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Eating well, sourcing seasonal products and knowing where everything comes from is becoming part of our everyday life. So, it’s no surprise that the same should be done for our fury friends. From natural and ethical dog food to providing a raw produce diet, the choices are endless.

We take a look at the brands who are looking after our four-legged friends.

Scrumbles

 

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Want to know the secret behind pearly whites, healthy gums & tums? 😁⁠ ⁠ Gnashers are the dental bones that will help your furiend get just that!⁠ Available at independent pet shops, Ocado, Fetch, and our website. ⁠ ⁠ #scrumbles #healthydogtreat #gnashers #dentalbones #dogtreats #doghealth #healthydog #healthypets #pearlywhites #goodbreath #plaqueattack #petnutrition #naturalpetfood #healthydogtreats #lhasa #dogbiscuits #dogsoflondon #dogsuk #ukdogs #petsuk

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Scrumbles is a natural, ethical dog and cat food brand that is committed to responsibly sourcing pet food at a reasonable price. Founder Aneisha Soobroyen decided to start the business after getting frustrated over how unhealthy and expensive pet food on the current market was, when she was buying for her own pets. Together with husband Jack Walker, they created Scrumbles which has now become a certified B-corp due to their focus on sustainability, the environmental impact they have as a business and animal welfare. For example, 1% of annual profits are donated to animal charities, the packaging is eco-friendly and recyclable, and all food is natural and locally sourced.

Bark Bites

 

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100% fresh Ingredients. Wheat, cereal and grain free. No preservatives, artificial colouring or added sugar. Low calorie, hand baked, tasty, nutritional with an 18 month shelf life and in 11 varieties to cover all your dogs needs. Available online at @BarkBites and @PetsatHome #dogsofinstagram #dogs #puppiesofinstagram #puppies

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From their Super Salmon Swirls to Cheesy Chicken Bites, all of Bark Bites’ treats are made from human-grade ingredients and hand-baked to perfection.

James and Antony are big dog lovers and were sick and tired of trying to find dog treats that were all natural, and not filled with nasty bits to help colour or flavour them. Based just outside Manchester in the North West, Bark Bites send their dog treats far and wide, helping to satisfy the needs of dogs all over the UK, with great flavours and nutrients that can really make a difference to their health and happiness.

NatureDiet

 

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Our Feel Good Turkey & Salmon Treats have been popular just recently with our agility champs! Thank you to Kay & Erin for sharing your favourite treats 🤩🐶 #Naturediet #FeelGoodDogFood #NaturalDogTreats #Agility #nourishedbynaturediet

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NatureDiet natural dog food is only ever made with freshly prepared meat and fish, vegetables and healthy carbohydrates. Nourishing and easily digested, the foods provide dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes with convenient, nutritious complete meals. They’ve been producing pure, natural dog food for over 40 years from Norfolk and are proud to use human grade produce from British suppliers and ethical ingredient sources.

NatureDiet foods are made to simple healthy recipes, using a limited number of ingredients which are low in common allergens. All their foods are wheat gluten free and easily digestible.

Marshfield Farm – Scoops for dogs

 

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Happy #NationalDogDay 🐾 Scoop’s here to show off our next #MarshfieldFarmSummerGiveaway – and it’s one sure to get tails wagging!! 🥳 Thanks to our very generous friends @laughingdogfood you can win over £90 worth of treats and a YEAR’S SUPPLY OF SCOOPS on our Marshfield Farm Facebook page right now!! Enter on FB now and good luck to all our furry fans🍦🐾#icecreamfordogs #dogsofinstagram #instadog #dogstagram #competition #giveaway #prize #dog #puppy

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You might have recognised the brand. Yes, ice cream and yes, they do make ice cream for dogs! Scoop’s Ice Cream for Dogs is a product to get tails wagging as they believe treating the family means treating the dog too to ensure everyone is happy!

Scoop’s Ice Cream are reduced in fat, sugar & lactose content, but the brand also adds some glucosamine to look after joint care as well as Vitamin C for their immune system and Omega 3 for a glossy coat. So yes, you can say that this is an ice cream that is really good for your dog!

Naturaw

 

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Breakfast of champions! A delicious meal of lamb and duck, with added treat of sweet potato, parsley and egg yolk. These Naturaw dogs are fed better than us humans that’s for sure! 😋🤣

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Naturaw is a family run company based in North Yorkshire. They’re passionate about pets, that’s why they came up with an unusual idea, a raw diet.

Produced completely in-house, they crafted every aspect themselves using their experience and knowledge as raw feeders. From the chunky mince made from quality cuts of British meat, to the beautiful biodegradable packaging, Naturaw have managed to launch the first raw pet food in the UK to be organically licensed (OFG).

If you’re unsure about this diet, you can trial it and order one of their balanced raw food taster boxes which include four different types of mince.

Are you looking to promote your pet brand on Social Media? Get in touch with our award-winning social media team today to see how we can help!

The best food for our furry friends

One in eight Britons are now vegetarian or vegan, according to a report on food shopping that underlines a revolution in the UK’s eating habits. In a world where cutting down our sugar consumption is getting a priority as well as looking into what goes into our children’s mouths, healthy snacks are becoming a big trend and are taking over our supermarket aisles.

To celebrate #WorldVeganDay we’re looking at delicious snacks suited for vegans that won’t let you down in terms of taste.

