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Caroline Gardner

West London based Caroline Gardner is best known as one of the UK’s leading stationery and gift designers. Her signature look is an ever evolving modern classic, set apart by a distinctive and playful blend of modern hues and scale. A portfolio drawn together by Caroline’s distinctive design handprint of quirky use of colour and placement.

Caroline Gardner is to moving towards ‘naked’ cards by using an InFold, invented by the company, that holds the card and envelope together while protecting the corner. The branded paper InFold is affixed to the envelope using a plastic-free peelable label.

Caroline Gardner

Caroline Gardner is to moving towards ‘naked’ cards by using an InFold, invented by the company, that holds the card and envelope together while protecting the corner. The branded paper InFold is affixed to the envelope using a plastic-free peelable label.

The InFold design, for which the publisher has applied for a patent on, also provides the opportunity for the company’s branding.

“We feel strongly about reducing the amount of single use cellobags and so set about creating a way of keeping the envelope with the card,” explained Luca Bridges, marketing and independent sales manager of Caroline Gardner.

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Penny lindop designs

ABOUT PENNY LINDOP DESIGNS

A veritable Noah’s Ark of fluffy woolly animals. Quirky art to make you smile.

“Hello, I’m Penny, the artist behind Penny Lindop Designs.

We are a tiny team creating cards, stationery and art work in our rural garden studio on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. We love animals, and it would seem that you do too. Our animal designs are all hand finished with our signature finishing touch of real sheep’s wool. These are distinctive creations which simply make people smile.

We are passionate about our raw materials and where they come from. Handmade papers, made as part of a Water Aid project, are used for most of our artwork; we love these papers, and that their production is sustaining a whole community in India where they are made. Much of our wool comes from small holders across the UK, often from rare or ancient breeds of sheep.

Whether you are looking for a simple card, a special gift or a little treat for yourself, our work is full of joy and offers something just a little bit different.”

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Clovelly candle company

  • The Clovelly Soap Company makes artisan soap and Candles by hand in a converted granary in Clovelly North Devon.
  • Husband and Wife team Sarah and Casie Harper make soap using traditional cold process techniques which give a gentle lather that is kind to your skin and the environment.
  • Scented with natural essential oils spices and botanicals giving subtle muted colours and great fragrance.They specialise in creating bespoke branded ranges for shops hotels B&Bs or stately homes and can work with your brand and colour scheme to make a range just for you.
  • Clovelly also make beautiful bespoke wedding favours tailored to your theme and colour scheme.Family run business in Devon.The Clovelly Soap Company is a small family-run business making beautiful, handcrafted soap, candles and body care products on the historic Clovelly Estate in North Devon. They are passionate about making products that you will love to use and gift.
  • Their recipes, inspired by nature, use spices, clays, flowers and pure therapeutic grade essential oils blended by hand to create their own unique scents.
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The importance of greeting cards.

Is there a future for greeting cards in this age of e-mail and instant messaging? Think about picking up your mail, there’s a bright card envelope among the bills, and instantly your day is brighter. It brings the knowledge that someone cares enough about you to take the time to pick out and mail a special message to you. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or the annual holiday card, it is sure to bring a smile to your face. E-mail would be difficult to create the same emotional response.

The birthday card with it’s tradition of sentiment and goodwill can lift your employee’s morale just knowing you cared enough to remember. The sincerity and comfort of a sympathy card can express feelings you may have difficulty expressing verbally. An annual holiday greeting card sent to family and friends allows you to keep in touch and reminds everyone that you are thinking of them.

A greeting card expresses all the human emotions, joy, thanks, sympathy, humor, love and admiration. It allows us to connect on an emotional level with the people who have touched our lives. Sending personalized greeting cards allows us a vast variety of sentiments that allow us to express our caring to family, friends, customers, clients and employees.

Select a card that has nothing on the inside, and take a few moments to express your thoughts …”Just thought we’d send a quick note to say we love you and wish you the best on your birthday:)….love Mom and Dad”. The person receiving the card will appreciate it that much more!

So the next time you are debating shooting off a quick e-mail or sending an actual greeting card, you may want to ask yourself which one conveys the kind of message you wish to send.

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The move towards solid soap.

Five Reasons to Switch to Solid Toiletries

Solid toiletries are the new craze in the beauty world and not just for environmentalists. I switched to solid shampoo about two years ago and have slowly swapped out all of my shower products for solid equivalents. I’m completely sold and don’t feel the need to use liquids again. So if you’re still on the fence or aren’t sure what the fuss is all about, here are the top reasons you should make the switch to solid toiletries!

