Bite into a chunk of Seed & Bean chocolate and enjoy the sweet intensity that follows.
At least that’s what hits you with the Extra Dark Chocolate Mandarin & Ginger bar. I can’t speak for some of the other flavours, Rich Milk Tangerine, Extra Dark and Rich Milk Sicilian Hazelnut & Almond (yet).
However, I’m sure it’s bound to be as exotic and fulfilling as my Mandarin & Ginger experience.
The cute thing is these organic and fairtrade Seed & Bean bars now come in small bar sizes of 32g each.
And, if you believe small is beautiful, then you’ll love knowing that Seed & Bean also ‘grow’ their wrappers, making them from eucalyptus trees in Cumbria, so they are compostable and biodegradable.
In fact Seed & Bean are the UK’s only 100% Accredited Chocolate Company.
It seems a lot of chocolate companies are adopting a Spring theme with their Easter Eggs.
Perhaps they realise how tired we are of the cold now?
So, Divine, the fairtrade chocolate company has introduced Bee Shaped Chocolates made with smooth milk chocolate and small pieces of honeycomb crunch.
Bees, of course, are vital to the planet’s eco-system – 70% of the food we eat grows because of them. And they’ve been in the news a lot lately because their numbers are dropping to dangerous levels. In addition to all their worthy chocolate work in Ghana, Divine are now also asking everyone to encourage bees back to Britain by planting wild flowers. They’ve teamed up with beehappyplants.co.uk to get you a money-off offer this Spring.
Honeycomb bees isn’t the only Easter chocolate from Divine. Whether it’s dark or milk or white chocolate eggs, little or large, there literally is something for everyone, especially with their Beano Easter Egg Hunt Kit. All, naturally, made from the “best of the best” cocoa and free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives, and suitable for vegetarians.
It’s great when manufacturers put real care into cleaning products.
I’ve been reading about Ecover products. What first caught my eye were their washing up liquids, powerful against grease as you’d expect, but adding whey milk to the ingredients for sensitive hands is a touch of genius.
Then there’s the multi-action wipes, which are handy for cleaning all sorts of surfaces with just an antibacterial wipe, but it’s even more clever that the same plant and mineral ingredients that make the tissues mean that you can throw them on the compost pile when you’re done.
Ecover specialise in ecologically sound products with 30 years of care that covers thinking about everything from sensitive skin to the spin off effects of chemicals on aquatic life. They’ve actually got a huge range of household cleaning products which are both economical and eco-friendly.
There are unique products like the only ecological laundry gel on the market or oven cleaners which won’t gas you out when you use them.
Even the fragrances are powered by nature, which is how it should be when you think about it. Tough on dirt while kind to your family and the planet… that’s the Ecover mindset.
How would you connect the words ‘green’ and ‘strong’?
Jolly Green Giant? The Incredible Hulk? Celtic Football Club?
How about an oak tree or a crocodile? Perhaps the whole Amazon forest?
Now we’re talking…
Method’s household cleaning sprays have always impressed me because they’re designed to be powerful, but everything in them is good for the environment. In fact, pretty much everything in them is made from plants or minerals.
The idea being that the sprays are non-toxic but efficient.
However, how easy is it really to associate the idea of green with power? So Method have been putting their scientific wizardry to use to create what they call a “Powergreen” formulation.
That means their cleaning products are stronger than ever, while remaining kind to the environment and to you. If their amazing just-a-drop laundry liquids are anything to go by then you can trust that Method are on to something good.
We all get a rash sometimes, but imagine not being able to use deodorant, polish, air-freshener and even being cautious of what’s in your washing…
Chemical sensitivity is often overlooked when we think of the allergies that affect people on a daily basis.
But companies like Ecoegg are making in-roads into making life more bearable for those of us who experience such a disabling condition. In particular, they create laundry products, among which their eponym, a curious laundry egg, is the most famous.
The Ecoegg replaces washing powder or liquid and you can use it up to 720 times – which amounts to about 3 year’s worth of washing on average! Talk about a money saver…
But perhaps more importantly, it’s hypoallergenic – suitable for sensitive skin and supported by Allergy UK and the National Eczema Society.
It can be used on all clothes, no matter the colour or textile and can even be used at cooler temperatures without the use of harsh chemicals, so it also helps save the environment. And finally, if you’ve heard of Kim Woodburn, celebrity Queen of Clean, from Channel 4’s “How Clean is Your House”, even she’s endorsing it.