Livia kitchen

 

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LAUNCH NEWS 🎉 We’re SO excited to announce the full DUNX range has launched @bootsuk ONLINE. We’re so excited that we’re gobbling up Dunx for breakfast in the office 😋 How dreamy does this look though??? If you haven’t tried Dunx yet, this is your chance!! 🙌 Link to shop is in our bio 🛒 Dunx will be available in @bootsuk stores from next week.

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Livia’s story started in Olivia’s kitchen back in 2014 when she had been diagnosed with a long list of severe food intolerances. She wanted to still be able to enjoy sweet treats and started baking in her kitchen. That’s when the idea of launching a free-from and natural snack range came to her mind.

Livia’s products include nugglets (dough balls), million squares as well as Dunx (cookies). Livia prioritises quality over quantity, although only a few products available the taste is amazing, and you won’t notice that they are free-from and natural. They are also launching an advent calendar for Christmas, and we’re so excited to try it out!

Growers Garden

 

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#4 we will be in Livingstone Dobbies today. Fingers crossed we have a busy day again! Next week is going to be a busy week 😃🥦 21/7 – Kirkby Lonsdale Booths 22/7- Milnathorpe Booths 25/7- Kendal Booths 25/7- Tebay services Southbound 26/7 – Penrith Booths 26/7 – Tebay services Northbound 27/7 – House of Bruar #healthiersnacks #productsampling #summer #roadtrip #dobbies #booths #tebayservices #houseofbruar

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Ever heard of broccoli? I know it might not sound like a treat but trust me it is! Each one of their fantastic flavours contains at least 27% fresh broccoli (never powdered), making it the #1 ingredient. Made using fresh veg from their very own fields, grown in the East of Scotland sunshine, the crisps are broccoli like you’ve never had it before.

With under 100kcal per pack, they’re a tasty, low-calorie snack for all the family; great on-the-go, after the gym, or even as a kids’ snack. With different flavours such as cheese, chive and onions or chilli, make sure you try something new!

Ten Acre

 

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💙Remember it’s Father’s Day tomorrow 💙 #fathersday #dad #daddy #stepdad #grandad #grandpa #thatspecialsomeone

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Using the finest ingredients, Ten Acre make amazing hand cooked crisps and hand-picked popcorn, that are all free from. Their entire range of snacks are gluten-free, dairy-free, MSG-free as well as being vegan, vegetarian, halal and kosher certified.

Their range of crisps includes six different flavours, from sweet and sour to chilli and BBQ all with funny names. You can find the brand on Amazon as well as Holland & Barret.

Bananito

 

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Anyone else tried our brand new flavours? 😁 Let Mightybee know below👇 All new flavours can be found on Ocado so be sure to pick them up while stock lasts ❤️ Thank you to @plantbased_kat for this gorgeous pic 🥰 #thursday #mightybee #bananito #newflavour #october

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Introducing the UK’s 1st solar-dried banana bar – these healthy treats are 100% natural, gluten-free, high in fibre, source of potassium, low in calories, and packed with flavour. Best of all, you can count them as 1 of your 5-a-day. Harnessing the power of nature, the bananas are grown in a chemical-free environment in rural Thailand and slowly tanned under a sustainable solar dome to keep its nutrients intact.

You can pick from three different flavours including dark chocolate or almond crush.

Free From Fellows

 

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Summertime treats 🌞🌼🍋🍊 Posted @withrepost • @bethbluu #ad The weather was so nice today so we decided to have a little picnic in our local park and I packed some packs of @freefromfellows classic sweets, I love being able to share them with George (except the pear drops) because they are free from sugar, artificial colours or flavourings and are even suitable for vegans! 🌿 We got ours from Holland & Barrett and they’re also available from Ocado and Grape Tree. . #summerpicnic #freefromfellows #sugarfree #veganfriendly #treat #treats #sweettreat #delicious #candy #sugarfree #lifestyleblogger #july #picnic

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The team behind Free From Fellows created some tasty sweets without any sugar, gelatine or gluten to bring you the best of the best. From gummy bears, wine gums and boiled sweet you have a large choice. They even won the “Great British Food Award 2019” for their sweets as well as “Health Food business” winner. At least with those sweets, you’ll feel much better after Halloween.

Mighty Seeds

 

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Choc 🍫 Salted Caramel coated #watermelonseeds ! Snack goals for Monday complete✅. Each 25g pack contains a Mighty 6g Plant-Protein 🌱💪, 142 Calories and no #palmoil 🐒! . Check out our website to get your hands on our #Mighty Snacks ! Remember Free Shipping on all UK orders 👍 . If you’re in Sweden 🇸🇪check out @vegobox (who also captured this lovely shot 🤤!) . #protein #plantprotein #vegansnacks #veganfood #watermelon #saltedcaramel #melonseeds #veganlondon #plantbased #plantbaseddiet #highprotein #veganuk #vegangains #plantbasedprotein #vegains #veganfood #vegans #veganlife #thefeedfeedvegan #vegan #vegansuk #dairyfree #gains #gym #sustainable #healthysnacks #breakfast #caramel

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Ever heard of watermelon seeds? Well I’m sure you have but did you know that you could eat them? As a treat? Mighty Seeds remove the outer shell to unearth this yellow-ish, tasty seed. The seeds have similar characteristics to pumpkin seeds but with greater nutritional benefits and better taste! Watermelon seeds are highly nutritious and contain the highest source of protein for any naturally occurring plant-based source. They are also a good source of fat, fibre, magnesium and zinc.

