Sep
09
2013
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‘Baby Cool’ award!

1st prize

Here in the BecoThings office we are not the sort to brag about our success and push it in to the laps of our competitors but rather sit back and be proud of our achievements up at Beco HQ.

Even way back in the early days of BecoThings, we didn’t make a big song and dance when we were crowned the UK’s best Green Start-Up Business…

… Or when we won the GLEE award for best pet innovation…

Or when our BecoPotty won the award for ‘Best new innovation” at the annual Mother and Baby awards…
So when we received an email from our lovely French distributor – Selection Naturelle – informing us that our Beco feeding set had won an award for being the no.1 product in the ‘eating’ category at the Babycool Trade show in Paris – we thought we would stay true to tradition, hoist our metaphorical BecoFlag into the air and inwardly cried ‘whoop! Whoop!’ a couple of times. Plus, we’re also filling you in now in case you didn’t know about all of our wonderful achievements we’ve been given over the years, so you’re fully up to date.

Prix des Mamans

Our feeding set was up against products ranging from bottles, plates, bibs, high chairs and booster seats with fierce competition from dozens of competitors. The prizes were awarded by a jury of 7 prominent bloggers, in partnership with the magazine Parole de Mamans, the only parents’ magazine written by mothers and edited by the magazine’s journalists. We wish to extend a big thank you to Selection Naturelle for entering us and an even bigger thank you to Parole de Mamans for knowing a top-notch product when they see one!

We’re chuffed whenever we win a prize; everybody loves positive feedback for their hard work. But winning prizes isn’t our goal. We’re just trying to create great eco-friendly products for pets, babies and toddlers that are convenient, colourful and practical.

Mothers and pet owners clearly love our products, but we’ve got plenty more tricks up our sleeves for even more great products for you all to enjoy. Learning and innovation go hand in hand. We obviously want to produce things that people want. We are going to continue to do that in an environmentally responsible way, while still being aware of the physical, scientific, and practical issues that we have to deal with.

Please forgive us for the slightly boastful blog post, but everyone is allowed to take pride in their achievements from time to time, right? Thanks for reading and remember – stay eco!

Prix des mamans Beco Feeding Set

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Sep
05
2013
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Wait… Good News?? In the Newspapers?? Really…??!

Here at BecoThings, we sometimes find ourselves shocked and appalled by the stories we read about in the news with regard to pets and the mistreatment they can receive at the hands of us humans. That’s why today, we were especially happy to open up the morning papers only to find two stories that can do nothing but lift the spirits of every animal lover out there!

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Okay firstly, meet Cola the cat (see picture) who currently resides in Kent – known affectionately by some and sarcastically by others as the ‘Garden of England!’ So it turns out that Cola is just a nod and a wink away from being officially ratified by the Guinness World Records as the oldest cat that has ever lived! Cola is just about to complete her 28th successful orbit of our Sun! 28 years old!? This not only makes her older than three quarters of the team here at BecoThings but would actually make her, in cat years, 140 years old!! Her owner, Mary Goldsmith, puts this down to ‘a lot of love and attention and just being looked after’ – That’s what we like to hear! Mary, the BecoThings office salutes you! And as soon as I have finished writing this blog I am going to find your address and post you a Cat BecoBowl so that Cola can eat her 140th birthday meal in style!
This is not just a good day for cats, oooh no, canine lovers out there should be feeling equally chirpy this morning at the news that a company in the U.S has created the world’s first Dog Food to achieve human grade rating! Apparently the owner, Lucy Postins, is so confident in the quality of the food that she spends her days sampling bowls of her companies’ pet food (guaranteeing her strong teeth and a nice shiny coat!) Safe to say, we have come a long way from the time where pets were seen as inferior and undeserving of quality food (illustrated by the way we English ended up coining the famous phrase to describe a rubbish meal as ‘making a dogs dinner out of it!) Us pet lovers are now becoming increasingly educated on the reality of many conventional pet food ingredients and are making steps to shift away from purchasing poor quality dog food. Lucy continues, “By tasting the food myself, it’s a sound way of assuring people I mean what I say about my products’ integrity and quality.”

