THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jan23

Our Packaging

Hello and happy new year all you Modern Minters!

Hope you are well and making it through ‘Dry January’/ ‘No Cake New Year’ / ‘Resolving To Stick With My Resolutions This Time‘…. or whatever tough aim you are seeking to achieve right now. I just hope it goes well for you!

I want to share with you some thoughts on our packaging.

We use:

  • Boxes made from recycled paper. Sometimes we re-use a box that we have a received from someone else. When we do this, we try to cover up the tatty parts with the Modern Mint label.
  • These boxes can be composted. Making your own compost and adding it to your flower borders is a brilliant way to improve the soil in your garden and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • We also reuse bubble wrap, when we send out something easily damaged like a whetstone. This bubble wrap comes from our suppliers, or from items we may have ordered for personal use. (Like bottles of gin.)
  • Occasionally we use a foam, you know that awful light, white stuff that comes in little bits that go everywhere when you open the packet. We don’t use this often, but we got some once from a supplier and it is useful when you need to cushion something fragile. The foam bits we are recycling from our supplier are biodegradable, so that is a plus point.
  • We add scrunched up bits of Kraft paper to fill gaps in the boxes and stop your items smashing around as they are delivered to you. If we can recycle a bit of newspaper, we will use this too.
  • Our tape is packing tape, the brown stuff. It works well but is a bit rubbish when it doesn’t break down in the compost heap. We are going to look at using paper tape this spring.

Most of the time we deliver with the Royal Mail. They are coming to your house anyway, so there is one less extra van on the road. Bigger items we may use Parcel Force, or very occasionally another courier.

Here is what other people are doing about plastic waste….

The Mayor of London’s scheme to reduce plastic packaging.

Riverford Organic and the counter-intuitive idea that plastic bags are better for the environment that paper ones. Interesting reading, yes….?

 

We hope you all have a fantastic 2018, keep thinking about the environment and do all you can to make your garden a place where life expands, not contracts!

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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