You can buy them online, and choose from different taste such as dark chocolate, salted caramel or Himalayan pink salt. So now you know, stop wasting your watermelon seeds, you could get a great snack out of it!

If you would like to find out more about how we could support your business then why not get in touch today or read about Ethique, the world’s first zero-waste beauty brand.

The best vegan snacks

If you’re on Instagram, you would have seen the influx of influencers and celebrities changing their house decorations depending on the season and holidays. With autumnal styles and Christmas decorations Lapland even would envy there is plenty to choose from.

Now that Halloween is around the corner and Christmas fast approaching, we see it more and more. So, if you are one of those people who love changing your in-house decor or would like to try it, here is a selection of great shops where you’ll find anything pumpkin-ly to snowflake spectacular!

notonthehighstreet.com

 

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How our table is looking all the way through October 🎃✨ . . #autumn #halloween #pumpkin #tablescapes #tabledecor #NOTHS

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Their goal? Bring together the most unique, stylish and never-before-seen products that are hard to find anywhere else. notonthehighstreet.com have more than 5,000 partners – a selection of the UK’s best small creative businesses.

You will find anything for your seasonal decorating on their site. For Halloween set ups, Autumn and winter decorations, it’s heaven! Let’s take Halloween for example, we spotted orange candles, bat wall stickers and even some pumpkin mugs to make sure your house is as orange as it can be. You can shop by occasion, but you can also just browse for inspiration. We love the autumn pantry inspiration page, which gives us soup and hot chocolate envy!

Maison du monde

 

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Get cabin cool with In The Woods, our third Autumn – Winter 2019 decor trend! 🌲 ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ – – – – – – – – – – #maisonsdumonde #mymdm #livingroomideas #dreamlivingroom #diningroom #livingroomdecor #livingroom #cosy #autumn #autumnvibes🍁 #scandistyle #scandi #scandikitchen #hygge #kitchenideas #kitchengoals #hyggehome #diningroom #tablescapes#tablesetting #homedecor#homesweethome #cabin#feelingcosy

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It all started 20 years ago when Xavier Marie, a creative visionary, decided to form Maison du Monde, a home decoration and furnishing store inspired by influences from around the world. The French brand is also ethically and sustainably involved, sourcing sustainable material, avoiding shipping products by plane, they also created a Maison du Monde foundation to contribute to the preservation of forests and wood.

Maison du Monde proposes amazing Autumn and Winter decoration depending on trends. From white Christmas to Hygge or the traditional celebration, you can have all the items you want to prepare your home for Christmas – and at a great price!

Nkuku

 

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The perfect Sunday: a woodland walk with the crunch of fallen leaves, followed by a cosy afternoon by an open fire. Our chunky rattan baskets are back in stock and make the ideal fireside accompaniment with plenty of room for logs and kindling. #baskets #cosysunday #autumnal #handmade

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Nkuku’s aim is to make it easy for you to create a home that expresses who you are through a collection of beautifully handmade pieces. The brand works with artisans all over the world to create individual homewares, using sustainable materials that embrace traditional skills. They celebrate organic beauty and character.

The materials they work with shape their collections and play a key part in the look and values. Nkuku works with natural, recycled and reclaimed materials through sustainable methods of production including hemp, recycled glass, recycled metal and many more. Their autumn and winter collection will fit perfectly in any home and includes Christmas decoration, candles for your cozy evening, all with a rustic style.

Wayfair

Wayfair believes everyone should live in a home they love. Through technology and innovation, Wayfair makes it possible for shoppers to quickly and easily find exactly what they want from a selection of more than 14 million items across home furnishings, décor, home improvement, housewares and more.

They have a range of decorations for any holidays and occasion. From Halloween decoration, including bat mirrors, pumpkins canvas and ghost toy bag to Christmas with their bed sheet sets, door mats and even wall arts. This is the perfect place to find your seasonal decorations and have a perfectly instagramable house.

The range

 

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@jimjamdesigns – 🕸️ How about this for a Halloween display! Use our White Manzanita Tree & some Halloween decor to create the ultimate spooky display. 🔎857072 #halloween #design #creative #decor #autmn #spooky #therangeuk

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The Range is one of the fastest growing retailers in the UK, with over 175 stores nationwide, and 65,000 products in stock across 16 different departments, from homewares and furniture to DIY and art supplies.

This Halloween, you can turn your home into a haunted house with their massive indoor and outdoor collection of devilish decorations. With everything from LED’s to illuminating accessories, make sure you and your home are ready for when darkness falls and the trick or treaters descend. If Halloween isn’t your thing, they also have an amazing Christmas selection.

Dunelm

 

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The cosy nights are upon us 🙌 Refresh your bedroom with our stylish brushed cotton bedding. Tap the image to shop this cosy set-up 👆 #Bedroom #BrushedCotton #Home

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UK’s No. 1 homewares retailer offering customers great products to enhance every room in their home. They focus on style, quality and value and are always working hard to help their customers create a home they love.

This Christmas, if you need a little help with your decorations, make sure you head to Dunelm. They have an amazing selection of items to decorate each room in your house. If you’re after some Christmas bedding, cushions or fairy lights, they have everything in store. Make sure to browse their Christmas inspiration pages as well to look at the different trends.

Do you have a homeware brand that you’d like to gain more exposure? Speak to our team today to find out how we could help you achieve your goals.

