Biome Lifestyle : Beautiful soaps and so much more

September 26th, 2014

We’re very excited about this particular post from beauty blogger Annie H. from Dorset. Annie mainly blogs about natural and organic beauty products.  Just like me and you Annie also tries to extend the green philosophy to every area of her life; which is why we’re so delighted to be featured!

I’ve shared the link to the blog post, but please do go on and read other parts of her blog. The DIY Wednesday posts are particularity interesting, where Annie talks you through a step by step process (with images) on how to create your own organic face masks, treatments, scrubs and creams.

You can read the full article here.

Eat-Drink-Buy Fairtrade

September 25th, 2014

Ever wanted to know how to find the independent cafes, restaurants and shops near you that sell Fairtrade and fairly traded products?

Fairtrade has created this handy map to help you locate cafes, restaurants and shops nationwide that sell fairly traded goods.

Last day of summer

September 22nd, 2014

So today is officially the last day of the summer… sob.  And don’t we know it! A very chill start for us this morning here in Leeds

Fear not we have you covered for autumn and winter 2014 with our wide selection of home furnishings from cushions to duvet sets, with new stock coming your way very soon!

Here are three of our top pick products for the autumn;

1. Our vibrant Featherweight Fairtrade Duvet’s will breathe life into any room. Great for those cosy nights in front of the fire while you’re watching a film. Handmade in India by a fantastic fair trade co-operative, the quilts really do have to be seen to be appreciated with their beautiful hand printed design; available in Blue, Pink & Yellow. We particularity like the one in yellow!

2. Treat yourself to these Alpaca Slippers, guaranteed to keep your toes toasty with their beautifully fluffy ethically sourced alpaca fur. Available in sizes 36-44.

3.Our All Rounder Recycled Glass Goblets are made in Spain from 100% recycled glass. Perfect for nights in with a bottle of wine or ale, or whatever takes your fancy.

 

Repurposed children’s toys

September 18th, 2014

It can be a problem when your children grow up and no longer play with the toys that have been put away in storage or they just simply get bored of their old toys. If you’re reluctant to throw them and you have lots of toys at home you can be creative and put those unused toys to use! Repurpose them and you can make some pretty interesting items. Use old dinosaur toys as coat hooks or drawer handles. You can see some example of the re-purposed toys below.

 

 

 

How a Yes vote could lead to a more sustainable Scotland

September 17th, 2014

With just one day left until the Scottish referendum on independence tensions are running high on both sides for a victory. Whether your in Scotland or England this is all over the news! I’m not one for throwing my own political views around but this article covers the topic of sustainability for Scotland if an overall yes majority were to prevail.

 

Here are some key points made in the Yes Scotland response by Stan Blackley of the communities team at Yes Scotland; Stan has spent more than twenty years as an environmental campaigner;

  • Future Scottish Governments would be able to treat an independent Scotland as a single political, geographical and ecological entity over which they will have full control, which could lead to a new approach to the integration and coordination of the full range of policies that affect our land, seas and air.
  • Many of the structural economic factors driving climate change remain outwith Scotland’s control. In order to begin meeting and exceeding its world-leading climate change and carbon emissions reduction targets, Scotland will require full control over all policy levers to deliver action of the type and scale required. With full economic and political powers, Scotland will have the ability and opportunity to take a bolder and more holistic approach to, for example, decarbonisation and the transition to a low carbon economy.
  • Independence is the only option that gives Scotland the opportunity to remove nuclear weapons of mass destruction from its shores in the short-to-medium-term. Doing so would bring a ‘peace dividend’ worth hundreds of millions of pounds each year, which could be spent on social and environmental alternatives. There is real potential for disarmament in Scotland to spark a global shift towards ending one of the biggest threats to both people and to the planet, but this can only begin to happen with a Yes vote.

This is just one side to the topic of sustainability for Scotland. But let’s hope that by tomorrow (18/9/2014) either a Yes or No vote will lead to Scotland’s government becoming a more environmentally conscious one.

I promise the next blog post wont be this dry!!

