August 18, 2008

Wrapit up differently

As wedding list retailer Wrapit leaves thousands of couples and their guests in the lurch after a long week of uncertainty, we believe its high time to rethink how your guests can safely spend their hard earned money on a meaningful wedding gift for life.

Well here's a beautiful idea - a marital bed made especially for you by a skilled UK designer from English Elm and lovingly crafted to make the most of the wood's natural features. An heirloom in the making.

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This unique bed, along with two bedside tables and a bench, which is not shown, was made by furniture designer/maker David Ames at his North Devon studio especially for a client. It's been tailored to fit into their bedroom and designed to the right dimensions for the couple. The elm was sourced locally and every effort has been made to create the most eco friendly bedroom furniture possible.

An alternative to the ubiquitous wedding list is to commission a beautiful piece of furniture, a portrait, some textiles, ceramic tableware, anything that can be hand made. The craftsman or artist will create something unique to you which no one else will have. The beautifully crafted piece will last forever and outlive you, your children and your grandchildren. What could be more sustainable than that?

Posted in Green Wedding News , Wedding Lists

August 07, 2008

Skincare Giveaway WINNERS!

image_7.jpgOur Skincare Giveaway random drawing has come to a close and Hannah Fellows is the lucky winner! Compliments of Pai Skincare she will receive the gift box set of organic skincare goodies worth £40! The collection comprises a Moisturiser, Echium Eye Cream and Bergamot Lip Balm.

We also have five runners up - Gemma Goskie, Claire Monks, Marie Hollingsworth, Cathy McTaggart and Karen Douglas who will all receive one of Pai's sweet lip balm gift packs, worth £6.50, of 100% organic Bergamot Lip Balm, beautifully wrapped in a muslin bag complete with gift tag.

Posted in Green Wedding Giveaways

August 04, 2008

Illegal gold mining crisis

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Thanks to Ingle & Rhode, I've become aware of a recent report from Reuters which suggests that the soaring price of gold has created a new gold rush that is spreading to the world's remotest corners and leading to a highly dangerous rise in illegal mining and destabilising remote ethnic communities.

Gold prices have trebled over the last five years. As a result, mining corporations have found it worth moving into remote and sometimes unstable parts of the world. Sometimes, this attracts them into a previously unexplored area and leads to them encroaching onto the territory of artisanal miners, while at other times local people are attracted by the activity of the big company.

The result can be violent confrontations between mine security and illegal miners. Moreover, since illegal mining is unregulated, it is often carried out in extremely dangerous conditions – fatalities are not uncommon. At least six illegal miners, aged between 14 and 20, died at AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi mine in Ghana in the last month, officials have said.

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