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Zero Waste Club

by Andrew Williams | May 01, 2019

Recycling, plastic and pollution are on everyone's minds at the moment, and we were delighted to be approached by Zero Waste Club to start stocking their products. We've started with straws, toothbrushes and soap, and hope to expand the range over time. 

The straws come in a pack of two - made of sustainable bamboo. 

The toothbrushes are also bamboo, with a tree planted for every pack purchased!

The olive oil soap is vegan, and paraben and palm oil-free - just a great, natural bar. 

Let us know what you think and if you'd like to see more similar products.

News from Sri Lanka

by Andrew Williams | April 24, 2019

Like many of you, we have watched in horror the news coming out of Sri Lanka this week. It seems inconceivable that innocent civilians have been targeted in such a way during Easter week. 

One of our best-loved suppliers, Lanka Kade, are based in Sri Lanka. Mercifully, as far as they are able to tell, none of their workers have been directly affected by the attack. I believe they are mostly based in the north of the island, away from big cities such as Colombo. Nevertheless, given the scale of the casualties, it is inevitable that some friends and family will have suffered injuries or been killed. 

A Lanka Kade ark as part of our window display a few years ago.

You can keep up with the latest news from Lanka Kade by following their Instagram feed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those suffering in Sri Lanka.

Cyclone Idai

by Andrew Williams | April 10, 2019

While our domestic headlines read like a particularly convoluted extract from "Yes, Minister," the very real suffering of thousands of people in southern Africa is sadly being ignored. It's just over a month since Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, and the region is still in desperate need of help. 

Cholera and malaria are now a real threat in the area, as a lack of fresh drinking water combines with people being forced into cramped and crowded conditions to make outbreaks more likely. 

The Disasters Emergency Committee has now launched an appeal for aid for the survivors of one of the worst natural disasters in modern times. DEC brings together 14 aid agencies in a combined effort to direct relief to where it is most needed, and their representatives include Oxfam, Tearfund, Save the Children and the Red Cross. 

Please take a break from Brexit and give whatever you can to help alleviate this terrible disaster.  

Dr PawPaw - Our Go-To All-Round Beauty Helper

by Andrew Williams | April 03, 2019

Another great new product which has been going down a storm in the shop! We first learned about Dr PawPaw when Louise's friend Suzanne gave her some. Since then, it's become a bit of a cult product for us, so we're delighted to finally be stocking it. 

The soothing papaya balm is most commonly used as a lip balm, but it's also great for dry skin, irritation and even as a hair treatment. It comes in three "flavours" - a classic, clear balm, a peach tint and an ultimate red shade. All at just £6.95. 

If you haven't discovered the awesome power of the PawPaw yet - now's your chance!

rCups - the best reusable cups we've ever seen!

by Andrew Williams | March 27, 2019

Reusable cups are EVERYWHERE. Post-Blue Planet it can seem that reusable cups for your morning brew are the new equivalent of the "bag for life" - and it can sometimes be natural to wonder whether all the resources going to make these things are better than the disposable varieties!

Here comes a great alternative, in the form of the rCup, which we're delighted to now be stocking. These cups look great and come in two practical sizes. The real clincher, though, is that they are actually made from recycled cups and lids. It's an incredible, engineered solution, and it won't surprise you to hear that the lead designer, Dan, is a previous Dyson employee. 

The innovation doesn't stop with the materials either. The unique click lid not only makes the rCup spill-proof (try shaking it - nothing leaks!), but also allows you to drink from any angle rather than a pre-cut "spout." There are loads of cool colours to choose from too. 

You can probably tell we're rather keen on these so we hope you love them too!