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!

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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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NEW Ruby Ruth Dolls

eccentric ruby ruth dolls made from recycled materials

Ruby Ruth’s eccentric dolls are back once again, and we are proud to have those adorable characters back in stock. It has been SO hard seeing them go to many customers, We were super happy to have new characters to add to the family.

If you are not aware of these cute things, Ruby Ruth Dolls are made from an assortment of recycled materials sourced from local charity shops, car boots and welcome donations and are hand tailored into these colourful characters designed by Jenny Mustill.

If you have one of these eccentric characters, head to Ruby Ruth Dolls and show them in their new home! And say that Arte Ideas sent you : )

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Matt & Nat vegan handbags have recycled over 1m+ plastic bottles in a year!

over million plastic bottles recycled - matt and nat

We are proud to announce that Matt & Nat have now recycled over 1 million water bottles in a year! Wow. This is amazing! Good job guys. If you are not familiar with Matt & Nat, they produce handbags and accessories using their signature vegan leathers and other eco-friendly materials such as recycled nylon, cock and rubber. They also collaborate with factories from china that are in line with their ethos and quality with the SA8000 standard certification. Sustainability is constantly sourced in the design of Matt & Nat products. 100% of recycled bottles are used in the lining of their bags and approximately 21 plastic bottles are recycled with each bag produced.

We are very pleased that they have achieved this milestone and we hope that they improve on this and on their products by using more innovative and sustainable materials. We currently have Matt & Nat Vegan Handbags available at Arte Ideas, we would love it for your see these and many other Eco-Friendly Gifts on our online store. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook & Twitter for infrequently pleasant updates on eco news.

NEW Little Green Radicals Spring/Summer Collection

new spring summer collection from little green radicals

We are proud to announce Little Green Radicals new spring/summer collection! Josie has done it again! (Josie is LGR’s designer) The theme we believe is ‘Aesop’s fables, which is about the fable of the tortoise and the hare. We again love the very colourful and quirky graphics used in this collection, almost, well radical (or rad to the cool kids). Speaking of cool kids, there’s no doubt that your little radicals will look super cute and colourful in this range. We recommend you take a peek at the blue bay fisherman jacket (as shown in the image above) and for the girls the rose pink fisherman jacket (or should it be fisherwoman?)

This new range goes up to ages 7-8 if you were wondering, so thanks for taking the time to look at our new range that Little Green Radicals have supplied us, you can see the Little Green Radical’s Spring Collection and many other cool products that care for the environment and ethics at arteideas.co.uk. Also like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for pleasantly infrequent updates on our eco gifts.