Campaigning for a greener future

Crafts and Skills

There are many people across the world with knowledge and skill in a wide range of traditional crafts, but the fast paced life that so many lead often leaves little time to practice and trade in these skills as was once possible. We want to celebrate these crafts and skills to keep them alive and help people find out about new ways of spending their spare time to create beautiful and valuable items for their homes and gardens.

Glass ramekin dishes

One Woman’s Trash is Another Woman’s Treasure

Well when I say 'trash' I'm perhaps not being 100% accurate because I was never going to throw this 'trash' in the bin.

Earth Hour 2014 Superhero Ambassador Spider-Man

Join In With WWF’s Earth Hour

Every year, WWF organises Earth Hour.

Chocolatier Suzanne and son Euan from Rainbow Organic Chocolates

Find Suzanne’s Organic Chocolates at the End of the Rainbow

We love chocolate (who doesn't?

picking blackberries - Image attribution: Flickr user nessman

Foraging for Fruit

Many people have memories of going foraging as a child, approaching a bramble patch loaded with glinting purple jewels and pulling them from their spiky stems to drop into a tupperware box or recycled ice cream tub.

Lush beauty products by joanna8555 from Flickr

Eco Xmas Wrapping

This weekend has seen me create the first attempt at my eco wrapping gift ideas.

man laying a hedge (photograph: by soundslogical via flickr)

Stella Artois To Fund Hedgelaying In The UK

Master Brewers, Stella Artois have teamed up with the Tree Council to fund traditional hedgelaying throughout the UK.

Bake With Compassion Cake Sale Was A Roaring Success!

The efforts to bake yummy cakes and encourage my work colleagues to join in, crack open some free range eggs and do some free range baking with compassion themselves were a success in the end.

cake baking

Busy Baking With Compassion

I have to say I'm glad it wasn't has hot in my kitchen as it has been all week, otherwise I may have found it a little harder to bake with compassion this afternoon!

home=made cakes

Compassion In World Farming Encourage Home Cooks To Bake With Compassion

Animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming have organised the Bake With Compassion week to promote baking with free range eggs and help campaign against caged and battery production.

sewing stuff

Make Do and Mend – The Key To Surviving The Recession

Make do and mend, one of the major policies employed during the war, is being hailed as a key way of making it easier to survive the recession.

Profile view of an alpaca

Alpacas – The Multipurpose Member of the Family

For a few years now alpacas have been increasing in popularity, mainly because of their sought-after fleeces which are much softer than sheeps wool, and you have to admit, they are beautiful looking animals to have around too.

Crafty Hurdle Making on New Series Countrywise

Last night a new series, Countrywise, launched on ITV showcasing what "makes Britain tick".

What a Cracker! Get Crafty with the Kids this Christmas

It's that time of year when the days whiz by and before you know it, Christmas is upon us again.