1. Solid Toiletries are (usually) made of natural ingredients

Natural solid toiletries bars, soap bar, solid shampoo and solid conditioner bars are great eco-friendly alternatives.

Solid toiletries go hand in hand with green living and most brands will avoid using chemicals and other harsh ingredients. This means solid toiletries are kinder to your skin and hair and also great for using while camping or traveling in areas with poor water treatment systems. You can wash at campgrounds or in rivers without worrying about the chemicals you’re putting into the water or onto your body. Do make sure you check the ingredients first though as not all brands are completely natural.

2. They can be plastic-free

Solid toiletries are great alternatives because you can by them plastic free and zero waste. One of the most important reasons to switch to solid toiletries.

The bathroom is one of the biggest areas for plastic bottle use and if you can cut out a couple each month this is making huge progress! Again, some brands miss the whole eco-friendly aspect and wrap solid toiletries in plastic, but most will sell them in paper or cardboard packaging. Solid toiletries are an easy and effective way to cut down on plastic use and with the range on offer these days it’s not difficult to go completely plastic-free with your shower routine.

For more plastic-free ideas read our article: 14 ways to reduce your plastic waste.

3. Solid Toiletries last longer

One bar of shampoo isn’t the same as one bottle. No, solid alternatives will last 2-5 times as long as liquid equivalents which means you don’t need to shop as often and you get more value for money. I find that a shampoo bar lasts me at least six months, a face wash about a year and a block of soap about a month (for two people). This obviously varies between brands and products but solid products are concentrated as they hold no water so 100g of soap will last you a lot longer than 100ml of body wash.

4. They are great for travel

There are no restrictions for solid toiletries in your hand luggage.

If you travel with hand luggage, solid toiletries are the perfect solution to carry on liquid limitations. You can carry them on with you no problem and you won’t have any leaks or spills in your bag! We carry ours in a small Tupperware container but there are also plenty of metal tins and cases that work.

The fact that they last so long also makes them great for longer trips as they’re easy to carry and you don’t have to worry about finding your favourite products overseas. We travelled for 1.5 years with only solid toiletries and could stock up in countries with availability and they lasted us through the months in more remote areas. They were compact, effective and easy for taking along on our trip.

5. They take up less space

Whether it’s in your shower or in a backpack, solid toiletries simply take up less space than their liquid counterparts. Even if you have a bar each for shampoo, conditioner, soap and facewash you only need one shelf in the shower.

One of our most useful solutions for space-saving is to cut them in half and only keep half in the shower/travel case and the other half stored in the bathroom cupboard or shared with a friend! Use a hot knife to slice through your bars to make them more compact. Since even a half lasts a couple of months you can cut them into chunks and fit all your shower supplies into one small container and pop it in your carry on, gym bag or shower shelf.

For more minimalist packing tips read our article about packing light!

Our favourite solid toiletries brands

Blue Earth – This NZ based company makes a great range of shower products in a factory run on solar power. Their products are really affordable which is great news in the expensive world of sustainable living! Their products are available online and also from a range of stockists in NZ and Aus. We love the shampoo bar which foams really well and the lemongrass soap!

Website: www.blueearth.co.nz

Ethique – Another great NZ brand which is available instore in NZ, Aus and now Japan. You can also purchase online through Amazon. They make an incredible range of products which are completely natural and plastic-free. We love the solid laundry bar and shampoo for oily hair.

Website: www.ethiqueworld.com

Ethique has a great range of natural zero waste solid toiletries bars. Check them out and you will find plenty of reasons to switch to solid toiletries.

Lush – This was my first experience with solid toiletries and they’ve since increased their range to include face wash and deodorant as well as soaps and shampoos. Their products look, smell and work amazingly. My only gripe is that they aren’t all completely natural which means they aren’t great for camping, off-grid or developing areas where water goes directly into rivers, gardens or the ocean.

Website: www.lush.com

Amazing solid shampoos from Lush

Ecostore – This is our go-to for body soap as it’s really affordable and stocked in most supermarkets here in NZ. Their bar soap is great and they also do a range of products in bottles made from sugar-cane plastic. You can also find their bulk products at many waste-free supermarkets and refill your own bottle.

Website: www.ecostore.co.nz

Ecostore is a popular NZ brand and has a big range of soap bars.

Dr Bronner’s – These soap bars (also available as a liquid) can supposedly be used for anything; clothing, dishes, bodies, hair etc. We carried one in our luggage in case we ran out of anything while travelling and were unable to find a replacement in the countries we were in. If you want to go super-minimalistic this can be a good all-rounder!