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Lights out... please

At 8.30pm this saturday it is global Earth Hour.

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Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. It is now a global event, in 2009 hundreds of millions of people took part with over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet.

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Earth Hour 2010 is this saturday at 8.30pm (local time) and is asking that people across the world stand up, take responsibility, get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future by turning off the lights (and anything else non-essential) for 1 hour. Not only a great way to help the planet and raise awareness but also the perfect opportunity for a candlelit cuddle, a trip to Dans Le Noir in London or getting an early night if the kids woke you up early that morning.

Oh and don't forget that daylight saving time starts on Sunday, so put the clock forward before you go to bed (or at least before you turn out the lights - otherwise it can be tricky).

our carbon footprint - latest news

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Here's an exciting thing...

We've worked out the carbon footprint of our mangoes and passion fruits smoothie.

It's part of a big project we've been working on with the Carbon Trust to measure the impact of our business from field to store.

We have a business mantra to leave the planet a little bit better than we found it, so reducing our carbon footprint is high on the priority list. And we've worked out that the footprint for our mangoes and passion fruit smoothie is 294 grams.

So what does that actually mean? Well, we did a bit of research to put it into context and found out that the average apple has a footprint of 37.5 grams and the Daily Mirror newspaper has a footprint of 174 grams. We are looking for more examples of food products and will let you know when we find them.

And we've done a load more work on our footprint results, where our business's emissions come from, how much carbon we should all use each day, and the best ways for us all to reduce our carbon footprints. So please have a look and tell us what you think. And if you have any thoughts at all on this whole area of carbon emissions, footprints and what we're doing about it...

***...please please please post a comment...***

We'd love to hear from you.

...watch this space for the footprint results for the rest of our smoothies...