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British Made Diaries and Calendars – Please choose a British made diary

A proper paper diary is silent and unobtrusive in use; it has no batteries to go flat; it doesn’t break if you drop it or tread on it; it helps you remember things because you have actually written them down; you can write in it during meetings and so on (when your smart phone will be outside or turned off!); and things don’t get mysteriously deleted. There is the risk of losing your paper diary of course, and unlike a smart phone will not require a passcode, which is something to bear in mind.

When you are getting your next diary, planner or calander please choose a British made one. Before buying, check the inside or back cover and see where the diary you are looking at is actually made (printed and bound).

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Ohyo collapsable water bottle – made in England

Ohyo is the handy, collapsable water bottle that’s easy to take anywhere.

http://www.ohyo.me

Made in Sheffield, England.  Fits in a pocket or bag. Good for the environment (re-useable; not disposable bottled water). I saw these yesterday (17 May 2013) in the National Trust shop on Dunstable Downs. National Trust shops incidentally sell a limited range of made in the UK products that are well worth a look and some National Trust shops sell locally produced farm products.

Also available on the Ohyo website, elsewhere online and in shops, including some Boots and Marks and Spencer stores.  The M&S Ohyo bottles are M&S branded.

As well as the British made 500ml Ohyo bottle, Ohyo now make a  British made 1000ml collapsable bottle too.

Tip. To get around the airport security liquids ban carry an empty bottle and refil at an airport drinking fountain.  Carry one when you are out and about and fill for free at a drinking water fountain or household tap.

FILL IT FOR FREE

Visit www.findafountain.org

to find out about finding free water sources near you.

via ohyo water bottle.

Some interesting information about the benefits of drinking enough water can be found here.

How much water should you drink? The situation is complex. There is some guidance here on the NHS website.

“The amount a person needs to drink to avoid getting deyhdrated will vary depending on a range of factors, including their size, the temperature and how active they are. However, as a guide, the Department of Health recommends that we should drink about 1.2 litres of fluid every day. This works out to be about six 200ml or eight 150ml glasses.”

Ohyo collapsable water bottle. Made in England. Fits in the pocket. Dishwasher safe. Bottle measures approx: 13cm H (when full) 3.8cm (when collapsed) x 8cm Diam. 500ml capacity. Designed, developed and made in the UK.

Ohyo collapsable water bottle. Made in England. Fits in the pocket. Dishwasher safe. Bottle measures approx: 13cm H (when full) 3.8cm (when collapsed) x 8cm Diam. 500ml capacity. Designed, developed and made in the UK.

Ohyo 1000ml collapsable drinks bottle. Made in England.

Ohyo 1000ml collapsable drinks bottle. Made in England.

Disappointingly the Ohyo Bag is now foreign made. On the Ohyo website the Ohyo Bottle rightly proudly states it is made in England.  From their kickstarter campaign I know Ohyo’s original intention with the Ohyo Bag was that it would be made in London by Jas Sehmbi in his London workshop, where the prototypes were made. It was great that it was being manufactured in London by Jas Sehmbi at Jas MB Ltd.  However I now understand from their second kickstarter campaign manufacturing now takes place overseas.  As I say, disappointing.

British Chocolate? Or is it? Is your British chocolate really made in Britain? British made chocolates and sweets (including The List of which confectionery is still British made)

Is your British chocolate really made in Britain?

Are your British sweets really British?

Is your British confectionery actually made in Britain?

Possibly not. Cadbury now make chocolate for the British market in Poland. Terry’s Chocolate Orange is also made in Poland. Terry’s no longer make anything in York and all manufacturing is in Poland, Sweden, Belgium or Slovakia.  Both companies (Terry’s of York and Cadbury) are now owned by Kraft, an American company. Nestle, a Swiss company, own Rowntree Mackintosh and make their Smarties and some other products abroad now. Both companies still have factories in the UK but I wonder for how much longer? Some supermarket own brand chocolate bars are now made abroad too, for example some Tesco chocolate is now made abroad.

Some of the ingredients like cacao have to come from abroad (and companies should have an ethical sourcing policy) , but manufacturing should take place in Britain. If products are made in the UK  their environmental impact is less because there is no trans-continental transport involved and British chocolate can only be truly British if it is made in Britain.

Britain is famous for having its supermarkets filled with shelf after shelf of chocolate but how much of this chocolate is still British? More and more chocolate makers are moving their production abroad, so please check that the chocolate you are buying is actually made in the UK.

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British Made Diaries and Calendars – Please choose a British made diary

A proper paper diary is silent and unobtrusive in use; it has no batteries to go flat; it doesn’t break if you drop it or tread on it; it helps you remember things because you have actually written them down; and you can write in it during meetings and so on (when your smart phone will be outside or turned off!).

When you are getting your next diary, planner or calander please choose a British made one. Before buying, check the inside or back cover and see where the diary you are looking at is actually made (printed and bound).

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