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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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
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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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