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Lucy – if the BecoThings staff could reach across the Atlantic and high-five you then we would. But we can’t, so in the meantime we just going to preach about your amazing dog food company – The Honest Kitchen – to our customers whenever we get the opportunity. C’mon world, give us some more Lucy’s! Perhaps we may live to see the day where the phrase ‘making a dogs dinner out of it’ describes a well presented, top-notch meal in a posh restaurant!

With those two little nuggets of heart-warming news to put a skip in your stride, we at BecoThings bid you all a lovely week! Stay tuned for more from us shortly. In the meantime – stay Eco!

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Feb
22
2013
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Check out our new BecoBeds!

BecoBed

New to our range is eco-friendly pet beds. Available in four colours and four sizes, our BecoBeds features removable washable covers made from a mix of natural cotton and hemp. Inside they’re filled with our eco-stuffing made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Each bed’s stuffing is made of between 25 to 35 bottles resulting in a durable material, that has excellent insulating and wicking properties and can be washed and dried. What’s more we’ve designed the bed to have an unique and innovative shape that suits both “sprawlers” and “snugglers”.

Find our more here

Dec
24
2012
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Happy Christmas and New Year from us all at BecoThings!

Well what a year 2012 has been! From the London Olympics to the likes of the Jubilee its been a cracking year to be in London. Its been an exciting year for us at BecoThings too. We’ve introduced lots of new products including pet toys and our popular BecoPockets (and there’s more to come in 2013), we’ve moved the BecoOffice and we’ve had a number of great additions to our team. Bring on 2013!

Just before we sign off on 2012, a minor “house cleaning” notice: Unfortunately the “BecoElves” that man our website’s online shop store have been requisitioned by Santa to Lapland for a short period. As a result we will not be able to dispatch any online orders made between 22nd December 2012 and 1st January 2013 until the Elves return on 2nd January 2013. Apologies for any delay this may cause you.

A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year from us all!

The BecoThings Team.

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Jul
30
2012
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Now that the sun is out, is it time to ditch the diaper?

Hurray, it is finally here! The long awaited spike in temperature has arrived in full force, paving the path towards avid trips to great spaces of green and splash sessions in paddling pools.
Many parents choose this season of the year (especially when it makes a commitment to stay with us), to potty train their little ones as it is warm enough for a toddler to be nude and comfortable, plus it doesn’t amount to a rapid increase in the laundry hamper pile.
Even if you choose to follow the strip down instead of the strip off toddler potty training routine, fewer layers offers the opportunity to avoid little accidents and to introduce pull ups or underwear which can help the process along at a swifter pace.
However, does the presence of the sun really mean it is the best time to change our habits and routines? Will potty training be a greater success in a heat wave or is this just an excuse to put it off forever (if you live in the UK)? There are definitely two sides to this debate.
Some parents suggest that during the colder months of the year you spend more time indoors, and this gives parents an opportunity to create a schedule for a potty visits after meals. Therefore the art is mastered swiftly and in a structured fashion. Oh we can dream!
However and whenever you choose to grab your BecoPotty and potty train, don’t forget to have fun with it as they will all learn eventually but some added enthusiasm and encouragement will definitely go a long way.

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Jul
23
2012
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Animals? At the Olympics?

Whilst there are the Loews Coronado Bay Dog Surf Competition, Crufts, and plenty of other events for our BecoPets throughout the year it dawned on us at BecoThings this morning that there is no animal Olympics.

Danny Boyle’s intention of using live animals in the Olympics opening ceremony to create his vision of our ‘green and pleasant land’ was unsurprisingly met with hostility from animal rights activists, earlier this year.

Including chicken, horses, sheep and cows (to name but a few) many worry of the safety of these animals and the resulting trauma they face. Yet, whilst it may seem a bizarre proposition, Boyle is only adding to the already strange history of animals at the Olympics.

Below we have summed up a brief history of animals at the Olympics, the good and the bad…

Of course in Ancient Greece, chariot racing was one of the events at the ancient Olympic games, the horses got off lightly, as their bovine friends were sacrificed on great pyres to the gods, the remaining meat fed to the spectators.

At  the games of 1900, pigeon shooting was introduced as a sport. The only sport of this kind ever to be hosted at an Olympic games, and was quickly removed from the line up. The event was terribly messy and was perhaps more ethically replaced by the clays used today.

Equestrian sport continues to be a popular attraction for Olympic spectators, with jumping originally dominated by the military. As the military became more mechanised civilians were able to take part. Dressage events also form part of the paralympic games.