Best seasonal home decorations

Surveys show that nowadays people tend to do more work in their home rather than moving from one property to another. This might be due to crazy market prices, Brexit uncertainty etc. In fact, with trends changing every season and people’s taste evolving, people tend to update their living room every 25 months according to 123furniture.

We take a look at great brands that you might want to check out if you decide to redecorate your house.

Howdens

Howdens are the UK’s largest designer and manufacturer of fitted kitchens and joinery products, priding themselves on quality. With more than 70 kitchen designs and thousands of products in their range, you will have plenty of choice to find the kitchen of your dreams.

You’ll also find a very useful kitchen trend guide on their website, which highlights the year’s trends including colour palettes from dark green industrial looks to the marble and metallic ones.  Howdens website also offers inspiration depending on the type of kitchen you have as well as case studies on how customers used the British brand for their own kitchens.

Howdens is also committed to protecting the environment, which is why 100% of wood-based materials used in Howdens UK based manufacturing is from FSC® certified sources. 98% of all waste produced in manufacturing and logistics is diverted from landfill by recycling and producing heat energy for their factories.

Swoon

Swoon is a design-led furniture brand for the home obsessed. Their goal was to give home-lovers beautiful designs at fair prices. They also have a deep-rooted belief in the value of craft and work directly with the best artisans in the UK, Europe and the world to bring their designs to life.

The brand releases new products monthly and partnered with John Lewis & Partners to create an Art Deco vibe collection mixed with some funky contemporary shapes. From velvet sofas to bar stools and armchairs, they create great seasonal collections.

Swoon trend report is also full of great insight from the favourite colours per London borough to the next collection prediction. A great insight for the design lovers.

Wickes

In 1972, the first UK Wickes opened in Whitefield, Manchester. It was an imaginative new concept – using a traditional DIY store model to sell to the trade – and it made Wickes the first fixed-price builders’ merchant in the UK.

Today, Wickes takes pride in being an innovative multi-channel retailer. Customers have access to a range of ‘How to’ guides, ideas and advice to support them with their home improvement projects, while their services make it even easier to get the products they need.

Wickes has also developed a waste management strategy that aims to reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill sites, increasing the percentage of recycled or reclaimed material used by the company.

Sofa.com

Sofa.com has been handcrafting and delivering sofas for over a decade. Sofa.com not only sells sofas, they’re also experts in beds and have a range of accessories from mirrors, soft furnishings to bedside tables. Choose from 100s of designs and fabrics of sofas that are built to last, in fact, all woods are guaranteed for life. You can even make your own sofa made to order if you can’t find one you like on the website.

Sofa.com have a great blog full of insight on how to decorate your home as well as people welcoming you inside their home to show you their sofa. This is a great insight to get more inspiration. Sofa.com also have great collaborations with influencer the latest being Erica Davies.

Do you have a homeware brand that you’d like to gain more exposure? Speak to our team today to find out how we could help you achieve your goals.

Spice up your home

In the UK alone, more than  3/4 of children between the ages of 10 to 12 have their own social media accounts. So, 21st century adults entering the complex world of parenthood face a hurdle that has yet to be a concern for said group – protecting your children from the threat of adult content, unfiltered comments, cyber bullying, identity theft and predators. A rather large ask in this social media obsessed society.

Luckily for parents up and down the country, help is at hand. Rather than risking the ‘FOMO’ backlash from your kids, you can now rely on safer social media alternatives that allow kids to be kids, socialising, sharing and chatting, just without all the risks.

We look at social network alternatives for young people, built with safety and age-appropriate socialising in mind.

GromSocial

Whilst most of us were climbing trees and rushing home to watch Art Attack after school during our adolescent years, in 2013, 12-year-old Zach Marks was casually founding the social media platform, Grom Social, which now boasts 13 million users across 200 countries. Successfully making us feel like our teenage days were somewhat inadequate, Zach has also managed to create a platform which tackles issues that often affect young people using social media; bullying and a lack of safety. Each user interacts with other ‘GromAtars’, and with the site being monitored 24/7, if and when someone tries to post something inappropriate, a GromAtar will stop them and explain why the behaviour will not be tolerated. This concept of learning from ‘peers’ rather than seemingly out of touch parents is a brilliant way of getting through to kids, without patronising them. Parents also receive regular emails detailing their child’s online activity.

Kidzworld

Launched in 2001, Kidzworld is now the largest independent website for young people in the world and is hailed as a safe place where kids can enjoy, explore and learn. The focus on education is paramount for this platform, so Kidzworld is often popular with teachers, as it gives them engaging resources and conversation points to use in the classroom. One great feature is the ‘Dear Dish-It’ advice blog, which acts as a forum for kids to ask for personal advice about self-esteem issues, relationships, bullying, peer pressure and everything in between.

Franktown Rocks

Franktown Rocks is all about having fun and socialising through games. It incorporates a multiplayer online game for kids between the ages of 8-12. You can create your own characters, interact and chat to other characters all at once. Franktown is unique in that you can not only play games together, but can also make music, complete quests and watch videos. There is also a handy area for parents, answering any questions regarding safety that they may have.

ChatFoss

ChatFOSS is a safe place where you can chat with your friends online. You can do all the things you do on other social media apps, but with ChatFOSS you always know with whom you are chatting, and strangers cannot contact you. Even better, the app gives you control of what you share. There is no need to share everything with everyone! Strangers cannot look for you, follow you or find you, only your friends on ChatFOSS will know you have an account. A great app for children where parents can be reassured that no strangers would get in touch with their little ones or people they don’t want to speak to can’t.

