'Every day you are tested a hundred times: are you going to help this planet or hurt it? People wince when you say that, but it should be a comforting thought. It means that everything you do matters'. Brian Hall
There are so many things to love about hemp (fabric) and the more I learn the more I find to love.
So here is what I have learnt - Hemp is naturally one of the most ecologically friendly fabrics and also the oldest. It is an environmental, renewable, reusable and recyclable resource.
Hemp fibre is one of the strongest and most durable natural textile fibres.
As a fabric, hemp provides all the warmth and softness of other natural textiles but with a superior durability seldom found in other materials. Hemp fabricssoften with washing and wearing, becoming even more comfortableover time.
Natural organic hemp fibre ‘breathes’ and is biodegradable. Hemp blended with other fibres easily incorporate the desirable qualities of both textiles. When combined with the natural strength of hemp, the soft elasticity of cotton or the smooth texture of silk create a whole new genre of fashion design. Hemp fibre is naturally mildew-resistant, antimicrobial, UV protecting and even fireproof!
Environmentally hemp can be grown organically easily and hemp is most often grown without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Hemp is also a natural weed suppressor due to the fast growth of the plant’s canopy.
Hemp is a fibre of a hundred uses and can also be used for so many different applications.The oldest piece of paper – over 2000 years old – was discovered in China and is made from hemp!!
I look forward to seeing more and more hemp being worn, just like this beautiful Blizzard Jacket from Purepod.
I wish I had an iphone just so I could use this app.
This is a great app and makes shopping so much easier. Being a conscious consumer is not always easy especially when we are fitting shopping in around kids, work, study and life in general. This app would definitely make life much easier - clear, concise, relevant information that puts the power back in the hands of the consumer.
As I don’t have an iphone I am still doing it the old fashion way and using Ausbuy Buying Guide. It also fits in your handbag and has been continuously supporting Australian Owned businesses since 1991. It costs just $2.95 and is a great way to source Australian Owned products.
Sometimes the change required to support all Australian made can seem a little daunting. So keep it simple and select one product at a time, compare the price point and if your budget allows it make the change.
Have you checked out the Victorian Tee at our online shop? Today we are going to start our first ever reverse price sale. This unique limited edition tee is already on sale at 30% off and the price will reduce by $1 each day with no reserve until it is sold. So don’t wait long or you may miss out!!
If you need it shipped overseas let me know and I can organise.
We are thankful to be featured in this weeks Advertiser (12/7/2011).
Eco fashion has so many aspects and I think like religion we can not say that one way is better than another. Each of us needs to tread our own path (hopefully treading as lightly as possible) exploring options and questioning the status quo as well as new technologies.
I love finding new products, technology and solutions and look forward to sharing them with you.
Well we may have been virtuous with the first recipe but the same cannot be said for this one.This is a Nigella Lawson recipe and is one of my families favourites. It is a super rich super easy chocolate dessert – officially known as Choco Hoto Pots.One of the bonuses with this recipe is that it can be dairy free without any compromise.I use Nuttelex instead of butter and good quality dark chocolate that has no dairy.I’ve even made them gluten free with gluten free flour.
This recipe is a complete contrast to the first one we posted and definitely not good for the hips but it can be fantastic for stress levels as it is very easy to do and heavenly to eat!
The recipe says it makes four but I have small ramikens so it usually does six and I think they are big enough.It also lets you hide a couple in the back of the fridge for yourself when no-ones looking – eat them cold or zap them for a few seconds and they are as good as new.
My family took one for the team and trialled a variation before we posted this blog today.Four of us trialled them with the addition of raspberries.We all agreed they were good but my preference is still to have fresh berries with thickened cream on the side!
CHOCO HOTO POTS
Butter for ramekins
3/4 cup (approx. 150g) dark chocolate chips
125g unsalted butter
2 large eggs
3/4 cup castor sugar (we reduce this to half a cup)
3 tablespoons plain flour
1/2 cup (100g) white chocolate chips (optional)
1.Preheat oven to 200°. Butter four 2/3-cup ramekins and set aside.
2.Using a microwave or double boiler, melt together the dark chocolate and the butter. Set aside to cool.
3.In a separate bowl, combine eggs, sugar and flour.Add cooled chocolate mixture, and mix until blended. Fold in white chocolate chips.
4.Divide mixture evenly among ramekins and place on baking tray. Bake until tops are shiny and cracked and chocolate beneath is hot and gooey, about 20 minutes.
5.Place each ramekin on a small plate with a teaspoon and serve, reminding everyone that ramekins and chocolate are hot.
We recommend serving them with some berries of your choice and cream.
TIPS:1.If you have never used a microwave to melt chocolate do it in a clean glass bowl at 70 percent power and stir every 30 seconds or so.
2.These can be prepared ahead of time and just put in the oven when you’re ready.
Check out the great article on page 11 of today’s Advertiser featuring Karen Murrell Lipsticks. The on-line store has lots of information about the lipsticks and the packaging. To celebrate we are offering Free Postage within Australia on all Lipsticks purchased online in July.
July brings exciting news with the launch of our online store. While we love to see you at Levant we know that at times we can all be time challenged so we have been working away to make shopping easier for you. We have started with some of our core products and look forward to growing our online store with you. We can’t wait to hear your feedback.