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
07
2011
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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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Jun
17
2011
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Potty Training the FUN way

Potty training needn’t be a looming nightmare for parents and children alike- have a look at our fun BecoTips and enjoy this exciting milestone with your tot.

Fun 1. Help your little one to write their name or draw on their potty with pens- making the potty fun will automatically make your child more inclined to use it.

Fun 2. Let your child choose the colour of their Potty as this can help promote a positive association with it (Ben at the BecoOffice chose a Pink BecoPotty) and encourage them to name it (Ben likes to call his the BecoThrone!)

Fun 3. Play your little one’s favourite CD when they use the potty in order to maintain interest. Alternatively play their favourite song when they perform!

Fun 4. Create a star chart for your little one, let them put stickers up after a successful potty trip and reward them with a small treat after five stickers.

Fun 5.  Find books with a toilet training theme and read them with your tot. Our favourite from childhood is Tony Ross’ “I want my potty”.

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Jun
15
2011
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Eco friendly Potty Training Tips

Why not potty train the green way. Here are our BecoTips on how to potty train your child and help save the planet while you do it! (All in a days work ay mums and dads!?)

Green 1. Make sure you buy an Eco Friendly Potty, Ben recommends his BecoPotty because it was made sustainably and it will be biodegradable once he has finished his training!

Green 2. Use Training Pants that are made from non-chlorine materials or are machine washable. These create less waste and provide an eco friendly alternative to conventional pull up nappy pants.

Green 3. Start potty training as early as you can (when your child is ready) and get them out of nappies to help reduce nappy waste. The BecoPotty is small enough to enable you to start potty training from when your baby can sit unassisted if you want to!

Green 4. Try to potty train during summer months so that clothes can be removed and hopefully less washing will be created!

Green 5. Once Potty Training is complete- Ceremoniously bury your BecoPotty in the garden (it will biodegrade over time when in contact with soil as it is made from waste plant fibres). If you plant a sunflower in it you can let your child watch it grow up just like they have done!

Once your child has potty trained the eco friendly way he becomes a BecoBaby. Please do send us photos of your potty graduate for the BecoArchives!

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Jun
13
2011
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Potty Training Tips

June is National Potty Training Month!

Mums all over the place are buying their potties, clearing their diaries and getting ready for lots of tiny toilet talk.

We’re going join them…

Here at the BecoOffice we have been Potty Training Ben the Elephant and we would like to share with you some of our top BecoTips for successful BecoPotty Training.

1. Don’t be too eager when potty training, make sure you are only presenting the potty to your child at the appropriate times, if your child get’s bored of their potty they are less likely to successfully train. Good times to try are: just before or straight after a nap, about 15 minutes after food or drink or if you can see tell tale signs such as squatting, shifting, facial expression… (you know the ones)… This will help with creating the correct associations with the potty.  Also try to work out a rough pattern in your child’s routine- note down when you are changing nappies the week before you start potty training to try to see the best times for your child to sit on the potty.

2. Take your little one into the loo with you when you go and encourage them to sit beside you- turning taps on can encourage results (don’t leave them running though!)

3. Take your tot to buy a new book or toy to read or play with when on the potty (and only when on the potty). However, do not let your child sit on the potty for longer than five minutes without result (unless results seem imminent)- the toy should be a treat for results on the potty, not the potty an excuse for a treat!

4. Make sure you do not squirm when you empty the potty or if there are any spills! Your child needs to feel comfortable around the potty and if you give them the impression that it is dirty they are likely to try to avoid it. Equally you should name your child’s potty uses in a way that you will not be embarrassed to say in public- if literal terms are going to make you cringe when your child shouts them at you across the park then your child is going to think they are doing something wrong by telling you that they need to go- the exact opposite of how you need to be making them feel.

5. ALWAYS carry spare clothes with you and do not make a fuss when an accident occurs. It is VERY important that there is very little fuss made after an “accident” your child needs to know that if they are trying then an accident is no big deal!

Remember that your child is unique- and you should therefore go at their pace and not the pace of your friends!

Patience is the BecoTopTip for success.

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Oct
04
2010
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BecoPotty featured on 100% MAG on M6 TV in France

The guys at Baby to B have just let us know that the BecoPotty featured on the 100% MAG show on the M6 channel (Metropole television) in France. For those of you who are not familiar with French TV channels, M6 is the second most watched television network in the French-speaking world so its great to see the BecoPotty making an appearance  on a one of their review shows.

