Since the last episode of Blue Planet aired in December 2017 businesses small and large in the UK and the rest of the world have started to make a conscious effort to reduce plastic and waste to help protect our planet.
Reduce – Reuse – Recycle
This British Campaign has encouraged one of our regular advertisers – Hannah from Napton Village Stores to introduce a range of every day products by local lady Francis whose company Nature and My produces items which replace current plastic ones – hair brushes, toothbrushes, reusable drinking straws, coffee cups, water bottles, lunch boxes – all made from plastic free materials and are totally biodegradable. A plastic toothbrush once disposed stays on our earth for 200 years, a bamboo toothbrush breaks down in seven days and completely disappears!
Changes in store
Napton Village Stores are now offering 20p off all takeaway hot drinks when customers bring their own drinks cups, their fresh baked bread, filled rolls, homemade cakes, hot pastries, loose fruit & veg are all sold in paper bags. Customers who stay in to eat and drink have china mugs and plates and steel cutlery – no waste is created at all. Next steps are to change to biodegradable straws and take away cutlery – it’s a journey that we all need to go on. The range by Nature and My is prominently featured in their gift shop area.
Nature and MY produces ethical, natural and eco-friendly products suitable for the whole family that are both good for our health and the environment. Their range includes biodegradable coffee mugs and lunch boxes made with organic rice husk and the Europe’s first and only 64% plant-based bamboo toothbrushes.
Whether you are a hotel looking for more eco-friendly toiletries, or a business looking for sustainable stationary, Nature and MY will source it. They already produce eco-friendly hotel vanity kits, seeded pencils, pens and paper, hand-made soaps and toiletries
Plastic Oceans Charity
Nature and MY donate 10p of every toothbrush purchased to Plastic Oceans Charity which is a global network of independent not-for-profits and charitable organizations, united in their aims to change the world’s attitude towards plastic within a generation. There are currently four Plastic Oceans Foundation entities: United States, Canada, Hong Kong and United Kingdom serving both the ocean and the public. Plastics are not biodegradable and are damaging our environment. Little changes make a BIG difference. One of these changes is something you have probably never given a second thought to…your toothbrush. We all use them, they’re an essential part of our lifestyle, so there’s no hiding from them.
Ground breaking changes
Another regular in the Village Emporium is Daily Bread Co-operative in Northampton who want to credit Sir David Attenborough (at least partly) with starting something that will change the way their co-operative works for many years to come, and they hope that, as with endeavours in the past like organic foods and fairly traded products, they will be counted among the first to bring to the business world a ground breaking change that will better our whole industry:-
The first major step for Daily Bread Co-operative has been to introduce a refilling station for some of the cleaning and body care products they offer, and the feedback so far has been amazing, both from those using the service and those just happy to see it available and planning to use it in the future. The company are looking at drastically overhauling their packaging, and are carefully investigating new, more biodegradable packaging options.
Daily Bread Co-operative have discovered a material called Natureflex, which is similar to the plastic bags we use in that it is flexible and transparent, but which is actually made from wood pulp and is completely biodegradable. This is an excellent starting point for them to explore further.
Daily Bread Co-operative already use cotton bags, Jute bags and paper bags with more alternatives being investigated. They use 100% renewable electricity energy and to reduce food waste they reduce the price to sell if close to end of dates.
Local business in Daventry, Sheaf Street Health Store is a great supporter of eco-friendly products looking to the future. They are now selling a clothing range made from bamboo!! Bamboo is one of the coolest fabrics to be wearing in this tropical weather. Pop into Sheaf Street Health Store to peruse their full range of gorgeous certified organic bamboo clothing…. for men, women and babies. Beautifully packaged so make great gifts too.
Also new into Sheaf Street Health Store are amazing reusable cotton beeswax food wraps made by BeeBee Wraps. A great alternative to plastic food coverings. BeeBee Wraps are made from organic cotton, local beeswax, natural tree resin and organic jojoba oil, all of which will break down on your compost heap and return to nature without a trace.
In June the store organised the ‘Take up our Trash Art Challenge’ for Daventry Arts Festival encouraging budding artists to transform everyday non-perishable household rubbish into a piece of art and bring it along to Sheaf Street Health Store to be judged by the Mayor of Daventry, a very successful competition.
Napton Village Stores – 01926 812488
Nature and MY
Daily Bread Co-operative 01604 621531
Sheaf Street Health Store – 01327 312037
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