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  • From Antarctica!

    No really, it did!

    Here, let me tell you its story.

    Last year Hermione Taylor started a fantastic new social venture called 'The Do Nation'.

    The idea is that instead of sponsoring a person with money you can sponsor them with an action, a commitment to 'do something' to reduce your impact on the planet. Its part of an effort to make being sustainable more fun, social and mainstream.

    Just before Christmas Hermione was telling me about her latest 'sponsor' - an explorer called Mark Wood who had just set off on his dream to be the first person to walk (solo and unsupported) to the South and North Poles to raise awareness about climate change.

    I went on the site, found a suitable climate change 'action' and pledged to sponsor Mark by buying nothing but recycled, second-hand or ethical clothing items for the duration of his expedition.

    Two days later I found myself in a old farmhouse, in deepest West Wales, where I was shown a room full of second-hand clothing and invited to 'go shopping!'. So I did! And I bought this lovely dress.

    Following Mark on his blog diaries as he walks to the South Pole has become a family ritual. We're all into it. Every now and then we send a message and on the 21st December I got one back! On South Pole Day 31 Mark Wood did a shout out on his blog to thank me for taking part in Do Nation and sponsoring his expedition.

    Mark reached the South Pole on the 9th January 2012. It took his 50-days to walk 612 nautical miles, climbing to an elevation of 2800 meters. Now he heads North.

    I think about it every time I wear this dress. It always makes me smile.
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