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giveaway November 19, 2014 posted by

Giveaway With the White T-Shirt Co!

Giveaway With the White T-Shirt Co!

Today on Moral Fibres I’m pleased to offer a fantastic giveaway with a company I really admire – The White T-Shirt Co.  The White T-Shirt Co are an ethical t-shirt company specialising in ethical and organic wardrobe staples for men and women.

The White T-Shirt Co believe in the old adage, “do one thing and do it well”, or rather in their case, do three things and do it well.  They focus on the key wardrobe staples – the vest, the short sleeved t-shirt and the long-sleeved t-shirt – in three colourways, white, black and navy.  They them make to the highest organic and ethical standards and to the highest quality.

The result? Timeless basics made with 100% GOTS certified organic and fairtrade cotton of the utmost quality that feel great and will last and last.  If this sounds too good to be true, The Times even declared The White T-Shirt Co as makers of the perfect white t-shirt!

You can find out more about their story, their ethics and their production – it’s a great read.  Such a stickler for quality, Penny, The White T-Shirt Co’s Founder, closed down the company in 2010 when their supplier of organic cotton ceased trading, until she could find another supplier of equal quality organic cotton.   Thankfully they found another supplier of equal quality and started trading again in 2013!

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Some of The White T-Shirt Cos beautiful staples.

The White T-Shirt Co are kindly giving one Moral Fibres reader £70 to spend on any White T-Shirt Co items of their choice.

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply take part via the Rafflecopter widget below (NB: if you subscribe to Moral Fibres via email or in a reader then you’ll need to click through to the site to use the widget).

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The competition is open until 12am (GMT) on Thursday 27th November 2014, and open to UK readers only.

Good luck!

Terms and conditions:

1. To enter the White T-Shirt Co prize draw give-away you must visit the White T-Shirt Co website and let me know what your favourite item is.  There are additional options for more entries.   2. The prize is 1 prize of £70 vouchers to spend at White T-Shirt Co only.  No cash or alternative prizes will be given.  3. The prize draw will start on Wednesday 19th November 2014 and end at 12am (GMT) on Thursday 27th November 2014.  The winner will be picked at random from all valid entries.  5. The winner will be notified directly via email.  The winner must reply within seven days of receiving the email or a new winner will be picked at random. 

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    Arts & Crafts November 17, 2014 posted by

    10 Environmentally Friendly Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

    10 Environmentally Friendly Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

    I know it’s really early (in my book anyway!) to be mentioning the ‘C’ word but if you can forgive me then I wanted to share some homemade Christmas gift ideas.  Homemade Christmas gifts tend to require a bit more planning and a longer lead time so I thought it was best to get them out there nice and early for you!

    I’ve put together some of my favourite (and easy!) homemade Christmas gift ideas that are environmentally friendly.  Just click on the links to be taken to the full DIYs.  Hope you enjoy making them and sharing them with your loved ones!

    1.  Rose Bath Salts

    DIY bath salt recipe

    Cat from Take Courage has put together a very nice DIY on how to make some prettily packaged rose bath salts that would make a really nice homemade gift.

    2.  DIY Cotton Wool Pads

    cotton wool pad DIY

    If you can crochet then these DIY cotton wool pads would make a really thoughtful eco-friendly gift idea.  Package them in a hand sewn pouch or a glass jar for a pretty and practical Christmas gift.

     3.  DIY Beeswax Candles

     DIY beeswax candles

    Erin from Reading My Tealeaves has a great beeswax candle tutorial that would make perfect gifts with a light environmental footprint.

    4.  Button Necklace

    DIY button necklace

    This DIY statement necklace tutorial uses up old buttons and felt scraps for a gorgeous and unique gift full of thought.  It only takes about 15 minutes to make too, so ideal if you’re short on time!

    5. DIY Gingerbread Body Scrub 

    gingerbread body scrub

    This Gingerbread Body Scrub by Wallflower Girl sounds utterly divine.  I think I’m going to be making this for Christmas (though it may end up as a gift from me to me!),

    6.  Recycled Snowglobe

    snowglobe DIY

    This recycled snowglobe DIY takes all of one minute to make but is such a simple and striking gift that can be enjoyed for years to come.

    7.  Candied Chocolate Orange Slices

    candied orange

    These candied chocolate orange slices, again by Cat of Take Courage, look and sound delicious!  Presented in a little box they’d make a tasty homemade Christmas gift.

    8.  Salted Caramels

    salted caramel recipe

    This salted caramel recipe from Inspired Taste looks perfect.  We can’t get enough of salted caramels in our house so this would be our ideal gift!

    9.  Stylish Wall Hanging

    tea towel craft

    This stylish wall hanging DIY can be made using a tea towel or fabric scrap.  Minimal sewing skills are required so even if you’re not handy with a sewing machine or needle and thread then I’m sure you could put this together and amaze your friends with your skills!

    10.  DIY iPad Case

    diy ipad case

    This felt DIY iPad case would make such a thoughtful gift.  It does require knowing your way around a sewing machine a tiny bit – if you can use a sewing machine to sew in a straight line then you should be ok!

    Any homemade Christmas gift ideas you want to share?  Do add in the comments below so we can all check them out!

    Environmentally Friendly handmade christmas gift ideas

     

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      Uncategorized November 16, 2014 posted by

      The Greenest Places to Work in London

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      This guest post is in partnership with Morgan Pryce.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

      Buildings often aspire to stand out from the crowd, achieving something no one else has, giving credit to the designers and architects, while the occupants benefit from a landmark position and reputation.

      There is always at least one building under construction that is aiming for that pinnacle title; the world’s tallest building.  Each year another structure creeps a little higher than the previous title holder, which is in fact, often a very short-lived title.

      Over the last few years a new category has emerged in the battleground for legendary status where architecture is concerned; the greenest building.  Award ceremonies for design, engineering and construction increasingly recognise the category, and there are even awards dedicated to sustainability and eco construction.

      However being the ‘greenest’ isn’t simply a badge.  Green, environmentally friendly buildings are at the forefront of technology and engineering, involving the most cutting-edge, sometimes experimental ideas, and require the faith and investment of many different groups of people.  In fact, technology in this area often moves so fast that it’s hard to incorporate it into the initial plans, as it’s often outdated by the time construction occurs.

      History of the Greenest Office Spaces

      In the list of the UK’s green offices, what is noticeable is that most lauded ones are outside of London.  In 2013 Manchester claimed to have the ‘world’s greenest office’ (the Cooperative Headquarters), achieving the highest rating ever awarded by BREEAM.  Shortly after Scottish Water celebrated its headquarters in Glasgow as the UK’s greenest office in the September.  The Seattle Bullitt Center then claimed the same world title shortly after, demonstrating that, unlike the precise measurements of height, sustainability is a little more subjective.

      The World Wildlife Fund for Nature in Woking has built one of the UK’s greenest buildings, this factor being an attraction in itself.  In 2012, One Trinity Green in Tyneside was announced as one of the world’s greenest offices, while earlier this year a new business development in Lincolnshire stated it was the most sustainable in the UK with a below-zero carbon footprint.

      This demonstrates that it is perhaps not just foresight and ambition that are needed in building green offices, but the space and environment in which to do it.  The Lincolnshire offices have been accused of being ‘in the middle of nowhere’, thus requiring a driving commute.  But, in spite of this, London’s buildings are far from being left behind in the environmental stakes.

      Here’s a selection of the greenest buildings in London:

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