Green Gift Guide – day five – subscription gifts…

Day five on our green gift guide and we are into the panic week where we all realise we have missed the last delivery dates for the lovely independent makers. Sooo… instead of panicking and heading to your nearest generic high street, why not think about a subscription to a great magazine, charity or supporting a good cause instead? And if a note doesn’t arrive in time to explain it to your giftee, well, write something in a card to let them know what is on it’s way. Plus, this is the gift that can keep giving throughout the year…

Welcome to day five – subscription gifts…

1 – a Protect Our Waves membership for Surfers Against Sewage – we are really proud to have a few SAS members amongst us – supporting this great charity who do fantastic work at not only highlighting and tackling the issues of water pollution around our shores, but do a sterling job in bringing marine litter to our attention, organising beach clean-ups and generally caring for our seas. Memberships can be bought for individuals, families and you can even sign up to help as a business too. Claire is a Protect Our Waves Guardian – see below for the great stuff you get in a membership pack, along with the lovely regular Pipeline magazine delivered to your door too… from £36 as shown 

2 – Adopt – a – Beehive – one twelfth share – buying a share in a beehive is a way to support bees and earn some honey too… because, of course, Bees matter. Most fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as food crops for farmed animals, depend on bees. But bees are in crisis with their numbers dwindling at an alarming rate.The problem is not so apparent in urban gardens, but in the countryside, where bees are under attack from viruses, pesticides and mites, but most of us don’t have the inclination or the opportunity to keep bees, so here’s an easier way for you to help: Adopt a beehive and help start a new bee colony. For each yearly share you get 1lb of honey made by your adopted bees in September each year along with regular updates from your beekeeper and each shareholder has the option to visit the hive too… £29.99 per yearly share from Nigel’s Eco Store

3 – Montezuma’s Real Chocolate Club – ok – so what could possibly be better than getting a selection of good, organic real chocolate through your letterbox each month? Not a lot. And using very nifty boxes that easily fit through the letterbox (so you will never miss it), you, or your giftee are guaranteed a lovely, delicious surprise. £19.99 per month (you can choose the length of your subscription too)

4 – Another Escape Magazine – just like we reported in our Green Gift Guide day two, print is certainly not dead, and another of our favourites is the quite stunning Another Escape. Outdoor lifestyle, creative culture and sustainable living? Three ticks from us. With engaging stories and eye-wateringly beautiful imagery, this is a real treat for the eyes and mind. Get a range of subscriptions on their shop page here, from current editions, past editions and future ones too…

Another Escape vol6 cover border

5 – Coffee subscription to Small Batch Coffee Company – as well as good chocolate, life is certainly too short to have anything other than great coffee. And here in Brighton we are really lucky to have Small Batch Coffee Company, who source great coffee cherries from reputable suppliers and wash and roast them with love. We are rather partial to their flat whites. But what if your giftee doesn’t live in Brighton? No fear, you can gift a subscription to their postal ground coffee service to someone for anything from 3 months, anywhere in the UK, where they will receive a fresh 250g bag of coffee every two weeks for 12 weeks. And you can choose how you would like it ground – from cafitieres, to stovetop makers… delish. From £42.50 for three months.

3 Month Subscription

So, missing the last postal date does not mean you have to panic. You can still gift something great…

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Green Gift Guide – day four – stuff for the home…

Today on day three of our Green Gift Guide, we are looking at nice stuff for the home and garden, which will eco up a space very nicely indeed – and some in very different ways than you may think…

1 – Eco Filament bulb by Urban Cottage Industries – Filament bulbs have been the go-to fitting for a few seasons now to create that popular industrial style interior, but despite looking great, they are certainly not great for energy efficiency. But, thankfully, there is now an option which combines the looks of old style filaments with the energy efficiency we should all be striving for. The Eco Filament by Urban Cottage Industries is A-rated and has a life of 25,000 hours, which equates to 11 years at 6 hours per day… fantastic. from £30.60 inc delivery

