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Earth Day 2022

Filed in No Category by on 22nd April 2022 0 Comments • views: 57

It is Earth Day today!

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970, is a celebration of the Earth and a reminder to protect the environment and to make more sustainable life choices.

The first earth day was celebrated after a senator in Wisconsin, USA decided to organise a national demonstration to raise awareness to critical environmental issues such as pollution and deforestation. These rallies had so much of an impact that by the end of that year the US government created the Environmental Protection Agency and, over the next 20 years, over 140 other countries joined the celebration.

Why is it important?

Environmental issues, such as climate change, deforestation and pollution, are all reaching critical levels and are rapidly approaching the point of no return. If climate change continues without any attempt to stop it then we will experience more frequent and more devastating storms, unprecedented heatwaves and rising sea levels which will lead to flooding, even in areas that aren’t usually flood zones. Plant life and animal species, both on land and in the waters, around the world are going extinct because their homes are becoming inhabitable due to decisions being made by humans. Penguins, polar bears, koalas and even some butterflies are all in endangered status due to climate change. The main causes of which are all human choices. It is issues like these that make raising awareness so important.

So how can I help?

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Earth Day and no matter how small what you decide to do is, it will still be helpful towards the global effort. It could be a big as going to an organised meet up to pick up litter on beaches or in parks or as small as just walking everywhere instead of using a car. Here is a list of things you can do to help this Earth Day:

  • Reduce the use of transportation
  • Recycle any paper scraps that you would usually just throw into the regular bin
  • Re-use anything you find in the house and think you can use elsewhere, maybe it can be used for a DIY project or a crafts project
  • Conserve energy in your house by turning off lights and electronics when you’re not using them
  • Conserve water by making sure to turn off your tap when it’s not in use
  • Use reusable bags for your shopping, not only are they often stronger but they also help the environment
  • Buy from local business, not only are you supporting local small businesses but you’re also reducing the shipping distances of your produce
  • Plant something
  • Use reusable plastic or metal if you can
  • Spread the word! Not everyone knows about the importance of Earth Day so tell them, let them know how they can help and why they should.

Any help is helpful in the fight against environmental issues. So, don’t think ‘I’m not doing much so is there a point doing it at all’ try to put yourself into a positive mindset because if everyone adopted that mentality then nothing would get done at all. Lets be the change we want to see in the world, urge friends and family to do the same. Slowly, all our efforts will add up.

As a small business this is such a hot topic for us!

We have made a commitment to be net zero by 2031. Well … we made this commitment as we were determined to do it, but with very little idea on how to do it! Yes, there are small changes we can make and have already done so, but we are a manufacturer of a luxury product so the challenge is on!

At the moment, we are slowly working our way through an audit process in the business, starting very simply with working out our environmental cost. As we do this, we are seeing what we can change simply, quickly and cost effectively, and taking action on that.

Once the audit process is complete we will look at what we can do next and seek expert help.

We are also currently taking part in a sustainability basics programme with Small Business Britain and Oxford Brookes Business School.

We are taking our time to make sure that we do take right steps in the right direction. It is a slow and sometimes overwhelming process but we are determined to do this and look forward to sharing our progress with you.

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A different Valentine’s day?

Filed in No Category by on 14th February 2022 0 Comments • views: 81

 Valentine’s Day is internationally recognised as a day of love and adoration; taking its name from the 3rd Century Roman Saint Valentine, who was arrested and later martyred after conducting marriages in defiance of Emperor Claudius 2nd.

Nowadays western countries celebrate this holiday with outpourings of flowers, chocolate, and teddy bears for their beloved – or their “Valentine” – but other cultures have adapted the 14th February to coincide with their own cultures.

Denmark

In Denmark, men take Valentine’s Day as a chance to write letters and poems to their loved ones through the tradition of Gækkebreve. These letters are intricately decorated, but not signed. Instead, the writer leaves a series of dots to replace their name, aiming to tease or “drive the reader mad” as they try to guess the sender. All this headache isn’t for nothing, however, as a correct guess of the sender’s name will earn you a chocolate egg!

 This holiday is named after the Snowdrop flower (or Vintergæk) that accompanies the letters.

Danish tradition of Valentines Dah

South Africa

 To “wear one’s heart on their sleeve” is a common expression, used when a person bears their love openly, but young women in South Africa take this motif a set further and pin the name of their crush on their sleeve during 14th February.

 This tradition supposedly had its roots in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, where young women’s names were drawn from a lottery, and they would be paired up with unmarried men. While many of the Roman traditions have fallen away, Lupercalia is still a way for girls and women to send a not-so-subtle hint to their crushes.

Heart on sleeve

Japan

 Japanese culture sees a twist on our Western ways. Valentine’s Day in Japan sees primarily men receiving chocolate, and if they are to be wooed, they receive Honmei – expensive, hand-made chocolates that show a man he is truly a subject of a woman’s affections.

