My gentleontheplanet Journey.
My gentleontheplanet journey began as a graphic design student at the Taunton College of Art and continued via show stand design at Earls Court/Olympia in London to eventually being involved with helping towns throughout the UK to become plastic bag free and now finally “doing my own thing”.
For many years I have wanted to use my creativity to make things that I could sell.
In 2005 thinking that some kind of productive hobby would be good I made a few bags from re-cycled material.
To improve my offering I added cotton string bags and eco-friendly cotton tote bags so as to be able to offer a complete plastic bag free alternate package.
As a result of this in 2007 I met, and became friends with, Rebecca Hosking M.B.E who had just completed her B.B.C film “Hawaii- Message in the Waves”.
This film highlighted the quite frightening amount of plastic in our oceans and the damage that that plastic was doing to our environment and ecology.
To do something about this Rebecca had persuaded the traders in her home town of Modbury in S. Devon to become the UK’s 1st completely plastic bag free town.
Rebecca chose us to supply the branded, promotional eco bags for the Modbury traders.
The interest that that created took over any other plans I may have had.
Doing my microscopic little bit to help reduce plastic bag use was far more important.
Now more than 12 years on I can get back to doing what I had originally intended.
There is still too much waste. Still too much plastic. Still too much landfill.
If I can make something from that waste that people will want to cherish it is win win for all of us.
So my dream of being gentleontheplanet by recycling and upcycling waste material to make interesting and desirable items was reborn.
I hope that you like them so that the unwanted is now loved and I have truly managed to create a little bit of Luxury from Landfill.
Thank you. Barbara