PopJam

PopJam is a platform for 7 – 12-year olds, where you can create and share art, photos and much more. You can also watch specially selected videos, take epic quizzes, play games, discover and follow all the stuff you love! There’s a community of friendly and creative PopJammers who all have their own profiles.

Children using PopJam can’t share personal information and can’t use private chat to communicate with people. PopJam is committed to online safety and child protection, they cooperate with third party companies such as CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) and the NSPCC, to ensure children are safe using the platform.

Is your brand in need of a PR or social strategy? Why not get in contact with us today to see how we can help you get ahead of your competitors and gain exposure in new markets.

Top social media websites that will keep your kids safe online

The average household in the UK produces more than a tonne of waste every year. Lots of people are trying to reduce their waste and some companies are coming up with clever ideas on how to do so. From charity shops collecting toiletries to recycling your bike, here is a list of sustainable and ethical businesses that you could use to help save the planet and help people in need.

Beauty banks

 

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We’re super excited to launch our new Beauty Banks Bundles with our beloved retail partner @eashouk 💙We have bundles worth £20 and £50 and both contain the products most requested from our charity partners. All links and our new @eashowishlists are in our stories 💙As always we’re super grateful to whatever you can donate – it’s our busiest time of year and we’re desperate for more donations so we can support as many charities who are contacting us for help as possible 🙏 #thankyou #endhygienepoverty #hygienepoverty

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Beauty Banks is a people-powered movement. Its aim is to provide those living in poverty with basic daily hygiene essentials and personal care items. This is about dignity, self-confidence and mental wellbeing. It’s super simple to use, if you have toiletries that you’ve never used, like body cream that you got for Christmas for the 10th time or won a soap lottery and have bars of soap for the rest of your life, you can send it all to the Beauty Banks and they will donate it to people who really need it.

As long as your products have never been used you can send them. The banks are after anything from dental care, baby products or washing powder and have a list of the items they really need on Easho.

Oddbox

 

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Here is what our amazing ODDBOX community rescued this week: 🥕 Carrots (‘wrong’ shape or size), onions (surplus), garlic (surplus) from Norfolk; 🥔 Potatoes (surplus) from Kent / Suffolk; 🍉 Curly kale (surplus), spinach (surplus), watermelon (surplus), blueberries (surplus) from Kent; 🥗 Salanova lettuce (trial crop), bell peppers (‘wrong’ shape, size or skin marks) from West Sussex; 🥦 Broccoli (‘wrong’ colours and surplus) from Worcestershire; 🥙 Baby courgettes (surplus) from Spain; 🥬 Fennel (surplus), white chicory (surplus), hispi cabbage (surplus) from Lincolnshire; 🍏 Apples (‘wrong’ shape, size or colour) from Kent / Hereford; 🧡 Passion fruit (surplus) from Portugal. Let us know in the comments below your favourite rescue of the week 🌱👇 #oddbox #sustainableeating #sustainablefood

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If you’re looking to tackle food waste, Oddbox is for you. Every year, a shocking 20-40% of produce in the UK is wasted before it even leaves the farm meaning a lot of unnecessary waste for the planet. So, what’s their solution? Oddbox is determined to battle food waste by giving ugly, wonky fruits and vegs a better future. Every week, you’ll receive a box full of fruits and vegs that couldn’t pass the supermarket test and would have gone to waste otherwise. It’s seasonal, and all products are sourced in the UK.

If they have any surplus, Oddbox will give it to charities who fight poverty.

Milk & More

 

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Have you got the bottle? 🌍 Simply leave it out before your next delivery day and we will collect it. The average life of our little glass bottles is 25 uses. We would love to use these forever…but our little bottles have a tough life. They are knocked, filled and refilled. They clink in the milk float on their way to your kitchen table; all of which causes natural wear and tear of the glass. This simply means that after its life with us, the glass is recycled. #milkandmore #waronplastic #nationalrefillday #refilnotlandfill #onebottleatatime #plasticfree #savetheoceans

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Do you sometimes miss the milkman? Well look no further because Milk & More are here to help. Their goal is to encourage people to eat well and live sustainably. Milk & More strive to continue both the milkman legacy and its expansion. They deliver over 200 products to your doorsteps around the country before 7am, including the old glass bottle of Milk. All the products are sourced in the UK, and as they’re fully transparent, you can read all the suppliers’ stories on their website.

Milk & More is also a place where you can find some great recipes and inspiration if you don’t know what to cook.

Vinted

 

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Still hanging on to things that aren’t sparking joy? It’s the first day of spring, so get cleaning! 🌿 (And make some 💷 while you’re at it…) Tag a friend who has too much stuff! . . . . . #springcleaning #konmari #mariekondo #declutter #fashionismypassion #resellercommunity #secondhand #preloved #vintedUK

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Vinted is the largest secondhand fashion marketplace in the world with a community of 21 million spanning across the globe. If you have too many clothes for your closet, then why don’t you just sell it online? Vinted makes it super easy for you to do so, all you need to do is to take a photo of your item and post it online. Once it’s done, people will start contacting you if they are interested. It’s a great way to find pieces of clothing that are not on the High street and to make sure you’re not wasting them either. You’ll need to send your items yourself, but they are making it super easy for you.

