AmaElla Ethical Lingerie

Amaella Ethical Lingerie

There has been a lot of excitement at By Nature with the arrival, just in time for Valentines, of ethical lingerie brand AmaElla.

Exquisitely designed from the finest organic cotton, premium trims, and pretty prints this collection of lingerie and nightwear is created with you in mind: beautiful, confident & ethically focused.

AmaElla Organic Cotton Voile Nightdress

AmaElla is a social enterprise whose mission is to encourage ethical behaviour in fashion through sustainable and ethical sourcing. As such they only work with ethical fashion manufacturers, one here in the UK and the other in Portugal.

The organic cotton is certified to GOTS standards so you can be sure your underwear and nightwear is free of harmful chemicals.

The nightwear range include a voile nightdress and short pyjama set.

AmElla Organic Cotton Pyjama Set

The underwear collection includes a triangle soft bra, a underwire bra and two panty styles. It features an hydrangea print on navy fabric. This flower, common in British gardens, is known to symbolise grace, beauty, abundance and sincere feelings.

AmaElla Organic Cotton Romance Triangle Soft Bra

Hydrangea’s vigorous flower-head is made from an exuberant number of flowers. It is the numerous tiny flowers that make hydrangea beautiful. It resembles life somehow, when individuals come together, powerful things happen.

AmaElla Organic Cotton Romance Underwire Duchess BraAmaElla Organic Cotton Romance Knickers

Could this be the perfect eco Valentines gift? We certainly think so! But don’t take our word for it and click here to judge for yourself.

 

 

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Valentine’s – Say It With Seasonal English Tulips

If you’re looking for something a little different but nonetheless spectacular this Valentine’s, look no further than our selection of English flower bouquets.

A great selection bound to please anyone questioning where their flowers are coming from and how they are grown.

Voted amongst the 50 Best UK Florists by the Independent, Tregothnan is a working estate since 1335 where traditional skills and craftsmanship still survive and thrive. The horticultural skills gleaned from generations of gardeners inspires this range of seasonal British flower bouquets.

All bouquets are made with flowers either grown on the estate in Cornwall or sourced from local growers many of them who are tenants on Tregothnan land. Tregothnan is committed to sustainability, minimal flower miles and the seasonality that comes from offering English flowers.

This Valentine’s we have some beautiful tulip arrangements grown right here in the UK and ranging from £25 to £54.25.

You can choose from:

All My Love £25
All My Love £25
Tutti Frutti £33.75
Tutti Frutti £33.75
White Valentine - £54.25
White Valentine – £54.25
Red Valentine £54.25
Red Valentine £54.25

Gifts For Your Eco Valentine

Celebrate your love for each other without putting an additional burden on the planet. Choose an sustainable eco gift from our Valentine’s selection.

When choosing our products we consider both care for the environment and respect for the people producing them, giving as much thought to how those products were made as to how they look.
Here are a few hand-picked ideas:

seasonal english flowers
Seasonal English Flowers from £18.95
Organic Underwear by Augustine London
Organic Underwear by Augustine London
Organic Underwear by Do You Green
Organic Underwear by Do You Green
Organic Underwear For Men
Organic Underwear For Men
Heart EarthLust Bottle
Heart EarthLust Bottle
Love Sign
Love Sign
Heart Photo Album
Heart Photo Album
Sari Journal
Sari Journal
Rustic Leather Photo Album
Rustic Leather Photo Album

 

Forget Roses This Valentine’s

tulip tregothnan valentines 2014
Forget roses this Valentine’s Day! In the language of flowers, tulips signify a true declaration of love. So why not celebrate Valentine’s with some beautiful English seasonal tulips.

As questions were raised this week about the credentials of Interflora’s ‘British’ Valentine flowers (some blooms were actually sourced from as far as Columbia) you can trust that our range of seasonal bouquets is truly British. A gift bound to please anyone questioning where their flowers are coming from and how they are grown.

Grown locally in Cornwall and “warmed only by the sun,” our tulips have the lowest flower miles possible so you can feel good whilst treating somebody special!

Choose from a red tulip bouquet or a yellow tulips bouquet.  Red means love & passion while yellow means sunshine as in “there’s sunshine in your smile”.

All our hand-tied bouquets are created using seasonal flowers and foliage sourced ethically and sustainably from the Tregothnan estate in Cornwall and nearby growers, ensuring your flowers reach you with the fewest “flower miles” possible.

Precious Black by Do You Green – 1 Bra 3 Different Looks

precious push up 1 bra 3 looks

Precious Push Up by Do You Green is an ultra soft elegant bra made from delicate French Calais lace and Do You Green‘s signature fabric, upcycled from white pine-tree pruning. This textile is as soft as silk with the feel of cashmere and the coolness of linen.

