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).
Over 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are sold each year in the UK. This year check the packaging and make sure to choose an Easter Egg that is actually made in the UK (from British made chocolate and using British made packaging). From Thorntons to Fortnum and Mason to The Meaningful Chocolate Company to your local supermarket or corner shop it should be easy enough to find a British made Easter Egg. Buy British this Easter.
For the definitive list of chocolate and confectionery that is actually made in the UK please click http://wp.me/p2KOue-AS
Much of the chocolate and confectionery sold that used to be made in Britain is now actually foreign made, so shop with care and choose British made.
Chances are until just a few years ago that your small electrical items like kettles and toasters would have been made in the UK and lasted for years and years. Chances are if you buy a kettle today it will be made in China and break within a short time.
British made kettles
Philips used to make electric kettles in the UK (I have a couple of old made In England Philips kettles and they are very well made and they are still working), but I checked with Philips who have confirmed that all Philips products are now made in the Far East. For example, there was a Philips household domestic appliances factory in Hastings on the south coast that made kettles and electric heaters and it closed in 2008. Phillips used to make many other products in the UK such as razors, televisions, television components, military equipment, light bulbs, and CDs too but has now closed all its UK factories. They also own Mullards and Pye. Philips is a Dutch multinational technology company.
Vintage Philips Filterline HD 4617 jug kettle. Kettle made in England; seperate base made in China. Purchased in January 2005. Photograph by author.
Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (front view)
Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (base underside view). Inscription reads “Philips type HD 4601made in England Batch 0008 A 220-240v -50-60hz 1850-2200w”
Sainsbury’s – Sainsbury’s do have a policy relating to provenance and traceability of the food that is on their shelves and make a general commitment to buy British (they do not talk about buying locally on their website). They say they want to work more closely with British farmers and that by 2020, they will double the amount of British food they sell. There is no commitment to buy British in their non-food areas. At least they are trying. I suggest you check where the things you buy are sourced and packaged. It is particularly good that on the Sainsbury’s website they give the country of origin for their own brand products (mostly only applies to their own brand products but that’s a good start) and they even sell British made kitchen pans. Well done Sainsbury’s.
Sainbury’s tomato sauce. Made in the UK.
Sainsbury’s Aluminium Stir Fry Pan. Made in the UK.
Sainsbury’s Aluminium 14cm Milk Pan. Made in the UK