Reuse network

 

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What a brilliant visit to Toogoodtowaste with the Chartered Institute of Waste Management. It was great to meet the team and learn more about our members. Thank you Toogoodtowaste!

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Reuse aim is to reduce poverty, tackle waste and offer a brighter and better future for the most isolated individuals in our society. If you are someone who wants to change your sofa every year or depending on the season, Reuse could be for you. This network helps you donate your old items including furniture, home appliances and will give it to people in need. Reuse Network supports more than 150 reuse charities across the UK, including charitable and social enterprise organisations and commercial partners. Not only will your sofa be given to low-income households, it’ll also avoid sending your furniture to landfill and save the planet.

The bike project

 

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My bike was garage-bound for around 7 years after I graduated from university, swapping studying and everyday cycling adventures in Bournemouth with job hunting and long public transport commutes into Birmingham. After such a long hiatus, deciding to get back on my bike has been a liberating and scary step, particularly as I was intimidated by the pace of the city streets and the physique, gear and demographic of what I now perceived a “cyclist” to be. These photos capture my very first time back in the saddle as I begin a new chapter on two wheels, motivated by meeting Jooks Walker (Lady Vélo) and the Babs on Bikes project itself. https://bit.ly/30gPawA #babsonbikes #inspiringwoman #cycling_queens

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The bike project takes second-hand bikes, fix them up and donate them to refugees and asylum-seekers in London and Birmingham. This project helps refugees get from one place to another without having to pay for transport. Since 2013, they have given away over 4,500 bikes to refugees from dozens of countries including Syria, Eritrea and Albania.

They also run Bike Buddies, a cycling befriending project, and Pedal Power, teaching refugee women to cycle – sometimes for the first time in their lives.

Are you willing to save the planet and help people with your business? At the PHA Group we’d love to help you show the world what you’re doing. So please get in touch today to see how we can help.

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Chronic allergies affect millions of people around the globe. There is no denying the discomfort they can cause for so many people. A 2017 study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has found that 80 percent of those with seasonal allergies report moderate-to-severe symptoms that significantly impair their quality of life. Although allergies can’t be cured outright, those afflicted can take over-the-counter medications to alleviate some of the symptoms.

For more severe allergies it is highly recommended to seek medical advice but those who require an antihistamine these are the top brands we found on the market.

Piri

Part of the large pharmaceutical giant GSK Piri has a challenging and inspiring mission: to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. With a wide range of over the counter products (OTC), Piri are one of the highstreetses go to brands for consumer allergy needs. Their extensive FAQs sections also help out those who are perhaps new to living with allergies making is simple and easy to adjust your way of life.

Their range of syrups for children, tablets for minor allergy reactions and sprays and serums to treat seasonal hay fever intolerances, Piri has something suitable for the whole family all year round.

Optrex

Do you have itchy eyes? Are you looking to find a product that will help you sooth those dried tired eyes? Ask yourself have you ever left work after a long day and felt your eyes watering? Well it could be due to your eyes feeling irritated. Be it staring at a computer screen, sitting in air-conditioning, central heating and driving long distances are all culprits of dry irritated eyes. Fear not Optrex comes to the rescue with their Actimist and range of eye products. So the next time you’re in need make sure you seek out Optrex!

Zyrtec

Get your pollen and weather on the go with the Zyrtec Allergycast App and their range of products. You’re able to take control of the symptoms you experience because of hay fever and pollen issues with this handy app. There is a Daily Allergy Impact and pollen count as well as a 4-day allergy forecast. You can then track how you feel on the app by logging your symptoms, this in turn enables you to learn what is making you sneeze each day.

This handy app paired with their great over the counter products is a match made in heaven for all your coughing, sneezing and snotty nose issues! We know what we’re about to go and download.

Claritin

The Claritin family of products offers powerful, non-drowsy allergy relieves of sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes as well as irritated throat and nose issues. With over 200+ allergens they claim to help aid, Claritin’s products have some suitable for children through to adults. Be sure to check out their featured articles to find the latest weekly allergy hacks, top tips on avoiding colds and spotting allergies that might affect your children.

For more information about our healthcare PR services or how we can help support you and your business speak to a member of our award-winning team today.

The best allergen medicines you can purchase over the counter

Less than 100 days before Christmas! It’s now time for brands to start pushing the button on their Christmas campaigns. And researches show that 18% of Brits are Christmas shopping in October, 32% in November. This means that brands need to start thinking about how they are going to attract customer long before then. The buzz word this year has certainly been around sustainable gifts and presents, but it doesn’t stop there, it’s also wrapping and presentation. This year, sustainability and ethicality will be everywhere.

We are looking at companies providing ecofriendly wrapping to help make your presents even more special!

Re-wrapped

 

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99 Days to Christmas #eco #environment #recycle #recycled #wrapping #wrappingpaper #giftwrap #greetingcards #gifts

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Re-wrapped is a London-based company specialising in the production of designer led environmentally friendly Wrapping Paper, Cards and Notebooks. Everything is produced using 100% recycled unbleached paper and card and only using environmentally friendly vegetable-based inks, meaning all the products can be recycled. Re-wrapped is an ethical business supporting the non-profit sector and 5% of all their profits go to charity.

