Climate Week and Ashortwalk recycled homeware giveaway

Ashortwalk - recycled coffee cups tableware

As this week is Climate Week and Mother’s Day is fast approaching, in my regular green column for top lifestyle magazine At Home, I’ve featured some easy green ways in which we can inject a little eco love into our mum’s world, whilst caring for it at the same time.

One of the products I’ve featured is from Ashortwalk, based in Cornwall. The company, which was set up by product designer/inventor Dan Dicker left his job at Dyson in order to realise a long-held desire to set up a business and live ‘a shortwalk’ from the beach, specialises in designing and manufacturing stylish eco-friendly homeware and garden products using recycled vending machine coffee cups and yoghurt pots.

Their Eco range, available at www.johnlewis.com, which includes contemporary styled place mats, napkins ring/placesettings, photo frames, clocks and their latest edition sundials, are designed, sourced and manufactured in the UK and closely resemble natural slate with a lovely, solid, heavy, earthy feel.

Ashortwalk recycled coffee cup Sundial

What I love about these products is that they are a wonderful example of how recycling can be used to produce stylish products, whilst also reducing the impact their manufacture has on our environment. As Dan states, ‘These unique and functional products not only improve our home with their beauty, they also improve our global environment as recycled products offer people a great opportunity to become more actively ‘green’ in an incredibly easy way.’

To celebrate Climate Week and perfect as a Mother’s Day gift, Ashortwalk has kindly agreed to offer me 10 sets of their napkin ring/placesetting combinations (4 rings per set) which are made from recycled coffee cups as a competition prize.

For your chance of winning one of these 10 sets all you have to do is:

Become a fan of the Queen of Easy Green on Facebook and then leave a comment on this blog telling me what you will be doing for Climate Week.

One entry per person

Ends 27th March 2011

Winners will be chosen at random (out of my crown!)

Good luck and have fun this week!

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39 Comments
Claire

I making little easy to follow pictures for the children at nursery to make their own paper pots to grow sunflowers in!

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admin

That’s a great idea, growing sunflowers is a superb way to get children interested in gardening. My two little chaps have done this at school. After they’d flowered my eldest and I collected all of the seeds from the flower head and then replanted some of them the following year. He did make me laugh though, when we’d collect all of the seeds, he counted them and worked out he could make quite a tidy profit if he sold them…

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Jo Bryan

We have already decided to turn the thermostat down an extra degree after already turning it down as a pledge last year.
We also have made lists of all the food we have and are working to use it all and cook several meals together to save gas.

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admin

Yes, batch cooking is a great idea, it not only saves time, money and energy, you also get the most out of your food and reduce any unnecessary waste at the same time.

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Lucinda Barton

Hmm well we’ve just got a compost bin and I’ve brought a great new book about how to cook with left overs so will be working on both of those!

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admin

I love leftovers, not just because I don’t waste anything – when stored in the freezer, they make a really quick and convenient meal. If you’ve got a smart phone, Love Food Hate Waste has a great app for leftovers – just click on what ingredients you’ve got and it’ll come up with a recipe for you – genius!

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admin

That sounds exciting – will it be vegetables only or livestock too? Keep me posted on how you get on.

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Louise

We are going to plant potatoes in big potatoes – food doesn’t get much more local

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admin

… and there is nothing more satisfying than digging up the potato treasure – other than eating of course!

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Russell hide

I won’t be using my car at all for the week only a little change as i already only use it 2 days a week.

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admin

it may be a small change, but it’s better than no change at all. I’m in a similar situation to you, as I’m fortunate enough to be able to walk to my place of work every day.

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Superamazingmum

How lovely – we were discussing this the other day as a family as my eldest has just completed a project on the Arctic. We have agreed to do “lightwatch” everyday (not just during climate week) and make sure that all the lights are off before we go out of the house.

We have also pledged to walk to school every day and to turn the thermostat down and chage the settings!

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admin

That’s a great idea, something simple and effective that children can do. To this day I still remember a TV advert in the 70’s that showed how the temperature of a room dropped when doors where left open – I may have to go on Youtube to see if I can find it. You may be interested to know that I’m currently using and will be writing about an Onzo Smart Energy Kit – it’s brilliant for accurately tracking your energy usage and the money it’s costing you. My 8yo is mesmerized by it.

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Nancy Townsend

Going to add herbs to my garden this year. I like Lucinda Barton’s idea of cooking with leftovers. I will look into that myself.

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admin

I also keep herbs on my windowsill too, they’re then super-handy when cooking. Basil’s always a favourite in our home. Great to hear you’ll be cooking with leftovers, I recommended a smart phone app to Lucinda for some leftover recipe ideas (see above) if you haven’t got one of those, pop over to http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com – they’ve some fantastic recipes to get you started. I’m not affiliated with them, I just love what they do :)

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claire woods

Now the weather is better we are trying to use bikes more. Also at work turn lights out after people. Liked on FB.

