Archive for June, 2008

I am so obsessed with this right now. I’m a total beach lover anyway, so when I happened upon this, I had to share!

The World Beach Project was started by artist Sue Lawty in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Most of us have made things at the beach with what we find there, and Sue’s focus is patterns in stones. The project is open to anyone, of any age, anywhere in the world, so it links us all together in being creative and draws attention to the beautiful natural world we share. To join the environment and creativity is a dream come true for me!

I’m lucky enough to have ready access to a very stony beach, so will hopefully find time to make my own contribution sometime soon, which I will post at a later date. You can add your own projects to the map on the V & A site, and see all the stunning and imaginative ideas of others from around the world. Go and have a look, it’s gorgeous.


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We are running a fantastic competition on Giftchooser to win a Balance Me Super Oil gift set, worth £25.

The set includes three fantastic skin products from Balance Me, a superb range of aromatherapy skincare that only contains pure, natural essential oils, and is free from animal testing, petroleum and mineral oil, artificial fragrances and colours.

The set includes:

Super Wash 250ml
This invigorating body wash consists of Juniper to cleanse and refresh, Geranium to balance and Lavender and Bergamot to stimulate your skin. This sulphate detergent free wash is designed to tone skin and uplift your mind.

Super Oil 200ml
Jojoba, Sweet Almond Oil and Wheatgerm are combined with Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender and Juniper to tone, improve circulation and energise your skin. This oil is the perfect complement to the Super Body Wash. For best results massage into the skin after washing with Super Wash or exfoliating.

Rose Salve 15ml
A delicious lip salve containing Rose Otto and Shea Butter to rehydrate and moisturise your lips. Makes lips soft, glossy and utterly kissable.

It’s free to enter so go ahead, you have nothing to lose!

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I have to confess I haven’t watched any of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s programmes about the treatment of chickens in this country, but I have heard more than enough, and when a Kate from Only Fair sent me this link to a petition to sign, I felt it was worth spreading around. It’s very quick and easy to do, and they don’t keep or use your details so nothing to worry about there, and if you can save some chickens in the long run, what’s not to like? I will never be a veggie, but I know I’d feel a lot more comfortable knowing the roast chicken I tuck into on a Sunday had a good life.

Chicken Out! Campaign Sign-up

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…is coming! June 5th to be precise. It was started in 1972 (which I like because it’s obviously not a bandwagon day, like so many seem to be now – National Donut Week anyone?) by the United Nations General Assembly, and each year the main celebrations are held in a different country. This year it’s New Zealand, but there will be celebrations going on around the world. The idea is to ‘stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and action’. This year the theme is ‘CO2, Kick the Habit!’, with the emphasis on taking action towards reducing greenhouse gases.

In our house there is much debate about how big a part us humans are really playing in the whole global warming phenomenon, but I don’t think anyone can argue that taking steps to protect our precious (and only) planet can never be a bad thing. And as my friend Katy and I were discussing only yesterday, recycling is now second nature; where once we had to be reminded, we now don’t think twice about it, like brushing your teeth. (Although I hear some people still need a kick in the rear end to do it….. tut tut. AND to recycle…) I’ve said this before but I think the key is that whatever people are going to do, it’s human nature to want it to be as effort free as possible. Recycling falls into this category, whereas growing your own veg – not so much. It also needs to be FUN. Hence ‘street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essay and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, recycling efforts, clean-up campaigns and much more’.

So here are some easy, and possibly fun, things to do to help reduce YOUR carbon emissions:

***Recycle! ***Swap your light bulbs for nice eco friendly ones (and, I am told, waiting til yours pop so as not to waste them is in fact more wasteful than just changing them right now)! ***Compost your leafy waste! ***Change your energy supplier! ***Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth! ***Turn the light off when you leave a room! ***Cycle or walk to work, or at least take public transport! ***Only boil as much water in the kettle as you need!***

(Do you see how an exclamation mark makes anything sound fun?!) (!!)

For more info, check out www.unep.org, where you can see what your country is doing for WED, and add your own activity. 

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