Wild Flowers Paper

 

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Animal-themed place setting wedding favours, recycled seed packets with British wildflower seeds. Design drawn by the Bride! @dip.dip.draw #seedpackets #weddingfavours #prettythings #bestdayever #weddingdecor

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Do you love bees? Do you want to save the planet? And have a passion for stationary? Wild Flowers Paper is the company for you. Wild Flowers Paper are producing quality recycled seed paper. What’s that you want to ask? It can be a card, a piece of paper or envelopes that you can be planted once you’re done with it. Every sheet of paper is embedded with various flower seeds that are good for butterflies and bees.

Their goal is to spread the word about wildflowers and how important they are to biodiversity. Some insects rely on only one species of wildflower, so once that wildflower becomes extinct or severely endangered, then so does the life of that insect species. Growing wildflowers in your garden is a small but important step in helping our wildlife. So, make sure you use seed paper cards this Christmas! It’s also a way to send flowers to people.

Flexi Hex

 

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A packaging solution that protects a variety of bottle shapes and sizes. From single to multiple bottles. Easy to assemble and most importantly 100% plastic free. Well that was the challenge we set ourselves!

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Flexi Hex is an adaptable plastic-free packaging solution founded by Sam and Will Boex who recognised the impact that single use plastic was having on their local and the world’s marine environment. Their passion for surfing and their personal experience of transporting boards around the globe inspired them to create a sustainable packaging sleeve for the board sports industry.

Motivated by the challenge to create user friendly, well-engineered packaging using simple biodegradable materials, Flexi-Hex is designed as a reliable, adaptable alternative to single use plastics in packaging systems. The unique honeycomb design gives the packaging high compression resistance to ensure that every product will arrive at their destination damage free.

Fa-vo

 

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FA VO was created in London, through the minds of two young architects, Ivo & Liana, who always wanted to design, produce and make available their own creations. Check out www.fa-vo.com/our-story/ to learn more about the origins of FA VO. #favo #cofounders #recycled #notebooks #london #madeinportugal #newbrand #ecofriendly Photo taken by photographer @guy_in_a_hat from @timelessportugal He has captured the essence of our brand and we strongly recommend his work.

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FA VO is a brand of high-quality design products with a concept that focuses essentially on the use of environmentally sustainable materials throughout the creative process. The brand sells high end notebooks that will come up very handy for your list of Christmas presents for the whole family. Made in Portugal, FA VO has been created by two architects with a passion for sustainable design and the manufacture of high standard quality products.

The FA VO notebook collection includes 4 different colours and different types of ruling inside. All notebooks are 100% Recycled and tree friendly.

 

Tips for a sustainable Christmas

We know it can be challenging to have a sustainable and ethical Christmas with all the presents and wrapping involved. We hope the ideas above would help you but if you’re more of a DIY type of person, you could also re-use some old clothes and turn them into a beautiful wrapping cover or keep your old wrapping paper and re-use it this Christmas. You also have some options of using some plastic free tape, like the one from this shop. All rolls are made with 100% brown recyclable paper and is fully biodegradeable and compostable.

Do you need a little help to get your business in the front line this Christmas? Get in touch now to see how our team of experts can help.

A sustainable Christmas

Whether it’s a Colombian, Guatemalan or an Ethiopian for most of us, the day doesn’t start until we’ve had time to enjoy a hot or cold cup of coffee. Today marks International Coffee Day, a day to celebrate and pay homage to the liquid rocket fuel that helps us through Monday and delivers us to Friday.

But rather than just focus on the coffee itself we’ve decided to look at the sustainable companies that are making sure that we’ll still be able to enjoy our favourite coffees in years to come and won’t impact on the environment.

Percol

If you’re a coffee consumer that wants to buy from a sustainable and organic brand, then make sure to check out Percol. Aside from supporting both the Rainforest Alliance and the Soil Association they have also been ethical innovators since their beginning and were the first UK company to go completely plastic-free.

Fast-forward to the present day and Percol’s entire roast and ground range are Fairtrade certified, which guarantees the farmers a fair price, decent working conditions and adequate training which will help to support the next generation of coffee growers.

Percol is stocked in all the major supermarket chains, so whether it’s instant, ground or even beans pick up a packet of Percol today.

 

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There is more to Recycle Week than simple recycling. It is about our three favourite R’s: #Reduce 👍 #Refuse ❌ #Reuse ♻️ It’s with all of these that we can really make a difference by reducing our long life packaging intake, refusing #single-use items and reusing everything by putting it through the recycling system or coming up with ingenius ways of #upcycling. . . #genius #upcycle #recyclingweek #recycle #coffeemoment #coffeephoto #coffeeislife #americano #breakfastinbed #snack #listen #care #photooftheday #instacoffee #singleuse #plasticpackaging #plasticpollution #climatechange #cottage #cuteinterior #lifestyle

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Bio-bean

Meet the team of experts based in Cambridge who are making it their mission to create innovative impactful and sustainable change through coffee waste. It’s estimated that half a million tonnes of spent coffee grounds are unnecessarily discarded in the UK every year.

Using proprietary technology Bio-bean take spent coffee grounds from our lattes and americanos and sustainably renew them into valuable materials whilst significantly reducing their emissions. Whilst the usual process sees coffee ground waste left in landfill sites where they remain untreated and emit harmful greenhouse gases.

 

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It’s International Coffee Day – a day to celebrate our daily grind. The UK drinks 95 million cups of the hot beverage every day, the grounds from which we recycle into sustainable bio-products. Here’s to the many wonders of coffee, and to giving your daily latte a second life.

