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“We fancy clean apparel. We dig botanical scents. We are sick of nasty chemicals.” These are the words that sit proudly on the label of Remedy, a new detergent launched by Berlin-based The Laundry Detergent Company.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the 100% recyclable and biodegradable apothecary-style bottles hold some sort of ancient medicinal powers, but the only magic the 100% natural lavender and mint-scented detergent works is on your clothes (even at 30 degrees).
A couple of months back we showcased Tangent Garment Care – a similarly beautiful organic laundry detergent set up by David Samuelsson. Now it seems the Swedes aren’t the only ones who believe clean should also be green.
There was a time, not so long ago, when receiving a winter-pattern sweater on Christmas day would be greeted with insincere smiles and thanks. But in this world of ironic cool that we live in the Christmas sweater has been elevated to a must-have status, and Coke Zero’s Sweater Generator has just added a competitive edge to it.
Sweatergenerator.com allows you to decorate your own personal Christmas kitschwear with a variety of festive icons – from narwhals and ninjas to T-Rexs and turkeys. Once you’re happy with your creation you can upload it and bombard your friends with requests to vote for it through all the usual networks.
The 100 with the most votes will be ‘carefully handcrafted by loving machines and shipped to their loving creators, just in time for the tacky sweater loving season’. Somewhat surprisingly, at the time of writing this was the sweater with the most votes:
It’s Christmas Day (not today – we’re just imagining here). Aunty’s asleep in the chair next to a glass of sherry; Dad’s considering tackling the mountain of washing up; the kids have lost interest in their toys and are being brain-washed by Mary Poppins; and (if you’ve got around to it) next to the front door will be two or three bin bags of ripped up wrapping paper.
The UK alone is responsible for 227,000 miles of wrapping paper every year – enough to stretch around the earth 9 times – which makes Lush’s new Vivienne Westwood Knot Wraps/ neckerchiefs/ headscarves such a beautiful alternative: the wrapping is as much of a gift as the present inside it. (And you can reuse it next year if you want, just make sure you wash it first.)
The Knot Wraps are made with 100% organic cotton and cost £15, with all profits going directly to Climate Revolution Fund.
Ever wondered how much energy you’re using sat at your desk? Or making a sandwich? Or filling the car with petrol? Then Nike’s FuelBand is for you. The original version was sold out within hours when it launched last year, but the recently released FuelBand SE adds a little luxury to the whole experience.
The overall design is much sleeker than its predecessor, and it’s available in a range of bright colours, but it’s the Rose Gold version that’s caught the eye of the fashionistas. Available in limited quantities worldwide, the clasp, bezel and screws are all made with hand-polished 316 series stainless steel.
The bands will set you back to the tune of £139 ($227, but it’s retailing at $169 in the US) but if bling’s your thing then just do it, as they say.
It started with books. Then came films. And games. And toys and toiletries and clothes and pretty-much-everything-you-can-think-of-except-groceries. Until now. In Seattle and LA, at least. Yes, online giants Amazon have taken a second bite at the cherry by launching their grocery service in Los Angeles. (Hats tipped towards Em.)
Admittedly, it’s been available in the company’s hometown of Seattle for a few years now, offering a range of fresh dairy, meat, fruit and veg direct to people’s doors in one or three-hour slots (depending on your own personal time vs money priorities).
It’s already a crowded marketplace and with margins notoriously low it will be interesting to see how long they stick it out for. But if you fancy some salad to go with your Fried Green Tomatoes (at the Whistlestop Café) then it’ll be right up your street.