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!






Lyon’s Eco- Festival of Lights

Forget the bright lights of Blackpool and Vegas and head down to Lyon and take a pre-Christmas trip to get you in the spirit and feast your eyes on the luminous and glittering Festival of Lights in Lyon.

The history of Fête des Lumières pays tribute to the Virgin Mary, who is said to have spared the city from the plague in 1643. So every year up to four million people swarm the city and join to commemorate and give thanks to the Virgin Mary.

The spectacular Lyon Festival of Lights is an annual event that promises to leave you nothing less than awestruck with up to 80 quirky animations and projections on the facades of historic buildings. Don’t be hasty and rush round to see everything, it’s a four day event. So you’ll have plenty of time to peruse the dazzling City of Lyon and you’ll surely want to come back again.

The Festival of Lights is not only a stunning sight, it highlights important environmental issues (and you know this is close to our hearts). You would assume that this four day lighting extravaganza would cost millions, but it surprisingly cost just a measly £3000. This year’s motto, “Light More but Consume Less” aims to get everybody thinking about their carbon footprint. By getting more people outside for the four day extravaganza it’s not only educational but also means fewer people are consuming electricity within their home!

One of the BecoTeam, Lizzy the Lizzard, was lucky enough to enjoy the festival. Have a look below, and watch my star pick spectacle of 2009’s Fête de Lumières.


I have begged George the Giraffe to take the BecoOffice for a business trip for next year!! I currently have everything crossed that he says ‘yes’. Early Christmas Present perhaps?

So don’t hesitate to book a last minute train down to Lyon!


London’s Green Spaces Revealed…

This weekend (11th-12th June 2011) brings with it Open Garden Squares rare and exciting opportunity to visit and enjoy a whole host (212 to be precise) of gardens and green spaces in London that are not usually open to the public! The green areas will not only be open for your viewing but they will also be packed with activities for you and the kids to get involved with. It’s a great chance to explore the greenery that London has been hiding away.

Gardens that will be open include: Garden Barge Square – gardens created on the decks of barges moored at Tower Bridge – The Goring Hotel, where Kate Middleton stayed the night before the royal wedding, gardens at HM Prisons Holloway, Wormwood Scrubs and Wandsworth, and Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace – the former home of Princess Margaret. Several gardens offer activities for children, and there are guided walks, bike rides and tours around a selection of the gardens. One ticket allows entry to all venues over the weekend.

Visit the website for details of all participating gardens and to see lots of gorgeous pictures from the gardens involved last year.

It costs £7.50 /p if you buy your ticket before and £10 0n the day- children under 12 are free.

What a great excuse to get outdoors this weekend with your little ones. Paws crossed for sunny weather!



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