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!


Mums and Dads create an online storm of parental wisdom.

The phenomenon of Mum and Dad blogging has taken online by storm. In the past decade, Mums and Dads across the UK have been jotting down the nitty-gritty stuff of parenting, giving those in need handy tips for keeping their kids entertained and providing an insight into the best products and brands out there. Many parents see blogging as an escape from the difficult yet rewarding adventure of having to raise their kids and the popularity of these online blogs shows the huge public interest in the highs and lows of parenting.

At BecoThings we’ve found so many parenting blogs inspiring and entertaining that we can’t mention them all, but here is a shortlist of some of our favourites:

1.) A Boy with Asperger’s: So inspirational! Claire does such a great job at raising awareness for Autism in such an uplifting way…

2.) The Mummy Whisperer: We were particularly fond of this blog because it talks about how to bring up your children in an eco friendly way, and you all know this very important for BecoThings!

3.) Bringing up Charlie: Let’s not give all the credit to mums, this blog shows that men aren’t completely useless when it comes to domesticated chores and bringing up children. Keep up the good work Tim…

4.) A Modern Mother: Set up by Susanna Scott the founder of Brit Mums and a well-known mumpreneur, this blog tackles some controversial issues and therefore always makes interesting reading!

BecoThings wants to give a round of applause to all those Mums and Dads blogging their socks off night and day whilst still trying to juggle the trials and tribulations of parenthood. Keep up the good work!

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Doing our eco bit for Children In Need

It’s Children In Need time again! The annual event when lots of people go around making a fool of themselves for a good cause.

Here are a couple of Children in Need facts to get you in the spirit:

1.)    The BBC’s first broadcast appeal for children was a five-minute radio programme on Christmas Day in 1927. It raised £1,143 18s 3d and the proceeds were shared with four prominent children’s charities.

2.)    Pudsey made his television debut in 1985. He was designed by Joanna Ball, who named him after the West Yorkshire town where she was born.

Check out our top 5 Eco Friendly Children in Need fundraising ideas:

1. Pay to go to work in fancy dress as an endangered animal– who will dress up as the most obscure and endangered animal!?

2. Colour your hair spotty with vegetable inks.

3. Fine anyone at work a £1 if they don’t recycle their recyclable rubbish

4. A Sponsored hop to work. See photo of Jimbo hopping into Industrial estate all the way from SW3. Great effort Jimbo!

5. Get people to for you to go Veggie for a day (we didn’t enjoy this one in the BecoOffice).

As well as getting involved with some of these fundraising ideas, we have shown our spots by donating ten percent of the retail price of every BecoPotty for the rest of November period. So you can buy your BecoPotty now at  and be safe in the knowledge that you are not only buying eco, but also helping a great cause!

*Visit for more information on Children in Need and please donate!


BecoPotty included in a book to celebrate the Best Children’s Brands!

BecoThings are over the moon to hear the news that they’ve been voted to be included in a book which celebrates the best brands and products for children in Germany under the age of 10! The BecoPotty made the shortlist, which showcases brands such as Bugaboo, Hipp Organic, Avent and many more prestigious brands.

The book will be sold throughout Germany in book stores, department stores and nursery stores. Two euros of every book sold will be donated to the charity “Children for a Better World E.V.” Children for a Better World supports projects both within and outside Germany that address and improve the living conditions and situations of children in desperate need and enable them to take responsibility for their lives.

The BecoTeam are thrilled to bits to be included in a group of brands and products that are so highly thought of worldwide. Thank you to BecoThings Germany and Silvia for all hard work in getting us there!

We’re now hoping that millions of German children will be burying their BecoPotties in the garden after they’ve finished potty training!


The Chronicles of a BecoBowl (part 2)

BecoBowls have been bringing life to some stony faces around London! Despite having no appetite as such, London’s most famous animals have been lapping up the must have BecoBowl, made sustainably from plant fibres, these bowls unlike plastic ones, won’t outlive their owners!

Ernest the Elephant (and Castle!)

Nancy the natural BecoBowl is Ernest the elephant's bowl of choice

Daphne the Dragon

Daphne the Dragon is very protective over her beloved new pink BecoBowl!


Michael Faraday shows off BecoThings engineering triumph outside the Institute of Engineering and Technology in Savoy Place.

