Dec
07
2011
0

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JUnzhVAu2A

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!

Jul
07
2010
0

BecoThings and the BecoPotty Launch in France!

Baby To B our French distributor launched the BecoPotty at Paris’ Playtime Trade show last weekend. It was an amazingly successful launch and the V cool Milk magazine (www.milkmagasine.net) awarded it “Le Prix, Le Haricot Magique” (The Bean Stalk Prize); for the best new green baby product at the show.

Baby To B are over the moon with the take up on the BecoPottyand they are already taking on lots of new stockists across France…

Bien Fait Baby To B!

George the Giraffe

PS – Check out photos at Baby To B’s and BecoThings’ French facebook page (
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brush-Baby-France/118472778186494?v=photos&ref=ts#!/pages/Becothings-France/133418050022412?ref=ts) and become a fan at the same time

May
10
2010
0

We’re off to Interzoo 2010

Tomorrow morning the BecoTeam are off to Interzoo the world’s biggest pet product trade show. We’ll be taking lots of BecoBowls and the new BecoTray (the sustainable and biodegradable cat litter tray). If you’re at the show please pop in at stand 510 in Hall 9 (inside the UK Pavilion) to say “hello” and to see all our new products.

Cheerio

Dec
23
2009
0

happy christmas from BecoThings!

christmas is finally here, bringing about the end of another year and boy, what a busy one it’s been for BecoThings! from launching exciting new products to winning awards, 2009 has been a great [and somewhat hectic!] year for us. in the true style of christmas tv we thought we’d bring you a ‘best of BecoThings 2009’ round-up… so grab a mince pie and some egg nog and read on…

january.
we kicked off the year to a flying start with the launch of the BecoPotty, the eco-friendly potty. made from recycled waste plant material, the BecoPotty is the eco-friendly way to potty train and is not only kind on your little one, but also kind on the environment. along with our printed cardboard BecoHangers, it was launched into jo jo maman bebe. january also saw the start of the [now infamous] BecoBlog, bringing you all the latest BecoThings news, as well as articles on all our best eco-friendly finds

february.
in february we dipped our paws and hooves even further into the world wide web and joined twitter. one of the first things we announced was the launch of our Fibre Hanger. made from our unique plant fibre material, the Fibre Hanger is designed to replace standard plastic hangers that fill up landfill sites, damaging our environment. we also twittered away about eco news and views… as well as the teddy and dog’s continuous chocolate eating!

march.
it was time for the teddy to don his tool belt in march to get our stand designed and built for the harrogate nursery show. thankfully he emerged unscathed from all the sawing and hammering and was able to accompany the giraffe and elephant to the show where our range of BecoThings products got a great reception. once back from the show it was all paws on deck as we fitted out the sparkly new BecoOffice. the teddy still had the d.i.y. bug so put his skills to good use by making us a great big BecoThings sign whilst the dog and i had the more taxing task of cleaning and tidying… the teddy and giraffe were mysteriously absent for this part!

may.
the teddy and giraffe were soon on the road again when BecoThings exhibited at the nec baby show 2009. the show was a real success and it was great to meet some of our customers and hear all the fab things they had to say about our products. may was also the month that we launched the BecoPotty across the pond in the united states.

july.
whilst i was soaking up some sun on holiday, the rest of the BecoFamily were no doubt up to all sorts of trouble… however they did welcome the first shipment of BecoBowls to the u.k. and set about marketing them to pet stores nationwide. i arrived back just in time to hear the exciting news that we had reached the semi-final of the hsbc start-up stars awards… and to keep an eye on the teddy who the dog informed me had been causing all sorts of cardboard related mischief! luckily for me help was soon on hand to teddy-sit in the form of lucy the parrot, the newest addition to the BecoFamily.

august.
despite george the giraffe heading off on holiday, the rest of us just about managed to keep the office ticking along and launched the BecoBowl into pets corner. angus the dog celebrated with a very large bag of scooby snacks whilst the rest of us stuck to very large ice creams [i swear the teddy’s one was larger than he is!].

september.
september was the month of the BecoBowl, which won best new product at the 2009 glee pet index awards. the teddy and giraffe, dressed in their sunday best, collected the award at the inaugural pet industry awards dinner. the award judges were really impressed by our plant fibre pet bowl, the first bio-degradable food bowl to reach the market, offering pet owners a unique and eco-friendly alternative to traditional bowls… perfect for the dog to enjoy even more celebratory scooby snacks from.

november.
it started as a little potty idea, but in november our BecoPotty helped us win an award for best innovation at the mother and baby awards. just when we thought we couldn’t get any more excited, BecoThings then won the 2009 hsbc stars green award! the teddy and the giraffe went along to collect the award where they mingled with the likes of duncan bannatyne and lord mandelson, secretary of state for business, at the black-tie gala dinner held at london’s inter-continental hotel… thankfully toby and george scrub up well when suited and booted!

december.
the teddy and giraffe managed to tear themselves away from mischieveous antics in the snow to go and pick up BecoVan1, the latest addition to the family, allowing us to get all our Beco bits and bobs from a to b [to c in some cases when george gets a little bit lost!]. whilst the boys played with their new toy, i was busy baking gingerbread bunnies and researching all the best tips and tricks for an eco-friendly christmas. i heard today that the teddy has now been snowed in, keeping him out of trouble until christmas… though i still think he’ll be lucky if he’s made santa’s nice list!

we really appreciate all the support we have received throughout the year. we have lots of exciting things planned for next year, including the launch of the BecoTray, the eco-friendly kitty litter tray… keep an eye on the BecoBlog and our twitter page for all the latest updates.

so, all that’s left for us to say is we hope you all have a very happy christmas and new year… see you in 2010!

natalie the bunny. x.

