Giving Back This Black Friday
Black Friday, Cyber Monday seems to now be part of British culture in the lead up to the festive season, a time to grab a bargain and join in the shopping bonanza of the year. With additional visitor to our webstore we choose to use this busy period to help give something back rather than jumping on the commercial band wagon.
Last year we donated 15% of all sales to Surfers Against Sewage, a sustainable charity we support all year round. This year we have chosen to partner with a small family run business in Dorset producing 'Bee Bombs', a company set up to raise the awareness of the decline of the British bee which is crucial to the UK environment and the many eco systems that thrive due to the presence of our bees.
97% of native British Wildflower habitat has been lost since World War 2!
Wildflower habitats are where bees and butterflies make their lives and it is these habitats that are threatened due to the development of many of our green belt sites. Biodiversity is crucial for many reasons and wildflowers are crucial to biodiversity. With Beebombs you can re-create these lost habitats and help bring back the bees!
With every order from 23rd November through to Monday 26th November we will be giving away free Bee Bombs with every order which will enable you to grow your own small wild flower garden and feel good about the gift you have given.
All of the seed balls are handmade from sheltering local clay and sifted compost, packed with a range of native wildflower species' seeds.
Almost all of the seeds are on the Royal Horticultural Society's 'Perfect for Pollinators' list, Read more about the RHS 'Perfect for Pollinators' here.
Beebombs need no gardening skills and can be scattered straight onto open ground at any time of the year.
Once scattered, you don't need to water or tend to your Beebombs. Scatter on 'cleared ground' as wildflowers are hardy and adaptable but slow growers. This means that they can be out-competed by faster growing grasses and perennial weeds at the critical early stages, so straight onto soil is best if possible.
The soil will help your Beebombs germinate and the clay will protect them as they dissipate.
Wildflowers are a little slower growers than many imported plants and flowers. Some will flower in the first year but most will not bloom until the 2nd year.
Your patience will be rewarded with a beautiful wildflower meadow, attracting a range of native British pollinators and helping us #bringthebeesback
How To Use Your Bee Bomb
Scatter on clear open ground
Let nature do its thing
Enjoy your wild flower meadow along with your new Bee neighbours
2018 Autumn Beach & River Clean
Next week Surfers Against Sewage’s are holding their largest ever Autumn Beach and River Clean starting from Saturday 20th October until Sunday 28th October.
Over the next fortnight Surfers Against Sewage volunteers will lead more than 460 beach and river cleans across the UK, involving more than 15,000 volunteers and their goal is to remove more than 35 tonnes of plastic pollution from the environment!
If you have some spare time why not join a beach or river clean near you. Find your nearest beach or river clean by heading to https://www.sas.org.uk/region/All/ or emailing Jack on email@example.com.
This year is more important than ever as the Government is planning to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme - a system where plastic bottles can be recycled and we create a circular economy. This has been hugely successful in Norway and parts of the US and has been the result of lots of campaigning by Surfers Against Sewage.
SAS are pushing for a world class inclusive scheme that includes ALL size plastic bottles as these are the items found on our beaches. So this year they have provided all of their beach clean leaders with a simple tool to use to list the different types of bottles they find on the beach. They will then share this evidence with the Government as part of the public consultation. Volunteers will also use social media to identify and share the brands most found during their cleans using #EveryBottleCounts.
No matter how small, every little bit of time you can provide will help this great cause!
Surfer Against Sewage
SAS is a grassroots movement tackling plastic pollution and protecting the UK's coastlines for all to enjoy safely and sustainably.
One Less Plastic Bag
For those of you who have followed our journey for a while now you'll know we have a bit of a beef with the our old friend the plastic bag! All of our headwear comes nicely packaged in either a reusable paper bag, which by the way is great for storing potatoes or veg in, or they arrive in a pretty nifty cardboard box. The only plastic we still can't shake of is the inner packaging which unfortunately protects the products should the outer packaging get wet or damaged in transit........We know, this is still using a plastic bag and trust us, if any of you reading this can help us come up with a solution to replace our inner plastic bag them please get in-touch, we'd love to hear about it.
Anyhow this still means that we will have prevented thousands of plastic bags being used this season which we feel is a great start. Amazon, you may want to take note and stop lobbying the Indian government to relax their plastic ban.....just saying.
Bet you didn't know....
- Since the 1950s, around 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced worldwide.
- In some parts of the world, using plastic is already illegal.
- Kenya introduced one of the world’s toughest laws against plastic bags in 2017. Now, Kenyans who are caught producing, selling, or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000). Good work Kenya!!
- 73% of beach litter worldwide is plastic.
- A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.
- Worldwide, about 2 million plastic bags are used every minute.
- 90% of plastic polluting our oceans is carried by just 10 rivers.
- Plastic is killing more than 1.1 million seabirds and animals every year.
- The average person eats 70,000 microplastics each year.
- The average time that a plastic bag is used for is … 12 minutes.
- Over the past 50 years, world plastic production has doubled.
Surfers Against Sewage
If you'd like to know more about how you can help reduce your plastic consumption why not check out 'Surfers Against Sewage' where you can download your own action plan on how to reduce your everyday plastic consumption