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Why choose secondhand?

Some of us haven’t appreciated the art of shopping second hand and the thought of buying something used, for some, can be off-putting. Often, we associate people who shop second hand, with people who have…

Spooky but safe

Well Halloween is unlikely going to be like it was last year. Pretty sure that the guidelines mean we can not knock on doors and play tricks. But we can still have fun as a…

Sustainable – it has to be right?

Our family like many other are obsessed with Blue Planet and David Attenborough has become a voice for our children and our planet. A quote from him really brought it home! “We are at a…

Search on 2Hand and put a smile on…

2Hand exists to help you shop with a conscience. We take the leg work out of looking for secondhand items so you can get on with living life and know you are doing your bit…

Part time vegan?

We all know we need to do everything we can to help the planet. So, we try to  walk everywhere and ditch the car, some of us grow our own veggies, eat seasonally, only shop…

How big is your Environmental Footprint?

On Sunday, Sir David Attenborough’s new film, A Life on Our Planet, will be released on Netflix. This latest documentary about the stark reality of the climate emergency will be watched by thousands, many of…

Build a den as a team!

Autumn is a great time for den building – with friends, with kids if you are an adult and for fun if you are an unreformed child-at-heart. The cooling weather and plenty of leaf litter…

Off-set your Carbon

In just a few minutes we can all make a difference to become carbon neutral. I started by calculating my carbon footprint some time ago. I do this often and make some changes every time…

Why?

There are now so many places to look for used items that it’s often overwhelming; where to go to be that “savvy shopper” who has revamped their house, saving both money and the planet with…

FAQs

Why do I need to enter a postcode? We need to base our search around a physical location and a postcode enables us to work with all of our diverse, second hand sources. Are all…

2Hand – a labour of love

I met Jo at her art exhibition more years ago that I shall admit to, introduced by another friend I had no idea where this union would lead. I was new to a community, kids…

Why 2Hand?

As I look at the mirror and notice the artex toothpaste spatters, I often ask why did I start this journey? Why would a busy mum, an artist with too many dogs and afterschool clubs…

Puzzle it out!

Puzzles can cultivate patience and willpower, and it can reduce stress and relieve emotions. They offer hours of fun and entertainment everyone can enjoy. Finishing puzzles with family or friends gives you the opportunity to…

Food to forage in Autumn

What are some of the best things to forage in Autumn? Well, there’s lots to choose from, with berries, nuts and fungi of all types in abundance. The best things for a beginner are probably…

And we are back!

So, the kids are back at school and if you are not working full time there is a bit of space without them under your feet to have a clear out! There is a sense…

Old things, new life!

There is a growing movement to buy second-hand and recycle, upcycle, reuse and recreate! At 2Hand we are passionate about giving old items a new life. We believe that second-hand should be a way of…

Reasons to be cheerful 1, 2, 3

Well 2020 is not how I’d envisioned it as I raised a glass on Jan 1st – it’s not what I planned or hoped for – in fact it’s turned most things on their head.…

Too Good Not To

Susie Hudson recently came across Too Good To Go, a social impact company driving a movement against food waste and if you’ve not come across them yet, get online. You can find them on the…

Reasons to give Upcycling a try

Tap into your creative side and breathing new life into preloved items. Avoid the landfill as over 22M pieces of furniture are thrown into land fill in the UK every year. So, recycling or upcycling…

Who’d be a parent?

At the best of times being a parent is stressful - one in three families have both parents working full-time and for the last 4-5 months those parents have been at home with the kids…

Back to school

As the debate escalates this week around children returning to schools in england, I am currently on a mammoth sewing bee, involving name tapes, sore fingers and the realisation that my eyes are not what…

Boy is it raining!

