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Showing posts with label sustainable. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sustainable. Show all posts

Friday, March 3, 2017

Lian & Méz watches - wearable sustainability

Lian & Méz logo
Image provided and used with permission.

The watchmaker’s art is alive and well in the age of the smartphone.

That’s a bold statement to start with, but what Lian & Méz are doing with their crowdfunded sustainable watch is even more unusual. They are mixing finest German precision watchmaking with Swiss-made traditional movement and a sustainable and eco-friendly vibe. Designed to appeal to those who like to make a statement with classic jewellery while still remaining ethically sound, the Lian & Méz range has straps handmade from Piñatex pineapple leaf fibers. These fibers are a natural byproduct of pineapple farming, which gives growers another source of income alongside their fruit harvest.

The watches are a real talking point, not only because they look good, but because of their ethical strength. What’s more, they are fully customizable, with cases, dials, indices and straps available in a variety of colors. The cases are available in 36mm (ladies) or 40mm (gents) diameter with the straps sized accordingly, and the straps themselves are interchangeable. The company hopes to receive enough pledges to enter full production soon but in the meantime, if their target is met, those ordering watches by pledging money will be contacted at the end of the fundraising process to finalize their order. All watches bought through the crowdfunding campaign will come with a two year warranty.

The Kickstarter page is very detailed, with information on the history of the company and the founders’ hopes for the future. It has taken them two years to reach this stage, concentrating on the sustainability and quality aspects of their product. They are hoping for €25,000 on an all or nothing basis by the end of March 2017, and if that goal is achieved they hope to start full production of their Fifth Season range shortly afterwards, with delivery to backers over the summer. Using the hashtag #wearsustainable, founders Julian and Feramez are stressing their respect and responsibility to the natural world as well as tapping into the current interest in low-impact living.

The duo hope that their Kickstarter campaign funds will allow them to place their first large order, produce tooling, work on new designs, shake up the watch industry and support the pineapple-growing countries where they will source their Piñatex pineapple leaf fibers.

Levels of backing can start from as little as €1, but to get their hands on a watch, backers will have to choose at least the Super Early Bird offer of one watch for €139. This offers a saving of almost 50% on the projected retail price of €269. There is an option with an extra strap for €185 and an offer for couples of two watches plus extra straps for €359.

Lian & Méz has been featured in many of the leading German and English business magazines for their mix of fashionable design and ethical sourcing. In addition, Piñatex has been approved as a vegan product by PETA.

One of Lian & Méz’s watches would make a memorable gift for someone on a special birthday, or allow couples to commemorate a significant date in their lives. Interested would-be backers have until the early hours of Monday 27 March to place their pledge.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ecover Washing Up Liquid -

Ecover Lemon & Aloe Vera Washing Up Liquid.
#GotItFree from Thanks guys.

The claim that a washing up liquid washes 40% more plates incomparison to its previous formula is one which cannot be ignored. In this house, that’s a lot of dishes.

So when BzzAgent Jono contacted me and asked if I was up for a free trial of the latest Ecover washing up liquid, of course I said yes. I’d used the brand back in the day when I could afford to pay the extremely high prices then charged by supermarkets for environmentally friendly products, but buying a house and getting married had put paid to any money I might have had spare. I was interested to try it again and see whether the good memories I had of it were still true, 20 or so years later. It’s quite sobering to think that Ecover have been in business for 35 years, so when I discovered them in the mid-90s, they were already an established, niche brand.

A 120ml bottle of Ecover Camomile & Marigold Washing Up Liquid.
Also free from
A few weeks later, my Bzzkit arrived. One full size 500ml bottle of Lemon and Aloe Vera fragrance Ecover Washing Up Liquid, plus 3 120ml bottles of Camomile and Marigold. My friend has already laid claim to one of the 120ml bottles, because like me, she’s always happy to try new products. One of the others is sitting ¾ empty on the sink at the moment, alongside the abandoned bottle of ‘leading brand’ which I think we only bought because my husband was in charge of the shopping that day and the ‘leading brand’ was on offer. Normally, it would not darken my doors for any number of reasons, including that I do not wear gloves to wash up and I find the composition of this ‘leading brand’ too harsh on my skin.

Just some of the dishes waiting to be washed by Ecover's
washing up liquid. Soaked overnight in plain water.
Both my husband and I have now tried the Ecover washing up liquid. Our initial thoughts are that it does indeed live up to its claim of washing 40% more plates. We have tried it on the remnants of our normal fare, pastas, chilis and chicken dishes. It coped well with the aftermath of the roast we made last week for our friends, and has even managed to come out tops in cleaning the blender after a soup making blitz and the pizza tray after our usual Friday night homemade special.

The things I like most about it are:
1.    The bubbles are there, but not all encompassing. The ‘leading brand’ I mentioned earlier has a distressing tendency to make bubbles like no tomorrow, which makes the dishes difficult to dry.
2.    The smell is mild and friendly when it lingers after finishing the washing up.
3.    Ecover is gentle on my hands. No rough, dry, stiff fingers and palms with this brand.
4.    It’s environmentally friendly.

I have a feeling that this discovery may lead to a permanent change in my washing up liquid purchasing habits, as Ecover ticks all the important boxes for me. The slightly higher price which we may have to pay is more than worth the trade off in terms of a better washing up experience. I’m tempted to try the other items in the range too, just so I can see how they compare to our regular products.

Just a few glasses and a couple more plates and baking trays
for the attention of the Ecover fairy shortly. #GreenCanClean