This year’s mascots are somewhat unusual, if not unidentifiable, and out of keeping with the former animal tradition, where countries usually choose an animal symbol of their nation as a mascot. For example, the Moscow mascot was a bear, whilst the Sydney games used a platypus, an echidna and a kookaburra.

Since the uproar Boyle continues to use animals in his show, stating that they will be looked after better than the human acts in the show.

Rumour has it the animals demands are already somewhat steeper than the more celebrated acts, with livestock requesting udder massages, and kilos of fresh Salisbury grass. BecoThings patiently awaits its order of designer BecoToys and eco friendly Becobowls..

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Mar
26
2012
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Sneak Peak! Coming soon to our range – New dog toys and BecoPocket bag holder

New Pet Products

Just a quick post to show you a couple of snaps of the prototypes and samples of our pet products that will be available to buy soon.

BecoPockets and Rope Toys

First up we’ve got our new range of dog toys that include bones, hoops, rope toys and balls. Our new BecoBalls have been specially profiled to roll erratically and make it extra challenging for you dog to grab them. All have a lovely soft tactile rubbery finish while still being made with our usual bamboo and rice husk materials and tested to survive the rough and tumble your dogs are likely to put them through! They will be available in a wide range of colours very soon. Please contact our sales team to find out more.

BecoPockets

Our new BecoPockets proved extremely popular at Pats 2012 at Sandown last week. The eco-friendly and non-toxic bag holder clips to your lead and belt. With an attractive design and bio-degradable material, the BecoPocket is an exciting addition to our range. Please contact our sales team to find out more.

Feb
21
2012
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Mesmerising Nature Captured at The National History Museum.

As a BecoFriend, I’m sure you’re all fairly big animal lovers, and like everyone in the office here absolutely loved the Frozen Planet series that has kept us all in front of the TV when we should probably be out and about! Well don’t worry that it’s nearly all over as there’s more of the same type of stuff to be seen at the National History Museum.  From 21st October 2011 until 11th March 2012, the museum is holding the 2011 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. We’ve all been to see it and it truly is amazing! It provides a spotlight on the rarely seen wonders of the natural world, and is definitely a must see…

This year’s exhibition wanted to highlight the important impact of humans on wildlife.  This year’s competition winner is Daniel Beltrá who wanted to challenge people to reconsider their relationship with nature.  His photo Still Life in Oil (above) is a shot taken during the infamous BP and Gulf oil spillages which caused mind boggling amounts of damage to bird and animal life.

 

We think this photo really helps to build awareness on the environmental impacts that companies cause in order to acquire raw materials. We are proud to say that we don’t have to dig to the bottoms of the earth to make BecoThings which are all made from sustainable sourced plant fibres, such as rice husks (the waste product of rice farming) and bamboo. We don’t want to blow our own trumpets but we, like many people are trying to do our bit for the environment and hopefully more companies will start to do the same… So enough of our preaching; make sure you get down to the exhibition as soon as possible, above all it’s a great thing to take the family to!

 

 

 

 

Feb
03
2012
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Boogie on down with hip eco moves: Your pounding moves power the dance floor

Wondering where to party this weekend? Hesitate no further and head to UK’s first eco nightclub. The world’s first eco club Surya, based in Islington was set up in 2008. An environmentally sustainable club that sees green as the new black; don’t stop dancing though or you’ll make the lights go out!

That’s right the dancers literally power the dance floor and it doesn’t stop there it’s a club so eco friendly that it will donate surplus electricity to its neighbours.  Property developer Andrew Charalambous aka Dr Earth (self named) claims :

“The club aims to stop preaching to people and use an inclusive philosophy to create the revolution needed to combat climate change.’

Surya is a Club4Climate project, which is London’s first taste of eco-friendly clubbing, making clubbers happy in the knowledge that their organic eco dance moves can generate 60% of the energy needed to run the club.

The venue’s most exciting innovation is the piezoelectric dancefloor, which uses quartz crystals and ceramics to turn clubbers’ movement into electricity! The venue has the latest air flush, waterless urinals and low flush toilets and sells drinks in polycarbon cups.

Entrance is £10 and there’s a rumour that customers will only be allowed in if they sign a pledge promising to work towards curbing climate change…Top Marks!

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