What can we do as the school holidays are coming to an end but there is still time to have fun and make memories before we send them back to school? This term will be…

Create something beautiful

The success of upcyclers is how they navigate current trends and adapt. It all seemed to start with shabby chic which though it is less popular now it started people on the journey back to…

It’s hard to be spontaneous

Where we can go and what we can do changes weekly – daily even. As COVID-19 continues to spread chaos - local county and country rules are changing all the time - it is becoming…

It’s BBQ time…

With the holiday season well and truly upon us and thousands of Brits flocking to beaches and open spaces all over the UK, many have been or are planning to Barbecue.  Written by Susie Hudson,…

Picnic without the waste!

It’s August and the weather has been hotting up and the lock-down rules are relaxing – but you may still just want to keep it in the family or extended social bubble with a picnic…

Give a boat a new life

If like Jo, our Founder and CEO, and our CTO Stephen you have boats and boat bits knocking about why not give them a new life out of the water? If it is a new…

Beer, the pub and upcycling

A great British pass time is visiting the local pub. Our local has been the life blood of our village. They have delivered food to vulnerable, self-isolating and shielding people day in and day out…

Mental Health, COVID 19 and how we are…

There is a weird phenomenon developing. Some of the world and its workers are returning to a relatively ‘normal’ life. But many are still 'locked up' working from home. There are lots of businesses with…

The old used in new renovations

Over the last few years there has been an upsurge in making more of what you have rather than splashing cash and moving house. Lots of people are taking control of their own lives and…

The changing workforce

As life speeds up and we know that change is not the C word, what do we need to think about? Let’s think, first, about the fourth industrial revolution. What does that mean? The history…

Our world of work

2 Hand is a start-up. We have always worked remotely. We know that this pandemic has forced the adoption of new ways of working for many more established businesses. They’ve needed to re-imagine their workplaces…

Get Busy – Upcycling Ideas

With time still on my hands there are some house projects I want to get on with. I’ve been collecting ideas from some very inspirational people and thought you might like to hear about what…

UK Holiday ideas

Holidays abroad have been cancelled for many, And if not cancelled many people are opting to stay here and make the most of our beautiful country. Whether it’s a luxury short break or a camping…

Five Fab and Fun Upcycling Ideas for Plastic…

A massive 80% of plastic bottles are simply non-biodegradable litter. While it is convenient to consume drinks straight out of plastic bottles, they have a huge impact our environment. And, plastic water bottles have a…

Summer is here!

Schools out and we have no idea what the weather will throw at us. We are all praying for some more sunshine and blue sky days but it is the school holidays so Mother Nature…

Meals to stretch the budget

Over this extended time at home meal planning has been a battle of budget over ideas to keep the dinner table interesting for everyone. Once a week we push the boat out but more often…

Want to have a Garden Party?

Why not have a garden party? Here are some ideas to get you in the mood for the summer holidays – even inviting a guest or two! If you fancy having a garden party there…

On your bike!

The Brits love of cycling has been steadily growing since Bradley Wiggins pedaled his way into our peripheral vision. Yellow Lycra, tiny saddles and skinny wheels are now found all over the country sometimes 3…

Staycation – Part 3 (The garden)

Want to stay at home? Then this one is for you. If you’d rather not leave home have a read of the 2Hand holiday ideas. Part 1 was about luxury. Part 2 was about campsites…

Pre-loved ladies & girls’ stuff!

Thrifty & Nifty, known affectionately as T&N, is a new exciting Facebook buying & selling page. Started by Cath Davies and Jojo Wylde they had a lot of clothes and accessories that they no longer…

Staycation – Part 1 (Luxury)

Holidays abroad have been cancelled for many, and if yours hasn’t maybe you don’t really want all the bother of getting away while there is still the possibility of picking up the nasty virus. We…

Face Masks

We are being advised to wear a mask when we go out in public. Experts say the homemade masks won’t protect someone from getting sick, but they can help prevent the spread of the disease…

It’s their planet after all

Your kids think about the planet all the time Recycling or upcycling helps to teach children to reuse items and to practically get to grip with the benefits of this behaviour. Recycling saves the planet in so many ways,…

Busy? Now more than ever!

