to purchase some Chia Seeds and was happy to see that the packaging was brown paper.

Organic Chia Seeds in Brown Paper Packaging - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Organic Chia Seeds in Brown Paper Packaging

 

Organic Chia Seeds in Brown Paper Packaging - Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed 

Organic Chia Seeds in Brown Paper Packaging 

 

Day 14

I visited my local supermarket and was saddened to learn that the Loose/Zero Concept section was being removed.

 Loose Zero Waste Concept closing lack of customer footfall at my local supermarket Dubai - Plastic Free July 19 with Sabeena Ahmed

Loose Zero Waste Concept closing due to the lack of customer footfall

at my local supermarket, Dubai 

 

 

Plastic Free July - Week 3

Day 15

I try to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

My pretty bottle top tray is used to store my paper and letters.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Upcycled bottle top tray, Kenya - Plastic Free July 19 with Sabeena Ahmed

Up-cycled bottle top tray, hand made, Kenya 

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Upcycled bottle top tray, Kenya - Plastic Free July 19 with Sabeena Ahmed

Up-cycled bottle top tray, hand made Kenya 

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Upcycled bottle top tray, Kenya - Plastic Free July 19 with Sabeena Ahmed

Up-cycled bottle top tray, hand made Kenya 

 

To read more of my Plastic Free July journey click here

 

 

Future Learn 

Fashion's Future: Sustainable Development Goals Future Learn

I enrolled on the Future Learn MOOC Fashion's Future: Sustainable Development Goals Future Learn and studied how the sustainable goals are linked to fashion.

Week 1

Introduction - the Sustainable Development Goals

Global Goals for Sustainable Devellopent - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

 

 

Week 2

Goal 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

 Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 1 No poverty - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 1 No poverty - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

 

Goal 5 -  Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 5 Gender Equality - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 5 Gender Equality - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

 

Goal 8: Inclusive economic growth and decent work for all 

 Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

 

Week 3

Goal 13: Climate Action

 Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 13 Climate Action - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 13 Climate Action - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

 

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation and Goal 14: Life Below Water

 Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

 

Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 14 Life Below Water - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

Goal 15: Protect and restore ecosystems, forests and biodiversity

 Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 15 Life On Land - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 15 Life On Land - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

 

Week 4

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

 Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 

Global Goals for Sustainable Development Global Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production - Anti Poverty Week in Dubai and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

  

How you can get involved...

Be an ''Agent for Change'' and take a selfie of yourself with the Sustainable Development Goals by downloading them from the link below.

The Worlds Largest Lesson - The Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Use the hashtag #SDG's #FashionRevolution #Fashionsfuture every time you post your photos or anything about the course.

Write a letter or email to your favourite brand/s and ask them if they are supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.

Repair and love the clothes you have!

Educate others...

 

Fairtrade Breaks Poverty - Anti Poverty Week in Dubi and the UAE by the Lilfairtrade Shop

 #FairTradeInnovates by empowering women

Photograph courtesy of Mr Feroz Khan and my Fairphone 2, 17,418 

 

 

 

 

Certificate tba here 

 

I hope to upload my certificate of participation soon.

 

Further Reading and Links

Valy Export (Website unavailable)

Interview with Alex Schmidt and Marie Louise

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July with Sabeena Ahmed

Fashion's Future: Sustainable Development Goals Fashion Revolution

The World Fair Trade Organization and Anti Poverty Week

The Worlds Largest Lesson - The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

AnaHata Dubai's Community Service Blog - Fair Trade Breaks Poverty

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