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admin

I’m with you on using our bikes – I’ve started doing my local errands on my bike – visits to the post office, trips to the village shop – it’s a great way to get a mini work out too.

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admin

Just in case you haven’t seen them, my two website sponsors, The Wean Machine and Menus4mums both offer great products to save time, money and waste – please click through to them via their adverts and check out their brilliant products.

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Caroline McLaren

Hi there,
I’m going to enter your competition on Facebook (the stuff looks great) but thought I’d add a comment on your blog too. This is what I’m doing for Climate Week, would love the support from you and your followers, only takes two ticks. Thank you!

I’m working with Carbon Trust to raise awareness of one small thing we can all do to help the UK reach our very challenging targets.

Our research has found that mums are more inclined to do their bit for climate change for the benefit of protecting their families and keeping everyday costs down. Therefore we would like your help:

Would you help us through these three actions?

1. Add this link to any postings you’re writing on topics such as green living, energy saving, eating green or green travel. ‘Carbon Trust have created an infographic that explains why business holds the key to meeting UK carbon reduction targets. If you click yes on this site, they’ll use your support to get more businesses to prove carbon reduction. http://www.carbontruststandard.com/cutcarbon or http://bit.ly/hUwEr3

2. Tweet a message such as this out to your followers and your LinkedIn/Facebook groups

Twitter
Please RT for #ClimateWeek ‘Click YES here http://bit.ly/hUwEr3 to support more UK businesses proving carbon reduction #CutCarbon

LinkedIn and FB
One simple action for #ClimateWeek ‘Click YES here http://bit.ly/hUwEr3 to support more UK businesses proving carbon reduction #CutCarbon

3. Add this wording to your email signature from 21 March to 15 April to drive people towards the site

I believe in UK businesses leading the way in carbon reduction. Click here http://bit.ly/hUwEr3 to show your support, too.

Many thanks for your time, it really is a worthwhile action and one that requires no money and minimal time. For more information on Carbon Trust, visit http://www.thecarbontrust.co.uk

Caroline

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admin

Hi Caroline, thank you for your comments. I completely agree with you regarding mum’s being key influencers in tackling issues such as climate change. As a busy mum myself, I invented Count On It labels because I was very concerned at how much food I was throwing away unnecessarily, just because I’d lose track of it’s freshness. My concern was rooted in the fact that it was wasteful, was harmful to the environment and it was costing me money. After the quick success of Count On It labels, I then moved forward with getting more involved in sharing the ‘green’ message, with my focus on ‘easy green’, small, practical measures that busy families could easily incorporate into their lives. In addition to this I have invented two more products which are currently in development.

I have posted the link on Facebook and Twitter and do hope that many other companies, like mine, show their support. Thanks again.

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Leanne

I have for a couple of years now been growing vegetables and herbs in my garden, composting and using water butts. This year I am planning to get more friends interested in gardening. So I have started growing herbs from cuttings and runner beans from last years crop, to give away to friends. Then, as a fan of recycling, I am planning to put them in tin cans with the labels taken off and various other food containers.

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admin

Hi Leanne, I love the idea of getting your friends involved, many people are reluctant to give ‘grow your own’ a go, because it can feel quite daunting. Starting with herbs in a great way to gain a bit of confidence, as well as having lovely fresh ingredients to hand.

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Sam

We are buying much less food now, i found when i did a big shop that a lot of items got thrown away so we do smaller shops it saves waste and money, i have been encouraging my child to get involved in recycling, we did a small litter pick outside out house collecting bottles, paper and cans to recycle

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admin

I love the idea of getting your children involved – I also get my children involved in recycled material craft activities – we’ve recently just made a bird feeder out of an empty drink bottle – which looks really cute in their bit of the vegetable garden.

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FARIDAH BROOKER

I’m going to try growing more veg this year – I do it every tear but some years are more successful than others. I’d like to get a water butt too.

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admin

Fantastic – yes, definitely get a water butt and try and get it as close as possible to your vegetable garden, then you can always add a solar watering system to your butt, so the garden gets watered, even when you’re not there.

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Angie

making use of our leftovers, making a big effort to recycle more and turn off electricals

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admin

All simple, but effective ways to make a change – plus everyone in the family can get involved

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Tracey Claxton

I am going to send a letter to the UNHCR calling for better protection for people displaced by climate change!

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Perdy Boo

We have been putting our waste food into a food caddy for collection, but have reduced this by only doing smaller shops and to a list. We have two small boys in the house so we have planted seeds and are planning to section part of our garden for them to grow herbs and easy veg in pots. Our thermostat got turned down ages ago and we recycle always! Our pledge is to walk/bike more and drive only when we need to :)

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admin

Fantastic – lists are a great idea, have you checked out our sponsor Menus 4 Mums – have a look, her business is all about making the food shop easier and cheaper? I love getting the kids involved in gardening – it’s such a pleasure to see them nurture the plants and then have fun picking and eating them.

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admin

and using the freezer? Batch cooking is such a great way to get the most out of your food, money and time!

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