View the video on m6bonus.fr

If you’re not interested in cute bears and cats (how couldn’t you be!), our potty makes it’s appearance at 2:10 minutes into the video. Happy viewing!

Angus the Dog

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Jun
11
2010
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Made for Mums review of the BecoPotty

I’ve just come across this review on Madeformums.com on the BecoPotty, our eco friendly potty that is made from risk husks, the waste product of rice farming. http://www.madeformums.com/reviews/potty-training/potties/becothings-becopotty/847.html)

Thank you for the nice comments mums!

Dec
23
2009
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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.

Dec
17
2009
1

a green christmas is the new white christmas.

christmas is the time of year where everyone tends to spend spend spend… but what they don’t consider is their festive footprint. the amount of household waste from wrappings, packaging and decorations, not to mention electricity usage from festive lights, increases drastically at this time of year, which does nothing to help the environment. so instead of a white christmas this year, why not have a green one? there are plenty of ways to be eco-friendly this time of year without being a scrooge…

deck the halls.
in preparation for next year why not plant a rooted tree in your garden. not only will it help offset co2 emissions, but it also makes a great family tradition and provides you with a tree you can use and then re-plant every year. check out living christmas trees or you can rent a tree from the christmas tree man, who like us believes that a tree is for life not just for christmas. a natural tree, whether home grown or rented, is a far better alternative to a plastic one. plastic trees are not environmentally friendly and use large amounts of fossil fuels in their production.  if you don’t want a real tree then there are some brilliant ones made out of a becothings favourite – cardboard. have a look on cardboard safari or the cardboard tree. these trees are really fun to colour in and decorate making them perfect for youngsters… or adults who fancy releasing their creative side! if you like to decorate your home outside as well as in you’ll know that no tree is complete without some sparkly fairy lights. however these can be a real energy drainer… instead opt for a solar powered set from flashware that are completely weatherproof and even turn on and off automatically.

nature can also provide you with some fantastic decorations. using holly and ivy in your home adds a real festive touch so long as it is sourced sustainably. tree2mydoor provide a huge selection from which to deck the halls.  their trees also make innovative and green [quite literally!] gifts. dried fruit and cinnamon sticks can be fashioned into beautiful and aromatic wreaths and table centrepieces. if you’ve left it a bit late to make one yourself then aspen and brown have a lovely ready-made wreath that will last for years if topped up with essential oils.

making your own decorations from recycled packaging, cd’s and magazines may sound a bit blue peter but the effects can be stunning. recycle now and about.com have loads of ideas to get you started. got a sweet tooth like angus the dog? go for some home baked gingerbread decorations to hang on the tree [though they may not be hanging there long if you have a toby the teddy in the house]! buy a cheap set of christmas themed cookie cutters and with a bit of icing and some ribbon you’ll have delicious and fun decorations. if you’d prefer decorations of the ‘here’s one we made earlier’ variety then nigel’s eco store is one of the best on the web for unique and fun decorations. biome lifestyle have a fab selection of sleek decorations and advent calendars alongside some ingenious crackers made from seed paper that can be planted to grow wild flowers, which you can enjoy all year round.

wrap it up.
christmas cards and wrapping paper fill our homes at christmas and unfortunately not everyone recycles, meaning once they leave our homes they fill up landfills. you can do your bit by not only recycling the cards and wrappings you receive but by buying cards and wrapping paper made from a recycled source. the green apple and the ethical superstore both have nice selections. when recycling do be careful however as not all cards and gift wrap are suitable for recycling, making buying recyclable items in the first place really important. a lot of gift-wrap is coated in plastic or foil, which makes it impossible to recycle. any ribbons, bows or tape left attached also cause problems and can damage recycling machinery. the bits and bobs you can’t put in the recycling bin can still be re-used however to make cards, gift tags and wrapping for next year… not only eco-friendly but purse friendly to!

another purse friendly option is to use newspaper, magazines or fabric [which the recipient can then use again] to wrap your gifts. with a few ribbons and bows [mixed with a bit of imaginative thinking] these options mean your gifts will really stand out under the tree. old music sheets picked up from charity shops look amazing when paired with some coloured twine and a cinnamon stick or some holly. if you’re feeling creative then buy a few rolls of brown paper and use festive stamps and paint or stickers to make your own unique gift-wrap. the same goes for cards and gift tags… making your own adds a personal touch and if you get the rest of the family involved is a fun way to get into the christmas spirit… everyone loves a bit of glitter after all, especially toby the teddy!

