"Three for the sea" is the nature-loving practice of removing at least 3 pieces of litter each time you visit the beach. ♻️
Like so many, I discovered sea swimming during lock down - and it truly saved me from certain madness and joint pain. I didn't even realise we had a beach 20 minutes walk from home, let alone that it would be laden with so many secrets of our local industrial Edinburgh past. Actually, it's laden with rubbish, but I spend much of my time collecting litter of all types: the unsightly and dangerous waste gets binned, and I try to gift a new life to anything else. One person's trash can be another's treasure, afterall.
I learn as much as I can from my finds so that I can nurture a love and respect for our environment in mine and my friend's children. I've also taught myself to sew, and love upcycling unwanted textiles into handy accessories for other water lovers.
"Three for the sea" is a phrase I learned from other wild swimmer... The idea is that every time you go to the beach, take three bits of trash away with you. We take care of the sea, and she takes care of us.
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Frequently asked questions
Many of the beach finds are antiques and have been in the sea for a very long time. Textiles are reclaimed, some are vintage, and may have also had lots of wear in the past. Please be gentle with all items. Keep leather and painted items dry, and away from prolonged sunlight and chemicals. Although many glass and ceramic items have been varnished this will only offer some protection over time. Reclaimed buttons should also be treated with care and should only be applied to handwash items.
Is this a zero waste shop?
Every effort is taken to reuse and reclaim as much as possible. At present the only items bought new are some of the findings (jump rings and clips, etc) and leather cord. Everything else is either found on the beach or locally sourced second hand, including towels, bedding, thread, pull-cords and laces and display materials.
Rather than purchasing business cards a rubber stamp is used onto reclaimed card, and rather than purchasing gift bags or boxes, gift bags are hand made from recycled textiles.
Gift wrapping and packaging
Jewellery items are sold with gift bags that have been hand made from reclaimed textiles. Gift bags are typically made from locally sourced pre-loved socks and bedding. Buttons are sewed onto reclaimed towel remnants.
Similarly for postal packaging, wherever possible, reclaimed materials are used to protect items, and used postal bags and envelopes are reused from local businesses. ***If you have any questions, or do not wish your item to be posted in a reclaimed postal bag, please contact me prior to your purchase and I will source alternative packaging for you.***