Enjoying nature and the great outdoors is all part of living a sustainable lifestyle. And it makes sense that caring for the environment should start at home Whether you have a well-tended plot full of fruits and vegetables, a large lawn, the smallest patch of grass or a patio garden we have just what you need to add colour to your outdoor space. And even if you have no outdoor space at all you can still plant herb seeds in a window box or shop for a beautiful stained glass or capiz shell suncatcher to hang in your window.
If you are into organic gardening then your patch is probably already a haven for wildlife, but planting wildflowers or installing an insect house can only help to encourage the bees and the butterflies to your garden. If you are new to the world of grow your own you might be surprised how beautiful and easy to grow seedball’s edible and wildflower seed mixtures are.
Wind Chimes and Sun Catchers
Garden decoration can take many forms from copper sculptures and stone statutes to funky garden furniture and hanging bells. Wind chimes are thought to be good luck in parts of Asia and are used in Feng Shui. Bamboo tuned wind chimes make a gentle melodic sound, while metal wind chimes tinkle in the breeze. For us garden decor is all about complimenting nature and the sound of bamboo knocking in the wind does this beautifully, it's a much gentler sound than aluminium tubes.
If your DIY skills aren't quite good enough to have made your own seashell wind chimes these fair trade beauties are certainly the next best thing. Although chimes and sun catchers are creat crafts for kids.
Wildflower Seeds by Seedball
Forget seed packets think wildflower seed bombs. These clever little balls contain an entire mini ecosystem. A carefully crafted mix of clay, compost, seeds and a smidgen of chilli to keep away pests. Each ball contains a number of varieties of wild flower seeds, annual and perennial but they are all native plants and non-GMO seeds. You’ll get around 10 sprouts per seed ball but as different plants thrive in different conditions some are likely to do better than others.
Plant your own wild flower meadow with the wildflower meadow seeds or choose poppy seeds for a remembrance garden. The shade mix is perfect for the partial shade under trees or pot on an outdoor patio or balcony that doesn’t get much sun. Whatever you choose you will be supporting the butterflies and the bees, and brightening up your day with beautiful sustainable flowers.
Seedball tins make perfect gifts for nature lovers. They are great to give to children, teachers, dog walkers (for a bit of guerrilla gardening) and we think they would make particularly good alternative wedding favours.
Grow your own herbs and vegetables
You really can take up gardening with the smallest amount of soil. Raised beds are great for growing food but so is container gardening. You can repurpose anything from teapots to dog crates into planters. Salad even grows surprising well in an old drain pipe.
The edible seedball collection consists of a herb mix, salad mix and tea mix. Perfect for starting your kitchen garden flavouring food with herbs you have grown yourself or drinking your first cup of homegrown chamomile tea is magical and a great way to reconnect with nature and the food we eat.
The plant n grow kits have everything you need to start growing including herb and vegetable seeds, compost discs and a mini greenhouse to sit on your windowsill. A great way to learn with kids they’ll be so excited to taste their very own homegrown cherry tomatoes and edible flowers.
Bird and Insect Houses
We are passionate about animals big and small and are very proud of our range of fair trade recycled birdhouses and insect houses. It's the easiest and most eco-friendly way to encourage birds and insects into your garden and makes for great outdoor decor. Team with bird feeders and wildflowers and enjoy watching the birds and bugs come and go. The insect houses make a particularly good gift for little nature lovers.
Eco Pet Products
And for our bigger fury friends, we have the amazing Wild Olive soap natural dog shampoo bar. Perfect for dog grooming, it’s a shampoo and conditioner in one to give a soft shiny coat. Like us dogs have sensitive skin, normal pet shampoo can lead to can lead to itchy skin and skin irritation. This organic dog shampoo combines coconut oil, olive oil and palm oil to condition and treat dry skin and leave fur soft. Plus it’s full of essential oils including lavender, tea tree, lemongrass and clove to give odour control, itch relief and help protect against fleas and ticks. It’s a good alternative to oatmeal shampoo and suitable for all dog breeds.
And after they’ve had their bath you can serve your puppy a dog treat in a fair trade hand painted ceramic dog bowl. We don’t sell pet food or collars (not yet anyway) but these pet bowls are a great alternative to uninspiring stainless steel bowls or plastic bowls. The cat bowls are the perfect size for a feline friend to eat or drink from while the larger ceramic bowl will fit plenty of dog food. They'd make lovely Christmas gifts for the four-legged members of the family.