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What are Earth Friendly Products?
We have never come across a definition of earth friendly products, so we have to suggest to you our own version. Do you agree?
Earth friendly products are defined by being made of recycled, or recyclable material, or that promote or are intended for use in ways that tread lighter upon the earth.
Earth friendly products all seem to have certain characteristics about them. For example, they tend to be:
Handmade or crafted by one person.
Limited edition. Or difficult to get easily when and where you want them.
Need a bit more care or thought to look after them properly and make them last.
Made of traditional materials, that have possibly been found or re-used from another industry or item.
The making of them invests in an organic (no chemical toxin) system to provide the raw material.
Promote a holistic solution to a problem it wants to solve (if you do this AND this, with patience, these changes will occur…)
Is often underlined by a cause, rather than being set up for the sole purpose of making money.
Pushes people to produce rather than consume.
Allows them access to a community of other like minded people… (for example, you might say copper tools are for organic gardeners.)
Are products that are built to last, or have the quality of an heirloom about them (buy once, buy well!)
Top 3 Earth Friendly Products at Modern Mint
What are our top earth friendly products, the ones we have found and tested over the last two and a half years in order to make sure we can offer you the best of the best? It is a tough question to answer, but we will try and give it a go…
The first would be the Gardening Hat.
This hat is made from the tarpaulin on the lorries and trucks that take coffee beans to Rio. It supports the people who make them by paying them a fair wage (the disparity between rich and poor in Brazil was highlighted by the Rio Olympics 2016) and is a near indestructible product.
We love to wear it when we garden, and because it makes us look a little Indiana Jones…
(Well, my mum said it did…)
The second earth friendly product would be our skipping rope.
What makes this so earth friendly? The maker collects wood from a local forest, wood that has been discarded and forgotten from the coppicing process, and turns it into something useful as well as beautiful.
When you buy one of these products (and we do items like this catapult too) you get the wonderful smell of the woodland when you open the box. Cannot get enough of this! Each piece is so textural and awakens so many senses… transforming twigs and branches into something useful just makes us feel good…
The last item we suggest, as an earth friendly product, is something from the wildlife section of our website.
The bird feeder we sell here at Modern Mint is made of recycled black plastic pots. Yes, that’s right. You heard us. Black plastic pots.
You probably have one or two (or 20 or 30!) pots sat gathering dust in or behind your shed. We can say this with confidence, as it is estimated that there are some 5 million black plastic pots sat unused and un-useful in gardens across the UK….
Why leave them to be idle? Click here to find out where they can be recycled.
What happens when they are recycled? They go to Cornwall, where a beautiful bunch who live close to the sea turn them into bird feeders, to make sure we have those lovely songbirds in our gardens during the winter.
To Conclude About Earth Friendly Products…
We love them here at Modern Mint. We also value and support the makers and brave souls who throw themselves into something they believe in, to bring us these works that are unique and useful and different… as well as being light upon the earth.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
(And as a bonus, check out a product we are so proud of, and the inspiration behind the term earth friendly… the earth friendly gardener’s range of books… you won’t go wrong with these!)
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