Match with any of the precious panties: Precious TangaPrecious PantiesPrecious String or Light Control Shapewear.

Do You Green‘s fabric is made from upcycled pine and has amazing properties (similar to bamboo and perfect for underwear). It regulates temperature so that you are never too hot or too cold and it won’t lose its shape. It is also biodegradable and anti bacterial. It washes well and dries very quickly.

The fabric complies with the label Oekotex 100 which regulates the use of dangerous chemicals during manufacture. This is your guarantee of a clean product for the skin (without nitrous carcinogenic compounds). The fabric is manufactured & dyed under Do You Green’s close supervision in France so it is guaranteed to respect your skin, well-being, and health.

    

Find Precious Push Up Bra here

See our full range of organic underwear here.

Valentine’s Flowers

valentines flowers
This Valentine’s Day show your love with a seasonal British flower bouquet. We have a great selection bound to please anyone questioning where their flowers are coming from and how they are grown.

Our flowers are grown in the UK and “warmed only by the sun”. They have the lowest flower miles possible so you can feel good whilst treating somebody special!

Voted amongst the 50 Best UK Florists by the Independent, Tregothnan is a working estate since 1335 where traditional skills and craftsmanship still survive and thrive. The horticultural skills gleaned from generations of gardeners inspires this range of seasonal British flower bouquets. All bouquets are made with flowers either grown on the estate in Cornwall or sourced from local growers many of them who are tenants on Tregothnan land.

Tregothnan is committed to sustainability, minimal flower miles and the seasonality that comes from offering English flowers.

New this Valentine’s:

All My Love – Red English Tulip Flower Posy

Sunshine – Yellow English Tulip Flower Posy

100 Mixed Scented English Narcissi

Country Garden Trug of Seasonal British Flowers

Natural Sweetheart Vine Wreath with Red Tulip Bouquet

Natural Sweetheart Vine Wreath with Yellow Tulip Bouquet

View our full selection here

Precious Red by Do You Green

Tanga Red Do You Green

Following the success of its Precious range, Do You Green is launching a striking red set with black lace just in time for Valentines.

Precious is made from delicate French Calais lace and recycled white pine-tree pruning.

This fibre has amazing properties as it regulates temperature so that you are never too hot or too cold and it won’t lose its shape. It is also biodegradable and anti bacterial. It washes well and dries very quickly.

The shape of the bra is a “corbeille” balconette. It gives a very feminine cuts while offering great support. A “corbeille” balconette can also accomodate larger breasts than a simple balconette shape.

You can find the Precious Red bra here. Matching Precious Tanga Red also available.

Click here to view our full range of organic underwear.

A Vegetarian Valentines Menu

Here is simple (almost fuss-free) vegetarian Valentine’s menu. Enjoy!

Kale Salad with Pinenuts, Currants and Parmesan
Kale Salad with Pinenuts, Currants and Parmesan
(via Epicurious)

Serves 3-4
(requires soaking overnight)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoons dried currants
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Kale (about 1/2 pound), center ribs and stems removed, leaves thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • Parmesan cheese shavings

Method

  1. Place currants in small bowl; add 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar. Let soak overnight. Drain currants.
  2. Whisk remaining 1 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, honey, oil, and salt in large bowl. Add kale, currants, and pine nuts; toss to coat. Let marinate 20 minutes at room temperature, tossing occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese shavings over salad and serve.

Melty mushroom Wellingtons
Melty Mushroom Wellingtons
(via BBC Good Food)
Serves 2
(Prep 30 mins – Cook 50mins)
(Freezes when assembled, before baking)
Ingredients
  • 2 large field mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove , chopped
  • about 200g/7oz spinach leaves
  • a dusting of flour
  • 1/2 tbsp picked thyme leaves
  • 250g block all-butter puff pastry
  • 70g Stilton , sliced
  • 1 egg , beaten

Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Remove the stalks from the mushrooms. Heat half the oil in a large frying pan and sizzle the mushrooms for 3-4 mins on each side until golden and cooked through – add a drop more oil if needed. Lift the mushrooms out onto kitchen paper to drain.
  2. Place the same pan back on the heat with the rest of the oil. Fry the garlic for a moment, add the spinach to the pan, then cook for 2-3 mins over a high heat until completely wilted. Season with salt and pepper, then tip the spinach into a large sieve to drain thoroughly.
  3. On a lightly floured surface scattered with the thyme leaves, roll the pastry out to the thickness of a £1 coin. Using a saucer and a larger-size plate, cut out 2 circles about 5cm wider than the mushrooms (for the bottoms) and 2 circles about 10cm wider (for the tops), re-rolling the trimmings if you need to.
  4. Place the 2 smaller circles on a baking tray and top each with a quarter of the spinach, making sure the pile of spinach isn’t wider than the mushrooms. Top the spinach with a slice of cheese, then a mushroom, smooth-side up, and top the mushroom with another slice of cheese. Brush the border to each circle with egg, then gently stretch the larger circle over the mushroom, trying not to trap any air, then press the edges together with a fork. Trim the edges with a knife if you want, then brush each generously with egg. Bake for 40 mins until golden, then leave to cool for a few mins before serving.

XXXpresso-Chocolate-Cheesec
XXX-Presso Chocolate Cheesecake (vegan)
(via Vegetarian Society)

Makes 12 slim but intense slices, or 8 if you’re feeling outrageous!

Ingredients
  • 150g ginger biscuits, crushed
  • 40g vegetable margarine, melted
  • 200g 75% cocoa dark chocolate (Green & Blacks)
  • 500g plain soya yoghurt
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 250g plain soya yoghurt
  • 6-8 tsp instant coffee, dissolved in a little hot water (optional)
  • 1 piece stem ginger, finely chopped and 4 tablespoons of stem ginger syrup (from the jar)
  • 250g fresh raspberries An 18cm cake tin, lightly oiled and lined with baking parchment
Method
  1. Mix biscuit crumbs with the melted margarine and press evenly into the cake tin.
  2. Bake 20 minutes. Remove the tin and allow to cool.
  3. Place chocolate in bowl and place over small pan of boiling water. Allow to melt slowly.
  4. Using a fork, whisk the cornflour into 500g of soya yoghurt in a large mixing bowl, then add the sugar, melted chocolate, half the coffee (if using) and 2tbsp ginger syrup. Mix well.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to Gas 3, 325F, 170C. Pour the mixture into the tin over the biscuit base and bake for 35-40 minutes or until just firm.
  6. Make the coffee or ginger ‘crème’ by beating the remaining coffee mixture (if using), the chopped stem ginger and remaining ginger syrup into the 250g soya yoghurt.
  7. Allow cheesecake to cool then slice and serve immediately with a generous dollop of the coffee or ginger ‘crème’ and a few raspberries.

Copyright The Vegetarian Society 2005

Organic Chocolate – Guilt Free Pleasure

organic chocolateOrganic Chocolate is a perfect gift for Valentine’s.

Chocolate has been associated with love ever since the Aztec are believed to have used it as aphrodisiac.

According to some, chocolate contains chemicals that induce the same “high” that people experience when they are in love.

Chocolate (especially dark chocolate) is generally good to your health within moderation. It is very complex with over 380 chemicals. When it comes to Love and Romance though the focus is on PEA or phenethylamine that triggers the release “happy hormones” known as endorphins. PEA is also a mild anti-depressant. Yet this “Love Connection” is controversial  as chocolate contains only small amount of PEA and is metabolised too quickly to have any effect.

Whatever the reason behind this Love Connection, it is important to remember that issues around chocolate production can quickly erase the pleasure of eating it. Chocolate industry is plagued with problems of child and slave labour as well as fairtrade issues.

Choose guilt-free pleasure this Valentine’s with some Organic Chocolate truffles from Booja BoojaBooja Booja source their organic chocolate from Ecuador working with a cooperative dealing with small scale cacao farmers, supporting their sustainable farming methods and paying them a premium above the market rate. Small scale farming protects the genetic diversity of Ecuadorian cacao. Unlike plantation production it allows for cross pollination which strengthens the cacao trees and makes them less susceptible to plague and disease. Over many years the cooperative has built up solid, trusted relationships with the farmers who live in their local area and who are the guardians of Ecuador’s precious native cacao.

Handmade in the UK Booja Booja organic chocolates can be enjoyed at any time without guilt! You can also trust that everything we make is dairy free, vegan, organic and utterly delicious!

Eco Valentines – Sweetheart Wreaths Make Perfect Valentines Gifts

Eco Valentines - Sweetheart Wreaths

Looking for an original gift this Valentines?

These gorgeous sweetheart wreaths have been decorated with simple red raffia and hessian bow, or lychen or ivy. They are perfect for hanging in your home. Long-lasting, natural and rustic – a timeless way to say ‘I Love You.’

Handmade in the UK they are bound to please your loved one.

Prices range from £17.95 to £21.95

Dimensions: 33cm x 72cm