Eco-shopping and the Slipper Saga

Did I tell you about the Monthly Eco Baby-Steps Plan, by the way? Last month’s baby-step was “try to make sure I don’t overfill the kettle” which is indeed pretty baby. It’s also trickier than I’d realised, because a short person like myself doesn’t automatically see over the top or lid of things on a standard surface…

This year I’m giving myself a bit of a break from campaigning (or more accurately a break from feeling guilty for not campaigning) about things, but I’d still like to shop responsibly, and one aspect of this is not buying products made in China.

Before Christmas I was intrigued by the fact that all WH Smith’s calendars seemed to be made in China, but Ryman’s were not. I bought from Ryman’s.

Anyway, it may be since covid that I’ve become a Slippers Around the House person, so the fact that the sole was hanging off the slipper meant I really needed to buy a new pair. (I know, the truly eco solution would have been to mend them. My sewing skills are very very limited.)

I wanted slippers that had backs and were not made in China: any other country would do. I didn’t think this was unreasonable.

These are the shops where my husband and I looked: Peacocks, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, TK Maxx, John Lewis, Marks and Spencers. No success.

Thinking Fair Trade online stockists, I tried Traidcraft, but alas! I was very sorry to learn that the pioneer of Fair Trade is in administration…

…and People Tree, who don’t do slippers.

A kind friend recommended buying online from either of two British firms: Hotters and Drapers. I looked at their sites, and both do UK-made slippers, rather expensive sheepskin.

Fortunately for me,  Thought came to my rescue, and the cosy fluffy blue slippers have arrived and are in constant use.

It is also only fair to Tesco to say that a second look by my husband disclosed a pair made in Slovakia.

So this has ended happily, but I’ve recently had to buy hook-on shades to cover prescription glasses… made in China… and of course all covid tests come from there.

If China decided not to export to the West, I suspect the current vegetable shortage would pale into insignificance.

Love from the PPI Blogger

PPS We’re thinking a lot about Ukraine at the moment, understandably, but there’s an interesting presidential election in Nigeria tomorrow…


1 Comment
  • Stephen Hall

    1st March 2023 at 5:07 pm Reply

    On the filling the kettle thing, surely the thing is to first fill your mug or teapot with cold water, then empty that into the empty kettle?

    On reducing reliance on China (and Russia), Western leaders are now subscribing to this too, so I expect we can see more efforts to re-onshore critical manufacturing capacity. I don’t know whether this will extend to slippers! And I don’t know if the driver is really concern about Taiwan/ the Uighars, or a US rearguard action against being overtaken economically.

    We bought some very nice slipper-socks in the Faroe Islands.

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