Let us know what you think via our Facebook & Twitter pages

Source: Yes Scotland

 

 

 

UK Waste

September 16th, 2014

I came across this list of stats on the UK’s waste from the college of Aberdeen, some of these stats really astound me in terms of the waste we create.

Did you know

  • Just one recycled plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a 60 watt light bulb for 3 hours
  • Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in dustbins could be recycled
  • Each tonne of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 KW of energy and 7000 gallons of water
  • On average every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every 7 weeks
  • Incinerating 10,000 tonnes of waste creates one job, land-filling the same amount of waste creates 6 jobs, but recycling this much waste creates 36 jobs (crazy I know!!)

 

National Cupcake Week

September 16th, 2014

As it’s National Cupcake week we thought it would only be right to share a recipe for Banana and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (Fairtrade of course!!)

 

These delicious cakes combine the sweetness of ripe mashed bananas with Fairtrade chocolate giving a moist yet light sweet treat. These can be decorated with a swirl of vanilla butter ice and a dried banana chip made with Fairtrade icing sugar.

Makes 7-8 large muffins

Ingredients

  •  100g plain flour
  • 40g cornmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 90g unrefined (golden) Fairtrade sugar
  • 40g melted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 ripe Fairtrade bananas, well mashed
  • 80ml buttermilk
  • 50g Fairtrade milk chocolate, chopped into small chunks
  • 12 hole muffin tray lined with paper muffin cases

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6
  2. Sieve flour, cornmeal, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together into a large bowl. Stir in sugar.In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, egg, bananas and buttermilk.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix gently (do not over-mix). Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Fill a muffin tin (ideally lined with muffin cases) to just under the rim.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes until golden-brown and firm to the touch. Allow to cool in the tin.

A Nuclear free birthday for Japan

September 15th, 2014

Today is the day that Japan is celebrating one year of nuclear free energy.

A year ago today the last commerical nuclear reactor operating in Japan was closed down. It joined the 47 other nuclear reactors that have been idled for most of the period since the tragic Fukushima catastrophe in March 2011.

Despite none of their nuclear plants operating for 12 months their has been no electricity blackouts at all, on top of this Japan is now second worldwide after China for installing solar PV (2013).

Sendai nuclear power plant in southern Japan.

The majority of Japanese citizens, consistently oppose plans to restart the country’s nuclear reactors. After all, Japan has functioned perfectly well for an entire year without nuclear electricity, so why risk another disaster?

The tragedy of the 2011 Fukushima disaster continues to affect hundreds of thousands of people. If ever an entire nation deserved a happy birthday, today’s one-year, nuclear-free anniversary Japan is it.

However despite all the tragedy caused by the Fukushima disaster, Japans nuclear watchdog the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) has partially given the go ahead for for two reactors to restart. A restart before the end of the year is unlikely as two more NSA approvals are needed for the site to function. But the biggest challenge will be winning over the local communities who must sign off the restarts before they can happen.

If a country can survive a whole year nuclear free it makes you wonder why the government is keen to restart the nuclear reactors?

Are you pro nuclear power or all for renewables? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below or through our Twitter & Facebook pages.

 

Source: Greenpeace

The house made from 20,000 old toothbrushes and two tonnes of denim jeans

September 10th, 2014

What do you do with old toothbrushes, jeans and video cassettes? Make use of them? Or throw them straight in the bin?

Well did you know you could help build a house with all of these items. That’s just what the University of Brighton have done, some 4,00 video cassettes, two tonnes of jeans, 2,000 used carpet tiles and 20,000 old toothbrushes were used to help construct Britain’s first house made almost entirely from rubbish.

The aim of the project, led by University of Brighton senior lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown and endorsed by Grand Designs TV show presenter Kevin McCloud, is to show how low-carbon homes can be built cheaply and quickly using waste and surplus material.

Here’s hoping this project from the University of Brighton will be the first of many A rated energy-efficient homes made from waste.

Recycled Art: What Came First?

September 9th, 2014

Kyle Bean is a Brighton based artist who specialises in hand crafted models, set design and art direction. Kyle has used egg shells that would’ve otherwise been thrown away, to create this piece of artwork quite humorously named ‘What Came First’,  this piece of work really showcases his unusual creativity and is simply EGGcellent!!