Caret lamp eco-filament E27

2 – Hessian covered lighting cable by Urban Cottage Industries – we are sticking with Urban Cottage Industries for the next of our green things for the house, and whilst many people would argue that lighting cable is not sexy, we would beg to differ. The shade gets all the attention, the bulb partly so, but the cable often gets forgotten… bring your lighting up to scratch with some of this brand new hessian covered lighting cable from Urban Cottage Industries – £4.80 per metre (order a bit more and give it a decorative loop we say)

Hessian Fabric Cable | Cloth Covered Wire | 3 Core Round

2 – Home Hack kit by Sugru – there is barely a day goes by when we do not mention Sugru and what we could do with it here in the studio. We have a tin of this wonder stuff in every colour possible in the studio and we use it on everything from in-house repairs to client projects. Sugru – the self setting silicon based rubber has grown into a community, with people posting their hacks and repairs online – proudly showing how they have fixed their stuff. And now Sugru has started a home hack kit, complete with other useful things which you can combine with the mouldable coloured Sugru such as magnets, bits of lego and tennis balls… we love this stuff. Perfect for a DIY enthusiast in your life. Or actually anyone. £17 plus shipping
Home Hacks Made Easy — The Kit

4 – seeds from The Garden House from What You Sow – The beautiful online store What you Sow has everything you would need for those with green fingers – from tools to twine, but it is the seeds from The Garden House, with their stunningly simple illustrations that we adore. With a variety of edibles and flowers to choose from, we say get a bundle of seeds, then also buy your giftee a lovely secondhand frame too, so they can frame up those great illustrations after planting. from 2.95 each plus shipping (final orders 18th Dec!)

Garden House Seeds at What You Sow

5 – recycled card light shades from Tabitha Bargh – possibly the most ‘obvious’ eco choice on our Green Gift Guide today, these lovely lampshades take recycled cardboard to a whole new level. Clean and precise, this is how sustainable materials can and should be used – perfect in any modern interior. In fact, we are looking at using these for a project we have got coming up in 2016… from £75 each

So – five eco ideas that may be a little different from your usual options for the home…

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Green Gift Guide – day three – stuff you can wear…

It’s day three of our Green Gift Guide. We’ve featured a pop-up event, lovely stuff that is printed or made of paper and today we are looking at stuff you can wear. And stuff you would really want to wear too…

1 – Brisk Black vegan trainers – these are pretty lovely. With a nice graphic styling, this organic cotton and microfibre shoe is a great smart casual option for the office. The natural latex and coconut fibre husk mattresses actually mould to your feet too, ensuring an insane level of comfort. Yes please. £95 – from Nigels Eco Store

Brisk Black / White eco shoes

2 – a West End Belt from Elvis and Kresse – we are HUGE fans of Elvis and Kresse, who create quite stunning pieces with the most incredible stories. Each piece, from bags to wallets to belts, like the one below have been created from decommissioned London Fire Brigade Fire Hoses. So after saving lives, these incredible hoses are given another life themselves. Plus, up to 50% of profits are redirected into fire charities. Amazing. Get one. from £41

Cameron Diaz wears the Elvis & Kresse West End belt in a shoot for American Vogue

3 – Zig Zag Eco armband by Flavia Amadeu – we do like our statement jewellery, and this is quite a statement – a single piece of natural Amazonian rubber which creates a 3D shape around your arm. Wear it in different combinations, roll it down, pair up with any of the 5 different colours… we would go black and green. £30 each

Zig Zag Eco Armband

4 – a velociraptor necklace from Designosaur – we were delighted to have Karli and Jaques, a.k.a. Designosaur with us at the studio for the Christmas Artists Open Houses. With their fun designs available in masses of forms, each piece is locally made and designed here in Brighton. We have a weakness for their dinosaurs, and their cherry wood velociraptor is on our Christmas list for sure… get in quick though – mail orders close this Friday 18th! £32.81 plus shipping 

Velociraptor Skeleton Dinosaur Necklace. Laser Cut Wood Dinosaur Raptor Necklace. Bones Jewellery. Statement Necklace. Jurassic Park. Bone.

