Archive for the ‘Green food’ Category

An argument against foraging: why we should study nature, not eat it

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by A Customer

Foraging

Wandering around hedgerows filling Tupperware with blackberries and mushrooms is one of autumn’s great pleasures. But should we be doing it? In response to our recent newsletter on foraging, one customer got in touch to explain why they think it’s bad idea….

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How a broken leg helped create a successful mushroom kit business

Monday, October 21st, 2013 by Flemmich

Grow your own mushrooms

Richard Mansfield-Clark makes our grow-your-own mushroom kits. But that certainly wasn’t the career path he’d imagined for himself while he was renting out high-pressure jets to clean the QE2.

It’s curious how life can turn on the vagaries of chance. Take Richard Mansfield-Clark. If he hadn’t broken his leg while farming, he wouldn’t have got a job…

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Why a desire to filter UK water led to the charcoal kilns of Japan

Monday, September 30th, 2013 by Flemmich

Bamboo Charcoal

We all need to drink water. Water plays such an integral role in nearly every biological process in the body, but many of us don’t drink enough, resulting in low-grade dehydration. This has become a widespread issue, with impacts on our well-being, energy, appearance and resiliency.

Michihiro Ishihara explains how the knowledge from a thousand-year old Japanese tradition is used to make his bamboo water filters — a less expensive and less wasteful way to turn tap water into pure, untainted drinking water.

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How to save up to £680 by throwing less food out

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 by Nigel

fruit and veg saver

The theme for this year’s UN World Environment Day on the 5th June, is Think. Eat. Save. It’s a campaign aimed at reducing the 1.3 billion tonnes of food that is wasted each year, when 1 in every 7 people in the world still go to bed hungry.

But it’s not just a problem in developing countries. In the UK we…

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How to avoid the nasty chemicals in… everything

Sunday, April 7th, 2013 by Nigel

water bottle

There was an article in the Indie today ‘Calls to ban dangerous chemicals‘ by Emily Dugan, about nasty stuff that’s in, well too many things that we use in everyday life.

Whilst some scientists say there’s no link between these chemical ‘endocrine disruptors’ and illness, others are calling for these substances to be banned as they cause

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Nigel’s Eco Market, 27th August, central Brighton

Friday, July 22nd, 2011 by Nigel

Eco Market

About four weeks ago we decided to to a summer eco market in Brighton, to bring together lots of like minded sellers and makers into one place for a fantastic day of eco inspired shopping, food and fun.

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The Big Lunch: street party with the Jones’s

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 by Nigel

the big lunch

Here’s a question: how well do you know your neighbours? As I write this I realise that I don’t actually know many of my neighbours by face, let alone by name, which feels pretty shocking…

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Let them eat cake… 86,000 tonnes of it

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 by Nigel

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A friend who lives in Wales is telling me about Freeganism, which involves salvaging discarded, unspoiled food from supermarket bins. It reminds me of the time I visited a different friend who used to live on a houseboat on the Thames. One of her neighbours, ‘Mad’ Pierre, who rumour had it…

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Join in the Food Harvest

Monday, May 18th, 2009 by Nigel

There are plans afoot. Real plans aimed at tackling climate change by getting us to become more local. Which means in the future we could all be taking local holidays, growing our own food, and generating our own energy.

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A magazine that rocks

Friday, July 18th, 2008 by Nigel

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Running the store, it’s sometimes hard to get a moment to write the blog. Should you come here looking for a new update and find nothing new to read, can I nudge you instead towards Rocks Magazine? It’s a Brighton-based online magazine that describes itself as a

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The return of the kitchen garden

Monday, May 19th, 2008 by Nigel

This summer – if we can dare call it a summer yet – I’m noticing how many people are planting vegetables out in their gardens. There’s a house near me that has packed its front garden full of onions, cabbages, beans, potatoes and tomatoes – even sweetcorn…

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Paper moon

Monday, November 19th, 2007 by Nigel

Paperpod rocket

I was pleased to see nigelsecostore.com getting a mention for this one in yesterday’s Observer. I started out by stocking the kind of items that appealed to me. As time’s gone on, I’m trying to add more items for the whole family – like the Paperpod Rocket.

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Biofuels make cereal cost more

Monday, September 3rd, 2007 by Nigel

The fundamental problem with biofuels is already making an impact.

The Soil Association issued their annual report at the weekend during their Organic Food Festival in Bristol. Their director of food and farming Helen Browning noted an increasing shortage of organic cereals. She blames it on rising prices for soya, maize and grain created by America’s new hunger for biofuels.

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How big is your fridge?

Monday, August 6th, 2007 by Nigel

I read this on Grist. A reader of the American environment news site watches British sit coms like As Time Goes By and Keeping Up Appearances. He has noticed how small British fridges are compared to US ones…

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Food miles furore

Monday, July 30th, 2007 by Nigel

The Soil Association have been toying with the idea of removing organic certification from food flown in from countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia on the grounds that freighting food overseas damages the environment. Airfreighted food has too high a carbon foorprint, runs the argument…

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