{NEW} LunchBots’ Stainless Steel Lunch Containers

lunchbot offer June23rd

LunchBots
‘ range of stainless steel containers provides a great choice of waste free lunch boxes, bento boxes and insulated food jars suitable for both kids and adults.

Safe, durable, reusable and recyclable. Not only do LunchBots‘ stainless steel food containers meet these high standards, they also simply look great, make lunch more fun, and food more appetising.

Founded in 2008, LunchBots is a family-owned business with a simple mission: to provide the highest quality, best-looking, healthiest food containers on the planet.

Recent disturbing news about toxic chemicals—such as BPA and phthalates—leaching into food stored in plastic is good reason to search for alternative materials for packing lunches. One excellent choice is food containers made of stainless steel, an alloy composed of natural elements. Inert and sanitary, stainless steel poses no health risks, is widely used in the food industry, and will not impart peculiar tastes or smells to your food.

Rest assured that when you pack your food in a LunchBots’ container, only the highest quality, food-grade 18/8 stainless steel comes into contact with your food. No linings. No toxins.

Choose from:

  • Uno, Duo, Trio Classic Containers:  for dry foods and snacks made completely from stainless steel—even the lids. Choose from one to three sections, or mix and match for a fun meal on-the-go. Perfect for kids’ packed lunch.
  • Uno, Duo, Trio Bento Containers: 60% larger than the Classic Containers they are perfect for adults or larger appetite. Best suited for dry foods and snacks made completely from stainless steel—even the lids. Choose from one to three sections, or mix and match for a fun meal on-the-go.
  • Insulated Food Jars: Pack soups, yogurt, stews, and pasta in these Thermal insulated containers, which are leak-proof and will keep food hot or cold for up to 5 hours.

Don’t miss our launch offer of 10% savings for orders placed before June 23rd (See details above)

 

Hemp Men Shirts from Braintree

 

Hemp Shirts by BraintreeBrand new shirts are now available in Braintree‘s signature hemp woven fabric. Classic and relaxed Summery style. They make a perfect gift for Father’s Day.

Braintree is a natural clothing company born in Sydney, Australia and now based in London.

They are a unique independent fashion outfit with a simple philosophy – to design and make beautiful, timeless fashion while caring for the environment.

They’ve been championing eco fibres since their humble beginnings in the mid 1990’s producing quality affordable garments, always produced ethically and with sustainability in mind.

Choose from:

Mylo Long Sleeve Hemp Shirt £44.90

Brookwood Short Sleeve Hemp Shirt  £39.90

A Passion For Authentic Food

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This article was origanlly published on The Flexitarian blog

A few weeks ago, I was invited by the lovely people from Discover The Origin to a cruise on The Thames. The evening started with a welcome drink, followed by a delicious dinner created by Salt Yard Group’s Executive Chef, Ben Tish.

Funded by the EU, Discover The Origin is promoting five key European products: Bourgogne Wines, Parma Ham, Douro Wines, Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese and Port. The menu was a delightful selection of dishes made from Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese paired with Bourgogne and Douro wines, not forgetting a great sampling of Port just before we (sadly) had to disembark.

We had the chance to meet representatives from each of the regions who spoke with passion about their products and their love of food. Good food that is. Parma ham prides itself of being an all-natural product made from only four ingredients, pork, salt, air and time. Parmigiano-Reggiano is handmade by craftsmen using traditional methods handed down over more than eight centuries. The mood for the evening was certainly about quality rather than quantity, something that fits perfectly with the flexitarian philosophy.

All the products Discover The Origin is campaining for share qualities of excellence, tradition, innovation plus natural and fair production. They are all produced in small regions and are unique to those areas. They also carry a guarantee of their provenance and quality:  PDO for Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, AOC for Bourgogne Wines and DOC for Port and Douro Wines.

As Discover The Origin points out, “any food which bears the coveted PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) stamp or drink which has the AOC or DOC stamp, more often than not has also been produced for centuries by local artisans employing traditional methods that have been handed down from generation to generation. These are people who care passionately about what they do, and who combine modern technology with traditional methods only where this will enhance and not detract from the end product in any way.”

Traceability and chain of custody in our food system are today more important than ever. But we have become complacent. Very often we buy food trusting that what is on the label matches what is in the product. Unfortunately, very often it is not so. The horse meat scandal has not only taught us that labels are cosmetic (often we have no idea what is actually on our plate) but also that our food system has such a complicated supply chain that meat could travel through several countries before being processed for consumption.

Which? magazine highlighted in February that food standard checks and testing are decreasing. Last month they also published some disturbing findings on food fraud including takeaway meats being adulterated with other meat. Our entire food supply chain has fallen victim to food fraud. Which? lists 10 foods commonly tempered with. It includes fruit juices, rice, fish, olive oil, cheese, manuka honey, chicken, prawns and scallops, alcohol and ham. Manuka honey provides a striking example as 10,000 tonnes are sold worldwide a year while New Zealand only produce 1,700 tonnes a year.

Traceability and chain of custody is paramount in restoring trust in our food system. This is why campaign such as Discover The Origin are so important. Next time you go shopping look out for the PDO, AOC or DOC  stamps. You will be rewarded by quality and guaranteed of its provenance.

Do visit Discover The Origin to find out more about Bourgogne Wines, Parma Ham, Douro Wines, Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese and Port. If you are going to Taste of London, The Good Food Show Summer or Foodies Festival make sure you stop by their stand to sample all their delicious products.

New Men’s Organic Cotton Pyjamas

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Brand new men’s organic cotton pyjamas from Living Crafts. Made from pure extra soft organic cotton, this new nightwear range is so cosy and comfortable you’ll want to wear it all day!