5 – A Beach guardian T-shirt from Surfers Against Sewage – not only will you be supporting a great charity, you will be wearing something made from rubbish. Recycled plastic and cotton shreds to be precise. And it’s currently on sale at a bargain £10. 

6 – RAW for the Oceans recycled ocean plastic jeans – yep. You read that right. Jeans made from ocean plastic. As many of you are aware, we have been doing a vast amount of research of late into marine litter and the increasing issues we have with plastic debris, and we were pleased to see a rather big hitter getting in on the issues too. A link up between G-Star RAW and Pharrell Williams, this range of clothing uses recovered plastic which is melted, chipped and spun into a fibre for reweaving. We are big fans of the Octopus mascot too… (£140 boyfriend jean shown)

RAW jeans

7 – Octo Kids Black T-shirt by Woody – Another brilliant local Brighton designer (and one of the organisers of the Brighton Pecha Kucha no less), this kids t-shirt by Woody is not only really cute, it is made from 100% organic cotton by fairtrade manufacturers in India using wind and solar power, before being printed in the UK. Wow. That ticks all the boxes! ages 3/4 and 5/6 – £15

Octo tee Woody

So we reckon that is a complete outfit done? Not too bad at all – and all great pieces with great stories…

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Our green gift guide – day two – prints and printed stuff…

We are properly in the countdown to Christmas now, and whilst we are firmly in the camp of reducing our global consumption, we know that we will all be buying stuff for the people we know and love to open on the 25th. So today we are posting the second of our Green Gift Guide posts to help you through the myriad choices to the greenest, most ethical, most sustainable gifts which look awesome, do awesome stuff and do not look like they’ve been crafted by a hippy in a hairshirt.

Welcome to day two – prints, paper and printed stuff…

decompositon book

1 – a Decomposition Book – made from 100% post consumer waste, these cracking notebooks come in a variety of sizes and with a dizzying array of covers to suit literally everyone. Of course, we opted for the green dinosaurs, but take your pick from flowers to graphic patterns. Available readily online, these are also available at your local Waterstones (UK) and start at £3.50 ish. Great stocking fillers.

Typography Print, Typographic Art, Type Poster, Graphic Design Print, Typography Screenprint, Quote Print, It Takes All Types in Black

2 – ‘It Takes All Types’ screenprint by Hello Dodo – we were delighted to have the lovely Jam and Ali from Hello Dodo at Studio Loo for our recent Christmas Artists Open Houses in Brighton, showcasing their stunning handcrafted screenprints. With witty phrases and a range of colours, Hello Dodo stuff is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. With our love of type, we love this one… £25 plus shipping (get an order in quick for guaranteed delivery before Christmas though)

Alphabet of Endangered Species

3 – Alphabet of Endangered Species in the British Isles print – when was the last time you saw an Undulate Ray or a Zonate Tooth Fungi? Well, ok, but what about a Thrush, or a Hare? This A-Z of Endangered Species is not only educational, it is beautifully illustrated and printed on recycled paper. Available for £15 from Present and Correct


4 – Limited Edition Botanical Bundle Subscription to Ernest Journal – for a long time many were declaring that ‘print was dead’, and as fervent devotees of the form, we are delighted that more independent publications than ever are springing up. One of our favourite is Ernest Journal – with beautiful imagery and eclectic stories, this is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea on a drab day. It celebrates beautifully our stunning world and slow journalism. And at the moment, you can do a gift bundle with 2 or 3 copies of Ernest and a selection of gifts from the fantastic online store What you Sow. But there are only 10 of these bundles available, so get in quick! from £25 plus shipping 

5 – A5 Fair Trade Soft Leather notebook – Gorgeous fair trade leather bound journal with smooth handmade recycled cotton pages. With a wrap-around tie to keep all your inserts secure, this notebook is perfect for travelling and sketching. Soft, supple chocolate leather cover, a by-product, is dyed with natural vegetable dyes – a perfect gift that will age beautifully! Now £15.99 from Nigels Eco Store. 

That’s it for day one – stay tuned for tomorrows Green Gift Guide – stuff you can wear…

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