Blushful Earth is the website of Andrew and Karen Rollinson

Andrew Rollinson

After working in various professions, in 2007 I trained as a small-scale renewable energy specialist. Since then I have worked in the UK, Qatar and Australia on small-scale renewable energy projects, plus visited and collaborated on sustainable engineering systems in many parts of Europe and Asia.

With my wife Karen, we set up Blushful Earth after becoming increasingly dissatisfied with how in employment, what is right and just only gets done if it doesn’t conflict with preserving the status and/or profits of employers. Growing up in a mining community where the important things were helping each other, social wealth and cohesion, I was never comfortable with a world influenced by large commercial organisations, and I wanted to work differently.

I am interested in projects which can help the individual and communities be sustainable and long-term energy independent using local resources through the set up, maintenance, fault finding and optimisation of renewable systems, educating others about renewable engineering and so promoting sustainability and common wealth.

Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Leeds,
MSc Energy and Environment (Distinction), University of Leeds, 2006 – 2007.
BSc (hons) Physical Science, The Open University, 2004.

Karen Rollinson

I run Blushful Earth Handmade.

I started making wedding invitations because I wanted to reduce the impact that the wedding industry is having on the environment.  To do this all my designs are made from recycled or tree free papers, and card. By sourcing materials locally I can also keep costs down meaning I charge lower prices. My products are decorated using biodegradable and natural twines; this gives our designs a natural and unique look. I also incorporate wild flower seed paper, recycled denim, grass, banana and hay papers into my designs sourced from a local designer. I also offer a bespoke design service, so designs can be very personal and original in design. The enjoyment I get from making invitations for someone who wants to use recycled materials is great.

Blushful Earth Handmade appears on sites such as The Natural Wedding Company, Wedding Find It Buy It, and on Facebook and Pinterest.

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