 But don’t worry – women don’t just get snubbed every year! Instead, their sentiments are returned on 14th March, or White Day, where the men buy them a present to match- but this time in white.

luxury box of chocolates

Finland/ Estonia

 Finally, if a day of romance isn’t for you, you may feel more at home in Finland and Estonia where February 14th is set aside for Friendship Day. Friendship Day sees the usual Valentine activities of buying gifts and cards and going for fancy meals, but instead it celebrates the platonic love between friends.

 This holiday was first encouraged in school children as western traditions became widespread, but soon spread in popularity and was gladly celebrated by adults. In 2015 Friendship Day was recognised as Finland’s 2nd most popular card giving holiday, with 3 million cards sent between loving friends.

So those are just some of the ways people celebrate their loved ones all around the world. Let us know what your plans are for the 14th, we always love hearing from you!

Chinese New Year 2022

Filed in No Category by on 1st February 2022 0 Comments • views: 112

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is a festival that celebrates the start of a new year according to the traditional lunisolar and solar Chinese calendars.

It is a festival of prosperity, and typically welcomes in the beginning of the spring season. The festival is one of the most important celebrations in China and has strongly influenced the Lunar New Year celebrated in many other countries. Despite how cheerful this celebration is now though; the whole festival is thought to be based on a myth of fear.

According to the myth, the beast known as The Nian (A beast who lives under the sea or in mountains) would come from its home into neighbouring villages during the annual spring festival and ate the townsfolk during the middle of the night, mainly children as they were the ones asleep at home while the adults continued their festivities. One year, the villagers had had enough and decided to hide from the beast but before they went into hiding, an old man named Yanhuang appeared in the town promising he would get revenge on The Nian for them. When night fell, Yanhuang placed red papers and firecrackers all around town, successfully scaring away the beast and saving the town from its annual destruction. The villagers, returning to their unscathed village, assumed that the old man must be a deity sent to protect them. Yanhuang assured them that this was not the case and that his own village had been through the terror of The Nian and had learnt that the beast feared loud noises and the colour red, and that when he had heard that their town was the beast’s new victim, he simply wished to share his knowledge. The townsfolk thanked him for the help and set up a new type of festivity for the spring festival, each year they would wear red clothes, hang red scrolls and red lanterns from their houses and they would light firecrackers and bang their drums as loud as they could to celebrate their new found safety and fend away The Nian for another year.

Throughout the years these traditions have widely stayed the same, traditional dress in red and gold colours to show luck and happiness and to ward off evil. The red lanterns and scrolls are still used to decorate the streets and the red envelopes, also known as Hong Bao, are given to children as they were the main targets of The Nian to wish them luck and offer them prosperity.

This year, 2022, is a year of the water tiger which occurs every 60 years the last of which was 1962. Other recent years include 1950 and 2010’s Metal Tiger, 1974 and 2034’s Wood Tiger, 1926 and 1986’s Fire Tiger, and 1938 and 1998’s Earth Tiger. Tiger years are seen as good years for bringing about new changes and encourages people to overcome all difficulties and challenges in their lives with the strength and bravery of the tiger, a symbol of strength. People believe that a year of the tiger is the best time to renew everything, especially your strength and your energy. Years of the water tiger are especially good for letting go of the old and welcoming in the new. So, if you are facing a challenge this year or just want to sit back and let go of the last few years now is the time to reflect on those times and get your energy back. Take some time for you and welcome in new challenges.

 

 

 

Reviews mean so much to a small business…

Filed in Blog, Hello by on 24th May 2020 0 Comments • views: 1133

Reviews make a huge difference to all small businesses.

We are always so grateful when anyone takes time to find us and write a review.

It’s like having an appraisal from your boss 🤣🤣… we’ve had some really lovely comments this week so thought we’d share them with you.

Thank you all who took time to feedback to us. I always like to do a little review of the past week every sunday morning and it has been a lovely and busy week.

We are trialling free postage for any orders over £20 now so feel free to test it out!

We are also going to be doing another live with #stayhome with chocolate in a couple of weeks. Watch this space!

Finally, it was absolutely lovely to hear a podcast which included Janey and Katie from Chilli Gourmets and Squidges and ourselves so please do listen to it …. it’s a lovely happy chat and left me with such a warm feeling. If you head to wherever you listen to podcasts and search for Food Stories from She Eats, the fourth episode is the one to listen to (they’re actually all fab).

Hope you’re having a delightful weekend!

World Chocolate Day?!

Filed in Blog by on 8th July 2019 0 Comments • views: 931

We can’t quite believe that World Chocolate Day passed us by.

We had a rather hectic weekend with corporate orders, a hen party and a stall at the Mowgli Trust Dog Show!

We were over the moon to see so many of our regular followers at the Dog Show. Thank you for being such loyal supporters. We truly appreciate it.

We hope you did get to enjoy some delightful chocolate on World Chocolate day. I believe it was also world vegan day so we were really pleased that just by coincidence we had approved our vegan truffle… raspberry and coconut … very very scrumptious!

We’ll have it in our shop on Saturday 13th July of you fancy some!

 

Hope to see you soon – Bala

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