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As always we have a wonderful selection of gifts to choose from this year:

The salt lamp, more popular than ever, decorative as well as therapeutic, we have all sizes, sculpted and natural. Prices start from only €17.

Gifts Only NaturalCombining ultrasonic technology, optional mood lighting and aromatherapy, the 105 Aroma-Diffuser is an elegant and safe alternative to the traditional night light oil burner. (Regular price €49.95 offer price €39.95).

Amber jewelry, made from real Baltic Amber, very beautiful as well as an source of healing properties. We’ve never had a better selection then we do right now!

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Back to School – Stationery with a Conscience

The Greener the Better!

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So you’re really liking Boody bamboo clothing (we’re so thrilled about that by the way!). Would you like some more bamboo (well it is the fastest growing, most sustainable plant on earth right?)? And how about some more corn starch, stone, recycled milk cartons, cotton, rubber, ramie leaf, recycled water bottles and more? Enter Onyx and Green! We discovered this stationery range recently and fell in love.
According to their website:
“ONYX+GREEN is the first brand of its kind that has a complete range of products from writing to portfolio products, from pencil cases to messenger bags. It is also the first brand in its field to use a wide variety of materials from post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials to bamboo, stone, corn starch, biodegradable and natural fabrics such as jute & cotton. We strive to use recycled materials for our packaging as well as print with soy-based ink whenever possible. We are constantly innovating our packaging in order to make it as ecologically friendly as we can.”
So here’s an other practical way we can all make a difference with these “School and office products made of mostly recycled and natural materials.” And “This product line brings environmentally-friendly school and office products into the homes, schools & offices of consumers and helps increase student and parent awareness for protecting the environment.”

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Shake that Boody!!

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Bamboo, love it, wear it!

Bamboo is an extraordinary plant. Did you know that there is one Japanese species which has been recorded as growing over 3 feet in a day so, if that’s not a renewable resource, I don’t know what is!

Boody logoWe recently came across the Boody range of bamboo body wear and are really excited to have it in stock now. We have mens and womens, tshirts, camis, leggings, socks and underwear so call instore to see them for yourself . I loved it from the first touch, it feels extraordinarily comfortable, almost silky, to wear. Then come the other benefits.
It’s highly breathable, you keep cool in summer and warm in winter.It has antibacterial and antifungal properties helping to keep you fresh all day.Sweaty feet could be a thing of the past.It’s moisture wicking. Bamboo shunts water away from the skin to keep you dry and comfortable.It offers UV protection keeping out 97.5% of harmful UV rays making it great for travel and sport.It’s hypo allergenic and allows the skin to breathe and its anti static properties mean it won’t cling to the body, great for sensitive skin.

So far so good but what about the environmental impact? Don’t worry this is where I think it gets super impressive!

The high growth rate of bamboo and the fact that it can grow in such diverse climates makes the plant a sustainable and versatile resource. It can be continually re-harvested with no damage to the surrounding environment. 

Bamboo requires only one-time planting and very little care and maintenance. In a time when land use is under enormous pressure, bamboo’s high yield per hectare becomes extremely significant.

Bamboo’s extreme growth minimizes CO2 and generates up to 35% more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees. It’s an ally against global warming.

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It’s increased use will help to slow down deforestation by providing an alternative source of timber for the construction industry and cellulose fiber for the textile industry.

Some studies indicate that cotton is the largest user of water among all agricultural commodities. Compare bamboo to cotton – a thirsty crop… It can take more than 5,000 gallons of water to produce a bit more than 2 pounds of cotton and 73% of the global cotton harvest comes from irrigated land. Bamboo on the other hand requires only 130 gallons of water to produce 3 pounds and requires no irrigation at all.

Yearly replanting of crops such as cotton leads to widespread soil erosion. Bamboo’s root system, on the other hand, combats soil erosion like no other plant can.

It’s completely biodegradable, having reached the end of its useful life, clothing made from bamboo can be composted and disposed of in an organic and environmentally friendly manner.

Boody Socks imageLess chemical use. A significant benefit of using bamboo as the organic base for textile fibers is that there is no need for pesticides or fertilizers when growing it. Boody yarn is certified organic by OCIA (The Organic Crop Improvement Association). Bamboo also contains a substance called bamboo-kun – an antimicrobial agent that gives the plant a natural resistance to pest and fungi infestation.

We hope you’ll be tempted to try bamboo wear for yourself. Not only is it stylish and way better for you than synthetics but it’s also one more way to make a positive global difference.

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