THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Nov28

Plant Trees With Ecosia

This came to our attention about a year ago. But we’ve only just realised we hadn’t told enough people about it!

Ecosia. A search engine that plants trees, every time you use it.

How amazing is that? Helping the planet green up each and every time you search for something. We think it is just as good as Google for most things you need to search for (please don’t send me your search items it couldn’t find. Your private searches are your own.) Plus, it takes you away from giving information (and so more power) to Google. Something some of you may be interested in.

Another search engine that does that is called DuckDuckGo. They are also very good and using them means you are ‘sticking it to the man’.

So if you are not looking for some presents at Modern Mint this year, why not continue your search on the search engine that plants trees? Use Ecosia – for a greener kind of window shopping!

Apr23

Gardening Is ‘Not Above Carbon Emissions’

This piece in the Guardian got me thinking a lot – it shows how an orchestra, a country and a town in Devon have been putting the cost of their carbon footprint at the head of their priority list. Read the article – Carbon Cutters. Gardening is not above this. From refraining from using peat compost to moving to a decent pair of shears, you can easily reduce your carbon footprint. Perhaps you could even make your own compost, so as to enhance life in your garden all the way down the food chain? (For more on that, you can …

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Apr23

Bees On Notre Dame

I loved this as well – I had read about the bees of Notre Dame before, when I discovered Paris was a pesticide free city (shouldn’t all cities be like this?) and was pleased to discover, after the fire at Notre Dame, that the bees were safe and sound. Not that the smoke would have harmed them, it would have just put them to sleep! Take a read and enjoy the fact Paris is trying to bring more bees to the city.

Apr23

Places To Buy Seed From…

Just a quick note to suggest a few places you might want to buy seed from. There are more, but these were mentioned in a blog at Riverford organic the other day and I thought they would be useful to share….   Real Seeds (who I use a lot. They are great!) Seed Co-operative Vital Seeds