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There were over eight hundred entries for the competition we ran on Daisy Green, but of course only one winner, and that was BonnieYork, from Chelmsford in Essex. Enjoy the bag Bonnie!

We have just had some new jewellery rolls in from the same supplier, Earth Squared. They are made of silk velvet, and are gorgeously strokable. And at only £11.99, they make a fabulous gift! browngreenjr

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Yes, another one! This time, the prize is one of our gorgeous silk fair trade Daisy Bags in blue.

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The competition is running on Daisy Green Magazine, and here’s what they say:

To celebrate Fairtrade fortnight, the lovely people at Boutiko.co.uk have given our readers the chance to win this pretty Daisy bag.

Boutiko are an online gift shop who supply beautiful and unusual handmade, recycled, organic and fair trade gifts.

Perfect for day or evening use, this embroidered silk bag is a lovely gift on its own, but matching jewellery rolls and coin purses are available. The bag is 35 x 45 cm, and this one has a brown satin lining and closes with a large popper.

The bags are designed by a company in the UK but they are made in Vietnam on a fairtrade basis.

The competition will run until the end of Fairtrade Fortnight on the 8 March 2009.

When you enter Daisy Green Magazine giveaways, you will automatically receive our monthly newsletter, which you can unsubscribe from should you wish.

If you want a chance to win this lovely  bag, ready for spring weddings or lunch with the girls or a night out or….

Head over to Daisy Green now! Good Luck!

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Here’s an article I wrote for the Ooffoo Competition (prize £500 and becoming ‘Ooffoo Laureate 2008’). It’s something about which I feel pretty strongly, so I thought, why not?!

Ethical products are fast becoming an everyday sight in shops and on websites. Great! As an owner of a website selling ethically produced gifts, I am all for this sudden explosion of conscience over the past few years.

Mostly, these products come from all around the world, in particular Africa, India and Asia. Purchasing a handwoven basket which was produced by a family business in Vietnam, or a pair of earrings handcrafted in a women’s cooperative in India enables us to help those who live a life so different from ours and so devoid of the daily luxuries we enjoy, that it is hard to imagine unless you go and see for yourself. Buying ethical products means we can ‘do our bit’, however small. There can surely be no argument against trying to redress the balance whenever we get the chance.

It’s probably going to sound like a ‘but’ is coming now! Well yes and no. I would always advocate buying fair trade and eco friendly products when you can – contrary to popular opinion there is not always a huge price difference, but there can be a huge difference in effect. However, I want to stand up for a moment for all the small businesses in the UK, in particular those that produce handmade goods in an ethical way.

In recent years the British craft scene has been growing from something slightly geeky and subterranean, to the coolest thing you can do. Knitting classes and groups like Stitch’n’Bitch have sprung up all over the country, and websites such as Etsy are growing more popular daily, with the recent emergence of the British version, Folksy, and countless others springing up all the time. I think these crafters have always been there, but now it’s much easier to benefit from and enjoy their hard work! It is no longer hard to find beautifully handcrafted wooden pieces, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and countless other practices that abound in our own homeland and with a stamp of Britishness on them.

The best thing about all this is the increasing combination of craft and environmental awareness. Many crafters are using vintage materials, recycling and ‘upcycling’ old into new in imaginative and exciting ways. These small businesses need our support too. Yes, fair trade is a valuable and worthwhile enterprise, and we should continue to buy the products with the little black, green and blue label on whenever possible, but let’s not forget those a bit closer to home who are also running small businesses using their skills and working with small budgets. Now that we are heading into recession, this argument stands up more than ever. It would be a tragedy to see small UK based businesses go under, and we can perhaps help to keep our economy going by spending a bit more a bit closer to home.

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Just a quick little thank you, actually really quite a big one, to everyone who has deemed Boutiko worthy of voting for so far. Obviously there is a little way to go yet, the result being announced on December 6th, but even if we don’t win, it is so touching to have had the support of so many people, even those I don’t know!

In particular, big thanks to My Eco Self, for giving us a little mention! In case you haven’t come across it, My Eco Self is a blog about ‘an ordinary girl’s quest for an eco existence’, and I love it because it’s dry and funny and makes you feel better about that fact that sometimes you do let the water run too long or you don’t compost your vegetable leftovers. It reminds us that we can do our best without taking ourselves TOO seriously. Works for me.

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I am very pleased to report that the competition we ran in conjunction with Giftchooser attracted an unprecedented 1076 entries, and congratulations go to Emma Furniss who won the fantastic Balance Me Super Trio Gift Set.

If you didn’t win however, you have not missed out, as 1st August will see the start of our Big Boutiko Sale! All kinds of gorgeous gifts will be available at up to 50% off, so if you’ve had your eye on something, all next month you will be able to treat yourself to a bargain! We are making space for lots of lovely new stock in the coming months, so do take advantage of some amazing deals.

See you in August!

EDIT: Due to moving to a new home in a new city, our Sale has been postponed til mid August. We’ll keep you posted!

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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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