At last !!! Biodegradable crisp packets

Walkers to make crisp packet from potatoes?

Company announces plans for starchy packet after alternative deemed ‘too noisy’

More than just a crisp machine…

The people behind Walkers crisps have announced plans to make packets from potato peelings.

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Eco specs

MODO ECO eyewear range

How can specs really be green?

eco modo

Eco specs appeal

Could ‘eco friendly glasses’  be an option.

I was interested to hear more about the Eco MODO specs range from Vision Express. There’s only a teensy bit of plastic or metal on your frames – would it really make any difference, or was this another high street chain applying greenwash?

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Support Friends of the Earth when you buy green energy

Good Energy winter price freeze   

December 2010

The snow’s falling outside but you can stay warm at home with Friends of the Earth’s green energy partner.

Good Energy has just announced a winter price freeze on their green gas and electricity tariffs.

Friends of the Earth will receive a £50 donation from Good Energy for every new customer who mentions them when signing up. Please visit or call 0845 456 1640 – quoting Friends of the Earth.

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Solars Panels Given Ethical Seal Of Approval

Plug Into the Sun solar installation has ethical seal of approval.

Solar panels used by Plug Into The Sun have been voted as the “most ethical” solar panels available anywhere in the UK. A survey by Ethical Consumer Magazine has bestowed the title on one of the main suppliers, Solar Century. Also performing top were GB-Sol, SolarWorld and Yingli Solar. The survey was carried out using criteria such as involvement in sweatshop labour, workers’ rights, pollution record and arms trade links.

Fitting solar panels on your roof is one of the most important and now cost effective actions that green consumers can take. However, individuals have a key role to play in helping to drive sustainable manufacturing within the solar power panel industry.

Sustainability and ethics has always been the driving force behind Plug Into the Sun, ever since environmental entrepreneur Andy Tanner set up the company in 2004 but it is always good to see how far this vision is enforced right throughout the company.

Remember too, that claims solar panels take more energy to make than they generate in their lifetime just is not true. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the US, has researched this and the average panel will pay back the energy used to manufacture it in less than 4 years. With a 30 year lifetime that gives 26 years of pollution free energy generation.

 Managing Director Andy Tanner says,  “We know we source from the best to offer our customers quality and value but we also like to think we take our responsibilities to the planet and the global community seriously. So news that our suppliers are working ethically is not surprising but fantastic news nonetheless.”

The award comes at an exciting and challenging time for the UK solar power industry. With the Government’s introduction of the Feed In Tariff offering consumers the chance to make money from, rather than pay for, electricity. According to the latest Ofgem figures, there are now nearly 10,000 installations making money from the sun, wind or other renewables. Most of these are photovoltaic systems though. So far payments have topped £180,000. What are you waiting for? Start making your roof make money with the Feed In Tariff and the south west’s leading solar PV installer, Plug Into The Sun.

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Colds, Curry, Grandmas natural remedies

Remember the old saying, ‘starve a fever, feed a cold’? If you eat a healthy diet with plenty of vitamin-rich fresh fruit and vegetables, your body will be better equipped to fight off cold germs. But if you do get the sniffles, tucking into spicy food could speed your recovery. The reason? Spices can stimulate the production of secretions that help soothe and unblock the airways. So if you enjoy a good curry, go for it!

If the sniffles strike, you could try using a traditional remedy. Duchy Herbals Echina-Relief Tincture  contains long-established germ-fighter echinacea to relieve the symptoms of colds and ‘flu-like infections. Simply take 2.5ml in a glass of water two or three times a day.

Nelsons Coldenza – another natural remedy this time taken in tablet form – works by stimulating the body’s own healing processes to bring gentle and soothing relief from cold symptoms. The magic ingredient? Gelsemium, a yellow flowering climbing plant. Buy it in pharmacies and health food stores nationwide or online at Nelsons.

Granny was right: if you’re feeling below par, what you need right now is a nice cup of tea. Dr Stuart’s brand new Elderflower and Lemon Tea is a great immunity-booster that’s specially blended to help you fight off seasonal colds and flu. Elderflower has traditionally been used to treat upper respiratory tract conditions. Buy it at health food stores nationwide.

Need a winter pick-me-up? Sun Chlorella A has long been Japan’s most popular green food supplement – and it’s now available in the UK, too. The tablets contain vitamins B12 and B6, folic acid and iron to keep the body functioning effectively and boost oxygen levels in the blood. The result? Increased energy and immunity to colds. Buy it at online at Sun Chlorella

Feeling blocked up? Beat sinus congestion with Tisserand Head Clear Roll-On Remedy. It contains two organic essential oils: natural decongestant white mint, and lemon to lift the senses, clear the airways and ease head and sinus pain. Buy it online at Tisserand

Forget the horrible medicine you had as a child: cold syrup can actually taste quite nice! Pukka Herbs Organic Botanicals Elderberry Syrup contains a sweet and soothing blend of black elderberry, manuka honey, ginger and thyme. Buy it in health food stores nationwide.

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Planet friendly restaurants UK

Top chefs back law for planet-friendly farming

11 November 2010

Top UK restaurants are backing the Sustainable Livestock Bill for planet-friendly farming being debated in Parliament this week.

The 6 restaurants are in the top 10 of the Good Food Guide 2011.

They all support a new law that would help prevent UK meat and dairy production from destroying rainforests and leading to massive climate-changing emissions.

The Sustainable Livestock Bill is being debated in Parliament on Friday 12 November.

You can help by asking your MP to back rainforest-free food.

Top chefs

The chefs who have joined the campaign are at:

  • Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (Great Milton,Oxfordshire)
  • L’Enclume (Cartmel, Cumbria)
  • Restaurant Nathan Outlaw (Rock, Cornwall)
  • Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms (Nottingham)
  • Pied-à-Terre (London)
  • The Square (London).

Simon Rogan of L’Enclume said the new law would ”help to save important rainforests and ensure a humane and thriving future for farming in the UK”.

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Don’t take my word for it! from the mouths of babes…..


Food label conclusion  – taken from my son’s food tech homework

‘The best food is the one with the most carbohydrates and, or protein. The worst food to have is the one with the most fats.  Therefore CRISPS  are both the best and the worst.  The carbohydrates and the protein are good for bones and energy but the fat just makes you fat.

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Is it past its ‘use-by date’??


If you can’t tell the difference between your ice-cubes and ice-cream, then it’s time to throw both out.

When something starts pecking its way out of the shell, the egg is probably past its prime.

Milk is off when it starts to look like yogurt. Yogurt is off when it starts to look like cottage cheese.  Cottage cheese is off when it starts to look like cheese.

Cheese is nothing but off milk anyway, so if you can dig down and still find something non-green –  bon appetit!

Any canned goods that have become the size or shape of a football should be disposed of very carefully.

Fresh potatoes should not have roots, branches, or dense leafy undergrowth.

It is generally a good rule of thumb that cereal should be discarded when it no longer falls out of the box by itself..

So here we have it, no longer any need to check the use by date!  Thanks to Inspire for sharing this.

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If you are reading this post, our new website must be live – how fantastic! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Abbott & Booth

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