Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

John Lewis ditches settlement cosmetics

Excellent BDS news: British retailer John Lewis has announced that it will no longer be stocking Ahava Dead Sea products. For the news announcement, see the Independent Middle East Media … Continue reading

January 15, 2011 · 4 Comments

When 'co-operatives' aren't so great

You could say I’ve done a lot of my growing up in the co-operative movement. I joined my first worker co-operative (Ethical Consumer magazine) at 23. I’ve worked for Manchester-based … Continue reading

December 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

'Swishing' and stitching

A while ago, I wrote about the commercialisation and appropriation of clothes swaps parties, from homegrown opportunities for women to get together and use non-commercial ways to renew their wardrobes … Continue reading

November 4, 2010 · Leave a comment

New articles: Ethical Shopping

The first of five articles on ethical shopping I wrote for Big Issue in the North came out last week. The first in the series was on mobile phones and … Continue reading

September 2, 2010 · 1 Comment

'Swishing' and swaps parties: home and away

Once upon a time, swapping used clothes was the preserve of the skint, the sensibly frugal or the eco-hippy. Now, even Louise Redknapp is doing it (or at least getting … Continue reading

September 2, 2010 · 2 Comments