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!

Apr27

Beekeepers – Quick Notes On Plants For Bees

tulips for bees

Fine news for beekeepers today – a total ban on bee-harming pesticides has been announced! To celebrate, here is a list of plants we recommend as being brilliant for the bees: Helenium Sedum Echium vulgare Marjoram or Oregano Eupatorium (common name? Joe Pye-Weed. But don’t let that put you off!) Borage Nepeta Veronicastrum Teucrium Bonus plants for shady spots? Try hellebore, lamium and pulmonaria. Looking for a shrub to plant near your apiary? Phillyrea ought to do it. Although it is difficult to get hold of…. we are working on making it more available though, so check back with Modern …

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Apr20

Thoughts On Modern Mint, April 2018

Hey Modern Minters, we have been busy already this year – so busy! Here is some of the topiary work we love doing so much…. A post shared by ModernMint (@modernmintshop) on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:48am PDT Whilst evenings (and some afternoons!) have been spent travelling the country giving garden talks to clubs, horticultural societies, WI’s and U3A’s. This is all fabulous fun but it has meant: We have not been consistent with our mailing list I have not finished the book ‘Helping The Honeybee’ I was due to get to the publisher by the end of February There …

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Mar30

Helping The Honeybee, Southend On Sea Beekeepers

Helping the honeybee

This week I gave a talk – Helping The Honeybee – to the lovely beekeeping group at Southend on Sea. Here are some notes for those who didn’t have a chance to write down some of the ideas we spoke about and shared…. The Top Plants For Bees Helenium Sedum Echium Marjoram (which you will find in your seedballs) Oregano Eupatorium, also known as Joe Pye-Weed Borage Nepeta Veronicaastrum Teucrium Phillyrea If you want a hedge for around your apiary, you will not go too far wrong with planting the amazing, tough as old boots, Phillyrea. Read plenty more about …

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