NEW Tokyo Envriosax Bags

tokyo envirosax reusable bags available at arte ideas

Incoming new Tokyo Envirosax Bags! We are always happy to receive these eco-friendly reusable bags, as always, they are big, sturdy, easy to wash and vibrantly coloured. Not to mention they roll down to nothing and will make great stocking stuffers for friends and family this Christmas! As you might be aware, that plastic bags are slowly, but surely fading away from our existence (finally), In the UK, they cost 5p, but in a majority of the world they are already banned. These bags will fit the bill beautifully for carrying grocery shopping, retail store items, gym equipment…the list goes on!

This design is based on the most popular city in the world, and uses the inspiration of Tokyo’s unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment and culture. Envirosax have always been moving in the right direction in reducing the amount of plastics and consistently making very fashionable reusable bags, and continue to spread the message to many people as possible. For more information regarding the eco aspects of envirosax, please visit our previous article here: http://www.arteideas.co.uk/blog/new-envirosax-reusable-bags/ 

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NEW Envirosax Reusable Bags!

NEW Envirosax reusable bags available! We have new Blue, Black, Red & Brown Envirosax ranges in and they look amazing! Not to mention you can pick up 3 envirosax bags for the price of 2!

Approximately 100 billion of the 380 billion plastic bags used in the US every year are shopping bags. So you can see how Envirosax bags can significantly reduce the amount disposable plastic bags used.

If you are not aware, Envirosax have been taking strides to help the process even further by having their own dedicated Envirosax RPET. RPET is Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate which consists of 55% flat filament (virgin) polyester and 45% Repreve® polyester. This means that the 45% Repreve® is made up of 100% recycled material, with 65% pre-consumer and 35% post-consumer recycled polyester that is mainly recycled plastic bottles.

This very eco friendly process has adopted a significant amount of environmental benefits by using recycled content in the material used in the process of creating the fabric as compared to virgin polyester or other synthetic plastics.

The process of polyester yarn conserves 3.34 litres of gasoline for  every kilo of polyester yarn made. Approximately 25 million tonnes of polyester is produced globally per annum, you can see how this figure becomes a significant amount, not considering the other resources needed to create this plastic.

Envirosax are moving in the right direction and are targeted people who would normally not use an eco-friendly bag. By showing our customers these statistics, we are making the whole concept of reusable bags more insightful that they are trying their best to reduce the amount of plastic and make trendy and fashionable reusable bags, and thus spread the message to as many people they can lay their hands on.

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NEW Ladies Red Cashmere Fingerless Gloves by Turtle Doves

turtle doves red cashmere fingerless gloves

Autumn is upon us and we’re wondering what happened to Summer! Darn, oh well at least winter is coming (no Game Of Throne reference intended), what better way of wrapping yourself up with these cosy Red Cashmere Fingerless Gloves, which are wrist-warmers and fingerless gloves rolled into one. Cool! Designed by Turtle Doves, they are made from 100% cashmere jumpers and come with their own recycled packaging wrap so that they can make a great present too.

Every pair is made unique by their recycled nature and can have a lighter or darker shade to the colour choice. These are also machine washable on a cold setting.

Our supplier Turtle Doves recycle jumpers that have been thrown away into new accessories. Their main product are these fingerless gloves. The idea is that you can wear them as fingerless gloves or an alternative wrist warmers, where apparently you lose al lot of heat on your wrists. They use as much of the recycled jumper as possible. They also make scarves that use a combination of jumpers to create a patchwork scarf. A very interesting campaign Turtle Doves is currently running is that if you already have a worn cashmere jumper, they can make you a free pair of fingerless gloves as long as they keep the remaining material left from the jumper!

For more products from Turtle Doves, and other infrequently pleasant updates on eco gifts, head on over to our store where we currently have 10% off all first purchases if you sign up to our mailing list! Or if you have or know of these fingerless gloves, let us know what you think on our Facebook & Twitter!

Owl Pyjamas by Little Green Radicals

little green radicals owl pyjamas

It’s been a while since we sent Little Green Radicals our love for supplying us with amazingly ethical and organic clothing for children, not to mention how colourful they are!

So for anyone who is not aware, Little Green Radicals sell organic and fairtrade clothing for kids, and was one of the first in the UK to get fairtrade certification for cotton, which come to think of it is an awesome achievement!

Behind the scenes of Little Green Radicals

We would like to turn your attention one product in particular that we absolutely adore (and wish we had some adult ones), which are these cute Owl Pyjamas. These Hoot The Owl Pyjamas come in a top and bottoms set, made from 100% organic cotton and machine washable. These PJs are ideal for 1-2 years and would make a great gift to parents who are eco-conscious and want to aid developing countries prosper. Another amazing discovery if your children happen to be sensitive to certain types of materials, or even have Eczema, the organic cotton can help.

We hope that this has been insightful. For more organic and fairtrade clothing from Little Green Radicals, please visit arteideas.co.uk and use our search. For more infrequently pleasant updates on Eco-Gifts, please like and follow us on Facebook & Twitter. We currently have 10% off your first purchase at Arte Ideas if you sign up to our mailing list! You can find our mailing list on our homepage….enjoy this offer while it lasts : )

Why Are Disposable Coffee Cups Still Failing To Recycle?

diagram of how many disposable cups are sold by the big coffee chains

The big chain coffee shops such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee are still failing to make it easy for customers to recycle or produce the means of reducing the use of disposable cups. The yearly amount of cups takeaway cups still stand at 2.5bn in the UK, and it is distinguishable from just glancing at a public rubbish bin that they are full of potential recyclable items, So why are we still not recycling them?

While disposing of these cups might seem to be the right way of going with big chain coffee shops constantly reducing the amount of material used with each cup, but are they really making it easier to recycle? Disposable cups are predominantly made of cardboard (around 95% of its weight, and we hope recycled) and 5% polyethylene in the form of a thin coating inside the cup. The reason they do this is that the coating provides insulation for the cup and stops the cardboard from going soggy. Most people don’t realise that this coating cannot be recycled, paper mills are unable to process this with mixed material.

So one of things we can do is make the general population of this and make them more aware of alternatives. We would prefer if the government and coffee businesses stepped in to do more to encourage people to bring their own reusable cups. We are seeing some organisations such as Starbucks offer discounts of up to 25p by bringing your own reusable cup, so why not start a campaign asking people to bring their own cup! (B.Y.O.C anyone!, you can have that one for free). We will do our best to keep nudging the big coffee chains to make more people aware of bringing their own reusable cups and upping their efforts in reducing waste.

All we can say is that we are trying to do out bit by offering affordable alternatives such as Keep Cups, which are the first ever Barista standard reusable coffee/tea cup, now that’s something to shout about. Joco also design a reusable cups, a glass variation. These cups both help out mother nature, and also help you ditch the disposable cup.

keep cups' alchemy collection

glass reusable cups by joco

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