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Ecoffee cup

Did you know that half a trillion disposable cups, that’s 70 cups for every person on the planet are manufactured annually around the world? Or that the single-use paper cup has been around for over 30 years? Since that time ecoffee cup estimate that over 3 trillion, (yes you read that right TRILLION) of them have ended up in landfill.

Ecoffee cup was created with one solution in mind, to help encourage people to opt against using single-use plastics. The cup itself has been developed through using natural fibre, corn starch and resin, it has a resealable ‘no-drip’ lid which means you don’t need to worry about spilling hot coffee on yourself if you’re on the move.

With a variety of different designs and different sizes available to choose from, it’s time we all start supporting the planet more.

 

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The mattest black. Kerr & Napier in 8/ 12/14 and 16oz.

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HALO

For most, firing up the espresso machine first thing in the morning is a necessity to get a jump on the day, but do you ever think about what happens to those little pods after they produce your coffee?

Aluminium capsules usually find themselves at the bottom of a landfill site or in the ocean where they will remain for 500 years. HALO is an example of where innovation meets sustainability, with the world’s first 100% compostable paper capsule made from sugar cane and paper pulp, and that’s just the pods.

There’s also a snazzy reward scheme where you receive HALO credits just for creating an account.

 

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Happy International Coffee Day everyone! Why not celebrate the fact that you’re doing the best for the planet by drinking a delicious cup of Halo coffee?

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If you would like to find out more about how we could support your sustainable business then why not get in touch today or read about Ethique, the world’s first zero-waste beauty brand.

International Coffee Day

Over the past five years we have worked with Jeans for Genes and each time the brief is clear: to raise awareness and drive sign-ups for their annual fundraiser.

Jeans for Genes is a national children’s charity, which raises money for the care of children and families who are affected by genetic disorders. The charity also aims to raise awareness and understanding of genetics and what it means to live with a genetic disorder.
The brief in 2019 was no different. The campaign itself was simple: asking people to wear jeans in return for a donation to support children living with genetic disorders.

Each year we create a fresh and strategic campaign that focuses on educating the public on the health implications of genetic disorders. As we reach the end of this year’s Jeans for Genes week, we have so far secured 350 pieces of coverage across print, online and broadcast media and hundreds of social media posts from celebrities and influencers encouraging people to support the campaign.

So how do we go about driving impact year after year? Learn more about our strategies below:

Case studies

A key part of our strategy was to include real people in the campaign. We set out to educate about the impact a genetic disorder can have on a family and the amazing stories of those who live a fulfilling life. We worked closely with over 30 families who were affected by genetic disorders and secured opportunities for them to share their experiences. We placed a series of emotive case studies generating 123 pieces of coverage across the national and regional print and broadcast media.

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Educational coverage

We set out to educate the public on what a genetic disorder is and to encourage individuals to learn more about genetics. Deploying a multi-pronged educational strategy utilising Gene Therapy expert Professor Bobby Gaspar, we secured 22 pieces of coverage including publications such as the Manchester Evening News and Yorkshire Post.

 

Fashion and lifestyle coverage

An important element of the fundraising campaign is the sale of their fashion t-shirt. Each year there is a high demand for the uniquely designed garment, and this year was no different, with the t-shirt designed in partnership with Warner Bros and featuring Batman and Batgirl. Our team secured 227 pieces of coverage dedicated to promoting the t-shirt.

Celebrity influencers and endorsement

Celebrities and influencers as we know can be a very effective way of increasing engagement, building awareness and reaching your target audience.

As part of the Jeans for Genes campaign, we worked with; Alice in the looking glass, Christopher Taylor, David Seaman, Emma Barton, Faye Tozer, Nadiya Jamir Hussain, Adam Pearson, Charlotte Hole and many more.

It was a real focus of our team to ensure we made the right partnerships to ensure the success of the campaign.

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Gifting

To help keep our campaign and messaging at the forefront of journalists minds we activated a series of desk drops with branded Biscuiteer biscuits to a selection of fashion, health and lifestyle media.

Hosting a celebrity event

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Jeans for Genes Day ambassador and singer-songwriter, Vanessa White hosted an intimate breakfast event at the Covent Garden Hotel to launch the 2019 Jeans for Genes Day campaign and its new charity T-shirt, on sale now.

The breakfast event at the Covent Garden Hotel was also attended by Made In Chelsea star, Francesca Newman-Young, and Jeans for Genes ambassador and emmy winner, Nikki Lily.

Vanessa debuted the limited edition ‘Batman and Batgirl’ design at the event, created by Kingston School of Art Graphic Design student, Chayanis Jumrus. This year’s T-shirt motif was selected by a distinguished fashion panel, including Coleen Rooney, Louise Thompson, the London Evening Standard’s Head of Fashion, Maurice Mullen and Fashion Director-at-large at Glamour UK, Alexandra Fullerton.

Vanessa greeted guests with a short introduction to her involvement with Jeans for Genes, upcoming projects, and why she has chosen to support the 2019 Jeans for Genes campaign.

Jeans for Genes Day has such a positive impact on the lives of children and families living with genetic disorders, which is why I am proud to be able to support the campaign. It is estimated that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder, which means 30,000 babies and children are diagnosed in the UK every year. Whereas some disorders are apparent at birth, others are diagnosed at different stages throughout childhood. Vanessa White

If you’d like to speak to a member of our team and find out how we can support your organisation, please get in touch today. Or if you’d like to support this year’s Jeans for Gene’s campaigns it’s not too late, visit their donation page here.

Making it count: Jeans for Genes