santa’s sack of goodies.
warning: shameless self-promotion to follow! if we do say so ourselves, our becothings products make fab christmas gifts. whether you go for our hangers, dog bowls or even a potty for a little one, all our products are completely eco-friendly and fun. if you and all your loved ones already have all the beco bits and bobs you need then don’t worry, there are plenty of other great ideas…

as is custom after the excess of christmas, january brings about the good intentions in many to start eating healthily. why not help your friends out and gift them some graze snack boxes. the snack boxes are full of fresh fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks and are delivered to your door in sustainable and recyclable packaging. it’s what i’m getting the teddy and dog this year to put an end to all that chocolate they eat, but sshhhh don’t tell them!

a great pressie for the boys is a subscription to an online magazine… perfect for friends who like to keep up on the latest news on the go. all boys love toys, especially ones that have form as well as function. the snake moppel desk light has both… it radiates eco-friendly and energy saving light via a super efficient led whilst looking sleek and stylish. these glasses made from recycled grolsch bottles and coca-cola bottles will also go down a treat as will eco kitchen online’s recycled bike chain bottle opener or a pair of recycled skateboard cuff-links from the green apple. want to be hugh fearnley-whittingstall’s will appreciate a gift from omlet. whether it’s fresh eggs or honey, omlet provide all you need to get started with your own sustainable food source. and for the dedicated tea and coffee drinkers an iconic ‘i am not a paper cup’ insulated mug or an adorable woolly sheep tea cosy and tea set from the natural collection is ideal.

i’m pretty sure a ‘brad pitt’ or ‘hugh jackman’ is at the top of every girl’s christmas list but failing that, there is a great selection of gifts out there for green goddesses. perfect for keeping snug on a cold winter’s night are recycled wool hot water bottle covers from nigel’s eco store. green apple also has sacks full of goodies that santa would be proud of including vintage plate cake stands made from reclaimed plates, meaning each one is totally unique. as you all know, here at becothings we love all things recycled… even when they use the most obscure materials. paper high produce their cute stationery sets, photo albums and frames from elephant dung… yep, that’s right, elephant dung! the products are made from sri lankan elephant dung paper and all profits from the sale of the paper goes to aiding plight of the sri lankan elephant. becothings own al the elephant is especially keen on these gifts!

a firm favourite with music lovers is mixa where you can make an old school mix tape on a usb cassette that can then be used as a digital storage device. throw in a recycled vinyl record snack tray by jeff davis and you’ll have one happy music lover on christmas morning. for fashion savvy boys and girls try tee hugger for 100% organic t-shirts with witty environmental messages. for each t-shirt sold tee hugger will plant a tree so you’re not just giving a gift to a friend but you’re giving a gift to the planet to. just make sure you remember to buy some becohangers to hang them on!

when shopping for the little ones mini myne has a wide range of gifts… their cardboard play castle is especially fun… and teddy approved! little girls will love a piggy purse from traidcraft or eco-centric’s adorable stitch your own donkey kit which will keep them amused for hours… and allow you to crash out on the sofa for a while! as for the boys, have a look at earthwhile’s ecotronic mr robot head which is educational, fun and made from recycled materials or a build-it space explorer kit from pea green things.

turkey [or nut roast] and all the trimmings.
everyone nowadays is keen to eat organic but prices in the supermarkets can be rather high. instead shop locally at farmer’s markets and independent green grocers and butchers. their produce will be superior quality and you get the added benefits of supporting hard working, local businesses and reducing food miles and co2 emissions. buying this way also greatly reduces packaging wastage as produce is fresh off the shelves, not wrapped in layers of plastic… just remember to take your becobag with you to carry it all in! have a look on  the farmers markets site to find your nearest market or alternatively big barn offers a buy online service.

so, all that’s left to say…
… is we hope you all have a fantastic, and green, christmas! we hope our tips and tricks on all things festive help you out… let us know what you think and if there are any other great ideas or sites you know of. oh, and santa, if you’re reading this i’ve been a very good bunny this year… i’m not sure i can say the same about the teddy and giraffe however…

natalie the bunny. x.

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