It's been sooo good having the shop open again; it's meant I can re-engage with the community and there's lots to share with you... from pets to peanut butter, grab yourself a coffee and read on...
Half-price Peanut Butter this Month!
To encourage you to re-use your containers we're treating you to half-price peanut butter throughout August when you bring in your own jar!
Top Up Sesi Service
As filling up your liquid containers can be a bit messy, we can now do this for you. Drop your clean bottles into us and we'll fill them :-).
New chocolate spread machine is here!
Following the success of our peanut butter machine, we have invested in a new machine which makes, wait for it.... chocolate and hazelnut spread and it is EPIC!
It took me a while to get the ratio of nuts and chocolate right but after much testing (someone has to do it!), I think I have hit the nail on the head. It tastes amazing - think liquid Ferraro Rocher.
Warning - it's highly addictive!
A few weeks ago, I met John and his quails (Violet And Quentin), we traded some quail eggs for scone mix - what a great way to do business!
This got me thinking about selling eggs and so I'm pleased to say that we are now selling lovely fresh, local, organic, hens' eggs. At £2.75/half dozen, they are no more expensive than the supermarket and you can enjoy them safe in the knowledge that the hens have a happy life. (If you can bring your own egg boxes, that would be great but we do have some available if you don't remember.)
Like me, John is a bit crafty and he's been making beautiful wooden egg cups and rolling pins from Laurel found in his garden - these are also available to buy in the shop.
Suitable for doggies and humans alike, these biscuits are super easy to make with just three ingredients (all available in the shop). They're also a fun thing to do with the kids in the holidays!
Simply take one and a half cups of GF oats, 1/2 a cup of peanut butter and 1 large ripe banana. Mash the ingredients together, then roll out the mixture and use a cookie cutter to cut them into fun shapes. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200° for 15 mins or until golden brown.
If you store them in an airtight container in the fridge, they will last for two weeks.
Recipe from https://www.floraandvino.com/.
Have you visited Heathfield Pet Shop?
Elaine from Heathfield Pet Shop has been inspired by us and is now offering loose cat, dog, fish and bird food which, if you take your own containers, means it's waste-free!
She also offers frozen food, and 20kg sacks of grain-free dog food in bio-compostable packaging. Mucky Mermaids Beach Clean
Mucky Mermaids Beach Clean
When I was working in Eastbourne, I met the lovely Cheryl who set up Mucky Mermaids - a community group who meet regularly to carry out beach cleans in and around Eastbourne - these are vital for protecting our precious marine wildlife from nasty plastic found in the sea.
New members, including families, are always welcome to join in so if you fancy a fun morning out helping our local environment and doing your bit, the next scheduled event is Sunday 30th August at 10am. Click here to visit their Facebook page (which also has some fascinating, and quite scary facts about the impact we have on the environment) to find out more.
Do your bit with recycling
You may have seen on Facebook that we collect Pringles packets for recycling. Well, it's not actually us who do the hard work but Beth, pictured here. She collects them from us and sends them off to Terracycle who recycle them into pellets which are used to create new products such as benches and fence posts. In return for the donations, Terracylce donate money to Beth's chosen charity, The Encephalitis Society, well done Beth!
We are also now taking part in Terracycle's Air, Home and Laundry Care Recycling Programme. This means you can bring in your home and laundry packaging and we'll send it to Terracycle for recycling. Again, Terracycle then make a donation to our chosen charity for our donation - The Kit Wilson Trust. Click here to see exactly what we can accept.
PS Did you know?
If each person in the UK used one single-use face mask every day for a year, it would create 66,000 tonnes (a small car weighs approx. 1 tonne) of contaminated plastic waste, and ten times more climate change impact than using reusable masks.
Time to make or buy a reusable mask we think!