The term ‘parent’ comes with all the busyness you can handle. Now more than ever, when the kids have been off school, life has not got any less hectic. Whether you are a stay at…

Grit and determination

As we all start to prepare to come out of the lockdown of the last 100+ days there are those that are going to really struggle with reintegration. While this has been a tough time…

The circular economy

Looking at the dictionary definition, the circular economy  is an alternative to a traditional linear economy - one where we make, use and dispose of items. It means we keep resources in use for as long as possible,…

A new reality

The global coronavirus pandemic has created a new reality, one where grief and loss has featured for many – including me. Weddings, concerts, meetings, travels plans, school events, and more have been cancelled in because…

It’s all about the veg!

Now I have my veggie deliveries set up – how best to store them? I’ve been looking about and found this blog - 10 Tips For Keeping Produce Fresh Until Your Next Trip to the…

Cautious COVID Shopping

We are opening up as a country. Some school years are back (with more year groups to follow as schools get to grips with larger numbers), support bubbles are being built, more and more shops…

Delivered fresh to your door

Have habits changed for good? What have we been doing differently that we will take forward post COVID-19? Well for me it is the veg (and meat) shopping. I’ve tried a few national ones and…

There’s no excuse for being a Litterbug

Written for 2Hand by Susie Hudson If you looked at the carnage left behind in Bournemouth this week with horror and disbelief, you’ll probably be thinking the same as me… what possible excuse, reason or…

Eco Gifts

So, we could well be coming out of lock-down but I do wonder for how long. I have many friends who have summer birthdays and while I may not be able to party with them,…

Get out and garden!

We have become quite the gardeners during the lock-down – gardens all over the UK are blooming, well curated pictures of beauty. I, for one, am proud of the effort put into my lovely space…

Wooden garden games that the whole family can…

To help you select more sustainable outdoor games, we’ve been doing a little digging. We are all more plastic conscious these days and so wooden outdoor games are making a real comeback – not only…

The facts about Recycling

At the end of 2019 recycling rates were worse than they were five years ago, after the percentage of waste being collected fell despite pledges to make the system simpler for households. The figures from…

It’s all about the coffee for us

Here at 2Hand, we, like most people have been juggling to keep the plates spinning these last few months, and whilst the morning coffee was always a necessary indulgence, now it seems to have raised…

Upcycle it!

We know that upcycling reuses object/materials to create new products and that they have a real or perceived higher value than the original. Well, that’s the dictionary definition out the way. But it’s been proven that there…

Eco at Home

At 2Hand we believe in making second hand your first choice. More than that – we believe that we should, wherever possible, make planet friendly choices if we can’t get what we need second hand.…

Life probably won’t be the same again

In a matter of a few months COVID-19 has rocked our worlds (as well as the planet) and forced us all to question everything about our day-to-day lives. We are all re-imagining our values, habits…

What kids worry about in 2020

Lock down reading for the whole family There are many things that we need to teach our children and while we have them at home more than ever we can spend time on important things.…

Frightening Facts about our everyday

Trees The world’s oldest trees are more than 4,600 years old.27,000 trees are cut down each day so we can have Toilet Paper.We can save 75,000 trees if we recycled the paper used on the…

Habits need to change!

Google searches for climate change beat Game of Thrones searches at the end of 2019! If this doesn’t indicate the importance of climate change and how it continues to rise up the agenda, we don’t…

Resources

We are using the Earth’s renewable resources, such as energy, clean water and air, healthy soils etc. at a rate 1.7 times that the Earth can renew them! So, what's the big deal? Earth Overshoot day is the…

Doing our bit

Following a surge in climate activism, the climate emergency is now established in the top five most important issues facing the UK today, at around the same level as the economy. So, what's the big deal? In…

The Waste Pyramid

Waste is a huge problem globally… We bin around 50m tonnes of electrical waste globally every year. That’s nearly 4 million double decker buses’ worth of old computer equipment, TVs, stereos and kitchen appliances, stretching…