Nov
25
2009
4

Becothings wins the 2009 HSBC Start-Up Stars Green Awards!

2009 HSBC Start-Up Stars Green AwardIt may be a little potty, but it’s an idea that has helped us become the UK’s best Green Start-Up Business of the year. Our compostable Becopotties, along with our Becohangers and Becobowls, have once again put Becothings on the map as being one of the UK’s leading eco-friendly companies.

Since we launched in May 2007 we have been designing, developing and manufacturing everyday eco-friendly products. Our products are not only environmentally sound but also affordable, practical and fun. Most importantly, they don’t cost the earth. Check out www.becothings.com

The HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards is the UK’s premier showcase for the most promising start-up businesses and the inspirational entrepreneurs behind them. Stars from the business world, including Duncan Bannatyne from BBC TV’s Dragon’s Den attended the black-tie gala dinner held at London’s InterContinental Hotel, where we were presented with our award.

Director, Business Relations, The Carbon Trust, Andy Togher, said of the awards: “This years Start-Up Stars Awards show an increasing number of Britain’s small new businesses taking to heart the issues of climate change and placing them at the core of their marketing objectives. This is not only good for the planet, but also for profits as more and more informed consumers seek out products and services with green credentials. We wish Becothings every possible success for the future.”

This is the third year that a Green Award has been included as part of the HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards. It recognises the increasing number of companies who are basing their businesses around conservation and care, not excess and waste. Head of Business Banking for HSBC, Huw Morgan hopes that companies such as these will lead the way towards a new, greener economy;

“Becothings is an outstanding example and hopefully its success will inspire other young businesses to ask themselves what else they can do to preserve our environment and protect our future.” Lord Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, who also attended the Awards, said: “The HSBC Start-Up Stars represent the very best in British enterprise. Defying some of the toughest economic conditions for decades, these companies are succeeding in sectors across our economy and markets across the world.

“The dynamism, innovation and hard work of Small to Medium Enterprises like this, is what will power Britain’s recovery now and growth in the future, and Government is committed to ensuring they have the business environment and support they need to prosper.”

“Britain has the entrepreneurial talent to be the most enterprising economy in the world. Awards like the HSBC Start-Up Stars and the British enterprise it celebrates will help us fulfill that potential.”

Following on from winning the Silver at the Mother and Baby Awards, winning the HSBC Start-Up Stars Green Award is another real honour for us. We’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who’s supported us so far!

Sep
28
2009
2

BecoBowl wins Glee Awards 09 – Bests New Pet Product

Here at Becothings we are very excited to announce that our new BecoBowl has scooped the award for best new pet product at the 2009 Glee Petindex New Product awards! We were presented with the award at the inaugural Pet Industry Awards dinner (Sunday 20th September), which was sponsored by Nestle Purina and Mars, and organised by the Pet Care Trust.

Following a rigorous judging process during Sunday’s Glee Petindex, the shortlisted entries for the Glee Petindex New Product Awards were chosen by Martin Smart, publisher of ideas4petretail.co.uk and Steve Fowler, director of Pampurred Pets.  Drawing from a shortlist of three, the winning products stood out from the crowd thanks to their unique design, retail appeal and competitive pricing.

The BecoBowl is the world’s first eco-friendly alternative to the common pet bowl. Made from rice husks, a product of rice farming, the BecoBowl is highly sustainable to produce as well as being fully biodegradable when thrown away. With a life expectancy of 5 – 10 years, the BecoBowl works in just the same way as a regular bowl for your dog or cat. It can even be cleaned in the dishwasher. Once finished with, the BecoBowl can either be sent to landfill or added to the compost heap. Depending on the conditions, the bowl will disintegrate in 2 – 3 years.
What the judges said: “The Becobowl is the first bio-degradable food bowl to reach the market.  Made from plant fibre material, the product offers green credentials and a unique alternative to the traditional bowls on the market.  Superb!”

The prices for the bowls range from RRP £2.99 (small) to RRP £4.99 (large), with colours in Natural, Brown, Blue, Green and Pink. The BecoBowl can be purchased from any Pets Corner store in the UK – www.petscorner.co.uk

To read more about the Glee show and the Glee awards please click here.

To see the interview Toby gave after the awards please click here.

BecoBowl - Best New Pet Product 2009

BecoBowl - Best New Pet Product 2009

Apr
14
2009
2

New Stockists of the Becopotty!

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Since the Harrogate show, Toby the Teddy has been very busy taking orders for the Becopotty  – the eco friendly potty- great for us, but not so good for the normal plastic potty manufacturers!  Things are looking up for environment though, once our potties have been used by by all those toddlers out there they will either be composted outside or put in to landfill.  In both cases they will biodegrade quickly and wont leach any horrible poisons into the earth because they’re made out of rice husk and bamboo…Unlike those smelly pvc potties!

A selection of our new eco friendly stockists -

Green Baby – http://www.greenbaby.co.uk/

Jo Jo Maman Bebe – http://www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/detailfash.php?type=FASH&code=B6311&proddesc=Eco-Friendly%20Biodegradable%20Potty&supercategory=&branch=&wcategory=&catdesc=&treecode=TRE00009

Bebeco – http://www.bebeco.co.uk/eco-friendly-biodegradable-potty—becopotty-1320-p.asp

Olivers Baby Care – http://www.olivers-baby-care.co.uk/Becopotty–Eco-Friendly-Potty/37pol1559p.asp

George the Giraffe

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