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Walthamstow Farmer's Market
Walthamstow Farmer's market
Walthamstow Farmer's Market
Walthamstow Farmer's Market

The damage :
Walthamstow Farmer's Market

“organically reared rare breed Suffolk redpoll beef” minced beef £3.58/0.45kg  and “organically reared rare breed Tamworth pork” pork chops £4.24/0.42 kg from Muck & Magic Farming Ltd

turkey sausages with fresh cranberries £2.84/0.40kg and free range chicken thighs £3.20/0.39kg from Pastures Poultry Farm

ginger and spring onion sausages £3.86/0.39kg  from The Giggly Pig Company

2 half-loaf cakes (banana + ginger and fig) £2.50 each

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A lot of kids (and kids at heart) love the Halloween and go through great lengths decorating their homes and making costumes for trick or treating. We hope you’d enjoy all the festivities that goes with it, but spare a thought for the environment and heed some of the tips we’ve gathered around the net:

The daily green has posted lots of ways to green up your halloween:

  • reuse costumes instead of buying new.
  • trick and treat kids to organic lollipops, organic/fairtrade chocolates, money, recycled paper and pencils in loot bags.
  • reverse trick and treat. This is something new to us. Global exchange encourages kids to educate adults by handing out Fairtrade chocolates with cards attached explaining what Fairtrade is. This is happening across the pond.
  • have a party. celebrate at home instead of trick or treating. send electronic invites and trat kids to cupcake decorating and pumpkin carving.
  • decorate with nature. instead of buying plastic decors.
  • light up the night. use LEDs. non-toxic window paints. use candles made from beeswax or soy.
  • turn it over to the kids. instead of buying decors from shops, have the kids make decorations. try to recycle stuff.
  • try a new bag. use reusable bags to hold the loots, we sell organic, fairtade bags here at guui.
  • save for next year.  pack up costumes and decors, and save for next year.

and a few more:

  • make sure to not waste the pumpkins by making soups and pies out of them.
  • walk the kids around instead of driving them to go trick or treating.
  • teach your kids to make sure they dispose of candy wrappers properly and that using flour and eggs is a bad trick.
  • learn more about your halloween candies from the treehugger.

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Get your credit cards and start buying! Our website is now up and running after a temporary blip. Get the guui organic, fairtade cotton carrier bag now for your shopping!

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I am all for people making an informed decision. But really, these different studies have done quite a lot to confuse us.

A quick glance at the BBC’s related news alone, gives me this headlines:
‘Organic has no health benefits’
Organic food ‘better’ for heart
Organic milk ‘higher in vitamins’

Aren’t you beginning to hate those ‘quotes’?

I buy organic. Not everything. Not all the time. I would if I could afford it. But slowly, I am replacing a few gorcery items with organic choices. And that hasn’t puta big dent in my wallet just yet.

Did I think it is better for my health? I never really thought that an organically grown apple would have more nutrients than its counterpart. But I am certain it would have less chemicals – only organic pesticides, good soil – just the way nature intended it to be.

But more than the ‘health benefits’, I believe it is better for the environment. No pesticides and chemical-ridden fertilisers seeping from the soil into our water supplies. And you must also consider that organic meat also means that the animals had led a free-range life and had not been subject to cruelty.

So does this new report changed my mind at all about buying organic? No.

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Now that the credit crunch have hit us so hard that we minimised most things to basic essentials, is it possible that when we start going back to our old habits of luxury that we start thinking of the negative effects of these luxuries to the environment of our children? What I’m trying to say is, if we can afford to buy luxuries, can we choose products which have least negative effect with our environment. Or at least demand from manufacturers that they should make their products more environment-friendly.

Luxuries are not at all bad if they make our life a bit more comfortable.

However, if these things pollute the air we breathe, harm the environment when they were manufactured or disposed of, then we’re not really gaining anything and we’re not contributing to our children’s future.

With the daily luxuries that we use everyday, or used to have, or we’ll be having, can we ask ourselves some questions: Are there alternative more environment-friendly products than the one I’m considering now? Are there parts which can be sourced from organic/recycled materials that I can suggest to manufacturers? Did they come from ethically-traded sources? When I don’t want it anymore and want to dispose of it, are there environment-friendly ways to do it? From my perspective these are the basic things I need to consider when buying luxuries.

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We’ve done our part!

We’ve given away Guui bags on different parts of London. Now, it’s up to those people to use it to contribute to a cleaner environment for their children. By giving it away we’re trying to make people aware of the current environment issues we now face (and could be worse when our children inherit it).

The Guui bag is not only organic, ethical or reusable, as already printed on the bag, but it’s also certified fairly traded. So this bag is not only dealing with one or two issues that we now face but also the issues of child labour or unfair trade practices happening in other countries. By including these issues with this end product we can be sure that we have clear conscience when we use it and we’re not compromising on other issues while trying to deal with what directly affect us.

The more people use bags like this the better for our environment. Others who are currently unaware will be conscious once they see more people using it. From my point this is one way of passing information.

This is not a change in lifestyle – just a different perspective. I hope to see more organic and reusable bags being used around the street.

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