Lawrence the Lion

Lawrence the Lion is expecting a large dinner judging by his collection of BecoBowls!

Lotti the Lioness

Kevin the Kudu is regretting trying to pinch Lotti the Lioness' dinner from her BecoBowl!

Can you name this smart critter?

Can you name this smart critter?

BecoBowl up for grabs if you can name this smart critter and where he hangs out.

Enter on BecoThings’ Facebook page

What with such ferocious looking owners we hope these BecoBowls are safe from looting tonight!


Rain rain go away…. or if you’d rather you can stay

ALL this rain in July could be dampening spirits in the BecoOffice- but Bell the Bumble Bee and her friends are keeping the summer alive with thoughts of the garden growing!

Having fun growing in your garden with the wee ones is a great way to get them thinking about the environment and where things come from. As well as having lots of fun planting; your little ones will be thrilled when things start to grow.

A few ideas of what to plant with your tots in July…

Broad Beans, Dwarf Beans, Mung Beans, Beetroot, Spring Cabbage, Carrots (for continuation), Next years Cauliflowers, Chicory, Coriander (Cilantro), Endive, Kohl Rabi, Lettuce for continuation and winter lettuce, Pak Choi, Peas, Radicchio, Radish, Turnips.

Beans and peas are particularly good for growing with the little ones as they tend to be familiar with them and might even like them!

A few flowers for sowing in July if you have flower fairies in your family…

Camomile, Clematis, Daisy, Forget-me-not, Perennial Pansy, Polyanthus, Primrose.

So we’ll be putting our watering devices to the side and making the most of the rain. Molly the dog doesn’t seem too happy about it though- she loves running under the sprinkler!

If you love getting out in the garden with your kids you’ll love our potty planting idea…

After your BecoBaby has graduated from potty training and no longer needs their BecoPotty, plant it in the garden! Let your little one sow some seeds over it and watch the flowers grow while your potty enters its next life phase. (When in the soil the clever waste plant material that our BecoPotties (and all of our other products) are made from will gradually decompose into compost!)

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The Chronicles of a BecoBowl- Bertie goes to Wimbledon Tennis

The life of a BecoBowl is a happy one, every BecoBowl knows its roots… made sustainably from plant waste and biodegradable after their long and happy lives they are smug little things, reveling in their eco credentials. Bertie the cheeky Blue BecoBowl, is even luckier than most BecoBowls- he’s a bowl about town. This week Bertie was lucky enough to get Centre Court tickets at Wimbledon Tennis where he sat among the suited and booted to watch Andy Roddick and Andy Murray!

Bertie was sad to see Andy Roddick beaten in straight sets by Feliciano Lopez but he managed to cheer himself up a little bit in the members bar before going back onto Centre Court to watch Andy Murray!


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National Bring Your Dog to Work Day in aid of Pet Adoption

With the aim of promoting pet adoption across the UK tomorrow is national Bring Your Dog to Work Day! In place since 1999 the day is designed to celebrate man’s best friend in conjunction with highlighting the need to help some of the UK’s under appreciated fury friends.

Studies have in fact shown that dogs in the work place can increase productivity and creativity - we have Rupert to thank then for all the fab ideas flying around the BecoOffice. Thanks Rupert- hard at work as always!






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Wimbledon Tennis fun served up in BecoBowls

Here at the BecoOffice we are very excited about our neighbours Wimbledon serving up yet another fortnight of tennis balls, volleys, strawberries and cream and of course- Roger Federer! Rupert the BecoDog will be watching intently as the tennis balls fly tauntingly across his screen.

In celebration of Wimbledon Tennis and all of our Tennis Ball loving BecoBeasts George the Giraffe and Toby the Teddy would love to give every BecoDog who buys a green BecoBowl during Wimbledon fornight a Tennis Ball to go with it. Rupert has already bought two!

Hop on over to our website to serve up some tennis fun for your furry fan.


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Happy Father’s Day BecoDads

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY BecoDads from Rupert the BecoDog and all of his friends and family at the BecoOffice. We hope you have had a brilliant day and have had lots of fun with your BecoBeasts and BecoBabies.

Rupert would love to hear what you have been doing? Why not send him a photo at …

Rupert spent his day on the farm with his dad- poor Colin the Cockerel had been hoping for a relaxing father’s day with his little ones- sorry Colin.

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