Choose from:

Living Crafts’ products are made from organic cotton certified to GOTS standards. Additionally, all organic textiles by Living Crafts with the label „Made with 100% wind power“ have been produced with 100% renewable energy.

Organic School Uniforms – New Range

Organic School Uniforms

 

The new range of Eco Outfitters’ Organic School Uniforms has arrived!

Available in both Grey and Navy the range now includes some Classic Fit Boys Trousers, Drop Waist Girls Trousers,  new style Pinafore Dresses plus Summer shorts.

Children spend on average over 7 hours every day wearing school uniforms. Ecooutfitter’s organic cotton school uniforms are free of irritating or damaging chemical dyes, and contain less allergens. As a result they are less likely to trigger eczema attacks for children with sensitive skin. Organic cotton has also the advantage to be stronger and softer than conventional cotton and tends to have greater longevity and more durability when washed due to its natural composition.

Ecooutfitter’s organic school uniforms are made from cotton that is not only organically grown, but also the entire manufacturing process, such as spinning, knitting, dyeing, printing, and sewing is conducted with adherence to the strict GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) – the international gold standard for organic textiles). The whole supply chain from the field through to the manufacturing of the final product is certified, and checked against environmental and social standards.

Ecooutfitter’s range of organic school uniforms is designed for children aged 3-11 years. Prices range from £12.95 to £19.95.

View our complete range of organic school uniforms here

Earth Day 2014: Go Meat-Free One Day A Week

Reblogged from The Flexitarian

Earth Day Meatless Monday

Happy Earth Day! Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated every year on April 22nd. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilise the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. This year’s official campaign is Green Cities to help cities and communities around the world accelerate their transition to a more sustainable future. The Earth Day website has detailed information on what is happening where and how you can take part.

If you would like to go one step further this Earth Day why not take the Meatless Monday pledge? Going meat-free one day a week is a simple and effective way to help the environment.

As the global population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is forecasting global meat production to increase by 65% within the next 40 years.  To understand the issues surrounding the meat industry you have to look at the intricate web that is the meat supply chain. In order to meet the growing demand for meat, animals are reared intensively, producing a huge amount of waste. Meat production generates high greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which contribute to global warming. Through flatulence and manure, livestock produces methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), two very potent greenhouse gases. Did you know that in terms of GHG emissions “the consumption of 1 kg domestic beef in a household represents automobile use of a distance of ~160 km (99 miles)”.

Livestock is fed with grains which require land to grow. The meat industry requires around 33 percent of total arable land. Additional space for livestock and crops is usually created through deforestation. Deforestation impacts GHG emissions. Forests act as carbon storage as they use CO2 to grow. Once the trees are cut, the CO2 is released into the atmosphere. Deforestation adds more atmospheric CO2 than the sum total of cars & trucks on the world’s roads.

The meat industry also puts a huge burden on water supply. From the irrigation of feed-crops through production chain to the final consumer product, water is needed in large amounts throughout the meat production process. The numbers are again staggering: 15,415 litres of water are required to produce 1kg of beef in comparison to 287 litre of water for 1 kg of potatoes.

In the words of Meat Free Monday “One Day a Week Can Make of World of Difference”! So join us and go meat-free at least one day a week! Find out more about The Flexitarian Diet here or browse our meat-free recipes.

Happy Earth Day!

 

Asbestos Awareness Week 2014

A few weeks ago we were contacted by Heather Von St. James, a mum who against all odds survived mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer linked to exposure to asbestos.

According to Abestos.com, the United Kingdom possesses one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world, largely because the UK government permitted the use of asbestos long after other countries outlawed its use. People the most affected by the disease are the ones who have worked in the shipbuilding or building industries. Mesothelioma affects people who have been in either primary or secondary contact with asbestos. While asbestos use in the UK in now banned, any structures erected or renovated prior to 2000 are likely to contain asbestos. The UK government provides some useful links on how to deal with asbestos in your home here.

Asbestos is still not banned in the US. Heather Von St. James has made it her mission to spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos. Here is her story:

At age 36, just 3 ½ months after giving birth to my first and only daughter, Lily, I was given 15 months to live. It was a diagnosis that absolutely shattered my once perfect world with my brand new baby.

In November 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare, deadly cancer. It was malignant pleural mesothelioma. The more I researched this disease, the more hopeless I became. I quickly found out that mesothelioma kills most people within 2 years of diagnosis, and here I was with a brand new baby. The thought of leaving her and my husband Cameron alone in this world was unbearable. After undergoing various tests, it was determined that I was a candidate for a new type of surgery known as an extrapleural pneumonectomy. This surgery required the removal of the affected lung, half of my diaphragm, and the lining of my heart. We knew the surgery was risky since it was so new, but like any mother would, I decided that I would do anything it took to continue to be there for Lily.

The surgery was in Feb. 2006 in Boston. It was extremely hard being away from Lily during that time but I knew that what I was doing was going to make it possible for me to watch her grow up. The surgery was successful, it was a grueling and hard recovery, but thankfully I’m still here 8 years later and cancer free.

Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. I was exposed to asbestos second hand through my father’s work clothes and developed mesothelioma years later. My father worked in construction while I was growing up and unknowingly brought asbestos fibers home on his jacket- the same jacket that I would wear outside to play and feed the rabbits. The rate of second hand exposure in mesothelioma patients is rapidly growing, and sadly, asbestos is still not banned in the US!

Asbestos can still be found in older homes, schools and in the workplace. Over 30 million pounds of this deadly substance is still used each year in the United States. April 1-7 is Asbestos Awareness Week and I’ve made it my mission to spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.  I hope you’ll join me!

From awareness grows hope. Each voice could save a life.

Asbestos Awareness Week 2014 is running from April 1st to April 7th.

Learn more here and help Heather share her story.

Asbestos -Did You Know Facts