Thoughts from category: sustainability

make your own mini greenhouse

growing seeds in smoothie cartons with little bottles on top

While perusing the internet (on his lunch break of course) our Tim came across this top tip for growing seeds from Friends of the Earth:

"Cut empty plastic bottles in half and place them over seedlings as individual greenhouses. Very young plants will benefit from the warm micro-climate created beneath the plastic, which also protects them from hungry slugs and snails."

So that’s what he did, using the top of two of our smoothie bottles. We'll keep you posted on his plants' progress.

our carton family

We are delighted to announce that both our kids juicy drink carton and our 1.25 litre carton are now made from 100% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified card, making the whole carton family forest friendly. 

FSC logo

Forests are special places, and we want them to stick around. By using card with the FSC stamp of approval, we can be sure that it comes from responsibly managed forests where people, animals and trees are all treated with the respect they deserve. If you want to read more about the great work of the FSC visit their website.

a nice lunch for earth hour

Tomorrow night is WWF's Earth Hour, when hundreds of millions of people from across the globe will be switching their lights off to show their support for the planet.

Today at Fruit Towers we celebrated a little bit early by donning our brightest clothes and having lunch together in the sunshine. It's a hard life.

Charlie, janel and tim wearing bright clothes

Here are Tim, Charlie and Janel looking even better than usual.

Mic and mary from vege7

Are here are the wonderful Mic and Mary from Vege7, who came along and brightened up our lunchtime with their delicious vegetable chilli and a selection of the type of music that commands you to shake your shoulders and wiggle your hips awkwardly.

We particularly liked their cactus sign, which they rustled up especially for the event using a drain pipe they found in a skip.


Mic and Mary have lived in Forest Gate for 27 years, and have recently started selling their tasty grub, which they make with locally sourced ingredients, at a stall at Woodgrange market place every Saturday. Apparently Mary's secret recipe has been going down a storm there, and after their performance today it's easy to see why. Mic and Mary (you have to say their names together), please come again soon.