Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar
Day Three: 03/12/2019

Plastic was the mid-20th century’s miracle product. Inexpensive, strong, durable and malleable, with almost unlimited applications. Since the 1950s we’ve produced over 8 billion metric tonnes of it. And of course there’s a high price to pay. At this moment there are 500 times more pieces of microplastic in the sea than there are stars in our galaxy. By 2050 it’s estimated that there’ll be more plastic in our oceans than fish. The good news is that some people are working hard to turn the tide.

Zero to Hero is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Danielle Charles. Danielle is bringing her vision to life in collaboration with Rosie Pittman and Helena Flanagan-Dixon, who bring an impressive combination of skills in fashion, visual arts and event management. From a base at 222 High Street, Zero to Hero retails unique fashion and handicraft items under a banner of sustainability. Using no plastic, creating no waste, making the lowest possible negative impact on the environment. Eager to share their skills with other manufacturers and traders as well as the general public, Danielle, Rosie and Helena are running collaborative workshops proving that ethical, eco-friendly working processes can result in distinctive and beautiful creations.

This Thursday, December 5th, Zero to Hero, in partnership with artist Kate Evans is offering Ceramics Workshop between 10am and 12pm at a bargain rate of £5 per workshop, with refreshments also available. Adults and children are welcome at what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable event. Guests will be encouraged to try their hand at the potter’s wheel and to decorate their pottery. If you want proof that environmentally friendly retail and craft work can be fun, you’ll find it at 222 High Street on Thursday morning.

Retail operations that minimise the environmental impact of our consumer habits are springing up all over the UK. Swansea is lucky to have talented, far-sighted people flying the flag for sustainability on our High Street.

Danielle Charles manages Zero to Hero

Rosie Pittman is the founder of Toxic Lace

Helena Flanagan-Dixon is the founder of Miss Chievous Gladrags

Kate Evans runs the Art Barbers Project at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.

They deserve our support, and not just this Thursday.

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